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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.
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)
Favorite Quote: "Don't listen to him, he says you're a homo."
4. Caveman (1981)
Favorite Quote:"Atouk Aluna Lana."
3. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Favorite Quote: "That's not a knife... That's a knife."
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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..."