The 1980s – a decade of big hair, synthesisers, Rubik’s cubes...and cheesy movies.

Here are five 80s gems you have to watch this summer.

The Breakfast Club

This John Hughes classic presents us with five different stereotypes – the criminal, the jock, the brain, the basket case and the beauty queen – who must all endure Saturday detention together.

This movie has depth and its iconic depiction of young people has survived three decades for good reason. From the opening Bowie quotations to the Tears for Fears soundtrack, you know you are in good hands.

The Breakfast Club is a gem for the chemistry between the teenagers that makes their relationships authentic and not in the least bit contrived.

It’s corny, it’s predictable, but it’s the keen eye of Hughes that makes this film a cult classic. He captures youth in all its frustration, rebellion and the age-old struggle between high school cliques.

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This incredibly intelligent and original film is laced in black humour as Winona Ryder leads the melodramatic plot with her quick wit and fierce matching shoulder pads that sets her miles apart from her blond counterparts.

Heathers is both ridiculous (three of the main characters are named Heather) and genius in equal measure. It constructs the typical high school scenario and then shreds it to pieces, ridiculing it. If nothing else, this movie is edgy – the kind of edginess that just doesn't exist anymore.

And if you thought Johnny Depp was the epitome of 80s cool, he ain’t got nothin’on Christian Slater here.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Matthew Broderick's breakout role as Ferris Bueller is easily the greatest teen voice of the 80s. Ferris’s charisma and charm is unwavering as he takes us with him on his “day off” alongside his neurotic best friend and tassel-clad girlfriend.

This clever, unapologetic film is a must-see if you are in need of a smile, some pointers on how to ditch school/college/work without getting caught or a little perspective from Ferris.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”


Tim Burton relinquishes us with a breath of fresh air in this dark comedy as we are thrown into this surreal world where the afterlife meets real life.

A young couple die in the opening scenes and continue to haunt their house as they struggle to come to terms with their death.

Michael Keaton plays Beetlejuice the “bio-exorcist” who attempts to help the couple scare the new inhabitants of the house away.

Complete with a “How to Survive the Afterlife” handbook and a series of gimmicky costumes, everything in Beetlejuice is deliciously over-exaggerated and out of this world. It’s bizarre in places, a little slapstick, but guaranteed light-hearted entertainment.

The Goonies

A group of nerdy kids adventure to a strange underworld of sloths and pirate ships brimming with treasure. A kids movie with an original take as the characters are interesting and although the acting is a bit lacklustre, this movie is worth it alone for the “Truffle Shuffle” Chunk does at the beginning. It’s clichéd, it’s cheesy, but it’s worth a watch on a rainy Sunday evening when you are in need of a little 80s nostalgia.