Eighties Films

Yes, folks. That’s right. I’m doing this. Sit back and enjoy as I divulge to you the greatest films you will ever see. ‘The greatest films ever, Chloe? Bit of a bold statement, isn’t it?’ I hear you ask. No, no it is not.

***Little disclaimer***: They’re in no particular order because they’re all fantastic (although I do have a few faves).

1. Grease 2



There isn’t really much of a plot. All I can say is that there’s a lot of singing about sex. Just do it. You’ll hate it so much you’ll love it. Also, Didi Conn (Frenchie) makes an appearance, so you have to watch it out of love for her anyway.





2. Dirty Dancing



Call me biased all you want but who doesn’t want to see a shirtless Patrick Swayze in a lake? 

For those of you who have spent your entire lives under a rock, Dirty Dancing is a story about a babied teen – whose nickname is Baby coincidentally – and Johnny (a dance instructor) falling in love. Looking back now, it’s pretty weird that Baby is meant to be 16 and Johnny is meant to be in his thirties. But when you watch it you don’t even consider the weird nature of that. Grey and Swayze are fantastic. Not to mention the amazing soundtrack. I won’t say anymore.



3. Risky Business



Tom Cruise’s parents go on holiday, he has a free house and things escalate. That is all that I’ll say. You have to watch it. Oh, and don’t forget this scene.






4. The Breakfast Club



Where do I even start? A film about every stereotype in a high school coming together, emulating in one of the best dance scenes in a film you just don’t expect a dance scene. It’s just heartwarming. It’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you cry. One of my all time favourites.





5. Can’t Buy Me Love


YOUNG PATRICK DEMPSEY. His name is Ronald and he’s the biggest nerd going. A popular girl goes out with him, betting with her mates that she can make him cool. They fall in love.  Another film trying to show that you don’t have to be restricted by your stereotype. And who can forget this scene… THE LAWNMOWER SCENE.





6. Die Hard

Bruce Willis in his prime. John McClane is my favourite police officer of all time. He’s so badass. YIPEE KI YAY. Also, this may sound weird, but all of the Die Hard films always get me in the mood for Christmas.





7. Stand By Me


Four boys go on a hike to find a dead body. Despite being an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, it’s heartwarming rather than gruesome. It’s about the transition from boy to man – or innocence to wisdom – and captures the vulnerability of masculinity and relationships. Another one of my favourites.





8. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

You’ll watch this film, and the first time will probably dream of having a day out like this. You can’t help but love Ferris’ charm and feel for Cameron’s pure anxieties.

Just. Watch. It. Even if it’s just for this scene.





9. Pretty in Pink



Another one of John Hughes’ brilliant and heartwarming coming of age films that tries its best to reject stereotypes. I love John Hughes. And I love Duckie.





10. Say Anything


I know that the name of this film is Say Anything, but I am not going to say anything about this film (I’m funny, right?) except that I never thought it was possible to fancy John Cusack… then I watched this film and fell in love with him. You think it’s over, but it’s not. It’s just not. In fact, Lloyd Dobbler set expectations too high for men. It’s his fault. Everyone blame Lloyd.



11. St Elmo’s Fire

Now, thist-elmos-fire-movie-poster-1985-1020191845s. This is my favourite film. It just breaks my heart every time, while making me laugh and cry. It makes you think and it makes you feel. It takes you on a journey into adulthood while emphasising the importance of maintaining relationships and retaining a part of your adolescence. If Rob Lowe and Demi Moore’s scene at the end of the film doesn’t make you feel things, are you human?



12. Top Gun


Tom Cruise. Val Kilmer. Need I say more?

Maverick and Goose are sent to Top Gun school for aviators where Maverick and Iceman become rivals. Does that make sense to you? WATCH IT. Oh, and don’t get too attached to any characters…



These are just some of my favourites from the eighties – I don’t want to bore you because I could go on all day. Here’s a list of some more:

  • Scarface. Say hello to Al Pacino’s little friend (no that is not a euphemism) .
  • Cocktail. Yes, more Tom Cruise.
  • Sixteen Candles. Because you can never have enough Molly Ringwald.
  • Footloose. Because Kevin Bacon gets angry and dances in a warehouse.
  • Mannequin.  Just because Kim Cattrall is a goddess.
  • The Lost Boys. Kiefer Sutherland and Cory Feldman in one film. It’s a dream.
  • Dead Poet’s Society. Oh Captain, my Captain. Robin Williams at his finest.
  • Some Kind of Wonderful. The right people get together for once.

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