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80 gift ideas from the '80s: 'Say, Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?'



better-off-dead_240.jpgBehold, 80 gift ideas from the '80s. Okay, actually it's my list of the 80 must-see movies of the '80s. But every '80s fan loves movies, and with so many of these just now coming out on Blu-ray, nobody will mind if they own two copies of The Blues Brothers.

I've tweaked this list over the last year. (Mainly because I oddly enough omitted Ferris Bueller and Ghostbusters from the list the first time around. Bet nobody can figure out which two movies got axed to make room.) As always, feel free to leave feedback on which movies still should have made the cut.

Click here to see the full lists, in four parts: Part 1Part 2Part 3 | Part 4. [If the person you're buying for prefers more serious drama, try my list of the best bio-pics of the '80s.]

Otherwise, here they are in alphabetical order.


48 Hours (1982): Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy. "And I want the rest of you cowboys to know something, there's a new sheriff in town. And his name is Reggie Hammond. So y'all be cool. Right on."

9 1/2 Weeks (1986): Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger. "Every time I see you, you're smiling at me."

A Christmas Story (1983): Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley. "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine. Ovaltine? A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!"

A Fish Called Wanda (1988): John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis. "Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself." And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up."

About Last Night (1986): Rob Lowe, Demi Moore. "Oh, that's great, Dan. I tell you I'm a thief and you call me a liar."

Airplane (1980): Julie Hagerty, Robert Hays. "Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?"

Amadeus (1984): F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce. "Forgive me, Majesty. I am a vulgar man! But I assure you, my music is not."

An American Werewolf in London (1981): David Naughton, Jenny Agutter. "Have you tried talking to a corpse? It's boring."

Arthur (1981): Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli. "I race cars, play tennis, and fondle women, BUT! I have weekends off, and I am my own boss."

Back to the Future (1985): Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. "Last night, Darth Vader came down from planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn't take Lorraine out that he'd melt my brain."

Beetlejuice (1988): Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis. "We've come for your daughter Chuck."

Better Off Dead
(1985): John Cusack, Diane Franklin. "Gee, I'm really sorry your mom blew up, Ricky, guess she won't be able to eat any spicy foods for awhile."

Beverly Hills Cop (1984): Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold. "Is this the gentleman who ruined the buffet at the Harrow club this morning?"

Big (1988): Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins. "It's a glow-in-the-dark compass ring. So you don't get lost."

Blade Runner (1982): Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer. "It's too bad she won't live! But then again, who does?"

The Blues Brothers (1980): John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd. "Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don't fail me now."

The Breakfast Club (1985): Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald. "We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."

Caddyshack (1980): Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield. "I hear this place is restricted, Wang, so don't tell 'em you're Jewish, okay?"

Cocoon (1985): Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley. "If this is foreplay I'm a dead man!"

Colors (1988): Sean Penn, Robert Duvall. "You screwed up now, man... You joined a gang."

Coming to America (1988): Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall. "So you see, my son, there is a very fine line between love and nausea."

Dead Poets Society (1989): Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard. "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."

Die Hard (1988): Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman. "Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister."

Dirty Dancing (1987): Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

Do the Right Thing (1989): Danny Aiello, Spike Lee. "Trust you? The last time I trusted you, Mookie, I ended up with a son."

The Empire Strikes Back (1980): Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford. "Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder."

Escape from New York (1981): Kurt Russell, Isaac Hayes. "Ayy! Number Onnee! You're the Duke! You're the Duke!"

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
(1982): Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas. "You could be happy here, I could take care of you. I wouldn't let anybody hurt you. We could grow up together, E.T."

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982): Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh. "All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buds, and I'm fine."

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986): Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck. "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Field of Dreams (1989): Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan. "This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again."

First Blood (1982): Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna. "I can't get it out of my head. I dream of seven years. Everyday I have this. And sometimes I wake up and I don't know where I am. I don't talk to anybody. Sometimes a day - a week. I can't put it out of my mind."

Fletch (1985): Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker. "Awww, come on guys, it's so simple. Maybe you need a refresher course. It's all ball bearings nowadays."

Footloose (1984): Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer. "See, this is our time to dance. It is our way of celebrating life. It's the way it was in the beginning. It's the way it's always been. It's the way it should be now."

