Top 10 80s Movies

Top 10 80s Movies

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Top 10 80s Movies

22 December 2020


The 80s was an era of great movies, many of which still have us glued to our seats today. Sure, the special effects are a little ropey and there’s no sign of HD, but that’s all part of the fun. 80s flicks are nostalgic, so here are 10 of the best – many of which can be enjoyed at drive in movies London from the comfort of your own car. Enjoy the magic of retro drive thru movies and transport yourself back to a decade of awesome cinema.

The 80s was an era of great movies, many of which still have us glued to our seats today. Sure, the special effects are a little ropey and there’s no sign of HD, but that’s all part of the fun. 80s flicks are nostalgic, so here are 10 of the best – many of which can be enjoyed at drive in movies London from the comfort of your own car. Enjoy the magic of retro drive thru movies and transport yourself back to a decade of awesome cinema.

1. Wonder Woman 1984

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman's next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah. The hotly anticipated super-hero sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince as she re-discovers old flames (Chris Pine) and squares off against new foes, the sinister Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and powerful super-villain, the Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). With stunning visuals and psychedelic fight scenes, this is one blockbuster you won't want to miss!

2. Back To The Future

Back To The Future is based on a young 17-year-old high school student named Marty McFly, who is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean that is invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown

3. Dirty Dancing

Starring Jennifer Grey as daddy’s girl Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and Patrick Swayze as handsome dance instructor Johnny Castle, Dirty Dancing is one of the most loved movies of all time. Released in 1987, this musical is a heart-warming love story with a brilliant soundtrack including hits such as (I’ve Had) the Time of my Life, Hungry Eyes and You Don’t Own Me.

4. Die Hard

It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe.

5. The Goonies

First released in 1985, The Goonies is an old-school classic with an epic plot. When a band of kids from the Goon Docks in Oregon attempt to save their homes from a new development, they discover an old treasure map that takes them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy – a 17th century pirate with a legendary reputation.

6. A Nightmare on Elm Street

1985 was a year of hit film releases with A Nightmare on Elm Street bringing some slasher horror to the screens. When several Midwestern teenagers fall victim to midnight mangler Freddy Krueger who preys on teenagers in their dreams (and in turn kills them in reality), dark secrets are revealed. Can pieces of a very mysterious puzzle be put together before it’s too late?

7. Hairspray

While the latest Hairspray movie was released in 2007, the original movie dates back to 1988 and features Ricki Lake as curvaceous Tracy Tumblad. Written and directed by often controversial filmmaker John Walters, Hairspray addresses issues of racism, obesity and social acceptance directly. And, like many other 80s movies, there’s no sign of political correctness, which adds to its rustic charm.

8. Top Gun

Released in 1986 and starring Tom Cruise, Tom Gun is an action/adventure movie which has maintained its popularity over the years. When code-named ‘Maverick,’ Pete Mitchell (Cruise), a daredevil Navy-pilot ace is accepted in the elite Fighter School ‘Top Gun’ he learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

9. Batman

Having witnessed his parents’ brutal murder as a child, millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne is on a mission – to eradicate crime in Gotham City disguised as Batman. A costumed hero who strikes fear into the hearts of villains, Batman takes on his supervillain nemesis The Joker (Jack Nicholson), a violent, colourful source of chaos. Directed by Tim Burton and released in 1989, Batman has developed a cult-like following.

10. E.T.

E.T. first hit our screens on 9 December 1982 and is still popular today. When a gentle alien gets stranded on planet Earth, he’s befriended by a young boy named Elliott and his siblings which include little sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). But when E.T. falls ill, government invention plummets the situation into chaos.

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