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Old 09-06-2014, 02:23
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As usual what utter lazy, half-hearted rubbish. I think every film in the list was American and even if the director was British you can guarantee it was made in America.
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:36
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01. Back to the Future (1985)
02. Dirty Dancing (1987)
03. E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
04. The Goonies (1985)
05. The Breakfast Club (1985)
06. Ghostbusters (1984)
07. Die Hard (1988)
08. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
09. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
10. Big (1988)
11. Gremlins (1984)
12. Top Gun (1986)
13. When Harry Met Sally.... (1989)
14. Stand by Me (1986)
15. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
16. The Lost Boys (1987)
17. Beetlejuice (1988)
18. 3 Men & a Baby (1987)
19. Footloose (1984)
20. Trading Places (1983)
21. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
22. Pretty in Pink (1986)
23. Blue Velvet (1986)
24. Fatal Attracion (1987)
25. Weird Science (1985)
26. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
27. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
28. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
29. Fame (1980)
30. The Karate Kid (1984)
31. Working Girl (1988)
32. Flashdance (1983)
33. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
34. St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
35. Rocky IV (1985)
36. Splash (1984)
37. Tootsie (1982)
38. Nine and a 1/2 Weeks (1986)
39. Risky Business (1983)
40. Wall Street (1987)

No Shining, no Blues Brothers, no Long Good Friday, no Empire Strikes Back, no Return of the Jedi, no Airplane!, no Elephant Man, no Superman II, no Time Bandits, no Raiders of the Lost Ark, no Blade Runner, no The Thing, no Poltergeist, no Dark Crystal, no Labyrinth, no Gregory's Girl, no Local Hero, no Rambo, no National Lampoon's Vacation, no Friday the 13's, no Christmas Story, no Terminator, no Police Academy, no Top Secret!, no Spinal Tap, no Brazil, no Aliens, no The Fly, no Flight of the Navigator, no Ruthless People, no Princess Bride, No Withnail & I, no Predator, no Raising Arizona, no Naked Gun, no Rain Man, no Willow, no Fish Called Wanda, no Coming to America, no Parenthood, no Batman....
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:41
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Not really channel 5's fault most 80's films and the biggest and best ones at that were American.
I have just finished watching the show. Thanks to ads i recorded it instead. And i thought it was ok , great to relive some brill 80's films. There was lots i love and lots i don't. Like everything in life it is subjective.
We all like different things.

The 80's being the best decade for films they simply couldn't fit them all in. Some of my faves Mannequin and any christian Slater 80's film. They get slated by critics and may not be the most successful but they are still to me great.

There was other big films missing - any terminator film , sixteen candles , batman , airplane! , the shining , fast times at ridgemont high , star wars films , alien , blade runner , robocop , the princess bride , labyrinth , the blues brothers , rain man.
I could go on & on.

You can't fit all the great 80's films into just 40. It is impossible. A great decade for films and i could see why most made the chart whether i am a fan or not.
It was an ok chart and not one to take seriously. There are hundred of top 80's films list everywhere and all are different.
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:43
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I was busy writing my post i missed your list of the ones they missed. you also included ones i didn't even mention. And police academy how could i forget that. Love those films.

You just simply can't fit them all in.
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:50
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I was busy writing my post i missed your list of the ones they missed. you also included ones i didn't even mention. And police academy how could i forget that. Love those films.

You just simply can't fit them all in.
Was weird though that of the original 3 Indy films the least popular one got on the list. God knows how Raiders didn't make it.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:11
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01. Back to the Future (1985)
02. Dirty Dancing (1987)
03. E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
04. The Goonies (1985)
05. The Breakfast Club (1985)
06. Ghostbusters (1984)
07. Die Hard (1988)
08. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
09. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
10. Big (1988)
11. Gremlins (1984)
12. Top Gun (1986)
13. When Harry Met Sally.... (1989)
14. Stand by Me (1986)
15. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
16. The Lost Boys (1987)
17. Beetlejuice (1988)
18. 3 Men & a Baby (1987)
19. Footloose (1984)
20. Trading Places (1983)
21. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
22. Pretty in Pink (1986)
23. Blue Velvet (1986)
24. Fatal Attracion (1987)
25. Weird Science (1985)
26. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
27. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
28. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
29. Fame (1980)
30. The Karate Kid (1984)
31. Working Girl (1988)
32. Flashdance (1983)
33. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
34. St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
35. Rocky IV (1985)
36. Splash (1984)
37. Tootsie (1982)
38. Nine and a 1/2 Weeks (1986)
39. Risky Business (1983)
40. Wall Street (1987)

