10. Broadcast News
Don’t blink or you might miss John Cusack’s appearance in “Broadcast News”. No seriously, he’s only in the movie for about 30 seconds. “News” is a very fine film, but is slightly overrated by fans and critics. That being said, it’s still a quality watch for most of the runtime.
9. The Princess Bride
Billy Crystal has pretty minor role in this one as well, but the film is one of the most original in the last several decades. The whole mix of fantasy, comedy, romance, and action is perfectly blended for maximum enjoyment. Also, where else do you get Robin Hood, Andre the Giant, Jenny Gump, and Saul Berenson from “Homeland”?
8. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Honestly, I get a little sad watching this one now, as Candy died so young. I would say more about why watching the movie is somewhat depressing given Candy’s passing, but it might give too much of the story away. Nonetheless, Planes, Trains, & Automobiles is really a fantastic film.
“RoboCop” is a sci-fi masterpiece and forewarning about the dangers of technology and greed. The latter is no better embodied than by Dick Jones, a corporate monster who’s hellbent on making a dime and cleaning out his enemies. His evil culminates in a robot gone-awry that tries to destroy Detroit.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Cher and her cinematic efforts, but “Moonstruck” has plenty of charm. Cage plays a young goofball (imagine that) who’s tinkering around in love. The movie does a beautiful job of balancing realism and whimsy to make for a complete viewing experience.
5. Fatal Attraction
Aside from being an adulterer’s worst nightmare, “Fatal Attraction” is one of the better-crafted suspense films in the past several decades. The acting here, especially Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer, is outstanding. At that ending…yikes.
4. Full Metal Jacket
Stanley Kubrick’s hellish journey through the Vietnam War is both disturbing and terrifying. Like many Kubrick films, “Full Metal Jacket” is rich with imagery that will haunt you for weeks. The combat scenes are particularly unsettling.
3. The Last Emperor
“The Last Emperor” is a forgotten classic from the late-1980’s. The story surrounds…you guessed it…the last emperor of China, prior to a move towards communism. The film has some difficult imagery, especially with regard to animal cruelty. Nonetheless, the story is historically significant.
2. The Untouchables
“The Untouchables” is still a criminally-overlooked movie, that is one of the best films of the 1980’s. Costner is outstanding as moral lawman, Eliot Ness. The supporting cast is also ridiculous, with Andy Garcia, Sean Connery, and of course, Robert De Niro as Al Capone. The story is a familiar one, but unfolds beautifully.
- Wall Street
Stone’s best and most famous film, “Wall Street” is one of the greatest films of all-time. The acting is absolutely superb, with Michael Douglas leading the way. The film really attacks materialism in the 1980’s.