Top 10 films of the 1980s

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The greatest films of the 80s
The 80s are known as a decade of decadence (and bad hair), so it’s no surprise that the era produced lavish blockbusters and huge film franchises. Spielberg, Lucas and Cameron were just a few of the directors delivering major hits and family flicks that are still so popular they hardly need introduction.

They sure don’t make ‘em like this anymore, get our round-up of the greatest films of the 80s and use the comments box to add your favourites. And if you haven't already, check out our fave films of the 90s.
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E.T.
E.T. (1982)
The world fell for Steven Spielberg's heart-warming tale of a boy and a cute/ugly homesick alien. E.T. became an icon of 80s cinema and the enduring story still warms the cockles.

It even beat Star Wars at the box office and that’s saying something.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The booby-trapped temples, the snake pits, the one-liners, is it possible to dislike Raiders of The Lost Ark? We think not.

Indiana Jones is one of THE most entertaining adventure characters of all time and this Oscar-winning blockbuster is still as thrilling and entertaining as it was then. 

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Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters (1984)
All hail Bill Murray and his deadpan performance in this comic caper with supernatural special effects.

The Ghostbusters team rid New York of ghosts and ghouls until it all goes a bit wrong and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is unleashed. Silly, slimy, spooky fun.

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The Terminator
The Terminator (1984)
James Cameron’s sci-fi film put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map as a cyborg hell bent on an assassination mission. Never before have shades and an Austrian accent worked so well.

‘I’ll be back’ will forever be Arnie’s trademark.

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Back To The Future
Back To The Future (1985)
Back to The Future is the ultimate 80s blockbuster franchise.  It had Marty McFly, the brilliantly eccentric Doc Emmett Brown and the coolest car ever, the Delorean time machine.

The film world would be a duller place without the Doc’s Flux Capacitor. Techno babble never sounded so good.

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The Shining
The Shining (1980)
Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel received a bad reception at first, but was soon hailed as one of the scariest film ever made.

Jack Nicholson’s performance as Torrance, who loses his mind while staying in an empty hotel, is chilling and brilliant. "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy..."

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The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
As a rule we don’t include sequels in our top ten, but then there’s Empire Strikes Back.

The second Star Wars flick is regarded as one of the few superior sequels ever made. Not just for kids, it is sinister and complex... very impressive for a film with a talking gold robot and a wookie.

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Blade Runner
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner is another 80s flick that didn’t get a great reception on release, but Ridley Scott’s bleak sci-fi film was eventually regarded as a cult hit.

Its depiction of a dystopian futuristic world has influenced the genre ever since.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Ferris Bueller does what every teenager *or office worker* longs to do, pulls a sickie and has an epic day.

This flick was one of the top-grossing films of the year and has since become a 80s classic.

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Raging Bull
Raging Bull (1980)
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese collaborate again for this incredible character study of troubled boxer, Jake LaMotta. 

DeNiro won his second Oscar for this powerful performance of an aggressive and insecure man. Gritty but absorbing.

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