Some movies pass the test of time and many of the 80’s movies are still great today and offer the same feelings as before.
Some of these movies offer you action, others will pull at your heartstrings, some feature friends together, while others answer some questions. No matter what each movie offers, you’ll find at least one on this list that you know is still great to watch.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
When an invasive alien arrives in a suburban neighborhood and makes friends with some of the local kids, a lot of fun, and a heartwarming story comes out of this experience. Get ready for a fun time with kids riding BMX bikes, an alien getting drunk in Coors beer, and the movie that brought us the line “E.T. Phone Home” which became a famous line for many years.
Get ready to laugh until you cry with one of the classic movies of this decade. Without a doubt, Caddyshack is one of the 80’s movies that fathers are passing down to their sons today as a sports comedy that has some of the best lines and some amazing actors. Let loose with Bill Murray as he takes on the groundhog and never quite seems to triumph over the burrowing critter.
Weird Science (1985)
Here’s a John Hughes movie that has everything you want in a feel-good story. Enjoy the ride as a couple of goofy teens find their confidence and take on the world in a way that can only be described as weird. Whether you fall in love with Kelly LeBrock, cheer as Bill Paxton is transformed, or feel great at the end when Anthony Michael Hall and IIan Mitchell-Smith learn how to have confidence, you’ll be glad you watched this movie again.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Go in a fanciful adventure with a bullied kid who learns to be brave and stand up to those who bully him with the story within the story that happens to be found in a storybook. You’ll love the journey through Fantasia and the ride that seems to be an enduring classic with the right number of feelings sprinkled in.
With Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader and the first take on the original Batman television show, this movie was a huge hit. If you’re going to sit down and enjoy the entire Batman series of movies, you must start with this one. Of course, you can simply enjoy this movie and experience the fun of Jack Nicholson as the Joker going up against Keaton’s Batman. This is one of the 80’s movies that never gets old.
There’s a good chance you’ve probably watched this classic movie recently. With remakes of the original films, it can be good to find some context before you dive into the new versions. When you put this movie on, you’ll realize the original was amazing and it gave you the fun and action-packed hilarity you would expect from the actors that make up the Ghostbusters. Get ready to enjoy a movie night with this 80’s classic.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The first in the Indiana Jones series of movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark takes you on an adventure with the archaeologist that steals the hearts of women around the world. Played by Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones is the epitome of good taking on evil in the Nazi empire. Take a ride back in time and to a place where the adventure begins and a whip is the weapon of choice.
Coming to America (1988)
This movie has recently been made into a sequel, which took thirty years. This original film is one that’s full of fun and comedy as a pair of African royals wander around America to learn about the customs of life in the United States. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are amazing in this movie that is one of the most fun and watched 80’s movies. Get ready for a night of laughter.
How many kids have wanted to be an adult well before their time? Nearly every kid has wished for this and in Big, Josh Baskin (played by Tom Hanks) gets his wish. He gets to be adult-sized with the mind and maturity of a teenager. This seems to work out pretty well until he is put into adult situations. Sit back and fall in love with the story found in this classic 80’s movie.