Friday, September 23, 2016

Top Ten Favorite 80s Childhood *Adventure* Movies!

Source: Youtube & IMDb

Whether you were born in the 80s, grew up in the 80s, or never set foot in this decade, hearing the term “80s” probably makes you think of something rad. I have already waxed nostalgia over my favorite childhood fantasy & sci-fi films, this time I'm throwing love to the dopest, illest and freshest adventure movies from the 80s.
What exactly constitutes an adventure movie? In short, they revolve around a journey filled with unexpected thrills and surprises. But for my purposes, they are also relatively plausible story-lines as well, with little to no fantasy elements or sci-fi technology involvement. The top ten movies below brought unadulterated joy to my heart and soul forever and for always. Bear in mind these are movies I was obsessed with as a kid.

Honorable Mentions: 
Romancing the Stone (1984) 
The Land Before Time (1988)  
The Bear (1988)
An American Tail (1986)

10. Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
Plot: Phyllis Nefler, a soon to be divorced Beverly Hills society wife is determined to prove to her husband Freddy and herself that she can finish what she starts out to do. She soon realizes that being a Wilderness Girls' den mother to a troop of Beverly Hills-bred girls is not as easy as buying cookies.

Why I loved it: This over-the-top comedy about a down and out divorced house wife, with a passion for fashion, becoming a girl's scout leader is hilarious, exciting and thoroughly entertaining. I always thought it would be so rad to have a mah like Shelley Long. Ha! As a young pre-teen girl I utterly adored this movie for all it's worth, and I remember it being on replay at my house (which my brothers loved #sarcasm). Sure, on the surface this movie is light and full of fluff at best, but dig a little deeper and we explore life-long lessons filled with optimism, courage, strength and follow-through.  Can't beat that.

Favorite Quote: "Girls, I'm coming and I've got the fondue!"

9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Plot: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. 

Why I loved it: I thought Ferris was sooooo cool growing up. Chill as a cucumber in a bowl of hot-sauce, amiright? We all could use a little Ferris in our lives.  He was just so cute and lovable, carefree and dying for a little adventure before entering adulthood.  This is an 80s masterpiece full of brilliance for obvious reasons, but for all of its pitch-perfect performances, stunts and maneuvers, the film’s singular pivotal-point is the friendship between Cameron and Ferris. 

Favorite Quote: "Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?"

8. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Plot: Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular 

Why I loved it:  Thirty-one years later this movie is still a ridiculously fun dance party that keeps on giving.  As a young girl I couldn't get enough of those besties - Lynne and Janey!  And boy, did I have thee biggest crush on Jeff Malene (be still my heart). The dancing and music is a thing of beauty, though extremely dated now, but man, every time I see this movie nostalgia wraps me up like a warm blanket. It's such a feel-good movie to say the very least.  

Favorite Quote: "Velcro. Next to the Walkman and tab it is the coolest invention of the 20th century!"

7. Stand by Me (1986) 
Plot: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Why I loved: There 'did' seem to be a certain fascination or fondness for the 1950s throughout American cinema in the 1980s, more specifically with teenage life in the 1950s. But having a true love for both decades I didn't mind one bit. This quintessential coming-of-age movie works so well and manages to stand the test of time solely due to great/original story telling, directing and mad chemistry between the young leads. This move is funny, thrilling, sad, full of adventure, but most importantly it's relatable. I heart, rainbow, palm tree this flick!

Favorite Quote: "Do you think Mighty Mouse could beat up Superman?"

6. The 'Burbs (1989)
Plot: An overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult.

Why I loved it: I can't 'even'... with this movie. Like O.M.G.! As a kid I could not stop laughing at all the hilarious twists and turns. One right after the other, amiright?!  Sure, the doctor freaked me out as a kid, but whatever. This movie still manages to hold up even by today's standards. Not only because it bursts us into gut-busting laughter, but how it strategically tackles so many endless themes -  normality, provincial threats, suspicion, paranoia, friendship, love... man, they are all explored. This favorite of mine is laced with loads of intricacy humor with a dash of spooky. 

