CNN’s The Movies: Episode 1 - The Eighties

Whether to escape from the Great Depression, marvel at a world far, far away or be transported to a world filled with Muggles and magic, movies are an inescapable part of our culture. Through the lens of cinema, we can look back on decades of our society’s culture and beliefs and possibly catch a glimpse of where we are going.

The CNN Original Series "The Movies" is an extension of the very successful “Decades” series produced by Tom Hanks’ Playtone Pictures and Herzog & Co. Over its 6 episode run, The Movies will give new insights and behind the scenes glimpses into some of the most beloved and influential films from the dawn of cinema to present day.

In the first episode, The Eighties, stars like Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Eddie Murphy explode on the screen. Aliens, time travelers, ghosts and road warriors share the cineplex with troubled teens, battered boxers, classical composers and career girls.

  • Raging Bull
  • The Elephant Man
  • Coal Miner's Daughter
  • Cruising
  • Ordinary People
  • The Shining
  • Heaven's Gate
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Airplane!
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Nine to Five
  • Caddyshack
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Escape from New York
  • Mad Max 2
  • Reds
  • Ragtime
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • Chariots of Fire
  • On Golden Pond
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • The Verdict
  • Gandhi
  • Blade Runner
  • Poltergeist
  • Sophie's Choice
  • Diner
  • Tootsie
  • The King of Comedy
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Rocky III
  • 48 Hrs.
  • First Blood
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • The Big Chill
  • Terms of Endearment
  • Zelig
  • The Right Stuff
  • Scarface
  • Flashdance
  • Trading Places
  • Risky Business
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Silkwood
  • National Lampoon's Vacation
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Ghostbusters
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • The Natural
  • Purple Rain
  • Gremlins
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Splash
  • Police Academy
  • Footloose
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Amadeus
  • The Terminator
  • Broadway Danny Rose
  • Blood Simple
  • Missing in Action
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • The Killing Fields
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • A Soldier's Story
  • The Woman in Red
  • Back to the Future
  • Brazil
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • The Goonies
  • Witness
  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Spies Like Us
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II
  • Rocky IV
  • Commando
  • Out of Africa
  • Aliens
  • Platoon
  • Top Gun
  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  • Stand by Me
  • Crocodile Dundee
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • ¡Three Amigos!
  • Blue Velvet
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Hoosiers
  • The Color of Money
  • The Princess Bride
  • Fatal Attraction
  • RoboCop
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Wall Street
  • Raising Arizona
  • 3 Men and a Baby
  • Dirty Dancing