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80s Films on Netflix UK

This article contains a list of the best 80s films currently on Netflix UK. Some of the films featured here also appear in our 50 Best Films of The 80s list. You’ll find a wide range of 80s films on Netflix from comedy classics all the way to horror films.

How much is Netflix in the United Kingdom?

Netflix has three subscription models in the UK, basic, standard and premium. All 3 options give you access to the full Netflix library. The main difference between the models lies in the video quality and the number of people who can stream video at the same time. 

The Basic subscription costs £6.99 per calendar month, streams video at 480p and only allows one person at a time to stream video. 

The Standard Model costs £10.99 per calendar month and allows two people to stream 1080p video at the same time. 

The premium model costs £15.99 per calendar month and allows four people to watch on four separate devices at the same time. The premium model offers the best quality video at 4k HDR, but might not be worth it if you don’t have a 4k-ready TV.

What 80s films are on Netflix?

There aren’t too many 80s films on Netflix now, but here are some of the most well-regarded ones: 

  • Airplane
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Halloween II
  • Halloween III
  • Monty Pythons The Meaning of Life
  • Prisoners of the Lost Universe
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Labyrinth
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Dirty Dancing
  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Airplane! (1980)

Airplane is a film where shit literally hits the fan. This parody film is arguably one of the funniest of all time. The story follows a retired airplane pilot who is forced to fly a plane because the vast majority of the crew and passengers come down with food poisoning. 

Airplanes runtime is 1h 28m, the perfect hilarious way to spend an evening.

Blue Lagoon (1980)

If romance with an 80s vibe is more your cup of tea Blue Lagoon is the right film for you. This classic currently streaming on Netflix stars Brooke Shield and Christopher Atkins as they try to survive shipwrecked on a deserted island. 

Blue Lagoons’ runtime sits at a modest 1 hour 45 minutes.

Halloween II (1981)

Halloween II is a direct sequel to Halloween (1978), the film was directed by Rick Rosenthal and stars Jamie Lee-Curtis. This slasher had a modest budget and more than made it up in the box office. Even though it is considered a success in the box office, overall Halloween II had mixed reviews only scoring 63% on the Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score.

Halloween II is quite gruesome and deserves a gore warning. 

Halloween II has a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

Similar to Halloween II Halloween III: Season of the Witch suffers from ‘remake fatigue’. This film is hailed as the worst from the Halloween franchise with a 27% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Halloween III suffers from bad pacing, SFX and not having the franchise’s main killer Michael Myers. The film surprisingly made back its budget but did not make back anywhere near as much as its predecessors. 

Halloween III: Season of the Witch runtime is 1 hour and 38 minutes. 

Monty Python’s the Meaning of Life (1983)

Monty Python are kings of comedy, they use clever jokes and slapstick comedy to induce their audience into side-splitting laughter. The film does what it says on the tin, and explores the meaning of life with musical comedy genius.

The Meaning of Life won a few awards including but not limited to the Grand Jury Prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, it was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, however it lost to a song from An Officer and a Gentleman (1982).

The Meaning of Life has a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes.

Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983)

If you like parallel universes and general sci-fi craziness Prisoners of the Lost Universe is the film for you. Until writing this post I’d never heard of this film, however, its plot sounds great! A scientist, his friend and a TV personality are experimenting with an invention. 

The invention transports them to Vonya, a parallel universe they have to deal with a number of villains and have to escape back to their own world. 

This film has a run time of 1 hour and 34 minutes.

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Robert De Niro stars in this classic that you’ve never heard of. This gangster film is the third in the trilogy. The first edit of the film did not perform well, however when Once Upon a Time in America released in Europe with a new edit it rose to critical acclaim.

Once Upon a Time in America is the film with the longest runtime on this list sitting at 4 hours and 11 minutes. At least it is on Netflix so you can pause it for a bathroom break, or three.

Labyrinth (1986)

Labyrinth made our Best Films of the 80s list and stars the rock sensation himself David Bowie. Labyrinth was only recently added to Netflix, it won multiple awards and is a must watch. 

Labyrinth has a run time of 1 hour and 41 minutes.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is another comedy classic from the 80s. It stars Matthew Broderick and is a coming of age film that inspired a generation to bunk off school and have a good time. 

This film is one of the highest rated films of the 80s and comes on and off streaming services all the time, having once been on Prime Video, however it appears to have settled on Netflix, for now. 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is 1 hour and 38 minutes of fun that you don’t want to miss.

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Dirty Dancing is a romantic comedy that features incredible dancing and a very famous lift. This is a classic fairytale romance story that stars Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey who is also in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Cynthia Rhodes.

Dirty Dancing is a film I firmly believe everyone should see atleast once in their life. Its runtime is 1 hour and 37 minutes

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Is a direct continuation of the American television series called Police Squad. The film adaptation commercially did very well and spawned a couple of cinematic sequels. 

Unfortunately the TV series is not on Netflix in the UK, however the film is, its runtime stands at 1 hour and 25 minutes long.

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