Oh, baby, do I love movies from the 1980s!
I first started watching movies during that glorious decade and I still think a lot of them are great.
Back to the Future, Sixteen Candles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Cobra (one of Stallone’s finest).
The list goes on and on!
What 1980s movies still hold up today?
AskReddit users shared their opinions.
1. This movie is intense.
“David Cronenberg’s “The Fly”.
A remake of a silly 1950s B-Movie becomes a creepy prescient analogy about the (still-new at the time) AIDS crisis and terminal illness in general. The real horror in this movie is watching the protagonist deteriorate from a quirky Jeff Goldblum character into a horrifying abomination.
As he metamorphoses, Goldblum turns into something completely alien – both physically and mentally. A lot of movies use gore for its shock value, but watching Goldblum slough off body parts like a late-stage cancer patient is a different kind of discomfort.”
2. Love it!
I can watch this movie over and over again.
The practical effects and the movie’s ability to keep you questioning all the way until the very end makes it so good!”
3. I’ll be back.
I can never get enough of that movie. The police station scene never ceases to amaze me.
The effects were amazing back then.”
4. Great film.
“Stand By Me.
“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?””
5. Get to the chopper!
“I’d say Predator is an underrated film. I mean, it’s well known and has a fanbase, but as a movie, it’s very very clever.
It actually deviates from the usual formula of writing a script, as the story starts with a different tone and goal for the main character. It takes its time time to shift the focus to the Predator.
And yet, it’s a very compact film, with no filler (looking at you, Laurence Fishburn’s character in The Predators…). Excellent script, well shot and edited.”
6. One of the best.
“Back to the Future aged like a fine wine.
Just watched it again yesterday.
My feel-good movie.”
7. A fan favorite.
“The Princess Bride.
“You are losing, and yet you smile.
I know something you do not know.””
“The Blues Brothers.
There’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of ci**rettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
9. Sci-fi for the win.
A beautifully made movie.
Great to look at and with real intelligence and depth. Like teardrops in the rain.”
I’d buy that for a dollar!”
11. I love this movie.
“Big Trouble in Little China.
“Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake.
Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol’ storm right square in the eye and he says, “Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.””
“The Big Chill.
I didn’t watch it as a kid, but now that I’m older I think it’s one of the best movies made in the 1980s.”
13. Michael Douglas rules.
“Romancing the Stone.
I have a soft spot for it because it was the first rental movie I ever watched.
We rented it when my dad borrowed a Betamax player from work.”
14. John Candy was great.
God, I miss John Candy being in movies.
The Great Outdoors, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and Delirious were so good too.”
My Mom and Dad always wondered how and why I learned to suddenly swear one day. Well it was because of this movie.
I love the Goonies for that, and because it was just a d**n good movie in general.”
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