No Shining, no Blues Brothers, no Long Good Friday, no Empire Strikes Back, no Return of the Jedi, no Airplane!, no Elephant Man, no Superman II, no Time Bandits, no Raiders of the Lost Ark, no Blade Runner, no The Thing, no Poltergeist, no Dark Crystal, no Labyrinth, no Gregory's Girl, no Local Hero, no Rambo, no National Lampoon's Vacation, no Friday the 13's, no Christmas Story, no Terminator, no Police Academy, no Top Secret!, no Spinal Tap, no Brazil, no Aliens, no The Fly, no Flight of the Navigator, no Ruthless People, no Princess Bride, No Withnail & I, no Predator, no Raising Arizona, no Naked Gun, no Rain Man, no Willow, no Fish Called Wanda, no Coming to America, no Parenthood, no Batman....
Its just personal opinion though. Everybodys top 40 would be different depending on personal taste.
You have named 40 films that were'nt on the list, but surely not even all those would make your own top 40 ?
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:23
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Surely this shoudl have been the top ten

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), $435 million
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), $309 million
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), $290 million
Batman (1989), $251 million
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), $245 million
Ghostbusters (1984), $238 million
Beverly Hills Cop (1984), $234 million
Back to the Future (1985), $210 million
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), $197 million
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), $179 million

As they were the biggest grossing?
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:47
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It wasn't a list for the biggest grossing film though. A movie can gross very high at the box office, but isn't as good as some other ones that weren't as successful.

Think about it, you only know if the movie is good if you watch it. The marketing may be really good for an ok film so more people go and see it!
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:49
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Terrible list (in my opinion). I'll need to try my own so see whether it gets panned more or less but I'm not sure I'm bored enough yet!
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Old 09-06-2014, 16:56
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Personally I would probably re order them slightly and add a few an take a few out but in these polls it's what the majority of those taking part say and there is never going to be a definitive list. The 80's for me are a tough era for ranking movies because the 80's in my opinion produced a huge number of brilliantly iconic and cult movies and was something of a golden age for the american film industry. Some people have complained about the lack of british movies on the list, well to be frank the british film industry was not as hot property in the 80's as it is these days. Yeah I know a lot of american movies were actually filmed over here back then but they are still classed as US films. From the 80's the only british movie that really stands out in my opinion is A Fish Called Wanda. I would also like to add that in my opinion the number one was spot on but then Back to the Future is my favourite movie of all time let alone the 80's but that's just me and I know others will disagree.
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Old 09-06-2014, 17:25
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My favorite 80's films

1: little mermaid
2: labyrinth
3:ghostbusters (and 2, as well)
4: siixteen candles
5: blue lagoon
6: muppets take manhattan
7: who framed rodger rabbit
8:little shop of horrors
9:splash
10:Friday the 13th (3D)

A bit of a girly list. But I'm surprised more of these films aren't in the list.....
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Old 09-06-2014, 17:28
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Anybody got full list?
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Old 09-06-2014, 19:13
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The full list is in the second post.
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Old 09-06-2014, 22:32
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Why was Joe Swash on this? He was only born in 1982.

He ranted about watching Top Gun as a young boy, young? He would have been 4.
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Old 09-06-2014, 22:45
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I was talking to somebody today and saying that I was sure there were some big films that have been overlooked so thanks surfking for pointing them out.

