10 Must Watch Movies From The 80s, According To Reddit

Top Gun: Maverick is thriving at the box office and doing unbelievable numbers, reflecting a whole generation getting thrown back into 80s classics. While not every masterpiece from back then would succeed nowadays as Top Gun did, they remain timeless works that should be rewatched over and over again.

Following this line of thought, Reddit has some great insights on must-see 80s movies; features that not only encapsulate a whole decade but also deliver an enchanting feeling of nostalgia for even those who didn't witness those brilliant, fun times.

A list about the 80s would be incomplete without an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, and Redditor Fiske_Mogens mentions Commando as one of his must-watch picks. In the film, a retired Special Forces colonel is forced back into action after his daughter is kidnapped by a former subordinate.

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In unforgettable action sequences, Schwarzenegger fights his way through an array of punks, hitmen, commandos he once knew, and a fully equipped private army. It's often just as cheesy as it is epic.

Brough up by PeterLopan, Three O'Clock High is a timeless comedy classic that worked on many high school tropes that are still used today in teen movies. It follows a pitying nerd who gets himself in trouble with the school's new bully, who challenges him to fight on the grounds of their campus after the day's end.

It's a classic that plays with every teen's high school daydreams, using a certain nostalgic appeal to it. A great throwback to the 80s high school days, even if one hasn't ever experienced it.

Released at the beginning of the 80s, Airplane! marked a whole generation and set the tone for a bunch of comedy movies yet to come. Brought up by RJJewson, it offers one of the most chaotic setups of any movie of the genre; an alcoholic pilot afraid to fly boards a passenger jet in an attempt to get his lover back, alongside a glue-sniffing air traffic controller and his vengeful former Air Force captain. Added to that, everyone is stricken by a food poisoning condition, and landing the airplane quickly becomes an almost impossible task.

It's incredible how the movie manages to capture the whole haywire situation and escalate it hilariously, going for easy laughs but also working in intricated jokes and dark humor. When it comes to comedy, Airplane! is one of the most rewatchable movies ever.

The Princess Bride is a charming fairy tale with hints of comedy and romance. In fact, with all the running gags and characters going back in forth, it almost feels like a Monty Python film or something that deserved its TV show. While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the incredible story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who goes through many obstacles, enemies, and the weirdest characters to reunite with his true love.

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When talking about The Princess Bride, heyzeus_ claims "it's one of the greatest movies of all time. Never met someone who doesn't like it". Just like Shrek would do years later, this movie subverts the cliches and tropes that drive any well-known fantasy story, delivering something enchantingly funny.


It's impossible to talk about the 80s without at least one good vampire story. A classic teen horror movie, The Lost Boys follows two young boys that just moved to a quiet small coastal Californian town and discover that the area is overrun by bike gangs and vampires.

Suggested by brettsolem, the movie is a stylish entry to the genre, presenting memorable outfits and hairstyles that sum up the whole 80s aesthetics. The vampire plotline is very well balanced with the coming-of-age theme and the teen character's immaturity. It also offers just the right amount of violence for the younger audience awe both in terror and amusement. It's great timing to watch it, as The Lost Boys currently has a remake on the way.

What could be said about this movie that hasn't already been said? It's worth noticing that the movie is directed by John Hughes, probably the most prominent figure when it comes to 80s nostalgia and great teen movies.

Duder211 and a whole bunch of Redditors mentioned Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which tells the story of the witty high schooler Ferris Bueller, determined to have a day off with his girlfriend and his best friend, while trying to outwit a shrewd school principal and a fed-up sister. It's witty and charming, with one unforgettable protagonist and a compelling breaking of the fourth wall.


A cyberpunk masterpiece, Blade Runner is set in an alternate smog-choked LA of 2019, as Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate four rebel replicants who have escaped to Earth and are after their creator. Redditor zhuritebear claims that both Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 are worth checking out.

Based on sturdy material by sci-fi master Philip K. Dick, the movie offers more than a simple dystopian story, discussing important philosophical matters on the human condition and how technology is making it hard to discern what humanity is fighting for. Another big plus, it has one of the most iconic performances by Harrison Ford.

Another great sci-fi addition Back to the Future is an intense comedy with moments that can take anyone's breath away. While the majority of the movie is set in the 60s, it offers the 80s nostalgic approach to past times, offering great generational insights and embedding a set of characters from the two decades as well, sometimes even the same person in both decades.

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texdroid cites Back to the Future alongside many 80s classics, but this one stands out as (literally) a timeless movie with an important message of how it's never impossible to make a better future for ourselves, regardless of the time.

A comedy, a drama, and also a tear-jerking story, Stand By Me is a great adaptation to one of the most heart-warming Stephen King novellas. Suggested by SidHoffman and many others in an extensive 80s list, the film is a brave tale on the transition of childhood to younghood, as four friends set out on a journey to find the body of a missing boy.

The story itself is a full plate of adventure and friendship, but the final moments of the movie are heart-breaking, as it shouts out to all the powerful bonds lost with time.

AToastedRavioli mentions Die Hard as a must-watch from the 80s, one of the greatest action movies of all time and probably Bruce Willis's most iconic performance to date, becoming a sort of a poster-boy and the face of the successful franchise.

In Die Hard, he plays an NYPD officer trying to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during Christmas. With a powerful setting and an array of iconic characters, agent John McCane stays in the center of all as a legendary figure, an unstoppable force even in the most impossible situations.

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