There are a lot of years where we look back in December and realise that there weren’t that many great films that came out in the preceding 12 months.
But thirty years ago, in 1984, movie fans were treated to an avalanche of fantastic films: ones that have since withstood the test of time.
Here are 14 fantastic films from 1984 that turn 30 this year*!
Kali ma! Kali ma! Shakti De!
Who could’ve guessed that the biggest box-office hit of 1984 would come courtesy of a 23 year-old comedian? On the downside, we have this movie to blame for the whole Crazy Frog thing.
Tonnes of cool special effects can’t take away from the fact that this is Bill Murray’s movie from start to finish.
Kermit and the gang take their act to the Big Apple. Packed with winning songs and cameos galore, it would also be the last big-screen Muppet movie made with the involvement of Jim Henson.
5. Purple Rain
The pint-size, purple pop legend made his screen debut with this semi-autobiographical movie. Both the film and its soundtrack album were smash hits.
Who didn’t want a pet Mogwai as a kid?
The greatest myth ever perpetrated by films has to do with the effectiveness of the crane kick. If you try to pull that during a real fight, prepare to be on your back, eating a knuckle sandwich.
8. The Terminator
‘He feels no pity, no pain, no fear.’ It’s the film that turned Mr Olympia into the world’s biggest star.
He was just a big city boy in a small town. All he wanted to do was listen to dance to rock ‘n’ roll and hit on the pastor’s daughter! Was that too much to ask for?
The original and the best Nightmare on Elm Street. Director Wes Craven is at the height of his powers, with a young cast that includes baby Johnny Depp!
11. Romancing the Stone
Sure, this was sort of an Indiana Jones rip-off… but who could resist the sizzling chemistry between Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner?
Before this classic fantasy rom-com, Tom Hanks was just a fledgling TV actor. This was his first step to becoming a beloved American institution.
Chronicling a fictional rivalry between an Austrian court composer and Mozart, it was the year’s winner of the Best Picture Oscar.
14. Sixteen Candles
You know what this means, right? Samantha Baker (played by Molly Ringwald) turns 46 this year!
15. This is Spinal Tap
Making just over $4.5 million at the US box-office, this classic ‘rockumentary’ eventually found its audience on VHS over the years.
(*note: each of these films were originally released in the US in 1984. UK release dates vary.)