Inspirational movies/childhood nostalgia

by trippinmarlin | created - 25 Nov 2013 | updated - 29 Nov 2013 | Public

growing up in the 80s-90s childhood nostalgia and just make me feel good movies

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1. Parenthood (1989)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards

Votes: 38,950 | Gross: $100.05M

great for the babyboomer generation

2. It Could Happen to You (1994)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 30,587 | Gross: $37.80M

"it pays to be kind"

3. The Outsiders (1983)

PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze

Votes: 64,171 | Gross: $25.60M

4. That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

Two juvenile delinquents find themselves growing apart, for one is growing up, and the other is staying young and reckless.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Craig Sheffer, Larry B. Scott, Matthew Dudley

Votes: 1,886 | Gross: $8.63M

5. Rumble Fish (1983)

R | 94 min | Drama

63 Metascore

Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 27,156 | Gross: $2.49M

6. Untamed Heart (1993)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A waitress hardly notices a shy busboy who secretly loves her; until one night she's attacked and he comes to her rescue. From there a relationship sparks but one secret could mean disaster for these fated lovers.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: Christian Slater, Marisa Tomei, Rosie Perez, Kyle Secor

Votes: 11,126 | Gross: $18.90M

7. Picket Fences (1992–1996)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Family

An aging Sheriff tries to keep the peace in Rome, Wisconson, a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes.

Stars: Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly, Costas Mandylor

Votes: 3,352

8. The Sandlot (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur, Patrick Renna

Votes: 66,500 | Gross: $32.42M

9. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 116,111 | Gross: $19.29M

"youll shoot your eye out"

10. The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

24 Metascore

A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening

Votes: 32,720 | Gross: $41.46M

11. Uncle Buck (1989)

PG | 100 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann

Votes: 71,234 | Gross: $66.76M

12. Brewster's Millions (1985)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins

Votes: 31,149 | Gross: $38.80M

13. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus

Votes: 80,210 | Gross: $27.09M

14. Roseanne (1988–2018)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of a working-class family struggling with life's essential problems: marriage, children, money and parents-in-law.

Stars: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman

Votes: 35,279

15. Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Drama

55 Metascore

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen

Votes: 45,491 | Gross: $38.38M

16. Only the Lonely (1991)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

A Chicago cop must balance loyalty to his overbearing mother and a relationship with a shy funeral home worker.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: John Candy, Maureen O'Hara, Ally Sheedy, Kevin Dunn

Votes: 8,753 | Gross: $21.83M

17. Dazed and Confused (1993)

R | 102 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 139,358 | Gross: $7.99M

18. License to Drive (1988)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy

36 Metascore

A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver's test.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Carol Kane, Richard Masur

Votes: 15,606 | Gross: $22.43M

19. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

60 Metascore

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 203,033 | Gross: $61.50M

20. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy

35 Metascore

Five siblings are left alone all summer when their mom leaves town and the evil babysitter bites the dust.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, John Getz, Josh Charles

Votes: 23,721 | Gross: $25.20M

21. Less Than Zero (1987)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Votes: 16,059 | Gross: $12.40M

22. Big (1988)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

73 Metascore

After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

Votes: 169,302 | Gross: $114.97M

23. On Golden Pond (1981)

PG | 109 min | Drama

Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon

Votes: 23,991 | Gross: $119.29M

24. Zapped! (1982)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

10 Metascore

A high school science nerd gains telekinetic powers after a laboratory accident and uses them for revenge upon bullies.

Director: Robert J. Rosenthal | Stars: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Robert Mandan, Felice Schachter

Votes: 5,227 | Gross: $16.90M

25. Zapped Again! (1990 Video)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A new kid moves into school, making enemies with the affluent societies and joining the beleaguered Science Club. But when an old potion is discovered to confer telekinetic power he gets ... See full summary »

Directors: Doug Campbell, Jake Hooker | Stars: Todd Eric Andrews, Kelli Williams, Reed Rudy, Maria Maestas McCann

Votes: 968

26. With Honors (1994)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

Convinced his thesis will have him graduate with honors from Harvard University, a stuffy student finds himself at the mercy of a homeless man's demands when he holds the papers hostage.

Director: Alek Keshishian | Stars: Joe Pesci, Brendan Fraser, Moira Kelly, Patrick Dempsey

Votes: 11,876 | Gross: $20.04M

27. The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama

45 Metascore

A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Keith Gordon, Richard Bradford

Votes: 7,475 | Gross: $3.10M

28. Cocktail (1988)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

12 Metascore

A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes

Votes: 68,785 | Gross: $78.22M