Favorite Childhood Movies of the 80s

I was born in 1982 and have been a weird little geek for as long as I can remember. I can recall jumping around on the furniture (when my mom wasn’t looking of course!) imagining I was Superman and bouncing around pretending to teleport like Nightcrawler from the X-men. Seriously y’all, I thought I was an X-Man. I was always pretending I was one of my favorite male heroes, but that’s a whole other issue, haha.

I recently sat awake at night considering my influences as a writer and Joss Whedon, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and Felicia Day came to mind as always. Before I found those amazing minds, I grew up in the time of awesome 80s movies. Maybe my imagination further developed into what it is today because of the movies I devoured as a small child. Most likely. So I made a list of some of my favorite childhood movies, and I think you can see a theme here, but here are my 1980’s movie influences. I can even begin to count how many times I watched these movies as a kid.

In no particular order, I thank these 80s classics for being awesome:

The Empire Strikes Back

Star wars empire strikes back poster

Indian Jones trilogy

The Goonies

Goonies movie poster 2

Howard the Duck

Little Monsters


Ghostbusters poster

The NeverEnding Story

The Terminator

Back to the Future

Back to the future poster

Batman (Tim Burton’s)

Fun fact: I didn’t enjoy Beetlejuice or E.T. Sorry! We can still be friends, right?

I didn’t list Stephen King movies because I can’t remember what age I started watching them, but I discovered his books by the time I was going into high school.  Just know I loved his books and the movies! And judge me all you want for Howard the Duck, but I loved him! What movies did you find influential during your childhood? What are your favorite 80s classics?

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