We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 chick flicks released from 1980-1990. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Moonstruck (1987) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes
A widow accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend only to fall in love with his younger brother.
Director: Norman Jewison
Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis
9. When Harry Met Sally… (1989) 89% at Rotten Tomatoes
Harry and Sally have been friends for years, but they can’t decide if a man and woman can be friends without having sex.
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
8 . Beaches (1988) 28% at Rotten Tomatoes
A rich kid meets a child performer in Atlantic City, and they become lifelong friends, keeping in touch through letters, while leading very different lives.
Director: Garry Marshall
Starring: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard
7. Mystic Pizza (1988) 77% at Rotten Tomatoes
Three teenagers work at a local pizza parlor that continues gaining notoriety for its almost mystic ingredients.
Director: Donald Petrie
Starring: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor
6. Sixteen Candles (1984) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes
Samantha’s sweet sixteenth birthday is coming up, but she has a series of embarrassing moments that threaten to ruin everything.
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry
5. One Crazy Summer (1986) 60% at Rotten Tomatoes
An aspiring cartoonist is invited to spend the summer on Nantucket, where he meets a singer who’s being chased by a motorcycle gang and must help her save her grandfather’s home
Director: Savage Steve Holland
Starring: John Cusack, Demi Moore, Linda Warren
4. Big Business (1988) 40% at Rotten Tomatoes
Two sets of identical twins are born the same day and switched so one of each ends up together. One set goes to a rich family, and one to a poor one, and they eventually meet when the poor twins protest the corporation run by the rich ones.
Director: Jim Abrahams
Starring: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward
3. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) 38% at Rotten Tomatoes
Janey and Lynne are determined to audition to become regulars on their favorite show Dance TV, but Janey’s dad doesn’t approve.
Director: Alan Metter
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristi Somers, Shannen Doherty
2. She’s Gotta Have It (1986) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes
Nola Darling has three simultaneous sexual relationships, and while all three want her to settle down, she’s against the idea of being “owned” by a man.
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell
1. The Princess Bride (1987) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes
A young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of the Princess Bride Buttercup, who is pursued by a gang of bandits, along with the Dread Pirate Roberts.
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright