12 Films All True 80s Kids Have Seen


1. The Goonies (1985)

HEY YOU GUYS! The Goonies was the ultimate children's adventure, with their houses under threat of demolition, and an old treasure map found in the attic, the group of friends head off in search of long-lost treasure. Along the way, they have to face being chased by bad guys the Fratellis, and a journey filled with booby traps. Living by their motto "Goonies Never Say Die!", their perseverance leads to an abandoned galleon filled with treasure, and once captained by One-Eyed Willie (admit it you laughed at the name!). You'll be hard-pressed to find an 80s kid who hasn't both seen and loved this film!

2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Bueller...Bueller...? As a kid, we all had days where we didn't feel like going to school, and maybe even tried to fake being sick to trick our parents into letting us stay home for the day. Ferris Bueller manages to pull this off in spectacular style, roping in his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron (who is actually sick in bed) to head out across the windy city of Chicago for all kinds of fun and shenanigans. Meanwhile, classmates concerned about his health put together a "Save Ferris" campaign, whilst sister Jeannie and School Dean Mr Rooney see through Ferris' scheme and do their best to try and catch him skipping school. With various mishaps and obstacles along the way, Ferris has to try and get back home before his parents if he's going to avoid getting caught. In the words of Ferris himself: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

3. Back To The Future (1985)

GREAT SCOTT! In 1985, an unlikely pairing consisting of school teen Marty McFly and a much older and rather eccentric scientist Doc. Brown leads to a time travel adventure. After Doc. gets shot by the Libyans, in a desperate bid to escape using a modified DeLorean, complete with flux capacitor fueled by plutonium, Marty ends up inadvertently travelling back in time to the day his parents first met back in 1955. However, all does not run smooth as Marty ends up altering the past and sending himself into inexistence. Marty, with the help of 1955 Doc. Brown (after some convincing) needs to get his parents together at their high school prom to put the future back on course, before going back to the future (1985) in the DeLorean via the Hill Valley Clock Tower and a bolt of lightning.

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4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. phone home! Remember that time when you were coming home with pizza and you discovered an alien in your shed? Nope, me neither! But that's what happened to ten year old Elliott, in this heartwarming film. Elliott brings the alien into his home, later introducing him to his brother Michael and sister Gertie who all swear to keep it a secret. With the help of Gertie (and Sesame Street) E.T. learns to speak and they all work together to try and help E.T. get back home, whilst Elliott and E.T. form an unbreakable bond and psychic connection. With Government agents swooping in on the house as Elliott and E.T. find themselves in dire straits, it's a race against time to try and get E.T. home. If you didn't cry during this film at least once, then you have no soul!

5. Ghostbusters (1984)

If there's something strange, in your neighbourhood... WHO YA GONNA CALL!? After losing their jobs at Columbia University, parapsychologists Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Egon Spengler set up paranormal investigation and elimination service Ghostbusters in a disused fire station. Using an array of high tech equipment they capture their first ghost (Slimer) in a hotel, having caused a vast amount of collateral damage in the process. As New York City begins to become overrun with all things supernatural fourth Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore is brought in. Dana Barrett calls for their help after demigod Zuul takes over her fridge, her apartment and later takes possession of Dana herself. The building turns out to be a gateway to summon god of destruction Gozer and to bring about the end of the world. Can the Ghostbusters save the day and defeat a giant marshmallow man!? Given a sequel was later released, I'm sure you can do the maths on that one! Remember: DON'T CROSS THE STREAMS!

6. The Lost Boys (1987)

How far are you willing to go Michael? A classic cult film with stars a-plenty including: Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Alex Winter and the two Coreys (Corey Feldman and the late Corey Haim). Following their parents' divorce, brothers Michael and Sam find themselves moving to Santa Carla, California, with their mother to live with their grandfather. Santa Clara happens to be the murder capital of the world, which later unfolds to be down to the gang of vampires led by David. Michael takes a liking to David's girlfriend Star and is led back to the gang's lair where he unknowingly drinks David's blood, leading to the beginnings of his transition into a vampire himself. Sam is onto Michael, and seeks the help of the Frog brothers to hunt and kill the head vampire so they can save Michael from his fate. With all the usual vampire hunter tricks of the trade: garlic, holy water, wooden stakes; it's an intensely fast-paced bloody fight to the death, enough to get your own blood pumping!

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7. Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

SNAKES! Why'd it have to be snakes!? Raiders of the Lost Ark was the first instalment of the quadrilogy that follows archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones around the globe in search of ancient artifacts. In this film it's 1936 and Indy is hired by the US government to beat the Nazis in the search for the Ark of the Covenant (the chest that carried the 10 commandments), which is believed to carry great power. The journey first takes Indy to Nepal, where he meets an old flame, before continuing on to Egypt. A compilation of bugs, snakes, fights, planes and a giant rolling boulder, it's sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you haven't seen this film, then you must have been living under a rock! It's not every film you get to see a guy's face melt off! A fifth film in the Indiana Jones series is due to be released in 2019.

