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Leo Logan
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Back in August of last year, the official Tampa Bay blog Stuck in the 80s compiled up a list of the 80 films every 1980s fan must see based on readers suggestions under the comments section. Here is the first 20 in alphabetical order.

48 Hrs. (1982) - Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy (Dir: Walter Hill)
9 1/2 Weeks (1986) - Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger (Dir: Adrian Lyne)
A Christmas Story (1983) - Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon (Dir: Bob Clark)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988) - John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin (Dir: Charles Crichton)
About Last Night (1986) - Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins (Dir: Edward Zwick)
Airplane (1980) - Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Robert Stack (Dir: Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker)
Amadeus (1984) - Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham (Dir: Milos Forman)
An American Werewolf in London (1981) - David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter (Dir: John Landis)
Arthur (1981) - Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud
Back to the Future (1985) - Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson (Dir: Robert Zemeckis)
Beetlejuice (1988) - Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder (Dir: Tim Burton)
Better Off Dead (1985) - John Cusack, Diane Franklin (Dir: Savage Steve Holland)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) - Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Ronny Cox, Lisa Eilbacher, Steven Berkoff, Bronson Pinchot, Paul Reiser (Dir: Martin Brest)
Big (1988) - Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, Jared Rushton (Dir: Penny Marshall)
Blade Runner (1982) - Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah (Dir: Ridley Scott)
The Blues Brothers (1980) - John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd (Dir: John Landis)
The Breakfast Club (1985) - Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Gleason (Dir: John Hughes)
Caddyshack (1980) - Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe (Dir: Harold Ramis)
Cocoon (1985) - Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Steve Guttenberg, Jessica Tandy, Maureen Stapleton (Dir: Ron Howard)
Colors (1988) - Sean Penn, Robert Duvall (Dir: Dennis Hopper)

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Part 2

Coming to America (1988) - Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley (Dir: John Landis)
Dead Poets Society (1989) - Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke (Dir: Peter Weir)
Die Hard (1988) - Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason (Dir: John McTiernan)
Dirty Dancing (1987) - Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes (Dir: Emile Ardolino)
Do the Right Thing (1989) - Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Rosie Perez (Dir: Spike Lee)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams (Dir: Irwin Kershner)
Escape from New York (1981) - Kurt Russell, Isaac Hayes, Adrienne Barbeau, Donald Pleasance, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef (Dir: John Carpenter)
E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982) - Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace Stone, Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaughton, Peter Coyote (Dir: Steven Spielberg)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) - Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston (Dir: Amy Heckerling)
Field of Dreams (1989) - Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster, Timothy Busfield, Gaby Hoffmann (Dir: Phil Alden Robinson)
First Blood (1982) - Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy (Dir: Ted Kotcheff)
Fletch (1985) - Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (Dir: Michael Ritchie)
Footloose (1984) - Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest (Dir: Herbert Ross)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) - Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Woody Allen, Michael Caine (Dir: Woody Allen)
Heathers (1989) - Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Kim Walker, Lisanne Falk (Dir: Michael Lehmann)
Hoosiers (1986) - Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper (Dir: David Anspaugh)
The Karate Kid (1984) - Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, William Zabka (Dir: John G. Avildsen)
The Last American Virgin (1982) - Lawrence Monoson, Diane Franklin
Lethal Weapon (1987) - Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey (Dir: Richard Donner)
The Lost Boys (1987) - Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes, Edward Herrmann (Dir: Joel Schumacher)

