Lost Classics: Must-Watch Movies From the 1980s You Might Have Missed

By Sophia Maddox | April 3, 2024

Dune

Step into the lesser-known realms of 1980s cinema, where amidst the towering blockbusters and celebrated classics, lie hidden treasures waiting to be unearthed. Beyond the spotlight of mainstream attention, these overlooked masterpieces offer a unique journey through the diverse landscape of filmmaking in the era. From forgotten comedies to underrated dramas, join us as we rediscover the richness and diversity of storytelling that defined the cinematic landscape of the 1980s. Let's reignite the appreciation for these overlooked gems and celebrate the artistry of a bygone era.

test article image
Universal Pictures

Long before Timothy Chalamet and Zendaya were even thoughts in their parent’s heads, David Lynch tackled "Dune". Adapted from Frank Herbert's novel “Dune” is a science fiction epic, set in a distant future where noble families vie for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the story follows young Paul Atreides (Lynch mainstay Kyle MacLachlan) as he becomes embroiled in a complex power struggle involving politics, religion, and ecology. With its expansive world-building, intricate plot, and striking visuals, "Dune" transports viewers to a universe of intricate politics and mysticism. Despite its initial mixed reception, the film has gained a cult following over the years for its ambitious scope and Lynch's distinctive visual style, making it a landmark of 1980s sci-fi cinema.

Howard the Duck

test article image
Universal Pictures

The first movie made by Marvel, "Howard the Duck" is a science fiction comedy film directed by Willard Huyck, based on the titular Marvel Comics character. The story follows Howard, an anthropomorphic duck from a parallel universe, who is accidentally transported to Earth. Stranded in Cleveland, Ohio, Howard befriends
a musician named Beverly Switzler, portrayed by Lea Thompson, and together they navigate the strange and wacky world of 1980s Earth. Through its blend of humor,
adventure, and campy special effects, "Howard the Duck" offers a quirky and offbeat take on the superhero genre, earning both a cult following and a reputation as a cult classic