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Top Ten "Retro" Movies - Let The Debate Begin!

December 1, 2016

 

I found it nearly impossible to contain my list to ten and certainly gave up on ranking them.  This list is subject to change based on my mood, your feedback or just on a whim!

 

My "criteria" basically came down to movies that:

 

1. Were Memorable or impactful growing up (mostly the 80's)

2. In 2016, might be considered "retro"

3. Had great music (or at least music I like... :))

4. I often quote from

5. I watch whenever they appear on TV (commercials and all) even if I own the movie.

 

So....let's start the argument, let me know what I missed or question how I could include or exclude something from the top ten.

 

Edd's Top Ten

 

The Breakfast Club, 1986

Quote: John: "Hey, how come Andrew gets to get up? If he gets up, we'll all get up, it'll be anarchy."

Actor: Judd Nelson (John Bender)

Music: Don't You (Forget About Me), Simple Minds

 

The Princess Bride, 1987

Quote: Miracle Max and Valerie: "Have fun storming the castle."

Actor: Billy Crystal (Miracle Max)

Music: hmmmm...not sure I have one.

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981

Quote: Indiana: “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”

Actor: Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones)

Music: Raiders of the Lost Ark, John Williams and the Boston Pops

 

American Graffiti, 1973

Quote: Terry Fields: "Let me have a Three Musketeers, and a ball point pen, and one of those combs there, a pint of Old Harper, a couple of flash light batteries and some beef jerky."

Actor: Pau Le Mat (John Milner)

Music: Green Onions, Booker T. & the M.G.’s

 

Better Off Dead, 1985

Quote: Lane Myer: "Gee, I'm real sorry your mom blew up, Ricky."

Actor: John Cusack (Lane Meyer)

Music: Everybody Wants Some!, Van Halen

 

Footloose, 1985

Quote: Ren: [to Willard] Hey, I like that hat, man. They sell men's clothes where you got that?

Actor: Kevin Bacon (Ren McCormack)

Music: I’m Free, Kenny Loggins

 

Aliens, 1986

Quote: Private Hudson: "That's it, man. Game over, man. Game over!"

Actor: Bill Paxton, (Private Hudson)

Music: Futile Escape, James Horner

 

Say Anything, 1989

- Quote: Lloyd Dobler: I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.

- Actor: John Cusack (Lloyd Dobler)

- Music: In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel

 

Dead Poet's Society, 1989

- Quote: John Keating: "Carpe diem, seize the day. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may."

- Actor: Robin Williams (Professor John Keating)

- Music: Keating’s Triumph, Maurice Jarre & Peter Weir

 

The Empire Strikes Back, 1980

- Quote: Yoda: No. "Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try."

- Actor: Harrison Ford (Han Solo)

- Music: Main Title, John Williams & London Symphony

 

Here are an additional 45 movies that are my favs but did not make the Top Ten:

 

‪The Jerk, 1979

‪Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 1982

Star Wars, 1977

St. Elmo's Fire, 1985

Real Genius, 1985

A Christmas Story, 1983

Outsiders, 1983

Less Than Zero, 1987

Christine, 1983

This is Spinal Tap, 1984

Pretty in Pink, 1986

Corvette Summer, 1978

Platoon, 1984

Top Gun, 1986

Caddyshack, 1980

Young Guns, 1988

War Games, 1983

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977

Tron, 1982

Sixteen Candles, 1984

The Lost Boys, 1987

Repo Man, 1984 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 1987

‪Lean On Me, 1989

‪Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986 

Spaceballs, 1987

Red Dawn, 1984

‪Die Hard, 1988

‪The Blues Brothers, 1980

La Bamba, 1987

‪The Cannonball Run, 1981

Stripes, 1981

‪Ghostbusters, 1984

Glory, 1989

‪Blade Runner, 1982

E.T., 1982

Big, 1988

Risky Business, 1983

All The Right Moves, 1983

Beverly Hills Cop, 1984

Stand By Me, 1986

Some Kind of Wonderful, 1987

The Secret of My Success, 1987

Rain Man, 1988

Animal House, 1978

 

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