15 FILMS For Growing UP

A list of films I watched as a youngling that impacted me greatly. These are films that started it all- you know back in the day of VHS. Most of these films were already ten years old or more when I finally watched them. Most were made in the decade I was born (1980's) but I find that they are timeless and will make sure that my children watch them someday-
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1.
WarGames (1983)
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A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. (114 mins.)
Director: John Badham
“ Such a lost art- fear of muclear war and the power of computers. I still do double takes when I ever hear the name 'Joshua'. Such a great film about the uncertainty of technology and of course, first love. Kinda has an 'Ender Games' feel to it- such a great gilm. ” - MadameGeorge
 
2.
Say Anything... (1989)
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A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ Every girl wants a knight in shining armour to come rescue them- its true no matter what feminist say. This was the first film that I actually saw the power of young love- there is nothing, NOTHING better then Llyod and his boombox. 'In Your Eyes' please- this is the quintessential love story for girls who are looking for their kick-boxing, key-hiding, closet-romantic. ” - MadameGeorge
 
3.
Stand by Me (1986)
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ I think everyone has the group of friends that they grow up. The ones that you are more or less forced to grow up with because they live close and go to the same school. The gang of boys in this film go on a life-changing adventure that defines their childhood. Such a great film about loyality and the pains of being pure at heart. ” - MadameGeorge
 
4.
Labyrinth (1986)
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A 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
“ I wondered for a long time why my parents made me watch this film. I was like 8 and had no idea who David Bowie was- I remember thinking that this film was really messed up and I did not like it. Of course watching it over and over- because my older sister loved it- finally made it click and I believe this was the tale that started my love of fantasy. ” - MadameGeorge
 
5.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Giants. Swords. Mutant Hamsters. True Love. Posions. Whats not to love about a farm boy in love with a princess. Such a great film about everything that is magical in the world. ” - MadameGeorge
 
6.
Jaws (1975)
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A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a part-time sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ Saying I was afraid of sharks as a child would be like saying the sun is hot. I was so scared of the ocean that when my family and I would vacation in FL or CA I would not go near the beach with anything but my toes. I think it was four summers of vactions after watching that I finally braved the ocean- and that was because I was forced to learn to surf. Such a great film- except the shark eating people thing.... ” - MadameGeorge
 
7.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
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A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ I watched this at such a great time in my life- the time in which I learned how to skip school and get away with it. If this film taught me anything it was: how to skrew the system at every level: school (Phone games- automated awesomeness), parents (keep them in the dark- mess with their heads via hot friends, put yourself about material objects they worship) and big buisness (dine & dash). Ferris gets away with it all and does it so well, how can you not root for him? ” - MadameGeorge
 
8.
The Goonies (1985)
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In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure. (114 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ We all need a little dose of fear. Goonies was mine when I was in sixth grade. Entering the House of Evil only because you want to do the right thing. This film does a great job of teaching kids that bravery is so close to stupidity sometimes. ” - MadameGeorge
 
9.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ I want to go on vacation with these two. Such a hilarious cross-country expidition. This was the film I discovered my love of Steve Martin- it remains today. ” - MadameGeorge
 
10.
Blade Runner (1982)
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A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Totally on another level of awesomeness. Loved it- still do. As a kid watching this there was something otherworldly that never goes away with this film. This was my childhood Harrison Ford- no Han Solo or Indian Jones for me and I thank my dad for that. ” - MadameGeorge
 
11.
Funny Farm (1988)
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A couple swap city life for the country, but their picturesque new hometown turns out to be overrun with a gauntlet of crazy inhabitants. (101 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ It is always the squirrel. I remember watching this film and telling myself to never live in a small town or out in the middle of nowhere, because eventually you have to deal with the crazy just over the hill. Oh and it taught me to make sure I know what I am eating at all times- ” - MadameGeorge
 
12.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
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Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (100 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
“ Well- yeah of course. ” - MadameGeorge
 
13.
Clue (1985)
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Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery. (94 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
“ Such an awesome film based on my favorite board game. I love the mystery and the suspence- the whole 'Who done it' with a side of comedy. Great mix of everything. ” - MadameGeorge
 
14.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
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The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
“ Such the Christmas tradition in my house. The over done lights, the RV and the crazy Randy Quaid. Love it- ” - MadameGeorge
 
15.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
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A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. (96 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
“ So many John Hughes films- this is the one that I find has the greatest impact on high school girls. It is the first film that really looked at the high school scene and the struggle between classes- not math, english and science: but those who have and those who do not. I love everything about this film- the classic best friend that will never be more than that, the love of your high school life that will disappoint you. It comes back to the choices that you make and the realization that no one can break you- ” - MadameGeorge