30 Movies Turning 30 in 2014

From 'The Terminator' to 'Ghostbusters', celebrate the 30th anniversary of some of the greatest movies ever.
There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!

1The Terminator


Terminator

Tagline: In the Year of Darkness, 2029, the rulers of this planet devised the ultimate plan. They would reshape the Future by changing the Past. The plan required something that felt no pity. No pain. No fear. Something unstoppable. They created The Terminator.

Premise: Still shaping his reign as an 80s action icon, Arnold Schwarzenegger went against type, playing the villain in this James Cameron sci-fi thriller that still remains one of the most quintessential time travel/robot apocalypse movies of all time. The Austrian muscle man plays a (literally) unstoppable android assassin from the future sent to 1984 to eliminate a strong willed waitress before she can birth a son that will rise up and lead humanity in a war against all machines. This was the first time Arnold muttered that infamous catchphrase 'I'll Be Back'. And he milked it throughout the rest of the decade.

Box Office: $38.3 million.

Sequels: The movie spawned four sequels over the span of 30 years. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (which some consider the best, maybe even better than the original), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation.

What's Happening Today: Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning for the 5th film in the franchise, Terminator: Genesis, which will be released July 2015. It won't be a reboot, but it will set up an all-new trilogy, using time travel in much the same way that 2009's Star Trek did, ensuring a catch-all for any messed up timelines or other anomalies that don't necessarily fit with all that has come before it.


2Ghostbusters


Ghostbusters

Tagline: We're ready to believe you.

Premise: After losing their research funding at a local New York City university, three enterprising parapsychology professors devise a way to catch spirits, spooks, haints and other such apparitions and set up shop as a ghost exterminator company in the heart of downtown. Despite breaking some important NYC health codes, they are called into action to save the city when an all-powerful demonic entity opens a gateway to another dimension.

Box Office: $238.6 million.

Sequels: So far, the film has only spawned one sequel, 1989's Ghostbusters 2, and its not very good. Dan Aykroyd did appear in character as Dr. Raymond Stantz for the 1995 family film Casper. And Bill Murray broke out his uniform for his cameo in Zombieland.

What's Happening Today: Ghostbusters 3 has been in development hell for as long as we can remember. The screenplay has been rewritten too many times to count, and Bill Murray doesn't want to come back. Sony seemed ready to move on this sequel late last year, practically begging Emma Stone and Jonah Hill to join the cast. Stone said no, and Hill is still undecided. Sony claims that they will only make the movie if a couple of hip, hot young names are attached. Will we ever see Ghostbusters 3 in our lifetime? Or, the more important question...Do we want to see Ghostbusters 3, ever? (Not really.)


3Gremlins


Gremlins

Tagline: Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

Premise: A struggling inventor buys his son a mysterious rat from Downtown Chinatown for Christmas, despite the weird rules it comes wrapped with. These rules are soon thrown out the window, and the tiny creature is uncontrollably birthing an army of green, scaly demons that are hellbent on taking over Kingston Falls. Its up to the young man and his girlfriend to save the town and Christmas from complete devastation.

Box Office: $153 million.

Sequels: Gremlins 2: The New Batch broke the sequel mold, turning itself into a live-action Looney Tune short that ran at feature length. Its not as well remembered as the original classic, but it stands on its own as a truly weird little cult oddity. And Gizmo does dress up as Rambo to fire flaming pencils at the now iconic title monsters. It was not a total loss.

What's Happening Today: Warner Bros. has been threatening for years to either make a straight up sequel, reboot the franchise, or maybe even give us a prequel that dates back to the gremlins WWII origins. Thankfully, nothing has come to fruition. But give it a minute. Every Gizmo shirt sold at Hot Topic is one more inch closer to a new film. Why don't we ever want to see that happen? CGI Gremlins and Gizmo. Enough said, right?


4The Karate Kid


Karate Kid

Tagline: He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands.

