A permanent wave of 80s nostalgia seems to have invaded our culture in recent years. Whether on TV or in movies, the legacy of the glorious decade continues to captivate us in new and exciting ways. stranger things is now in its fourth season. Top Gun: Maverick caused a new wave of mustaches and aviators across the country. Cobra Kai made us think back to the much simpler era of wax-on, wax-off.



From its vivid neon-soaked aesthetic to the truly timeless stories and characters that emerged from it, the 80s will continue to intrigue and provoke us (until the turn of the 90s). In the spirit of the ’80s resurgence in a streaming-centric world, here are eight more ’80s movies we think should be made into series.

8 Raging Bull (1980)

Scorsese’s masterpiece angry bull is not so much a sports movie as a character study of a man as insecure as he is menacing. The story follows legendary boxer Jake LaMotta on his rise to fame, vying for the middleweight crown and the heart of a Bronx girl. De Niro as LaMotta is rough around the edges, driven by fear as well as ambition; this results in outbursts of jealousy towards his wife, Vickie, as much as in the boxing ring. Although angry bull Still stands as one of the best biopics of all time, perfect in every way imaginable, perhaps a series could take the time to psychologically construct and deconstruct LaMotta’s character. In what other world could LaMotta have been more of a “competitor” — not just in the eyes of the world, but in his own?

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seven Running on Empty (1988)

This late-career Lumet gem follows the Pope family, a group of fugitives who have been on the run for their children’s entire lives. River Phoenix, in a role that saw him nominated for Best Supporting Actor, plays conflicted teenager Danny, who longs to escape the family’s transient lifestyle while harboring a deep-seated fear of no longer never see them again. We follow Danny amid family puzzles, as he adjusts to the small-town lifestyle and develops a relationship with one of his classmates, Lorna. Due to the nature of Pope’s circumstances, nothing about this film is ever predictable, and even his resolve seems open and ripe for quick change. A series would allow us to see exactly where Danny ends up and if he is ever able to fully come to terms with the reality his parents brought him into. In the meantime, how would today’s technology affect the status of the Pope?


6 Big (1988)

1988 Penny Marshall comedy Big famously saw Tom Hanks as a 13-year-old adult, pouring caviar and dancing to gigantic keyboards with his boss. Although the film is a generally light-hearted tale, with the perfect blend of comedic and fantastical elements, it treads on darker territory about adolescence and the true meaning of adulthood and responsibility. With that in mind, it would be pretty interesting to see what Hanks’ journey portends to his real future – how did his adventures as an oversized thirteen-year-old affect who he became? Moreover, it is perhaps the occasion to deepen the strangeness of the premise of the film. After all, Big was originally intended to be a horror film starring Robert De Niro. Even if, today, it is difficult to imagine Big as anything other than a comedy, there’s certainly more territory to explore genre-wise, particularly in relation to which actor is ready enough to take on the role of Hanks (although De Niro may no longer be a appropriate option).


5 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Matthew Broderick plays an insatiably cool guy in this teen classic from John Hughes. Not only is Ferris Bueller sleek, handsome, and unmistakably handsome, he’s also probably a genius – he’s able to unflinchingly hack into his school’s attendance system, as well as manipulate everyone around him into the highest state of worship. Even Principal Rooney’s assistant admits that Ferris is “very popular. Sportsmen, bikers, geeks, bitches, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, assholes – they all love him.” But where does Ferris’ antics take him beyond the hallowed halls of Glenbrook North High School? Does the movie’s “real” guy, Mr. Cameron Fry, still put up with it when the mischief gets old? It might be something of a profanity to subvert the Ferris Bueller mythology, but if there’s one character we’ve been dying to see in a reality check, Ferris is definitely a prime candidate. The movie had a short-lived 13-episode run in 1990, but we’re looking for something a little more exploratory.


4 Commercial Places (1983)

by John Landis Stock exchanges is easily one of the smartest comedies of the decade, perhaps even in contemporary cinema. In the film, upper-class broker Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and street hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) “swap places” after Winthorpe was framed for a crime he didn’t did not commit. The rest is comic history. Simply, a remake of the film would likely be redundant and uninspired, considering how much Landis nailed it the first time around. However, a modern reworking of that premise, in the form of a limited series (or, if bold enough, a reality series) could make for some hilarious material. This is especially true considering that, despite its brilliance, some parts of the film have undeniably become a bit outdated.


3 Beetle Juice (1988)

Although a sequel to the horror-comedy classic is already in the works, a series of retaliation could also be an exciting next step for this beloved Tim Burton film. It would be fascinating to see how Burton’s unique talents could be brought to bear in the television world, as well as those of the film’s composer, Danny Elfman. A short-lived animated series of the same name aired for two years after the film’s release, but it never quite got the love it deserved. Due to the resurgence of adult cartoons, as well as many fantasy sitcoms like What we do in the shadowsthere are many attractive directions a beetle juice series could take.

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2 Risky Business (1983)

by Paul Brickman Risky business is definitely one of the most risque teen comedies of the 80s. With its R rating and strong themes surrounding sex and sex work, the film is definitely not your ordinary romantic comedy where teenagers do more or less what is expected of them. On the contrary, Tom Cruise’s character, Joel, essentially sets up a brothel in his house after crashing his father’s Porsche. Although Risky business was way ahead of its time in its discussion of topics that might have been considered taboo at the time, a modern revisit could still be beneficial, especially for today’s viewers. How do we portray and discuss these topics differently in 2022? Let’s just hope this time there won’t be any TikTok dancing to “Old Time Rock and Roll.”


1 The Thing (1982)

John Carpenter’s Viscerally Horrifying Movie The thing has achieved cult classic status over the years, with its macabre aesthetic and timeless haunting premise. A prequel to the film, starring Joel Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, was attempted in 2011 to very mixed reviews. Critics and viewers alike seemed to agree that the film’s new technical effects did nothing to compensate for the feeling of paranoia and anxiety lost from the original film. A series around The thing could allow for a resurgence of that paranoid horror we so missed, as well as an exploration of the creature’s mythology. What might its iterations look like in the modern world, and how might we respond to it differently?

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