Films I watched at the cinema in 70s and 80s

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1.
The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that has special powers... (104 mins.)
Director: Norman Tokar
“ Watched this at the Speedy drive in on heidelberg road. I was to watch this movie again on a flight to Japan in 2002. ” - frigug
 
2.
Nine to Five (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him. (109 mins.)
Director: Colin Higgins
“ Watched this at Stadium drive-in in Malvern ” - frigug
 
3.
An Eye for an Eye (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered... (106 mins.)
Director: Steve Carver
“ Watched this in 1981 at Werner Walthers birthday at the cinema on the corner of 10th street and Orange Grove ” - frigug
 
4.
Alligator (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage. (91 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ Watched this at Paterson park recreation center big hall ” - frigug
 
5.
Stripes (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun. (106 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ Watched this at the Paterson Park recreation center upstairs small hall ” - frigug
 
6.
Io sto con gli ippopotami (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In Africa, many years ago, Slim and Tom don't like it when a German tyrant, starts selling all of the African wildlife to Canadian Zoo's... (108 mins.)
“ Watched this the Stadium drive-in in Malvern. Possibly the 2nd movie I ever watched at the drive-in ” - frigug
 
7.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ I watched this at the Malvern drive in . The scene where they sawed off the guys legs in the shower remained with me for a long time and put me off any thought of a life in crime at the age of 8. ” - frigug
 
8.
The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
This is the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but... (106 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ Watched this at the Corlett drive center where doctor smith also used to reside. ” - frigug
 
9.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ I only watched a little at the drive in ( possibly the Johannesburg drive in near wynberg ) . I fell asleep as I was tired and bored with all the talk. I was only to watch this film again around 2011 and it blew me away to how great it is. ” - frigug
 
10.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world. (115 mins.)
“ I watched this at balfour park on a saturday morning. I never saw the magic of this film until I watched it again in 2013 with the kids on a school holiday. ” - frigug
 
11.
Spies Like Us (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War. (102 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood. Was very funny at the time, but I dare not return to watching it again. ” - frigug
 
12.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. (102 mins.)
“ I watched this at Norwood primary. They used to have films on a friday night. I loved it. ” - frigug
 
13.
Octopussy (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces. (131 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ I watched this at Norwood primary. They used to have films on a friday night. I loved it. ” - frigug
 
14.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ I watched this a Top Star in joburg. Was great at the time, but at the age of 6, I think I fell asleep . ” - frigug
 
15.
Amin: The Rise and Fall (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The chronicle of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and his tyranic rule from 1971 to his overthrow in 1979. (101 mins.)
Director: Sharad Patel
“ I watched this possibly at Johannesburg drive around Wynberg. It put the fear into me and Amin from then on was also associated with evil. ” - frigug
 
16.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood ” - frigug
 
17.
Howard the Duck (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invader. (110 mins.)
Director: Willard Huyck
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood . I was alright at the young tender age. ” - frigug
 
18.
Annie (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood ” - frigug
 
19.
Cobra (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans. (87 mins.)
“ I watched this at Eastgate cinema. Loved it at the time. I am scared to return to it as I may ruin the memory. ” - frigug
 
20.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Watched this with my cousins Sandro and brother. I was so glad that I was able to sneak in ( being that I was only 11 when I watched this film ) . Still is my favorite film of all time. The character interaction still stands up. ” - frigug
 
21.
Ghostbusters (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ I watched this at Top Star drive in ( which now does not exist at they mined the whole drive in away ). I remember they were selling the ghost pops chips around this time which I enjoyed. ” - frigug
 
22.
Batman (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ I watched this with Sandro at Balfour Park. Was a great film and still is. ” - frigug
 
23.
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay... (119 mins.)
Director: Randa Haines
“ Watched this at Balfour Park with Gary and his parents. At the age of 11 , this movie nearly bored me to an early death. I watched it again around 2010 and loved it. ” - frigug
 
24.
Red Heat (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country. (104 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ Watched this on the same day as Big with Sandro and Francesco at Sandton City. ” - frigug
 
25.
Big (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body. (104 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
“ Watched this on the same day as Red Heat with Sandro and Francesco at Sandton City. ” - frigug
 
26.
Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The alumni of Commandant Lassard's Police Academy return to the school to train new recruits and prevent its closure. (83 mins.)
Director: Jerry Paris
“ I watched this with my next door neighbor Gary at Balfour park. Mom was in hospital at the time. ” - frigug
 
27.
The Land Before Time (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley. (69 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
“ I watched this in Hillbrow with Carla, Naida and Carla's then boyfriend Dino. ” - frigug
 
28.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda. (118 mins.)
Director: Desmond Davis
“ I watched this at Orange Grove cinema which was at the corner of 10th street and Louis Botha ” - frigug
 
29.
Xanadu (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
The story of a girl who makes dreams come true. (96 mins.)
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood ” - frigug
 
30.
Condorman (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Cartoonist Woody becomes the superhero he draws. Using his gadgets he helps a Soviet spy defect to the West. (90 mins.)
Director: Charles Jarrott
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood ” - frigug
 
31.
Airport '77 (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under 100 feet of water. (114 mins.)
Director: Jerry Jameson
“ This is possibly the first ever film I watched outside of home. I think I watched it at stadium drive-in at malvern ” - frigug
 
32.
Zorro (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the New World, a new Spanish governor finds the province of Nueva Aragón under the iron fist of the corrupt Colonel Huerta and vows to bring justice under the guise of a masked avenger. (124 mins.)
Director: Duccio Tessari
“ We watched this at home in the kitchen with a old projector and a sheet against the wall. ” - frigug
 
33.
Trinity: Good Guys and Bad Guys (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In 1978, $20 million was stolen from a Detroit bank. One of the robbers was caught, one was found dead... (96 mins.)
Director: Bruno Corbucci
“ Watched this at the Corlett drive center where doctor smith also used to reside. This I believe was actually called Miami Supercops when I watched it. One of the last bud spencer films I ever watched. ” - frigug
 
34.
Enter the Dragon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. (102 mins.)
Director: Robert Clouse
“ This was the 2nd film of the evening at the drive in ( the 2nd film was always a bit older that current releases ) . I was great. I watched this again in the 90s and in 2012. Bruce lee's intestity in this film is amazing. ” - frigug
 
35.
The Golden Child (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A private detective specializing in missing children is charged with the task of finding a special child who dark forces want to eliminate. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ I watched this at Balfour Park ” - frigug
 
36.
Cannonball Run II (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
The original characters from the first Cannonball movie race across the country once more in various cars and trucks. (108 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
 
37.
My Bodyguard (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard. (96 mins.)
Director: Tony Bill
“ I watched this at Paterson park community hall. ” - frigug
 
38.
Death Wish II (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Architect Paul Kersey once again becomes a vigilante when he tries to find the five street punks who murdered his daughter and housekeeper, this time on the dark streets of Los Angeles. (88 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
“ I watched this at the drive in with my parents. I can't beleive my parents would take a 7 year old to watch a movie called Death Wish. It left quite an impression on me. ” - frigug