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20 great ‘80s movies that turn 30 this year

By Steve Spears
Published: January 2, 2018

We live for anniversaries here at Stuck in the '80s. It's how we measure the legacy of our treasured pop culture moments from our beloved decade. Today, we cover the movies from the year 1988. The decade was in its home stretch, but there are some classics that still make the rounds on cable, broad and streaming TV today.

The questions you have to ask? Is this movie still relevant? Still entertaining? Is it trapped in a time capsule (not a bad thing) or does it have a universal place in time?

Here are 20 movies that we think are just as amazing today as the day you first saw them in a cineplex.

She's Having a Baby (Feb. 5): This semi-autobiographical tale is sill one of John Hughes' most underrated masterpieces.

Biloxi Blues (March 25): Matthew Broderick was able to climb out from his Ferris Bueller shadow for this role as a soldier training for World War II.

Beetlejuice (March 30): A dark comedy masterpiece by Tim Burton. Still a no-brainer costume idea for any voyage on The 80s Cruise.

Colors (April 15): Sean Penn and Robert Duvall put faces to the gang crisis in Los Angeles – and give us the best "bull" joke of all time.

Willow (May 20): A vastly underrated fantasy classic directed by Ron Howard, with a story by George Lucas and an stellar cast including Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh and Billy Barty.

Big (June 3): We weren't entirely sure Tom Hanks would be a big Hollywood star before he became "big."

Bull Durham (June 15): Still considered possibly the best baseball movie of all time by those who have played the game. And still the best ad libbed moment by Robert Wulh.

The Great Outdoors (June 17): Aw, John Candy. So soft and paternal in this flick. But also the best movie lines ever by Dan Aykroyd.

Coming to America (June 29): Oh, Eddie Murphy. Remember when you still made funny movies? This was one of your finest. (And one of your last.)

Die Hard (July 15): It's not officially Christmas until Hans Gruber falls off the Nakatomi Tower.

A Fish Called Wanda (July 15): Don't call this movie stupid! "The imputation was totally without basis in fact, and was in no way fair comment, and was motivated purely by malice, and I deeply regret any distress that my comments may have caused you, or your family, and I hereby undertake not to repeat any such slander at any time in the future."

Midnight Run (July 20): Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin gave us perhaps the most forgotten buddy movie of the '80s with this classic. (Just don't confuse it with Midnight Express or you'll be having nightmares for years.)

Eight Men Out (Sept. 1): If you don't cry at the end when John Cusack is sitting in the stands watching his old pal Shoeless Joe play out his career anonymously, you have no soul.

They Live (Nov. 4): "Rowdy" Roddy Piper left us in 2015, but he left behind this amazing sci-fi classic. "Put the glasses on! Put 'em on!"

Scrooged (Nov. 23): Bill Murray in the spirit of the holiday? Don't buy the hype, Murray fans. Only for the final couple scenes.

Tequila Sunrise (Dec. 2): I can't stand tequila drinks, but this combination of Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell and Raúl Juliá is equally powerful.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Dec. 14): Did you know this was actually a remake? Almost word for word from 1964's Bedtime Story, where Marlon Brandon gave us his own classic "Oklahoma!" scene.

Rain Man (Dec. 16): Tom Cruise might be a tad overrated on the acting scale, but not because of this master class in the craft. Plus, we learn the most lesson of all time: "Kmart sucks."

Working Girl (Dec. 20): "I have a head for business and a body for sin. Is there anything wrong with that?"

The Accidental Tourist (Dec. 23): Maybe a tad bit unlike the other films on this list, but still one of the most critically celebrated movies of 1988 with four Academy Awards nominations.