Ghostbusters (1984): Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd. "Mother pus bucket!"

Heathers (1989): Winona Ryder, Christian Slater. "Chaos was what killed the dinosaurs, darling."

Hoosiers (1986): Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey. "Strap, God wants you on the floor."

The Karate Kid (1984): Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita. "Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better."

Lethal Weapon (1987): Mel Gibson, Danny Glover. "I'm too old for this..."

The Lost Boys (1987): Jason Patric, Corey Haim. "You'll never grow old, Michael, and you'll never die. But you must feed!"

Major League (1989): Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen. "Yo, bartender, Jobu needs a refill."

Midnight Run (1988): Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin. "Why are you so unpopular with the Chicago police department?"

Miracle Mile (1988): Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham. "Pal, it's after four in the morning. All of the helicopter pilot bars are closed."

The Natural (1984): Robert Redford, Glenn Close. "I guess some mistakes you never stop paying for."

Nightmare on Elm Street
(1984): Amanda Wyss, Johnny Depp. "Nancy, you are going to get some sleep tonight if it kills me."

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985): Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily. "You don't wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel."

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987): Steve Martin, John Candy. "Well, you think what you want about me; I'm not changing. I like... I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. 'Cause I'm the real article. What you see is what you get."

Platoon (1986): Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen. "I love this place at night. The stars... there's no right or wrong in them. They're just there."

Poltergeist (1982): Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams. "This house is clean."

Pretty in Pink (1986): Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer. "You said you couldn't be with someone who didn't believe in you. Well I believed in you. I just didn't believe in me."

The Princess Bride (1987): Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin. "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Purple Rain
(1984): Prince, Apollonia Kotero. "Nobody digs your music but yourself!"

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): Harrison Ford, Karen Allen. "You want to talk to God? Let's go see him together, I've got nothing better to do."

Raising Arizona
(1987): Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter. "Sometimes it's a hard world for small things."

Real Genius (1985): Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret. "Would you prepared if gravity reversed itself? The only thing I can't figure out is how to keep the change in my pockets. I've got it. Nudity."

Repo Man (1984): Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez. "The life of a repo man is always intense."

Revenge of the Nerds (1984): Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards. "Jocks only think about sports, nerds only think about sex."

The Right Stuff
(1983): Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn. "Request permission to relieve bladder."

Risky Business (1983): Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay. "Looks like the University of Illinois!"

Rocky 3 (1982): Sylvester Stallone, Mr. T. "See that look in their eyes, Rock? You gotta get that look back, Rock. Eye of the tiger, man."

Scarface (1983): Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer. "I always tell the truth. Even when I lie."

Sid and Nancy (1986): Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb. "I'll never look like Barbie. Barbie doesn't have bruises."

Sixteen Candles (1984): Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall. "Would you stop feeling sorry for yourself? It's bad for your complexion."

Something Wild (1986): Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith. "Charlie, attempt to be cool."

St. Elmo's Fire (1985): Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe. "Forever got a lot shorter all of a sudden."

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
(1982): William Shatner, Ricardo Montalban. "Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human."

Stripes (1981): Bill Murray, Harold Ramis. "Don't order the Schnitzel, they're using Schnauzer."

The Sure Thing (1985): John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga. "ib, you want a relationship? That's fine. Just remember that every relationship starts with a one night stand. You came 3,000 miles for a reason didn't you? Would you look at that reason. Go for it Gib, you've earned it."

The Terminator (1984): Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton. "Pain can be controlled - you just disconnect it."

This is Spinal Tap (1984): Michael McKean, Christopher Guest. "As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll."

Top Gun (1986): Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis. "The defense department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were stupid."

Trading Places
(1983): Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy. "It ain't cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving."

Tron (1982): Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner. "End of line!"

The Untouchables (1987): Kevin Costner, Sean Connery. "You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement: make sure when your shift is over you go home alive. Here endeth the lesson."

Vacation (1983): Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo. "This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy!"

Valley Girl (1983): Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman. "Who else is there? No other Val dude can touch me. She must really be freaking out."

Wall Street (1987): Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas. "The main thing about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don't want to do."

When Harry Met Sally
(1989): Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan. "I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."

Witness (1985): Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis. "4:30. Time for milking."

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