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Unstable Molecule

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Subj: Re: For your consideration
Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 at 05:21:44 pm EDT (Viewed 726 times)
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    Other Anglophone movies of the 1980s worth considering/a watch


Of the list below, I think the ones that have aged the best (so they would compare favorably to modern movies) are:

Airplane!
Blade Runner
Ghandi
Amadeus
Platoon
This is Spinal Tap
Princess Bride
Dead Poet's Society
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The Little Mermaid
When Harry Met Sally

Not to say that there aren't great movies on that list - but if Top Gun or even Aliens were released this year, they would probably be panned for having acting and dialogue that's ridiculously over the top. Which is partly what made the 80's great, but it wouldn't necessarily fly with today's more sophisticated audience.




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    1980
    Airplane!
    The Blues Brothers (a worldwide cult classic)
    1981
    An American Werewolf in London
    The Great Muppet Caper
    The Gods Must Be Crazy
    Gregory's Girl
    Time Bandits (at least for Terry Gilliam's admirers)
    Taxi Driver
    1982
    Blade Runner (extremely iconic, even if rooted in "Metropolis" to an extent)
    Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
    The Draughtsman's Contract (for Peter Greenaway's fans)
    E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial
    First Blood (again very iconic, if a niche product)
    Gandhi
    Tootsie
    Victor/Victoria
    1983
    Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
    Trading Places
    Zelig
    1984
    Amadeus
    Beverly Hills Cops (yes, very much an 80s film, but that's not a bad thing)
    Ghostbusters (started another successful franchise)
    Gremlins
    The Muppets Take Manhattan
    The Natural (Charlie Brown's favourite movie)
    A Passage to India
    Romancing the Stone (followed by The Jewel of the Nile and The War of the Roses)
    1985
    Back to the Future (and Part II in 1989)
    Brazil
    Cocoon
    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
    Turtle Diary (a personal fave of mine)
    1986
    Aliens
    Crocodile Dundee
    Hannah and Her Sisters
    Highlander
    Labyrinth (still has quite a fandom)
    Little Shop of Horrors (another cult classic)
    The Mission (classic Morricone score)
    Platoon
    Ruthless People
    The Terminator
    This is Spinal Tap
    1987
    Full Metal Jacket
    Good Morning Vietnam
    Hamburger Hill
    The Last Emperor
    Moonstruck (which I love)
    The Princess Bride
    Wall Street
    1988
    Beetlejuice
    Big
    Big Business (a personal fave)
    Bull Durham
    Dangerous Liaisons
    Die Hard (another franchise-starter)
    A Fish Called Wanda
    Hairspray (cult classic)
    Rain Man
    Spaceballs
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    1989
    Dead Poets Society
    Driving Miss Daisy
    Glory
    Henry V (which kicked off Kenneth Branagh's series of Shakespeare adaptations)
    The Little Mermaid
    Major League (a guilty pleasure)
    When Harry Met Sally...







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