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What are some 80’s/90s movies that you think everyone should see?

Kagey K

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Last year my son told me he wanted to watch some of my favourite movies from when I was a kid, so we have gone down that Rabbit Hole that never seems to end.

He now considers himself a 90s kid, stuck in modern times. So far we have watched

Bill and Ted and it’s sequel
Gremlins and 2
Goonies
Princess Bride
Big
Karate Kid 1 and 2
Terminator 1 and 2
Kindergarten Cop
Fifth Element
The Matrix (only part 1)
36 chambers of the Shaolin and it’s sequels
The Entire Nightmare in Elm Street series
The Scream series.
Final Destination 1 and 2
Good Burger
Aladdin
Good Morning Vietnam
Popeye
The 60s Pete’s Dragon

And many more, this is just a part that I can remember off the top of my head. I have some more in mind, but am always open to suggestions and hopefully somebody will remind me of a movie I might have forgot.
 

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Casino
Small Soldiers
Friday the 13th series
The Mutilator
Goodfellaz
Boys N The Hood
Menace II Society
American Pie 1 and 2
Class of Nuke Em High
Return of the Living Dead
Adventures in Babysitting
Weird Science
Robocop
Class of 1984
The Faculty
Back to the Future trilogy
Heat
Revenge of the Nerds
Three O Clock High
The Substitute
Face/Off
Con Air
The Rock
The Last Boy Scout
Monster Squad
Joysticks
Cobra
Predator
Rambo trilogy
Commando

>What are some 80’s/90s movies that you think everyone should see?
>The 60s Pete’s Dragon
Ok boomer
 

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The Terminator 1 & 2
Robocop
Ghostbusters
The Road Warrior
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Blade Runner (Director's Cut)
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Back to the Future 1-3
Aliens
True Lies
The Untouchables
The Princess Bride
Labyrinth
Top Gun
History of the World
The Mask
 

Kagey K

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Damn guys lots of great suggestions here.
bitbydeath bitbydeath
As soon as D+ comes out next week we are hitting the Disney library hard so Honey I Shrunk The Kids will be played. He’s already seen Roger Rabbit.
brap brap
Many if the movies you suggest might be a bit mature for him yet (He’s 11) but he’s seen the Monster Squad and Back to the Future is on the list.

As an aside I find it funny that The Running Man takes place in 2019 and BTTF is 2017 it breaks the immersion a bit.
GreyHorace GreyHorace

He has seen a few of these movies already, but that is a solid list.
 
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bitbydeath

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Probably more for you but as an Elm Street fan you should check out the documentary ‘Never Sleep Again’ which follows the behind the scenes of all the Elm Street movies and features most of the cast from each of the movies excluding a couple like Johnny Depp.
 
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Many if the movies you suggest might be a bit mature for him yet (He’s 11) but he’s seen the Monster Squad and Back to the Future is on the list.
Should've mentioned his age lol. I really loved the Gumby movie as a kid. Here's a few more off the top of my head
The Sandlot
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Batman Subzero
Batman Mask of the Phantasm
Batman
Batman Returns
 

Kagey K

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Should've mentioned his age lol. I really loved the Gumby movie as a kid. Here's a few more off the top of my head
The Sandlot
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Batman Subzero
Batman Mask of the Phantasm
Batman
Batman Returns
I’ve a shown him all of those, but as he gets older I will be pulling from your list. Plus he’s probably the only kid his age that has seen all the Fleischer Superman cartoons and all of Batman:The animated Series.
 
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Everything mentioned plus:

Pretty much any film directed by John Hughes
Any film featuring Robin Williams, Bill Murray, Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Christian Slater, or Chevy Chase
The Pee Wee Herman films
Love Potion # 9
Pulp Fiction
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Spaceballs
Fight Club
The Shawshank Redemption
Bladerunner
Edward Scissorhands
Mask (the one with Cher)
Born on the 4th of July
Legend
Heavens Creatures
Waynes World films
Point Break
Waxwork
The Age of Innocence
There's Something About Mary
Starship Troopers
Goodfellas
My Uncle Vinny
Evil Dead films
All the Hellraiser films (corny as they got, I never was really dissapointed with them)
Children of the Corn
The Lost Boys
Candyman films
Stargate
The Baskestball Diaries
The Monster Squad
Willow
The Gate
Flash Gordan
Mio min Mio
Empire of the Sun
Run Lola Run
A Room with a View
Taps
Short Circuit films
Highlander
Ladyhawke
Wargames
Death becomes her
Das Boot
The Naked Gun
Ravenous

And don't forget Time Bandits
 

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Everything mentioned plus:

