Saturday, 7 November 2015

The Best '80s Movies on Netflix

Your Guide To Netflix
Source

Because most of your Netflix experience feels like this, I've created this guide to help you through.
My first guide is the Netflix (UK version) Guide to '80s Movies. '80s movies are my favourite type of movies for many reasons. '80s cinema brought with it an increasing focus on teens, high school, and rites of passage. Also, the same actors pop up in most of the films. Which for some reason I really like about them. Molly Ringwald taught me the right way to put on mascara. Emilio Estevez taught me to fight for love. Judd Nelson's triumphant raised fist is iconic. And I'm in love with John Cusack.

Here's the top 1980's films to watch on Netflix UK:


Ferris Beuller's Day Off
1986

If you haven't seen this film, why not? Ferris Beuller was first introduced to me on late-night TV while I was babysitting. I bought it on DVD straight afterwards so I could show it to everyone I knew.
Cameron
I can't work out who this movie is really about - Ferris or Cameron. I think we're all Cameron's but want to be a Ferris. I also want to be Sloane so I get to kiss a young Matthew Broderick.
Its iconic and inspirational, and so damn funny as well. What are you waiting for? Press play!


Heathers
1988
How is the Heathers not held in the same regard as The Breakfast Club? Seriously, this must be one of the most under-rated 80's movies out there. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater have amazing chemistry as Veronica and JD.
It's also one of the only films where the guy isn't Mr. Perfect. And it deals with the too-often ignored topic of suicide in a really interesting way.

Say Anything
1989

The movie that inspired a generation, and the first 80's movie I've seen told from the guy's perspective where he's the one longing after the girl. I also fell in love with John Cusack during the movie. He's amazing.
You also must watch it as Say Anything includes one of the most recognisable movie moments of all time.

Pretty In Pink
1986
                             "You could say life itself is a stupid tradition."
John Cryer, yano, from Two and A Half Men is starring alongside Molly Ringwald who may just be my favourite actress ever. Oh, and we've also got a semi-attractive James Spader before he was older, rounder, balder and on the Blacklist.
BUT what a movie! Challenging the issue of class in High School, Pretty in Pink is a super sweet story of teen love and standing up for yourself. I couldn't pick any particulat best bits, but this was a highlight:


Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains
1982
Starring a very young Ray Winstone, and yer one from Jurassic Park (Laura Dern), The Fabulous Stains are an all-female punk band who make it big. For like a week. With a loyal array of followers known as 'the Skunks', they're a bunch of girls who created themselves. 
It's a story of feminisim, the commercialisation of punk music and a criticism of pop culture. Watch it. (By the way, Ray Winstone is in a different band. He's not playing a woman.)


St. Elmo's Fire
1985
It's another coming of age story. But rather than being set n High School, this one is about college graduates trying to find their place in the world. Maybe I really liked it because it was basically me. From relationships, to careers, to responsibilities, the seven friends try to navigate life beyond campus. I do find a bit odd that in the same year, the same actors who play High School teens in The Breakfast Club, also play post-graduates in this film. But hey, that's just the beauty of acting.

'80s Movies that didn't make the cut:

  1. Fast Times At Ridgemont High, 1982 - It's watchable. But it just wasn't gripping, exciting, or well, anything special.
  2. Teen Wolf, 1985 - As much as I love Michael J Fox, this movie had nothing really going for it.
  3. The Legend of Billie Jean, 1989 - It's okay, and all feminist-ey but the start is just so slow it's painful.
'80s Movies Netflix Needs:
  1. The Breakfast Club, 1985 - It's my favourite movie. I'd watch it on repeat.
  2. Labyrinth, 1986 - Because I've never seen this David Bowie masterpiece. 
  3. Dirty Dancing, 1987 - 'I carried a watermelon.'
  4. The Outsiders, 1983 - Because it's got gangs and Matt Dillon and stuff.
  5. The Lost Boys, 1987 - One word: Vampires.
  6. Stand By Me, 1986 - This one was on Netflix but they've recently removed it. I'm reeling from the loss.
  7. Back to the Future (I, II, & III) - All of them. because they're awesome.
'80s Movies on Netflix on my 'to watch' list:

  1. Oliver & Company, 1988
  2. Drugstore Cowboy, 1989
  3. Colours, 1988


27 comments:

  1. Ahhh, excellent post! Firstly: 80s John Cusack is a total babe and The Sure Thing is a film that if you haven't seen it yet - you must go forth now and watch it. He's adorable.

    St Elmo's Fire was super underrated in my opinion. Loving all the rest of your choices. I've never seen Heathers but I'll give it a go now. Stand By Me is an amazing movie.
    This is a great guide; Netflix is brilliant but very hard to know what to search for sometimes as there is so much choice.

    PS: Labyrinth is a dancing, singing wonderful piece of joy. Hope you like it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. aaah fab, I shall check that out! I really really loved St Elmo's Fire. Totally relevant to my age as a slightly more mature coming of age story xx

      Delete
  2. 80s movies are my ish! The best movie era for me without a doubt BUT Ive only seen the ones that are not on Netflix :(
    I need to up my game.
    Great post
    Charlotte x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You do Charlotte! They're so good. Say Anything made me sob so much x

      Delete
  3. I have not seen many 80's movies but I want to see The Heathers and Breakfast Club. What is your favourite 80's movie?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oooh good question Ana. I think The Breakfast Club is my favourite. It's super empowering.

      Delete
  4. I am surprised that Dirty Dancing isn't on Netflix, by far my facebourite 80's film. I would love to watch the breakfast club. I actually haven't seen any on your list so I am abut to head over to my netflix app and give them a try. Thanks for the recommendations.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would watch that on repeat if it was on Netflix x

      Delete
  5. Ah, the 80s Rat Pack movies. Classics. I love The Breakfast Club, St Elmos Fire, and Pretty in Pink. I've not seen or heard of many of the others on your list, although Heathers I've seen part of and wasn't that excited. I love the teen stuff though, and you have to add Freaky Friday to that one - maybe more tweenie than teen, but a classic with Jodie Foster in.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooh I've actually never watched the 80s Freaky Friday (just the Lindsey Lohan one)! Must add that to my list. Heathers is odd I'll admit. Took me ages to figure out how I actually felt about it.

      Delete
  6. Great post I've not watched any of these.my husband love's 80s stuff but I'm a 90s kid.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah you just haven't seen the right 80s movies :P x

      Delete
  7. I haven't seen enough 80s movies clearly. I've only seen Back to the Future from your list.

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is so bad, but I've hardly seen any 80s movies, only Back to the Future - I have a lot of catching up to do!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, just an excuse to binge watch some movies is all :) x

      Delete
  9. Someone was speaking about pretty in pink the other day and I have never seen it, now I have seen you mention it too I feel like we should watch it. It sounds like a great film.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a really nice coming of age story! x

      Delete
  10. I'm clearly too young. Lol I don't know any of them apart from back to the future. I was born in 1987 so I suppose that would be the reason why

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm a 90s baby but I started watching them all over the past few months. Much better than some of the nonsense they make these days x

      Delete
  11. You have picked some of my all time favourite movies. I'm feeling old as I was around the first time these came out. Lost Boys is awesome!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, but they are awesome films Zena so you have great taste x

      Delete
  12. I have never seen Heathers. I think I need to watch it! Love this as really enjoy 80s movies-that was my era x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a great era for film for sure :) x

      Delete
  13. i've not seen any of these! I may have to take a look! thanks for sharing!

    Angela

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome Angela, hope you enjoy them :) x

      Delete