Top 10 Cult Classics of the 80s

The 80s were a simple time. Movies were a big part of those times. You think back and cherish films that were classics. You appreciate the actors and the story each film brought to the table. These films not only represented a generation but also taught us several life lessons. No matter how you viewed a film, it was guaranteed that the audience was on a special adventure whether you laughed, cried, or even jumped out of your seat with fear. You knew that these movies are instant classics. What is special about these films are the characters and their dialogue that is still remembered today. These films did not only create nostalgia, but they will be remembered for generations to come. Here is a list of top 10 cult classic films from the 80s.

10: The Running Man: The 80s represented action movies in a huge way. No one was more famous than Arnold Schwarzanaeger. This film did not only knock you out of your seat with its action, it was also known as one of Arnold’s catchy but witty one-liners. Ben Richards (Schwarzanaeger) is wrongly convicted of a crime and must try to survive a game show that too is an execution gauntlet. With Richard Dawson as your host and films villain, the story line of survival and dialogue is what make this film an instant cult classic.

9: Stand By Me: When you think of four friends on a journey who’s purpose is to discover a dead body you instantly think horror. That’s not the case with this film. Instead, you get a classic adventure of friendship and life lessons along the way. A star-studded cast such as the late River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland and yes a chubby young Jerry Oconnel are apart of this cult classic. This is one of those films that is not only fun to watch but is still talked about till this day.

8: The Lost Boys: Besides Dracula, The Lost Boys is one of the most famous and fun vampire films to date. Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, and Corey Haim star in this Vampire classic. When two brothers move to a new town in California, they discover that it is home to a bunch wild and dangerous vampires. The gore, thrill, and lifestyle of these vampires are what makes this film enjoyable.

7: The Goonies: Buried Treasure, Pirates and a fun journey with family and friends make The Goonies as one of the most enjoyable movies ever made. With a great cast such as Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, and a young Josh Brolin, you are treated to unique characters filled with fun memories. There are people out there who definitely still do the truffle shuffle. That is why this film will still be talked about for generations to come.

6: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: The good old days when you pretend to be sick so you can miss school is the perfect representation of this film. Matthew Broderick portrays the ultimate manipulator to his family and friends. However, his principal is not buying his act. This cult classic gives you a day in the life of Ferris Bueller as he ventures through the city of Chicago. This movie is an instant favorite.

5: Robocop: This film is unique because of it’s futuristic plot. It’s not every day that you witness a cyborg cop roam the streets and fight crime. This is the case with officer Alex Murphy who gets revenge against crime lords on the streets of a rugged and beat down Detroit. This film not only has suspenseful action, it also makes you question the science of man vs. machine.

4: Caddyshack: One of the funniest comedies ever made involve tremendous laughs on a golf course out of all places. With a stellar cast that involves

Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray you would appreciate the game of golf especially when it comes down to embarrassing rich snobs. Dangerfield is the highlight of this film with his witty one-liners and insults. This comedy is one of the true highlights of the 80’s.

3: Blade Runner: What makes Blade Runner an instant classic is it’s futuristic look and plot line. Harrison Ford stars in this cult classic as Deckard a replicant hunter whose job is to eliminate four escaped Replicants. This film is known for a suspenseful fight in the rain and a climax that will leave the audiences speechless.

2: The Breakfast Club: Detention has never been so fun when you experience a group of kids who spill their guts out to each other while they experience their adolescent problems. What makes this film a classic are its characters and simple plot line in which the film takes place in one room for the most part.

1: Back to the Future: Time Travel has never been so fun. Michael J. Fox plays Marty McFly in this instant Cult Classic where a 17-year-old high school student is accidentally sent 30 years in the past where he experiences several surprises and adventures along the way. This movie is fan favorite for many and is well deserving of the number one spot of Cult Classics of the 80’s.

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At the site, I'm a music, television and graphic novel kind of guy and that's what I'll be writing for the most part. Expect some book and music reviews as well though [insert demon horns here]. I grew up in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, the same neighborhood many of the best mafia films of our day were based on, idolizing guys like Robert Deniro, Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino. I'm also a big sports fan and follow the New York Yankees immensely.

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