Top 10 Movie Musicals Released from 1980-1990

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

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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.

Rating: R
Director: Colin Higgins
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise

9. The Chipmunk Adventure (1987) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes

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The Chipmunks and Chipettes are recruited by a pair of wealthy diamond smugglers for a balloon race around the world.

Rating: G
Director: Janice Karman
Starring: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Dody Goodman

8. Breakin’ (1984) 43% at Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

Rating: PG
Director: Joel Silberg
Starring: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quinones, Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers

7. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) 66% at Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

Rating: PG
Director: Julien Temple
Starring: Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey

6. Footloose (1984) 53% at Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

Rating: PG
Director: Herbert Ross
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow

5. Victor/Victoria (1982) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Soprano Victoria Grant can’t pay her bills, so she takes a job as a male impersonating a female at best nightclub in Paris.

Rating: PG
Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston

4. Annie (1982) 52% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A young orphan girl is selected to live with wealthy industrialist Oliver Warbucks, who offers a reward to identify her long lost parents.

Rating: PG
Director: John Huston
Starring: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett

3. The Pirate Movie (1982) 9% at Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

Rating: PG
Director: Ken Annakin
Starring: Kristy McNichol, Christopher Atkins, Ted Hamilton

2. Purple Rain (1984) 68% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A promising musician with a destructive home life must push through all adversity to realize his potential while fighting for another singer he loves.

Rating: R
Director: Albert Magnoli
Starring: Prince, Morris Day, Apollonia Kotero

1. Little Shop of Horrors (1986) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Levi Stubbs



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

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