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16 iconic movies that turn 30 years old in 2016



Thirty years ago seems like a lifetime, doesn't it? Those movies we grew up on are now all grown up themselves. In 2016, scores of movies will turn 30, but we think these 16 are anniversaries to savor.


HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (Feb. 7): One of Woody Allen's best jobs to date, the flick won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine), Best Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest) and Best Original Screenplay (Allen).

NINE 1/2 WEEKS (Feb. 21): Not a success at the box office, but name-checked continuously since its release. This was basically the movie that caused a generation of boys to reach puberty. And Bryan Ferry's Slave To Love song doesn't hurt either.

PRETTY IN PINK (Feb. 28): This could be John Hughes' most overrated movie and it still doesn't matter. A killer soundtrack, Jon Cryer as Duckie and an ending that we'll debate until we die make it unforgettable.

HIGHLANDER (March 7): So maybe this is more of a "dude movie." Still, the tale of the immortals spawned four sequels, a TV series, a cartoon series and cartoon movie. There can be only one? Hardly.

SHORT CIRCUIT (May 9): Who would have guessed that Short Circuit would be the most controversial pick on the list? It's shallow, predictable and culturally insensitive (with Fisher Stevens playing an Indian.) And yet there was one sequel and a reboot still to come.

TOP GUN (May 16): That's right, Iceman, this movie is dangerous. The perfect byproduct of the Cold War and the coronation of Tom Cruise as a box office legend.

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (June 11): 1986 moved pretty fast. If you didn't stop and go to the movies once in a while, you could have missed it.

BACK TO SCHOOL (June 11): "I know you! You're tall and fat!" Pound for pound, still Rodney Dangerfield's funniest movie. (Though Kurt Vonnegut might score the biggest laugh for his unexpected cameo.)

LABYRINTH (June 27): If Highlander was here for the boys, then Labyrinth is here for the girls. David Bowie in tight pants and a bunch of Muppets. Need we say more?

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (July 1): Sooner or later this movie rubs everybody the wrong way. Actually we're shocked Hollywood didn't already remake this John Carpenter cult classic. (Rumor has it that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is attached to a reboot, but that was a while back.)

ALIENS (July 18): Sequels made the list? Game over, man! If there's a movie on this list with a line quoted as often as that one, I'd like to see it. Aliens would end up with seven Oscar nominations, including a best actress nomination for Sigourney Weaver.

BLUE VELVET (Sept. 19): Creepy, erotic and ... well, let's stick to just creepy. Dennis Hopper, you were one sick piece of work in Blue Velvet, but the film did relaunch your career. Director David Lynch would score an Oscar nomination for his work.

SOMETHING WILD (Oct. 22): This quirky comedy featuring Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels and Ray Liotta isn't name checked enough. Thankfully it still retains an 88 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

HOOSIERS (Nov. 14): Two Dennis Hopper classics in the same year just two months apart. "You gotta promise me you won't get kicked outta no more games!" USA Today readers have named it the best sports movie of all time.

PLATOON (Dec. 19): "I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy; we fought ourselves. And the enemy was in us." Under the helm of Oliver Stone, Platoon was the first Hollywood movie to be written and directed by a Vietnam veteran.

SID & NANCY (Dec. 31): "What about the farewell drugs?!" The biopic of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and girlfriend Nancy Spungen was adored by critics, but not so by former lead singer John Lydon, who loved Gary Oldman as Sid but hated the film's celebration of heroin addiction.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 12:38pm]


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