Pretty much any film directed by John Hughes
Any film featuring Robin Williams, Bill Murray, Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Christian Slater, or Chevy Chase -Damn that’s a lot of movies, but many were on my list,
The Pee Wee Herman films - He’s seen Big Adventure and loved it
Love Potion # 9
Pulp Fiction - He’s not old enough for it yet, but he will see it.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Spaceballs - This is tomorrow's first movie. Great suggestion.
Fight Club - not ready yet
The Shawshank Redemption - nope still too young
Bladerunner
Edward Scissorhands - He saw during the Halloween marathon
Mask (the one with Cher) - I hated that movie when I was a kid.
Born on the 4th of July - He did want to watch war movies for Remberance Day
Legend - He’s seen
Heavens Creatures - I don’t even remember this one, and I though I had seen basically everything.
Waynes World films - In time, I don’t know if he would appreciate it now.
Point Break - I thought about this one the other day, it’s on the to show list
Waxwork - Maybe next October
The Age of Innocence - im I’m. It going to rank that high on my to see list
There's Something About Mary - He’s too young but he does like Jim Carey
Starship Troopers - Almost played it today, likely to get shown in the next day or two.
Goodfellas - Love it, but he’s not ready yet.
My Uncle Vinny - If you mean “My Cousin Vinny” I want to watch it now.
Evil Dead films - So good and he will see them next OCT
All the Hellraiser films (corny as they got, I never was really dissapointed with them) - He Noped out when he saw Pinhead and chose Freddy instead,
Children of the Corn -OCT
The Lost Boys - OCT
Candyman films - OCT
Stargate - As have been on a sci-fi kick lately so this could get played soon.
The Baskestball Diaries - one of my favourites, but not for him...yet
The Monster Squad - he’s seen it
Willow - he’s seen it
The Gate - My absolute favorite when I was a kid, hate it now and it makes me sad.
Flash Gordan - Before my time
Mio min Mio - Dunno
Empire of the Sun - Good movie, but not one for an 11 year old.
Run Lola Run
A Room with a View
Taps
Short Circuit films - He’s seen
Highlander
Ladyhawke
Wargames
Death becomes her - I thought about this one in OCT but did Tucker and Dale vs Evil instead.
Das Boot
The Naked Gun - Yeah he needs to see these.
Ravenous

And don't forget Time Bandits
I’m going to mark in your quotes and I don’t do it to be rude, it’s just easier.

I will add that he’s seen
Police Academy 1-3
 

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Probably more for you but as an Elm Street fan you should check out the documentary ‘Never Sleep Again’ which follows the behind the scenes of all the Elm Street movies and features most of the cast from each of the movies excluding a couple like Johnny Depp.
Is it much different then the nightmare encyclopedia “Never Sleep Again” that came with the box set?

i feel like they are 2 different documentaries that share the same name and subject.
 
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The original 80's Transformers cartoon movie.
The GI Joe cartoon movie.
Street Fighter 2 anime.
Child's Play movies
Beverley Hill's Cop 1-3
Lethal Weapon 1-4
Starship Troopers
Jurassic Park
Original Jumanji
Masters of the Universe
Universal Soldier
Dark Crystal
Willow
Caravan of Courage
Santa Clause: The Movie (1985)
ET
Aliens
The Thing
Die Hard
Return to Oz
Short Circuit
The Last Starfighter
Flight of the Navigator
Commando
The Naked Gun trilogy
Big
The Neverending Story
Stand By Me
Lord of the Flies
 

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Is it much different then the nightmare encyclopedia “Never Sleep Again” that came with the box set?

i feel like they are 2 different documentaries that share the same name and subject.
It's about 4 hours long. If what you saw was that long then they are probably the same. If not, you're in for a treat!
 
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Kagey K

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The original 80's Transformers cartoon movie.
The GI Joe cartoon movie.
Street Fighter 2 anime.
Child's Play movies - He wanted a Freddy
, Jason or Chucky I chose Freddy, maybe next OCT
Beverley Hill's Cop 1-3
Lethal Weapon 1-4
Starship Troopers - We are watching this in the next day or so
Jurassic Park - This is one I overlooked,he needs to see it.
Original Jumanji - He has seen
Masters of the Universe - He has seen
Universal Soldier - I just started showing him action movies we started with Arnold, but either Jean Ckaude or Bruce Willis is next.m
Dark Crystal -He’s seen
Willow - He’s seen
Caravan of Courage
Santa Clause: The Movie (1985) - maybe for our xmas biNYE.
ET - He’s seen
Aliens - My gf and I just watched all these movies last OCT we need to cool off.
The Thing - OcT
Die Hard- Xmas/Action going into the Dec pile
Return to Oz - Disney +
Short Circuit - Hes seen
The Last Starfighter
Flight of the Navigator - He’s seen
Commando - We just finished the Arnold Run, This movie didn’t make the cut.
The Naked Gun trilogy - Yep
Big - He’s seen
The Neverending Story - He’s seen
Stand By Me - so good
Lord of the Flies - probably going to be part of his school studies.
I’m going to do the same as the previous post, My response will be in The quote.
 
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Is it much different then the nightmare encyclopedia “Never Sleep Again” that came with the box set?

i feel like they are 2 different documentaries that share the same name and subject.
Different I think. The one I was referring was spread over two discs.
 

