Encore is totally airing a weekend of 80s movies starting April 19

The 1980s have been hot again for a while now (though, as a child of that decade, I never thought that they *stopped* being cool, myself). The latest manifestation of the nostalgia for the 80s is coming up this weekend, April 19-21, on Encore, with an entire weekend of 80s movies airing on the movie network.

There will be many retro highlights for people who may have seen these flicks at the theater when they first came out, and a fun, pop-culture look back at the decade for those who may not have even been born at the time of the movies’ releases. Several of the 80s movies being shown (like Vacation, Ghostbusters and Red Dawn) have lived on through various sequels and remakes; others, like Repo Man and Xanadu, remain little-seen cult classics; and still others, like Made in Heaven or She’s Having a Baby, were hot at the time but haven’t really retained their cultural significance as much as others.

Also included, near the start of this 80s movies marathon, is a 30th anniversary airing of Valley Girl (pictured), a somewhat underrated romantic comedy costarring a young Nicolas Cage that really captures the feeling of its time (and boasts a nice new wave soundtrack, too).

So it’s a nice cross-section in this Big 80s Weekend Marathon on Encore. Encore’s 80s movies marathon begins April 19 at 8pm ET, and includes the following movies (all times ET):

April 19 8pm National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

April 19 9:40pm Valley Girl (30th Anniversary) (1983)

April 19 11:20pm Private School (1983)

April 20 12:50am Oxford Blues (1984)

April 20 2:30am Repo Man (1984)

April 20 4:10am Arthur (1981)

April 20 5:50am Hard to Hold (1984)

April 20 7:30am Xanadu (1980)

April 20 9:10am Grease 2 (1982)

April 20 11:10am Blind Date (1987)

April 20 12:50pm Mr. Mom (1983)

April 20 2:30pm Gung Ho (1986)

April 20 4:30pm She’s Having a Baby (1988)

April 20 6:20pm Spaceballs (1987)

April 20 8pm Gremlins (1984)

April 20 9:50pm Ghostbusters (1984)

April 20 11:40pm Ghostbusters II (1989)

April 21 1:30am A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

April 21 3:10am Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

April 21 5am Made in Heaven (1987)

April 21 6:45am Legend (1985)

April 21 8:15am The Toy (1982)

April 21 10am The Thorn Birds ­ part 1 (1983, part of “The Big Miniseries Showcase”)

April 21 12:30pm The Thorn Birds ­ part 2 (1983, part of “The Big Miniseries Showcase”)

April 21 2:10pm The Thorn Birds ­ part 3 (1983, part of “The Big Miniseries Showcase”)

April 21 3:50pm The Thorn Birds ­ part 4 (1983, part of “The Big Miniseries Showcase”)

April 21 6:15pm Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

April 21 8pm Red Dawn (1984)

April 21 10pm The Dead Pool (1988)

April 21 11:35pm Blade Runner (1982)

What 80s movies are you most looking forward to? Which 80s movies are your favorites that might be missing from Encore’s marathon?

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2 Responses to Encore is totally airing a weekend of 80s movies starting April 19

  1. Jeff Pfeiffer says:

    Good list! :)

  2. Marifrances Latham says:

    Forgot the 80′s had such great and lasting movies!!
    Aliens (1986)
    Back to the Future (1985)
    The Breakfast Club (1985)
    Bull Durham (1988)
    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrail (1982)
    Platoon (1986)
    Radiers of the Lost Ark (1981)
    The Terminator (1984)
    Tootsie (1982)
    When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

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