10 Best ’80s Movie Couples

As the 1980's are a decade known for having the most carefree and comedic films, here are the 10 best '80s movie couples. If you're a fan of movies of this decade, you'll instantly recognize some of them. You may want to put others on your list of must-see films from this unforgettable era in film history.

  1. Andie and Blaine in "Pretty in Pink" were a teen dream couple. Played Andrew McCarthy and Molly Ringwald, they were a mismatched couple. As a poor girl and a rich guy, high school politics abound before they end up together.  Director John Hughes was really mad at the film's ending, as he wanted the love triangle in the film to end differently and for Andie to end up with Duckie (Jon Cryer), who was the lesser cool guy in the film that really deserved her.
  2. Kirstie Alley and John Travolta in "Look Who's Talking" as Mollie and James are a memorable couple from the 1980's. Starring in a movie that definitely brings up some awkward questions if you watch it with kids, it's both comedic and dramatic. Mollie is the dumped single mom when James, the cab driver with the heart of gold, enters her life and ends up being the Prince Charming Mollie is seeking.
  3. Billy Peltzer and Kate Beringer were an irresistible couple in "Gremlins." Although the movie was more about the lovable Gizmo than their romance, the couple still shined. The young couple played by Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates in the 1984 "Gremlins" are at the core of the movie's story as well.
  4. Emily Pear (Jami Gertz) and Gus Kubicek (Steve Guttenberg) shine in "Don't Tell Her It's Me." Gus has recovered from cancer, yet is still letting it control his life. That is, until he meets and falls in love with Emily. Despite the walls he puts up, he can't deny his love for her.
  5. As one of the most popular couples of the decade, the "Dirty Dancing" duo are unforgettable. Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze star as Johnny Castle and Frances (Baby) Houseman. The movie is modern to the times and seductive to the viewers. As an all-around fun movie, the romance is what drives it.
  6. "When Harry Met Sally" shows a couple of friends that can't help falling in love. Billy Crystal as Harry Burns and Meg Ryan as Sally Albright are recognizable to most movie enthusiasts. Whether you're cheering the romance on or apprehensive about it as you watch, you'll be happy with the ending.
  7. Shelley Long and Henry Winkler had great chemistry in Ron Howard's "Night Shift." They played Belinda Keaton and Chuck Lumley. The 1982 presented both a stark and idealized version of prostitution and death. The highlight of the film are the two mismatched characters who fall madly in love.
  8. Sparks fly between Claudia Wells and Michael J. Fox as Jennifer Parker and Marty McFly in "Back to the Future." The sweet love story takes a backseat to time travel and the intricate main story, but it's ultimately the teenagers who are in love that give the movie its heart. 
  9. "Two of a Kind" reunites the 1970's movie power couple, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The duo play Zack and Debbie in this 1980's classic. Zack is a bank robber, and Debbie is the bank teller who pulls a fast one on him. When he tracks her down, chaos and romance ensues.
  10. Oliver Warbucks and Grace Farell are a dynamic couple in "Annie." Played by Albert Finney and Ann Reinking, they play the adopting parents of the lovable orphan Annie. Their romance blossoms after a long time of working together when they share the parental love for Annie.
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