Velour, Spandex, Lycra, bold colors, prints and lot of permed hair; 80s was a vibe of its own and it was very much visible in the film industry as well. Just like everything else, the film industry was also in an experimental phase back then due to improvement of technology and possibility of creating something out of the box.
In pursuit of uniqueness, there were some who got successful in their venture in creating something better and something that will be remembered for years, or even decades to come.
So, if you want to taste a slice of history, here’s a list of some of the best 80s movies to lay back and stream on a weekend:
Directed by: John Huston
Cast: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry
Annie (Aileen Quinn) is a little girl who lives in an orphanage overseen by ‘not-so-pleasant’ Miss Agatha Hannigan in the 1930s (Carol Burnett). On the other side of the city, Oliver Warbucks decide to let an orphan stay at his residence in order to improve his public image, for which Annie was selected. With her sweet manners and bubbly personality, she made everyone in the her proximity fond of her including cold Daddy Warbucks. In his adoration of the little girl, he decides to help Annie find her parents and announced a reward for them if they come forward and confirm their identities.
Directed by: Joe Dante
Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel
The movie is based on the folk tale creatures called gremlins which are super mischievous and potentially dangerous as well. Randall visits a Chinatown antique store to look for a gift for his son, Billy. Instead, he bumps into a creature call mogwai or devil as translated from Cantonese. Even though the shop owner refused to sell it, his grandson evaded him and gave it to Randall but with three conditions: not to expose it to sunlight as it will kill him, not to let water anywhere near it as creatures will multiply with it, and lastly not to feed it after midnight. But will Billy be able to abide by the conditions and avoid any mishap or things will go south and everything will be a mess? Check out this dark comedy/horror movie to know the rest.
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos
The film sets the stage for artificially made humanoids, artificially created memories, space travel, super human abilities in the year 2019. The story revolves around Rick Deckard who is a former police officer and worked as a blade runner too. A blade runner is a person responsible to identify artificially made humanoids from humans and terminally retire them or simply kill them. Deckard gets detained by his superior and given the responsibility to terminate four humanoids illegally staying on Earth.
The Lost Boys
Directed by: Joel Schumacher,
Cast: Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman
The Lost Boys came to screens when there were no Vampire Diaries or The Originals to give us the vampire witchy magic stories. The Lost Boys revolves around a pair of siblings, Michael and Sam who move to the town of Santa Carla with their mother, Lucy. All they wanted was a normal life with their mother and grandpa. Instead they find themselves in a group of native vampires and Michael on a process of being a vampire himself. It is nothing like the modern vampire stories with daylight rings but with garlic and holy water as weapons against the blood drinking kind, however, worth a shot.
Stand By Me
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Cast: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell
“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?” This is one of the most relatable lines ever said on screen. A film about childhood friendships, driven just by the shared vibrations, a film that highlights no matter what crazy and illogical expeditions we go on with our friends, those illogical moments become the memories of the lifetime. The story revolves around four friends, Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern and their trek to discover a dead body outside their town.
The Neverending Story
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Cast: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Patricia Hayes, Sydney Bromley, Gerald McRaney and Moses Gunn
The NeverEnding Story is a fantasy film and the most expensive non-American and non-Russian film produced at that time. The story follows Bastian Bux, a bibliophile who gets bullied every now and then. On one such ‘getting bullied’ occasion, he ran into a bookstore in order to hide. There he gets familiar with a fantasy book which is unsafe, as said by the store owner. Bastian, being intrigued about the story, takes the book without asking the owner and hid in the school attic to read it. And there he got ‘sucked in’ the book (in literal sense). To see what happened with Bastian inside the book, do check out the full movie.