Were there any James Cameron movies in the list?
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Old 09-06-2014, 22:48
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01. Back to the Future (1985)
02. Dirty Dancing (1987)
03. E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
04. The Goonies (1985)
05. The Breakfast Club (1985)
06. Ghostbusters (1984)
07. Die Hard (1988)
08. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
09. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
10. Big (1988)
11. Gremlins (1984)
12. Top Gun (1986)
13. When Harry Met Sally.... (1989)
14. Stand by Me (1986)
15. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
16. The Lost Boys (1987)
17. Beetlejuice (1988)
18. 3 Men & a Baby (1987)
19. Footloose (1984)
20. Trading Places (1983)
21. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
22. Pretty in Pink (1986)
23. Blue Velvet (1986)
24. Fatal Attracion (1987)
25. Weird Science (1985)
26. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
27. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
28. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
29. Fame (1980)
30. The Karate Kid (1984)
31. Working Girl (1988)
32. Flashdance (1983)
33. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
34. St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
35. Rocky IV (1985)
36. Splash (1984)
37. Tootsie (1982)
38. Nine and a 1/2 Weeks (1986)
39. Risky Business (1983)
40. Wall Street (1987)

No Shining, no Blues Brothers, no Long Good Friday, no Empire Strikes Back, no Return of the Jedi, no Airplane!, no Elephant Man, no Superman II, no Time Bandits, no Raiders of the Lost Ark, no Blade Runner, no The Thing, no Poltergeist, no Dark Crystal, no Labyrinth, no Gregory's Girl, no Local Hero, no Rambo, no National Lampoon's Vacation, no Friday the 13's, no Christmas Story, no Terminator, no Police Academy, no Top Secret!, no Spinal Tap, no Brazil, no Aliens, no The Fly, no Flight of the Navigator, no Ruthless People, no Princess Bride, No Withnail & I, no Predator, no Raising Arizona, no Naked Gun, no Rain Man, no Willow, no Fish Called Wanda, no Coming to America, no Parenthood, no Batman....
All the bit in bold ones appeal to me.
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Old 09-06-2014, 22:55
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No Heathers either.
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Old 09-06-2014, 23:13
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TRON, The Last Starfighter, Explorers, The Monster Squad.. I was all about the 80s escapism.

Add the darker Disney stuff like The Black Cauldron and Watcher in the Woods. (I'd add the Black Hole but that was 79)
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Old 09-06-2014, 23:15
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No Heathers either.
I thought that.
More of a cult classic that one. Christian Slater was to die for in that film
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Old 09-06-2014, 23:17
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TRON, The Last Starfighter, Explorers, The Monster Squad.. I was all about the 80s escapism.
The monster squad. Everyone saw it on VHS, noone will release it on DVD.....
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Old 09-06-2014, 23:33
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The monster squad. Everyone saw it on VHS, noone will release it on DVD.....
It's on Region 1 if you have a player that can handle it.

I've been watching a lot of the classic 80s movies on netflix. Some hold up (D.A.R.R.Y.L holds up), some don't (Solar Babies, Krull, and Cloak and Dagger are awful)
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Old 10-06-2014, 00:22
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I was talking to somebody today and saying that I was sure there were some big films that have been overlooked so thanks surfking for pointing them out.

Were there any James Cameron movies in the list?
Alas...no. Not even The Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986) cracked that so called 'Top 40' list.
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Old 10-06-2014, 00:28
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Alas...no. Not even The Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986) cracked that so called 'Top 40' list.
Nor 'The Abyss' which may not be the greatest movie ever made(although I love it) but was a major landmark in CGI.

None the less, how on earth were 'The Terminator', Aliens and Blade Runner not in the list, not to mention the others that you have listed

They should have called it 'Some films from the 80s'.
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:13
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No Hellraiser or Howard the Duck.
I don't think the horror films with a lot of gloop such as The Thing and The Fly were universally popular ?
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Old 10-06-2014, 12:40
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I thought ET would have been No. 1 - not Back to the Future - it was a good film but ET appealed to all ages kids and adults alike. I still well up when watching it
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