Your favorite film of the 1980s?

Which film was your all-time favorite of the 80s?

  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
  • An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  • Gremlins (1984)
  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • Romancing the Stone (1984)
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
  • The NeverEnding Story (1984)
  • Sixteen Candles (1984)
  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Cocoon (1985)
  • Witness (1985)
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • Stand by Me (1986)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • Three Men and a Baby (1987)
  • Fatal Attraction (1987)
  • Dirty Dancing (1987)
  • The Last Emperor (1987)
  • Lethal Weapon (1987)
  • Rain Man (1988)
  • Bull Durham (1988)
  • Die Hard (1988)
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  • Scarface (1983)
  • Platoon (1986)

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Many of us grew up during the 1980s. (Don’t you miss the 80’s?) Some people love it and some people hate it. Yet the 80s were a decade of memorable films like E.T, The Karate Kid, and Top Gun. What is your all-time favorite film of the 1980s?

What a sorry list of movies. Was it really that bad?

Betty Blue aka 37°2 le matin is well up there

and what? No Scarface?

I used to have that poster in my room. I didn’t care for the movie much.

The Mission, Scarface, and The Moderns.

I liked the start of it quite well, though.
I agree that those listed are a pretty sorry representation of 80s films. None I’d watch again except maybe Ferris Bueller, and that would only be for the shot of his girfriend in her bikini and the one of the parking attendants getting air in the Ferrari.

The Big Chill made an impression on me.

That was a really good film. So was Altered States and a whole host of others.

Blue Velvet thats another

actually Lynch’s Elephant Man was 1980… thats great as well

Blue Velvet was pretty good. I added Scarface just in the nick of time. :slight_smile:

Fitzcarraldo (1982) is a masterpiece. Love it to bits.

The release of the director’s cut for Lawrence of Arabia also stands out.

The Last Emperor was gorgeous (and had a nice tittie shot)

I’m just trying to think about what I was doing in the 80s. Most of it in the service. I remember being excited about The Shining and then being let down. The day I shipped out to Japan, my plane was delayed so I went to the theater in St. Louis and in uniform to see Ghost Busters. I saw Star Trek III (I think) in a big cinemascope theater in Japan. They had a Nightmare on Elm Street festival on base and my friend got in trouble for running his fingers throught the hair of the girl sitting in front of him and saying, “I’m your boyfriend now.” He thought she was someone else.

[quote=“almas john”]Fitzcarraldo (1982) is a masterpiece. Love it to bits.


Aye, thats class.
AJ have you ever seen Cobra Verde?
The last Herzog/Kinski film? its the only one I haven’t seen

Nope, I’ll check it out.

Interesting poll. An “Other” option is vital in such instances, of course. :moon:

Out of the ones the OP listed, Blade Runner is fairly easy for me to pick out as a fave. But there are many good films not on the list:

Das Boot (1981)
Henry V (1989)
Kagemusha (1980)
Jean De Florette/Manon of the Spring
Blues Brothers (1980)
Dead Poets Society

There can be only one:

Loved it too.

To add to the list:

An American Werewolf in London. One of my favorite horror-comedies. In fact possibly my only favorite horror-comedy.

I was going to say Life of Brian but that was 79. :frowning:

But The Meaning of Life makes it in.


This is Spinal Tap
Withnail and I
The Airplane Movies

And for Iris Tsu:
The Princess Bride

Heathers is a good call.

Some of my picks:

Full Metal Jacket
Real Genius

Pft. No ‘The Lost Boys’.

Breakfast Club

St. Elmo’s fire