We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 movie adventures released from 1980-1990. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Willow (1988) 50% at Rotten Tomatoes
A dwarf farmer’s children discover a baby, so he consults with the high wizard. He’s charged with protecting the baby from an evil queen.
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis
9. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) 85% at Rotten Tomatoes
Indiana Jones arrives in India, where he’s asked by a small village to retrieve a mystical stone from an evil cult using their children as slave labor.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kate Capshaw
8. The Blues Brothers (1980) 85% at Rotten Tomatoes
Fresh out of prison, Jake and his brother Elwood set out to reunite the band and play a gig to raise $5000 and save their boarding school from foreclosure.
Director: John Landis
Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway
7. The Beastmaster (1982) 42% at Rotten Tomatoes
Dar’s adopted father is murdered by savage barbarians, so he sets out for revenge along with the animals he befriends due to his ability to talk to them.
Director: Don Coscarelli
Starring: Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn
6. The Jewel of the Nile (1985) 48% at Rotten Tomatoes
Jack and Joan are bored with each other, so Joan takes a trip to the Nile, where she’s kidnapped. Now Jack must rescue her while discovering the secret of the jewel.
Director: Lewis Teague
Starring: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
5. Spies Like Us (1985) 33% at Rotten Tomatoes
Two low-level government employees think they’re spies on a top-secret CIA mission, when they’re actually expendable decoys who must fend for themselves in Pakistan.
Director: John Landis
Starring: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest
4. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) 95% at Rotten Tomatoes
A Bushman discovers a Coke bottle, and his village worships it until he decides to return it to the God from which it came.
Director: Jamie Uys
Starring: N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo
3. Crocodile Dundee (1986) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
An Australian crocodile hunter rescues an American journalist from a crocodile attack, so she brings him to New York City, where he’s a bit out of place, having grown up in the outback.
Director: Peter Faiman
Starring: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon
2. The Great Outdoors (1988) 40% at Rotten Tomatoes
Chet takes his family from Chicago to Wisconsin for a summer vacation, which is ruined by his snooty brother-in-law and a series of disasters.
Director: Howard Deutch
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy
1. Masters of the Universe (1987) 17% at Rotten Tomatoes
He-Man and his friends use a Cosmic Key to escape Eternia for Earth, but they’re soon tracked down by Skeletor and his evil Army of minions and mercenaries.
Director: Gary Goddard
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster