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    I'm 36, so the 80s were my elementary and jr. high years. I bet I watched The Karate Kid and Hoosiers 20 times each back then, and I could watch them both now and enjoy them just as much I think (I watched KK last night and loved it, now that I'm older I can understand more of Pat Morita's lines through the accent). For me, best of the 80s is a tie between Karate Kid and Hoosiers.

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    Drama: Witness

    Action: Die Hard

    Comedy: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Horror: Fatal Attraction -- should be required viewing for every married man on a yearly basis

    Others that come to mind: Rain Man, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future

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    Tough call. Among my faves were Ordinary People, Amadeus, Raiders, and sentimental nods to Airplane! and Caddyshack. But I could probably come up with at least twenty other contenders, speaking of which: Raging Bull.

    And CC's right about Fatal Attraction. Any guy that saw that movie was bound to be faithful for many months after.

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    Some of my favorites would include Trading Places, Terminator, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Chariots of Fire, The Killing Fields, Die Hard. The great thing about good 80s movies is that they get replayed on the cable stations fairly frequently.
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    I watched "Iron Eagle" and "Rocky IV" so much that the VHS tape began to wear out. I watched "Missing in Action II" quite a bit as well. There was a movie called "One Crazy Summer" that i thought was the funniest thing ever made. You couldn't pay me to watch these today. I think "Goonies," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Temple of Doom," "Raising Arizona," and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" are still great though.

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    The weekly 80s movie thread...didn't see this coming!

    Can't pick one. Really like: Blade Runner, Terminator, Raging Bull, Amadeus, The Shining, Back to the Future, Raising Arizona, Blood Simple, Fast Times, Scarface, Spinal Tap, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Big Trouble in Little China, Ferris, Better Off Dead, The Goonies, Beetlejuice, A Christmas Story, Spaceballs, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Batman, The Naked Gun, etc.

    And there's probably a whole bunch more I'm forgetting.

    EDIT: On sheer number of views, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, and Troop Beverly Hills would definitely lead the pack
    So Russell...what do you love about music? To begin with, everything.

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    My favorite movie of all time is from the 80's: Field of Dreams

    My second favorite is currently on my TV right now: Back to the Future

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    The weekly 80s movie thread...didn't see this coming!
    Smart ass. Point me to the last 80s movie thread, and if it was within the last 2 weeks I'll to you.

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    Field of Dreams is just magic. That movie totally rules and I'd list it among my favorites ever. I swear I cry every single time.
    So Russell...what do you love about music? To begin with, everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    The weekly 80s movie thread...didn't see this coming!

    Can't pick one. Really like: Really like Blade Runner, Terminator, Raging Bull, Amadeus, The Shining, Back to the Future, Raising Arizona, Blood Simple, Fast Times, Scarface, Spinal Tap, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Big Trouble in Little China, Ferris, Better Off Dead, The Goonies, Beetlejuice, A Christmas Story, Spaceballs, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Batman, The Naked Gun, etc.

    And there's probably a whole bunch more I'm forgetting.
    Wow, Pink Floyd: The Wall. I still have that on VHS sitting among my DVD collection. Right next to the "Guitar Method:In the Style of Pink Floyd" guitar technique VHS tape (unfortunately from the 90s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    Field of Dreams is just magic. That movie totally rules and I'd list it among my favorites ever. I swear I cry every single time.
    Field of Dreams and Hoosiers are both great. Bull Durham seemed overrated to me, but I think I only saw it once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    Field of Dreams is just magic. That movie totally rules and I'd list it among my favorites ever. I swear I cry every single time.
    Shortly after that movie came out, Time commented that it was perhaps the first movie where the female half of a movie couple would leave the theater first, as her male companion would tell her "he'd be out in a minute." Composing oneself took awhile after the great final scene when Ray asks his dad if he'd like to have a catch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CardiacCoug View Post
    Bull Durham seemed overrated to me, but I think I only saw it once.
    Agreed, except that I watched again years later and still didn't get much from the movie. If we're talking baseball movies, Field of Dreams and The Natural were much more enjoyable for me. While I'm thinking about it, does anyone remember The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai - now there was a strange 80s movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    Field of Dreams is just magic. That movie totally rules and I'd list it among my favorites ever. I swear I cry every single time.
    Amen. I love that movie. It's my number one of all time. Have you read the book by W.P. Kinsella Shoeless Joe? Worth checking out IMO. I bought it probably 10 years ago or so. I really loved it. But the most interesting thing about the book is the foreword written by Kinsella. He basically dashes any hope and wonder out of the book and movie by saying that there is no magic. I read it after I finished the book and was really saddened that this man who crafts this amazing story of dreams and coming home with baseball as that vehicle says it's all bullshit.

    There is a book out that I want to read called Chasing Moonlight. It's the real life story of Archibald Graham. It sounds like he was even more amazing than the movie portrayed him as.
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    On sheer views, Rad, North Shore, Field of Dreams, Hoosiers, and Top Gun would have to round out my top 5 all time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    On shear views, Rad, North Shore, Field of Dreams, Hoosiers, and Top Gun would have to round out my top 5 all time.
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    Lethal Weapon and Top Gun

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    I'm 36 years-old, so:

    Comedies: Airplane!, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future

    Action: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Beverly Hills Cop

    Sci-Fi: The Wrath of Khan, Aliens, Terminator, Blade Runner

    Drama: An Officer and a Gentleman, The Breakfast Club

    There are other 80s films that I enjoy, but these are the ones that I saw BITD and still find endearing. For whatever reason, I could never get into Field of Dreams.
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    This thread makes me realize that the 80's was a truly bad decade for movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Non Sequitur View Post
    This thread makes me realize that the 80's was a truly bad decade for movies.
    It's a documented fact, actually. The nose dive happens sometime in 1982--the studios consolidate their control and stop making those morose--but fantastic--movies that were so beloved from the 70s.

    For example, Top Gun isn't even in Apocalypse Now's league. And while Aliens is a credible action flick, Alien is by far the superior film.

    That doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy some 80s films, though. What you bring to the viewing experience is important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Non Sequitur View Post
    This thread makes me realize that the 80's was a truly bad decade for movies.
    Not the best, to be sure, but after reading your rebuke I pulled up this list of someone's Best 100 for the decade. I didn't like a dozen or so of the selections (and I'm embarrassed to say I've seen every one of them except The Last Metro, and that just went on the to do list), but there are a lot of very enjoyable, and some cases outstanding, films on the list.

    I will say that, while a very nice movie, E.T. shouldn't be regarded as the second best movie of any decade.

    http://digitaldreamdoor.nutsie.com/p...movie_80s.html

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    It's probably impossible for anyone here to name only one movie. But if you asked which 80s flick have I seen the most- which is not necessarily my favorite- the answer (I think) is Back to the Future.

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    Btw here's the 50 highest rated 80s films on the IMDB, based on popular vote. The top three are The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Shining.

    http://www.imdb.com/chart/1980s

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    I was 2.5 on Jan. 1, 1980 and 12.5 on Dec. 31, 1989. I lived in a town with one movie theater that had two screens. We didn't get a VCR until probably 1986.

    So, I didn't see a lot of 80s movies in the 80s. I do remember begging my dad to take me to see Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and thinking I was the coolest girl in second grade for seeing it. I also remember seeing Ferris Bueller's Day Off at friend's house and spending our whole 5th grade year plotting "our day off" and how we were going to do it (which we, of course, never did). My brother took me to see Back to the Future. He worked at the movie theater and got us in free. (Funny thing, this movie, was actually the inspiration for my oldest son's name.) Other than that, the 80s, as far as movies were concerned, was a pretty uneventful decade for me.

    Most of the 80s movies I have seen, I saw in the 90s or later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottie View Post
    Smart ass. Point me to the last 80s movie thread, and if it was within the last 2 weeks I'll to you.
    I'm just sayin'! Talking about the 80s is to CUF what arguments about tithing and boob jobs are to CB. As soon as one discussion dies down, you know the next one is right around the corner.
    So Russell...what do you love about music? To begin with, everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USU Coug View Post
    Wow, Pink Floyd: The Wall. I still have that on VHS sitting among my DVD collection. Right next to the "Guitar Method:In the Style of Pink Floyd" guitar technique VHS tape (unfortunately from the 90s).
    I was kind of obsessed with it in HS. Not a great movie in the same sense at the others, but in terms of music/album movies it's pretty unique.
    So Russell...what do you love about music? To begin with, everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Shortly after that movie came out, Time commented that it was perhaps the first movie where the female half of a movie couple would leave the theater first, as her male companion would tell her "he'd be out in a minute." Composing oneself took awhile after the great final scene when Ray asks his dad if he'd like to have a catch.
    I hate to say this, but I always cringe at that line. That moment seems so perfect, and "have a catch" just always sounds so odd. The only place I've ever heard that phrase used is in Field of Dreams.
    So Russell...what do you love about music? To begin with, everything.

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    Strange Brew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    I hate to say this, but I always cringe at that line. That moment seems so perfect, and "have a catch" just always sounds so odd. The only place I've ever heard that phrase used is in Field of Dreams.
    I agree, although one apologist told me it's an idiom used by some easterners. I enjoyed the moment so much I was willing to buy in to the explanation. But yes, it was a bit grating.

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