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The '80s Movies That Stuck with You the Most

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List RulesNot necessarily the best, your favorite, or the most rewatchable movies, but rather films that - for whatever reason, perhaps something poignant, perhaps something disturbing - have stuck in your brain long after seeing them.

Could it possible be that the 1980s was the most memorable decade in the history of cinema? It may sound like hyperbole, but when you take a look at the plethora of amazing movies that came out between the years 1980 and 1989, it could actually be true. These are the 1980s movies that stuck with you the most.

First off, let's get something straight. The '80s films on this list are not necessarily, from a purely cinematic stand point, the “best movies.” In fact, only two of the films on this list won the Academy Award for Best Picture in their respective years (Platoon and Rain Man). This list is about memorable 1980s films, the ones that stick in your head for years or decades after you've first seen them.

For whatever reason, these memorable 1980s films affect us. Maybe you find yourself thinking about their message, or laughing at their humor, or they just make you feel nostalgic for your youth. (Keep in mind, the '80s also produced its share of films for which no one in their right mind is nostalgic.)

Some of the '80s films on this list are hysterically funny. A couple hours with one of these comedies could have you skipping school with Ferris Bueller or ordering pizza in class with Spicoli. Other movies on this list will make you feel nostalgic for your youth. You can go treasure hunting with the Goonies or come of age on an overnight trip with your best pals to find a dead body in Stand by Me.

These 1980s movies you remember cross every genre. Great stories stick with you; their magic has the ability to transport you anywhere in the universe, without ever leaving the comfort of your couch.

Be sure to make your voice heard and vote up the 1980s movies that you remember the most.