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80s movies for dad



Need a quality way this weekend to honor dad? Queue up one of these classic flicks from the 80s and let the waterworks begin.

Best 80s movies about dads:

Nothing in Common
(1986): Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason in his final film. Dad quote: "I know you hate me. But you have to help me."

On Golden Pond (1981): The only film in which father-daughter Henry and Jane Fonda appear together. Dad quote: "I didn't think we were mad; I just thought we didn't like each other."

Dad (1989): Little-known film packed with stars including Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis, Ethan Hawke. Dad quote: "Dying is not a sin. Not living is."

At Close Range (1986): With Sean Penn and Christopher Walken, this isn't the feel-good movie of the list. Dad quote: "If it's blood, don't break it."

Easy Money (1983): Not the strongest of dad plots, but how can I resist adding the late Rodney Dangerfield's performance as an Italian dad trying to marry off his daughter. The always brilliant Taylor Negron gets the quoting honors this time: "Can I call you ... dad?"

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987): Steve Martin and John Candy -- a classic. Dad quote: "If I wanted a joke, I'd follow you into the john and watch you take a leak. Now are you gonna help me or are you gonna stand there like a slab of meat with mittens?"

Field of Dreams (1989): The ultimate dad movie of the 80s, and one in a long line of great Kevin Costner films in the 80s. It has so many great quotes that it's nearly impossible to pick just one. (I will, but Sunday's blog item will feature more on the movie). Dad quote ... for now: "I'm 36 years old, I love my family, I love baseball and I'm about to become a farmer. But until I heard the voice, I'd never done a crazy thing in my whole life."

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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