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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 that fit into the best '80s movies bracket. While you're perusing the new shows and movies hitting the online streaming portal next month, why not consider these seven movies to transport you back to the best decade there ever was. Below, check out some of the most popular famous '80s movies recently added to Netflix:

The Best '80s Movies To Watch On Netflix:

1. Heathers (1988)

  • Director: Michael Lehmann
  • Who is in it? Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
  • IMDb score: 7.3/10

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.

Repeatedly making the list of good old school films on Netflix, as well as being selected as one of the top '80s teen movies, this black comedy turned the conventional high school genre on its head when it came out in 1988.

2. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Who's in it? Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote
  • IMDb score: 7.9/10

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."

Currently available on Netflix, it's no wonder that E.T. continues to delight audiences and score high on the list of best '80s family films and retro movies.

Also available on: Netflix Canada

2. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

  • Director: Joe Johnston
  • Who's in it? Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman
  • IMDb score: 6.3/10

Clearly science fiction movies were all the rage back in the '80s, which is why sci-fi comedy Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is the perfect flick to have on this list.

As the name evidently suggests, the film tells the story of a wacky inventor who accidentally shrinks his kids to a quarter of an inch with his electromagnetic shrinking device (as you do.) After ending up in the trash can outside, they must find a way to brave the outside elements to return to their rightful home and rightful size.

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Who's in it? Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
  • IMDb score: 7.5/10

A Nightmare on Elm Street is definitely one of the most iconic Hollywood movies when it comes to the horror genre and it is currently available to watch on Netflix. Following Wes Craven's original classic, the franchise went on to spook audiences with over nine films with perhaps the most terrifying super-villains of all time, Freddy Krueger.

Don't dare fall asleep after watching this one.

5. Working Girl (1988)

  • Director: Mike Nichols
  • Who's in it? Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver
  • IMDb score: 6.7/10

Wearing a '80s power-suit, Working Girl burst onto our screens for the first time in 1988. It focuses on the story of secretary Tess McGill, whose Wall Street investment bank boss Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) breaks her leg skiing. Using her absence and connections, she uses the opportunity to put forward her own idea for an important merger deal.

For the role, Melanie Griffith was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, while both Weaver and Joan Cusack picked up recognition for the Best Supporting roles.

Also available on: Netflix Canada

6. Millennium (1989)

  • Director: Michael Anderson
  • Who's in it? Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd, Daniel J. Travanti
  • IMDb score: 5.7/10

Science fiction is a popular genre amongst '80s cult classics and 1989's Millennium is a good example of how delightfully bonkers some of the storylines turned out.

In a somewhat bizarre turns of events, it sees a head of a committee investigating a plane accident (played by Kris Kristofferson) discover a warrior woman from 1000 years in the future. Burrowing further into unchartered territory, it soon becomes apparent that she's been replacing the unfortunate souls on the doomed jet with corpses bearing similar features.

7. The Man With One Red Shoe (1985)

  • Director: Stan Dragoti
  • Who's in it? Tom Hanks, Lori Singer, Dabney Coleman
  • IMDb score: 5.6/10

Before Tom Hanks was fulfilling his destiny as a serious Hollywood actor, he starred in a bunch of comedies from the '80s — The Man with One Red Shoe happens to be one of them. In an adaptation of the French hit The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe, this family film sees a young violinist drawn into a nasty struggle with the CIA. When he is randomly picked out of the crowd, he accidentally becomes a surveillance target.

Red Shoe is clever and witty, ranking it amongst some of the must-see '80s movies currently steaming on Netflix in May 2017.

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


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