Premise: An aging and lonely martial arts master takes new kid on the block Daniel under his wing and teaches him the graceful art of Kung Fu. With this new knowledge and the power of one very awesome kick, Daniel wins the local Karate tournament and a girlfriend, despite attracting the attention of some high school bullies who soon learn their place.

Box Office: $90.8 million.

Sequels: The saga became serialized with back-to-back sequels that continued the story of Daniel and Miyagi as though it were a weekly TV show. The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid Part III are only hampered by Ralph Macchio's aging process. Before the word 'reboot' was a thing, the series decided to bring in new blood with The Next Karate Kid, which saw Oscar winner Hilary Swank taking over as the Kung Fu prodigy. The entire franchise was rebooted a second time in 2010 with The Karate Kid, an actual remake spawning from the original.

What's Happening Today: The Karate Kid 2 was supposed to be released in 2013. A writer was hired, but no movement has been made since. Star Jaden Smith shouldn't be too old to reprise the role just yet, as he was quite young when he made the first one. He's actually around the age Daniel is supposed to be. So, maybe it will still happen.


5Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom


Temple of Doom

Tagline: If adventure has a name...It must be Indiana Jones.

Premise: Archaeologist Indiana Jones is back, and this time he's traveling with a twelve-year-old sidekick and a nightclub singer. The trio winds up in a cursed Indian{bold village, where cultists have swiped a precious artifact. Its up to Indy to penetrate this Thuggee army and retrieve the sacred Sankara stones, and return them to their rightful place.

Box Office: $179.8 million.

Sequels: This is the second film in the Indiana Jones series after Raiders of the Lost Ark, though it is a prequel. It was followed by the true Raiders sequel Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, and then much later by 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. There was also a TV series that focused on the early exploits of a Young Indiana Jones.

What's Happening Today: While Disney just bought the rights to the franchise, and promises a 5th film is on the way, its anybody's guess as to when we'll see it. At 71 years-old, Harrison Ford is game to return, but we'll have to wait for his return as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII first.


7Sixteen Candles


Sixteen Candles

Tagline: It's the time of your life that may last a lifetime.

Premise: "They Fucking Forgot My Birthday!" That immortal line launched John Hughes's reign as the king of 80s teen cinema, with this coming-of-age comedy about a high school girl who's parents (and everyone else in her life except her best friend) have forgotten her milestone birthday. She spends the rest of the night at a high school dance and after party where she experiences many of the most embarrassing moments a teenager could imagine. It all works out in the end, as she gets a kiss from heartthrob Jake Ryan over a birthday cake. Of course, she also has to surrender her panties to iconic geek Farmer Ted first.

Box Office: $23.6 million.

Sequels: While this milestone in the teen movie movement of the 80s didn't spawn a traditional sequel, it was followed by John Hughes' likeminded comedies The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. He also wrote quite a few screenplays that fell into this same niche.

What's Happening Today: Always imitated, but never duplicated (Superbad came close), Sixteen Candles helped define the decade.


8A Nightmare on Elm Street


Nightmare on Elm Stree

Tagline: If Nancy doesn't wake up screaming, she won't wake up at all.

Premise: A child murderer returns from the dead to hunt and kill the offspring of the lynch mob that burned him alive, The catch is, he can only do this in their dreams, while they sleep, which leads to an insomniac epidemic.

Box Office: $25.5 million.

Sequels: Oh, boy, were there sequels! A Nightmare on Elm Street introduced Fred Krueger, played by Robert Englund as a red and green sweater wearing, knife-glove wielding, one-liner spouting maniac, and he has grown into a cultural phenomenon, and is still one of the top slasher and horror icons to this day. He appeared in 7 solo sequels from 1984 to 1994. In 2003 he went head-to-head with another genre great in Freddy vs. Jason. And in 2010, Platinum Dunes made a poorly received A Nightmare on Elm Street remake starring Jackie Earle Haley. There was also a TV series.

