80 must-see movies of the '80s: '48 Hours' to 'Colors'

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48 HoursEver wonder if you're the ultimate '80s movie fan? See how many of the 80 Must-See Movies of the '80s you've watched over the years.

These 80 movies, listed alphabetically 20 at a time for the next four days, were the result of feedback from the fans of Stuck in the '80s along with input from St. Petersburg Times film critic Steve Persall. And it wasn't easy to compile.

Among the considerations: How many John Hughes movies should we include? Should any Woody Allen flicks make the list. Does each individual movie represent the decade in some important way? 

Enjoy the lists. And please, add comments each day.

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80 MUST-SEE MOVIES OF THE '80s: Part 1

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."

Tomorrow's list: Coming to America to The Lost Boys.

[Last modified: Friday, September 24, 2010 8:42am]

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