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12 Underrated 80s Movies to Watch on Netflix in December 2023

12 Underrated 80s Movies to Watch on Netflix in December 2023
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They may not have made it big at the box office, but in the grand streaming universe of 2023, these 80s movies are ready for their well-deserved spotlight.

While you've probably binged your way through the 'classics' like "E.T.," "Back to the Future," and "The Breakfast Club" more times than you've changed your Netflix password, there's a whole treasure trove of underrated gems from the 80s lurking in the depths of Netflix's library. Here are 12 underrated movies from the 1980s that will make you wonder why they weren't part of your life sooner.

1. "Strange Voices" (1987)

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A family's world is turned upside down when their daughter starts showing signs of schizophrenia, leading them on a tough journey through the challenges of mental illness, highlighting the strain on relationships and the struggle for normalcy.

2. "Dragnet" (1987)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%

A straight-laced, by-the-book detective pairs up with his more laid-back partner to investigate a series of bizarre and ritualistic crimes in Los Angeles, uncovering a weird religious cult in this comedy reboot of the classic TV series.

3. "Midnight Run" (1988)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

A tough bounty hunter and an accountant who embezzled millions are thrown together in a cross-country chase full of unexpected twists, turns, and an odd friendship, all while dodging the mob and the FBI.

4. "Sea of Love" (1989)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

A hard-boiled New York City detective investigating a series of murders linked to the personal ads finds himself romantically involved with a prime suspect, leading to a risky game of cat and mouse.

5. "The Ryan White Story" (1989)

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience score: 67%

This film is a heart-wrenching account of Ryan White, a teen with hemophilia who contracts AIDS from a blood transfusion, facing intense public and legal battles to continue his education, turning him into a national figure for AIDS awareness.

6. "Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story" (1988)

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This inspiring movie tells the true story of high school football coach Charlie Wedemeyer, who, after being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), continues to coach and inspire his team and community, showcasing incredible resilience and determination.

7. "The Money Pit" (1986)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%

A young couple's dream of renovating a recently bought cheap mansion turns into a hilarious nightmare as the house falls apart around them, leading to endless comedic disasters and a test of their relationship.

8. "K-9" (1989)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

A rough-around-the-edges police detective gets teamed up with a smart-aleck police dog as they sniff out crime and drug dealers, leading to a funny and action-packed partnership.

9. "A Stoning in Fulham County" (1988)

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience score: 8%

This drama, based on a true story, delves into the tragic death of an Amish baby in a rural community, highlighting the clash between religious beliefs and modern law, and the pursuit of justice amidst cultural differences.

10. "Hard Lessons" (1986)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 54%

Based on a true story, a dedicated and idealistic teacher takes a job at a troubled inner-city high school, facing tough challenges and resistance as he tries to make a difference in the lives of his students.

11. "Adam: His Song Continues" (1986)

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The true and continuing story of Adam Walsh's abduction and murder, focusing on his parents' tireless efforts to raise awareness about missing children and change laws, in the aftermath of their heartbreaking loss.

12. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982)

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Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

This iconic teen flick takes us through a year in the life of Ridgemont High students as they navigate the highs and lows of adolescence, complete with unforgettable characters, hilarious moments, and all the drama and excitement of teenage life.