What's Happening Today: The remake killed the franchise. There are currently no plans for a sequel to the 2010 remake, nor are there plans to reboot it anytime soon. But Freddy never dies! It's a sure bet that this killer will be haunting your dreams again sometime in the future. Its just hard to tell how far into the future that may be...


9Beverly Hills Cop


Beverly Hills Cop

Tagline: He's been chased, thrown through a window, and arrested. Eddie Murphy is a Detroit cop on vacation in Beverly Hills.

Premise: A Detroit cop trails the murder of his best friend to sunny Beverly Hills where he clashes with the local police department, kick starting a healthy franchise in the process.

Box Office: $234.7 million.

Sequels: So far, Eddie Murphy has reprised his role as iconic detective Axel Foley three times, twice on the big screen in Beverly Hills Cop 2 and Beverly Hills Cop 3, and then again in 2013, starring in the CBS pilot Beverly Hills Cop, which never went to series.

What's Happening Today: Beverly Hills Cop the TV series failed to get a series order after a well received pilot seemed to guarantee a weekly dose of the 80s detective. Paramount is now moving forward with Beverly Hills Cop 4, though its unclear if it will hold the same premise of the TV show, which focused on Aaron Foley, Axel's son, as he tries to escape the shadow of his legendary father.


10Police Academy


Police Academy

Tagline: What an institution!

Premise: Due to a shortage of officers, the Police Academy is open to private citizens, which leads to a great many social misfits trying to join the squad. Call them slobs. Call them jerks. Call them gross. Just don't call them when you're in trouble.

Box Office: $81.1 million.

Sequels: Police Academy was another franchise juggernaut for the 80s and 90s. It spawned 7 back-to-back sequels and a short-lived live action TV series, as well as an animated series.

What's Happening Today: A Police Academy remake has been gestating in the mind of Warner Bros. for years now, but it has just never come together. It will eventually, but who knows when? There was also talk at one point about getting all the living cast mates back together for one giant reunion movie. That seems unlikely at this point.


11The NeverEnding Story


The Never Ending Story

Tagline: A boy who needs a friend finds a world that needs a hero in a land beyond imagination!

Premise: A young boy tormented by school bullies gives himself over to a fantasy world that he finds buried in an old book. There, he becomes the hero who must save Fantasia!

Box Office: $20.1 million.

Sequels: There were two sequels, each dwindling in production value as the series went on, with The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter in 1991 and The NeverEnding Story III in 1994. This lead directly into a short lived animated series in 1996.

What's Happening Today: Warner Bros. announced they were making a more streamlined series reboot in 2009. The project languished for several years, with the cord cut in 2011 due to insurmountable problems in securing all the rights. While heat on a remake has certainly died down, its more than likely that this is one franchise that will be rebooted before the end of the decade.


12Revenge of the Nerds


Revenge of the Nerds

Tagline: They've been laughed at, picked on and put down. But now it's time for the odd to get even! Their time has come!

Premise: A group of bullied outcasts and misfits gather to form their own fraternity, getting revenge on the jocks that have been keeping them down.

Box Office: $40.8 million.

Sequels: Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise came in 1987, followed by two direct-to-TV sequels with Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation in 1992 and Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds In Love in 1994. There was also a TV series in 1991, which only made it to the pilot stage after garnering negative reviews.

What's Happening Today: A Revenge of the Nerds remake was planned for 2007, but the now disbanded Fox Atomic banner stopped filming after two weeks and canceled the film all together. Over the years there has been talk of a true reunion film, but those plans have never come to fruition. Instead, we'll have to settle for the reality series King of the Nerds, hosted by original stars Curtis Armstrong (Booger) and Robert Carradine (Lewis), who can often be seen slipping back into their characters.


13Red Dawn


Red Dawn

Tagline: In our time, no foreign army has ever occupied American soil. Until now.

