The 50 Best '80s Movies Ever Made

An official ranking of the decade's standout films.

Since we can't resist a walk down memory lane, we combed through every, single movie from the 1980's for an official ranking of the decade's best films. Click through for our 50 favorites, ahead.

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#50 'Hannah and Her Sisters' (1986)

One of Woody Allen's first majorly successful films, Hannah and Her Sisters focuses on the complex relationship between Hannah (Mia Farrow), her sisters Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest), and her husband Elliot (Michael Caine).

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#49 'Raging Bull' (1980)

Undeniably one of Martin Scorsese's best, Raging Bull features Robert De Niro as a tumultuous, but lovable, boxer.

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#48 'Broadcast News' (1987)

James L. Brooks's 1987 film told the story of two rival TV
reporters and a producer.

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#47 'Aliens' (1986)

Who could watch Alien without being completely and utterly captivated by Sigourney Weaver as badass Ripley?

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#46 'The Verdict' (1982)

Paul Newman plays a lawyer in Sidney Lumet's The Verdict, which was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Director.

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#45 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (1988)

A wildly-entertaining mashup of animated and live characters, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was an easy win for Robert Zemeckis.

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#44 'Chariots of Fire'(1981)

Hugh Hudson's 1981 movie about two British track athletes in the 1924 Olympics earned itself four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

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#43 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' (1989)

Another Woody Allen hit, Crimes and Misdemeanors features Martin Landau, Mia Farrow, and Anjelica Huston, and it was nominated for three Academy Awards. 

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#42 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure' (1989)

Equal parts ridiculous and hilarious, Bill and Ted are two airheads with a time-traveling mission to save the future. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter made for a super endearing, totally '80s flick.

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#41 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' (1982)

Based on Cameron Crowe's book, Fast Times at Ridgemont High gifted us a young Sean Penn and an undeniably hilarious plot.

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#40 'The Thing' (1982)

Call us wimps, but John Carpenter's The Thing is still frightening to this day.

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#39 'Blue Velvet' (1986)

David Lynch's haunting mystery tells the story of Jeffrey, (Kyle MacLachlan) who after finding a severed human ear, is set on a dramatic, albeit entertaining, journey.

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#38 'Platoon' (1986)

Before Charlie Sheen was, well, Charlie Sheen, he stole America's hearts as Chris, the young recruit in Vietnam. Combined with actors like Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, and even Johnny Depp, Platoon was an all-around hit.

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#37 'Working Girl' (1988)

Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver make for a hilarious, but totally moving, story of success and loss.

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#36 'Can't Buy Me Love' (1987)

Real talk: We'd go out with Patrick Dempsey for free, let alone one thousand dollars. Dempsey's too-cute role as nerdy Ronald Miller automatically made Can't Buy Me Love one of our favorites.

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#35 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981)

The first of the epic Indian Jones franchise, Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark certainly didn't disappoint. Anyone who was able to come out of the film not in love with Harrison Ford as Indy was straight-up crazy.

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#34 'Weird Science' (1985)

Arguably one of John Hughes's best, Weird Science follows two high school outcasts in their attempt to create the perfect woman.

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#33 'Mystic Pizza' (1988)

Matt Damon and Julia Roberts on the same screen? Yes please. Donald Petrie's 1988 hit tells the tale of three teenage girls working at a pizza parlor in Connecticut.

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#32 'Risky Business' (1983)

Risky Business, the film that launched Tom Cruise's career, tells the story of a spoiled Chicago teen and the so-called "risky business" he gets himself into while his parents are out of town.

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#31 'The Terminator' (1984)

Who would've thought that the future governor of California would start his career as a sexy, time-traveling assassin? Arnold Schwarzenegger coined the now-famous phrase, "I'll be back," which turned out to be true—The Terminator continued into four sequels and a television series.

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#30 'St. Elmo's Fire' (1985)

Featuring some of our favorite '80s stars, like Robe Lowe, Judd Nelson, and Demi Moore, St. Elmo's Fire is a heart-wrenching, but hilarious, story of college grads finding their way in the real world.

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#29 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street was so damn good that it literally toyed with our perception of dreams versus reality. Doubling as a cinematic trailblazer and an absolutely haunting horror film, the story of Freddy Krueger still lives on in our nightmares today.

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#28 'Die Hard' (1988)

Undeniably one of the greatest action movies of all time, Bruce Willis as John McClane was such a hit that the film spawned four sequels and a video game series.

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#27 'The Karate Kid' (1984)

It's hard not to root for ultimate-underdog Ralph Macchio, who learns traditional martial arts to combat the bullies wreaking havoc on his life.

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#26 'The Outsiders' (1983)

Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 flick had a star-studded cast, to say the least: Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, and Diane Lane were all featured in the movie. An iconic coming-of-age drama, The Outsiders birthed the now-famous line, "Stay gold, Ponyboy." 

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#25 'Caddyshack' (1980)

'80s movies were chock full of funnymen Bill Murray and Chevy Chase, but this cult film earned rank as one of the funniest sports movies of all time. The crazy antics of the caddies at Bushwood Country Club more than managed to make golf entertaining (sorry, Grandma). 

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#24 'Ghostbusters' (1984)

Launching one of the biggest cultural phenoms to date, Saturday Night Live stars Dan Aykroyd and Billy Murray had audiences in stitches as they filmed their adventures in fighting the supernatural. The film was so loved that the franchise spawned multiple sequels, including 2017's all-women rendition starring Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones.

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#23 'National Lampoon's Vacation' (1983)

Anything that can wrong, does go wrong in this hilarious comedy about a father (Chevy Chase) desperate to spend time with his family as they embark on a cross-country road trip to Walley World. 

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#22 'Out of Africa' (1986)

The killer leading duo of Meryl Streep and Robert Redford made the story of a Danish woman searching for love in Sub-Saharan Africa compelling enough to earn seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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#21 'Heathers' (1988)

Basically the Mean Girls of Generation X, Heathers is the story of popular girls with matching outfits, hair, and first names. The movie became such a comedic class that it inspired an off-Broadway musical hit years later.

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