It all started simply enough. In an attempt to breakup the monotony of the work day, four friends would periodically quiz each other with film-related queries like “Top 5 Bill Murray Movies. Go.” (Extremely difficult) and “Top 5 Brad Pitt movies” (not so much). After months of plowing through one actor after another (and even an actress or two), the question was posed …. “Top 5 80s Movies. Go.”

The only problem was the task was too difficult. Do you choose blockbusters like Ghostbusters or Back to the Future? Classics like Raging Bull? What about quintessential 80s films like Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Fast Times at Ridgemont High? And these questions are just scratching the surface.

Despite the fact that three of us weren’t even born until the 1980s, numerous films made during that decade hold a place dear to our hearts. That much was clearly evident from the heated email discussion that took place as a result of one simple question.

Suddenly, work was pushed aside and fittingly for four friends who over-do just about everything, this project was born. The premise seems simple enough. But the task is likely to result in the loss of jobs and possibly even friendships.

It will most likely take months, even quite possibly years, but after weeks of negotiations, under the table dealings and one or two slapfights, we have selected 129 movies and created the ultimate battle royale to determine the top movie from the 1980s.

One-by-one, the top movies of the 1980s will face off against one another in a single-elimination format until one film is crowned champion of the decade.

As for the four friends that will be judge and jury for this unprecedented task, about the only thing common among them is their genitalia. With a wide variance in age, experience, ideals and cinematic tastes, the four of us are no different from your ordinary movie crowd. (Well, with the exception that one of us doesn’t go to the theatre because he is old and ornery and another has an unfounded fear of teenager ushers ….)

But instead of detailed descriptions of each of us, probably the most apt description you could get that is relevant to the task at hand is how we went about selecting the 129 movies that made the bracket. What follows is each individual’s top four selections for #1 seeds, the last five movies they put in the bracket (got to have that play-in game … Thanks NCAA), and other information gleaned from the selection process:

Dr. Peter Venkman:

Top seeds: Ghostbusters, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Breakfast Club, Back to the Future

Last five in: Gandhi, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Muppets Take Manhattan, Purple Rain (R.I.P.) and Less than Zero

Vastly Overrated: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure as a 5 seed

Wildly Underrated: Muppets take Manhattan as a 32 seed

Fought valiantly for the inclusion of: Akira.


Top four seeds: Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller, Top Gun

Last five in: Naked Gun, Return to Oz, Running Man, Uncle Buck, Officer and a Gentleman

Vastly Overrated: Batman as a 4 seed, Three Amigos as a 9 seed

Wildly Underrated: Lethal Weapon as a 31 seed

Fought valiantly for the inclusion of: Three Amigos


Top four seeds: Say Anything, Ghostbusters, Ferris Bueller, Breakfast Club

Last five in: Do the Right Thing, Sex,Lies and Videotape, Miller’s Crossing, Akira, Das Boot

Vastly Overrated: Robocop as a 5 seed

Wildly Underrated: Amadeus as a 31 seed

Fought for the inclusion of: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Uncle Buck


Top four seeds: Breakfast Club, Vacation, Ferris Bueller, Ghostbusters

Last five in: Porky’s, Nightmare on Elm Street, Flight of the Navigator, Naked Gun, Running Man

Vastly overrated: Stand by Me as a 6 seed

Wildly Underrated: Friday the 13th as a 29 seed

Fought valiantly for the inclusion of: Cinema Paradiso, Das Boot


2 Responses to “About”

  1. Dr. Peter Venkman Says:

    I’d like to add that this is obviously completely subjective. Anyone that reads this and has an issue about any movies in the bracket can do their own bracket and invite us to their blog to bitch and moan.

  2. knowledgetoday Says:

    I love your site. Keep it up !

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