The Greatest Kids Movies Of The 1980s

Over 3.9K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Greatest Kids Movies Of The 1980s

Goonies never say die and neither will our nostalgia for ‘80s movies. This list of  ‘80s kids movies is chock-full of genre classics. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial is the highest-grossing film of the decade but is it the best ‘80s kids movie? What about The Karate Kid, a classic that is constantly referenced, parodied, and quoted - has it left its indelible mark on popular culture? Or how about 1980s family movie, The Princess Bride? It’s inconceivable! The list goes on and on.

Let’s not forget about great '80s animated films, either. The Little Mermaid is one of the most popular Disney animated children's movies ever. You can find plenty of Miyazaki on this list, as well, including My Neighbor Totoro, one of the legendary Japanese director’s finest efforts. Vote up the best '80s kid movies below and check back to see where your favorite '80s children movies end up on the list. 

Photo: The Goonies / Warner Bros.
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  • The Goonies
    1,660 votes
    Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen
    When two brothers find out they might lose their house they are desperate to find a way to keep their home. They find a treasure map and bring some friends along to find it. They are all out looking ...more
  • Back to the Future
    1,368 votes
    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover
    In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the '50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) ...more
  • Ghostbusters
    1,159 votes
    Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
    After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a ...more
  • The Karate Kid
    1,048 votes
    Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue
    Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. ...more
  • Stand by Me
    817 votes
    Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman
    After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the way, Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton), Vern Tessio (Jerry ...more
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
    704 votes
    Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman
    When kids sneak into inventor Wayne Szalinski's (Rick Moranis) upstairs lab to retrieve an errant baseball, his experimental shrink ray miniaturizes them. When Szalinski returns home, he destroys the ...more