Welcome to our big list of the most Essential 1980s movies, showcasing 140 of the decade’s best and most iconic Fresh (and not-so-Fresh) movies. That’s right, we recommend some Rotten additions for your ’80s movie playlists, because this is one decade only fully experienced with the good, the bad, and the feathered neon.
Any ’80s movie with a Tomatometer was considered for our Essentials guide, and after including the truly timeless material (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Raging Bull), we focused on works that represented the cinematic trends and social themes of the era. Some of those include the fantasy epic (NeverEnding Story, Princess Bride), teen movies (Breakfast Club, Weird Science), the new corporate overlord (Wall Street, Trading Places), women making strides in the workplace (Baby Boom, Working Girl), and rising hip-hop culture (Krush Groove, Do the Right Thing).
Now fire up the flux capicator and cue the workout montage because it’s time for Rotten Tomatoes’ 140 Essential ’80s Movies!
IN MY OPINION… this list has a lot of movies from producers and writers who really hate black people AND… wish to continue to flooding America with negative imagery. I hope to learn which ones are what an what ones are which. Are black people really impossible to photograph with the same quality of lighting as white people? Is our skin not beautiful? I am simply looking at the dramatically uneven racial representation of the artwork & titles. I can clearly see why black people are discriminated against by the advertising campaign apparent from the artwork. What will make these movies even worse if they are really good.
“Malcom X” has bloody X across his face, “Mandella…” has his back turned to the camera, “42 The Jacky Robinson Story ”… can’t see his face either and those films are supposed to bring pride to Black America? Apparently, the better the film the more degrading the cover photo.
Yeah, I plan to watch some of these films to get a better feel on the subliminal war against black people by the movie and television industry. I guess it doesn’t matter how black actors represent their race as long as they make a dollar from it. The only positive things I see from just looking at the artwork is that hardly any of the actors are flashing weapons. How can the American Motion Picture Industry sell a black interest motion picture when the actors are not displaying weapons on the cover? I plan to find out.