80s Movie Must-Haves

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There are always pieces of pop culture from previous generations that spill over into the culture of the newer generations: legendary movies, songs and TV shows that have done so well that they still reign supreme long after their time. Whether it be from family movie picks or Netflix suggestions, the plots, words and storylines of such pieces touch the hearts of viewers in one way or another, making them timeless.

Here is a list of a few of these legendary films that needed to be added to your bookshelf yesterday. So make some room, grab some popcorn and clear your Saturday night schedule, because you’re going to be busy.

The Breakfast Club

It’s only fair to start off with an absolute classic. “The Breakfast Club” is a film that shows off all the typical personalities of a high school student: a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. So, what happens when you take all these clashing personalities and put them in one room? Over the course of one long Saturday detention, these students share stories, dreams and hidden talents all while finding out more about each other than they could have imagined.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller is a high school student who has one dream that he is determined to make a reality: successfully ditching school. However, as it turns out, ditching school isn’t as easy as he thought. The movie contains all kinds of hilarious twists and turns as Ferris and his friends try to avoid getting caught by school officials, parents and annoying siblings.

Back to the Future

The start to a trilogy that would touch the creative minds of children for generation after generation. “Back to the Future” follows Marty McFly, a musician who involuntarily gets the opportunity to time travel and go on the adventure of a lifetime. He travels to the past, where he has to make sure that his actions don’t alter the future too drastically and that there is a future to go back to.


This science fiction classic follows the usual story of two individuals who against all odds find a way to become friends – but there’s a twist: one of the individuals is an extraterrestrial being. Stranded on Earth, E.T. finds refuge in a small town. There, he befriends 10-year-old Elliot, who goes to great lengths to keep his new friend a secret from his family and anyone else who may try to separate them before E.T. can ‘phone home.’


Imagine being stuck in a town where the one thing you love most is deemed illegal, forcing you to live in secret. That’s the cruel reality Ren faces when he moves in with his aunt and uncle in Bomont. Recently remade in 2011, “Footloose” is film that is certain to get the audience up and moving with its various dance parties and Rock ‘n Roll soundtrack.

These films have received praise and applause for the impression they’ve made since their release. They’ve created characters who will never grow up in our eyes, countless reference material and Halloween costumes to last for years. So let’s kick back, relax and enjoy some oldies.


Tyler Austin is a senior journalism and Spanish major with a concentration in editorial reporting. He longs for a life in the Big Apple where coffee dates with Beyoncé are a weekly occurrence. In addition to writing for ing he also writes for Men’s Fashion in VIM.


Tags: September 2016