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80 must-see movies of the '80s: 'Coming to America' to 'Lost Boy's



Coming_To_America.jpgToday is part two of our four-day series on the 80 Must-See Movies of the '80s. Remember, this list was pulled together from fan suggestions along with input from the film experts here at

Each movie should represent the decade in an important way.

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80 MUST-SEE MOVIES OF THE '80s: Part 2

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!"

Tomorrow's list: Major League to Rocky 3.

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