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'80s-Inspired Movie Night With Your Friends

Are you up for some Saturday Night Fever? - Well, that's a seventies’ movie. But how about calling your friends and organizing an '80s-inspired Saturday movie night? It can be as equally fun as going out. And here's the list of movies you could watch.

Working Girl (1988)

Working Girl is a romantic comedy starring Melanie Griffith. Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver. Mike Nichols was in charge of directing while Kevin Wade worked on a script. The story follows a young and ambitious woman paving her way in the corporate world.

In parallel with her nine-to-five job as a secretary, she attends a night business school, determined to build a successful career. The plot occurs when she takes over her boss's job after he tries to take credit for her idea. So how did she manage to pull it off? Well, the boss had an accident and ended up with a broken leg.

The film was a huge box office success, earning over 130 million dollars worldwide. Working Girl brought Melanie Griffith a nomination for Best Actress at the 61st Academy Awards, while Sigourney Weaver was nominated in the category - Best Supporting Actress.

Atlantic City (1980)

A Canadian-French co-production, Atlantic City, is a romantic crime film starring Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster, Robert Joy, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli, and Hollis McLaren.

Sally, a young waitress who works in a casino in Atlantic City, is determined to become a blackjack dealer in Monte Carlo. She thought nothing could change her plans until her sister showed up at her doors - pregnant and with a husband involved in the murky world of drug dealing.

The movie is a well-balanced combination of humor and action; it's attractive for how it presents human behavior and what happens when love, passion, and money 'get' in our way. A significant part of the film is the characters' interest in games of luck, making many viewers wonder what it is like to enter the world of gambling. Luckily, options are at our disposal these days, including jackpot games you can find at www.skycitycasino.com and try your luck.

Atlantic City was a huge box office success, with five Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture, Best Original Script, and Best Actress. In 2003, the film became part of the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Starring Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, and Henry Thomas, E.T. is more than a sci-fi movie; it is a pure gem of not only American but global cinema history. Steven Spielberg, the director of the film, and Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter, joined forces to create a story about a friendship between a boy named Elliot and E.T., an alien abandoned on Earth.

The story about E.T. dates back to Spielberg's childhood. The director had an imaginary friend whom he created after his parents' divorce. But it was not until 1980, when Spielberg and Mellisa met, that he put childhood memories into the film. However, nothing would be possible without the contribution of Carlo Rambaldi, a man who designed the animatronics of E.T.

The film premiered on June 11, 1982, and it was an immediate blockbuster, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time (the film held this record for over a decade). At the 55th Academy Awards, E.T. received four Oscars: Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score, Best Sound, and Best Sound Editing.

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Another childhood memory-inspired story, Dirty Dancing, is a romantic drama starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino.

Baby, played by Jennifer Grey, goes on a summer vacation with her parents and falls in love with Johnny, a dance instructor played by Patrick Swayze. The film premiered on May 12, 1987, at the Cannes Film Festival. Three months later, it had its premiere in the U.S.

The movie's soundtrack, The Time of My Life, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song became an evergreen, while Dirty Dancing was the first film to sell over a million copies for home video.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Written, directed, and produced by John Hughes, The Breakfast Club is a teen comedy-drama film. The movie stars Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, and Molly Ringwald. The story follows five teenagers from different school groups who spend a day in detention with the assistant principal.

The film premiered in 1985 and earned over 50 million dollars on a one-dollar budget! According to critics, The Breakfast Club is one of John Hughes's most recognizable and memorable works.

So, there's nothing more to say than - let's choose a movie, and who's making popcorn?