Premise: Soviet, Nicaraguan, and Cuban troops descend on a small Colorado town, setting the stage for World War III. Eight high schoolers retreat to the mountains, where they prepare to wage battle as 'The Wolverines!' As the KGB hunts them down, they are able to overtake the Russian army, restoring some, but not all, of their American freedoms.

Box Office: $38.3 million.

Sequels: No sequel was ever made or planned for this classic 80s action movie.

What's Happening Today: MGM made an ill-conceived remake in 2010 that was indefinitely shelved when the studio went bankrupt. It eventually saw release two years later, becoming one of the more hated movies of 2012. Despite a couple of good action sequences, this new version, which was set up as a reboot meant to kick off a franchise, just couldn't live up to what had come before it. Like most remakes, it was a disappointment for old fans and new audiences alike. Its unlikely that there will be a sequel to the reboot.


14Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter


Friday the 13th Part 4

Tagline: Three times before you have felt the terror, known the madness, lived the horror. But this is the one you've been screaming for.

Premise: After being mortally wounded and taken to the hospital after the events seen in Friday the 13th Part III (in 3D), iconic slasher Jason Voorhees miraculously springs back to life and wanders home to Camp Crystal Lake, where he finds more teenagers having sex and engaging in illicit drug use. He also finds a worthy adversary in Tommy Jarvis, a teen boy obsessed with SFX. The two square off in a fight for the ages that ends with Jason getting a machete buried deep in his skull. Played by Corey Feldman, Tommy delivers a big enough blow to knock Voorhees all the way out of Part V: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.

Box Office: $32.9 million.

Sequels: This was the fourth chapter in the Jason Voorhees saga. The franchise would go onto birth ten true sequels, the crossover Freddy vs. Jason and a 2009 remake that tried to mash all the folklore into one 90 minute movie and failed.

What's Happening Today: A sequel to the 2009 remake failed to materialize, which would have placed Jason in winter for the first time ever. Now, the franchise is back at Paramount Pictures, its original birthplace. They are planning a second remake, which will be in theaters by 2018. It may or may not be a found footage movie. And it may or may not feature Jason Voorhees. (Seriously.)


15Footloose


Footloose 1984

Tagline: All he wanted to do was dance.

Premise: Kevin Bacon stars as a big city kid who arrives in a small town were dancing has been outlawed. He battles the local preacher in a war for prom that turns him into a high school Jesus-like savior. He also gets the hottest girl on campus, which just happens to be the preacher's daughter. And he makes best friends with the now deceased Chris Penn.

Box Office: $80 million.

Sequels: There was never a Footloose sequel, but it did get the remake treatment in 2011.

What's Happening Today: The new Footloose is set up so that a sequel is possible. It could get a direct-to-VOD sequel at any minute. Or, it might just get a whole new reboot in twenty years. I doubt we've heard the last from Ren.


16This is Spinal Tap


Spinal Tap

Tagline: Does for rock and roll what The Sound of Music did for the hills.

Premise: This is Spinal Tap defined what a true cult movie is supposed to be. It is a faux documentary type spoof, perhaps the first of its kind, which follows a legendary British heavy metal band as they make their stateside debut.

Box Office: $4 million.

Sequels: There has never been a true sequel, but Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer have kept the band alive with three studio albums and a handful of music videos, the last of which arrived in 2009. There was also a VHS release called The Return of Spinal Tap, made up mostly of live concert footage, and an appearance on an episode of The Simpsons. They also released a short film celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2009.

What's Happening Today: The band officially broke up on a 2009 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, only to have their reunion kick off later that same night. The band has not officially called it quits just yet, though it's been quiet on the Spinal Tap front since the release of their short film. Christopher Guest has claimed that the band will return in 2014, yet in what form or capacity is unclear. Could a true sequel be on the horizon? Anything is possible.


17Splash


Splash

Tagline: Allen Bauer thought he'd never find the right woman...He was only half wrong!

Premise: Rescued as a boy by a mermaid, Allen Bauer is reunited with her several years later and falls in love, not knowing who or what she is.

Box Office: $69.8 million.

