Classic 80’s Movies

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Big Hair. Fanny packs. Shoulder pads. Perms. These were some of the many trends of the 1980’s. Most the adults at Mamaroneck High School grew up during this era. They’d probably all agree that this was the best time for music, fashion and especially movies. Some 80’s films are even considered as classics and a revolutionary time for teen romance and horror/ science fiction. They accurately demonstrated the way teenagers lived their lives- exuding drama, spunk, and wildness. Horror movies from the time were the foundation of all the horror flicks we see today- makeup, music and suspense. The Reagan years were also a golden age of funny. If you ever need a laugh, a scare, or even want to shed some tears, here are a list of must see movies from the 80’s.

Dirty Dancing

Baby is one summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she’s disappointed when her summer plans put her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort’s dance instructor,screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-8-28-26-am Johnny enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby’s father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she’s determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.


Heathers is a dark comedy and has been praised for its different aspect of a common teen flick. Veronica is part of the most popular clique at her high school, but she disapproves of the other girls’ cruel behavior. When Veronica and her new boyfriend, J.D., confront clique leader Heather Chandler and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. Soon Veronica realizes that J.D. is intentionally killing students he does not like. She races to stop J.D. while also clashing with the clique’s new leader, Heather Duke.

The Shining

Jack Torrance becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who has psychic powers. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac on terrorizing his family.

Top Gun

The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to show their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick is sent to the school, his reckless attitude put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman. But Maverick isn’t only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he’s also fighting for the attention of his flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood.

Beverly Hills Cop

After his childhood buddy is murdered while visiting Detroit, rebellious cop Axel Foley follows the leads to Beverly Hills, California. He checks in with old friend Jenny Summers and starts to believe her boss, art dealer Victor Maitland, might somehow be involved in the murder. However, Lt. Bogomil of the Beverly Hills Police Department does not trust Foley, and obstruct his search for evidence.

Stand by Me

After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the wayscreen-shot-2016-12-15-at-8-28-40-am, Gordie Lachance, Vern Tessio, Chris Chambers and Teddy Duchamp encounter a mean junk man, as they also learn more about one
another and their very different home lives. Casual at first, the boys’ adventure evolves into a defining event in their lives.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller has a skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last cut before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a one day journey through the streets of Chicago. On Ferris’ trail is high school principal Rooney, determined to catch him in the act.

By Nataly Winter

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