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

By Sophia Maddox | May 1, 2024

Valley Girl

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.

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Atlantic Releasing

A true time capsule of the 1980’s, "Valley Girl" is a romantic comedy directed by Martha Coolidge. The story follows Julie Richman, portrayed by Deborah Foreman, a typical "Valley Girl" from the San Fernando Valley who falls in love with
Randy, played by Nicolas Cage, a rebellious punk from Hollywood. Despite their differences and the disapproval of Julie's friends and ex-boyfriend, the couple embarks on a whirlwind romance. Through its vibrant 1980s setting, catchy soundtrack, and themes of love and social class, "Valley Girl" captures the spirit of teenage rebellion and the clash of cultures in a lighthearted and charming manner.

Howard the Duck

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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