7 Top Movies of the 80s for when You're in a Nostalgic Mood ...


We all love movies of the 80s! They were cutting edge for their time with their “advanced” visuals and special effects. Plus, the stories were mostly all originals. Unlike today’s movie where a lot of them are sequels, book adaptations or remakes, the movies of the 80s were new and different! Here are a few movies of the 80s.

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Amadeus, 1984

One of my favourite movies of the 80s, Amadeus is a biography of the world renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (quite the name). What makes this movie different than usual biographies is that it’s told from the perspective of Antonio Salieri – a rival of Mozart. Envious of Mozart’s undisputed talent, Salieri makes no attempt in making his rival look good but does acknowledge the marvelous talent of Mozart.


Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, 1983

Return of the Jedi is the third movie in a series of 6 movies. Although, it was released third it’s actually the 6th and last part of the movie. Make sense? Let me try to further clarify... the first three movies released in the franchise are actually the last three parts in the story of Star Wars. Therefore, the last 3 movies released actually tell the beginning of Star Wars. However, when you watch these films it’s best to watch them in the order they are released, not in the chronological order of the story line.


Once upon a Time in America, 1984

Any movie that features Robert De Niro already has my attention! This Golden Globe nominated movie tells the story of New York gangsters from childhood to adulthood and everything in between, like Prohibition. Although this is a crime flick there are tender moments during the film that break away from the stereotype of New York gangsters.


Aliens, 1986

Aliens is a two time Oscar winning film as well as a sequel to the 1979 movie Alien. Aliens is directed by James Cameron and is about the lead character Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) returning to the planet where she first encountered aliens.


The Shining, 1980

The Shining is one of the most iconic horror stories of all time! Starring Jack Nicholson, The Shining is about a family who are winter caretakers for a deserted hotel. The son is telepathic and can see the gory past of the hotel as well as the frightening future for his family if they continue to reside there. Furthermore, the father slowly becomes increasingly influenced by the ghosts that haunt the hotel, causing him to lose his sanity.


Back to the Future, 1985

Possibly the most popular movie to come out of the 80s, Back to the Future bout a teenage boy who mistakenly travels back in time with the now infamous “time travelling DeLorean”. Once in the past, Marty McFly (what a name...) has to ensure that his teenage parents meet and fall in love with one another. If Marty fails he cannot return to the future and will cease to exist.


Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981

Those darn Nazis always trying to snatch up what isn’t theirs! Thank goodness for Indiana Jones who is recruited by the US Government to recover an ancient artifact, the Ark of the Covenant, before the Nazis get their hands on it! This classic movie of the 80s won 5 Oscars and is an iconic movie even today!

Some people find it hard to watch “old” movies but movies from the 80s are different! They involved a lot of storytelling and adventure and always took the watcher for a ride. What are some of your favourite movies from the 80s?

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The Labyrinth featuring David Bowie.

Sixteen candles...at the end, the guy and the car, just waiting for her...still makes me sigh... :)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off! It's my favourite, probably of all time.

I loved and still love "the never ending story" its my favourite till date.

Lost Boys and Labyrinth

I would say the breakfast club is up there

I loved "Weird Science"and "Can't buy me love" 80's were the best!!

the goonies and fast times at ridgemont high

Really great list...and I agree you have to have John Hughes' movies on any '80 list, and Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Ferris are iconic...I also love Pee Wee's Big Adventure...and if you really want wallow in '80's nostalgia, St. Elmo's Fire will certainly bring it all back...for better or worse lol

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