Best Movies of the 80s

Here is a list of the Best Movies of the 80s according to Cheap Is The *New* Classy – in no particular order. These are the movies from the 80s that I can watch over and over and still find enjoyable.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off {Hughes, 1986}


1) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – One of my favorite movies of all time is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It’s just crazy. How Ferris gets away with half the stuff he does is beyond me. He is basically a menace to society yet we all love him. And it never fails to crack me up to see the looks on those students’ faces in that class with the crazy monotone teacher.

Bueller. Bueller. Bueller.

Anyone? Anyone?

Hahaha! Instant laughs. It never fails.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I think of that movie everytime those Visine commercials are on ~ Erinn from 3 Sons Have I

Ferris Bueller is my favorite ~ Liz from Woof Woof Mama

Dirty Dancing {Ardolino, 1987}


2) Dirty Dancing – What female didn’t love this movie? Starring Patrick Swayxe and Jennifer Grey, this movie tells of two people who just aren’t meant to be together, yet they do everything in their power to make that happen. With family and friends that don’t approve, Baby and Johnny Castle aren’t really worried about what their family and friends think.

Oh, Dirty Dancing. Sigh… ~ Greta from How Was Your Day?

Dirty Dancing, because I’m a hopeless romantic. ~ Linette from Kid’s Fun Reviewed

A Christmas Story {Clark, 1983}


3) A Christmas Story – Every year TBS gives me the present of all presents! 24 uninterrupted hours of this mess! Haha! Poor kid only wants a Red Rider BB Gun and all he can get is a, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” And what does he do? He promptly shoots his eye out {well, his glasses anyway}.

I triple dog dare you not to listen to your mom next time, Sonny.


Nom nom, kid, nom nom. Show us how the little piggies eat.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation {Chechik, 1989}


4) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – With a family like this, who needs enemies! I had never seen this movie until I met my husband. Man, have I been missing out! In my opinion, the other “Vacation” movies aren’t great {what’s with the kids changing every movie? And isn’t Randy Quaid an uncle or something in one of the other ones?} but I digress, this movie is straight up hilarious. I watch it every year now – it’s a tradition!

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation …it was funny back then I haven’t seen it in years but my sister and I used to watch it all the time. ~ Brooke from Untrained Hair Mom

I watch it every year. One of the few National Lampoon movies I can sit through. ~ Kimberly from Saving More Than Me

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation-SIMPLY HILARIOUS and reminds me of my family around the holidays. ~ Celeste from Organic Mommy Today


These are the Best Movies of the 80s according to me. Do you agree? Do you disagree?

Honorable Mentions ~ Gremlins, Mannequin, Cocktail and Ghostbusters – Though I don’t watch these quite as often as I do the previously mentioned ones, I still really like them when I do. 🙂


Here are the best movies of the 80s, according to other bloggers…

ET ~ Tiffany from Fabulous Finds By Tiffany

Breakfast Club… I was in high school in the 80’s and spent some time in the ‘Breakfast Club’… Those of us ‘a certain age’ can just connect to it, the lives, the stories… also, they filmed at a rival high school which was cool. And… Say Anything… John Cusack, holding the boombox to In Your Eyes… UGH… I still die… ♥ ~ Ronni from Grandma Juice

Pretty in Pink ~ Linette from Kid’s Fun Reviewed

Pretty in Pink – One of many faves. I love that the girl from the wrong side of the tracks gets the guy from the rich side of the tracks—just by being herself. I also love the music and oh yeah, it takes guts to walk into your prom alone {although she didn’t have to bc of Ducky}. I like Breakfast Club too 🙂 ~ Kimberly from Saving More Than Me

Breakfast Club ~ Greta from How Was Your Day?

Howard the Duck – It’s not quite as good as I remember it when I was like 5 (and probably way too young to be watching it), but that movie’s always been awesome 🙂 ~ Kecia from Southern Girl Ramblings

We LOVED Howard the Duck…but were way too young to “get it.” I watched it a few years ago and was just like, “What was my mom thinking letting us watch that?” ~ Lisa at Drugstore Divas

Adventures in Babysitting ~ Brooke from Untrained Hair Mom

Oh can’t forget Top Gun for the eye candy! ~ Brooke from Howard House Reviews

There is just something so magical about 80s movies. License to Drive is one that I still love watching it to this day! And Weird Science! ~ Chrystal at Happy Mothering

Blues Brothers and E.T. for sure!!! I ♥ the 80’s!!! Flashdance and Footloose! ~ Liz at Woof Woof Mama

