80s Movies that are Still Great to Watch

Moving on with time doesn’t mean you have to abandon what you loved in the past.

Those of us who grew up during the 80s, know and remember many great movies that were made during that time. Sometimes it seems that they don’t make them as wonderful as they used to. Here are some great eighties movies that stayed great, and are certainly worth watching even today.

Great Movies from the 80s

Footloose

Kevin Bacon was and still is amazing. The songs still take, and the story is a classic one – the young rebel against the old conventions, the new guy is having a hard time being accepted, and the priest’s daughter is always the most naughty one on the block.

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Jumpin’ Jack Flash

A great movie for computers-nostalgia lovers, general geeks and anyone who loves to hear Whoopy Goldberg curse like there’s no tomorrow. The cold war was never funnier.

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Dirty Dancing

One of the most romantic movies ever, with the wonderful Patrick Swayze, may he rest in peace. The songs are still thrilling, and the dancing is still amazing. Almost makes you wanna go and spend your summer at Kellerman’s.

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The Karate Kid

Who didn’t want to learn Karate after watching this movie? Wax on, wax off, people. Karate for defense only!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOUGf_s4hy4

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Amadeus

A crazy movie with a crazy actor, about one of the greatest geniuses ever – Mozart. An ageless, funny and tragic story, that can still remind you how short life is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY95OpC4-EU

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Poltergeist

The movie that still gives people the chills, even from 30 years away. Ever wander what’s lurking under YOUR house? And are you still scared of static on your TV set?

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Ghostbusters

This one hardly needs an introduction. Who you gonna call?!

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USB Atari 2600 Classic Joystick

Atari  USB Joystick

USB Atari 2600 Classic Joystick

Feel like playing old Atari games on your PC? Just download an emulator and plug this joystick into a USB port. Retro gaming guaranteed!

Product Specifications

  • Classic black 8-direction, one-button controller.
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  • Made in the USA

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The Karate Kid Collection (Four Film Set)

The Karate Kid Collection

A sizable hit with both teen audiences and sports-themed movie enthusiasts, 1984’s The Karate Kid had the right combination of heart and action to spawn three sequels of varying quality between 1986 and 1994; all four features have been packaged together in this three-disc set. Though plot elements varied from film to film, the core story (and the series’ greatest strength) remained the same–the relationship between a wise Japanese martial arts teacher (skillfully underplayed by comedian Pat Morita) and his young American student (Ralph Macchio in the first three films, and future Oscar winner Hilary Swank in the final entry, The Next Karate Kid).

The first of the Morita/Macchio matchups remains the best of the four features, with excellent performances from both leads and director John G. Avildsen (who also handled Rocky and the first two Kid sequels) expertly balancing the emotional moments with the pure excitement of the martial arts tournament that serves as its finale.

The subsequent sequels with Macchio seemed pulpier (especially The Karate Kid, Part II, with its rekindled wartime romance subplot), and the inevitable come-from-behind competitions lacking the impact of the original; 1994’s The Next Karate Kid (directed by Christopher Cain) put a slight spin on the formula by replacing Macchio with belligerent teen Swank, but it too seems like a retread of the first film. Still, the messages inherent to each film–finding one’s inner strength, trusting your heart–should ring true to new generations of younger viewers. Fans may find the Collection light on supplemental features–while all four films are presented in anamorphic widescreen format, only the original (which was previously released in pan-and-scan only) offers commentary by Avildsen, Macchio and Morita and several making-of featurettes; the three sequels, packed into two discs, offer no extras.

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The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games

Here’s a fun-filled trip back in time to the colorful arcades of the 1970s and ’80s. More than 600 photos present the dot-munching PAC MAN, bomb-dropping SPACE INVADERS, and other favorites. Nostalgic baby boomers have made arcade video games one of the hottest collectibles around.

This comprehensive reference presents photos of every popular video game manufactured, along with some long-forgotten machines and even some you’ve probably never heard of. You’ll also find information about the manufacturers who produced these classic games, a section about video game collectibles, and information on how to locate your favorite games and start your own collection. With many never-before-published photographs, beginning collectors and long-time game enthusiasts alike are sure to enjoy this nostalgic and informative look at the world of arcade video games.

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Book: Arcade Mania – The Turbo-charged World of Japan’s Game Centers

Arcade Mania – The Turbo-charged World of Japan’s Game Centers

Covering classic games from Space Invaders to Street Fighter, games that are familiar to Americans in their home console versions (Rock Band, Guitar Hero and Dance, Dance Revolution), as well as the unique, quirky games found only in Japan, Arcade Mania is crammed full of interviews with game makers and star players, and packed with facts about the history, background and characteristics of each game, all lavishly illustrated with photographs and game graphics. This book is a must-have for gamers everywhere.

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