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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies 

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Updated June 1, 2019 10.6k votes 624 voters 7.1k views 60 items

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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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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Gerri Foudy added Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added 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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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added 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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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock. The film's producer, Joel ...more

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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

Released: 1984

Directed by: Joe Dante

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Released: 1988

Directed by: John McTiernan

Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Hughes

Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.

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Police Academy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

Released: 1984

Directed by: Hugh Wilson

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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Big is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Penny Marshall

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Mannequin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy

Released: 1987

Directed by: Michael Gottlieb

Mannequin is a 1987 romantic comedy fantasy film starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Meshach Taylor, James Spader, G. W. Bailey, and Estelle Getty. Directed and written by Michael Gottlieb, ...more

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Short Circuit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy, Austin Pendleton

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Badham

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Revenge of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

Released: 1984

Directed by: Jeff Kanew

Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 American comedy film about social life on a college campus. The film stars Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards, with Curtis Armstrong, Ted McGinley, Julia ...more

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9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Colin Higgins

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Big Trouble in Little Ch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Rod Daniel

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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Released: 1986

Directed by: Howard Deutch

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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Splash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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Released: 1984

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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Weekend at Bernie's is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

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