They just don’t make them like they used to. Nothing says “throwback movies” like unrealistic CGI, sappy love stories and cheesy life lesson; here is a list of VALLEY’s top five throwback movies!
Movies with fun dance moves and a great rebellion by teenagers is always one to catch an audience’s attention. Released in 1984 starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer and Christopher Penn, newcomer Ren McCormack (Bacon) moves to a town where dancing and rock music is against the law.
With the help of his friends Willard (Penn) and Ariel (Singer) Ren attempts to loosen up the little town he now calls home.
With romance, dancing and great rock and roll music, this movie will never cease to be entertaining. If you’ve already seen the original, be sure to watch the remake that came out in 2011.
Back to the Future
The first movie of this trilogy was released in 1985 and starred Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. The main plot of the movie is Marty McFly (Fox) is sent back in time by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Lloyd) but the trip goes awry. While Marty is in the past he meets younger versions of his parents and he must make sure they fall in love or else he will cease to exist and so will the present he knows.
Despite the iffy CGI, the fun and unusual (at the time) storyline made the movie, and the rest of the trilogy, a beloved movie franchise.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Who doesn’t love a movie that heightens your expectations on what skipping school should be like? Released in 1986 and starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck and Mia Sara, this movie will always be a heartwarming and fun watch.
Ferris Bueller (Broderick) has a skill at cutting class, and on the particular day this movie is set on, he decides to cut again as a last hurrah before graduation. He borrows a Ferrari from his best friend Cameron (Ruck) and gets a girl from his class, Sloane (Sara), to come with them around Chicago.
Let’s not forget the iconic “Twist and Shout” scene, where Ferris performs the famous Beatles song on a float in the middle of a parade. Or the one where Ferris runs through the backyards and the streets of his neighborhood to get home before anyone finds out that he’s not really sick.
Even though this type of adventure is very unlikely to happen outside the movie world, it’s still a movie that is good for anyone on their day off.
The Princess Bride
Romance movies these days just aren’t the same. Despite it being a romance movie, just about everyone has seen and loved this movie — most likely due to its unusual plot, or the fact that it has just as much action as it does romance.
Released in 1987, starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, this movie is a fairytale adventure about Buttercup (Wright) and her one true love Westley (Elwes) who get separated for many years. Once they are reunited they must battle the evils of their world in order to stay together.
Good Will Hunting
Movies about troubled geniuses are everyone’s favorite, since they always seem more realistic than not. Released in 1997, starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams, Damon plays troubled teen, Will Hunting, who has a genius level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT.
He then solves a difficult graduate-level math problem and becomes noticed by a professor who wants to help him reach his potential. However, Will gets into trouble with the police soon after and is sent to Sean Maguire (Williams), a therapist who will help him realize his true potential.
Despite it being a real tearjerker, this movie is a classic that delivers great lines and emotional moments between Williams and Damon. It is one of those movies that no matter how old it is, it will continue to be relevant. Plus, young Matt Damon is a nice touch.
Even though movies these days are insanely realistic, sometimes a nice cheesy, low definition, throwback movie is the way to go.