Thursday, February 01, 2007

My 13 Favorite 80’s Movies

Today wraps up my 80’s rewind series with my 13 favorite 80’s movies (in countdown format). This one was tough. I had 26 movies on my list, and it was not easy to cut them in half. So, I don’t want to hear, “Why is there no Sixteen Candles or Breakfast Club?” I tried to limit the John Hughes movies. Anyway, enjoy the list, and next week, I will get back to my regularly scheduled programming.

13. Space Camp (1986) Remember when Joaquin Phoenix was known as Leaf Phoenix. Ahh, those were the good old days. I’m a lover of the implausible concept. That’s probably an easy guess since I love this movie of a bunch kids who accidentally get launched into space. This is a fun movie that didn’t get the attention it deserved because it had the misfortune of being released the same year as the Challenger explosion.

12. Dead Poets Society (1989) This is one of my favorite movies ever. An English professor teaches his students to love poetry and motivates them to seize the day. As an awkward teenager, who prided myself on nonconformity, this was the movie for me. Plus, it introduced us to the likes of Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke.
Favorite quote: “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

11. Adventures in Babysitting (1987) I babysat so much as a teenager, and it was never this much fun! This is one of those awesome movies that has it all – romance, revenge, drama, action, comedy! Love it!
Favorite quote: “Don’t fuck with the babysitter!”

10. Stand By Me (1986) This is the movie that made me fall in love with River Phoenix, whom I still miss to this day. It was also the favorite movie of my friend Stacey and I. Stand By Me is a classic about true friendship. And besides River, you have evil Keifer, and who doesn’t love that?
Favorite quote: “Suck my fat one, you cheap dimestore hood.”

9. Mystic Pizza (1988) I think a girl always remembers her first Julia Roberts movie. Apparently, I was big on “coming of age” movies in the 80’s. This is another great friendship movie that has three teenage girls each dealing with their own life issues. Plus, it is Matt Damon’s film debut. He has a brief cameo in the scene where Julia’s character goes to dinner with her boyfriend’s family.

8. Footloose (1984) This movie made me want to dance my ass off. I have the soundtrack on cassette and CD. Kevin Bacon plays a city boy who comes to live in a small town that has outlawed music and dancing. Being from a small town . . . well, let’s just say I can certainly appreciate this movie. And just for the record, I never straddled two moving cars on the highway.

7. The Princess Bride (1987) My husband soooo does not get this movie. But what is not to love? The Pit of Despair! Rodents of Unusual Size! Giants! Swordplay! An evil prince! Oh! What a freaking classic!!
Favorite quote: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) This is my husband’s all-time favorite movie. And it really does capture the mood of the 80’s. I will never be able to watch Matthew Broderick in anything without thinking of him as Ferris Bueller.
Favorite quote: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”

5. Top Gun (1986) What a classic 80’s movie! Students of a top flight school compete to be the best in their class, and one romances a teacher (in a kick-ass love scene with lots of tongue). And then there’s the volleyball scene. Mmmmm . . . Wasn’t Tom Cruise sexy before he went crazy? Can anyone hear “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” without thinking of Top Gun? I can’t.

4. Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) McDreamy! He’s hot now, and he was hot 20 years ago! Patrick Dempsey plays a geek who hires the prettiest, most popular girl in school to be his girlfriend. This movie is a great comedy and a great love story! There is also a hilarious performance by a young Seth Green.
Favorite part: “The African Anteater Ritual!”

3. Pretty in Pink (1986) This story is as classic as Shakespeare. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks dates a rich hunk. Chaos ensues. Anyone who ever felt slightly left out as a teenager (hmmm, that’s all of us) can relate to this movie, which is probably why it is still so popular. Hands down, this is my favorite John Hughes film. And the fact that Andrew McCarthy was so pretty back in the 80’s definitely helps.
Favorite quote: “May I admire you?”

2. When Harry Met Sally (1989) Two best friends fall in love after a 12-year friendship. This is one of my favorite movies of all-time. It’s one of the most quotable movies ever. It has Meg Ryan at her best. And I never get tired of watching it. I probably watch it once every couple of months all the way through when I find it on TV. Love it! Love it! Love it!
Favorite quote: “All I'm saying is that somewhere out there is the man you are supposed to marry. And if you don't get him first, somebody else will, and you'll have to spend the rest of your life knowing that somebody else is married to your husband.”

