30 Of The Best ’80s Movies That People Forget Existed

The 1980s were a remarkable decade for cinema, giving rise to iconic franchises and legendary filmmakers. While some films have achieved enduring popularity, there are several underrated gems that often go unnoticed. Here, we present a selection of lesser-known ’80s movies that deserve recognition and appreciation. Each film is accompanied by an H2 header in Markdown format.

Miracle Mile (1988)

Miracle Mile is a gripping thriller that takes place in real-time, following a man who answers a random payphone call and learns of an imminent nuclear strike. The film’s tension and sense of urgency are masterfully crafted, making it a hidden treasure of the ’80s.

Local Hero (1983)

Local Hero, directed by Bill Forsyth, is a charming and offbeat comedy-drama set in a small Scottish village. When an American oil company sends a representative to buy the village for drilling purposes, unexpected relationships and delightful encounters unfold. Its endearing characters and whimsical storyline make Local Hero a true hidden gem.

Repo Man (1984)

Repo Man, directed by Alex Cox, is a cult classic that combines elements of science fiction, punk culture, and dark comedy. Emilio Estevez stars as a young man who becomes a repo man, repossessing cars from owners who have fallen behind on payments. With its quirky characters, quotable dialogue, and punk rock soundtrack, Repo Man offers a unique and memorable viewing experience.

The Last Dragon (1985)

The Last Dragon is a martial arts musical fantasy that brings together action, comedy, and an unforgettable soundtrack. It follows the journey of a young martial artist named Leroy Green as he seeks to attain the final level of martial arts mastery, known as “The Glow.” This energetic and entertaining film deserves recognition for its fusion of genres and its celebration of ’80s pop culture.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (1984)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension is a pretty ridiculous title for a pretty silly movie, but somehow both just work. If you’re going to make an over-the-top movie, you might as well go way over the top. It’s campy and absurd, but it’s grounded in a pretty cool plot based around Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds, and the actors, especially John Lithgow as the alien in charge, do a fantastic job keeping it real. It’s a movie that begs for a second life, maybe in animated form.

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