80s Movies & TV

If you love movies, you probably have more than a couple of favorites – and some of them are probably 80s movies.

The 80s were the beginning of many classic franchises, and both action and horror movies saw a huge surge in popularity.

Here’s a look at some of the best.

80s Action Movies

There were some really cool non-stop action movies in the 80s. Sylvester Stallone played two of the most recognizable characters of the decade. There was Rocky Balboa, the determined boxer, and John Rambo, the veteran and ultimate tough-guy.

The Rocky franchise started in 1976, but had two new movies come out in the 80s, just as the ‘Rambo’ franchise was starting – there were three released in the 80s.

Another legendary actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was in some of the best action movies of the 80s. He was in ‘Conan the Barbarian,’ and ‘Conan the Destroyer,’ as well as ‘The Terminator,’ ‘Predator,’ and ‘Commando.’

‘RoboCop’ was “part man, part machine, all cop.” It was a great mix of sci-fi and action set in Detroit, and the film touched on issues from resurrection to morals and corruption.

One of the most iconic franchises of the 80s was the ‘Indiana Jones.’ Played by Harrison Ford, Indy was a clever archaeologist armed with a fedora and a whip who traveled the world to find long-lost relics and fight off the bad guys.

80s Horror Movies

The ‘Friday the 13th’ franchise began in the 80s and gave us a terrifying character, Jason Voorhees. In fact, if you have seen any of these movies, you may still fear hockey masks. There were a whopping eight installments throughout the decade, keeping us running back to the theater to see how they brought Jason back to life again.

‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ was another epic franchise. This time the manic was Freddy Krueger. He would stalk and kill teenagers in their dreams. There were five installments released in the 80s, causing countless sleepless nights.

Though the first installment was released in 1978, the ‘Halloween’ movies stayed popular through the 80s with four more. Michael Myers – not that Michael Myers – was another threatening character who – like other bad guys of the 80s – just would not die.

One of the scariest 80s movies was ‘The Shining.’ Only Jack Nicholson could pull off such a menacing, axe-wielding character thought up by Stephen King.

Some other scary movies were ‘Children of the Corn,’ ‘Child’s Play,’ ‘Hellraiser,’ ‘The Evil Dead,’ ‘An American Werewolf in London,’ and ‘The Fog.’

80s Comedy Movies

Everyone seemed to have a great sense of humor in the 80s – especially Hollywood. Some of the funniest movies of the decade were ‘Airplane,’ ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ ‘The Princess Bride,’ and ‘Stripes.’

The 80s were also the start of the ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ franchise. Chevy Chase took on the role of Clark Griswold – and made him an iconic character of the 80s. There were three released in the 80s – ‘Vacation,’ ‘European Vacation,’ and ‘Christmas Vacation.’

Part sci-fi but mostly just plain funny, ‘Ghostbusters’ was among the best. Bill Murray also made us laugh in another hysterical 80s classic – ‘Caddyshack.’

Some other classics include ‘Ferries Bueller’s Day Off,’ ‘Spaceballs,’ ‘Revenge of the Nerds,’ ‘Weird Science,’ and ‘Weekend at Bernie’s.’

The 80s also brought us such classics as ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,’ ‘Glory,’ ‘Dead Poet’s Society,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Raging Bull,’ and ‘Rainman.’

If you haven’t seen any of these 80s movies, clear your calendar for a few hours. Make some popcorn and settle into your favorite chair – these classics are totally worth it.

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