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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies  

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Indulge your love of big hair, terrible fashion, and neon colors with this collection of guilty pleasure 80s movies. Whether you had the joy of living through the 80s or not, the era is one of the tackiest decades of all time. Therefore, cheesy movies are par for the course.

Corny 80s films range from intentionally campy to downright dumb, but that doesn't stop the public from loving them anyway. Even if you consider yourself someone with discriminating tastes, sometimes you just want something that's easy. The best guilty pleasure 80s movies take you on an exciting ride without making you think all that much. Not to mention, they're sometimes so bad it's funny. Browse this list below to fill your guilty pleasure needs! 

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is based on Gary K. Wolf's ...more
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Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
ZheeYT added Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue
Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 American comic science fiction film and the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, who directed all three ...more
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Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Joan Rivers
Look Who's Talking is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling and starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Bruce Willis plays the voice of Mollie's son, Mikey. The ...more
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Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson
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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Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
ZheeYT added Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd
Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and ...more
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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke
Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural thriller film, directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the first and most successful entry in the Poltergeist ...more
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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier
Clash of the Titans is an 1981 British-American fantasy adventure film involving the Greek hero Perseus, and features the final work of stop motion visual effects artist, Ray Harryhausen. It was ...more
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Rambo Franchise is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Rambo is a film series based on the David Morrell novel First Blood and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who ...more
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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin
Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it, Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase ...more
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Mommie Dearest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest
Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American biographical drama film about Joan Crawford, starring Faye Dunaway. The film was directed by Frank Perry. The story was adapted for the screen by Robert ...more
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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Gerri Foudy added Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri
Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first collaboration of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and the presentation of some sequences in ...more
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Back to School is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison
Back to School is a 1986 comedy film starring Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Gordon, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Terry Farrell, William Zabka, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison, and Robert Downey, Jr. It was ...more
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Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson
Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film with elements of black comedy directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The film's ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne ...more
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Flash Gordon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti
Flash Gordon is a 1980 British science fiction action film, based on the comic strip of the same name created by Alex Raymond. The film was directed by Mike Hodges, and produced by Dino De ...more
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Real Genius is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
carlybobarly added Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman
Real Genius is a 1985 satirical comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge. It stars Val Kilmer and Gabriel Jarret. The film is set on the campus of Pacific Tech, a technical university similar to ...more
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One Crazy Summer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Edward Valentine added Demi Moore, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven
One Crazy Summer is a 1986 romantic comedy film written and directed by Savage Steve Holland, and starring John Cusack, Demi Moore, Bobcat Goldthwait, Curtis Armstrong, and Joel Murray. The ...more
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Tron is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff
Tron is a 1982 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Lisberger, based on a story by Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird, and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars ...more
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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe
Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. It is the first film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films by ...more
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Who's That Girl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Edward Valentine added Madonna

 

The life of an uptight tax lawyer turns chaotic when he is asked to escort a young woman newly released from prison, who persuades him to help prove her innocence.

Who's That Girl is a 1987 American romantic comedy film written by Andrew Smith and Ken Finkleman, and directed by James Foley. It stars Madonna and Griffin Dunne, and depicts the story of a ...more
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Howard the Duck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
JP Zerickat added Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones, Lea Thompson
Howard the Duck is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by Willard Huyck and starring Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins, and Jeffrey Jones. Produced by Gloria Katz and George Lucas and ...more
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Glory is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick
Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on ...more
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Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm
Time Bandits is a 1981 British fantasy film co-written, produced, and directed by Terry Gilliam, and starring Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian ...more
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She's Having a Baby is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Gerri Foudy added Alec Baldwin, Magic Johnson, Bill Murray
She's Having a Baby is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Hughes. The film portrays a young newlywed couple, Kristy and Jake Briggs played by Elizabeth McGovern and Kevin ...more
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Masters of the Universe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Courteney Cox, Dolph Lundren, Frank Langella
Masters of the Universe is a 1987 American science fantasy film directed by Gary Goddard and starring Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Jon Cypher, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty and Courteney Cox. It ...more
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Tango & Cash is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher, Kurt Russell
Tango & Cash is a 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, although Albert Magnoli took over in the later stages of filming, and starring Sylvester ...more