Favourite Movie From Each Year Of The 1980s


You are right, you don’t know what is oscar worthy. Oscars require more than one cool line.


Here goes. A couple of years were really tough.

1980 - Blues Brothers in a cake walk with Breaker Morant and Brubaker trailing.
1981 - Mad Max 2 gets up just from Chariots of Fire
1982 - The Man From Snowy River
1983 - Local Hero (Mark Knopflers “Going Home” still nearly brings me to tears every time I hear it.)
1984 - Karate Kid. Wax on, wax off.
1985 - Back to the Future
1986 - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off just sneaks in over Big Trouble In Little China
1987 - By far the toughest year. Predator gets up but geez it’s a close run thing with about ten other movies. Honourable mentions need to go to Good Morning Vietnam, Lethal Weapon, Full Metal Jacket, Spaceballs, Wall Street, Harry and the Hendersons, The Last Emperor and Batteries not Included.
1988 - Die Hard. Not sure if they made any other movies that year, although to be fair, A Fish Called Wanda was a close second.
1989 - Glory, separated by a flip of a coin from Field of Dreams.


Absolutely, commando has more than just one

Let off some steam captain jack


What’s the movie of the 1980s


Bladerunner is discussed in greatest ever conversations so it would have to be considered for the 80’s.


OK, will give it a go. The ones I remember and enjoyed.

1980: Coal Miners Daughter
(The Elephant Man, The Blues Brothers)

1981: On Golden Pond
( Escape from New York, Body Heat)

1982: An Officer and a Gentleman
(E.T., Year of Living Dangerously, Tootsie, Poltergeist)

1983: Careful He Might Hear You
(Phar Lap, Flashdance, Silkwood, The Star Chamber)

1984: Body Double
( Never Ending Story, The Karate Kid)

1985: The Breakfast Club
(The Colour Purple, Mask, The Sure Thing, Sweet Dreams)

1986: The Colour of Money
(The Three Amigo’s, Blue Velvet, Top Gun)

1987: Moonstruck
(The Year My Voice Broke, Dirty Dancing, Good Morning Vietnam, La Bamba, The Lost Boys, The Princess Bride, RoboCop, The Untouchables, The Witches of Eastwick)

1988: Mississippi Burning
(Young Einstein, Beetlejuice, Biloxi Blues, Bull Durham, A Fish called Wanda, Gorilla’s in the Mist, Mac and Me, Rain Man, Twins, Young Guns)

1989: Dead Poet Society
(Dead Calm, Field of Dreams, Turner and Hooch, Driving Miss Daisy)


Ha very true. As a kid I thought I was watching a horror, but as I got older I realized it was more of a comedy. The Slaughtered Lamb scenes were priceless. “What’s that star on the wall for?”. Might need a viewing over the holidays!


You are the winner by a very long way.


There’s no robots, vampires or aliens in most of those movies.


Sorry there is one alien.
Phar Lap was a good movie.


Sorry and some vampires.
On golden pond etc and so forth as nauseum



@Bacchusfox thanks.


Should do a blitz marathon of the best 80s movies. I guarantee there will be movies on lists that will definately be replaced.


I liked the two Bill Forsyth movies - @Shelton10 mentioned two and others have mentioned Local Hero. I always wondered why he disappeared from sight so quickly after the quirky Comfort and Joy and then a bland American foray. Gregory’s Girl was a big fave.

The 80’s wasn’t my decade. Too much working, cricket and drinking for movies and TV, explaining why my DVD list and @Koala’s had an almost null intersection set.


Great question.

In terms of biggest impact on audiences I think he have to go with raiders or empire strikes back.

In terms of overall best film I go with raiders.


The Lost Boys, I must add that to 1987!!


Local Hero is one of the all-time favourites. It’s such a gentle, good-natured movie that makes a few good points at the same time. Burt Lancaster is an unexpected delight. Everybody should see it at least once.


Forgot that one, was good.


1980 - Blues Brothers
1981 - Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 - First Blood
1983 - Trading Places
1984 - Ghostbusters
1985 - The Goonies
1986 - Stand By Me
1987 - Princess Bride
1988 - Coming To America
1989 - Back To The Future II

88 and 89 could be about six different choices depending on how I feel at the time


1980 - Blues Brothers (special mention Airplane!/Flying High!)

1981 - An American Werewolf in London (special mention The Evil Dead)

1982 - E.T. (special mention Porky’s)

1983 - The Outsiders (special mention National Lampoon’s Vacation)

1984 - A Nightmare on Elm Street (special mention The Toxic Avenger)

1985 - The Breakfast Club (special mention Weird Science)

1986 - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (special mention Heartbreak Ridge)

1987 - Predator (special mention Good Morning Vietnam)

1988 - Die Hard (special mention Coming to America)

1989 - Batman (special mention See No Evil, Hear No Evil)