80s movies The '80s Movies That Stuck with You the Most  

Ann Casano
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List Rules Not 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 for film 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 pure 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.

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 upvote the 1980s movies that you remember the most, or add the 1980s movies that affected you in the most lasting way.
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The Goonies


The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's premise features a band of pre-teens who live in the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon attempting ...more

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The '80s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. The storyline follows five teenagers, each a member of a ...more

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The '80s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson. Fox plays Marty McFly, a teenager who ...more

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The '80s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story and serving as executive producer. The second release in the Star Wars franchise, it was produced by Gary ...more

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