We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 movie musicals released from 1980-1990. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) 56% at Rotten Tomatoes
The Chicken Ranch is known as the best brothel in Texas and always had the blessing of local law enforcement until a local TV consumer watchdog exposes it and convinces the governor to shut it down.
Director: Colin Higgins
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise
9. The Chipmunk Adventure (1987) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
The Chipmunks and Chipettes are recruited by a pair of wealthy diamond smugglers for a balloon race around the world.
Director: Janice Karman
Starring: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Dody Goodman
8. Breakin’ (1984) 43% at Rotten Tomatoes
A trained jazz dancer teams up with two street dancers to enter several competitions, both on the street and on stage, eventually earning the respect of their community.
Director: Joel Silberg
Starring: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quinones, Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers
7. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) 66% at Rotten Tomatoes
Three furry aliens visit Southern California after being intrigued by images of Earth’s females. They befriend a local Valley girl while absorbing American culture by watching TV.
Director: Julien Temple
Starring: Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey
6. Footloose (1984) 53% at Rotten Tomatoes
Rock music and dancing have been banned from a small Midwestern town by the local minister after a tragic accident. A teen from Chicago rebels against the laws and inspires the town’s kids to join him.
Director: Herbert Ross
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow
5. Victor/Victoria (1982) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes
Soprano Victoria Grant can’t pay her bills, so she takes a job as a male impersonating a female at best nightclub in Paris.
Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston
4. Annie (1982) 52% at Rotten Tomatoes
A young orphan girl is selected to live with wealthy industrialist Oliver Warbucks, who offers a reward to identify her long lost parents.
Director: John Huston
Starring: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett
3. The Pirate Movie (1982) 9% at Rotten Tomatoes
An ex-pirate of Penzance falls in love with Major General Stanley’s youngest daughter and set out to battle the Pirate King for treasure beyond their wildest dreams.
Director: Ken Annakin
Starring: Kristy McNichol, Christopher Atkins, Ted Hamilton
2. Purple Rain (1984) 68% at Rotten Tomatoes
A promising musician with a destructive home life must push through all adversity to realize his potential while fighting for another singer he loves.
Director: Albert Magnoli
Starring: Prince, Morris Day, Apollonia Kotero
1. Little Shop of Horrors (1986) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes
Seymour Krelborn has nothing going for him except his lowly job at a flower shop on Skid Row until he discovers a mysterious new meat-eating plant that brings him fame at a cost of his humanity.
Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Levi Stubbs