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'80s movies to see before you die?



When_harry_met_sally Ever ponder which movies you gotta see before you die? If so, you have a "dark side" that not even Billy Crystal's character in When Harry Met Sally can help you with. (But he can make a woman meow.)

The staff at Yahoo! Movies has their own dark side and has dreamed up their official list of 100 Movies To See Before You Die. "To choose the titles for the list, we considered factors like historical importance and cultural impact," Yahoo explains in the list introduction. "But we also selected films that we believe are the most thrilling, most dramatic, scariest, and funniest movies of all time."

Of course, I've grabbed the '80s flicks from the list and highlighted them here. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

BLADE RUNNER (1982): Great selection. We just hope Harrison Ford makes another movie this good before he dies.

BLUE VELVET (1986): It has my favorite line to say to coworkers to weird them out: "I looked for you in my closet tonight."

(1988): If you had to pick a Bruce Willis flick from the '80s, it's either Die Hard or ... okay, it's just Die Hard.

DO THE RIGHT THING (1989): Who doesn't love Mookie, Smiley and Radio Raheem?

(1982): Really? Just seems a little too dull.

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982): Sean Penn was once a funny guy. Once.

RAGING BULL (1980): Brilliant but the most un-80s movie of the bunch. (I haven't even seen it all the way through yet.)

(1981): I still prefer Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade as the definitive installment of the trilogy. (No, I don't recognize the fourth movie at all.)

THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984): We can't wait to see them on tour this summer!

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989): Probably the career apex for every one in the cast. Wait, I liked the late Bruno Kirby better in The Freshman.

WINGS OF DESIRE (1988): A German flick originally called Der Himmel über Berlin, which I'm pretty sure means "Not available at Blockbuster."

WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (1988): A Spanish movie originally titled Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios. Very uncomically, it just translates to "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

[In you case you're curious, I've seen them all except: E.T., Raging Bull, Wings of Desire and
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.]

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