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Top 5 Iconic 80s Movies

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During a recent neighborhood party all of the kids were sucked into what was playing on the large outdoor movie screen. No animation, very few special effects and a pretty corny storyline was all it took to hold their attention while the adults hung out with some good food and plenty of adult beverages. The movie that was playing wasn’t the latest Disney Pixar blockbuster. The kids got taken in by the classic 80’s movie, ‘Goonies’! While I’m not personally a big fan of the movie, and to this day have not been able to sit all the way through it, the feature film that night got us thinking about the most iconic movies from a decade that produced so many classics. While some may be upset that ‘Goonies’ did not make our top 5, here’s our take (in no specific order) of the ones that are great for the kids in all of us…

Top 5 Iconic 80s Movies


1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


1982 ‧ Fantasy/Science fiction film ‧ 2h 1m

Young Elliott finds a friendly alien that has been stranded on Earth. Elliott brings the creature, E.T., home and shows his siblings who agree to keep E.T. a secret. But when E.T. becomes deathly ill, Elliott battles the government in an epic adventure to send him home.

2. Back to the Future


1985 ‧ Fantasy/Science fiction film ‧ 2h 6m

The eccentric Doc Brown sends young Marty McFly back to the 50’s in a time-bending DeLorean. Marty meets the teenage versions of his parents and figures out that if they don’t fall in love, Marty will never exist. Now Marty has to play matchmaker and get back to the future in time to save Doc Brown’s life.

3. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark


1981 ‧ Fantasy/Action ‧ 1h 55m

Archeologist and consummate adventurer, Dr. Indiana Jones, is sent by the U.S. Government to locate the Ark of the Covenant. The government believes it still contains the ten commandments and is capable of extraordinary power. Trouble begins when Indy finds that Hitler has sent his own team to recover the Ark. Mix in an ex-girlfriend, hand to hand combat and classic stunts for a truly fun flick.

4. Ghostbusters


1984 ‧ Fantasy/Fantasy ‧ 1h 47m

When a group of New York scientists lose their jobs, they start a paranormal investigation company bent on capturing ghosts with high-tech gadgets. After a rocky start the team builds steam along with a reputation for handling difficult specters. When they discover a gateway to another dimension they have to work to save the city from supernatural destruction.

5. Gremlins


1984 ‧ Fantasy/Fantasy ‧ 1h 47m

A gadget salesman finds himself in Chinatown looking for the perfect gift for his son. Eventually the shopkeeper sells him a “mogwai”. He also provides a strange warning to never expose him to bright light, get him wet or feed him after midnight. One by one each of these rules are broken, resulting in a horde of gremlins getting loose on Christmas Eve.

How did we do? Did we leave out your favorite? Interested in other “Top 5” lists? Be sure to stay tuned to TLI for the latest throw-back analysis for our staff.