It’s that time of the year! Summer is quickly making its way to us, and who doesn’t like summer? While ideally it is the season you should spend out by the sea, chilling, I prefer taking some days out to just relax at home, and watch a movie or two, mostly something from the good old Eighties.
The 1980’s were some of the best years for cinema. Most of the movies from my personal list of top ten films of all time are from that decade; the decade of feel good cinema, as I like to call it. While I have way too many favourite movies from the 80’s, here are my picks for the 80’s movies you absolutely have to watch this summer :
- The Breakfast Club
Directed by John Hughes, this movie shows how a detention brings together five kids with different mindsets. This is a classic coming-of-age film. The contrast between the characters, and the fact that all of them still find something to relate to despite being so different, is what makes this movie absolutely beautiful. The film wraps up really nicely as well, leaving you with hope. This movie is likely to end up among your all-time favorites.
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Out
Another coming of age film by John Hughes, this movie shows the antics of the notorious highschooler, Ferris Bueller. Based around Bueller’s day out with his girlfriend, and his best friend, Cameron by skipping school, the movie shows the trio contemplate their life, and ultimately help Cameron deal with issues with his father. Hughes was the master of coming-of-age flicks, and if you like the genre, you should definitely watch this one.
- Dead Poets Society
O Captain! My Captain! Anybody who has ever faced a crisis in their teenage years over what they want to do with their lives will relate to the theme of this movie. Robin Williams delivers the performance of a lifetime as the loveable professor John Keating, and Robert Sean Leonard plays the conflicted teenager dealing with the fact that his life choices don’t match the ones his father enforces on him. This is a must watch!
- Stand by Me
Based on a short story by Stephen King, Stand by Me follows the journey of four kids who are inseparable friends, as they try to find the dead body of a missing boy they hear about. The movie highlights that awkward transition between early youth and adolescence, and shows the protagonists go through it while reminding us how pure friendships can be. This one is bound to make you nostalgic!
- Back to the Future (Trilogy)
Yes, a trilogy. Back to the Future is a cult classic, having basically invented the concepts of hoverboards, and self-lacing shoes. This list is supposed to have five films, but this is an exception, because the trilogy is basically a long series of events split into three movies. It shows the adventures of the teenage Marty McFly and Doctor Emmett Brown. The pair go back in time in the time machine Doc Brown built, and deal with the butterfly effect of time travel, as events unfold. One of the most enjoyable trilogies you’ll ever watch!