The Darling Nomadess: 80's Movies Everyone Needs to Watch

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

80's Movies Everyone Needs to Watch

Darlings, I have a confession. Something you should probably know about me is I am obsessed with 80's movies...and not just the cult classic John Hugh's flicks. I know and love just about all of the obscure flicks produced in this era. I'm a self-proclaimed 1980's movie connoisseur. 

My love for these ridiculous movies stems from my parents being products of the 80's. I grew up not just watching these movies. I've befriended the characters to the point I can finish sentences for them (some might call this movie quoting...). I've laughed at all the crazy outfits and dance moves; I've cried through the touching friendships and sappy love stories; and I've pulled all nighters from fear of falling asleep after a Nightmare on Elm Street marathon. 

I was inspired to write this post after I recently learned my boyfriend has not seen one of the single greatest films to come out of the decade - The Breakfast Club! *Gasp* WHAT?! Yeah, I didn't think it was possible either. After I unpack my movies from their boxes once I move into my apartment, I'm sitting him down and forcing him to watch the following movies that I think everyone needs to watch at least once!



"The Breakfast Club" is one of those movies that will captivate you with its timeless teenage experience and is an absolute must see. Follow the day of the unlikely five students who cross paths while in detention and find a connection that is deeper than their high school stereotypes. John Hugh's was a master of capturing the essence of the teenage spirit and his films will always have a special place in my heart.
I also encourage you to watch "Ferris Beuller's Day Off," "Sixteen Candles," "Say Anything," and "Pretty in Pink."


"Nightmare on Elm Street" is considered one of the best and scariest films from the 1980's and was Jonny Depp's debut film! This scary movie plays with the viewer's perception of what is real and what is a dream as it follows seven teenagers who are killed in their dreams by Freddy Kreuger. Many millennials may not find this film scary as we are desensitized but this film is where the "slasher films" originated.
I also encourage you to watch "The Lost Boys," "Tremors," "Maximum Overdrive," and "Gremlins."


"Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" is totally outrageous, dude! The language alone will have you in hysterical laughter! This crazy adventure tale will take you on a time machine in the form of a telephone booth as Bill and Ted try to save their class project and ultimately, their grades.
I also encourage you to watch "Back to the Future", "Revenge of the Nerds", "Spaceballs", "Ghostbusters", and "Weird Science". 



"Flashdance," like most of the dance flicks from this decade, is all about following your dreams and working hard to make them come true! Mixed in with a love story (of course), Flashdance will take you on an emotional journey through the character's hard times and success. What a feeling! With a killer 80's soundtrack, this movie is bound to get you groovin'.
I also encourage you to watch "Footloose", "Dirty Dancing", and "Fame".


I might let you get away with not watching "The Breakfast Club" but if you haven't seen "The Goonies" then we have a seriously problem on our hands! This is the adventure every kid wishes they could experience. After finding a treasure map, the five friends embark on a dangerous undertaking to find the treasure that could keep their homes from being replaced by a gold course. They find themselves in jeopardy often but thankfully, Goonies never say die.
I also encourage you to watch "St. Elmo's Fire", "Stand By Me",  and "Dead Poet's Society".

If you haven't seen these movies, I encourage you to get on Netflix (or go old school by stopping by your local video rental store), pop some popcorn and grab a soda!

Whats your favorite 80's movie?

With love,
Ashliegh


18 comments:

  1. My teacher made us watch a lot of these movies in class, and some other ones I just happened to see on my own. Dead Poets society was actually a lot better than I ever expected. I've seen all but one of the horror films, only two of the sci-fi movies (Ghost Busters, Back to the Future)and all but one of the teen angst (The Breakfast Club) and NONE of the dance flicks! I don't think I have a favorite 80's movie . .. but from the list, it'd probably be Ferris Bueller's day off. Great picks!

    What's the name of the red haired actress from those movies? I've always thought she was so pretty, but can never remember her name!

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    1. That would be Molly Ringwald! She was one of John Hugh's "Brat Pack" members so she appears in a lot of his movies. You did pretty good with this list! I had to watch Dead Poet's Society in a high school class and loved everyone moment of it!

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  2. I love 80's movies! I've only seen about half of these, and now I'm eager to watch all of the rest. One of my favorite 80's movies is Teen Witch. The first time I watched it, I was so young, and I thought it would be so magical to discover that I was a witch and could wish to be the most popular girl in school. Sigh.

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    1. Oh I love Teen Witch! Don't we all wish we could be that girl?

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  3. I seriously couldn't agree more! Literally, have seen every single movie above haha!

    AKB
    asouthernbrunette.blogspot.com

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    1. You go girl! I'm glad I'm not the only 80's film lover!!

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  4. i'm more into 90's movies but i've spotted movie's i've before like the breakfast club and pretty in pink!! love 'em both!!! :D great list btw! would love to watch all of them! :)

    anyway, i hope you can join my ongoing international giveaway *here*

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    1. I love 90's movies, too. Clueless is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Say whaaaa, how has your boyfriend never seen Breakfast Club?! '80s movies are the best, I've seen just about everything on this list.

    Kristina does the Internets

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    1. Thats what i'm sayin! You go girl! Glad to hear from a fellow 80's movie lover!

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  6. Totally an 80's chick when it comes to the movies and music. I have seen most of these, but unfortunatly not all of them. (That will change!!) My favorite movie, not just in the 80's decade, but of all time is "Dirty Dancing". I swear as a kid I watched that movie everyday for a month. If I see it on TV I will watch it, even though I own 2 copies!! I also love all the "Brat Pack" movies, and who could not love "Tremors" & "Maximum Overdrive"? I still cringe when I drive by a truck stop!! Great list here indeed. Maybe your next 80's inspired post could be about the music!!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this post, Candie! Maybe I will do a music post sometime! I cringe everytime I come close to a soda machine! Man, Maximum Overdrive was just crazy!

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  7. this is an awesome list of 80's movies!! love Breakfast Club - such a classic!!

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    1. Thanks Vett! I definitely agree with you on The Breakfast Club! I'm always surprised when I find someone who hasn't seen it!

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  8. 80s movies are my FAVORITE!!!! I can't believe he hasn't seen the Breakfast Club!

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    1. I know, right?!? I don't even know how its possible! He thinks 80's movies are weird and I totally don't know why! I think they're great!

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  9. CLASSIC. Love Breakfast Club and Dead Poet's Society!

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    1. Me, too! Definitely two of my all time favorite movies!!

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