One Gen-Xer’s Favorite 80s Movies

I’m in my 40s now, and I still think sometimes about the 80s movies I watched over and over – and over. Some of them I even memorized the lines to! Of course, I forgot them through the years. However, these movies still remind me of the best of my childhood. In no particular order…

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Mr. Mom with Michael Keaton and Teri Garr is an under rated classic, in my view. On trying to get his kid to give up his “woobie,” Keaton’s character, Jack Butler, says:

“I understand that you little guys start out with your woobies and you think they’re great… and they are, they are terrific. But pretty soon, a woobie isn’t enough. You’re out on the street trying to score an electric blanket, or maybe a quilt. And the next thing you know, you’re strung out on bedspreads Ken. That’s serious.”

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I’m not sure I need to say much about Heathers except that Winona Ryder and Christian Slater are awesome. And who can forget this classic quote: “Well, fuck me gently with a chainsaw.” Dark comedy at its twisted best.

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The Princess Bride. I JUST watched this again recently and still… totally amazing. Mandy Patinkin, who played Inigo Montoya, says that the role is the best of his career. Patinkin and Cary Elwes did the entire sword fight scene themselves (except for the flip). Liam Neeson auditioned for the role of Fezzik, but apparently director Rob Reiner was underwhelmed with his height of six feet four inches.

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The Karate Kid is a movie I have watched probably at least 50 times. It was probably due to the fact that my brothers also liked it, so we were in agreement in binge-watching it over and over. I kinda had a mini-crush on bad boy “Johnny.” Apparently, there are theories on youtube that Daniel LaRusso was the “real” bad guy. Huh.

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Did I love this movie. Yes. Every character. Every. Single. One. Ally Sheedy’s sandwich scene: white bread, wheat bread, butter, Pixy Stix, and Cap’n Crunch cereal. These people re-enacted the sandwich and apparently, it’s totally gross!

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THE GOONIES. This just may be my absolute #1 favorite. God, did I love this movie. I also had a crush on Corey Feldman, but Martha Plimpton is so awesomely salty in this. I love her. Sean Astin is also fabulous, as he is in everything. Everything. Josh Brolin. Wow. He sure has a come a long way (thumbs up).

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Lost Boys. This was the first rated-R movie I saw in the theater. This movie was a major influence in my life and is probably why I love vampires so much. So much win.

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This is another one my whole family liked, so we were allowed to watch it on repeat. I even have a photo taken with an old-fashioned Polaroid with my brothers and me doing “the pose.”

 

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Okay, this is another important one to me. I have always been partial to fantasy and science fiction and perhaps this movie helped cement that. Falkor, the Rockbiter, Atreyu… it was just SO GOOD.

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Finally, Stand by Me. I had a crush on all the guys in this. I even wrote Wil Wheaton a letter and have his fan club response somewhere. He talks of how he is starting a new adventure with his role of Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The next Generation. Wil Wheaton is awesome. River Phoenix was amazing too.

That’s it for now. Do you agree or disagree with my choices? What movie did I leave out? We’d love to read your thoughts. 🙂

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