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Part 3

Major League (1989) - Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen (Dir: David S. Ward)
Midnight Run (1988) - Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Dennis Farina (Dir: Martin Brest)
Miracle Mile (1989) - Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham (Dir: Steve DeJarnatt)
The Natural (1984) - Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Prosky, Richard Farnsworth (Dir: Barry Levinson)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Johnny Depp, Amanda Wyss (Dir: Wes Craven)
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) - Paul Reubens (Dir: Tim Burton)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) - Steve Martin, John Candy (Dir: John Hughes)
Platoon (1986) - Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe (Dir: Oliver Stone)
Poltergeist (1982) - Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein, Beatrice Straight (Dir: Tobe Hooper)
Pretty in Pink (1986) - Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, James Spader, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts (Dir: Howard Deutch)
The Princess Bride (1987) - Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest (Dir: Rob Reiner)
Purple Rain (1984) - Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day (Dir: Albert Magnoli)
Raising Arizona (1987) - Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter (Dir: Joel Coen)
Real Genius (1985) - Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarret, William Atherton (Dir: Martha Coolidge)
Repo Man (1984) - Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton (Dir: Alex Cox)
Revenge of the Nerds (1984) - Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Curtis Armstrong, Timothy Busfield, Ted McGinley (Dir: Jeff Kanew)
The Right Stuff (1983) - Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Charles Frank (Dir: Philip Kaufman)
Risky Business (1983) - Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Curtis Armstrong, Bronson Pinchot (Dir: Paul Brickman)
Rocky III (1982) - Sylvester Stallone, Mr. T, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith (Dir: Sylvester Stallone)

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Part 4

Say Anything (1989) - John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor (Dir: Cameron Crowe)
Scarface (1983) - Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia (Dir: Brian De Palma)
Sid and Nancy (1986) - Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb (Dir: Alex Cox)
Something Wild (1986) - Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels, Ray Liotta (Dir: Jonathan Demme)
St. Elmo's Fire (1985) - Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Mare Winningham (Dir: Joel Schumacher)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) - William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, James Doohan (Dir: Nicholas Meyer)
Stripes (1981) - Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles, John Candy (Dir: Ivan Reitman)
The Sure Thing (1985) - John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Nicollette Sheridan (Dir: Rob Reiner)
The Terminator (1984) - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn (Dir: James Cameron)
This is Spinal Tap (1984) - Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer (Dir: Rob Reiner)
Top Gun (1986) - Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt (Dir: Tony Scott)
Trading Places (1983) - Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Ameche, Ralph Bellamy, Paul Gleason (Dir: John Landis)
Tron (1982) - Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes (Dir: Steven Lisberger)
The Untouchables (1987) - Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia, Charles Martin Smith (Dir: Brian De Palma)
Vacation (1983) - Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, John Candy, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Christie Brinkley (Dir: Harold Ramis)
Valley Girl (1983) - Deborah Forman, Nicolas Cage, Frederic Forrest, Colleen Camp, Michelle Meyrink (Dir: Martha Coolidge)
Wall Street (1987) - Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Martin Sheen, Hal Holbrook, Terence Stamp (Dir: Oliver Stone)
When Harry Met Sally (1989) - Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby (Dir: Rob Reiner)
Witness (1985) - Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas, Alexander Godunov, Danny Glover (Dir: Peter Weir)

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Ghostbusters is not included here. Completely discredits the entire list.
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Don't know if the movies were supposed to be set in the 80's..
Well, apparently not.. because Platoon, The Untouchables, Dead Poets Society and several
sci-fi flicks are included..
That leaves me wondering why the Indiana Jones films, Blue Velvet and Full Metal Jacket aren't
included..
and where the hell is After Hours ??

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Oh my.. i messed up...
Blue Velvet does take place in the 80's.. [Embarrassed]

Still, it should be on the list. I know i'm right about that !!

[ 14. July 2011, 08:31: Message edited by: P_a_u_l ]

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i think johnny it's just films made in the 80s!
some great titles listed there,but i've noticed there's no films starting with the letter 'g' in the list,like john said i would have surely thought ghostbusters should be in there and i would also have thought gremlins also!
never mind there's are still some great ones in there!

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No Ferris also seems like sacriledge to yours truly.
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Obviously the movie-going residents of Tampa, FL. are a bunch of numpties.

This is simply a list of movies that some people have heard of. It clearly bears no resemblance to any actual knowledge of the movies themselves. Someone's just ran either a netflix random wishlist, or else an IMDB search for the decade, sorted it, and copied it there.

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