1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
We all wish we were Ferris Bueller. Confident, well-liked... and extremely lucky. Somehow his whole day off in Chicago wasn't found out by his parents. If I even attempted something like that when I was in high school, my parents would have whooped my ass into the next century. But hey, if you got it, you got it. No matter how old you are, no matter what decade you were a high-schooler in, you're bound to love this 80s classic.
Is it a Christmas movie or a thriller? Maybe a Christmas-thriller? Either way, this movie is definitely a must-watch and highly entertaining. A creative storyline, good plot and characters, filled with suspense... what's not to like? Now all you have to figure out is whether to show this on Halloween or on Christmas... maybe both?
This one is truly a classic. If you haven't seen E.T., what are you even doing with your life? If you want a feel-good, heartwarming movie, add this to your movie night playlist.
4. The Shining
"You put a horror movie on this list? Really, Amanda?" I know, this movie won't be for everyone, but it is certainly worth mentioning, especially since the 1980s were undoubtedly the best decade for horror movies.
Based on the popular novel by Stephen King (who is a literary genius, BTW), this movie isn't scary for its gore or its random pop-outs... but mostly for its suspense and chilling plot in and of itself. Plus, it also stars Jack Nicholson in his prime. If you're a fan of the horror genre (or even if you're not) you should definitely check this one out.
5. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Yes, I added a Christmas movie to this list. But honestly, I would watch this movie any time of the year just because of how hilarious it is. It's classic humor that will never get old and is perfect for the entire family. So, judge me all you want for watching this in July, but it's just that good.