Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies Released from 1980-1990

We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 science fiction movies released from 1980-1990. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. Blade Runner (1982) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A blade runner in the dystopian future of 2019 is on a mission to assassinate four replicants (androids who look like humans).

Rating: R
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

9. Weird Science (1985) 56% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Two teenage nerds can’t get any play from real women, so they create one with their computer.

Rating: PG-13
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Bill Paxton, Kelly LeBrock

8. Escape from New York (1981) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes

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In a dystopian 1997, Manhattan has been converted into a maximum security prison. When the President crashes into it, an inmate is sent to rescue him.

Rating: R
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine

7. Zapped! (1982) 7% at Rotten Tomatoes

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High school nerd Barney discovers a formula that gives him telekinetic powers, which he uses to see women naked and take revenge on the jocks who bully him.

Rating: R
Director: Robert J. Rosenthal
Starring: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Felice Schachter

6. Ghostbusters (1984) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Three professors of parapsychology build a business removing ghosts after they discover they actually exist. It’s not long before they’re fighting the government for the chance to stop an ancient evil from being resurrected.

Rating: PG
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

5. Back to the Future Part II (1989) 63% at Rotten Tomatoes

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After returning to 1985, Marty McFly and Doc now travel to 2015, where Biff steals the DeLorean and travels back to 1955 to give his younger self a sports almanac for gambling. Now Doc and Marty have to return and destroy it without disturbing the first trip.

Rating: PG
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

4. The Last Starfighter (1984) 76% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A kid beats a difficult video game to learn it was only a simulation trainer to find the best pilot in the galaxy.

Rating: PG
Director: Nick Castle
Starring: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Kay E. Kuter

3. Howard the Duck (1986) 15% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A wisecracking, cigar-smoking duck is transported to Earth and must help a few humans save the planet from an intergalactic terror.

Rating: PG
Director: Willard Huyck
Starring: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins

2. Robocop (1987) 88% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A wounded police officer is turned into a cyborg and now battles crime in a dystopian Detroit ruled by an evil corporation.

Rating: R
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy

1. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) 78% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rufus is sent back in time to help two bumbling idiots pass their history exam so they can become the leaders of the future world.

Rating: PG
Director: Stephen Herek
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin



Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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