When it come to big budget films, kids these days have a grand choice of effects laiden blockbusters featuring lightsabers and Marvel heroes, among many others…

During our childhoods we too weren’t short of some brilliant films to watch, and below we’ve selected 10 of our very favourites, ones that are guaranteed to take you right back to your childhood. How many of these films do you remember watching when you were a kid? Which was your favourite? And which film can you not believe that we haven’t included?

1. Big

Big of course starred Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who has his wish ‘to be big’ granted overnight. Who doesn’t think of the scene in the toy shop every time they see one of those giant pianos?

2. Back To The Future

We don’t know about you, but the Back to the Future trilogy was a massive part of our youth. From the classic original film, to the futuristic (at least at the time) antics of the sequel, culminating with a wild (west) ride in the third and final film, Marty and Doc’s adventures thrilled us from start to finish.


3. Honey I Shrunk The Kids

We can’t write about Honey I Shrunk the Kids for long, because as soon as we start remembering the scene where the ant dies, we’re liable to break down into floods of tears again!


4. Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters was an absolute phenomenon, making $13.6 million on its opening weekend and $23 million in its first week, which set studio records at the time. And every time we need a bit of comedy ghost action in our lives, we know exactly who to call…


5. Labyrinth

Labyrinth is a classic musical fantasy film that we know many of you love, especially for its classic songs and brilliant performance by the late legend that is Mr Bowie.


6. Home Alone

Home Alone is a massively important film for many of us, and as Christmas draws closer (really, it’s three months away!) it’s one of the films that most gets us in the mood for the festive season.


7. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. was the highest grossing film of the 1980s, opening with a massive $11 million and staying at the top of the box office for 6 weeks. It eventually made $359 million in North America and $619 million worldwide, with Steven Spielberg earning a whopping $500,000 a day from his share of the profits.


8. The Karate Kid

Starring the gorgeous Ralph Macchio Jr as Daniel LaRusso, The Karate Kid had as acting our our best Karate moves on our unsuspecting younger siblings!


9. The NeverEnding Story

Again, we can’t think about The NeverEnding Story for too long, as the image of Artax the horse slowly sink into the swamp is likely to uncover some repressed childhood trauma and send us into a breakdown.


10. Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark was the fifth highest grossing film of the 1980s, but did you know that it was made with a budget of only $18 million? Not only that, but it originally only opened at number 14 in the US.


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