Top 10 Underrated Movies of the 1980s




Various movies from the ’80s are regarded as some of the best of all time. These are not those movies, although maybe they should be. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Underrated Movies of the 1980s. Subscribe►► Facebook►► Twitter►► Instagram►► Suggestion Tool►► Channel Page►►

For this list, we’re looking at movies released between 1980 and 1989 that remain mysteriously overlooked or forgotten over the years and often suffered from a modest box office performance or general lack of acknowledgment, despite their quality.

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36 Comments

  1. Lison Martinez
    October 21, 2017
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    learning I love hecviny thin :‑(

  2. T.J. tjb
    October 21, 2017
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    They live is the best on the list

  3. CraftySouthpaw
    October 22, 2017
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    9:07 – Wow, Fairuza Balk!

  4. CraftySouthpaw
    October 22, 2017
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    Glad to see "Thief" on here – it also had one of the best soundtracks ever (by Tangerine Dream).

  5. Steve C
    October 23, 2017
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    How about Brainstorm?

  6. xUzi786
    October 29, 2017
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    Please make a list for the 1970s.

  7. Rachel Rozow
    October 30, 2017
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    The first time I saw They Live I was blown away by how objectively bad it is.

  8. Mike Hilbert
    November 3, 2017
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    Under The Boardwalk. 1989

  9. Adan Cristales
    November 5, 2017
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    Less than Zero. One of my faves

  10. gregory Smith
    November 6, 2017
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    "After Hours" was freaking hilarious. A surefire pick for #1 on this list.

  11. HoboTango
    November 6, 2017
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    They live is one of my all time favorite movie.

  12. ovcharka01
    November 7, 2017
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    They live was increible i saw with my GF

  13. Darkside8062
    November 7, 2017
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    Hated 'After Hours'! Was not funny and I paid to see it, even worse!

  14. Chris Autenrieth
    November 7, 2017
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    "They Live" is a classic and has one of best lines ever, " I Came here to Kick Ass and Chew Bubble Gum and I'm all out Gum!"

  15. James Roach Jr
    November 7, 2017
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    They live should be #1

  16. 48mastadon
    November 7, 2017
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    Brainstorm or Dreamscape come to mind.

  17. Tattooine77
    November 8, 2017
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    Not even a honorable mention for The Dark Crystal

  18. Veronica Ferguson
    November 8, 2017
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    Less than Zero is a grossly underrated movie of the '80s.

  19. GavinJ37
    November 8, 2017
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    Something wild was a horrible film. And being a huge Carpenter fan in the early 80's. I hired a copy of They Live and thought…What the fuck is this shit. John carpenter directed this???

  20. captspaulding100
    November 9, 2017
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    Cant believe you left out bill Murray's "where the buffalo roam" and the movie "monster squad".

  21. jabroniman
    November 9, 2017
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    The 'Burbs and Clue

  22. They Don't Reply Back
    November 9, 2017
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    fucking watchmojo saying they live is underrated

  23. Sam Flemming
    November 10, 2017
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    "Yes, that Roddy Piper"? Show some fucking respect.

  24. Erin Schultz
    November 11, 2017
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    Fire With Fire, 1986 – Craig Sheffer and Virginia Madsen. Creator, 1985 – Peter OToole and Virginia Madsen. Club Paradise, 1986 – Peter O'Toole and Robin Williams. Like how I thread my actors together?

  25. TheTEAMBUTLER
    November 12, 2017
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    Teen wolf

  26. Daniel Hansen
    November 12, 2017
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    The cure. Hudson hawk. However that might be 90s?

  27. gary burrows
    November 12, 2017
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    blue velvet!!!!!!

  28. Coline Collard
    November 13, 2017
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    Labyrinth
    The Dark Crystal
    Christine
    Runaway Train
    Ruthless People
    Big Trouble in Little China
    The Living Daylights
    The Running Man
    The Adventures of Baron Munchenhausen

    to name but a few who deserved a far bigger following when they were new

  29. Brandon Cleland
    November 13, 2017
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    The Brave Little Toaster, Maximum Overdrive and Halloween 3 are 3 of my favorite movies of the 80s. I did enjoy They Live and The Dead Zone as well

  30. llcoolmartine
    November 15, 2017
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    Must have seen Angel Heart 50 times. Easily Mickey Rourkes best performance. Great twist at the end as well.

  31. James Page
    November 16, 2017
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    I would add Lost in America to that list, one of Albert Brooks funniest movies.

  32. GunsGirlsGames
    November 16, 2017
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    The Wraith
    The Stuff
    Flight of the Navigator
    House
    Tango & Cash

  33. TheMonsterCinemaProduction
    November 18, 2017
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    When The Wind Blows is for sure

  34. CoolConner 307
    November 18, 2017
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    If i don't see Shock Treatment some one gonna die
    The movie is REALLY under rated

  35. Phil Anderson
    November 20, 2017
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    One of the best WatchMojo videos.

    Little factoid: Two of these films were scored by Tangerine Dream.

  36. MadMax3 Beyond ThunderDome
    November 23, 2017
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    Miracle Mile from 1988. brilliant movie, worth a watch if you can get it.

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