We’ll admit it, we are feeling a tad bit nostalgic this afternoon for the films of the 1980s. This totally awesome decade gave us so many movies that we still love to this day…and we think it’s a pretty safe bet that you do as well! Since we are currently having a Classic Legends for Less sale, we thought we’d hop back in time to the era of leg warmers and new wave, Valley Girls and Preppy Dudes for this run down of ten rad flicks that have stood the test of time!
Three Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Cher) and Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis), went to director Norman Jewison’s wonderful romantic comedy. Cher stars as Loretta Castorini, an Italian-American widow whose plans to remarry hit a snag when she meets her fiancé’s estranged brother, Ronny (Nicolas Cage), and he immediately falls in love with her. Will Ronny “snap out of it” or are he and Loretta meant to be? Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia also star.
Philadelphia detective John Book (Harrison Ford) must protect the sole witness to a murder at a train station–young Amish boy Samuel Lapp (Lukas Haas)–when the crime is linked to police corruption. His own life also in jeopardy, Book must hide out on the Lapp family’s rural farm, where he forms an unexpected bond with the members of the community, especially Samuel’s widowed mother (Kelly McGillis). Director Peter Weir’s compelling drama also stars Danny Glover, Josef Sommer.
What a feeling! This 1980s surprise box-office smash stars Jennifer Beals as Alex Owens, a beautiful 18-year-old woman who dreams of studying at the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance. Working during the day as a welder and at night as an exotic dancer, Alex refuses to let anything get in the way of her ambitions–discovering the power of love along the way. Songs include “Flashdance…What a Feeling,” “Maniac.” With Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala; directed by Adrian Lyne.
The favorite mystery game comes to the screen in a hilarious whodunit set in a 1950s dinner party whose host–the enigmatic Mr. Boddy–is murdered. Was the killer Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn), Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Mr. Green (Michael McKean), Col. Mustard (Martin Mull), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), or the butler (Tim Curry)? Directed by Jonathan Lynn (“My Cousin Vinny”).
SCTV alumni John Candy and Eugene Levy reunite in this crazy action/comedy. A disgraced ex-cop (Candy) and an inept former attorney (Levy) reluctantly embark on new careers as underpaid security guards. But when a mobbed-up union official (Robert Loggia) stages a series of robberies, the bumbling rent-a-cops may be the only ones who can bring him to justice. With Meg Ryan, Kenneth McMillan, Brion James, and Steve Railsback.
Eddie’s live, uncensored and hilarious in his first starring comedy concert special. Get ready to laugh out loud again and again as Murphy shares his insights on such topics as maternal discipline, ice cream vendors, Mr. T, and the dangers of relatives interbreeding with Bigfoot. WARNING: Contains language unsuitable for children.
That’s not a knife! Surprise hit comedy stars Paul Hogan as a roguish poacher from the Australian Outback who finds himself following a beautiful reporter (Linda Kozlowski) to New York, where his easygoing ways make for comedic complications. With Mark Blum, David Gulpilil.
On their way home to face a host of criminal charges, the former Enterprise crew learns that a mysterious space probe is threatening Earth with certain destruction. Now, Kirk and company must travel back in time to the 1980s to bring a pair of humpback whales to the 23rd century in the hopes they’ll be able to communicate with the probe and save the planet. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy (who also directed), DeForest Kelley, Catherine Hicks star.
When they find evidence of embezzlement at the company they work for, a pair of low-level office jockeys (Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman) are invited to their boss Bernie’s (Terry Kiser) beach house as a reward. But when Bernie is bumped off by the Mob, the boys must tote the corpse around and pretend he’s still alive in order to keep from getting pinched for the murder or becoming targets themselves. Catherine Mary Stewart co-stars in this darkly funny comedy.
Sarah Jessica Parker has just one desire…to dance! And with the help of her friends and boyfriend, she gets to fulfill every girl’s dream: she gets to dance on DTV! Full of laughs, fun, and wacky, zany kids who just want to have fun! Also stars Helen Hunt, Lee Montgomery, and Shannen Doherty.