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The Greatest Kids Movies Of The 1980s

Updated October 7, 2020 37.7k votes 3k voters 169.4k views139 items

List RulesVote up your favorite children's movies that were released in the 1980s.

This list of the top ‘80s kids movies is chock-full of genre classics. Is the highest-grossing film of the 1980s, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, 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? And does that make it the best? Or how about 1980s family movie, The Princess Bride? 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. 

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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin
    1,126
    203

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
    891
    179

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver
    759
    156

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman
    544
    105

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio
    661
    159

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright
    688
    176

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman
    593
    165

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack
    474
    63

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina
    318
    43

    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak
    699
    220

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Short Circuit

    Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy
    437
    104

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl
    694
    231

    Released1984

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz
    559
    156

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd
    457
    157

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder
    275
    34

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

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    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes
    484
    148

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Willow

    Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak
    346
    105

    Released1988

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Flight of the Navigator

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens
    453
    165

    Released1986

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    An American Tail

    Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn
    388
    148

    Released1986

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie
    511
    246

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Henson

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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
    203
    49

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
    192
    45

    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    The Land Before Time

    Diana Ross, Frank Welker
    406
    159

    Released1988

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    Harry and the Hendersons

    John Lithgow, Don Ameche
    384
    147

    Released1987

    Directed byWilliam Dear

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    The Last Starfighter

    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston
    337
    148

    Released1984

    Directed byNick Castle