8. The Neverending Story (1984)

Come for me Gmork. I...am Atreyu! The Neverending Story follows Bastian, a young boy chased by bullies who escapes into a book shop. There, he is introduced to The Neverending Story, a book which he borrows, and reads about a land called Fantasia and the battle to save it from destruction by the Nothing, led by warrior child Atreyu. The quest takes Atreyu across Fantasia, who comes across a variety of characters along the way such as: Morla the turtle with a serious allergy problem; Falkor, a luck dragon; and Gmork, a wolf who is the servant of the nothing. But, when Atreyu returns to the Empress of Fantasia, having failed his quest, the Empress reveals it is in fact a human child that can save the land, leaving Bastian to step up to the job. Even now, when I watch this film I still find myself traumatised by the scene with Atreyu and his horse Artax in the Swamp of Sadness.  I'll end this part on a happy note though and leave you with some words of wisdom from Falkor: "Never give up and good luck will find you"

9. Weird Science (1985)

If you ever get the chance, shower with them! Two high school nerds Gary and Wyatt, decide to create a woman using Wyatt's computer and a doll, whilst sporting bras on their heads! Their experiment works, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock) appears, and the boys think all their Christmases have come at once. Lisa then makes it her mission to take the boys on a rite of passage to popularity, through a variety of capers and mishaps. This culminates in the party to end all parties, and a stand-off with some rather unwelcome guests, brought in by Lisa to make the boys look tough. The next morning the party is over, the house is trashed, Wyatt's vile older brother Chet is on the warpath, and Wyatt's parents are due home anytime. It's time for Lisa to take the reigns and use her "powers" to put Chet in his place and get the house back to some state of normal. Weird Science is every teenage boy's dream!

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10. The Karate Kid (1984)

Daniel son...wax on, wax off and paint the fence. No, this isn't a film about an old guy conning a teenage boy into doing all his odd jobs for him. The Karate Kid, sees Daniel Larusso reluctantly move to LA after his mother gets a new job there. The maintenance man for their apartment block is Mr Miyagi, whose first encounter with Daniel involves catching a fly between chopsticks. The new kid in town, Daniel ends up finding himself in trouble with some local boys, and gets beaten up by Johnny who knows martial arts, and the start of the boys' rivalry begins. During another of Daniel's beatings Mr Miyagi turns up and defeats the bullies. From that point Mr Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing to show him the way to being a karate master in what would perhaps be seen as unorthodox methods, that don't appear to involve any actual karate. The training all builds up to a local Karate tournament, where Daniel eventually comes face to face with nemesis Johnny in a final battle to settle the score once and for all. After watching this film, you'll be bringing out the chopsticks instead of the fly swatter and unleashing your inner karate master trying out "The Crane"!

11. Gremlins (1984)

Do you remember the three rules? When Billy Peltzer is given a strange furry creature known as a mogwai as a Christmas present from his dad, little did he know, it was the beginning of sending the entire town into chaos. The cute and friendly mogwai, named Gizmo, came with three simple but very important rules: 1) he hates bright lights and has to be kept away from sunlight or he'll die; 2) keep him away from water and number 3 the most important rule, don't ever feed him after midnight. The first mishap arises when water gets spilled on Gizmo, causing him to produce five more little mogwais, although these guys don't appear to be so friendly. Due to some mischievous wire chewing of an alarm clock a bucket of fried chicken, and a rogue sandwich in a science lab, the cardinal rule gets broken, and the mogwais (with the exception of Gizmo) begin to change into gremlins. These vile creatures then unleash death and destruction across the town, and it's up to Billy and Gizmo to save the day. A couple of the more memorable deaths of the gremlins reach their demise due to Billy's mother and a couple of kitchen appliances! Despite the scary possibilities of gremlins, after seeing this film we still all wanted to bag ourselves our very own Gizmo!

12. Labyrinth (1986)

You remind me of the babe! Saving the best for last (in my opinion anyway), the ultimate cult classic 80s movie. Although when originally released it didn't appear to be much of a hit, over time it picked up a huge following and attained cult status. Starring David Bowie (and co-starring his prominent crotch bulge!), Labyrinth follows teenager Sarah, who hasn't quite grown up yet and still lives in her own fantasy world. Upon returning home late for babysitting duties of her baby brother Toby, Sarah falls out with her dad and step-mum before they head out for the night. Feeling resentful of Toby, she re-enacts part of the Labyrinth book and wishes the Goblin King would take her baby brother away. Jareth, the Goblin King arrives and does just that, sending Sarah on a 13-hour quest to try and get Toby back before he gets turned into a goblin. Along her way through the Labyrinth, Sarah comes across a variety of creatures both friends and foes, and faces many challenges presented to her by Jareth, including the bog of eternal stench...although I think my dog's farts would out-stink that by a substantial margin (heaving as I write this!). Sarah and her new-found friends eventually make it to the Goblin City at the centre of the labyrinth, but Sarah must go it alone to face Jareth for a final time. Jim Henson brings this story to life with his creatures, combined with David Bowie, THAT crotch and an awesome soundtrack specifically written for the film by Trevor Jones and David Bowie himself. This is the epitome of 80s awesomeness and has to be seen by all!