For many readers of this site, reminiscing about the 80s means reflecting on our childhood: hazy recollections of a long-past, treasured time of innocence and imagination. Sure, we may tend to look back on our younger days through rose-tinted glasses, and none of us were without our share of troubles in those early years, but even so, that formative time stays with us and retains a sense of real magic and wonder.
It’s a good thing, then, that the 80s was such a great time for family movies. Rose-tinted glasses be damned, the decade produced a number of indisputable masterpieces that have truly stood the test of time, which similar family-oriented movies still aspire to all these years later. That’s not to say the 80s didn’t also see plenty of subpar pretenders imitating the success of others, but even those pale facsimiles tended to have a certain charm.
As for just who such pretenders set out to imitate: that would of course be Hollywood’s two golden boys of the era, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The 70s saw those filmmakers seize the limelight with their groundbreaking blockbusters Jaws and Star Wars, and the 80s saw them at the height of their powers. Spielberg arguably wielded the greater power given that Lucas opted to step back from directing, but between the two of them they produced many of the most notable family-friendly hits of the decade – and even those that they weren’t involved in tended to follow their example.
Which of the 80s classics below brings back the fondest memories of your own childhood days? Let us know by voting up your favourites, and if you think of any we’ve missed feel free to add them at the bottom of the screen.