Watchworthy
84 voters

The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s

Updated November 27, 2019 798 votes 84 voters 6.0k views38 items

List RulesVote up the best movies to watch with your squad - whether they guarantee tears or laughs.

The decade that gave us slap bracelets and walkmans also put out some good chick flicks. This list of the best '80s chick flick movies has got both comedies and dramas, some of them could even be considered dramedies like Terms of Endearment or The Breakfast Club. Or if you feel like laughing check out another John Hughes classic like Sixteen Candles. You'll find a few celebrities on this list who stepped into the spotlight in the eighties as well such as Julia Roberts, John Cusack, Patrick Swayze, and Winona Ryder.

Along with big-name actors and actresses, there are definitely some classics on this list like When Harry Met SallyGrease, and Steel Magnolias. Basically, there is an '80s chick flick on this list for whatever mood you're in but which one of these girl movies is the best of the 1980s?

What are your favorite chick flicks from the nineteen-eighties? The truth is, you don't really have to decide on just one. You can vote up all your favorite 1980s chick flicks and vote down any of the ones you never want to watch again.

...more
  • The Breakfast Club1
    42
    1

    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More The Breakfast Club 

    Don’t You Forget About These Small But Poignant Details From 'The Breakfast Club'#31 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies

  • Sixteen Candles2
    51
    10

    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Dirty Dancing3
    45
    5

    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Pretty in Pink4
    41
    4

    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Can't Buy Me Love5
    38
    5

    Can't Buy Me Love

    Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey

    Released1987

    Directed bySteve Rash

    Can't Buy Me Love is a 1987 teen comedy feature film starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More Can't Buy Me Love 

    #137 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies#875 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • Grease6
    41
    10

    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More Grease 

    This Disturbing Fan Theory Will Completely Change How You See 'Grease'The Best Songs in Grease, Ranked by Singability

  • Steel Magnolias7
    27
    8

    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton

    Released1989

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Heathers8
    25
    7

    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Footloose9
    21
    4

    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

    Released1984

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More Footloose 

    #84 of 206 Musical Movies With the Best Songs#2095 of 3,110 The Greatest Albums of All-Time

  • Mystic Pizza10
    22
    8

    Mystic Pizza

    Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

    Released1988

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Mystic Pizza is a 1988 American coming-of-age film directed by Donald Petrie. It stars... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Flashdance11
    21
    7

    Flashdance

    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving

    Released1983

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

    Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Say Anything...12
    18
    4

    Say Anything...

    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

    Released1989

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Princess Bride13
    21
    8

    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More The Princess Bride 

    Small But Poignant Details Fans Noticed In 'The Princess Bride'Behind-The-Scenes Stories About André The Giant In ‘The Princess Bride’

  • Splash14
    17
    4

    Splash

    Tom Hanks, John Candy

    Released1984

    Directed byRon Howard

    Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More Splash 

    #56 of 314 The Funniest '80s Movies#100 of 125 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

  • Overboard15
    12
    0

    Overboard

    Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell

    Released1987

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun16
    14
    5

    Girls Just Want to Have Fun

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt

    Released1985

    Directed byAlan Metter

    Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a 1985 American romantic comedy dance film directed by Alan... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Some Kind of Wonderful17
    11
    2

    Some Kind of Wonderful

    Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure

    Released1987

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    Some Kind of Wonderful is a 1987 American romance film starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More Some Kind of Wonderful 

    #649 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#296 of 836 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

  • On Golden Pond18
    4
    1

    On Golden Pond

    Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn

    Released1981

    Directed byMark Rydell

    On Golden Pond is a 1981 American drama film directed by Mark Rydell. The screenplay by Ernest... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More On Golden Pond 

    #143 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#37 of 84 The Best Movies Based on Plays

  • When Harry Met Sally...19
    14
    7

    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Reiner

    When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More When Harry Met Sally... 

    When Harry Met Sally is All About Mansplaining, And It's Really Obvious#166 of 277 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

  • Teen Witch20
    15
    10

    Teen Witch

    Robyn Lively, Zelda Rubinstein

    Released1989

    Directed byDorian Walker

    Teen Witch is a 1989 fantasy teen comedy film starring Robyn Lively and Zelda Rubenstein. It... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More Teen Witch 

    #46 of 105 The Best Halloween Movies for Kids#57 of 70 The Greatest Supernatural & Paranormal Teen Films

  • The Jewel of the Nile21
    2
    1

    The Jewel of the Nile

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1985

    Directed byLewis Teague, David Teague

    The Jewel of the Nile is a 1985 action-adventure romantic comedy and a sequel to the 1984 film... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Times Square22
    1
    2

    Times Square

    Tim Curry, Miguel Piñero

    Released1980

    Directed byAllan Moyle

    Times Square is a 1980 film, set in New York City, starring Trini Alvarado and Robin Johnson... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More Times Square 

    #66 of 80 The Best Tim Curry Movies#223 of 259 The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s

  • An Officer and a Gentleman23
    10
    4

    An Officer and a Gentleman

    Richard Gere, Debra Winger

    Released1982

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American drama film that tells the story of a U.S. Navy... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • St. Elmo's Fire24
    8
    2

    St. Elmo's Fire

    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe

    Released1985

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    St. Elmo's Fire is a 1985 American coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Terms of Endearment25
    14
    11

    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More Terms of Endearment 

    #23 of 46 Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes#29 of 170 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made