The 45 Best '80s Movies

An official ranking of the decade's standout films.

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Popular culture is obsessed with the '80s—Stranger Things, anyone?—and it's not hard to see why. The '80s were a golden decade in film, boasting classic movies that you've likely seen many times before even if you were a '90s or '00s baby. Dirty Dancing, Footloose, many of our golden coming-of-age films (opens in new tab) were born in the '80s and have proven themselves to be very watchable in the decades since. That doesn't necessarily mean that the films have aged well—on the contrary, a lot of these are problematic when looked at with the benefit of hindsight. Which doesn't mean you can't watch these movies, per se, but that it's important to look at them through an analytical lens. We've added content warnings throughout to identify relevant subjects. (And if this list inspires you to take a walk down memory lane, take a gander at our list of the best '90s (opens in new tab) and '00s (opens in new tab) movies.)

Ruby Buddemeyer
Ruby Buddemeyer

Ruby was the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covered beauty across print and digital. Her work has appeared on The Zoe Report, Fashionista, and StyleCaster. Follow her on Instagram.