Our Favorite Nostalgic Movies From the 80s

There is something unique about certain movies from the 80s. Sometimes they have a special magic that takes us back to a simpler time in our childhood. Other times they open our imaginations to new possibilities. Or they just have those rockin’ tunes that we can’t help but dance to. No matter what it is, we just can’t get enough. So here are some of our favorite uniquely 80s movies that bring on the nostalgia feels.

The Goonies

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The Goonies is such a blast to revisit today for so many reasons. Part of it is the fun, treasure hunting story of a group of silly kids that remind us of countless pretend adventures we used to take around our neighborhoods. Another element is the blissful ignorance of being a kid and how much fun that can be. But most importantly, who could forget Chunk’s iconic truffle shuffle?

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is another childhood favorite for many of us. The lovable Rick Moranis stars as Professor Wayne Szalinski, who accidentally shrinks his kids to the size of insects. Moranis is just as nerdy as ever, and he plays the role of typical embarrassing dad even better. And while that’s fun for the adults, what kids really enjoyed about the film was the idea of being shrunk to such a tiny size. Let’s face it, fighting insects and running away from lawnmowers in the back yard still sounds like a blast! This is one that’s full of plenty of humor and imagination, making it an undeniable classic.

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There’s so much about Big that makes it special. Maybe it’s Tom Hanks’ undeniable likability, or maybe because it centers around a universal idea for all kids – wanting to be grown up. The movie tells the story of a twelve-year-old named Josh, played by Hanks, who makes a wish to be big at a carnival machine and wakes up in an adult’s body. He goes on to learn all the ways of being an adult through a child’s eyes. And while there’s plenty of humor through his journey, there are some great insights about what being an adult – and a kid – is all about. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, but there’s plenty of valuable lessons to learn from both. It’s all just a matter of time.

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Back to the Future

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Back to the Future has a special kind of energy that’s difficult to copy. The movie follows 17-year-old Marty Mcfly, played by the charismatic Michael J. Fox and his time traveling adventures with the help of a crazy scientist played by the hilarious Christopher Lloyd. There are so many memorable scenes in Back to the Future, from the moment we first see the amazing time traveling DeLorean, to Marty’s infamous skateboard chase through the streets in the 50’s. This movie is simply a good time and makes us wonder about all of the possibilities of time travel – the good, the bad, and just the plain fun.

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Is there another movie that’s more 80’s than Labyrinth? The film stars the pop star phenomenon David Bowie and a whole cast of Jim Henson puppets, with an awesome layer of 80s music to boot. The story centers on a teenager who’s fed up with taking care of her baby stepbrother, so she wishes for him to be taken away by the Goblin King (who’s obviously played by Bowie). The rest is a unique visionary adventure into a fantasy world that you rarely see in movies today, making it a blast to revisit.

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Few 80s movies are as uniquely fun to watch as Beetlejuice. The Tim Burton film has his influence all over it, from the characters’ costumes, to the make-up and terrifying monster prosthetics. The story centers around a deceased couple whose home has been taken over by an eccentric, annoying family – so they have to do everything in their supernatural powers to force them out. The superb cast helps bring all the elements to life (no pun intended), and there some seriously fun musical numbers too. Who can forget Winona Rider floating over the stairs to “Jump in the Line” or the guests dancing around the table to the “Banana Boat” song? So enjoy this horrific comedy with all of its spooky twists, and sing along – if you dare.

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Little Shop of Horrors

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There’s so many reasons to revisit Little Shop of Horrors, but we’ve only got so much space to list them all. From the countless catchy tunes, to the amazing cast including Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, and Steve Martin, to the humor, colorful 60s aesthetic, bizarre story about a man-eating plant and so much more. This is one that’s sure to lift your spirits and have you watching it again and again. But good luck keeping from dancing in your seat!

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So what are you waiting for? Create your own nostalgic movie night at home with the whole family and re-live the magic of these 80s flicks all over again. The hardest part is choosing which one to watch first.