Top 5 movies from 1986

10:24 AM

A while back Fernando from Committed to Celluloid posted his favorite actors that were born on the same year as him.

I thought this was very interesting and looked for actors who share my birthday. Unfortunately, I didn't find many actors I like that were born in 1986. Though some very popular names appeared such as Twilight's Robert Pattison, Gossip Girls' Leighton Meister and Girl's Lena Duhnam.

I then turned to movies that were made on the year I was born and apparently that was a great year for movies. Here are my top 5 favorites:

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

One of my favorite movies of all times and I suspect it will always be. Matthew Broderick is Ferris Bueller, I can't see him as anyone else.

Pretty in Pink

I miss the days Molly Ringwald was just an actress and not a writer/singer. Seeing a book with her name on it in Barnes and Nobles just doesn't seem right. Plus, this movie has a young James Spader - enough said.

Big Trouble in Little China

I'm almost certain I'd hate this movie if I first saw it today. But after seeing it countless times while growing up I ended up liking all its excesses.

Crocodile Dundee

I recently rediscovered both Crocodile Dundee movies and I got to say, they're not bad at all. (I didn't dare watching the third movie - we all have our limits.)

Three Amigos

Another movie I'd probably hate if I watched it for the first time as an adult (why? the picture says it all) but even though it's embarrassing to admit I still know the Three Amigos' song by heart. That's what Chevy Chase can do to you.

What are your favorite movies from the year you were born?

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  1. Ciao Paula

    Pretty in Pink is my favorite!!!, i was 16 and i was a very romantic young girl!!! this kind of movies made dream all the teen girls in the 80's!. But my fad were: Blade runner, Chariots of Fire, Terminator and Dirty Dancing,
    Baci e buon week end.

  2. Hi Eva! Oh, John Hughes' movies are great, aren't they?

    I love Blade Runner and Terminator too. I still haven't watched Chariots of Fire, but I just discovered they have it on Netflix, so I'm watching it later on tonight! Have a great weekend ;)

  3. John Hughes and Blade Runner (which I think was 1983 or so?) are among my very favourites. :) Another great film from the 80s - '88 or '89, I think - is Say Anything, an early John Cusack film. Even if you haven't seen it you might be familiar with that scene where he holds up the boombox playing Peter Gabrie's In Your Eyes...

    I was born in 1979 and I am not sure which films appeared then! I actually think most of my favourite films are 1980s or later - with earlier exceptions like The Adventures of RObin Hood (the Errol Flynn version) and Ben-Hur.

    1. You're absolutely right, I haven't seen Say anything, but the scene with the boombox is just so famous!

      From 79, there's Being there, which I think was one of the last movies Peter Sellers made and it's a pretty good one.

      I need to re-watch the last two you mentioned. I watched them a long time ago and I don't remember much... xx

  4. Ok, enter the old lady, but, against all worst judgements, I haven't seen ANY of Rudolph Valentino movies. Anyway, there goes my 1957 movies:

    - 12 Angry Men by Sidney Lumet. I saw the two versions, but 57's my favorite one.
    - The bridge over River Kwai by David Lean. Lean is a master of GREAT movies (see Lawrence of Arabia. Soundtrack is superb, too)
    - Witness for prosecution, by Billy Wilder. This movie is one of those I would take to a desert island. Brilliant!
    - Gunfight at OK Corral, by John Sturges. Burt Lancaster & Kirk Douglas at their best. Though I am not a big western fan (Blazing Saddles is my favorite, so you see ...)
    The rumors of me having an autograph of Mary Pickford are false. FALSE!!

  5. Ha! These are all great movies, actually. Sidney Lumet is one of my favorite directors and Witness for prosection is also very exciting, though until now I didn't know Billy Wilder had directed it. Doesn't it seem like an unsual choice for him?

    Have a great weekend! xx

  6. And it was the last movie for Tyrone Power. This movie is fun, surprising and a sight for sore eyes.

  7. 1986 was a great year for movies. By curiosity, I was looking for the 1952 movies and I just found "Singing in the rain" and "High Noon". Do I need to say anything else?



  8. Those are great classics, I particularly like Singing in the Rain. From 1852 there's also The Greatest Show on Earth and Orson Wells' version of Othello. (I haven't seen this last one, but it is said to be pretty good) xx

  9. Love these! "Bueller? Bueller?" I don't remember if I've seen Big Trouble in Little China though.

    1. Ha, that's such a funny line! Big trouble... is not that famous I guess. It used to be aired in Brazilian Tv a lot. If it weren't I probably wouldn't have seen it. xx

  10. Naaah... I spend hours going trough this blog enjoying Your every word and now You're saying You a fan of 80s movies too?.. I'm in love ;)
    Heh. I never had thought about checking my birthdate with movies. That's a brilliant idea! But I can simply say E.T. ( 1982 ) to beat You all! ;)
    It's maybe not a movie but I can't stand and HAVE to say that 1982 also launched the greatest toy ever! G.I.Joe... which was "Comandos em Acao" in Brazil :)

    Now back on the track... meaning topic... that's a great line up Paula! Three Amigos being my favorite. And I do remember that song too ;)

  11. Can you believe I never watched E.T.? And it's the type of movie that seems pointless to watch now - I'd probably end up turning it off after five minutes.

    After some research, I discovered some pretty good movies from 1982, like Blade Runner and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. (And also, a terrible animation which I watched several times as a child, The Secret of the NIMH).

    (By the way, I had no idea Comandos em Acao was G.I. Joe! I don't have any brothers so I never had one of those toys at home, but I remember the Tv commercials, they were very popular.)

  12. Haven't watched E.T.?? :o
    In this case I guess this makes me absolved after not reading Janes Austen;)

    Naah... I've watched E.T. again like 3 months ago, and it still felt funny and fresh, so You can make ;)
    After all this is the only movie ever that made my father cry! when he'e the last person on this planet to admit being sensitive ;)

    I haven't watched Secret of the NIMH, but the trailer looks so dark& scary, I guess I am gonna leave it for later :)
    Funny that You've mentioned Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as this is like the only Steve Martin movie I haven't watched so far and I wanted to make up for it soon :)

    Hehe... every day is a lesson ;)

  13. I don't recommend The Secret of the NIMH, actually. It's pretty sad, specially for a children's movie. I guess I only watched it so many times because I had the VHS tape growing up.

    Dead Men don't wear plaid it's very funny, though.

  14. I still have two VHS recorders in the attic, wonder if they still work :)


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