Uncelebrated Movies of The Eighties and Nineties

by rodensweet | created - 14 Jun 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Everybody cherishes Goonies but what about Major Payne?

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1. Major Payne (1995)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

34 Metascore

A recently discharged Major, finds himself commanding a group of mismatched Cadets.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Damon Wayans, Michael Ironside, Bam Bam Bigelow, Joseph Blaire

Votes: 27,104 | Gross: $29.41M

2. Streets of Fire (1984)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan

Votes: 15,365 | Gross: $8.09M

3. The Full Monty (1997)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

Director: Peter Cattaneo | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Wim Snape

Votes: 90,898 | Gross: $45.95M

4. Toy Soldiers (1991)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

46 Metascore

When terrorists seize control of a boarding school, a group of troublemaking boys decide to resist them.

Director: Daniel Petrie Jr. | Stars: Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan, Andrew Divoff

Votes: 17,941 | Gross: $15.07M

5. Roadhouse 66 (1984)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

An ex-rock and roll star teams up with a naive young man to set things right in a small town where the local thugs rule unchallenged.

Director: John Mark Robinson | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Judge Reinhold, Kaaren Lee, Kate Vernon

Votes: 590

6. 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: 7,747 | Gross: $3.10M

7. 1941 (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War

34 Metascore

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen

Votes: 28,598 | Gross: $31.76M

8. RocketMan (1997)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Fred Z. Randall is a geeky and obnoxious spacecraft designer who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars as a member of the first manned flight there.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Harland Williams, Jessica Lundy, William Sadler, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 8,246 | Gross: $15.45M

9. Bound (1996)

R | 109 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

61 Metascore

Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan

Votes: 45,995 | Gross: $3.80M

10. Mystic Pizza (1988)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 21,727 | Gross: $12.79M

11. Dead Calm (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane, Rod Mullinar

Votes: 33,287 | Gross: $7.83M

12. Young Einstein (1988)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, History

Albert Einstein is the son of a Tasmanian apple farmer, who discovers the secret of splitting the beer atom to put the bubbles back into beer. When Albert travels to Sydney to patent his ... See full summary »

Director: Yahoo Serious | Stars: Yahoo Serious, Odile Le Clezio, John Howard, Peewee Wilson

Votes: 7,913 | Gross: $11.54M

13. Pink Cadillac (1989)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Skip tracer Tommy Nowak is tracking Lou Ann McGuinn for a bail bondsman in California. Lou Ann is also being chased by her husband Roy McGuinn and his birth right/neo-nazi friends for ... See full summary »

Director: Buddy Van Horn | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bernadette Peters, Timothy Carhart, Tiffany Gail Robinson

Votes: 9,850 | Gross: $12.14M

14. The Meteor Man (1993)

PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

A high school teacher from a troubled inner city Washington D.C. neighborhood becomes a super-powered hero and takes on the gang that has been terrorizing his streets.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Robert Townsend, Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume

Votes: 6,989 | Gross: $8.02M

15. Matilda (1996)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

72 Metascore

Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 106,871 | Gross: $33.08M

16. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 640,606 | Gross: $17.50M

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: 143,459 | Gross: $7.99M

18. Steel Dawn (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.

Director: Lance Hool | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, Anthony Zerbe, Christopher Neame

Votes: 4,157 | Gross: $0.56M

19. Map of the Human Heart (1992)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Fantastic improbabilities, happenstance and the undying bridge of love are part of this romantic fantasy about an Inuit who crosses years, oceans and the ravages of WWII to find his ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Anne Parillaud, Patrick Bergin, Robert Joamie

Votes: 2,873 | Gross: $2.81M

20. 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: 11,446 | Gross: $18.90M

21. The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In the tiny town of Milagro, New Mexico, where the local water is a premium resource, shady developer Ladd Devine has conceived a glitzy resort that will ultimately siphon off all the water... See full summary »

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Rubén Blades, Richard Bradford, Sônia Braga, Julie Carmen

Votes: 5,487 | Gross: $13.83M

22. Explorers (1985)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

58 Metascore

A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Bradley Gregg

Votes: 17,321 | Gross: $9.87M

23. Mulholland Falls (1996)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1950's Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 14,457 | Gross: $11.50M

24. Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Western

While the audience watches a black and white horse opera, a narrator's voice wonders what such a movie would be like today. Rex O'Herlihan, The Singing Cowboy, finds himself in color and ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Wilson | Stars: Tom Berenger, G.W. Bailey, Marilu Henner, Andy Griffith

Votes: 1,778 | Gross: $6.09M

25. Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)

PG-13 | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A Los Angeles detective is murdered because she has microfilm with the recipe to make cocaine cookies. A "Lethal Weapon" style cop team tries to find and stop the fiends before they can ... See full summary »

Director: Gene Quintano | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Lovitz, Tim Curry

Votes: 41,070 | Gross: $27.98M

26. Smooth Talk (1985)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A free-spirited 15-year-old girl flirts with a dangerous stranger in the Northern California suburbs and must prepare herself for the frightening and traumatic consequences.

Director: Joyce Chopra | Stars: Treat Williams, Laura Dern, Mary Kay Place, Margaret Welsh

Votes: 1,475 | Gross: $0.02M

27. Foxes (1980)

R | 106 min | Drama

A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, Marilyn Kagan, Kandice Stroh

Votes: 3,518

28. Shy People (1987)

R | 118 min | Drama

New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. Journalist's wild drug addicted daughter just adds to tensions between two families' cultures.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Barbara Hershey, Martha Plimpton, Merritt Butrick

Votes: 1,022 | Gross: $0.77M

29. Swing Shift (1984)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance, War

A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an aircraft plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Fred Ward

Votes: 3,773 | Gross: $6.65M

30. River's Edge (1986)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A high school slacker commits a shocking act and proceeds to let his friends in on the secret. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck

Votes: 13,791 | Gross: $4.60M

31. The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

The film talks about a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all. It is noted for its wonderful assortment of oddball characters.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Rob Lowe, Jodie Foster, Paul McCrane, Beau Bridges

Votes: 7,247 | Gross: $5.10M



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