Top Ten 30th Anniversary Movies
Here are the best movies turning 30 years old this year!
10. The Land Before Time
The best director of all time, Steven Spielberg produced this children's flick from Universal's animation studio. His obsession with dinosaurs would later manifest in the blockbuster Jurassic Park, but a few years prior this animated film brought audiences into the ancient world of these giant reptiles. Little Foot and his friends go on an exiting journey full of genuine thrills, cute humor, and an enjoyable adventure.
9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
This film is a groundbreaking advancement as it flawlessly blends animation and live action elements. Bob Hoskins does an excellent job making you believe he's interacting with these animated characters which is not simple task. Contrary to popular belief this is not a kids movie. It's a hard-boiled, freaky murder mystery which blends comedy with elements of film noir. This had to be a difficult movie to make and the result is a must-see classic.
8. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
One of the funniest films of the 1980s, this movie has Leslie Nielsen as the most inept police officer in the world. It's a spoof of every serious cop movie in history and it works so well because of Nielsen's delivery and the witty script. It's got every gag you can think of, but it all works because of the strong story and a lead actor who's at the top of his game here.
7. Young Guns
Perhaps the best western to come out of the 80s, Young Guns features an all-star cast of young actors including Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, and Lou Diamond Phillips. The film is a ton of fun to watch, but it's also a serious action film with real bloody consequences for this band of gunslingers. It's got funny moments throughout and the character interaction are great. The movie does a good job of keeping the stakes high and making the characters some of the most memorable in western history.
Outside of Batman, Michael Keaton is best known for his portrayal of the haunting and hilarious Beetlejuice (don't say his name three times). This is a paranormal comedy featuring gross-out horror mixed into it's comedic tone. It's a great way for younger audiences to get into the horror genre. Keaton is having a blast in the role and Gena Davis and Alec Baldwin play the straight characters to his zany ghost. This remains one of Tim Burton's best works of quirky goth art.
Tom Hanks got on the map by playing a 12-year-old kid trapped in a grown man's body. It's a hilarious and original premise that director Penny Marshall capitalized on. Most kids dream of becoming an adult, but don't realize the responsibilities that come along with adulthood. This is a funny and fascinating look at how wish fulfillment isn't always what it's cracked up to be. There are plenty of unforgettable moments like the piano scene, and the film could go down as one of Hanks' best performances.
4. They Live
John Carpenter is a masterful cult filmmaker as he churned out six great films in just one decade. Perhaps his best and most unique is this movie about a regular guy who discovers a terrifying secret. On it's surface it's an average 80s action film, but underneath there's a strong political message and a surprising satirical storyline. The one-liners are classic and quotable, and the action is over-the-top in every way, but the story and message make this one stand out among the rest.
Lucasfilm doesn't just do Star Wars, the studio started by George Lucas also created this fantasy film from director Ron Howard. The technological achievements alone are worth noting from the stunning morphing scene to the incredible makeup effects, but the story is the reason this one has lasted so long. It's possibly Warwick Davis' best performance as the titular would-be magician and reluctant hero, and the rest of the cast is excellent too including Val Kilmer as criminal with a heart of gold Mad Martigan, and Joanne Whalley as warrior woman Sorsha. This one's a timeless adventure for the whole family.
2. Rain Man
In what many believe to be Dustin Hoffman's best performance, Rain Man also includes what could be the best acting from Tom Cruise. In Barry Levinson's emotional tale of two brothers and their journey to learn from one another, Hoffman and Cruise are simple amazing to watch. It's not very often a movie can evoke such strong emotion in the audience and make you care so much about characters and long to see them succeed. The writing and acting in this one are simply genius. Grab a box of tissues and enjoy this film with someone you love.
1. Die Hard
Die Hard is both the best film turning 30 and could be the best film of the 1980s. Bruce Willis' John McClane is one of the best movie hero of all time. He's in the wrong place at the wrong time, but fortunately he's there to kill the bad guys and save the hostages. However, the film is really more about his relationship with his wife Holly which makes him all the more relatable. It's got great action sequences including knock-down-drag-out fist fights and plenty of gunplay too. The script is smart and slick giving us an enjoyable and suspenseful story. It also features possibly the single greatest villain in movie history in Alan Rickman's suave, intelligent bank robber Hans Gruber. Yippee ki-yay!