Now is the perfect time to catch up on the best books, films, television shows and podcasts you might have missed. These oft-forgotten ’80s movies will give you the nostalgia hit you need.

The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts in a character-acting masterclass as big-dreaming inner-city waiters. (Stan)

Down By Law (1986)
Jim Jarmusch’s droll black-and-white caper features delightful antics from Roberto Benigni. (SBS On Demand)

Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Tom Waits and John Lurie in Down By Law.

Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Tom Waits and John Lurie in Down By Law.Credit:Dendy

Dressed to Kill (1980)
Brian De Palma’s elegant style and Hitchcockian creepiness at their peak. Also, killer score. (Stan)

River’s Edge (1986)
A Lynchian teen drama with an iconic turn from Hollywood madman Crispin Glover. (Stan)

Midnight Run (1988)
Odd-couple buddy film with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin has as much heart as laughs. (Netflix)



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