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I have to say kids are smArt now, my son said what if it’s all a Dream before Quaid even left for Mars. Here I wanted to ask him if it was real or a Dream after the movie ended, but he figured it out in the first 20 mins.
 

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The Replacement Killers

Slick action combined with an MGS2-style soundtrack (It has the same composer).
 
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Liljagare

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Heavens Creatures - I don’t even remember this one, and I though I had seen basically everything.
Sorry, I wrote that one wrong. It is "Heavenly Creatures" I meant. It was one of Peter Jackson's first big films. Done around the time of "Braindead" .

For an 11 year old..how about the "House" films? Or :
The Witches
Blast from the Past
The Mummy films
George of the Jungle
The Rocketeer
The Coneheads
Beastmaster
Dragonslayer
Beetlejuice
Big
Gremlins
Robocop
 

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Everything mentioned plus:

Pretty much any film directed by John Hughes
Any film featuring Robin Williams, Bill Murray, Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Christian Slater, or Chevy Chase
The Pee Wee Herman films
Love Potion # 9
Pulp Fiction
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Spaceballs
Fight Club
The Shawshank Redemption
Bladerunner
Edward Scissorhands
Mask (the one with Cher)
Born on the 4th of July
Legend
Heavens Creatures
Waynes World films
Point Break
Waxwork
The Age of Innocence
There's Something About Mary
Starship Troopers
Goodfellas
My Uncle Vinny
Evil Dead films
All the Hellraiser films (corny as they got, I never was really dissapointed with them)
Children of the Corn
The Lost Boys
Candyman films
Stargate
The Baskestball Diaries
The Monster Squad
Willow
The Gate
Flash Gordan
Mio min Mio
Empire of the Sun
Run Lola Run
A Room with a View
Taps
Short Circuit films
Highlander
Ladyhawke
Wargames
Death becomes her
Das Boot
The Naked Gun
Ravenous

And don't forget Time Bandits



No because you missed Weekend at Bernie's you heathen
 

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Police Story I & II
Great Mouse Detective
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Bloodsport/Kickboxer double feature if you're into 80s action flicks or JCVD serve as a good taste.
Castle in the Sky (check out other Ghibli stuff as well)
Zero Effect (1998 ver)
State of Grace
Jinnah. This one is about the founder of our country and one of Christopher Lee's best performances IMO. What's insane is how well he captures so many of his mannerisms especially some really subtle acting.
 

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Its crazy to think the first time many people watched these films was rented from a video store on VHS!
 
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Mortal Kombat
Blankman
The Shining
Altered States
Scanners
The Thing
The Fly
VideoDrome
Robocop
Terminator
Aliens
The Running Man
Death Machine
Class of 1999
Near Dark
Pitch Black
Predator
Rocky III
Rocky IV
Rocky II
Buckaroo Banzai
Tetsuo: Iron Man
Death Powder
Tetsuo 2: Body Hammer
Pinocchio 964
Rubber's Lover
Kamen Rider Zo
Kamen Rider J
Zeiram
Zeiram 2
Lawnmower Man
Shadowchaser
Shadowchaster II
Shadowchaser III
Project: MetalBeast
Hardware
Kin Dza Dza
Come and See
Morning Patrol
Singapore Sling
Gatacca
Strange Days
True Romance
Natural Born Killers
Tank Girl
Event Horizon
Alien 3
Alien Resurrection
Species
Delicatessen
City of Lost Children
The Crow
Pulp Fiction
Go
Reservoir Dogs
Jackie Brown
Carlito's Way
Split Second
Cure
Boyz in The Hood
Tales from Da Hood
Squeeze
Blade
The Matrix
Dark City
Seven Continents
Liquid Sky
Plan 10 From Outer Space
Goodbye 20th Century
Dandy Dust
Exotica
Doom Generation
Nemesis
Kickboxer
Bloodsport
Terminator 2: Judgement Day

...I could include more if anime films count: Akira, Ghost In The Shell, Spriggan, X, Macross Plus, Armitage III, Armitage: Dual Matrix, Memories, The Weathering Continent, Slayers: The Movie, Dirty Pair: Project Eden, Megazone 23, Ai City, the first three DBZ movies, etc.
 
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Mentioned a couple times already but I'd made sure to get in:
  • Neverending Story
  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure
And since Christmas is coming up:
  • Jingle All The Way
  • The Santa Clause
 
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No because you missed Weekend at Bernie's you heathen
There were a lot of films that should be on my list . You are right, that is a fun film! Forgot "Mannequin", "Scrooged" and
"Electric Dreams" ...but my list was pretty good.
 
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Awesome idea for a thread!

- Star Wars (if you have to ask which ones, see me after class)
- Jurassic Park
- Terminator 1 & 2
- Back to the Future trilogy
- ET
- Saving Private Ryan
- Goodfellas
- Casino
- Braveheart
- Das Boot

Some of those old 2D Disney animated movies are great, too, if you have kids, The Lion King especially!
 
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