Top 5 80’s Movies

Robert Downey Jr. is also featured in Weird Science.

Robert Downey Jr. is also featured in Weird Science.

Sarah Thomson, Staff Reporter

The 1980’s is one of the greatest generations for movies, and among the hundreds of movies produced, five stand out. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ghostbusters, Heathers, Weird Science, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles are filled with humor and wit.

 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off released on June 11, 1986 is arguably one of the greatest movies of the 80’s. Ferris Bueller is the king of the school (and sausage king of Chicago) who always finds a way to ditch school. His uptight best friend, Cameron, and his girlfriend, Sloane, tag along for his wild ride. Jeanie his sister and his principal Mr. Rooney are on his trail to catch him. Ferris must find a way to safely return Cameron’s Dad’s Ferrari and get home before his parents. His adventure through Chicago is one of the funniest and thrilling things you will ever watch.

 Ghostbusters, a movie still watched today, is about Peter Venkman, Ray Stanz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore. The four men are out of work and looking for jobs, when they decide to form a group called Ghostbusters.  A group dedicated to ridding households and businesses of supernatural pests. However, when a demonic conspiracy arises in an apartment on Central Park West, it is up to the Ghostbusters to save the world. This hilarious and fun movie starring Bill Murray was released on June 8, 1984, and famously brought in a profit of 295.2 million.

 Heathers, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, takes place at Westerburg High School in Sherwood, Ohio. Veronica (Ryder) is a girl stuck in a popular social group known as the Heathers which, is ruining her life. Veronica becomes friends with psychotic J.D. (Slater), who has a knack for killing. Both find an interest in each other and go on a killing spree. It’s up to Veronica to stop him from killing the entire school. Along the way, jokes are made, and an intriguing dark comedy comes to life.

 Weird Science, specifically crated for immature boys, is one of the funniest movies ever made. Breakfast Club star Anthony Michael Hall takes on one of the lead roles, making the movie ten times better. Gary Wallace (Hall) and Wyatt Donelly (Mitchell- Smith) are two dweebs in need of some companionship. Copying Dr. Frankenstein’s infamous method, they create a woman (Kelly Lebrock) who acts as their friend and a fairy godmother of sorts. With the help of this mystical woman, Gary and Wyatt go from high school obscurity to extreme popularity, while avoiding Gary’s meddling older brother.

Finally, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, details a wild cross-country trip from New York to Chicago. Del Griffith is a jolly salesman who just doesn’t know when to shut up. Accompanying him is Neal Page, a working man from Chicago, who just wants to get home to his family in time for Thanksgiving. Through the whole movie, both men must ride planes, trains, and automobiles to get to their destination. A long journey with an unexpected twist at the end, this hilarious movie is one of the best, highlighting both Steve Martin and John Candy’s talents.