The Best ’80s Movies to Watch on Netflix
If you’re looking for classic teen flicks, quirky retro comedies, and outlandish action films — usually with a stellar soundtrack to match — then check out these ‘80s movies to watch on Netflix.
Can’t Buy Me Love (1987): When a teenaged nerd (played by a young and adorable Patrick Dempsey) pays the most popular girl in school $1,000 to pretend to be his girlfriend, he finds out that love can’t be bought, but friendship can be earned. (Photo via Apollo Pictures)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987): Imagine the worst night you’ve ever spent babysitting and make it ten times worse, throw in a stranded bestie, a gang of car thieves, and… Thor? … and you’ve got Adventures in Babysitting. (Photo via Touchstone Pictures)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988): A mix of IRL actors and cartoon characters, this is certainly not a film meant for children. With the saucy Roger Rabbit, sassy Jessica Rabbit, and a toon-hating detective on a murder case, this was definitely a memorable flick that is still one of a kind. (Photo via Touchstone Pictures)
Heathers (1988): Before there was Mean Girls there was Heathers. Starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty, this is the ultimate snobby clique film taken to extremes. (Photo via New World Pictures)
Grease 2 (1982): No one is ever going to claim that Grease 2 lives up to the original film (and if they do, they’re wrong!), but this sequel which stars Michelle Pfeiffer is still lots of Pink Lady-laced fun. (Photo via Paramount Pictures)
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985): When Pee Wee Herman’s beloved bike is stolen, he sets out on a cross-country quest to get it back. And while that might alone seem like an adventure, this dude’s quirky character sets him up for all kinds of unusual experiences. (Photo via Warner Bros.)
Turner & Hooch (1989): Pairing Tom Hanks up with a dog is surely a winning combination any day of the week (or any year, for that matter, from the ‘80s to nowadays), but this story of a beleaguered detective and a super slobbery pooch is definitely worth a watch. (Photo via Touchstone Pictures)
*Batteries Not Included (1987): A movie that most likely only could’ve been made in the ‘80s, tenants of an apartment building rally to save their homes with the help of tiny mechanical beings that just happen to be from outer-space. (Photo via Universal Pictures)
My Left Foot (1989): Starring Daniel Day Lewis, this touching film tells the story of Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy and learns to paint by using the only limb he can control: his left foot. (Photo via Ardmore Studios)
The Shining (1980): If you’re looking for something super scary that goes beyond your worst nightmare, then look no further than The Shining. One of Jack Nicholson’s most iconic roles which sees him warp into a murderous maniac, turn the lights out, viewers, and get ready to scream. (Photo via Warner Bros.)
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