The Ultimate List of Must See Movies from the 80s and 90s

One of my Facebook friends recently posted that they were having a family movie weekend and were
looking for suggestions for 80s and 90s movies to share with their kids. This is a subject a lot of people have definite opinions on so I decided to make my own list. Whether you have kids or not, these are some great movies to indulge in for a long movie weekend or for a nostalgic, feel-good evening in.

Take a look and let me know what you think. In (mostly) no particular order, here they are:

The Princess Bride (20th Anniversary Edition)Ok, so this is my very favorite movie ever, so I had to list it first. This movie has it all, including about a gazillion lines that are perfect for quoting! Though a lot of people have been turned off by it's "chick flick" sounding name, this has something for everyone. I saw an interview with Rob Reiner once, the director of the film and about a thousand others, who said this was one of his all time favorites. That's got to mean something, right?

Home Alone It's not Christmas time without Home Alone! (And Home Alone 2: Lost in New York) My favorite holiday movie, I have to watch it for it to truly feel like the holiday season. And then I watch it no less than 20 times before Christmas is over. ;)

The Goonies - Josh Brolin as a young, buff older brother to Sean Astin, along with Corey Feldman and the rest of the gang made this movie easy to watch over and over. Even now, when it is on TV, I find myself drawn to watching it.

The 'BurbsWho doesn't love Tom Hanks? We found this in the bargain bin a couple months ago and brought it home to enjoy again. It never disappoints.

BigTom Hanks again, but he is so good! You'll never NOT notice an Ask Zoltar machine again, and you can't help but love the infamous giant piano, "Chopsticks" scene!

Troop Beverly HillsThis was a slumber party hit when I was a kid! Shelly Long as mom and troop leader, she was so endearing. Her antics made things entertaining, even if they were a little misguided at times. This recently came on a TV at work and about 5 coworkers (all female) did a collective "aww" while this movie took them right back to their childhoods.

Adventures in BabysittingNOT the remake. I am talking the original, 1987, Elizabeth Shue version.

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's DeadYes, I still watch this occasionally. And yes, I still want to be like Sue Ellen (Christina Applegate) sometimes.


Say AnythingIs there anyone more endearing that John Cusack trying to win a girl over?

The Great OutdoorsJohn Candy and Dan Aykroyd spend some quality family time in a cabin, which makes for some good laughs for the whole family.

Romancing The StoneAlong with the sequel, Jewel of the Nile, these movies had action, mystery, love (with Michael Douglas no less!), and adventure! I'm thinking it might be time for me to have an evening with Joan Wilder soon!
Better Off DeadJohn Cusack, king of awesome 80s movies, tries to win back his girl from a ski jerk. So many quirks and funny scenes in this one!

Father Of The Bride(And FOTB 2) Steve Martin and Martin Short, along with Diane Keaton and BD Wong. Need I say more?

OverboardI've heard they are making a new one, but it'll never compare to Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

Stand By Me (Special Edition)River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Will Wheaton, and Jerry O'Connell in what they call a "coming of age" tale. So good and a definite must see.

When Harry Met Sally...Though maybe not best for the kiddos, absolutely a must see with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.

And a few more....

Can't Buy Me Love
Kindergarten Cop
Uncle Buck
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Anything John Hughes - Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful


What are some of your favorites and recommendations?


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