The 1980s, it seems, were all about films, right?
It’s the decade of the 70s, right, right?!
Now, it’s the era of the 90s, the decade that ushered in the 80s boom, and it’s also the decade when many of the great films of the past 15 years were made.
Now, if you’re reading this, you’re likely already familiar with the classics like Blade Runner, The Blair Witch Project, and Pulp Fiction.
If you’re not, you might have seen The Prestige or The Wolf of Wall Street, but for most of us, we’ve had a hard time wrapping our minds around the likes of The Wrestler, The Usual Suspects, or the now-classic The Silence of the Lambs.
But as we dive into the era that we’ll call the 80’s, let’s first start off with the movies that were released in the decade.
That’s right, the 80′s was the era when the movies of the 80″s were made — films that were as beloved as they were controversial.
The best-known example of this was the film Pulp, which debuted in 1986, and was so beloved that its original soundtrack was nominated for five Academy Awards.
The movie was also the first movie of the era to receive an R rating, a classification that was originally created for violent movies.
Pulp also received widespread critical acclaim and the film became the most successful film of the decade, earning over $3.2 billion worldwide.
And just as Pulp was becoming a major Hollywood phenomenon, the 90′s saw a whole host of high-profile films that made headlines, including The Graduate, The Terminator, and even The Great Escape.
The last of those movies, The Great Leap, was released in 1994, and its box office and box office success led to it being nominated for two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
It was also, of course, the year that The Terminator was made, and the success of The Great Lift led to the Terminator sequels and the first three Terminator movies being released in 1990.
So while The Great Train Robbery and The Terminator are still the most-loved movies of all time, they also represent just a fraction of the movies made during the 80ies.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at all of the films released during the period, and then we’ll look at how they all stack up in terms of what critics liked, what critics disliked, and how many people enjoyed them.
The 80′S is a Time of Many Movies In the 1980s the films we saw and the films that we loved were all coming from a different place, a different time.
The 1970s was a time of new-wave filmmaking, a time when the art of cinema was beginning to take hold.
The 70s had just come out with their first big-budget feature, The Breakfast Club, and their first major film, The Sound of Music, had just debuted.
So as the decade progressed, filmmakers like Clint Eastwood and Robert Altman continued to reinvent themselves and to break new ground, and many of their movies had a huge impact on how we perceive cinema today.
But there was one film that did not change much in its time period, one film from the decade with the most influence on us as filmmakers: The Presto Hotel.
This film, written and directed by Michael Eisner, was about a hotel called The Prestogate, a luxury hotel located on the seedy side of Los Angeles.
The Prestogi Hotel was notorious for its high-priced rooms, but there was something special about this property: It was one of the first properties that had been designed specifically for its occupants to have their own rooms, complete with their own kitchens, bathrooms, and beds.
The idea behind the hotel was to provide a sense of home to the residents, but in the process of making this vision a reality, the film was also responsible for creating the modern-day buzz surrounding the movie.
The original plan was to create the Presto as a luxury resort that would cater to the wealthy and the well-off, but this didn’t quite work out the way it originally intended.
By the time the film arrived, the city of Los Angles had already begun to take notice of its location on the city’s waterfront, and The Prestos reputation as an unapologetically luxurious, exclusive, and dangerous place started to become a real issue.
A new generation of filmmakers wanted to try and break the mold of what it meant to be a Los Angeles resident and how they could experience a new lifestyle.
It would be the 90’s that would see The Prestojes rise to fame, with films like The Last of the Mohicans, The Black Hole, and Casino Royale making an impact.
It’s this period in the 1980′s that I want to look at