The best Presto 80s movies to watch now
Big hair, shoulder pads and powder blue suits: It’s the 80s movie roundup on Presto, which you can access for free with a subscription.
There’s something about the 80s that keeps us coming back for more. Whether it’s the first influx of mainstream Sci-Fi, classic rom-coms or Hollywood’s fledgling attempts at themes of feminism and urban professionalism, the over-the-top style never fails to impress. They are oldies, but goodies - and we've selected our faves for your nostalgic viewing pleasure. Want all the TV shows and movies? You can get a free trial with each of the streaming internet tv providers below:
A sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and always heartwarming, Beaches is the tale of the unshakeable bond of friendship between two women over the course of their lives. Starring the inimitable Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey in one of the most iconic movies of the decade. Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes IMDB rating: 6.7 Awards: Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy (1989).
Classic 80s Sci-Fi goodness set in a dystopian future. A detroit policeman gets blown-apart on the job only to have his physical body morphed back together and his human consciousness reinstalled. He is an unstoppable crime fighter, but remains haunted by his memories of his past life. Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes "] IMDB rating: 7.5 Awards: Academy Award: Special Achievement for Sound Effect Editing(1988).
The Lost Boys
Before Twilight there was this 80s vampire movie starring 80s heartthrobs the Coreys (Corey Feldman and Corey Haim). Similar to the Twilight story (only Bella is a girl), after the new kids befriends a bunch of vampires (unbeknownst to him) another boy and his friends must work to rescue him before he to is turned. Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes IMDB rating: 7.2 Awards: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Best Horror Film, Young Artist Award: Best Young Actor in a Horror Motion Picture (Corey Feldman).
Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman team up for this career defining, multi-award winning poignant tale about two brothers who could not be more different bonding over a cross-country trip in the wake of their father's death. Runtime: 2 hours 13 minutes IMDB rating: 8 Awards: Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Writing, and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (1988) + 23 more awards.
3 men and a Baby
A trio of successful Manhattan bachelors need to reevaluate their priorities when a baby turns up on their doorstep. Starring three of the decade’s comic geniuses: Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and Steve Guttenburg, this one is light, funny and perfect for a trip down movie-memory lane. Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes IMDB rating: 5.8 Awards: ASCAP Film and Television Music Award (1988), People’s Choice Award for Favourite Comedy Motion Picture (1988).
A man meets a woman and falls for her not realising she is actually a mermaid who saved him from drowning when he was a child. Starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah and John Candy under the direction of Ron Howard, Splash is a quirky, sweet and touching tale of finding true love in the most unexpected places. Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes IMDB rating: 6.2 Awards: Saturn Award for Best Actress (1985), National Society of Film Critics Award for best screenplay (1985).
A heartwarming story about friendship and lives intertwined set around a beauty parlour in the Deep South of America. Starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MaClaine, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah and Olympia Dukakis. Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes IMDB rating: 7.2 Awards: Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting role (1989), People’s Choice Award for Favorite dramatic Motion Pictures (1989).
One of those classic 80s films that’s up there with 16 Candles and The Breakfast Club, Footloose is a Romeo and Juliet story that follows a new kid in town who just wants to dance only to find it is prohibited by the local preacher. And, naturally, the minister has a daughter whom this guy just happens to fall for. Runtime: 1 hour 12 minutes IMDB rating: 6.4 Awards: ShoWest Convention USA: Breakthrough Performer of the Year