Besides Reaganomics, leg warmers and big hair, the 1980s also produced a lot of great (read: cheesy fun!) movies. The trend to remake, update or sequelize them continues with Total Recall this summer and Red Dawn in November. Here is a look at some of the most notable of the recent past.
21 Jump Street
The movie nobody wanted or believed in based on the TV show that launched Johnny Depp's career turned out to be an exercise in hilarity thanks to a tight, clever script by writer and star Jonah Hill. Channing Tatum as his partner held his own too, and the movie hit with audiences, big time.
Clash of the Titans
The original 1981 Ray Harryhausen stop-motion camp classic starred Harry Hamlin as Perseus and Laurence Olivier as Zeus. The 2010 remake had Sam Worthington shedding his blue Avatar skin for a sword and sandals, and returning in 2012 for sequel Wrath of the Titans.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Robert Englund is best known for originating the iconic horror character of Freddy Krueger in the 1984 movie that also starred an unknown Johnny Depp in his first movie role. Jackie Earle Haley put on the famous glove, hat and sweater for the 2010 remake. Whatever you do, don't fall asleep...
The Karate Kid
People loved the original 1984 version so much that it was a surprise to hear when it was going to be redone with Will Smith's son Jaden in the lead role once embodied by Ralph Macchio. But it turned out to be surprisingly successful at the box office, becoming one of the highest grossing movies of 2010.
Based on the successful 80's TV series, the action-packed 2010 movie had a lot of nods to the orginal show including B.A. Baracus's famous mohawk and Hannibal's love of cigars. They even had the red and black van in the movie (briefly!).
While not a sequel or a remake, this 2010 installment in the Predator franchise is all about the Predators' planet and them hunting down humans including Adrien Brody and Topher Grace. While not exactly Ah-nold Schwarzenegger, these characters all have their reasons for why they are on this new, dangerous world.
Whether it's a remake of the Roger Corman original or the 1981, James Cameron-directed sequel, the 2010 installment came to us in glorious 3D with all of the campiness and blood needed to please the franchise's fans. Next up, the campy sequel: Piranha 3DD starring another '80s classic, David Hasselhoff.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
A mere 23 years after the original, Gordon Gekko was back after serving 8 years in prison for his illegal activities from the first movie, and now dealing with an estranged daughter and her fiance, played by Shia LaBeouf. Is greed still good?
"The Dude" Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Kevin Flynn in this sci-fi sequel 28 years after the first Tron in 1982. This time around, his son enters the Grid looking for his missing father.
"Let's hear it for the boy!" The "boy" being Kenny Wormald who has big (dancing) shoes to fill in the character of Ren MacCormack, originally played by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original. Julianne Hough takes on the role of Ariel Moore, originally played by Lori Singer.
John Carpenter's The Thing got the big screen update in 2011 with a prequel to the 1982 classic starring Kurt Russell. This time, Joel Edgerton takes on the role of the helicopter pilot who discovers that strange things are afoot in the Antarctic circle.
Those little blue creatures from the 80's TV cartoon got computerized in this 2011 family film, also starring a live-action Hank Azaria as the evil wizard Gargamel.
Colin Farrell takes on the role once played by Chris Sarandon of a vampire who moves in next door to a teenager who figures out his real identity. Long before the Twilight kids came along, this original 1985 comedy/horror movie had 'em screaming and laughing at the cineplex.
If there are any left, which '80s movies would you like to see remade? Leave a comment below and let us know!