Favorite 80's Movies

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1. Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

61 Metascore

A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling

Votes: 95,531 | Gross: $23.69M

2. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 322,258 | Gross: $45.88M

3. St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

35 Metascore

A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez

Votes: 33,062 | Gross: $37.80M

4. For Keeps? (1988)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

41 Metascore

After she gets pregnant, a teenage girl must decide whether she should keep the baby or not.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Randall Batinkoff, Kenneth Mars, Miriam Flynn

Votes: 3,945 | Gross: $17.51M

5. Teen Witch (1989)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

46 Metascore

High school misfit Louise, at a loss for romance, discovers magical abilities, but the teenage witch finds that she cannot conjure herself true love, so what?

Director: Dorian Walker | Stars: Robyn Lively, Dan Gauthier, Joshua John Miller, Caren Kaye

Votes: 7,647 | Gross: $0.03M

6. Valley Girl (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

66 Metascore

Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen

Votes: 11,966 | Gross: $16.80M

7. Private School (1983)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

25 Metascore

Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's arch rival Jordan also has her eye on ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Black | Stars: Phoebe Cates, Betsy Russell, Matthew Modine, Michael Zorek

Votes: 5,292 | Gross: $14.05M

8. The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

24 Metascore

A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening

Votes: 35,918 | Gross: $41.46M

9. About Last Night... (1986)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair, despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins

Votes: 13,393 | Gross: $38.70M

10. One Crazy Summer (1986)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

47 Metascore

An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.

Director: Savage Steve Holland | Stars: John Cusack, Demi Moore, Linda Warren, Joel Murray

Votes: 12,900 | Gross: $13.43M

11. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

75 Metascore

After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a boyhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 337,318 | Gross: $52.29M

12. Better Off Dead... (1985)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

51 Metascore

A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

Director: Savage Steve Holland | Stars: John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby, Demian Slade

Votes: 39,019 | Gross: $10.30M

13. Dirty Dancing (1987)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

65 Metascore

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Votes: 177,905 | Gross: $0.62M

14. Pretty in Pink (1986)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A poor girl must choose between the affections of dating her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts

Votes: 68,426 | Gross: $40.47M

15. Maid to Order (1987)

PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Comedy

Spoiled Jessie Montgomery, whose wild behavior and spending excesses cause her well-meaning but exasperated millionaire father Charles to wish he never had her, is visited by fairy ... See full summary »

Director: Amy Holden Jones | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Beverly D'Angelo, Michael Ontkean, Valerie Perrine

Votes: 3,043 | Gross: $9.87M

16. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus

Votes: 86,079 | Gross: $27.09M

17. Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

Two high school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, but she turns their lives upside down.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Votes: 73,608 | Gross: $23.83M

18. She's Having a Baby (1988)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

41 Metascore

Young newlyweds find out just how unprepared they are for their future together.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Baldwin, James Ray

Votes: 10,621 | Gross: $16.03M

19. Flashdance (1983)

R | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance

39 Metascore

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson

Votes: 43,380 | Gross: $94.90M

20. Diner (1982)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern

Votes: 17,528 | Gross: $14.10M

21. The Lost Boys (1987)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

63 Metascore

After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 113,124 | Gross: $32.22M

22. Book of Love (1990)

PG-13 | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

A friend delivers John Twiller greetings from a long gone high school girlfriend. This makes him open his school's yearbook - his "Book of Love" - and remember the old times, way back in ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Shaye | Stars: Chris Young, Keith Coogan, Aeryk Egan, Josie Bissett

Votes: 978 | Gross: $1.38M

23. Working Girl (1988)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 48,195 | Gross: $64.00M

24. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, Craig Sheffer

Votes: 25,081 | Gross: $18.55M

25. Mystic Pizza (1988)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 22,761 | Gross: $12.79M

26. Uncle Buck (1989)

PG | 100 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

Bachelor and all-round slob Buck babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann

Votes: 76,982 | Gross: $66.76M

27. Lace (1984)

240 min | Drama

A young actress, thought to be easy and have no morals, gathers three former school chums to find out which is her mother. Much of the movie takes place in flashback and the identity of her... See full summary »

Stars: Bess Armstrong, Brooke Adams, Arielle Dombasle, Phoebe Cates

Votes: 1,138

28. Lace II (1985 TV Movie)

188 min | Drama

While in the first part, Lili searched for her mother, she now questions her mom on the identity of her father.

Director: William Hale | Stars: Brooke Adams, Deborah Raffin, Arielle Dombasle, Phoebe Cates

Votes: 378

29. 3 Men and a Baby (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

61 Metascore

Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys' girlfriends.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, Nancy Travis

Votes: 43,593 | Gross: $167.78M

30. Look Who's Talking (1989)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

After a single, career-minded woman is left on her own to give birth to the child of a married man, she finds a new romantic chance in a cab driver. Meanwhile, the point-of-view of the newborn boy is narrated through voice-over.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, George Segal

Votes: 73,133 | Gross: $140.09M

31. Say Anything... (1989)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor

Votes: 77,204 | Gross: $20.78M

32. Legend (1985)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

30 Metascore

A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent

Votes: 55,559 | Gross: $15.50M

33. The Boyfriend School (1990)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

Cartoonist Gus has survived cancer treatment and now his romance novelist sister tries to find him a woman and guide him. Will they succeed?

Director: Malcolm Mowbray | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Jami Gertz, Shelley Long, Kyle MacLachlan

Votes: 2,167 | Gross: $1.17M

34. Blind Date (1987)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

49 Metascore

A workaholic needs a date for a dinner with new important clientele, but who his brother sets him up with could lead to disaster.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Kim Basinger, Bruce Willis, John Larroquette, William Daniels

Votes: 19,373 | Gross: $39.32M

35. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

50 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 114,170 | Gross: $12.73M



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