 My Science Project – the guy was hot and I loved his car. Explorers – Who wouldn’t want to build a space ship with their friends? Flight of the Navigator – Max was an awesome alien sidekick and last…Batteries Not Included – I cannot tell you how many times I wished I had little spaceships around to help me fix things around the house before my mom got home…plus the little spaceship babies were ADORABLE! Dark Crystal ♥ They don’t make movies like they used too :'( OMG Back to the Future, Short Circuit, Howard the Duck!!!!!!!!! Some scenes my husband and I looked at each other the last time we watched it and thought our parents let us watch this when we were little?~ Celeste at Organic Mommy Today

Christine by Stephen King – I like it because I helped my dad fix up a car just like the one in the movie growing up. ~ Cyndee at Rude Mom

Labyrinth, Little Shop of Horrors and Footloose –  I love it!  I love re-watching movies as an adult and understanding all the adult jokes. It was a little awkward watching Howard The Duck with my 8 year old! ~ Brenda at Real Houston Housewife

Two that stand out for me are The Shining and Aliens. I love scary movies and these two were awesome. ~ Joanne at Simply Saving

For me it was action, Platoon, Rambo, and OH YEA STAR TREK voyage home! ~ Chris at Dads Life Reviewed

The Goonies – the thought of the nerdy kid falling in love with the cheerleader and going through all the crises they did – I loved it. Great movie about class struggle, peer pressure, and triumph. The good guys win in the end and that is the kind of movie I love. I watched Can’t Be Me Love over and over as a kid. Loved it. McDreamy before he was McDreamy! ~ LaVonne at Long Wait For Isabella

Say Anything, Just One of the Guys, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Summer School, oh the list of amazing 80s movies goes on and on. But Say Anything is my fav! Who doesn’t want their own Loyd Dobbler? Oh and Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and 16 Candles. Anything with Molly Ringwald is golden! ~ Teresa at Tapeschke Crafts

Can’t Buy Me Love ~ Something about Patrick Dempsey on a riding lawnmower made it well worth the viewing. 🙂 Some Kind of Wonderful was another favorite. I am sure I could go on forever though.~ Staci at 7 On a Shoestring

When Can’t Buy Me Love came out, I didn’t get it AT ALL! lol. I also couldn’t understand why my mom wouldn’t let me watch Purple Rain. ~ Greta at How Was Your Day?

Goonies! While I wasn’t even born in the 80’s, it is one of my all time favorites! ~ Amber at Beautifully Bella Faith


What are the best movies of the 80s according to you?

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. Shelly Macaluso says:

    Great choices, I love all of these movies! My all time favorite though is still “Pretty In Pink”. I still tear up at the end no matter how many times I watch it lol

  2. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I especially love Christmas Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Dirty Dancing

  3. Sarah Muennix says:

    My fave is St Elmos Fire – hands down the best!

  4. I have never been a big fan of movies, but my fav movie of all time ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ was made JUST after the 80s! lol!

  5. Great picks!

  6. Great list! Love all these!!! Don’t forget about Weird Science! =)

  7. Shayla Burks says:

    I love all of the mentioned, and so many more.
    Now, I’m not sure when it was made, but I feel like The Neverending Story should be mentioned here. I watched that one at least once a week!!! I always wanted a flying dog….

  8. i love A Christmas Story but didn’t realize it’s that old lol

  9. OMGoodness. 80’s movies are truly the BEST! I loved The Sure Thing with John Cuzak from 1985.

  10. Ferris and Christmas Vacation – love them both! And Pretty in Pink, too! I think you’ve covered them all.

  11. My favorite is The Princess Bride.

  12. Some of these we have watched over & over .. others hadn’t thought about for so long! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Great list! How I miss the 80s lol

  14. I grew up with Ferris Bueller’s day off and Goonies. Oh goodness; the memories are flooding back. We always watched Goonies at Halloween and Farris Bueller’s day off when we were sick. lol.

  15. Goonies!! Loved that movie as a little kid.

  16. Great choices! Brought back some fond memories 🙂
    So hard to pick just one – there were so many great classic movies during that time frame!
    Purple Rain, ET, The Blues Brothers, and Ferris Beuler are at the top of my list.

  17. Michelle Harris says:

    Oh yeah I can watch these over & over!!!! 😉

  18. Good picks:) I’ve never even heard of Howard the Duck, so I might have to check for it on Netflix.

  19. That’s a great list! My favorite 80s movies are Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Goonies.

  20. Jenna M Wood says:

    I’m a dirty dancin gal myself, I’m a sucker for a good romance, even if it’s corny.

  21. st. Elmos fire was my absolute favorite!! And Dirty Dancing of course!

  22. I have never seen A Christmas Story! Can you believe that?

    • No! I can not believe that!! You must see it! TBS always runs it on a loop for 24 hours beginning Christmas Eve Night. You must make it a plan to watch it next year. 😀


  23. Glad I saw Say Anything on Teresa’s list. I’m also a big fan of War Games and I can’t forget Beat Street. Love all 80s movies (but just some more than others.)