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Old April 7 2013, 01:53 PM   #16
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

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Graveyard Of Fireflies
One of the saddest films ever. Was sobbing.

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Anything by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli
Gorgeous eye candy.

Lots of great suggestions...and some never heard of. But these three:

Buckaroo Banzai
They Live
Do The Right Thing/School Daze

all have really interesting satirical takes on race/politics/economics.
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Old April 7 2013, 06:16 PM   #17
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

I've broken my list into categories, because your friend may be more interested in certain genres over others, but I do recommend seeing all of these movies listed. I'm sure I've left out some categories as well (for example I rarely watch mafia or war movies). As for the children's movies, even if they were directed at kids I feel that they are just as interesting to me as an adult. The vast majority of these films are from the 90s, since that was when I grew up as well.

I know this is a very long list, but I strongly believe that these are all must sees!!


Comedy
Mrs. Doubtfire
There's Something About Mary
Dumb and Dumber (a goofy one, but one of my all time favorites)
Groundhog Day
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Clue
Major Payne
Liar Liar
Austin Powers
The Cable Guy

Horror
Scream movies (four of them now)
The Blair Witch Project
I Know What You Did Last Summer
The Sixth Sense
The Shining
The Silence of the Lambs
Misery

Drama
American Beauty
Forrest Gump
The Truman Show
A League of Their Own
The Shawshank Redemption
Edward Scissorhands
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Quiz Show
The Green Mile
Schindler's List
Fargo
Apollo 13
Patch Adams

Action/Adventure
Hook
Twister
Air Force One
Speed
Independence Day
Jurassic Park
Titanic
Armageddon
The Mummy
Men In Black

Children’s Movies
Home Alone
The Land Before Time (makes me cry every time!)
Homeward Bound (another "kid" movie that makes me cry as an adult still)
The Lion King
Beauty and the Beast
Babe
Aladdin
Toy Story
The Santa Clause

Romantic Comedies/Dramas
Ghost
As Good As It Gets
Jerry Maguire (I don't like it much but it contains many popular quotes)
When Harry Met Sally
Sleepless in Seattle
You’ve Got Mail
Pretty Woman
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Old April 7 2013, 07:35 PM   #18
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

Is there really such a thing as a must see movie from the past for anybody but nerds? Pretty much all that's must-see is what's the coolest hit right now. The only exception I can think of might be porn.
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Old April 7 2013, 08:25 PM   #19
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

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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.
Except that the last two were Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movies

But Harry & Sally is the quintessential relationship comedy that everyone should have seen because it really hits the truth at times.

So far most movies mentioned here would have been on my list too, small addition though:

The Siege (a bit relevant movie for the post 9/11 era)

Mr. Holland's Opus (awesome movie about an at first unwilling music teacher and how he influenced his students and in return was influenced by them)

Stakeout (awesome cop/comedy/romantic movie)
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Old April 7 2013, 10:37 PM   #20
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

You all remember that ordinary people, "civilians" find it difficult to watch more than one movie a day?
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Old April 7 2013, 10:46 PM   #21
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

Can't go wrong with some John Candy-

Uncle Buck
Cool Runnings
Home Alone
The Great Outdoors
etc
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Old April 7 2013, 11:15 PM   #22
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

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Can't go wrong with some John Candy-

Uncle Buck
Cool Runnings
Home Alone
The Great Outdoors
etc
I was just going to suggest Uncle Buck. Another favorite is Doc Hollywood.
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Old April 8 2013, 09:45 AM   #23
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

Nick Nolte had some good films then

48 Hours: classic police comedy

Under Fire: Journalists in Nicaragua during the revolution against Somoza.

Farewell to the King: WWII, a soldier wants no more of the war and goes native in Borneo, but the war catches up to him. Great John Milius directed film.
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Old April 8 2013, 03:36 PM   #24
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

Stripes
Animal House
Caddyshack
The Blues Brothers
Top Gun
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Old April 8 2013, 04:02 PM   #25
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"Near Dark," directed by Kathryn Bigelow, is easily the best vampire movie of the 90s.
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Old April 8 2013, 04:32 PM   #26
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Mr. Holland's Opus (awesome movie about an at first unwilling music teacher and how he influenced his students and in return was influenced by them)
How could I forget this one? And I just caught the end of it on TV the other day too.

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You all remember that ordinary people, "civilians" find it difficult to watch more than one movie a day?
I rarely even have time to watch any movies at all anymore, so I really have no excuse for creating such a long list. But that's why I segmented it into genres, so that her friend can skip right to the ones she would like. And I'm hoping that she's already seen some of them!
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Old April 8 2013, 04:35 PM   #27
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Two of my favorite 1980's films which nobody has mentioned yet:

Spaceballs (don't eat or drink anything while watching, you might choke to death)
Batman: Nicholson and Keaton version (the absolute BEST Batman movie that will never be topped in my opinion)

And, if you're looking for a "chick flick", Pretty Woman. yes, I know that film came out in 1990, but it was the only thing I could think of.
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Old April 8 2013, 04:39 PM   #28
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

Dark comedy - "Heathers"

Don't forget "Ghostbusters" and "Trading Places"

And surely someone must have mentioned "Airplane!"
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Old April 8 2013, 04:41 PM   #29
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And surely someone must have mentioned "Airplane!"
It appears you're the first, and don't call me Shirley.
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Old April 8 2013, 04:51 PM   #30
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Re: 80s-90s Must See Movies for a Non-Nerd

The original Nightmare on Elm Street and the third Friday the 13th. Neither of them are good movies, but you should be familiar with Freddy and Jason if you're interested in pop culture.
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