Top Twenty Movies from the 80’s by MSR

It’s a celebration to the 1980’s this week on SeppinRek and I could not be more excited! I grew up in the 80’s, so this list is from my perspective as a kid. I am fully aware there will be some who will yell at the computer when they read this list, but I was too young to watch most rated R movies during this decade, so please keep that in mind.

Now, let’s slip on some jelly shoes, pop in those shoulder pads, and tease yo’ bangs because it’s time for a radical trip down memory lane with Mama SeppinRek!

20. Splash

Splash (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes
Tom Hanks finds a mermaid (Daryl Hannah)…classic. Throw in some John Candy for good measure and you got yourself a classic 80’s rom-com.

19. Weekend at Bernie’s Weekend at Bernie's: Catherine Stewart, Andrew McCarthy,  Jonathan Silverman, Terry Kiser, Don Calfa, Timothy Paul Perez, Bruce  Barbour, Mark Smaltz, Bob Horen, George Cheung, Stephen Fischer, Tim Perez,  Tina Diane King,
Weekend at Bernie’s is one of my secret shame movies, but I’m admitting it right here and now.

18. Heathers

Everything You Didn't Know About 'Heathers' | Glamour
Every girl loved Heathers because honestly, we all knew of a clique like that, but it spun wayyy out of control in this movie. Personally, I have never been a Christian Slater fan, and I still don’t understand the appeal, but he fit this role perfectly.

17. Dead Poet’s Society

Dead Poets Society (1989) - IMDb
I adored this movie, like many others, for so many reasons. Robin Williams was a revelation and the kind of teacher we all wished we had. It had teenage angst, terrible tragedy, and basically, it is a nearly flawless film.

16. Big

Big (film) - Wikipedia
I do not think any other actor could have played this role and been as successful as Tom Hanks. The heart and soul scene…ahhhh.

15. Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes
Karate Kid had it all, didn’t it? How many of us still say, Wax on, Wax off?

14. Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters (1984) - IMDb
My brother, Kerry, will disagree with me putting Ghostbusters at number fourteen, since he watched it over and over and over again…which is probably why it is not in the top ten. Do you know how many times this was playing in our home? Still, it is classic Bill Murray, and I did love it.

13. Batman

Batman (1989 film) - Wikipedia
Okay, before I get in trouble with Seppin for putting it at number 13, this movie came out in 1989, so I already had firm favorites that ranked higher. I still remember watching this though and being wowed.

12. Romancing the Stone

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I adored Romancing the Stone. Action, adventure, comedy, romance. It had everything.

11. La Bamba

La Bamba (film) - Wikipedia
La Bamba was a great movie and although it is tragic, the story of Ritchie Valens, his life, his rise to fame, and his music really touched me.

10 Footloose

Footloose (1984) - IMDb
“Everybody cut, everybody cut,” Footloose was a huge movie and yes, the big city boy moves to small-town which doesn’t allow dancing sounds silly, but it worked. It also had one of the best movie soundtracks of all time. Period.

9. Say Anything

Say Anything (1989) - IMDb
This movie just fit perfectly in the time it came out. Every person who grew up in this time period, and was a teenager, wants the person we love to stand outside their window at night blaring In your eyes. Every single one of us, trust me.

8. Indiana Jones Trilogy Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventure Collection (Raiders of  the Lost Ark / Temple of Doom / Last Crusade / Kingdom of the Crystal  Skull): Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Steven Spielberg, George
I don’t think I even need to explain why this is number eight, do I?

7. Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing (1987) - IMDb
Dirty Dancing. Good story. Amazing Music. Fabulous dancing. And we all learned one very important thing. Nobody puts baby in a corner.

6. Overboard

Overboard (1987 film) - Wikipedia
Okay. I know. I am going to get a ton of heat for this pick at my number six, but it is MY number six. I love this movie. I don’t know why, but I just do. Deal with it.

5. Return of the Jedi

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Return of the Jedi is actually one of the first movies I remember seeing in the movie theater and I absolutely loved it.

4. Back to the Future

Just one of the best ever. End of story.

3. The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes
Okay, I have a story about this. My brother and I went home for lunch when I was a freshman in high school (Yes, we were allowed in our town at the time). We put on the t.v. and this movie came on. I had never seen it and we proceeded to skip class that afternoon because we were so enthralled. It’s just perfection on every level for me.

2. Top Gun

Top Gun (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes
Not going to lie. Top Gun brings back a lot of memories. As an eleven year old girl when it came out, I was floored by it. Not to mention the volleyball scene. Um, yeah.
  1. Goonies Goonies, The (WBFE) (DVD): Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen,  Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy-Quan, John Matuszak,  Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, Anne Ramsey, Steve Antin, Richard Donner,  Richard
Number one for me. I don’t know how many times I watched it, but I still love it to this day. Allenjoy Slumber Party Backdrop Kids Girls Pillow Fight Radio  Birthday Sleepover Parites Table Wall Decorations Pajama Banner 7x5ft  Photoshoot Background for Children Photography Photo Booth Props: Camera &  Photo

I had to do a separate list because there was always a few trusted go to movies for our slumber parties!

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (film) - Wikipedia
Who did not watch Girls just want to have Fun at their slumber party?! Sixteen Candles: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Edward  Andrews, Carole Cook, Liane Alexandra Curtis, Joan Cusack, John Cusack,  Paul Dooley, Jami Gertz, Carlin Glynn, Justin Henry, Cinnamon Idles, John  Kapelos, Marge
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The Breakfast Club (1985) - IMDb
John Hughes owned the slumber party market. All three movies were always the first picks to rent. Pizza, ice cream, a John Hughes movie…the basis for every perfect sleepover.
Mystic Pizza (1988) - IMDb
Another favorite!

Honorable Mention

So….I was laughed at for loving this movie and discouraged from posting it, but I cannot, in good conscience, end this post without one of my all-time favorite movies.

Laugh if you want, but for several years I wanted to be an astronaut because of this movie, and I am now way too old to even be embarrassed about my professing my love for the cinematic greatness which was…. SpaceCamp aka Space Camp: Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly  Preston, Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Skerritt, Tate Donovan, Terry O'Quinn, Larry  B. Scott, Barry Primus, Harry Winer: Movies & TV
Laugh all you want, but guess who cares? Not me. I loved it.


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