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There are so many great movies, and some of them I can watch again and again. Since I was a teenager in the 80’s, I still keep some of the movies from that decade high on my favourite list. It’s the decade of the “Brat Pack”, the time we  went flying with Tom Cruise, and when Meryl Streep opened my eyes to beautiful Africa.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)

Director: John Hughes

Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Pretty in Pink (1986)

A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. (96 mins.)

Director: Howard Deutch

Stars: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts

Arthur (1981)

Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which he is told will only be his if he marries Susan. He does not love Susan, but she will make something of him the family expects. Arthur proposes but then meets a girl with no money who he could easily fall in love with. (97 mins.)

Director: Steve Gordon

Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald


Footloose (1984)

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. (107 mins.)

Director: Herbert Ross

Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest



Flashdance (1983)

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. (95 mins.)

Director: Adrian Lyne

Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson

Top Gun (1986)

The macho students of an elite US Flying school for advanced fighter pilots compete to be best in the class, and one romances the teacher. (110 mins.)

Director: Tony Scott

Stars: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards

Out of Afrika (1985)

In 20th century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-sprited big-game hunter. (161 mins.)

Director: Sydney Pollack

Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen


Young Guns (1988)

A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted. (107 mins.)

Director: Christopher Cain

Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen

Rainman (1988)

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt’s father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)

Director: Barry Levinson

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

A Group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood. Their main problem is that they’re all self-centered and obnoxious. (110 mins.)

Director: Joel Schumacher

Stars: Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez

That was my top ten list, what about yours?