1. Say Anything (1989) The quintessential 80’s movie – an underachiever and the valedictorian fall in love. And the whole world fell in love with John Cusack the second he held up that boom box. Is there a better scene in any movie?
Favorite quote: “I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.”

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Miranda said...

Oh, those are classic movie. Pretty in pink is one of my favs.
Happy TT!!!

Rashenbo said...

Ok... I've seen all those movies :) Great list there. I love Princess Bride. It's one of my absolute favorites! :)

Have a great Thursday.

Sanni said...

I have watched all of those movies you´ve mentioned... and I love Pretty in Pink. I watched it over and over =)

Crazy Working Mom said...

Great movie list!
LOVED Adventures in Babysitting in it's day. : )
Thanks for the trip back in time.

scribbit said...

Oh Dead Poet's Society was my all-around favorite for years!

Donna said...

OK, I'm older, but Footloose and Stand By Me are two of my all-time favorites. In fact, I bought the DVD of Stand By Me.

jenny said...

What a great list. You have all of my favorites on here...Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Say Anything, Top Gun...ahhhh the volleyball scene... :) I love the 80s movies!

Morgen said...

this is a great list -- after an hour of trying to access your blog, I finally got in!
wonder what was up?
Anyhoo --- on with the show!
#12: Yes! One of Robin Williams' best roles ever. And Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke = double yum!
#11: Favorite movie quote of all time.
#10: Evil Keifer, and the other boys all were perfect in this movie. Proof that Wil Wheaton CAN act!
#8: My favorite movie soundtrack, growing up.
#7: Perhaps my favorite movie of all time. How can Eric not love ROUSes? Inconceivable!!!!
#6: Bueller... Bueller... Bueller...
#5: LOL at "wasn't Tom Cruise sexy before he went crazy?" Have you seen the "brokeback mountain" spoof version of Top Gun?
What a great list!
Makes me want to run to the video store!

Rebecca said...

Hi. I'm Rebecca and am kind of new to all of this. But, I am trying. It is nice to meet you. Love your blog.

Stacey said...

Ahhh. . . Stand by Me. . . I have the words memorized. . What a movie. I have seen that movie, (with you) at least a dozen times. Not to mention the hundreds of times by my self.

My first Julia movie was Steel Magnolias. We all know how many times I have seen that one.

Do you remember my favorite line from a Julia Movie?

"Come Quickly, I have just killed an intruder", course he wasn't dead yet. . .

SQT said...

Have you read The Princess Bride? It's well worth it if you like the movie. That books makes me laugh out loud.

Christie said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE your list, and LOVE Space Camp! I did actually truly believe I was going to be an astronaut after that. Until I saw Top Gun and wanted to be a pilot.

Cari said...

Wow..that list brought back some long lost memories. ;)

csmc said...

Dead Poets is one of my FAV movies of all time... God it's sad though.

Melessa said...

Oh how I loved those movies. My DH got me the "Just Ducky" edition DVD of Pretty In Pink for Christmas. Did you know they changed the ending? Originally, they were going to have Molly Ringwald end up with Ducky. I don't think so!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Ooh, some classics in there. And such garbage being put out today... where'd the movie industry go so wrong??

Happy TT!

Sadie said...

I love all those movies and can quote each of them extensively.

We would totally be BFFs if we lived, you know, closer than a gazillion miles apart.

palmtreefanatic said...

GREAT LIST! I am a lady of the 80's! I loved pretty in pink and also mannequin...those were the days!
thanks for posting! happy TT!

crazymumma said...

Pretty in Pink...such a classic. I still love the Psychadelic Furs tune, I remember dancing to it in the eighties, moody, thin, wearing black. Still moody and wearing black.

Jill said...

I'm impress to see that there is only like 2 I haven't watch!! My favorite on the list is still the Princess Bride!! I need to get that dvd!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful list! I love all of those movies, too! I may have to load up my Netflix queue now!

Mama Kelly said...

so many favorites are on your list ... Say Anything, Dead Poet's Society, Harry Met Sally, Stand by Me

from another 80's teenager

Mama Kelly