Favourite Movies of the 80’s

The 1980’s saw a huge number of films released covering a wide genre, but is your favourite eighties movie in the list below?

Did you cry more during through Elephant Man or was it The Snowman that had you reaching for the paper hankies?

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Many of the movies release during the eighties continue to be popular today and will continue to be so for years to come.

1980 Elephant Man

Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (renamed John in the movie) who suffered from neurofibromatosis to such an extent that his body was deformed almost beyond recognition as a human being.
Distinguished surgeon Sir Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers the grotesquely deformed John Merrick in a circus freakshow and takes him into care at a London hospital, where he tries to improve the quality of his life.

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1981 Chariots of Fire

Based on the true story of two British athletes, Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, who were chosen to run in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games.

Missionary worker Liddell discovers that the heats for his event, the 100 yards, are to be held on Sunday and he flatly refuses to run. Great pressure from the Prince of Wales and the Olympic Committee fails to change his mind, and a solution is only reached when Lord Lindsay offers to give up his place in the 400 yards to Liddell, although the “Flying Scotsman” is unused to that distance. In the event, both Abrahams and Liddell win gold medals.

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1982 The Snowman

One winter’s night, a lonely little boy’s snowman comes to life and takes him on a series of adventures which culminate in a meeting with Father Christmas.

Who could forget a very young Aled Jones singing ‘Walking in the Air’?  An absolute classic that we love to watch every year.

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1983 Educating Rita

Rita (Julie Walters) is a young working-class hairdresser who longs for education.

After enrolling on an Open University literature course, she is taken under the reluctant wing of a semi-alcoholic English professor, Dr. Frank Bryant (Michael Caine)

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1984 Dance with a Stranger

Tells the true story of Ruth Ellis (Miranda Richardson) the last woman to be hanged in Britain, Dance With a Stranger tells the story of bar manager, Ellis’ short, abusive relationship with alcoholic motor-racing driver David Blakely (Rupert Everett).

She becomes so obsessed with him that she neglects her son and eventually after losing both her flat and her unborn baby she loses her mind and murders Blakely.

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1985 Santa Claus the Movie

Initially set hundreds of years ago, Santa Claus the Movie shows how the old man who eventually became Santa Claus was given immortality and chosen to deliver toys to all the children of the world.

As it moves into the eighties it shows Patch (Dudley Moore), the head elf, strikes out on his own and falls in with an evil toy manufacturer who wants to corner the toy market and eliminate Santa Claus.

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1986 Top Gun

As students at the Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class.

One daring young flyer (Tom Cruise) learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom

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1987 Dirty Dancing

Featuring the Oscar-winning song ‘(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life.

Dirty Dancing’  tells the love story of Frances “Baby” Houseman as she falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) when her family spends the summer in a holiday camp. While walking around on the resort grounds, Baby sees their secret after-hours party and the “dirty dancing” involved.

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1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Mixing live action and animation Who Framed Roger Rabbit is based on classic Los Angeles private-eye movies with seedy detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) who is sent on an investigation in Toon-town, an L.A. suburb, to investigate a case involving blackmail and murder. During his investigations he meets Roger Rabbbit who suspects that his wife Jessica Rabbit is up to all kinds of mischief and Valiant has to find out what it is.

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1989 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Follow the Griswold family saga as disaster-prone dad (Chevy Chase) discovers just how dangerous the Christmas season really is as the Griswolds’ old-fashioned holiday celebration turns out to be more “Bah! Humbug!” than Christmas cheer.

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