Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Moment: Admiral Ackbar realises what most of us already suspected. “It’s a trap!”
Only In The '80s: ...would a prawn get the film’s best line.
If It Was Made Today: Ackbar would speak in dodgy, borderline-racist patois.
Three Amigos (1985)
The Moment: Steve Martin, Martin Short and Chevy Chase seek an audience with the Singing Bush, but it's too busy singing.
Only In The '80s: Read the cast list back. Say no more.
If It Was Made Today: Double Oscar-winner Randy Newman would probably be too expensive to play the Bush.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
The Moment: Inventive Python-esque payback, as mad Kevin Kline gets his c-c-c-comeuppance from stuttering Michael Palin via steamroller.
Only In The '80s: ...would Cleese, Palin, Curtis and Kline be starring together in a film rather than being a firm of solicitors.
If It Was Made Today: It'd be called The King’s Speech , and wouldn't be half as much fun.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
The Moment: The opening race along the beach - apparently set in the 1920s, but it sounds totally modern and synth-tastic.
Only In The '80s: ...would Vangelis’ score soundtrack every single instance of somebody going faster than walking pace.
If It Was Made Today: Soundtrack by the Chemical Brothers.
Street Trash (1988)
The Moment: A hobo drinks toxic booze while sitting on the loo...and melts down the bog.
Only In The '80s: ...could a director get away with using blue paint as ‘melted’ make-up.
If It Was Made Today: We like to think Rutger Hauer's forthcoming Hobo With A Shotgun is a spiritual sequel.
Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear (1985)
The Moment: Alan Rowe's young not-yet-a-Doctor Watson hallucinates being attacked by malevolent cakes.
Only In The '80s: ...would a guy go from directing this mentalness to winning an Oscar within three years.
If It Was Made Today: They'd try and make an entire film about a killer eclair.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
The Moment: Jennifer Grey gets put in a corner. Patrick Swayze isn't a happy fella.
Only In The '80s: ...could girl power propel a movie into the record books as the first to sell one million copies on home video.
If It Was Made Today: It'd better be good. You think fanboys get the hump when their faves are remade, wait until Hollywood faces the wrath of the fangirls.
The Vanishing (1988)
The Moment: Gene Bervoets agrees to be knocked out by self-confessed psycho Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu so he can discover exactly what happened to his missing girlfriend. Big mistake.
Only In The '80s: ...did the decade's most effective chiller come out of Holland.
If It Was Made Today: No need to wait. They remade it in the 1990s, with the same director, and ruined things with a happy ending. Avoid.
The Goonies (1985)
The Moment: A generation's favourite gang is completed as Chunk does the Truffle Shuffle.
Only In The '80s: ...did kids in kids' movies have such personality.
If It Was Made Today: Disney-trained automatons, the lot of 'em.
Midnight Run (1988)
The Moment: The ultimate mis-matched buddies start as they mean to go on, as Robert De Niro threatens to add “fistophobia” to Charles Grodin’s list of ailments.
Only In The '80s: ...could movie cussing be this poetic.
If It Was Made Today: It’d lack the poetry.