Films & TV from when I was young

by paul-rocca | created - 07 Jan 2014 | updated - 07 Jan 2014 | Public
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1. Neighbours (1985– )

TV-G | 22 min | Drama, Romance

Australian soap opera exploring the lives and relationships of the residents of Ramsay Street in Erinsborough.

Stars: Stefan Dennis, Alan Fletcher, Tom Oliver, Jackie Woodburne

Votes: 4,134

Yes i actually watched this, without ever missing an episode up to 1990, and i even made my sisters record it when i got my first job!

2. The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror

32 Metascore

Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud

Votes: 30,532 | Gross: $86.43M

Frightened the bloody life out of me when i was 8 or 9, my best memory was being in a big holiday house in Trearddur Bay in 82/83 and all of us sitting around the tele watching this, then suddenly we heard a massive bag.... to discover the kitsch celling had fallen in!!! Still scares me now!!

3. Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Digby consumes a bowl of Project X, a liquid growth formula. Soon, he becomes a sheepdog of gigantic size!

Director: Joseph McGrath | Stars: Jim Dale, Spike Milligan, Angela Douglas, John Bluthal

Votes: 568

Classic film, it reminds me of school holidays and watching this over and over again!

4. The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972)

55 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

John and his class go on a school trip to the Tower of London. While he is there he loses his pet mouse and vows to return and find her later. Back in school, he is not very attentive and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Mark Dightam, Robert Eddison, Helen Weir, Brian Worth

Votes: 146

Another classic (very low budget) film, which reminds me of school holidays.

6. The Love Bug (1968)

G | 108 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett

Votes: 11,870

7. The Monkees (1966–1968)

30 min | Comedy, Music

The misadventures of a struggling rock band.

Stars: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith

Votes: 3,011

8. Knight Rider (1982–1986)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of a virtually indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart, Patricia McPherson

Votes: 24,648

9. The A-Team (1983–1987)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military.

Stars: George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict

Votes: 28,936

10. The Railway Children (1970)

G | 109 min | Family, Drama

After the enforced absence of their father, three children move with their mother to Yorkshire, where during their adventures they attempt to discover the reason for his disappearance.

Director: Lionel Jeffries | Stars: Dinah Sheridan, Bernard Cribbins, William Mervyn, Iain Cuthbertson

Votes: 3,238

11. Grange Hill (1978–2008)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The long running television series of the Grange Hill Comprehensive School, and the children's everyday lives.

Stars: Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes, Sally Geoghegan

Votes: 882

12. Prisoner (1979–1986)

50 min | Crime, Drama

The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.

Stars: Elspeth Ballantyne, Betty Bobbitt, Sheila Florance, Maggie Kirkpatrick

Votes: 1,426

13. Married with Children (1986–1997)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 85,261

14. Home and Away (1988– )

22 min | Drama, Romance

"Home and Away" chronicles the lives, loves, happiness and heart-breaks of the residents of Summer Bay, a small coastal town in New South Wales, Australia.

Stars: Ray Meagher, Lynne McGranger, Emily Symons, Ada Nicodemou

Votes: 4,840

15. Dallas (1978–1991)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

J.R. Ewing, a Texas oil baron, uses manipulation and blackmail to achieve his ambitions, both business and personal. He often comes into conflict with his brother Bobby, his arch-enemy Cliff Barnes and his long-suffering wife Sue Ellen.

Stars: Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray

Votes: 9,598

16. That's Life! (1973–1994)

Documentary, Talk-Show

Esther Rantzen and the team present a variety of subjects, including consumer advice, rights and investigations, topical news-related vox pops, and lighthearted items such as clever pets and hilarious misspelt signs.

Stars: Esther Rantzen, Gavin Campbell, Doc Cox, Victoria Wood

Votes: 38

17. Coma (1978)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

60 Metascore

When a young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Michael Douglas, Rip Torn, Geneviève Bujold, Elizabeth Ashley

Votes: 14,730

18. Stir Crazy (1980)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

56 Metascore

Set up and wrongfully accused, two best friends will be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit. However, no prison cell could keep them locked in.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams

Votes: 20,916 | Gross: $101.30M

19. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 157,897 | Gross: $132.09M

20. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

79 Metascore

A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight

Votes: 120,400 | Gross: $76.61M

21. Juliet Bravo (1980–1985)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Newly-promoted Inspector Jean Darblay takes charge of the police station in the fictional Lancashire town of Hartley. She is the first woman to be placed in charge of the station and ... See full summary »

Stars: David Ellison, Noel Collins, Stephanie Turner, Anna Carteret

Votes: 137

22. The Day of the Triffids (1963)

Approved | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis | Stars: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore

Votes: 6,173

23. Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (1976–1982)

120 min | Family, Talk-Show

Saturday morning children's show which as well as having music and guests also had kids phone in and swap toys with each other.

Stars: Noel Edmonds, Keith Chegwin, John Craven, Maggie Philbin

Votes: 57

24. Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982)

25 min | Comedy

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones

Votes: 1,764

26. The Big Breakfast (1992–2002)

120 min | Comedy, Game-Show, News

The UK's breakfast TV show on Channel 4. A very lighthearted mix of interviews, news, quizzes and features.

Stars: Jody Bunting, Johnny Vaughan, Natasha Vale, Keith Chegwin

Votes: 1,134

27. Bullseye (1981– )

30 min | Game-Show

Contestants test their darts skills and general knowledge and battle it out to get to Bully's Prize Board.

Stars: Jim Bowen, Tony Green, Nick Owen, Eric Bristow

Votes: 203

28. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 589,726 | Gross: $28.26M

29. Taxi (1978–1983)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner

Votes: 9,304

30. St. Elsewhere (1982–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital.

Stars: Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel, David Morse

Votes: 2,802

31. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 273,087 | Gross: $70.14M

32. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean

Votes: 102,955 | Gross: $49.53M

33. 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: 70,879 | Gross: $66.76M

34. Saiyûki (1978–1980)

Action, Family, Adventure

An adaptation of a Chinese folktale about a pilgrimage to the West undertaken by a monk and his divine guardians.

Stars: Masaaki Sakai, Masako Natsume, Shunji Fujimura, Gareth Armstrong

Votes: 1,098