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Classic '80s Movies to Watch on Netflix



Let’s take a trip in our time machine to the good old '80s, shall we? Grab yourself a retro drink and heat up some leftovers because in this article we are going to travel back in time when the entertainment industry was at its peak.

Watching these movies will make you nostalgic for that time period if you are of age. Why can't we go back to when everything was so simple? You know – the pre-technology times, listening to music on the radio, dubbing cassettes, wearing oversized sweatshirts, and watching movies directed by John Hughes.

Thankfully, with Netflix at our disposal, we can now stream some of those iconic films and get our retro fix whenever we want.

But to stream them in HD, make sure you are connected to a high-speed internet like the one provided by Xfinity. With its superfast connectivity and data limits, you will be able to binge-watch all the classics. Simply, dial the Xfinity customer service number and get all the information regarding the plans that should meet all your online needs.

With that being said, here are our top picks of classic 80s movies you can watch on Netflix.
 

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Starting with a movie that continues to win the hearts of millions even after so many decades. John Hughes truly gave us a masterpiece in the name of The Breakfast Club. The movie proves to be timeless for generations to come.

The movie follows the lives of five high school students who must attend a school detention under their strict principal. The students cannot be more different than one another. From a nerd to an outcast, each one has their own story but the more they get a chance to communicate with each other, the more their differences begin to blur.

Famous Quote: “I see me, and I don’t like what I see, I really don’t.”

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Another John Hughes classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off remains one of the most entertaining movies with quite a relatable character. The performance of Matthew Broderick is unmatched and the fact that this movie comes from the unique breaking of the 4th wall even back in the '80s is something to rave about. With a great cast and a killer soundtrack, this movie has truly stood the test of time.

The film tells the story of the titular character, who is an unmotivated high school student. He comes up with a plan to skip school and go have fun all day by playing sick. But the school's vice president is onto him and he spends most of the film trying to catch Ferris in his lie.

Famous Quote: “Life movies pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
 

Coming to America (1988)

Eddie Murphy gives you his absolute best performance in Coming to America. The movie is hilarious and gives you amazing scenes one after another. The story is pretty sweet and the cinematography is really something that needs to be praised.

The movie follows Prince Akeem, who is the prince of an African country. Akeem doesn’t want anything but a wife who will love him for who he is and not the title. To find his queen, he flees to America with his sidekick Semmi. There, he meets Lisa with whom he finds himself falling in love. But Akeem is also hiding his identity and intentions from her.

Famous Quote: “To Be Loved; oh, what a feeling…
 

Steel Magnolias (1989)

Steel Magnolias is funny, romantic, and a sad movie all at the same time. It makes you envy the representation of friendship in the movie and the whole community vibe is just amazing. What’s more, the fact that it manages to make you cry and laugh is something that makes Steel Magnolias one of the most epic '80s films enjoyed by critics and audiences alike.

M’lynn is the mother of Shelby, who is soon going to be a bride. M’lynn, Shelby, and Truvy become friends with beautician Annelle when she comes to fix the hair of Shelby. Time passes, and the friendship grows stronger when they all come across different tragedies and good fortune, all while staying beside each other.

Famous Quote: "Honey, time marches on, and eventually you realize it's marchin' across your face."

Wrapping Up

It would not be a stretch to say that the 80s was a prime time for Hollywood. From producing great coming-of-age cinema to reinventing the romance genre, this era truly took the entertainment industry to new heights. So, to celebrate the glory of those days, let’s take a trip to the past and stream all the iconic movies today!

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