Personal: My favourite 80ies films!

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I was born in 1971, so I was a teenager during the good old 80ies! I loved movies (still do as a matter of fact) and so I thought it would be fun to make a little list of my favourite movies from the 80ies…

I enjoyed going to the cinema and we sometimes rented a couple of videotapes. Since we didn’t have a VCR at the time (I know!), we even had to hire one (it was called a ‘moviebox’). How we survived in a time without Netflix, streaming or downloads I do not remember, but we did 🙂

Anyway, time for some nostalgia…here are some of my favourite films from the eighties! Please bare in mind that I was a teenage girl in that time 😀

The Breakfast Club (1985)


Five students get to know eachother during detention. Five different personalities… a princess, an athlete, a criminal, a brain and basket case… But no matter how different they first think they are, they seem to have a lot more in common then they thought…

Most memorable scene

John Bender (Judd Nelson) talking about how his father treats his family and the confession of Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez) bullying a fellow student and of course the ending scene where the students depart on the tunes of ‘Don’t you forget about me’!

Link to IMDb

Pretty in Pink  (1986)


Pretty in Pink is a high school movie. It’s about Andie, who lives with her unemployed father. Her mum died when Andie was still a little girl.

At school there is a huge difference between the preppy teenagers and the ‘normal’ ones like Andie. Blane, a rich guy, asks Andy out on a date. As a relationship between a rich guy and a poor girl, both Andie and Blane come across much resistance…

Most memorable scene

One of my favourite scenes is the scene where Duckie, a close friend from Andie, does an impression of Otis Redding’s ‘Try a little tenderness’. It was actually my first encounter with Otis Redding and I loved his music from the start… with a little help from Duckie of course 😉

The computer scene was very strange for me at the time, I can still remember that! Andie and Blane chat in the computer room… a computer??? In 1986?? I hardly ever heard of it at the time, let alone that you could converse with eachother over a screen… (‘chatting’ was a term that wasn’t invented by then I guess!).

Link to IMDb

Top Gun (1986)


Top Gun is a romantic action drama, the same genre as ‘An officer and a gentlemen’ from a couple of years earlier.

Tom Cruise looked yummy as Maverick, a youn aviator who enters the Fighter Weapons School in San Diego. The night before he actually starts his training, he and his mate Goose go to a bar. Maverick hits on a sexy blonde. The day after, he finds out she is actually one of his tutors.

During his training, he encounters several problems with rivals, his love for Charlie and his wingman Goose.

Most memorable scene

The beachvolleybal scene… If you have seen it you’ll know what I mean 😉 It was the first time that I realized that a sweaty could be sexy 😀

There are of course a lot of action scenes, but I preferred the scenes about Maverick and his relationship with Charlie, his friendship with Goose and the rivalry with Iceman (also sexy when sweaty 😉 !)

Link to IMDb

The Outsiders (1983)


The Outsiders is an American coming-of-age drama with a lot of up-and-coming stars like C. Thomas howell, Rob Low, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon and Ralph Macchio. All actors who dominated the movie-scene during the eighties. The film was actually the start of Brat Pack genre, a nickname given to a group of young actors who frequently appeared together in coming-of-age films in the eighties.

The Outsiders is a film about two gangs in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1965: the Greasers (with Ponyboy Curtis, Sodapop, Darrell,…) was a group of working-class teens and the Socs, a gang of wealthier kids.

Two guys from the Greasers  (Ponyboy and Johnny) are attacked by a couple of guys from the Socs and accidentally one guy from the Socs is stabbed to death. As murderers are executed in the electric chair, Ponyboy and Johnny flee.

Most memorable scene

This is actually the first movie I had to cry with… ‘stay gold Ponyboy’… this was the scene where Johnny dies.

Link to IMDb

Back to the future (1985)


‘Back to the future’ is an American adventure comedy film. It’s  about Marty McFly, a 17-year old high school student who accidentally turns up 30 years earlier. He meets his future parents and he accidentally becomes his mother’s romantic interest.

Marty has to make sure his parents end up together or the future would look a whole lot different! After that, he has to find a way back to 1985…


Most memorable scene

The scene where Marty plays ‘Johnny B. goode’ is hilarous… the song isn’t released in 1955, but a relative from Chuck Berry hears it and informs Chuck about it.

And also when Marty’s mother thinks his name is ‘Calvin’ as he is wearing Calvin Klein boxers… the film is packed with these little things that keep it funny until the end.


Link to IMDb

Dirty Dancing (1987)


Every year ‘Baby’ goes with her family to a resort to spend her holidays.In 1963 they visit the resort again. In that year, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny. They’re from a completely different background and Johnny is much older, but they can’t help it and they fall in love.

Most memorable scene

‘Nobody puts baby in the corner’ of course, but also the scene where Johnny and Baby are practising the lift in the water. I also like the scene where they are practising but end up flirting and teasing on the tunes of ‘Love is strange’.

Link to IMDb

Footloose (1984)


Teenager Ren moves from the big city to a small Midwestern town. He tries to fit in, but it’s difficult to find a place in the local community. Ren loves to dance, but in in this little town it is forbidden to dance or to listen to rock music.

He falls in love with Ariel and together with some friends they want to organise a dance in the little town.

Most memorable scene

I was into dancing and gymnastics so I really liked the warehouse scene where Ren is dancing on the tunes of Never from Michael Gore.

Link to IMDb

What was your favourite movies from the eighties? Tell me in the comments and let us share some nostalgia 😀

Love, Kathleen


3 thoughts on “Personal: My favourite 80ies films!

    Ann Ages Gracefully said:
    April 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Dirty Dancing owwww I had such a crush on Patrick Swayze 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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