10 ’80s Nostalgia Movies That Are Better Than Most Actual ’80s Movies

Adam Sandler in "The Wedding Singer"

The Wedding Singer

This charming little rom-com dates all the way back to 1998, a time when Adam Sandler and his crew bothered to make comedies with actual “jokes” and “laughs.” It was also fairly early to the ‘80s nostalgia game, with the expected Flock of Seagulls haircuts, wacky soundtrack cues, and joke props (how about Glenn’s DeLorean?). And while some of the references are a little off (the film is set in 1985, so the chances that someone would be watching the 1980 “Who Shot J.R.?” episode of Dallas are pretty slim), it’s got a real affection for the era. Plus, this is the best work Billy Idol had done since, oh, 1987.