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Old April 7 2013, 05:14 AM   #1
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80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

I have a friend (same age, born in '83) who hasn't seen a lot of movies that other people take for granted. She's like a sweeter, more naive version of myself. Growing up with Indian parents we don't have a lot of the same pop-culture references as other people, and she recently asked me for a list of movies that I think she needs to see.

She's not a nerd so I'm not looking for anything super-geeky unless it was also mainstream. Also girly movies get extra points. And they don't strictly have to be from the 80s and 90s, I just think that's probably the best place to start. I know there are a ton of lists out there but I thought people could throw out some names here.

So far I'm thinking things like:

Back to the Future
Die Hard
Princess Bride
When Harry Met Sally
Breakfast Club
Big
etc

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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Old April 7 2013, 05:24 AM   #2
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

If you're going to watch When Harry Met Sally, you should see its 90s counterpart Sleepless In Seattle. Toss in You've Got Mail and you've got a nice Billy Crystal - Meg Ryan movie marathon night.
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Old April 7 2013, 05:28 AM   #3
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

Samuel Walters wrote: View Post
If you're going to watch When Harry Met Sally, you should see its 90s counterpart Sleepless In Seattle.
Oh, one of my all-time favorites! I think she's probably seen it but yeah, I should include that on my list just to make sure.
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Old April 7 2013, 05:29 AM   #4
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

Sixteen candles, You bet your life, City Slickers 1 & 2, What's eating Gilbert Grape
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Old April 7 2013, 05:33 AM   #5
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

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She's like a sweeter... version of myself.
Unpossible!

Anyway, those sound good - especially The Princess Bride! - (though I've not seen 4 of them myself) Along those lines, maybe

16 Candles
St. Elmos Fire
Rocky (though, 70s)
Labyrinth
Groundhog Day
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
The Silence of the Lambs
Titanic
Jurassic Park
Terminator/T2
Blade Runner

Just a few that come to mind.
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Old April 7 2013, 05:38 AM   #6
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

Not super-geeky ... but it is an entertaining, obscure, dark(ish) comedy, featuring some rather well-known actors: Clue.

And, though it's pre-80s (I think), Watership Down is a fantastic (though sometimes graphic) animated film.

For more pop-culture references, there are: Beverly Hills Cop, Rain Man, ET, Dead Poets Society, and Top Gun.
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Old April 7 2013, 05:43 AM   #7
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'My Favorite Year' Peter O'Toole as an aging alcoholic film star of the Errol Flynn vein who's appearing on a 50's comedy show. The junior writer gets the job of being his keeper.

'Better Off Dead' Quirky John Cusack film about a a schmoe trying to get an ex-girlfriend back.

All That Jazz , OK it's 1979, but... it's a great theater film for those that like to watch folks behind the scenes make theater happen. And it stars Roy Scheider.

Blue Thunder, one of my favorite action films, very cool helicopter action and Roy Scheider again.

Silverado, one of the best Westerns ever.
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Speaking of Westerns ... there's always Young Guns. And for a similar ensemble, don't forget The Outsiders ... which (by way of stream-of-consciousness) leads to Karate Kid.
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Old April 7 2013, 05:59 AM   #9
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'Splash' is a fun little romance with a mermaid, Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks are fun to watch and John Candy is a riot all on his own in this.

'Into the Night' folks like or hate this Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer film about a lonely engineer and a lady on the run from dangerous, though inept, killers.

'Being There' also 1979, but it's Peter Sellers in a great social and political commentary on our culture of empty celebrity and longing for meaning to be fed in easy TV sized bites.

'My Dinner with Andre' Two guys talking about their lives and views of life over dinner. Shawn Wallace and Andre Gregory make this a fun film. Loving films with dialogue, this is a gem.
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Old April 7 2013, 06:37 AM   #10
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Everything by John Hughes and Spielberg from that time frame.

Lethal Weapon

Pretty much what everyone else has mentioned.

Singles - This Cameron Crowe movie really captures the whole Seattle scene of the 90's. Great soundtrack. Sort of a John Hughes movie with more adult characters.

Grifters - a very dark movie with some wonderful acting in it by John Cuzak and Annette Benning.

The Crow - The death of Brandon Lee during the making of this film made the story all the more powerful and tragic. You'll tear up from realizing what might have been.

Tombstone - Best western movie of the 90's.

Dances with Wolves - most over hyped western of the 90's, but still a very good movie.
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

The Goonies
This Is Spinal Tap
RoboCop
Weird Science
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
The Last Crusade
The Terminator
Predator
Chasing Amy

Would you include animés? If so:
Graveyard Of Fireflies
Anything by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli
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Old April 7 2013, 07:41 AM   #12
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Ironweed, Jack Nicholson (not overdoing the Jackness, too) and Meryl Streep as homeless folks during the Great Depression. Sad, but beautiful meditation on folks who are unwanted by society.
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Old April 7 2013, 07:59 AM   #13
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Lot of great ones that I had forgotten, plus many that I haven't seen. I might need to make a list for myself as well! I'm not replying to each and every post but feel free to keep the suggestions coming. Thank you to everyone who has posted so far!
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Old April 7 2013, 11:27 AM   #14
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'Arthur' Dudley Moore and John Gielgud, don't let thought of that remake cross your mind.

'Tootsie' Dustin Hoffman is fantastic in this.

'Midnight Run' DeNiro is one funny bounty hunter.
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You're just going to cur up your netflix, or cue up your torrents.

Now that I have upteen thousands of movies in my room at my fingertips but what I realize now is that it was the ritual of going to the video/dvd store with friends, arguing about what to watch and what we could afford which was the fun part.

Are you sure that she really wants to watch old movies, or maybe that she wants to spend some quality time with you?

Stop laughing.

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