1. The Goonies
If there was ever a film that told kids (and adults) that it’s absolutely fine to be different and that people will still love you, then this was the one. Practically the cornerstone film for mental health and disabilities for me. Kids can be cruel, but they can also be little gems too as we can see in the picture; Sloth and Chunk getting to know each other – which blossomed into a beautiful friendship.
2. The Karate Kid
All of you that were 80s kids would remember Daniel Laruso’s Crane Kick at the end of the film that won him the tournament. I think for most 80s kids like me this was the film that inspired us all to join our local Dojos. And the demand meant that more popped up. It was a high demand season for Karate those years. This film tried to tackle the important issue of self-defence and how it can get you out of tricky situations – rather than weapons.
3. Dirty Dancing
This film was awesome. And I will admit that I only saw it last year after taking my wife to the stage productions because I enjoyed it so much. Dirty Dancing brought dance to the 80s; showing young men and women alike that dancing can be fun, energetic and most importantly sexy. Dancing changes as we do and we have several TV shows on today that stresses this! In fact after seeing these productions I wanted to learn dance! Haha.
4. First Blood
How much did I love this film? This is probably one of the best. And correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t this one of the first films to highlight the plight of war veterans? Coming back, after fighting for their country and just receiving a shit-ton of abuse from people and the authorities. This was a very powerful film. It highlighted PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the disregard for war veterans after being discharged. Powerful, powerful film
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
For me this was the first popular film that educated me on how interested Hitler was in the Occult. In fact he was so interested that he had little parties scouring the world for extremely religious artifacts. Raiders of the Lost Ark highlighted this which was really interesting. After this film Hitlers obsession with the Occult became widely known and used through popular entertainment.
Created during the severe threat of nuclear war between America and Cuba, this film tried to change the worlds perception on Nuclear war. When that first nuke flies out – that is the end of the world as we know it. Period. It also highlights the vulnerabilities of computer systems to an extent.