1984 Movies We Want to See on the Big Screen

Categories: Film and TV

This month Alamo Drafthouse is sending viewers back 30 years (Good lord, do I feel old) to celebrate some of what it considers the best movies of 1984. Throughout the entire month, movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ghostbusters and Repo Man will infiltrate Alamo's regular monthly events. This week Alamo's "Action Pack" series will find the 1984 classic Purple Rain screening. I personally never considered that movie an "action flick," unless you count keytars as weaponry.

I assume when the Alamo team sat around putting together this schedule, there were heated debates over favorite movies to screen; there was probably food throwing and face slapping and hysterical crying over which films would ultimately make the cut. Or more likely, they chose the movies that they could get the rights to air and that were the cheapest.

Believe it or not, 1984 was a banner year for movies. It's almost silly to try to rank them in terms of "best" or "most ridiculously big hair" or "what were they wearing?" so instead I'll give you my wish list of 1984 movies I would like to see on the big screen. I am sure you'll want to fight me.

5. Amadeus

Okay, why do we need to see a movie about the late, great composer Mozart on the big screen? Just to be pretentious art nerds? No! (Okay, a little.) Amadeus is a big, beautiful cinematic experience filled with colorful costumes and an amazing soundtrack that would be a treat in some Dolby Digital surround sound. Plus it's dark and scary at times and would be even creepier on the silver screen.

4. The Karate Kid

Is there any reason the decade's greatest martial arts movie shouldn't be on the big screen? Uhmm, no. Imagine, if you will, you are staring at the giant image of a young Ralph Macchio, in all his adolescent, smooth-skinned, pretty-faced glory, "crane" kicking the crap out of one of the biggest douche bags, Johnny Lawrence, in '80s movie history. Sold.

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