I’m a big movie fan. I love new movies and going to the cinema but on some days, I like to go through my older DVD’s and even VHS’ and watch some of the older movies. And by older I mean, filmed in last quarter of 20th century. Today, I will share ten of my favourite movies made in that time with you. I’m child of the nineties so there’s a lot of nineties movies on my list and I remember seeing some of them on the telly for the first time with my parents and since I didn’t know how to read, my mum read the subtitles for me. (Thank you for that mummy, you’re the best!) Some of the movies I will mention, I only just discovered recently but they won me over.
Also if you click on the name of the movie, it will take you to YouTube so you can check the movie trailer out if you wish.
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
Grease is one of my favourite movies of all time. I first saw it in English class in 8th grade and I loved it. up until then the only musical movies I watched and loved were High School Musical ones and after watching this movie from 1978, my mind was blown. It’s safe to say that I watch Grease at least once a month, usually on Sunday before lunchtime. That’s like my little tradition and I’m not planning on getting rid of it anytime soon.
THE BLUE LAGOON
In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.
This is one of the movies I remember seeing with my mum when I was little, I think I was in second or third grade in primary school at the time. I remember I thought it was cool how two children lived by themselves on an island. I loved the movie after seeing it for the first time and I still love to see it from time to time, of course now I look at the story a bit differently than I did when I was 8. If I can’t think of a movie to watch, there’s a chance I will end up watching The Blue Lagoon. Movie was filmed in 1980 for anyone who wants to know.
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
I know I saw Titanic for the first time when I was 5, a few weeks after my brother was born. I also remember arguing with my parents about seeing it. My dad said that the movie is not for me because I’m too young but I didn’t want to listen and wanted to watch it with them. They let me watch it because they thought I will fall asleep before the scary scenes but they were wrong because I stayed awake throughout the entire movie. I also should’ve listened to my dad because I admit (now, I didn’t at the time), I had a few nightmares after watching it. This is one of the movies my mum had to read subtitles for me while watching. The movie came out in 1997 and I saw it a few years later but I was still to young to read. I have to admit that I watched Titanic yesterday because I was browsing through my movies on my laptop and it caught my eye. But now I don’t have nightmares or bad dreams after watching it, I guess I grew up (haha).
A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.
Edward Scissorhands is probably my favourite Johnny Depp movie after Pirates of the Caribbean. We saw it in literature class in 7th grade and we had to write a review about it. I remember being so enticed with the movie that once I came home from school, I went online to see if I can get it and watch it again. I probably saw it at least 50 times since then and I love it a bit more each time I see it. I know many people who don’t like this movie and don’t really understand it and I think that that’s the thing with it, you either love it or hate it. It was filmed in 1990 but I believe that it still has the same effect on people today as it did then.
A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love.
Again a movie made in 1990 and one that I saw with my mum and the one she had to read to me. I remember asking her what was Vivian’s job but unfortunately I don’t remember what she told me. I loved watching love movies with my mum, we would be under the blanket on the couch in the living room, she would run her fingernails down my back and read the subtitles for me because the movie wasn’t synchronised to our language and I didn’t know English then. I miss that part of my childhood, those evenings where we would cuddle up and watch something together and then me having million questions that my mum had to answer.
I love this movie, maybe partly because of the memory of seeing it for the first time and maybe I simple like the storyline.
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL
Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.
This is one of the movies I always started watching but never got around to finish it. So last year when it was on telly one Saturday, I started to watch it with intention of finishing it but of course I didn’t. But there was a rerun the next day and I finally saw the movie from the beginning to the end. And I quite liked it, I liked it enough for it to get on my list of best 10 older movies. I watched it two or three more times after that and as I type this, I’m making a plan to watch it tonight. It’s a movie from 1994.
A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar.
Runaway Bride is the youngest movie on this list since it was filmed in 1999. Again this is the movie I saw with my mum before I even started school. I remember laughing every time she ran away at the altar and I thought I even said I will do it. Looking at that now, I don’t think if I ever walked down the aisle that I wouldn’t start running in the opposite direction. I mean I don’t know how good you’re able to run while wearing heels. When I watch the movie now, I see it a bit differently and to some point, I get it why she ran away each time. There must be a lot of pressure on the bride on her wedding day and if she’s not sure about the man she’s marrying the only thing to do is to run. But again, I don’t think I could run away once I’m already in a wedding dress and walking towards the man I’m supposed to love and want to marry, if I ran away, I would ran away before the wedding.
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.
Now, I only saw Dirty Dancing at the beginning of this year. It was always a movie a lot of people talked about, especially the famous ‘flying’ dance scene but I never got around watching it. Once I saw it, I regretted not seeing it before because I loved it. But then again, I was glad I didn’t see it when I was younger because I doubt I would understand it as I did now when I’m (some would say) grown up. I saw it a few times since watching it in January (I have to make up the time I kind of refused to watch it) and it doesn’t really look like a movie made in 1987. I mean you can say that it’s a movie from a different time by their mindset about certain things but, to me the movie is refreshing.
When he finds out his longtime girlfriend is pregnant, a commitment-phobe realizes he might have to change his lifestyle for better or much, much worse.
I saw this movie when I was about 12 and I rented the DVD in the city library. It was a time when I discovered there’s more than animated movies and I rented about 4 DVD’s a week, all movies and watched them when I came home from school. I discovered many new movies at that time but this is one of the few that stuck with me to this day. I like the storyline and even though it was filmed in 1995, I think that if they filmed it today, the storyline would be pretty similar if not the same. I have to admit that I haven’t seen this movie in a few years and then I started to plan this blog post so I went and watched it and I loved it as much as I did after seeing it for the first time.
THE PARENT TRAP
Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.
I think that the Parent Trap is a movie everyone has seen. I honestly can’t remember when was the first time I watched it but I can tell you that I probably saw it about 100 times since then. It was on telly at Easter and after lunch my brother and I put it on and our grandma was like “Are you really going to watch that again?!”, we just looked at each other and back at the telly while saying loud “Of course!”. That just proves to you that every time I see it’s on the telly, I just have to watch it and I can’t imagine getting bored of it.
I hope you did enjoy a bit of a trip down memory lane for me, or at least that if you decide to watch any of these movies, you will enjoy them. Maybe you watched some of these (if not all) and I just reminded you of them or by reading my stories, you remembered your first time seeing them. I’m sorry if you thought I’ll just describe the movies and be done with the post but I went and bored you with my stories about seeing each of the movies for the first time. I believe that this is the longest blog post, at least by word count so I will leave it here.
Disclaimer: All the photos and movie descriptions are taken from IMDb official movie sites.