Tribute to the movies from the 80s

Published: 31/5/2023

The 1980s were a golden era for cinema, producing some of the most memorable and loved movies in history. The decade brought us heartwarming tales, action-packed adventures and memorable characters.

Join us on a time-travelling journey back to the 80s to pay tribute to the movies that still manage to captivate audiences with their magic and charm today. So dust off your leg warmers, grab your Walkman and get ready to relive the good old days!

The birth of blockbusters

The 80s marked the birth of the modern blockbuster, with films that broke records and defined the era. Movies like Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and Ghostbusters became cultural phenomena, leaving a memorable mark on popular culture. These films not only showcased thrilling adventures but also introduced us to charismatic heroes and timeless catchphrases.

Roads?! Where we're going, we don't need roads." - What Dr Emmett Brown said to Marty McFly in Back to the Future

With Christopher Lloyd in 1985 film Back to the Future.
With Christopher Lloyd in 1985 film Back to the Future.

Teen flicks and coming-of-age tales

The 80s were also a time of teen angst and coming-of-age stories. Films like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Sixteen Candles captured the essence of youth, exploring themes of identity, rebellion and friendship. These movies spoke to a generation, resonating with their hopes, dreams and struggles and continue to connect with audiences today.

"We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all." - Emilio Estevez as Andrew Clark in The Breakfast Club

Classic Gen X movie “The Breakfast Club”, with (L-R) Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. Gen X were described as the generation that “fought for its right to party”.
Classic Gen X movie “The Breakfast Club”, with (L-R) Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. Gen X were described as the generation that “fought for its right to party”.

Action heroes and explosive adventures

The 80s gave rise to larger-than-life action heroes who became pop culture icons. From Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator and Bruce Willis in Die Hard to Sylvester Stallone in Rocky and Rambo, these films pushed the boundaries of action and excitement. Explosive car chases, intense fight sequences and unforgettable one-liners like "Hasta la vista, baby" and' "Yippee-Ki-Yay, Motherf*****" made these movies the epitome of adrenaline-pumping entertainment.

Unforgettable soundtracks

One cannot talk about the movies from the 80s without mentioning their incredible soundtracks. From the synth-pop melodies of Footloose and Flashdance to the iconic anthems of Top Gun and Dirty Dancing, the music from these films became almost inseparable from their stories. Not only did these soundtracks elevate the movies but they became the soundtrack of a generation.

"I feel the need, the need for speed." - Tom Cruise as Maverick in Top Gun

The 1984 movie Footloose.
The 1984 movie Footloose. CONTRIBUTED

Fantasy and sci-fi delights

The 80s saw a surge in fantasy and sci-fi films that transported audiences to otherworldly realms. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Goonies, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth whisked us away on magical adventures, while Blade Runner and Aliens explored the depths of our imaginations. These films captured the spirit of escapism and brought fantastical worlds to life.

  • Jareth : You remind me of the babe.
  • Goblin : What babe?
  • Jareth : The babe with the power.
  • Goblin : What power?
  • Jareth : The power of voodoo.
  • Goblin : Who do?
  • Jareth : You do.
  • Goblin : Do what?
  • Jareth : Remind me of the babe.

- David Bowie as Jareth in Labyrinth

Aussie gems

While Hollywood dominated the 80s, Australian cinema also made its mark. Films like Crocodile Dundee, Gallipoli, and Mad Max showcased Australia's cinematic prowess on the global stage. These movies not only entertained audiences but also highlighted the rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes of the land Down Under.

"That's not a knife. (pulls out his signature bowie knife) That's a knife." - Paul Hogan as Crocodile Dundee

Paul Hogan skyrocketed to fame after starring in Crocodile Dundee. Picture: supplied
Paul Hogan skyrocketed to fame after starring in Crocodile Dundee. Picture: supplied

Enduring legacies

The movies from the 80s have left an enduring legacy, with their influence still felt in modern films today. They continue to inspire new generations of filmmakers, serving as a testament to their timeless appeal.

Movies from the 80s still hold a special place in our hearts, representing a vibrant era of creativity and imagination. From action-packed adventures to heartfelt coming-of-age tales, these films transported us to new worlds and introduced us to unforgettable characters. So what are you waiting for!? Grab some popcorn, turn on the VCR and immerse yourself in the nostalgia of the 80s, where movies reigned supreme and fun was the order of the day.

By Kirsten Jakubenko

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