Aliens is the best film ever. It was made in the 80s. There have been sequels but they where not as good :S
There has to be a 'proper' sequel to aliens. ie all action.
Alien and Aliens are both great movies for slightly different reasons, and I don't think I could really rank the two. Aliens is definitely what I was thinking of when I said "action movies about capitalism and feminism," though.
Blues Brothers - 1980 Ghostbusters -1984 Platoon - 1986 Full Metal Jacket - 1987 Lethal Weapon - 1987 (NOT a Christmas film) The Lost Boys - 1987 The Goonies - 1985 The Shining - 1980 Nightmare on Elm Street Blade Runner - (cited as being the first film in which Harrison Ford had to actually act) Dirty Dancing Friday 13th (inspired a franchise that still runs)
80s movies had the best posters imo. All unique and perfect to hang on your wall, even bad movies! Frankly bad movies back then are better than now. (e.g Hard Ticket To Hawaii)
What I like about 80s movies (other than how many of them had political messages I like) is the pacing. A lot of movies now feel very compressed, like they're afraid the audience will get bored if they actually let the scenes breathe a little. 80s movies generally aren't slow-paced; they're efficient, just not hyper-fixated on getting from point to point as quickly as possible.