If you lived through the 80s, chances are you watched your fair share of movies. Not only was it the decade of big hair and shoulder pads, but it was also the prime time of some iconic movie stars such as Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy, who were on top of their game during this time. Whether you were born in that decade or not, there are probably a few things about the 80s movies that you didn’t know! Read on to find out more facts about 80s movies!
1) 80s movies were more violent
In 1984, there were a whopping 61 incidents of on-screen violence in movies like Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Beverly Hills Cop and Romancing The Stone. By 1991, that number had dropped to 27. What’s behind such a big decline? A lot of it has to do with Motion Picture Association of America ratings systems.
2) 80s movies had more memorable scenes
Think about your favorite movies from the 1980s. Chances are, you have a lot of memorable scenes from these films that instantly come to mind. Try doing that with your favorite movies from other decades, and you’ll notice there are more modern films that tend to be more plot-driven than those in previous decades.
3) Scenes from 80s movies are used in today’s media
People love nostalgia. This is why you’ll see more references to 80s movies today than ever before, including in today’s television shows and commercials.
4) Women played key roles in most 80s movies
In an industry that’s long been dominated by men, women have historically played key roles in many of our favorite movies from the 1980s. And we’re not just talking about actresses. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that several iconic movies were directed by women. Remember these directors?
5) The dialogue was real
In order to capture authentic-sounding conversation, directors would often just let actors improvise with one another. Many of your favorite lines, including Blaine’s You’re singing in a duet with me! from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and I’m making with my mouth because I’m talking to you. If I didn’t talk to you, I wouldn’t be making with my mouth.
6) 1980s movie posters looked nothing like they do today
If you had to guess what movie posters looked like in the 1980s, chances are you wouldn’t picture anything close to what they actually were. There wasn’t a lot of glitz and glamor back then, with studios still using text-heavy print ads and studio logos that dwarfed their tiny, minimal film posters.