The 1980’s was an interesting year for Disney fans,, with lots of great animated classics, along with lots of live action movies, all of which people have grown up with. Many of these classic movies are available to stream on Disney+, so if you are after a little throwback to the 1980’s, this list should give you an idea of what’s available.
Here are our top picks for some of the best movie from the 1980’s
The Black Cauldron
Taran and his friends embark on an adventurous journey to find the black cauldron that has the power to create a giant army of unstoppable soldiers. However, they must face the evil Horned King.
The Great Mouse Detective
When Hiram, a toymaker, is kidnapped, Basil, a detective, takes up the case as he realises the kidnapper is none other his nemesis, Professor Ratigan.
Oliver and Company
When Oliver is lost in New York City, he meets lazy mongrel Dodger who helps him steal food from local vendors. However, Oliver’s life changes when he meets the rich Jenny.
Scrooge McDuck finds his hands full at home when nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie move to Duckburg. Joined by their loyal pals Launchpad McQuack, Gyro Gearloose and Mrs. Beakley, the DuckTales gang never fails to deliver a wealth of adventure. Get ready for a fortune of fun with DuckTales!
Sultan and the Rockstar
A teenager rock singer flees his dominating manager and finds himself on the island fortress of a ruthless millionaire. The youth befriends Sultan, a 400- pound bengal tiger, that the millionaire intends to pursue as his quarry in a murderous hunt.
Star Wars – Empire Strikes Back
The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Luke Skywalker attempts to bring his father back to the light side of the Force. At the same time, the rebels hatch a plan to destroy the second Death Star.
The web slinging superhero battles crime in New York City in this classic animated series from the early 1980’s and sees him take on classic villains including Kingpin, the Vulture, the Green Goblin, the Sandman, and Dr. Octopus.
As Kevin Flynn searches for proof that he invented a hit video game, he is ‘digitalized’ by a laser and finds himself inside ‘The Grid’, where programs suffer under the tyrannical rule of the Master Control Program (MCP). With the help of a security program called ‘TRON’, Flynn seeks to free The Grid from the MCP.
The Journey of Natty Gann
Warm-hearted family tale of a girl’s cross-country trek to find her father, set during the bleak days of the Depression in America. When her father goes to work in the Pacific Northwest, the brave youngster sets out on the long journey from Chicago to join him. En route she is befriended by a wolf, which becomes a protective travelling companion.
Return to Oz
Back in Kansas, Dorothy is rescued from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl. Soon, she finds herself back in Oz to fight a vain witch and an evil king intent on destroying the land.
Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Join the world’s sweetest heroes for high adventure in a mystical land of giants and wizards, ogres and dragons, and wondrous creatures both good and evil. Meet Gruffi, Zummi, Cubbi, Grammi, Tummi, Sunni, and all the legendary Gummis as they laugh, play, foil dastardly plots, and fight for what’s right.
Flight of the Navigator
12-year-old David is accidentally knocked out in the forest near his home, but when he awakens eight years have passed. His family is overjoyed to have him back, but is just as perplexed as he is that he hasn’t aged. When a NASA scientist discovers a UFO nearby, David gets the chance to unravel the mystery and recover the life he lost.
When most people think of Lucasfilm, they think Star Wars, but this classic 80’s adventure movie is worth checking out. Fearful of a prophecy stating that a girl child will be born to bring about her downfall, the evil Queen Bavmorda imprisons all pregnant women within the formidable stronghold of Nockmaar. A child, Elora Danan, is born in the Nockmaar dungeons and identified as the prophesied child by a birthmark on her arm. However, before the black sorceress arrives to claim the child, Elora’s mother convinces her reluctant midwife to escape with the baby. Willow, a timid farmer and aspiring sorcerer, is entrusted with delivering the royal infant from evil.
Fuzzbucket is a 1986 American made-for-television adventure film written and directed by Mick Garris starring Chris Hebert as a young Michael Gerber and Phil Fondacaro as his invisible friend, Fuzzbucket.
Three Men and a Baby
Jack Holden and his friends, Peter and Michael, spend most of their time having flings with several women in their apartment. Their life changes when a mysterious baby appears at their doorstep.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
A classic movie from the 80’s that took the idea of live action and animated characters to a different level, as Roger Rabbit is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect. This movie broke the rules and still stands up today as one of the best comedy movies from Disney.
The Little Mermaid
This is one of the most popular animated movies that kicked off the Disney Renaissance of great movies and it includes some fantastic iconic songs that you can sing along with. This colorful adventure tells the story of an impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the very human Prince Eric and puts everything on the line for the chance to be with him. Memorable songs and characters — including the villainous sea witch Ursula.
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
A classic family comedy from the 1980’s, Honey I Shrunk The Kids tells the story of a scientist father who accidentally shrinks his two children and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Which results in the teens fighting diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.
Turner & Hooch
Scott Turner has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to a bigger city to get some ‘real’ cases—not just misdemeanors. When Amos Reed is murdered, Scott sets himself on the case, but the closest thing to a witness to the murder is Reed’s dog, Hooch, which Scott has to take care of—to avoid Hooch being ‘put to sleep’.
The Princess Bride
In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can’t stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.
What movie from the 1980’s are you going to watch next on Disney+ ?