The 80s were a great decade for movies, with many classic and influential films being released during this time. From heartwarming coming-of-age stories to action-packed blockbusters, the 80s had something for everyone. Here are some of the best movies of the 80s, organized by genre:
- Say Anything (1989) – This classic romantic comedy follows the relationship between Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), a high school senior, and Diane Court (Ione Skye), a valedictorian who is about to go off to college. When Diane’s father (John Mahoney) objects to their relationship, Lloyd must find a way to win him over and keep Diane by his side.
- Dirty Dancing (1987) – This iconic film follows the romance between Baby (Jennifer Grey), a young woman from a wealthy family, and Johnny (Patrick Swayze), a dance instructor at a resort where Baby is spending the summer. As they fall in love and dance together, Baby learns some important lessons about independence and standing up for what she believes in.
- The Princess Bride (1987) – This charming fairy tale follows the romance between Westley (Cary Elwes), a poor farmhand, and Buttercup (Robin Wright), a beautiful princess. As they try to reunite after being separated, they must overcome obstacles including the wicked Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and the infamous swordsman Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin).
- Ghostbusters (1984) – This hilarious comedy follows a group of scientists who start a business catching ghosts. When a surge of paranormal activity hits New York City, the Ghostbusters (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson) are in high demand. With the help of their secretary Janine (Annie Potts) and a receptionist (Rick Moranis), they must save the city from a giant marshmallow man.
- The Blues Brothers (1980) – This classic comedy follows Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) Blues, two brothers on a mission from God to save the orphanage where they grew up. As they try to raise the money needed to keep the orphanage open, they run into all sorts of trouble, including a run-in with the law and a showdown with a rival blues band.
- The Great Outdoors (1988) – This family comedy follows the vacation of the Griswold family (Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Johnny Galecki) at a cabin in the woods. As they try to enjoy their time off, they are constantly interrupted by their annoying neighbor (John Candy) and various mishaps.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – This iconic adventure film follows Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), an archaeologist and adventurer, as he searches for the Ark of the Covenant. As he travels from Nepal to Egypt, he must outwit rival archaeologists and dodge traps and dangers along the way.
- The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – This epic space opera is the second installment in the Star Wars trilogy. As the Rebel Alliance continues to fight against the Galactic Empire, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins his Jedi training with Yoda (Frank Oz) on the swamp planet Dagobah. Meanwhile, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is frozen in carbonite by the bounty hunter Boba Fett and taken to the villainous Darth Vader (David Prowse).