Go on a trip back in time with a movie from the 1980s

80s movies are known for their uniqueness and quirkiness. Cheesy lines, unrealistic plots, and teenage angst are scattered everywhere in them. No matter how old you may be, they never fail to bring back a sense of nostalgia to viewers.

Maddie Root, Managing Editor

Classic 80s movies have a special feeling about them that not many other types of movies are able to obtain.

With films like Sixteen Candles, Can’t Buy Me Love, Dirty Dancing, Splash, and many more, the 80s were known for its amazing romantic comedies. One film in particular, When Harry Met Sally, stands out the most.
When Harry Met Sally stars Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, two of the 80s biggest icons. The film follows two friends over twelve years. Together, they help one another through personal troubles and break-ups while developing feelings for each other.
Not only do Meg Ryan’s acting skills stand out, but her iconic hairdo does as well. Her hair is the perfect combination between 70s and 80s. Her style in the movie—turtlenecks, flannels, button-up shirts, and mom jeans make her even more adorable and add to her likability.
Along with rom-coms, dramas were also very popular. Films like Rain Man, Dead Poets Society, and The Breakfast Club all have the ability to pull on your heartstrings and make you laugh at the same time.
80s movies made stars out of some of the most well-known celebrities today.
Tom Hanks rose to stardom starring in films like Splash, Big, and Turner and Hooch. Winona Ryder, who now plays Joyce Bryers in Stranger Things, got her start by starring in classics like Heathers and Beetlejuice.
But the 80s were very cheesy, too. Teen Wolf and Red Dawn are great examples of how movies can be extremely cheesy, but super entertaining. The acting may not be Oscar-worthy, but the storylines are captivating.
80s movies usually have a classic soundtrack to go along with them. In Top Gun, “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin is played when Tom Cruise and his love interest meet to show the magical sparks between the two. In The Breakfast Club, “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds is played at the end to give the story a powerful ending.
Movies in the 80s have and will continue to have a big effect on pop culture. Movies like these aren’t just forgotten as lines from these movies are still quoted all the time. They are the kinds of movies that we come back to time and time again. The music, clothes, and overall vibe in each film takes us back to a much simpler time.
Many of these movies can be purchased on streaming platforms or can be streamed for free on HBO Max and Disney+.