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    28 Tubular '80s Movies You Need To Watch With Your Kids, Tweens, And Teens

    The '80s were all about young men discovering otherworldly entities.

    🚨 Important Note: Ratings were way different 30+ years ago, so we recommend checking out the Parents Guide link in each description for more information. 🚨

    1. Back to the Future

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    What it's about: In this classic family adventure, a teenager travels back in time to his parent's high school days.

    Why you should watch: It literally has everything: comedy, time travel, life lessons, and Michael J. Fox.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    2. Ghostbusters

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    What it's about: It's all in the title.

    Why you should watch: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Harold Ramis.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    3. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

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    What it's about: A young boy befriends an alien trying to get back to his home planet.

    Why you should watch: It's an emotional journey of friendship.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    4. The Lost Boys

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    What it's about: A horror-comedy that follows two brothers as they uncover the truth about a local gang (hint: they're vampires).

    Why you should watch: It was back when vampires were still hella cool.

    Rating: R (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    5. The Goonies

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    What it's about: A group of adventure-seeking kids go on a hunt for treasure with the hope of saving their homes from getting demolished.

    Why you should watch: Your kids will surely find some or all of the kids incredibley fun and relatable.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    6. Gremlins

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    What it's about: A young man's new pet proves to be more than it seems when three broken rules lead to chaos.

    Why you should watch: It's weird and slightly creepy in all the right ways.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    7. Die Hard

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    What it's about: On Christmas Eve, one man must fight off a group of terrorists that have taken over an entire building.

    Why you should watch: 30 years later, it remains the greatest action film of all time.

    Rating: R (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    8. Raiders of the Lost Ark

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    What it's about: Adventurer, Indiana Jones, goes on a quest to uncover an ancient artifact.

    Why you should watch: Harrison Ford is dreamy for the whole family!

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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    What it's about: A hardened private detective must team up with a famous cartoon rabbit to solve a murder mystery.

    Why you should watch: Live action/animation combos are incredibly different with today's CGI advancements. There is absolutely nothing new that resembles this movie.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    10. Heathers

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    What it's about: This dark comedy follows a teen and her new beau as their plot to mess with the cool kids goes awry.

    Why you should watch: It was the original Mean Girls.

    Rating: R (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    11. The Princess Bride

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    What it's about: A fairy tale with a comedic spin that follows an unhappy soon-to-bride, her bumbling kidnappers, and one true love.

    Why you should watch: Every single character is iconic.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    12. Footloose

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    What it's about: A small town that has done the unthinkable: ban dancing.

    Why you should watch: The music! And Kevin Bacon! And it's Peter Quill's favorite movie!

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    13. Beetlejuice

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    What it's about: When a new family moves into their home, two ghosts go to extreme measures to get them out.

    Why you should watch: It's easily Tim Burton's best film. Don't @ me.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    14. Coming to America

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    What it's about: A hilarious comedy about a fancy African prince who travels to New York with the hopes of finding a wife.

    Why you should watch: EDDIE MURPHY.

    Rating: R (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    15. Spaceballs

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    What it's about: This Mel Brooks sci-fi spoofs everything from Alien to Star Wars.

    Why you should watch: It's the best of the best when it comes to parody.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    16. Big

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    What it's about: A dramedy about a young boy who wishes to become an adult.

    Why you should watch: America's Dad, Tom Hanks, is so young and charming.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    17. Adventures in Babysitting

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    What it's about: A babysitter is in for a rough night when she gets stranded in Chicago with the kids.

    Why you should watch: A little girl is obsessed with Thor because nothing ever really changes.

    Rating: PG-13 (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    18. The Color Purple

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    What it's about: This classic drama follows the life and struggles of a southern woman in the early 1900s.

    Why you should watch: Younger generations need to join in on the outrage over its 11 Oscar nominations with zero wins.

    Rating: PG-13 (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    19. Labyrinth

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    What it's about: This fantasy follows a young teen as she navigates her way through a troubling labyrinth in order to find her kidnapped baby brother.

    Why you should watch: It was directed by Jim Henson and features lots of singing and dancing by David Bowie.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    20. Dead Poet's Society

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    What it's about: An impressionable group of young men in a Vermont boarding school are inspired by their poetry teacher.

    Why you should watch: Robin Williams is brilliant and beautiful.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    21. Annie

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    What it's about: A musical about an adventurous orphan girl who is adopted by an extremely wealthy and stern man.

    Why you should watch: There is nothing in existence that matches the experience of watching Carol Burnett, Tim Curry, and Bernadette Peters sing and dance together.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    22. Field of Dreams

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    What it's about: This fantasy drama follows a man who is compelled to build a baseball diamond, which leads to a visit from deceased players.

    Why you should watch: Emotional release.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    23. Akira

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    What it's about: An animated Japanese film that follows a biker gang member who wrecks havoc on Neo-Tokyo when the military turns him into a psychic killing machine.

    Why you should watch: It's incredibly unique and exciting.

    Rating: R (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    24. Tootsie

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    What it's about: In this classic comedy, a struggling actor poses as a woman in order to further his career.

    Why you should watch: It features some of the greatest performances of all time.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    25. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

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    What it's about: An inventor discovers his children have been shrunken down to insect-size thanks to his latest device.

    Why you should watch: It's original, silly, and full of imagination.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    26. The Breakfast Club

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    What it's about: This teen dramedy follows an unlikely group of high school students as they bond during Saturday detention.

    Why you should watch: It's the pinnacle teen movie. Sure, some of it doesn't age well, but so much of it is still relevant.

    Rating: R (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    27. Batman

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    What it's about: Batman. Obviously.

    Why you should watch: It's another top-tier Tim Burton film and a much lighter, sillier, fun version of the Dark Knight.

    Rating: PG-13 (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    28. The Neverending Story

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    What it's about: A young boy discovers a fantasy book that pulls him into a world of adventures.

    Why you should watch: It is peak fantasy. Warning: You may want to warn your kids about a certain death so they aren't scarred for life.

    Rating: PG (IMDB Parents Guide here)

    Do you have an '80s movie recommendation? Tell us in the comments!

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