The movie industry has changed a lot over the years. In the 80s, the movie industry flourished, producing many hits, some classics that have stood the test of time, and even those that grew to entire franchises that continue even to this day. In this article, we will discuss some of the most famous movies from the 80s, which are still relevant to people today.
The Breakfast Club (1985), dir. John Hughes
The Breakfast Club is a classic movie that has stood the test of time. The film follows several high school students as they are thrown together in detention for violating a school rule. Despite their differences, these kids find themselves forming an unexpected bond during this one day and learn to appreciate each other’s company while they try to survive it.
Blade Runner (1982), dir. Ridley Scott
Blade Runner is a science fiction mystery film set in Los Angeles. The story follows a policeman named Rick Deckard who is tasked with hunting down and killing rogue robots called replicants. He becomes obsessed with finding the true identity of the mysterious replicant, Rachel, after she murders his former partner.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), dir. John Hughes
Ferris Bueller is an iconic character that has gained popularity over the years. This comedy follows him as he attempts to spend an entire day off of school without getting caught by his parents. It featured several popular actors from the 80s, such as Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, and Mia Sara.
E.T the Extra Terrestrial (1982), dir. Steven Spielberg
E.T is a classic film about a young boy who befriends an alien named E.T during his stay with the family of his friend in suburban Washington, D.C.. He wants to take him home with him but his government agent mother forbids it. However, her scientist husband lets the two escape and they must try to get back home. The film was given several awards from different organizations and has become one of the most recognized films of all time.
The Empire Strikes Back (1980), dir. George Lucas
The Empire Strikes Back is a science fiction film that follows Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia as they are sent to destroy the planet of Hoth, held captive by the evil empire. It also has several memorable characters, including Darth Vader and Yoda.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), dir. Steven Spielberg
Raiders of the Lost Ark is a science fiction film about an archeologist, Indiana Jones, who travels to Egypt in search of a golden idol. He must fight off various enemies, including Nazis and ancient Egyptians, in order to save himself from death. Played by Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones went on to star in several more successful spin-offs.
Aliens (1986), dir. James Cameron
Aliens is a science fiction horror film featuring the crew of the U.S.S. Sulaco, who are sent on a mission to investigate an unknown life form inhabiting an abandoned planet. The film featured many popular actors such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and Carrie Henn. The director, James Cameron, is also known for other hit films like The Terminator, Titanic, and Avatar.