20 Best Cult Movies Of The 1980s

19. The Goonies

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In 1985 Superman director Richard Donner took on the brave task of directing a group of talented kids for the action adventure film, The Goonies. It proved to be a wise decision, for while movies with a cast of children often tend to be more annoying than endearing, The Goonies managed to hit the sweet spot.

Capturing the feeling of boisterous youth on a spirited adventure, The Goonies allowed millions of kids to live out their treasure hunting fantasies vicariously. Donner ensured that the ensemble mix of characters featured something for everyone: the jock, the cheerleader, the tech geek, and the quite kid with a heart of gold all joining forces and putting their differences aside in the quest for the lost gold of legendary pirate One-Eyed Willy's gold.

The Goonies is a film which has endured over the decades and achieved cult status not simply because of the nostalgia factor - although that played a role - but because it captures the imagination of childhood like few other films.

Discovering a secret world right underneath the drab and boring everyday reality is every child's fantasy. The chases through caverns, solving puzzles and avoiding deadly traps, are explored with an infectious and timeless energy, as endearing today as it was in the 80s.

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