Popular 80s Movies

80s movies were a big form of entertainment in the decade.

Hollywood pumped out big-budget 80s movies filled with expensive and cutting edge movie special effects.

The 80s movie action genre was hugely popular.

Blockbuster hits such as Back to the Future and Indiana Jones cashed in on the love of sequels with three movies each.

Their success may have been owed to the biggest film trilogy yet; although the Star Wars trilogy released its first film in the 70s, the two sequels were among the top movies in the 80s.

Speaking of big hits, the 80s brought us one of the top grossing movies of all time and made Steven Spielberg a household name.

The 80s Movies

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, whose stars were a short brown alien with a large head and glowing finger, and two precocious children. One of the two, Drew Barrymore, would go on to superstardom.

Spielberg had another big box office success not long after with Close Encounters of the Third kind, and our obsession with alien life forms didn’t end there. Sigourney Weaver battled the opposite of adorable ET in the Alien series.

Another hugely popular genre in 80s movies, centered on the youth culture. These movie films saw a huge boom, catering to the youth who had the money and free time to hit the cinemas on the weekends.

Movie like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Say Anything were only a few of the many themed 80s movies that were popular.

In sequel after sequel, scary bad guys like Freddie Krueger and Michael Myers kept audiences clinging to their seats and screaming in fear.

Horror movies were a big success, with franchises like the Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street movies releasing dozens of films between them.

A fancy movie theater with red carpet.