Films played a huge part in our young lives. Comedies, coming-of-age dramas, heartfelt flicks - we loved them all. But which ones made the biggest impact? You know you're a child of the 80s when you watched these classic 80s films…


1. The Breakfast Club

80s films: The Breakfast ClubOne our fave 80s films, this coming-of-age drama centres around a group of high-school kids in detention on a Saturday. They quickly realise they’re not so different from each other. We loved the Simple Minds song Don’t You (Forget About Me), too!

2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

80s films: ETThis Steven Spielberg film never fails to make us cry! The lead character, Elliot, befriends the alien stranded on Earth and they get up to all sorts of mischief. But you fall in love with all the characters. Sob!

3. Back To The Future

80s films: back to the futureThe first in the trilogy of hugely successful Back to the Future films saw Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) sent back to 1955. With the help of mad scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he must help his parents fall in love and return to 1985. We coveted the DeLorean!

4. Pretty In Pink

80s films: pretty in pinkThis was one of many classic 80s films penned by John Hughes. With an amazing soundtrack and stellar cast (Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer and Andrew McCarthy) this rom-com drama had us hooked. And then there’s the fashion..!

5. The NeverEnding Story

80s films: never ending storyWe all loved delving into the world of Fantasia with Bastian. We all cried when Artax died. And we all wanted to get a ride around the world with flying dragon Falcor. The NeverEnding Story lit up our imaginations with its charming and loveable characters.

6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

80s films: Ferris BuellerAnother classic John Hughes 80s film which saw Ferris Bueller skip school and spend the day in downtown Chicago. Will he get home before his parents arrive back from work? You’ll have to watch it to find out..!

7. Ghostbusters

80s films: ghostbustersWhen three eccentric scientists lose their university grant, they set up a ghost-extermination business in New York City. They quickly become kooky heroes, saving the city from ghosts, spirits and poltergeists. Altogether now, who you gonna call..?

8. Big

80s films: bigEven though we were scared of Zoltar, the fortune-telling machine, we adored this classic 80s film! Josh Baskin, 12, wishes to be bigger and wakes up aged 30 the next morning. He gets a job with a toy company and plays Chopsticks on a foot-operated keyboard. Iconic!

9. An American Tail

80s films: American Tail MPW-32790In this classic Disney film, Fievel – a Russian mouse – gets separated from his family while emigrating to the United States. He must find his family while trying to survive in a new country. Cute alert!

10. Uncle Buck

80s films: uncle buckJohn Candy plays idle, slobbish, yet good-natured bachelor, Uncle Buck, who’s left in charge of his nieces and nephew during a family crisis. He seems the least-likely caregiver…but you can’t beat this heart-warmer.

11. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

80s films: who_framed_roger_rabbit_movie_poster_by_expofever-d7tk5akThis groundbreaking film combined live characters and animation. ’Toon-hating detective (Bob Hoskins) is hired by a studio to keep an eye on its stars. But when Roger Rabbit becomes the prime suspect in a murder, the detective might be his only hope. Genius!


We loved these 80s flicks and still watch them now! What’s your favourite 80s film?