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Currently, there are hundreds of movies to watch on Netflix, including an excellent selection of titles to give you that much-needed burst of nostalgia during a relaxing evening on the sofa.

From gripping action movies, to iconic romance flicks and side-splitting comedies, there are plenty of options on Netflix that fit into the best '80s movies bracket. While you're perusing the new shows and movies hitting the online streaming portal in June, why not consider these 12 to transport you back to the best decade there ever was. Check out the best 80s movies on Netflix below.

The Best '80s Movies To Watch On Netflix:

7. Footloose

'Footloose' | Paramount Pictures
'Footloose' | Paramount Pictures
  • Year: 1984
  • Who is in it? Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow

For the ultimate musical experience, take a trip down memory lane with Kevin Bacon as the city teenager who moves to a small town where dancing has been banned. Naturally, rebellion ensues.

6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off' | Paramount Pictures
'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off' | Paramount Pictures
  • Year: 1986
  • Who is in it? Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara

Perhaps one of the most iconic high school movies of the '80s, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is bound to give you all the nostalgic feels on Netflix. And maybe even inspire you to take a day off school too... (don't do it, kids.)

5. Girls Just Want To Have Fun

'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' | New World Pictures
'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' | New World Pictures
  • Year: 1985
  • Who is in it? Sarah Jessica Parker, Lee Montgomery, Helen Hunt

Starring a baby-faced Sarah Jessica Parker before her Carrie days in Sex and the City, Girls Just Want To Have Fun is one of the best '80s Netflix movies right now. Introducing audiences to Janey, a new girl in town with dreams of auditioning for a dancing competition with her friend Lynne, we see their plans dramatically thwarted. Unfortunately, Janey's father isn't too keen on the idea.

4. Heathers

'Heathers' | New World Pictures
'Heathers' | New World Pictures
  • Year: 1988
  • Who is in it? Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty

It might be difficult to believe but way before Clueless and Mean Girls, another movie ruled the roost in the high school girl drama stakes. Yet, Heathers is slightly different, focusing on a young girl on a mission to get out of a snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation. In case you were wondering, apparently the best way to do it is to just kill all the cool kids.

Remind of yourself of the plot and all the exceptional '80s fashion statements in the trailer below:

3. The Princess Bride

'The Princess Bride' | 20th Century Fox
'The Princess Bride' | 20th Century Fox
  • Year: 1987
  • Who's in it? Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon

To this day, this romantic fantasy adventure continues to inspire families from all around the globe. Adapted from a 1973 novel of the same name, The Princess Bride tells the tale of a young farmhand who embarks on a journey to rescue his one true love, Princess Buttercup.

As well as gracing numerous top lists in the movie world, it also reigns supreme on Rotten Tomatoes with a solid 97% rating, where it's also described as:

"A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, 'The Princess Bride' is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh."

2. Amadeus

'Amadeus' | Orion Pictures
'Amadeus' | Orion Pictures
  • Year: 1984
  • Who's in it? F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge

Sporting a hefty rating on IMDb, Amadeus tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by his peer and rival Antonio Salieri, who sits confined in an insane asylum. On of the most influential works of historical fiction from the '80s, it remains one of the best movies ever made about the genius composer.

1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' | Universal Pictures
'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' | Universal Pictures
  • Year: 1982
  • Who's in it? Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote

If you're looking for a smattering of nostalgia in the form of science fiction, look no further that Netflix's '80s offering E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Produced and directed by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg, it brings to life the story of a lonely boy who makes friends with an extraterrestrial who finds himself stranded on planet Earth. Widely regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made, it flung a young Drew Barrymore into the industry spotlight and triggered hard-to-impress film critic Roger Ebert to exclaim:

"This is not simply a good movie. It is one of those movies that brush away our cautions and win our hearts."

Which of the best '80s movies on Netflix are next on your to-watch list?

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