Instant 20: '80s Movies That Deserve a Streaming Series

Binging "Cobra Kai" got us thinking, what other '80s movies are ripe for streaming series adaptations?

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita in "The Karate Kid, Part III."

© Columbia Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

A popular trend of late is taking an old film property and transforming it into a long-form TV series (or Broadway musical – but that's a different photo gallery). It's sort of a reversal from the trend throughout the '90s and aughts that saw old "Boomer" TV shows get blown up for the big screen (and in some cases -- say "Wild Wild West" -- it literally did blow up in the studio execs' faces).

Currently, we're all binging "Cobra Kai" on Netflix, which continues the story of Daniel and Johnny from "The Karate Kid." But, this isn't the only '80s classic getting the small-screen goldent treatment. The CW is cooking up a "Lost Boys" show, and in recent years we've been equally glued to adaptations of "Lethal Weapon," "Heathers," "Teen Wolf," "Parenthood," "Uncle Buck," "The Dark Crystal," and more. So, what other '80s classics out there deserve a long-form revival? Here, we propose 20 prime candidates. And, yes, we admit some of these already did get a previous TV show adaptation, but hey -- so did "Karate Kid"...unless you forgot about that short-lived cartoon series from 1989.

James Woods and Deborah Harry in "Videodrome."
Bruce Willis in "Die Hard."
Robert Loggia, Tom Hanks in "Big."
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman in promotional art for "9 to 5."
Bruce Boxleitner in "Tron."
Michael Keaton in "Beetlejuice."
Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, and Patrick Swayze in "The Outsiders."
A scene from "Akira."
Warwick Davis in "Willow."
Ally Sheedy and Matthew Broderick in "WarGames."
Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall in "The Breakfast Club."
Ke Huy Quan (aka Jonathan Ke Quan), Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Jeff Cohen in "The Goonies."
Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in "Stripes."
Todd Hoffman, Keith Knight, Bill Murray, Jack Blum and Matt Craven in "Meatballs."
Tom Cruise in "Top Gun."
Lea Thompson in "Howard the Duck."
HIGHLANDER, from left: Clancy Brown, Sean Connery, 1986.
Run DMC in "Krush Groove."
Peter Weller in "RoboCop."
Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in "Back to the Future."

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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