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80 Greatest '80s Movie Moments

Tron (1982)

The Moment: The future of cinema zooms past as we’re introduced to the light-cycles.

Only In The '80s: ...would CGI be dismissed as a fad.

If It Was Made Today: It’d still look (and sound) cool, but you wouldn’t have the foggiest what was going on.

Footloose (1984)

The Moment: Having successfully overturned a ban on rock ‘n’ roll, Kevin Bacon leads the school prom into the title track. "Hey, hey! What's this I see? I thought this was a party. LET'S DANCE!"

Only In The '80s: ...would Bacon be more famous as an actor than a trivia game.

If It Was Made Today: A case of life pre-empts website feature, because the remake is already on the way.

Monty Pythons Meaning of Life (1983)

The Moment: Terry Jones’ ultra-obese Mr Creosote waddles into a restaurant, orders everything off the menu, and still can’t resist a "wafeer-thin" mint. Ka-boom!

Only In The '80s: ...could this be seen as bearing any relation whatsoever to the meaning of life.

If It Was Made Today: Mr Creosote would be played by Ricky Gervais.

Betty Blue (1986)

The Moment: The camera slowly dollies in as Beatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade enjoy a fast, frantic fuck.

Only In The '80s: ...would a thousand students crack one off to the poster on their bedroom wall.

If It Was Made Today: The actors would do it for real.

Caddyshack (1980)

The Moment: Greenskeeper Bill Murray wires up the golf course with explosives to try and kill a gopher who is chewing up the course.

Only In The '80s: ...could Murray be upstaged by a glove puppet.

If It Was Made Today: You’d have to convince Murray that the Coen Brothers were directing.

Rocky IV (1985)

The Moment: Ivan Drago and Rocky Balboa prepare for the USA/USSR grudge match: the Russian with hi-tech equipment, Stallone lugging logs in the snow.

Only In The '80s: ...could the training montage be this cheesy.

If It Was Made Today: After Team America: World Police ? That would take balls bigger than Rocky's.

Pretty in Pink (1986)

The Moment: Molly Ringwald attends her high school prom on her own, in a bespoke pink dress refashioned by hand-me-downs.

Only In The '80s: ...would preppy Andrew McCarthy be seen as a better catch than Jon Cryer’s too-cool-for-school Duckie.

If It Was Made Today: They’d get Kate Middleton’s wedding designer Sarah Burton to make the dress.

Wall Street (1988)

The Moment: Michael Douglas’ Gordon Gekko gives the defining economic speech of a generation: “Greed, for want of a better word, is good.”

Only In The '80s: ...could a crook like Gekko be heralded as a hero.

If It Was Made Today: Judging by the sequel, greed would be kinda, sorta OK in moderation.

The Thing (1982)

The Moment: A head sprouts spider's legs and scuttles across the floor. The correct response is: “You’ve got to be fucking kidding.”

Only In The '80s: ...were major Hollywood remakes allowed to get this weird.

If It Was Made Today: We’ll know soon enough. The prequel is imminent.

Fatal Attraction (1987)

The Moment: Anne Archer returns home to find crazy Glenn Close has left something is cooking on the stove – specifically, the family rabbit.

Only In The '80s: ...could an entire character type – the ‘bunny boiler’ – be nicknamed from a single scene.

If It Was Made Today: You just know that bunny is going to end up actually getting served for dinner.