Favorite Quote: "Whoa, 'bout a nine on the tension scale, eh Reub."

5. Adventures in Babysitting (1987) 
Plot: A babysitter leaves her suburban surroundings for the big city  to rescue a stranded friend, unaware of the perilous adventures that await her and the kids she's looking after who have tagged along. 

Why I loved it: As a young girl I looked up to Chris Parker so much.  She was everything I hoped to be - smart, crafty, beautiful, resourceful, brave and daring. This lightweight comedic adventure is effective in what it sets out to do - entertain. Just when they seem to hop one hurdle, three more obstacles arise. Can you stand it?! It most-def. had me clued to my seat with bated breath. Would Chris and the kiddies make it home in time?! Eeek! There's tons of adventure, friendship, romance, revenge and lest we forget... "babysitting blues."

Favorite Quote:  "Don't listen to him, he says you're a homo."

4. Caveman (1981) 
Plot: A cave-man seeks revenge on a much larger competitor for the hand of a beautiful cave-woman. 

Why I loved it: Some movies are to be taken seriously, this is not one of them. It's a comical look at prehistoric life. It's not supposed to be accurate in historic detail.  I mean obvi. It's simply supposed to make you laugh and it certainly delivers on that promise and with thunderous applause. This ridiculously hysterical movie is considered a family favorite in my house. Try 'not' smiling when watching this gem... I dare ya!

Favorite Quote:"Atouk Aluna Lana."

3.  Crocodile Dundee (1986) 
Plot: An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City. 

Why I loved it: The Aussie from down under is your typical fish out of water scenario, yet with a number of truly comedic sequences and a lovable lead, played by Paul Hogan, it became a monster smash hit that the cinema-watching-public lapped up with glee. I s'rsly couldn't get enough of this movie as a kid.  Summer nights were the best!  Just me and my friends reenacting scenes from the movie till the wee hours in the mornin', laughing so hard till our sides hurt. And that sexy red cutout party dress... oh, how I wanted that!  I wanted all her fashionable clothes.

Favorite Quote: "That's not a knife... That's a knife."

2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 
Plot: Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. 

Why I loved it: I mean aside from that freaky ghost, laser-light show at the end, this flick had me hooked as a kid, and it still remains a glorious movie even now. It worked so well because we all long for adventure. We want to travel the world, see crazy things, get into life threatening situations, and woo members of the opposite sex. Indy and the supporting cast all become so enriched, lovable, and quotable with multiple viewings. On a scale of one to even... I just can't!

Favorite Quote:  "Throw me the idol. No time to argue! Throw me idol, I'll throw you the whip!"

1. The Goonies (1985)
Plot: In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.  

Why I loved it: One word, Chunk. He seriously made this movie - the truffle-shuffle, spilling his guts to the Fratelli's, breaking things, etc. I LA-HUUUVED him! This movie had everything you could want, from thrills, spills, pirates, freaks, bad guys and dashing adventure lurking around every corner. I wanted to be a Goonie or go on a Goonie type adventures when I was young(er). Even the place where they lived was cool - a big old house in a picturesque bay town. This movie will forever be a favorite among the masses, which is why it snagged the #1 spot on my list. 

Favorite Quote: "In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog..."

When you're young everything's an adventure. And the 80s saw some of the greatest adventure films ever made. This genre instantly attracts and captivates everyone, but especially the kiddos. Kids love the sense of journeying into the unknown, the mystery, the challenges along the way, good vs. evil, triumph over hardships, etc. Adventure movies tend to trigger positive energy as well, leaving you feeling happy in the end. It's one of the many reasons studios pay big-time money on this genre.  The floor is now yours. Share your favorite childhood adventure flicks from the 80s in the comment section below... 


Kristee said...

So fun to reminisce about these!

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