One of our favorite things to do as a family is movie night. The kids bring down blankets and pillows and claim their spot on the couch. I typically make some sort of yummy dessert that they can’t wait to dig into. And our favorite movies to watch are 80’s movies. I just love showing my boys the movies that I grew up with. And I am happy to say, even almost 30 years later, they are still a hit. Here is a list of our faves.
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
A teenage girl takes the kids she is babysitting into the city to save her friend and basically all hell breaks loose. They blow a tire, get lost in a bad part of town, and of course, get mixed up with some ‘bad guys.’ It is all a race to see if they can get home before the parents. An 80’s classic for sure.
Back to the Future (1985)
My son likes this movie so much that he actually asked for the lego dimensions set for Christmas. We are going to Universal Studios in March next year, and they are all dying to see the clock tower. The Robert Zemeckis film about a time traveling teenager is a classic. In fact, it is rated #43 in the top 100 movies on IMDB. Wait til your kids are a little older and they will appreciate it even more.
Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
Chances are, if you grew up in the 80’s, this was your pick for your friends sleepover. I know for our brownie troop it definitely was. A girl scout troop from Beverly Hills tries to fit in with the other troops only to realize the best part about them, is their originality. This is a cute little movie that any kid will love. Even the boys. My son would ask to watch the ‘cookie movie’ when he was just 4.
Uncle Buck (1989)
John Candy and John Hughes; a combination that just can’t be beat. Estranged, childless uncle takes care of his nieces and nephew for several days while their parents are away. Of course, comedy ensues. I can not even tell you how many times our family has watched this movie, and they love it every time.
A Christmas Story (1983)
In our house, you will find this movie on any time of year. The classic story of a boy that wants a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa with tons of family hilarity thrown in. Everything from the little brother that won’t eat, the bunny suit and of course the infamous leg lamp will have you laughing out loud.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Another John Hughes favorite. High School senior, Ferris Bueller, ditches school with his best friend and girl friend to spend the day in Chicago. John Hughes has said that this movie is his love letter to Chicago. I have seen this movie so many times, I am pretty sure you could mute the tv, and I could recite it word for word. When I was home sick from school as a kid, this was my go-to movie to watch. I was so excited when my kids were old enough to watch it with me.
This list could seriously go on and on with my favorite movies from the 80’s but these are our top faves. I can’t wait for my kids to be a little older so we can dive in and watch all the John Hughes classics like Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. I just know they will love them like I do. Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite movie from your childhood you like to watch with your kids.