Over the weekend my wife and I inflicted our children with one of favorite movies growing up, The NeverEnding Story. It got me thinking about all the other movies that impacted me when I was about their age. Once I started, the floodgates let loose and movies I hadn’t thought about in years rose from the depths like Morla from the Swamps of Sadness. Here’s a (not so) short list of them in no particular order. Although I’m positive I’ve missed a lot more.
- The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Who didn’t want a Luck Dragon after seeing this movie?
- The Goonies (1985)
Oh, the truffle shuffle.
- Labyrinth (1986)
You remind me of the babe.
- The Dark Crystal (1982)
This movie still haunts my imagination today.
- Superman I-IV (1978, 1980, 1983, and 1987 respectively)
The first movie I saw on the big screen.
Hands down the best of the series.
- Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, …Temple of Doom, …Last Crusade (1981, 1984, and 1989 respectively)
Best of the series, though Crusade is a very close second.
Though my wife might hate it, I still have my very own Indy hat.
- Back to the Future I – III (1985, 1989, and 1990 respectively)
Never wanted to ride a skateboard more than after watching this film.
Arguably the worst of the three, but necessary to understand the third.
For me, this was the best in the series.
- The Princess Bride (1987)
At random times I still yell through the house, “HELLO! My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
My world was never the same.
- Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Did he say, “shit?” My mind was blown.
- Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi (1977, 1980, and 1983 respectively)
The second movie I’ve seen in the theater.
I don’t think there was another movie that I anticipated more than this one.
- Harvey and Arsenic And Old Lace (1950 and 1944 respectively)
The only two black and white films to make my list.
I always found something so incredibly likable in Elwood.
Something about little old ladies killing. Does it to me every time.
- A Christmas Story (1983)
I still subject my family to this movie every year.
- Strange Brew (1983)
To this day my dad and I still greet each other a la Bob and Doug McKenzie.
- Ghostbusters I & II (1984 and 1989 respectively)
Who you gonna call?
I won tickets to see the sneak preview.
- Die Hard (1988)
No better Christmas movie. Ever.
- The Great Outdoors (1988)
I was bummed they never followed this one up with its obvious sequel.
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Not all of the movie I listed are blockbusters. Some of them I can’t watch fully anymore. But, each one effected me when I originally watched them. I know I’m forgetting some. Even as I write this A few more trickle in: Short Circuit, E.T., D.A.R.Y.L., Cloak & Dagger.
So how about you. Can you think of any movies that affected your formidable years? I know I’m missing some. Maybe you can help fill in those blanks.