The Best 80s Movies to Watch Right Now |Movies of the Decade

In this write-up, we shall be showing you the Best 80s Movies to Watch Right Now. The eighties were a wild decade full of time travellers, ghosts, snakes, and frozen concentrated orange juice futures.

The Best 80s Movies to Watch

  1. A Brooklyn Time Capsule: Do the Right Thing (1989)

This movie, which takes place over one hot summer day, follows Mookie, a pizza delivery guy, played by Spike Lee, as he makes the rounds around Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. It’s a snapshot in time, highlighting racial and neighbourly tensions.

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee

Director: Spike Lee

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 2 hours

2. Best Paternity Reveal: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

This second Star Wars movie (in order of release) features Lando Calrissian, Han Solo in carbonite, and Yoda’s wise teachings. (Do. Or do not. There is no try.) No wonder it’s the most popular film in the franchise.

IMDb Rating: 8.7

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Director: Irvin Kershner

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes

3. Double-Crossing Diamond Thieves: A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

A group of thieves fights over their haul of diamonds. Things quickly go south, as everything that can go wrong does go wrong. You’ll never look at a steamroller the same way.

IMDb Rating: 7.5

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

Director: Charles Crichton, John Cleese (uncredited)

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 48 minutes

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4. Best Fast Food Knock-Off: Coming to America (1988)

A crown prince arrives in Queens and takes a job at MacDowell’s fast-food joint (not to be confused with that other restaurant). He’s looking for love while trying to hide his wealth. The movie even features a cameo of the Duke brothers from Trading Places.

IMDb Rating: 7.0

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones

Director: John Landis

Motion Picture Rating: 16+

Running Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

5. Artificial Intelligence Gone Rogue: TRON (1982)

This movie has a very eighties feel of what the future looks like, though much of it is still relevant concerning artificial intelligence and users’ rights.

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner 

Director: Steven Lisberger

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

6. Epic Entrepreneurs: Ghostbusters (1984)

Epic Entrepreneurs: Ghostbusters (1984)

Featuring outrageous New York real estate and a terrifying marshmallow man, Ghostbusters is iconic, spawning sequels, remakes, and an animated series.

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

Director: Ivan Reitman

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

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