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The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked 

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Updated June 9, 2020 2.3k votes 324 voters 21.4k views 30 items

Here are the best '80s movies streaming now on Netflix. Whether you're looking for Hollywood classics, campy movies, or Oscar winners, this list of '80s movies currently on Netflix is regularly updated with new and popular films. What are the best 80s films to watch on Netflix? 

Some good 80s movies on Netflix include Ghostbusters, Can't Buy Me Love, Trading Places, Heathers, and Dead Poets Society.

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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more

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Indiana Jones and the La... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the ...more

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

Released: 1988

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It tells the story of an abrasive and selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt, who ...more

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Stripes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1981

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first ...more

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Little Monsters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Little Monsters Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Ben Savage

Released: 1989

Directed by: Richard Greenberg

Little Monsters is a 1989 fantasy comedy film starring Fred Savage as Brian Stevenson, a sixth-grader who has recently moved to a new town, and Howie Mandel as Maurice, the monster under the ...more

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tom Holland

Child's Play is a 1988 American horror film directed by Tom Holland, written by Tom Holland, Don Mancini, and John Lafia, and starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad ...more

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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy

Released: 1989

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and written by Alfred Uhry, based on Uhry's play of the same name. The film stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan ...more

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Hamburger Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Irvin

Hamburger Hill is a 1987 American film about the actual assault of the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, part of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division 'Screaming Eagles', on a well-fortified ...more

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Police Academy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

Released: 1984

Directed by: Hugh Wilson

Police Academy is a 1984 comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson, and starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, and G.W. Bailey. It grossed approximately $146 million worldwide and spawned six more ...more

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La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer

Released: 1987

Directed by: Luis Valdez

La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond ...more

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Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Milius

Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds. It stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Grey. ...more

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Popeye is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Robin Williams, Linda Hunt, Dennis Franz

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert Altman

Popeye is a 1980 American musical comedy film, directed by Robert Altman and is a live-action film adaptation of E. C. Segar's Thimble Theatre aka Popeye comic strip. It stars Robin Williams as ...more

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Police Academy 2: Their ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Steve Guttenberg, Jason Hervey, Bubba Smith

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jerry Paris

Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment is a 1985 comedy film directed by Jerry Paris. It is the first of six sequels in the Police Academy series. Many actors return from the first film to ...more

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Police Academy 5: Assign... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Jerry O'Connell, Bubba Smith, Janet Jones

Released: 1988

Directed by: Alan Myerson

Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach is the 1988 installment in the Police Academy series, launched in 1984. The film was given a PG rating for language and ribald humor. Steve Guttenberg ...more
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Indiana Jones and the Te... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1984

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, and the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film ...more

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Nighthawks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Rutger Hauer

Released: 1981

Directed by: Gary Nelson, Bruce Malmuth

Nighthawks is a 1981 American thriller film directed by Bruce Malmuth and starring Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta and Nigel Davenport. The ...more

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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

Released: 1981

Directed by: Sam Raimi

This film is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. This film ...more

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The Natural is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1984

Directed by: Barry Levinson

The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and ...more

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The Naked Gun: From the ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

Released: 1988

Directed by: David Zucker

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is a 1988 American comedy film. It is the first in The Naked Gun series of films starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, and O. ...more

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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1980

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik ...more

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Return to the 36th Chamb... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Chia Hui Liu, Hsiao Ho

Released: 1980

Directed by: Lau Kar-leung

Return to the 36th Chamber is a 1980 Shaw Brothers Studio Hong Kong martial arts comedy film starring Gordon Liu. It was directed by Lau Kar-Leung and written by Ni Kuang. The film is the second ...more
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She's Gotta Have It is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Movies On Netflix, Ranked
Spike Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Joie Lee

Released: 1986

Directed by: Spike Lee

She's Gotta Have It is a 1986 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. Indecisive with her romantic preferences, Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) decides to date three ...more

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