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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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    Ghostbusters
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Back to the Future
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    The Princess Bride
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    The Goonies
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 5
    The Breakfast Club
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 7
    Beetlejuice
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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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    79

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 9
    Big
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    Sixteen Candles
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    66

    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 11
    Die Hard
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    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    The Lost Boys
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    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 13
    Gremlins
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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

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    Weird Science
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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 15
    Police Academy
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    Police Academy

    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg

    Released1984

    Directed byHugh Wilson

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    Mannequin
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    113

    Mannequin

    Kim Cattrall, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byMichael Gottlieb

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  • 17
    Revenge of the Nerds
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    108

    Revenge of the Nerds

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1984

    Directed byJeff Kanew

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  • 18
    9 to 5
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    104

    9 to 5

    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton

    Released1980

    Directed byColin Higgins

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  • 19
    Short Circuit
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    115

    Short Circuit

    Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Badham

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  • 20
    Back to the Future Part II
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    41

    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 21
    Pretty in Pink
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    84

    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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  • 22
    Footloose
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    75

    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

    Released1984

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • 23
    Teen Wolf
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    Teen Wolf

    Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant

    Released1985

    Directed byRod Daniel

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  • 24
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 25
    Big Trouble in Little China
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    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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