Time is flying fast for those of us who grew up during the 1980s. And one surefire way of establishing how old we’re getting is to look at the age of movies we remember from our youth!


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Believe it or not, the 30 movies listed below all have their 30th birthday during 2018. 1988 was a year that gave us some absolute stinkers, but as you’ll see it was also a year awash with classics. How many of these movies have you seen? And which is your favourite? Be sure to let us know by posting a comment!

1. Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice told the story of a a recently deceased couple who become ghosts haunting their former home, as well as a devious ghost named ‘Betelgeuse’ (played by Michael Keaton) who tried to scare away the house’s new inhabitants.

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2. Big

Big of course starred Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who has his wish ‘to be big’ granted overnight. Who doesn’t think of the scene in the toy shop every time they see one of those giant pianos?

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3. Cocktail

Cocktail was based on a book, and tells the story of a New York business student called Brian Flanagan (played by Tom Cruise) who takes up bar-tending in order to make ends meet.

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4. Coming to America

In Coming to America, Eddie Murphy played the crown prince of the (fictional) African country of Zamunda, who comes to the US hoping to find a woman he can marry.

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5. Crocodile Dundee II

Crocodile Dundee II saw Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski reprise their roles as Mick Dundee and Sue Charlton. It did quite well at the box office (although it didn’t match the success of the original film) but it was not popular with critics.

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6. Die Hard

Die Hard is one of the most important action films ever made, almost creating an entire genre of films that feature one hero fighting against overwhelming odds!

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7. The Land Before Time

We saw The Land Before Time as a child, and the trauma is definitely still with us to the point where we can barely think about it even now!

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8. Rain Man

In Rain Man, Tom Cruise plays the straight man alongside Dustin Hoffman’s Oscar winning performance as his autistic brother.

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9. The Naked Gun

The Naked Gun still makes us laugh to this day, and its full title was of course ‘The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!’.

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10. Twins

Twins starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as extremely unlikely twins who were separated at birth, with DeVito’s streetwise personality clashing with Schwarzenegger’s intelligent but socially inept character.

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11. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Who can forget the mixture of live action and animation in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? And more importantly, who can forget Jessica Rabbit?

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12. Willow

In Willow, Warwick Davis plays a farmer who plays an important role in protecting a special baby from a queen who plans to destroy her.

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Other Movies Released In 1988 Include:

13. A Fish Called Wanda

14. The Accused

15. The Accidental Tourist

16. Buster

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17. Caddyshack II

18. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

19. Gorillas In The Mist

20. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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12. Hellbound: Hellraiser II

22. Mac And Me

23. Midnight Run

24. Moonwalker

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25. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

26. Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach

27. Poltergeist III

28. Rambo III

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29. Short Circuit 2

30. Working Girl

That’s it for now. How many many movies released in 2018 do you think we’ll remember this fondly in another 30 years time? Here’s hoping we’re all still around to decide!

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Be sure to share this post with your fellow 80s kids, so they too can find out which classic movies from their youth are already 3 decades old!