Skip to main content

Qwil Movie Guide: The Best Movies From the 80s

When we think of the 80s, a few things come to mind, shoulder pads, big hair, and neon leg warmers. However, this decade contributed iconic moments to pop culture and was an era for incredible classic movies that shifted the film industry. Here, we have rounded up the classics in this month’s Qwil Movie Guide, so you can relive the 80s anytime you want! Hurry to Qwil’s Screening room to binge the best 80s films.

Best Movies From the 80s

The Color Purple

The Color Purple is a cultural touchpoint for black female self-love. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by AliceWalker, portrays a Southern black woman sold into a life of servitude to her awful husband. On top of the deeply emotional script, there is an even better lineup including Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and more. A film about a woman’s search for empowerment and self-worth after living through abuse and racism.

The Breakfast Club 

The Breakfast Club is a classic and if you haven’t seen it go and watch it, If you have seen it already, watch it again! A story of five high schoolers who spend a Saturday in detention and they find out they have a lot more in common than they thought.  After their adventures during the nine hours, by the end of their day, the group has a few different opinions on themselves and the others. But, when all is said and done, they will always be the Breakfast Club. Good news on Friday, April 10th The Breakfast Club will now be streaming on Netflix.

Best Movies From the 80s

Dirty Dancing 

A 1987 American romantic drama dance film is perfect for a movie night with your love or a girl’s night with some ice cream included. A guilty pleasure for many with entertaining dance routines and summer nights at camp scenes. Dirty Dancing is a love story between “Baby” who spends her summer at a resort in the Catskills with her parents and meets the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny. I bet you can tell where this ends. Our favorite part is the final dance scene to “Time of My Life”.

Rain Man 

Rain Man is a quirky dramatic comedy directed by Barry Levinson. This road-trip film about an autistic intellect and his self-involved brother, their journey, and then their fragile redemption with lead actors, Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. Levinson’s Oscar-winning hit was one of the first on-screen depictions of autism, damaging stereotypes and during the time a substantial win for the Autistic community. An inspiring story available on Netflix now!

Best Movies From the 80s

Do you not know what movie to watch next? Our 80s Movie guide is here to help you pick your next film. For more Qwil Movie Guides, check out our other blog posts to always know what to watch. To learn more about Qwil’s amenities go to,