Universal Pictures / Warner Bros.

15 Huge Stars From The '80s And What They Look Like Today

What defines a decade? For me, the answer is simple: it's the films, movies, and actors that we all hold dear. Whether you want to admit it or not, it's cinema that defines our paradigm.

One of my favorite decades, bar none, is the '80s — what a golden era it was! Have a look below and check out these 15 huge stars from the '80s and what they look like today.

Goldie Hawn

MGM / @goldiehawn

No matter how much time passes, one thing remains — Goldie Hawn is just as stunning now as she was back in the '80s. Goldie is someone whom I feel doesn't get enough respect. She's a force on the screen and provides non-stop laughs.

Michael Douglas

20th Century Fox / Netflix

I feel like when I was a kid growing up, Michael Douglas was quite literally in everything. Not only that, but Michael was without a doubt one of the most well-rounded actors of his age, doing everything from hard-hitting dramas to sidesplitting comedies.


Orion Pictures / @madonna

Although she's not known for it today, back in the '80s and into the mid-90s, Madonna was one of the most sought-after actresses on the planet. She even took home a Golden Globe for her career-defining role in Evita.

Harrison Ford

Universal Pictures / Disney

If you had to name the top three coolest actors of all time, it would have to be James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Harrison Ford. I mean for goodness sakes, the man played both Han Solo and Indiana Jones — it doesn't get much better than that.

Whoopi Goldberg

Warner Bros. / @whoopigoldberg

Before The Color Purple, Whoopi was known as a comedian and nothing more. From that point onward, she'd begun to stake her claim as one of the most talented actresses in all of Hollywood.

I still get chills every time I watch.

Christopher Walken

United Artists / Lionsgate

Christopher Walken has crazy eyes, there's no denying that. He also happens to be one of the more divisive actors on this list. Is he a genius, an aloof idiot, or something in-between? The answer will be debated for generations to come.

Drew Barrymore

Universal Pictures / @drewbarrymore

By the time most of us were learning to walk and use the toilet, Drew was already starring in feature films. Even from a young age, it was easy to see that Drew was destined for great things.

Mel Gibson

Warner Bros. / Saban Films

Speaking of crazy eyes, let's talk about Mel Gibson for a moment. Before all of the controversies and DUIs, Mel was considered by critics, as well as his peers, to be the greatest actor of his generation. These days, all he has is his legacy.

Molly Ringwald

Universal Pictures / @mollyringwald

I honestly don't know how many times I've seen The Breakfast Club all the way through, but I do know it's one of my favorite films to quote. I also used to have a huge crush on Molly, but that's neither here nor there.

Bill Murray

Columbia Pictures / A24

To say that Bill Murray is an enigma doesn't even begin to do the man justice. It goes without saying that there will never again be another person quite like him. He's a legend whose comedic timing just gets better with age.

Glenn Close

Paramount Pictures | @glennclose

If you want to see two actors performing at the top of their game and at the height of their fame, look no further than Fatal Attraction. It's a haunting film of lust and obsession and should be considered a must-watch for any serious film buff.

Al Pacino

Universal / Amazon Prime Studios

I ask you, is there a more quotable line than "Say hello to my little friend!" The answer is no, there is not.

I have to say that Al impressed me in Hunters. I wasn't expecting to like it, but by the end of the second episode, I was hooked!

Sigourney Weaver

20th Century Fox / Mongrel Media

This is kind of embarrassing for me to admit but I've never seen Aliens — not even once. I don't know why because I loved the first film, I've just never gotten around to it I suppose.

Robert De Niro

United Artists / 101 Studios

If Robert De Niro isn't the greatest living actor, he's easily in the top five. Of all his incredible and groundbreaking cinematic achievements, Raging Bull is the one that I keep coming back to time and time again.

Meryl Streep

Universal Pictures / Warner Bros.

Finding Meryl Streep on this list should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. While there may be some debate for the Greatest Actor of All Time, when it comes to naming the world's greatest actress, it isn't even close. Meryl takes the top spot, hands down.