The Best 80's Movies That Are Worth Staying in to Watch

best 1980s movies

From cheesy teen love stories and family-friendly comedies to critically acclaimed films with star-studded casts, we've collected a list of movies that capture the best of '80s cinema—and they're all available to stream online now. Whether you're in the mood to laugh out loud or indulge in the nostalgia of your high school years, there's a flick that'll do the trick on our list. Ready your watch list and pop some popcorn—these are the movies worth staying in to watch tonight.

Here are our picks for the best '80s movies to add to your watch list.

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Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Adventures in Babysitting

Touchstone Pictures

From the director of Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire, this aptly-named movie follows the exploits of a teen babysitter and the kids she's charged with watching when they venture outside the house. Starring Elisabeth Shue, the comical film will also delight Chicagoans as the quartet's antics take place in the Windy City.

Available on: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video

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Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

Can't Buy Me Love

 Touchstone Pictures

Despite being a cheesy teen love story, this '80s movies has tons a lot of charm. If you're a fan of The Breakfast Club and Adventures in Babysitting, then you should add this movie to your watch list stat.

Available on: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video

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She's Gotta Have It (1986)

She's Gotta Have It

40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks


Not to be confused with the Netflix series bearing the same name, this Spike Lee film about a woman dating three men at the same time is just as witty and charming as it is flirty and satisfying.

Available on: Netflix

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The Money Pit (1986)

The Money Pit

 Amblin Entertainment

If you need a laugh, queue up this '80s flick. Tom Hanks and Shelley Long play a married couple who think they've scored a great deal on a house—but it ends up causing them way more problems than they'd anticipated. 

Available on: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video

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Heathers (1989)


 New World Pictures

This cult classic starring Winona Ryder is like Mean Girls but with a dark twist. When the most popular girl in school is found dead, Ryder's character rises up the social ranks only to become disillusioned with the high school caste system.

Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

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On Golden Pond (1981)

On Golden Pond

IPC Films

Featuring a star-studded cast, this Academy Award–winning film tells the story of an aging couple and their adult children over the course of a summer spent at the family's vacation home.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Field of Dreams (1989)

Field of Dreams

 Gordon Company

A story about following your dreams and beating the odds, this is a sports movie that even non–sports fans will enjoy. Though, it's definitely a must-watch for die-hard baseball fanatics too.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Dead Poets Society (1989)

Dead Poets Society

 Touchstone Pictures

Robin Williams stars as an inspiring English teacher striving to teach poetry to a group of high school boys at an elite prep school in this critically acclaimed '80s film.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

Harry and the Hendersons

Amblin Entertainment

This classic comedy about a Seattle family discovering (and ultimately saving) Sasquatch is a must-watch for anyone in need of a pick-me-up.

Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club

Universal Pictures

Relive teen angst with this classic John Hughes flick. Starring members of the famed "brat pack," this high school movie tells the story of five teens who find common ground while serving Saturday morning detention.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Teen Wolf (1985)

teen wolf

Wolfkill Productions 

Michael J. Fox stars in this campy classic as struggling high school student Scott Howard, who finds himself in a hairy situation after discovering his supernatural bloodline. His ability to transform into a werewolf turns his social and love life around, but not without hilarious consequences.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Rain Man (1988)

Rain Man

United Artists 

This heartwarming, Academy Award-winning film about empathy stars Tom Cruise as the self-centered Charlie Babbit, who discovers that his estranged late father left a multi-million-dollar inheritance to Raymond (played by Dustin Hoffman), his father's autistic savant brother. In an effort to get the money, Charlie kidnaps his uncle and the unlikely duo embark on a memorable cross-country road trip.

Available on: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video

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Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future

Universal Pictures

Another classic starring Michael J. Fox, this sci-fi favorite sends 17-year-old high school student Marty McFly on a blast to the past via a time-traveling DeLorean created by his eccentric scientist friend, Doc Brown. The only problem? He returns to the time of his teen-aged parents, and his very presence threatens his own existence (with hilarious effects).

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestial (1982)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Universal Pictures 

You'll want to stock up on peanut butter M&Ms when you watch this intergalactic story of friendship. When a young boy named Elliott befriends a curious and stranded alien, he names his new pal E.T. and attempts to keep him safe from harm in his suburban California home.

Available on: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video

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Dirty Dancing (1987)

Dirty Dancing

Great American Films Limited Partnership

Set in the early 1960s, this Oscar-winning movie is a classic coming-of-age story. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey star opposite of each other as a camp dance instructor and student who fall in love, and the film's success is often credited to the way it examined class politics through a Reagan-era lens.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Purple Rain (1984)

Purple Rain

Warner Bros. 

The inimitable Prince stars in this iconic art-imitates-life film that truly encapsulates the decadence of the '80s. Purple Rain follows The Kid as he navigates through an abusive home life, a budding romance and a rising career that's being threatened by rival musical acts.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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