20. The Lost Boys
20. The Lost Boys (1987) Years before Twilight sucked the fun out of being un-dead, The Lost Boys were showing how vampirism was the best excuse for teenagers to party all night and sleep all day. If only we could arrange Edward Cullen to be in a room with the late Corey Haim and a stereo.
19. Caddyshack (1980) Dear Prince William, please invite Rodney Dangerfield to the Royal Wedding to shout “Hey Everybody, We’re All Gonna Get Laid!” at the end of the ceremony. Sadly, Rodney is no longer with us but we at NME are sure Harry could replicate the ending of this 80’s comedy classic with equal aplomb.
18. Withnail And I
18. Withnail And I (1987) The only British film to make the list (what no Long Good Friday, Gregory’s Girl or A Fish Called Wanda?) the tale of two out of work actors who go on holiday by mistake is both endlessly quotable, hysterically funny and finally, in the Shakespeare infused denouement, deeply poignant.
17. The King Of Comedy
17. The King Of Comedy (1982) From the late 70’s to the early 90’s, and right through the 80’s, Scorsese and De Niro were at the top of their game. For proof of Rupert Pupkin’s legacy, you need look no further than David Brent et al. Cringe Comedy at its most brilliantly uncomfortable.
16. Aliens (1986) How do you make a scarier film than Alien? The answer is you don’t even try. The true genius of James Cameron’s sequel is the choice to swap genre from Sci-Fi/Horror to Sci-Fi/Action, without this simple but brilliant change it would have been “Game Over Man”, right from the start.
15. Ghostbusters (1984) A truer statement could not have been made by @hoverbird on Twitter, “Everybody thinks The Social Network is the best movie about forming a start-up company, they are wrong. The best movie is Ghostbusters.”
9. The Man With Two Brains
9. The Man With Two Brains (1983) Some believe that Steve Martin was funny once. Everybody else knows he still is. There’s no doubt that his heyday was deep in the heart of the 80’s from Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid through to Roxanne, and as Doctor Michael Hfuhruhurr, Martin was above his best.
7. Back To The Future
7. Back To The Future (1985) ‘The Power Of Love’, “save the clock tower”, “Great Scott!”, “It’s the Libyans!”, 88mph, “This is Heavy!”, The Enchantment Under The Sea Dance, “1.21 Gigawatts”, Earth Angel, “I’m your density” and most importantly, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything”. A true classic in every possible way.
6. The Terminator
6. The Terminator (1984) Watching it now, James Cameron’s ultimate killing machine oozes 80’s out of every cyborg pore (just check out the club Tech Noir) but it still hasn’t aged a day in terms of ground breaking effects and tension. Go with it, if you want a textbook definition of rollercoaster thrills.
5. Heathers (1988) The perfect antidote to the fun, cheesy Hughes High School of ‘hugging and learning’ was this darkest of dark comedies as jet black as Winona’s hair. And with, “Well fuck me gently with a chainsaw” it also contains the single best line of the 80’s. Visit NME.COM/movies for daily film news.
4. This Is Spinal Tap
4. This Is Spinal Tap (1984). ‘Does for rock and roll what The Sound Of Music did for hills’. Even the tagline for Spinal Tap contains more humour than most current comedies. If you’ve ever driven to Glastonbury Festival and not shouted “No! We’re not gonna fucking do Stonehenge!” out of the car window, there’s something seriously wrong with you.
2. Blade Runner
2. Blade Runner (1982) Original, director’s, definitive or final cut – whichever version of Ridley Scott’s science fiction classic you lay your hands onn you’re sure of an incredible movie experience. Just don’t ask Ridley or Harrison to debate if Deckard’s a replicant. You’re likely to reach your expiration date before they reach a consensus.
1. The Breakfast Club
1. The Breakfast Club (1985) Forgetting about John Hughes’ hugely influential teen angst life lesson isn’t an option. The tale of ‘the brain, the beauty, the jock, the rebel and the recluse’ sums up everything wonderfully cinematic about being young and on-screen. Rest in peace, Mr Hughes. Words: Owen Nicholls