Moviegeek5: 30th Anniversary Movies 1987-2017

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When you think 1980s cinema, what do you think of? Is it John Hughes and his wonderful coming-of-age movies like The Breakfast Club (1985) and Sixteen Candles (1984), the corny feel of the horror of the times like in Fright Night (1985) and An American Werewolf in London (1981) or the amazement Spielberg made us feel with movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). There is no doubt that the decade was wonderfully versatile bringing us many, many fan favourites and classics to be enjoyed again and again. Here is a list of five movies that were released 30 years ago and are each in their own way classics of the 1980s.

These are just 5 movies among many. Which movies from 1987 are your favourites? Let us know in the comments below!


RoboCop (1987)

That dark satire of Paul Verhoeven’s cyberpunk action movie about the cyborg police officer, is probably one of the reasons it is still so popular. That and a great performance by Peter Weller, allowing us to feel the man beneath all the metal. By using stop-motion effects for a great part of the time, the makers of the movie have ensured it still holds, making it a timeless classic where the heaviness of the age is used to great affect and the soundtrack still gives an impact when you watch this 1987 sci-fi classic.



The Princess Bride (1987)

Like several other 1980s movies, The Princess Bride has gained a status as cult movie with a great fan base claiming it one of the best movies ever made. Due to being eminently quotable and a wonderful mixture of swashbuckling adventure, romance, and comedy, the movie has great characters right down to small supporting roles. The romantic tale of the Princess Buttercup and her beloved farm boy, is one of light hearted fantasy, brave knights, and sword fights and wins greatly by never taking itself too seriously. The movie which features on several ‘funniest movies’ lists should be on anyone’s to-watch list when it comes to movies of 1987.

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Lethal Weapon (1987)

The 1980s were a great decade for the sub-genre buddy cop movies, with both 48 Hours (1982), Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and this Richard Donner directed action flick starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. If the last movies you saw in the franchise were the later more light-hearted ones, you may be surprised by how dark this, the first one, was. With Riggs depression and the darkness of the crimes and its victims, Lethal Weapon lets it two lead characters go through a lot, giving them plenty of opportunities to bond. The movie sent the career of Mel Gibson, who was already known from Mad Max (1979), sky-rocketing and ensured the sub-genre was one to stay.


Dirty Dancing (1987)

Who can forget that lift? The soundtrack? Or corny lines like ‘I carried a watermelon’ and ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner’? Emile Ardolino’s love letter to the 1960s hit home run with the teenage girls of 1987 and resulted in the face of Patrick Swayze ending up on the walls of many lovestruck females. Sporting what is still one of the very best soundtracks and a dance that following the movie were taught world-wide, Dirty Dancing is one of those major hits that no one saw coming. With a mainly unknown cast, chosen for their dancing skills, the movie was a huge success and this surprisingly innocent movie, considering the title, still thrills hearts of romantic souls to this day.

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The Lost Boys (1987)

Originally meant as a Goonies-style flick this was luckily made as the horror comedy with bite enough to satisfy most we know, and love, today. Schumacher managed to gather a cast of fairly unknowns, who all delivered stellar performances and led to fame for the leads Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric. A teen vampire movie, The Lost Boys blends horror and humour and became a great influence for future vampire movies, with its take on the monsters as sexy and young. The movie spawned two sequels, but none of them came even near to the success of this entertaining cult classic.

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