5 ’80s Movies You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

Sep 8, 2017

The era of shoulder pads and big hair – the ‘80s – is either the decade of classic cheesy Rom-coms for some or the decade of shallow, disappointing films for some. No matter what you think of the ‘80s, one thing is certain: it has some of the most memorable films of all time. Here are some of those memorable ‘80s films that you can stream on Netflix now.

1.    Gremlins

Gremlins is executively produced by Steven Spielberg (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park), directed by Joe Dante (Hollywood Boulevard, Piranha), produced by Michael Finnell (The Howling,Explorers), and written by Chris Columbus (Young Sherlock Holmes, The Goonies). It stars Zach Galligan (Nothing Lasts Forever, Waxwork), Phoebe Cates (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Drop Dead Fred), and Howie Mandel (St. Elsewhere, Bobby’s World) as the voice of the main mogwai character, Gizmo. When Gremlins was shown in theatres in 1984, it was a blockbuster hit. It received generally positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. It’s about a boy who accidentally caused his pet to release wicked little monsters who wreaks havoc in the boy’s small town.

2.    A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the most commercially successful films of 1984 and probably one of the most significant films during the ‘80s. The film was directed by Wes Craven (Scream series, Hills Have Eyes series) who is perhaps the most influential filmmaker in the horror genre. A Nightmare on Elm Street is about a group of teenagers who are being stalked and killed in their dreams and then in reality. It gave us the most iconic film villains of all time – Freddy Krueger.  The 1984 film is the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise which spawned several sequels, crossovers, a TV show, and a remake.

3.    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, is the highest-grossing film of the 1980s. It is considered by critics as one of the greatest films ever made and loved by fans all over the world. It is about a boy named Elliot who befriends a stranded extra-terrestrial named E.T. He, together with his siblings, attempts to help E.T. to go back home. This timeless story of friendship touched the hearts of both kids and grown-ups across different generations.

4.    The Shining

The 1980 film The Shining is regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made. It is directed by one of cinema’s greatest and most influential filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick and is loosely based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The story revolves around Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer who accepts a job as a caretaker of an old and haunted hotel. He moves in to the hotel with his wife Wendy and their son Danny. Danny has psychic abilities which allow him to see the supernatural beings residing in the hotel. Jack starts losing his sanity and tries to kill his wife and son, just like what the previous caretaker of the hotel did to his own wife and kids.

5.    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

In this comedy sci-fi film, an inventor, Wayne Szalinski, accidentally shrinks his children and his neighbor’s children, hence the title. The children, who are now only as big as ants, were also accidentally thrown into the backyard and they must now find their way back home. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, directed by Joe Johnston (Jumanji, October Sky), was a commercial success and was Disney’s highest-grossing live action film ever for five years. It spawned two sequels in 1992 and 1997, and a TV series from 1997 to 2000.


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