films The Best Period Movies Set in the '80s  

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List Rules Only films released in other decades, but set in the 1980s. No movies released between 1980 and January 1, 1990.

Oh, man. The 1980s was quite a decade! Sure, '80s movies are awesome but this list goes deeper. Ranked here are the best movies about the '80s. Films from many decades have been set in the 80s, because who can resist a great eighties story? As long as a film was primarily set in that great, iconic decade of the 1980s, and was truly awesome, it belongs on this list. What are the all time best movies set in the '80s? Hollywood has some great options for '80s lovers and they're all ranked here, with trailers.
 
Madonna and Michael Jackson reigned supreme in the '80s music world, and the Brat Pack hit the film scene in the 80s. John Hughes made plenty of movies set in the '80s, but many great films about the 80s were released in the 1990s and 2000s as well. The unique culture and setting of the eighties, makes for a great movie backdrop, and some of the best stories told on film are tales of the 1980s.
 
The movies featured on this list include the likes of Scarface, No Country for Old Men, Let the Right One In, 200 Cigarettes, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Wonderland. What do you think are the best films about the 80s? Upvote them below, or, if they aren't already listed, feel free to add them for an even more comprehensive list that 80s lovers everywhere can enjoy.

Just remember, this isn't a list of the best 80s movies, these films all must be about and set sometime during the 1980s.

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Fargo 1996

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Period Movies Set in the '80s
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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Period Movies Set in the '80s
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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Period Movies Set in the '80s
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carlybobarly added Take Me Home Tonight 2011

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Wonderland 2003

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Let Me In 2010

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carlybobarly added The Normal Heart 2014

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Submarine 2010

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