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The 10 best movies from the 1980s for you to devour.

Ah, the 1980s. The decade that gave us bright blue eyeshadow, perms and fluoro-coloured lycra. What more could we possibly be thankful for from this glorious decade?

Well, there are the fantastic films that are still being enjoyed to this day, of course. Here are Mamamia’s top 10 best movies from the ’80s.

1. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Patrick Swayze in tight black pants, wooing a young Jennifer Grey through some of the best dance numbers in movie history – it takes a hard heart to not enjoy this charming film.

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Nobody puts baby in a corner. [Image via Vestron Pictures]

2. Back to the Future (1985)

I will shamelessly admit that my first celebrity crush was Michael J. Fox, but aside from his gorgeous face gracing the screen, the classic time-travel storyline is the key reason this sci-fi flick's popularity continues to this day.

Great Scott! [Image via Universal Studios]
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3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Matthew Broderick as the young and cheeky Ferris Bueller brought out the inner rebel in all of us.

Bueller? Bueller? [Image via Paramount Pictures]

4. The Breakfast Club (1985)

The film that taught us that your high school social status wasn't that important after all, and that detention could actually be kind of fun... Right?

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Molly Ringwald was the 1980s 'it' girl. [Image via Universal Pictures]
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5. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Because let's be honest, who can resist a young Harrison Ford in a billowing khaki shirt? Not to mention, two Hollywood greats George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are behind this iconic blockbuster.

Making archaeology look sexy since 1981. [Image via Paramount Pictures]

6. Footloose (1984)

What was it about the 1980s and teenage rebellion?

Cut loose. [Image via Paramount Pictures]
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7. Top Gun (1986)

Made at the peak of Tom Cruise's acting career, anyone who watched this movie for the first time in their early teens was left dreaming of someday becoming a fighter-jet pilot.

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I feel the need...for young Tom Cruise [Image via Paramount Pictures]

8. Ghostbusters (1984)

The supernatural comedy has been officially preserved in the US Library of Congress' National Film Registry for its cultural significance. 'Nuff said.

"Who you gonna call?" [Image via Columbia Pictures]

9. E.T. (1982)

This Steven Spielberg's is such a gorgeous exploration of friendship. And it somehow made poking people's forehead as a sign of affection normal...

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"E.T. Phone Home" [Image via Universal Pictures]

10. Dead Poets Society (1989)

Boy did this coming-of-age film leave many of us in tears. Robin Williams made us fall in love with teaching and poetry, and for that we are forever thankful.

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"Oh Captain, my Captain!" [Image via Touchstone Pictures]

Pass the popcorn and let's start the binge watching.

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