Sequels: Believe it or not, there was a sequel made four years later with the same characters, but a completely different cast of unknowns. Maybe you never heard of it because it was a TV movie.

What's Happening Today: There hasn't ever been talk of a Splash remake, but look for that to change as mermaids are currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity, especially in the hip-hop culture. Look for the cast to be African-American next time out. Kevin Hart replaces Tom Hanks? That sounds about right!


18Children of the Corn


Children of the Corn

Tagline: In their world, adults are never allowed...To Live!

Premise: A young couple is trapped in a town where a very dangerous religious cult of children believes that anyone over the age of 18 should be killed. It is based on one of Stephen King's most popular short stories, but has never been viewed by fans of the author as one of his better adaptations. Yet, despite that, it has grown a huge fan base over the last thirty years.

Box Office: $14.5 million.

Sequels: Like most horror movies of the 80s, it managed to birth a fairly healthy franchise that has seen seven true sequels, a TV movie remake, and a 9th film that is a little hard to place in the sequence of the saga.

What's Happening Today: At this time, there are no plans for a remake or a sequel. But like all good horror series, it's unlikely that this saga will stay dormant for long. A proper reboot is probably in the planning stages somewhere...And if its not, it will be soon.


19Romancing the Stone


Romancing the Stone

Tagline: She's a girl from the big city. He's a reckless soldier of fortune. For a fabulous treasure, they share an adventure no one could imagine...Or survive.

Premise: One year before Back to The Future became a pop phenomenon, director Robert Zemeckis embarked on what seemed at first to be a modern day remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It actually turned out to be a hugely entertaining romantic adventure for adults. Novelist Joan Wilder gets sent a treasure map from her recently murdered brother-in-law. She sets off into the jungle, where she teams up with soldier-of-fortune Jack Colton to retrieve a precious stone. Together, they embark on a journey that seems pulled directly from one of Joan's novels.

Box Office: $76.5 million.

Sequels: While The Jewel of the Nile reunited stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, director Robert Zemeckis was too busy with the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown to come back. This resulted in a movie that was a little more dry and adult oriented. It has its flourishes, but it failed to capture the true magic held within the original.

What's Happening Today: A third film titled The Crimson Eagle would have taken Joan, Jack and their children on an adventure in Thailand, looking for a priceless statue. It never got past the development stages. That hasn't stopped Michael Douglas from trying to revive the franchise. In both 2005 and 2008, he tried to get the sequel Racing the Monsoon off the ground. It is still in development at 20th Century Fox, though there has been no movement on the movie in a number of years. A reboot is possible. This is another series that could benefit from an African-American cast reboot as well.


20Star Trek III: The Search for Spock


Star Trek III

Tagline: Join the search.

Premise: Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their lives and their careers by stealing the decommissioned Enterprise and returning to the restricted Genesis planet, where they recover Spock's rejuvenated body. The Vulcan died a horrible death saving his friends two years earlier in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Basically: Spock lives!

Box Office: $76.7 million.

Sequels: This was the third of six movies that would feature the original cast.

What's Happening Today: The series has been rebooted with the same original characters, though a different cast, as they experience adventures in a completely different timeline. The third film in this new franchise will be released in 2016, though a director has not been confirmed since J.J. Abrams, who helmed 2009's Star Trek and 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness, jumped ship to work on Star Wars: Episode VII.


21Bachelor Party


Bachelor Party

Tagline: A man's tradition every woman should know about.

Premise: A man gets the ultimate bachelor party in what would prove to be the second iconic film in the early career of comedic actor Tom Hanks (before he got all serious and started winning Oscars and shit). We still love his donkey show movies the best!

Box Office: $38.4 million.

Sequels: In 2008, Fox delivered the horrible straight-to-DVD sequel Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation, which treaded on the franchise name alone.

What's Happening Today: The 2008 sequel killed whatever franchise potential the title held. At this time, there are no plans for a remake or reboot. But here is yet another film perfect for an all African-American cast overhaul.


