Gizmodo Movie Night: Turn Back The Clock With These '80s Classics

It's almost the weekend, and that means you should book in another Gizmodo movie night. This week, prepare for some nostalgia as we list 15 classic movies from the decade that gave us Pac-Man, the Rubik's Cube and Big Hair.

We’ve re-jigged our existing Netflix Movie Night series, and brought in Australia’s other popular subscription video on demand services — Presto and Stan — to give you a broader selection of movies and TV shows to enjoy. On all three services, you can watch from your tablet or smartphone, on your PC or laptop, through your Smart TV, or through a media streaming dongle like the Google Chromecast, although specifics can vary.

Presto costs $10 to $15 a month depending which package you choose. Stan is a flat $10 per month, and Netflix can cost from $9 to $15 per month.

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The Last Emperor

Presto: The tumultuous life of Pu Yi, the last Chinese emperor, from his elite origins in the Forbidden City - to his forced abdication in 1912 and his return to the throne under Japanese rule.

Watch it now on Presto.

First Blood

Presto: It's action aplenty when Rambo, a Vietnam veteran skilled in the art of jungle survival, and he needs them all as he faces off against his old Green Beret commander.

Watch it now on Presto.


Presto: A Californian couple are swept up in a wave of horror after sinister spirits invade their home and kidnap their young daughter.

Watch it now on Presto.

Police Academy

Presto: As a crime wave sweeps the city and the police department suffers a shortage of officers, the mayor decrees that admission to the Police Academy will be open to any and all applicants.

Watch it now on Presto.


Presto: An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".

Watch it now on Presto.



Stan: The fate of mankind rests in the hands of a teenager (Matthew Broderick) who accidentally taps into the Defense Department's tactical computer. Dabney Coleman and Ally Sheedy co-star.

Watch it now on Stan.


Stan: Dealing with the day-to-day existence of an infantry rifle platoon of thirty guys from all walks of life, PLATOON examines the fight between good and evil in the outfit and what it was really like to be a foot soldier (grunt) in Vietnam.

Watch it now on Stan.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Stan: High school senior, Ferris Bueller, decides to cut school and is determined to experience a day of pure freedom with his girlfriend and best friend in downtown Chicago before graduating.

Watch it now on Stan.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Stan: Bill and Ted are more interested in setting up a rock band than in their studies. But if he fails his history exam, Ted will have to go to military school. A stranger comes to their aid and offers to take them on a voyage through time.

Watch it now on Stan.

Crocodile Dundee

Stan: In New York they have muggers, pushers and hookers. Australians however, are more more refined: they have lager, roos and Michael J 'Crocodile' Dundee.

Watch it now on Stan.


Coming to America

Netflix: Discontented with his pampered life, an African prince heads to America as a working-class man to find someone who will fall for him, not his riches.

Watch it now on Netflix.


Netflix: Big-city kid Ren MacCormack is stuck in a town where dancing is illegal. As he rebels against the town, Ren falls for a pastor's lovely daughter.

Watch it now on Netflix.

Rain Man

Netflix: A fast-talking yuppie is forced to slow down when hemeets the brother he never knew he had, an unusually gifted austistic savant named Raymond.

Watch it now on Netflix.


Netflix: Al Pacino stars as Cuban refugee Tony Montana, who becomes a FLorida drug kingpin but makes the fatal mistake of getting high on his own supply.

Watch it now on Netflix.

The Terminator

Netflix: In the post-apocalyptic future, tyrannical machines teleport a cyborg to 1984 to kill a woman whose unborn son is destined to lead the human rebels.

Watch it now on Netflix.

Disclosure: Stan is a 50/50 joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media. Allure Media, the company which publishes Gizmodo Australia, is also owned by Fairfax.

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