Film 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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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant 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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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...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 The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall 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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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd 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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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones 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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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Beetlejuice Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis Beetlejuice is a 1988 American comedy fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Film Company and distributed by Warner Bros. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen 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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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin 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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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more

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Police Academy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Police Academy Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith 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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Big is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Weird Science Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton 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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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia 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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Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Big Trouble in Little China Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film was released in the United ...more

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack 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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Weekend at Bernie's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Weekend at Bernie's Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich Weekend at Bernie's is a dark comedy film written by Robert Klane and directed by Ted Kotcheff. The film stars Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman as young insurance corporation employees who ...more

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Revenge of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Revenge of the Nerds John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards 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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Mannequin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Mannequin Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy 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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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Who Framed Roger Rabbit 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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Short Circuit is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Short Circuit Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy, Austin Pendleton Short Circuit is a 1986 American comic science fiction film directed by John Badham, and written by S. S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. The film's plot centers upon an experimental military robot ...more

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Splash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Splash Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody ...more

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9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
9 to 5 Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin 9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed by Higgins, and starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman. The film ...more

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Gerri Foudy added Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald 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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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Teen Wolf Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation starring Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a high school student who discovers that his family has an ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Gerri Foudy added Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow 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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Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Look Who's Talking 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) 28 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson Red Dawn is a 1984 American war 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 ...more

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Mommie Dearest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Mommie Dearest 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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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Purple Rain 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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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Poltergeist 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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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Gerri Foudy added Flashdance 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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Rambo Franchise is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Rambo Franchise 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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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Clash of the Titans 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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Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Creepshow 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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Real Genius is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
carlybobarly added Real Genius Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman Real Genius is a 1985 satirical comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge. The film's screenplay was written by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, and Peter Torokvei. It stars Val Kilmer and Gabriel Jarret. ...more

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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Platoon 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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Back to School is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Back to School 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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Flash Gordon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Flash Gordon 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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Tron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Tron 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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One Crazy Summer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Edward Valentine added One Crazy Summer 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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Who's That Girl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Edward Valentine added Who's That Girl 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) 43 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
JP Zerickat added Howard the Duck 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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Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Time Bandits 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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Glory is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Relita added Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Glory is a 1989 American drama war film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, ...more

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Grease 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Grease 2 Michelle Pfeiffer, Sid Caesar, Connie Stevens Grease 2 is a 1982 American musical film and sequel to Grease, which is based upon the musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Grease 2 was produced by Allan Carr and Robert ...more

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Masters of the Universe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Masters of the Universe 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) 48 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Tango & Cash 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

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Valley Girl is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
Gerri Foudy added Valley Girl Nicolas Cage, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy film, starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Meyrink, Elizabeth Daily, Cameron Dye, and Michael Bowen, directed by Martha Coolidge. The American ...more

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The Beastmaster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
The Beastmaster Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn, Janet Jones The Beastmaster is a 1982 fantasy film directed by Don Coscarelli and starring Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, John Amos and Rip Torn. The film was marketed with the tagline "Born with the ...more