22Purple Rain


Purple Rain

Tagline: Prince don't need no mother fuckin' tag line!

Premise: A promising young musician is faced with falling into the same self-destructive behavior that killed off his old man. Hoping to make something more of himself, he sets his sights on a young ingénue that is stolen away by a rival singer. It's a very complicated tale!

Box Office: $68.3 million.

Sequels: 1986's Under the Cherry Moon was seen as a companion film, but not a true sequel.

What's Happening Today: Here stands a solid piece of pop entertainment that can never be rebooted or sequelized. It's a singular artwork, and it belongs in a museum.


23Amadeus


Amadeus

Tagline: Amadeus. The man. The music. The magic. The madness. The murder. The mystery. The motion picture.

Premise: Rival Antonio Salieri recounts the incredible rise and fall of fellow musician Wolfgang Amadeus from the confines of an insane asylum in this Oscar winning cult phenomenon that took 1984 by storm. It was one of few movies made specifically for adults that year, and the audience truly appreciated it!

Box Office: $51.9 million.

Sequels: Hell, no! It's a biopic. And everyone is dead.

What's Happening Today: Nothing. This was a one and done affair that gathered up accolades and praise, and has had its fair share of revivals and director's cut releases.


24Dune


Dune

Tagline: You are about to enter a world where the unexpected, the unknown, and the unbelievable meet.

Premise: A duke's son leads a group of desert warriors against an evil emperor and his father's nemesis when the rest of the family is killed on a mission to retrieve spice essential to space travel.

Box Office: $30.9 million.

Sequels: David Lynch's adaptation of this seminal sci-fi adventure was a substantial bomb, even by 80s standards. It did not get a sequel. It was remade as a mini-series in 2000, though.

What's Happening Today: Dune is back in the news this year, as the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune is being released soon, which recounts Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempts to make the movie way back in 1974. Its unlikely that we'll see a true remake anytime soon.


25The Last Starfighter


the Last Starfighter

Tagline: He didn't find his dreams... his dreams found him.

Premise: A video game wiz kid is whisked away into the heavens, where he must put his gaming skills to use in saving the universe as he is recruited to be the number one gunner for an alien defense force.

Box Office: $28.7 million.

Sequels: Strangely, no. as this seems like a movie tailor made for sequels. It has franchise potential written all over it, and has only gained in popularity over the years. On a side note, you can blame this movie for all the CGI prevalent in sci-fi today, as it was the first film after Tron to utilize a substantial amount of computer generated effects.

What's Happening Today: A true sequel (not a remake or reboot) was announced in February of 2008 by GPA entertainment, but it has languished in development hell since that time.


26All of Me


All of me

Tagline: They say that behind every great man there's a woman. But in this case it's ridiculous.

Premise: A successful laywer must share his body with an obnoxious millionaire after a body-switching experiment goes horribly wrong.

Box Office: $36.4 million.

Sequels: The film wasn't really set up as a series, but it could have easily gotten a sequel, perhaps with different characters experiencing the same situation?

What's Happening Today: A remake has been in the works since 2012, though development seems to have stalled. For a while, it seemed that Steve Martin might return in the Lily Tomlin role, with Queen Latifah playing the lawyer this time out. Its unclear if Queen Latifah is still attached to the project, but Steve Martin has never been in talks.


27The Killing Fields


The Killing Fields

Tagline: Every so often, there is a film that is destined to be talked about and remembered for years to come.

Premise: Another movie made primarily for adults in a Hollywood era that was starting to cater solely to kids and teenagers, this harrowing drama follows a NY Times journalist forced to cover the civil war in Cambodia. He teams up with a local representative, even helping the man get his family out of the war torn country. But as the two stay behind to cover the aftermath of America's pull out, it becomes clear that they might not make it out alive.

Box Office: $34.7 million.

Sequels: Even Hollywood in the 80s had enough sense to know that The Killing Fields 2 was a bad idea.

