Must See ’80s Films


It’s undeniable that the ‘80s have returned. The scrunchies, the overalls, and the cropped jeans prove this statement. A nostalgia for the ’80s is felt by everyone, even those who never lived through it. The most obvious example of this is the recent explosion of80s period tv shows and movies. This new phenomenon is sweeping the western world. Stanger Things, The Goldbergs, and The Carrie Diaries are just a few examples of these new tv shows, not to mention movies. But what we’re all forgetting are the original80s movies. The classic, beautiful, and sometimes racist movies of the ’80s. There is an endless list of need-to-watch80s films, but I’ve managed to compile my favorites into a short list.  

  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 

The first and probably one of the more obvious choices, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, is a classic80s film. Nonchalant, quirky high schooler goes on a journey of self-discovery in the course of an hour and a half. The differentiating factor between this movie and the other hundred John Hughes films is its master use of the fourth wall break. This film is a must see. 

  1. Ghostbusters

I’m not talking about the new Ghostbusters. Oh no, I’m talking 1984, giant terrifying marshmallow creature. The original Ghostbusters. This film is one exemplar science fiction. A true80s film, with horrible CGI and stereotypical characters. Ghostbusters is vital for any movie repertoire. 

  1. Beetlejuice

This classic Tim Burton film still scares me to this day. Like any Tim Burton film, it’s a beautifully made, twisted comedy. The cast includes Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin- all extremely young and dressed in insane80s clothing. What more could you need? 

  1. Heathers

Another Winona classic, Heathers isn’t just another80s romcom. Veronica (Winona Ryder) doesn’t just go on a journey of self-discovery, she goes on a journey of murder, explosions, and revenge.  This film is full of color-coded outfits, aggressive diary writing, and monocles. It’s the perfect film for those who are bored with the average rom-com. 

  1. The Princess Bride

Last but certainly not least is The Princess Bride. This movie is sure to make you laugh. Everything about it is ridiculous, especially the dialogue. After watching it you’ll be quoting every character constantly.