Power Rankings: Favorite ‘80s Underdog Movies

The SAW Power Rankings is our weekly ranking of a certain movie-related topic. Please feel free to comment on our rankings and provide a list of your own in the comments belo

Hollywood loves an underdog movie, and the 1980s is littered with them. From sports themed movies to rom-coms, we’ve gathered our favorites here for you to cheer…or jeer.


  1. The Karate Kid 
  2. Red Dawn 
  3. Rad 
  4. UHF 
  5. Can’t Buy Me Love 

King Alvarez

  1. Major League
  2. Real Genius
  3. Stripes
  4. Caddyshack
  5. Revenge of the Nerds

Romona Comet

  1. The Karate Kid
  2. Trading Places
  3. Die Hard
  4. The Goonies
  5. Ghostbusters

Marmaduke Karlston

  1. Footloose
  2. Teen Wolf
  3. The Terminator
  4. Working Girl
  5. Mr. Mom

Sailor Monsoon

  1. The Verdict
  2. Hoosiers
  3. Ghostbusters
  4. Stripes
  5. Real Genius

RJ Mathews

  1. The Goonies
  2. Stand by Me
  3. Back to the Future
  4. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  5. Rad

The Karate Kid, The Goonies, The Ghostbusters, Real Genius, Stripes, and surprisingly an underdog of underdogs, Rad appeared on our lists more than once. But there are tons we missed, so now it’s your turn to tell me where the holes are in our lists. Share your top 5 in the comments below!

Author: Dhalbaby

I like big Bigbooté, and I cannot lie.