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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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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
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
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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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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis
Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits of a deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) are harassed by an unbearable family that has ...more

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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Big is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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Revenge of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure '80s Movies
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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