The 80′s and 90′s Movie Challenge- “I came here to watch movies and chew bubblegum. And I’m all out of bubblegum.”

 

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Last week I caused an uproar on Facebook. As a self proclaimed film buff it came as a surprise to many of my friends when I publicly admitted I have never seen Top Gun. I attempted to explain myself, I attempted to tell them all that I was born in ’88 and while I was introduced to my love of film at a young age there was still about a decade of film history I was fuzzy on because I was so young. I took several film classes in college, but they only dealt with classics and modern film. There was no film class for what is arguably the most awesome time in American cinema, which was the 80′s and 90′s.

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Luckily, rather than discount my opinions on film from that day on, a good friend of mine and fellow cinephile compiled a list of must see films from between ’85 and ’98. The list ended up having about 268 films on it, or about 15 from each year. Luckily I was familiar with almost all of them, but after taking off the ones that I had seen enough time to know by heart and leaving only films I hadn’t seen, hadn’t seen all the way through, or hadn’t seen in over a decade there was a slightly less daunting count of just shy of 200.

This is going to take a long time but I am going to try and knock out all of these movies before 2014, so I have about 11 months left. 20 movies a month is child’s play for me, but adding those movies to the new movies I want to keep up with as well as the plethora of good TV coming back (Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, and so on…) we will see how this turns out. Either way, every week I will be making a post discussing the movies from this list I watched that week and why I think they are on this list.

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Here are the just shy of 200 (Fucking try and get me to count them again, I dare you) movie list.

 

1985

 

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Brazil

Legend

The Color Purple

Out of Africa

Cocoon

Fletch

The Jewel of the Nile

Kiss of the Spider Woman

The Legend of Billie Jean

The Return to Oz

A Room with a View

1986

Top Gun

Platoon

Crocodile Dundee

Blue Velvet

Labyrinth

One Crazy Summer

Pretty in Pink

American Tale

Hannah and Her Sisters

Hoosiers

Peggy Sue Got Married

Sid and Nancy

1987

Good Morning, Vietnam

Dirty Dancing

Last Emperor

Wall Street

Empire of the Sun

Hellraiser

The Princess Bride

1988

Cocktail

The Great Outdoors

Hairspray

Killer Klowns fom Outer Space

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

Stand and Deliver

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

1989

Born on the Fourth of July

The Little Mermaid

My Left Foot

Glory

Driving Miss Daisy

Sex, Lies and Videotape

The Abyss

The ‘Burbs

Do the Right Thing

Drugstore Cowboy

The Fabulous Baker Boys

Gleaming the Cube

Heathers

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Major League

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

UHF

When Harry Meet Sally

1990

Ghost

Total Recall

Dances with Wolves

Misery

Goodfellas

Cry-Baby

Dick Tracy

La Femme Nikita

Fantasia

Mermaids

Mo’ Better Blues

Pump Up the Volume

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

1991

JFK

City Slickers

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Boyz in the Hood

Delicatessen

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

Jungle Fever

My Girl

My Own Private Idaho

Naked Lunch

New Jack City

Nothing But Trouble

Soapdish

What About Bob?

1992

Basic Instinct

A Few Good Men

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Unforgiven

Scent of a Woman

the Crying Game

Indochine

The Bodyguard

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Cool World

Glengarry Glen Ross

Hoffa

The Last of the Mohicans

Malcolm X

Raising Cain

Singles

Single White Female

1993

Philadelphia

Sleepless in Seattle

Schindler’s List

The Fugitive

The Age of Innocence

Cronos

Falling Down

Fire in the Sky

In the Name of the Father

Kalifornia

The Piano

Tombstone

1993

Interview with the Vampire

Four Weddings and Funeral

The Crow

Death and the Maiden

The Hudsucker Proxy

Immortal Beloved

Legends of the Fall

The Ref

Speed

targate

1995

Apollo 13

Waterworld (most expensive flop ever)

Dead Man Walking

Il Postino

Casino

City of Lost Children

Dead Presidents

Doom Generation

Empire Records

Four Rooms

Heat

Kids

Leaving Las Vegas

Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead

Twelve Monkeys

Welcome to the Dollhouse

1996

Jerry MaGuire

Shine

The English Patient

The People vs. Larry Flynt

2 Days in the Valley

American Buffalo

Citizen Ruth

Crash (Cronenberg)

Pusher (Denmark)

Romeo & Juliet (Luhrmann)

Swingers

1997

The Ice Storm

Amistad

Cube (worst movie ever made)

Event Horizon

Orgazmo

Waiting for Guffman

1998

Saving Private Ryan

Shakespeare in Love

Elizabeth

Can’t Hardly Wait

Dark City

The Opposite of Sex

Pecker

Pi

Ronin

Run Lola Run

The Zero Effect

 

-CJ

 

2 thoughts on “The 80′s and 90′s Movie Challenge- “I came here to watch movies and chew bubblegum. And I’m all out of bubblegum.”

  1. So where are you going to start? Are you doing them chronologically?

    It appears that 1989 was a good year, Gleaming the Cube, LOL.

    I also remember that you are a Con Air fan, so I will be curious to know what you think of Leaving Las Vegas.

    • I’m starting with the movies I know I will like and once I get through all the obvious one’s I’ll probably start at the beginning. I had a Terry Gilliam weekend and I loved it!

      Con Air is amazing and any movie with the onetruegod Nic Cage has my heart.

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