What's Happening Today: People still remember The Killing Fields as one of the most historically important films released in this decade. It's doubtful we'll see a remake. Maybe a TV miniseries?


28Silent Night, Deadly Night


Silent Night Deadly Night

Tagline: Santa's here!

Premise: A tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa Claus in this epic holiday slasher that was banned worldwide. The film opened the same day as A Nightmare on Elm Street, out grossing that seminial horror classic opening weekend.

Box Office: $2 million.

Sequels: There have been five sequels and one remake.

What's Happening Today: The 2012 remake Silent Night was well received and a sequel is currently in the works.


29The Cotton Club


Cotton Club

Tagline: Welcome to The Cotton Club. Where Crime Lords rub elbows with the rich and famous. Where deals are made, lives are traded. And the legends of jazz light up the night.

Premise: Francis Ford Coppola set out to make his thematic follow-up to the The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II with this period musical drama that follows the exploits of a famous Harlem nightclub. The movie was a substantial bomb upon its release, but has since gone onto reach cult status.

Box Office: $25.9 million.

Sequels: Not even!

What's Happening Today: The Cotton Club is one of those epic failures that can never be duplicated. Its doubtful we'll ever see a remake, or a revisitation to this standalone property.


30Breakin'


Breakin

Tagline: For the break of your life! Push it to pop it! Rock it to lock it! Break it to make it!

Premise: Released in the summer, this break dancing, hip-hop fueled drama helped launch the dance genre that is so prevalent and popular today. It follows a young struggling jazz dancer who teams up with two pop-lockers from the ghetto to become a street crowd sensation.

Box Office: $38.6 million.

Sequels: Breakin' was one of those 'of the moment' type movies that was cashing in on a fad that producers thought would fade away by year's end (they were wrong). They released the final great movie of 1984 with Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, which made it into theaters that December, just a mere seven months after the first movie's debut.

What's Happening Today: Dance movies are big box office, so it's a wonder no one has tried to reboot or remake this seminal 80s classic. Don't cheer just yet, as anything is possible in Hollywood.


Those are some pretty great movies! And there are a few that didn't even manage to make the list! Let us know your favorites, or if there is one movie we left out that you think we should have included!

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Comments (13)

  1. Mahonski

    I wish the clown telling us what apparently happened in these movies, actually watched and understood them.

    6 months agoby @MahonskiFlag

  2. PsychoMovieJunkie...

    aside from 2 films there isn't one I didn't see in a movie theater =D

    6 months agoby @PsychoMovieJunkieFlag

  3. Horrorfan75

    i wish they would release revenge of the nerds 1 & 2 on blu ray

    6 months agoby @horrorfan75Flag

  4. Kiley Wachs

    Ummmm. Do some research. Purple Rain DID indeed have a a sequel.

    6 months agoby @Kiley-WachsFlag

  5. CelluloidDreams

    Damn ....feeling my age!

    6 months agoby @2movieguysFlag

  6. Brian

    @thedude-abides Haha. Okay, man. I can back that.

    6 months agoby @brianFlag

  7. Jonnred

    Also Starman

    6 months agoby @jonnredFlag

  8. Jonnred

    Damn I feel old The Coen Brothers classic Blood Simple

    6 months agoby @jonnredFlag

  9. thedude-abides

    @brian It's up there with Spinal Tap and Terminator on my list :P

    7 months agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  10. Brian

    @thedude1 Agreed. Definitely a good one.
    @thedude-abides Best film on 1984? Absolute insanity.

    7 months agoby @brianFlag

  11. thedude-abides

    @thedude1 Yup, Once Upon a Time in America may very well have been the best film of 1984. Not sure how they missed that one.

    7 months agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  12. Sean

    Holy cow! I cannot believe that The Terminator movie and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom are already 30 years old!

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  13. TheDude1

    So many great movies were released in 1984. I would also add Once Upon a Time in America and Missing in Action.

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