My Top 50 Films released in the 80's

The title says it all. Note this list is only kind of in order. I would have to rewatch each film to determine a true order.

  • Full Metal Jacket

    1

  • Aliens

    2

  • The Shining

    3

  • Die Hard

    4

  • The Terminator

    5

  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    6

  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    7

  • Back to the Future

    8

  • Glory

    9

  • Back to the Future Part II

    10

  • National Lampoon's Vacation

    11

  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    12

  • Ghostbusters

    13

  • Ghostbusters II

    14

  • First Blood

    15

  • Evil Dead II

    16

  • A Christmas Story

    17

  • Big

    18

  • The Evil Dead

    19

  • The NeverEnding Story

    20

  • Do the Right Thing

    21

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    22

  • Caddyshack

    23

  • Friday the 13th

    24

  • Halloween II

    25

  • The Thing

    26

  • Poltergeist

    27

  • Coming to America

    28

  • Airplane!

    29

  • Driving Miss Daisy

    30

  • Gremlins

    31

  • Police Academy

    32

  • The Last Dragon

    33

  • Superman II

    34

  • 48 Hrs.

    35

  • Sixteen Candles

    36

  • Stripes

    37

  • The Karate Kid

    38

  • Short Circuit

    39

  • Lethal Weapon

    40

  • Predator

    41

  • RoboCop

    42

  • Rain Man

    43

  • Beetlejuice

    44

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    45

  • Beverly Hills Cop

    46

  • Top Gun

    47

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    48

  • Transformers: The Movie

    49

  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

    50

24 Comments

  • Nice list. Can't really go wrong with any of these.

  • Thanks!

  • I'm surprised I missed this when it was published. This is a good collection of titles.

  • Thanks Travis.

  • Great list. I know what you mean about not putting on movies you haven't seen in so long you don't really remember. I always waffle on some movies that I know I've seen but don't remember very well: usually I don't put them as 'watched' and don't rate them.

    Also- everything is subjective, but man I can't believe you have The Thing all the way down at #26. Blasphemy! :)

  • Yeah as far as The Thing goes I saw it for the first time just last year after hearing how great it is for years and I was kind of disappointed in it. I think it was just a case of seeing it way too late.

  • really Ron, you where disappointed with 'The Thing'?.. I'am curious to know why, if you don't mind of course...

  • I don't mind at all Javier. I think it's mainly due to hype. I saw it so many years after it's release, and read so many positive reviews I was just a little underwhelmed by it. It's good just not great in my opinion.

  • interesting and I perfectly understand where you are coming from, maybe in a re-watch could get better for you in a couple months.
    For example I have it in my top 10 of the 80's list, I thought Kurt Russel was a bad-ass in this.

  • Yeah I'll definitely re-watch it sometime. I had the same issue with The Vanishing to an even greater extent which is why it's not on the list at all.

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