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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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  • Ghostbusters1
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • The Princess Bride2
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Back to the Future3
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • The Goonies4
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • The Breakfast Club5
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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 Ark6
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Beetlejuice7
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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off8
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Big9
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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  • Die Hard10
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    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • The Lost Boys11
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    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • Sixteen Candles12
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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Gremlins13
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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

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  • Weird Science14
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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Police Academy15
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    Police Academy

    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg

    Released1984

    Directed byHugh Wilson

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  • Mannequin16
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    Mannequin

    Kim Cattrall, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byMichael Gottlieb

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  • Revenge of the Nerds17
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    Revenge of the Nerds

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1984

    Directed byJeff Kanew

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  • 9 to 518
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    9 to 5

    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton

    Released1980

    Directed byColin Higgins

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  • Footloose19
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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

    Released1984

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • Back to the Future Part II20
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    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Short Circuit21
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    Short Circuit

    Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Badham

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  • Pretty in Pink22
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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit23
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Teen Wolf24
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    Teen Wolf

    Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant

    Released1985

    Directed byRod Daniel

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  • Big Trouble in Little China25
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    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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