From The Shining to Ghostbusters: A list of '80s Hollywood films that will make you nostalgic
 
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From The Shining to Ghostbusters: A list of '80s Hollywood films that will make you nostalgic

Here are some films that you can watch this weekend to relive the 1980s (even if you weren’t born then).

Devki Nehra
Oct 08, 2021
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A still from The Shining | YouTube

The 1980s birthed on screen characters like John McClane in Die Hard, Ferris Bueller and Freddie Krueger that will forever remain etched in our memories. With filmmakers adopting sophisticated technology and filmmaking techniques (for that era), the world was their oyster. And so followed an influx of films that have surprisingly stood the test of time.

Here are some films that you can watch this weekend to relive the 1980s (even if you weren’t born then).

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

The sci-fi comedy stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves play two high school friends that want to start a band. But they both are on the verge of flunking their history class, which could bring an end to their little dream. So they travel into the future, travelling to different points in history to prepare a presentation that no one in their class can beat.

Pretty in Pink (1986)

The film starring Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, and Andrew McCarthy is the coming-of-age drama that should be on your watchlist. It’s a story about a girl from a spartan background who must choose between her childhood friend or the handsome rich playboy.

Blue Velvet (1986)

David Lynch’s surrealist thriller Blue Velvet follows a college student who discovers a severed ear in a field that leads him to investigate this bizarre mystery. The cast has Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini, and Dennis Hopper.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Though the film has had a remake and spin offs, the original one will always be iconic for giving us a slasher thriller unlike any other. It follows a vengeful spirit that haunts the children of the parents who were responsible for his wrong and untimely death.

The Shining (1980)

Jack Nicholson is absolutely terrifying in this adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel that amplifies how bad cabin fever can be (we can all relate, but it’s not made us murderous. Phew).

Ghostbusters (1984)

This wholesome horror comedy is about a trio of parapsychologists trying to save New York City from any ghost infestation. The cast has Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Peter Venjman, Ray Statnz, and Egon Spengler.

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