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15 reasons why 1984 was the best year ever for movies

15 reasons why 1984 was the best year for movie ever

(images: Sony Pictures/Orion/Amblin Entertainment)

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*!

1. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

(image: Paramount/Lucasfilm)

(image: Paramount/Lucasfilm)

Kali ma! Kali ma! Shakti De!

 

2. Beverly Hills Cop

(image: Paramount)

(image: Paramount)

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.

 

3. Ghostbusters

(image: Sony Pictures)

(image: Sony Pictures)

Tonnes of cool special effects can’t take away from the fact that this is Bill Murray’s movie from start to finish.

 

4. The Muppets Take Manhattan

(image: Sony Pictures)

(image: Sony Pictures)

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

(image: Warner Bros.)

(image: Warner Bros.)

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.

 

6. Gremlins

(image: Warner Bros.)

Who didn’t want a pet Mogwai as a kid?

 

7. The Karate Kid

(image: Sony Pictures)

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

(image: Orion Pictures)

(image: Orion Pictures)

‘He feels no pity, no pain, no fear.’ It’s the film that turned Mr Olympia into the world’s biggest star.

 

9. Footloose

(image: Paramount Pictures)

(image: Paramount Pictures)

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?

 

10. A Nightmare on Elm Street

(image: New Line Cinema)

(image: New Line Cinema)

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

(image: 20th Century Fox)

(image: 20th Century Fox)

Sure, this was sort of an Indiana Jones rip-off… but who could resist the sizzling chemistry between Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner?

 

12. Splash

(image: Touchstone Pictures)

(image: Touchstone Pictures)

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.

 

13. Amadeus

(image: Warner Bros.)

(image: Warner Bros.)

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

(image: Universal)

(image: Universal)

You know what this means, right? Samantha Baker (played by Molly Ringwald) turns 46 this year!

 

15. This is Spinal Tap

(image: MGM)

(image: MGM)

Making just over $4.5 million at the US box-office, this classic ‘rockumentary’ eventually found its audience on VHS over the years.

 

Honourable mentions:

Police Academy, The NeverEnding Story, The Natural, Revenge of the Nerds, The Killing Fields.

(*note: each of these films were originally released in the US in 1984. UK release dates vary.)

Which were your favourite movies of 1984? Let us know on the comments below.

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