ByErin Estes, writer at
I am an aspiring novelist with a love for movies and anything Marvel. Writing is my passion, and movies are my obsession.
Erin Estes

My dad grew up in the 1980s, and it is so much fun to hear him reminiscence about his childhood. His favorite thing to show me are the movies that he and my mom grew up with. We just recently watched the Goonies. I'm not sure which I liked better, the movie or my parent's reactions!

While coming up with article ideas, I decided to ask him what were the top five movies that came out in the '80s. After much thought, these are what we came up with!

5. Back to the Future (1985)

A classic movie from the '80s, Back to the Future shows us the life of a young boy and his friend. Marty McFly travels back in time and almost messes up his own future. Looking up this movie, I found out that it was the top grossing movie in 1985. It also won one Oscar during its peak time.

This is the one I haven't personally watched yet, but it's on my list. My mom loved the '50s time era, so she really liked how they went back to that time. Her favorite part is when they go to the dance and McFly's dad punches the antagonist. My dad personally loved the guitar solo. He also said:

The greatest gift that this movie gave humanity was the origination of the term 'flux capacitor'.

Watching my parents talk back and forth about their favorite parts of this movie was almost as fun as interviewing them!

4. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The list simply wouldn't be complete without a Star Wars film. In this episode, Luke continues learning how to become a Jedi, and we find out Luke's parentage. It ends with Leia and Han Solo telling each other how they feel as he is frozen.

It also has this one line that just speaks to me on a personal level. This quote is from Yoda as he scolds Luke for thinking he isn't strong enough.

Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?

Our entire family loves the original movies, and this one is possibly the best. It won an Oscar and has some of our favorite moments in it. I had forgotten that two of the originals came out in the '80s! This one was great and definitely deserved a mention on this list.

3. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Harrison Ford is a college professor/archaeologist who goes on a quest to find the Ark of the Covenant. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark won four Oscars and had many other nominations.

The Indiana Jones movies were a few of the first action films I remember watching as a child. My dad and I love the series, and Harrison Ford has always been one of my favorite actors. I loved this movie because of him, and it made me want to be an archeologist when I grew up. However, I found out that I really stink at math. So a writer I shall remain!

One of our favorite scenes in the movie is when Indy ends up falling into the snake pit.

Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?

Now, we reword that famous line to fit our current need. I also loved the action we see throughout the movie, and also the opening scene. As a child, that was a lot more nerve-wracking than it is now, but still as amazing as it was back then!

2. Top Gun (1986)

Top Gun is about a pilot named Maverick and his journey through one of the best training schools in the nation. Tom Cruise is the arrogant pilot that learns a great lesson as he sees that there is more to it than just flying a plane. Top Gun won an Oscar during its time.

Whenever Kenny Loggin's song Danger Zone starts playing on the '80s station, we all can't help but stop and dance our hearts out. I only recently had the pleasure of watching this movie, and I am so glad my parents showed me another one of their favorite movies!

During one scene in the movie, the pilots play a volleyball game. This is when my mom said something that will make me laugh forever.

If we had a Pinterest or Tumblr back then, that's what would be on them.

It was hilarious and it added to our experience of the movie. My mom used to be a fangirl like me! Now, she can't call me as crazy as she once did.

1. Princess Bride (1987)

This is true love - you think this happens every day?

Between my parents, they both decided that this was the best movie made in the 1980s. Technically, it didn't become popular until the 1990s, but it is a great movie and deserves this spot. An action and comedy packed love story even my boyfriend loves. It didn't win an Oscar, but it was nominated for one.

However, it is the most quotable movie I have ever watched. I'll reference it without even thinking about it. My dad and sister will go through whole scenes together.

And if there is one thing we need to learn from this movie, it is to 'never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line'.

It was so much fun to watch my parents go down memory lane as we talked about these movies! There were many more they talked about, and maybe I'll write about them one day. These were their favorites, and I have to say, I do agree!


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