Here are the Top 10 ’80s movies that I cannot live without. Let me warn you this list isn’t about box office blockbusters or award-winning films. No, these movies are hits of my youth and remind me of a time when I had few cares and was focused on the living in the moment.
This list is about those movies that I watch when I need a pick me up. These films are what my husband calls “sick day” movies — you know, you watch them when you are sick. These movies are the ones I watch when I don’t want to be challenged intellectually, when I don’t want to be educated, when I don’t want to be wowed with their artsy perspective — just when I just want to be entertained.
Here’s my Top 10 ’80s movies:
1. The Lost Boys (1987)
What’s not to love about this teen angst movie filled with sexy vamps. The movie’s tagline says it all: “Party all night. Sleep all day. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.”
2. The Breakfast Club (1985)
The original brat pack movie, proved that we are all misfits. It didn’t matter what click we belonged to or what walk of life we came from, the teenage years were hard on us all. And this movie made me very thankful that my high school never had Saturday detention.
3. St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)
In high school we all dreamed about the time when we would finally be out of high school and living the “high life.” This movie taught us that growing up isn’t as easy as it looks. Now looking back, this movie makes me appreciate my life — no matter how much I’ve screwed up, at least I’ve managed better than this group.
4. Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
Although a bit obscure, this movie is one great rock ‘n roll film. I absolutely love the music in this movie. Who hasn’t wondered about life in a hit rock ‘n roll band?
5. Dirty Dancing (1987)
It’s not the timeless love story that does it for me. It’s the dancing. I love a movie with guys that dance well — especially if one of them is Patrick Swayze! And remember, “nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
6. Goonies (1985)
Who doesn’t want to go on this adventure with the “goonies” with a lost pirate map through booby traps to find a hidden treasure to save their parents and their homes? Ahh, to be that young and impetuous again . . . And did I mention Sloth? I’ve never look at a Baby Ruth the same again.
7. Beetle Juice (1988)
You gotta love a movie where you cheer for the dead guys! By and far one of Michael Keaton’s best performances. Just the right blend of spooky, funny and imagination.
8. Ghost Busters (1984)
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? Need I say more. Seriously, this movie had a fabulously funny cast that will have you shouting “Ghost Busters” every time you hear someone say “Who ya going to call?”
9. Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
No matter how bad I’m feeling, at least I’m better off than Bernie. This movie is every working joe’s revenge for an unsatisfying job (or at least unsatisfying day on the job).
10. Sixteen Candles (1984)
Everyone’s had a less than stellar birthday where they felt like they were forgotten. John Hughes gives us a reason to appreciate even those birthdays in this romantic comedy about the difficulties of growing up.
I know each of you have a list like mine. What movies are on yours?