9 Greatest Movies From The 80s You Can't Do Without
February 19th, 2014 3:11pm EST
Most "top movies" lists are subjective to popular opinion and while this is not a comprehensive list, it is a compilation of some of the greatest movies from the eighties. Here are movies that will allow you to sit back and reminisce with your family -- whether it be about the poor special effects, the obvious love stories or the classic underdog tale.
Without further ado, we give you a list of our favorite great movies from the eighties. Please note that this is not a definitive or all-inclusive list, but does include movies that we just couldn't do without growing up.
"Spaceballs" is a 1987 comedy and features Rick Moranis in the role of Dark Helmet alongside John Candy's Barf and Bill Pullman's character Lone Starr. The movie centers around a Star Wars parody, but is so much more than that. Planet Druidia's King Roland is trying to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but she gets kidnapped by the Spaceballs. In return for the Princess, the Spaceballs want all of the air of Druidia in order to save planet Spaceball. In order to save his daughter, King Roland enlists the help of Lone Starr.
This movie is a classic that parodies the likes of Star Wars, Star Trek and Police Academy, to name a few. It became a comedy before some of us even knew why and it still holds up today.
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off": Every kid dreams of taking a day off from school without repercussions and that's exactly what this 1986 movie accomplishes. Ferris gets Cameron and Sloane together to skip school in the most epic of fashions. For all of us who wished to borrow a fancy car and gallivant across the city while duping those in charge, this one is for you. The movie also carries a powerful message of standing up to fear in that of Cameron's father.
As his love letter to the city of Chicago, John Hughes made sure to include twenty works of art in one sequence alone. Fun fact: There was supposed to be a scene in the movie where Ferris, Sloane and Cameron ventured off to a strip club, but due to time constraints, it was cut from filming.
"Big" is a 1988 movie about a kid getting his wish to be an adult before his time. Josh wanted to be an adult with all of the perks that come along with it. He wanted girls, money and cars and he got exactly what he wanted after making a wish at the Zoltar Speaks game at the fairgrounds. The movie was wildly successful after earning almost ten times its filming budget in ticket sales.
Tom Hanks does the part of twelve-year-old Josh Baskin justice as he portrays the man-child who knows nothing about being an adult. As an adult, Josh gets a dream job testing toys, a girlfriend named Susan and a fancy apartment in the city, but what he longs for most is the simplicity of being a child again.
Mask: On a more serious side, this 1985 movie tells the story of Rocky Dennis and his facial deformity. Longing to be accepted, his mother, played by Cher, gets him into a regular school and he proves there that he is quite intelligent. After graduation, Rocky falls in love with a blind girl, but her parents disapprove.
Fun fact: When Eric Stoltz arrived to the post-production party for the movie, no one recognized him. He had to present his I.D. to the security guys to gain entrance -- as he spent so much time in makeup for the flick.
"The Princess Bride" made Cary Elwes a household name along with his famous movie phrase "as you wish". He portrayed Westley/The Man in Black, the man who rescues Buttercup from Prince Humperdinck's goons with the use of cunning and swordsmanship. This is a beautifully told tale of love and adventure, all from a grandfather to his sick grandson.
Fun fact: Both Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin learned fencing for their roles in the movie and performed all of the fencing for their fight scene. Despite that, they both used stunt doubles for the somersaults.
"The Breakfast Club" is a movie about the most unlikeliest of people getting shoved into an unknown situation together. You've got the preppy girl, the jock, the nerd, the rebel and the shut-in -- all thrown into detention with one another to find that they have more in common than they previously thought.
Fun fact: Molly Ringwald was originally approached to play the role of Allison Reynolds (the shut-in/basket case), but convinced the director to give her the role of Claire Standish.
"Pretty In Pink": In this 1986 John Hughes classic, Brat Packers Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy, along with James Spader and Jon Cryer, tell the tale of unrequited love and coming of age. Basically, Duckie loves Andie, but Andie likes Blane and Steff is angry that Andie turned him down. This movie shows the ups and downs of high school life with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure.
Fun fact: Anthony Michael Hall was originally cast in the role of Duckie, but turned it down because he didn't want to be typecast as a geek.
"Dirty Dancing" is a coming of age movie featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Jennifer's character Baby steps in for Johnny's (Swayze) partner for a dance performance. Baby and Johnny end up falling in love, much to her father's disapproval. Her dad thinks Johnny knocked up a girl of whom he performed an abortion. At the resort, when it comes time for the final dance, which is usually choreographed by Johnny, he takes Baby out of her corner and shows the place what she can do. This movie is a must-see for anyone in search of a timeless love story.
Most women watch this movie for the scenes featuring Patrick Swayze's hot self shaking his money maker. We've watched the movie a total of at least 20 times -- for research purposes, of course.
Fun fact: Jennifer Grey annoyed Patrick Swayze during the scene where he ran his fingers down her body (as in the movie poster). His annoyance was captured on camera and used for the final cut.
"Back To The Future" is that iconic movie that shows Marty McFly being transported via a DeLorean to the year 1955. He interrupts the timeline of which his parents fall in love and his mother falls in love with him instead of his father. He enlists the help of Doc Brown in order to make his mother fall in love with his father so that their family exists in the future.
Fun fact: Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly due to casting issues with Michael J. Fox. Midway through the movie, he was let go and replaced by Fox.
Other movies in this genre have obviously had an impact on our movie-going experiences. What movies would you add to our list? Have your say in the comments section below.
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