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List Rules Vote up the best "old" movies that came out in the '80s and '90s - the ones you think all the kids these days MUST watch.

If you're a younger millennial, you've probably heard your older friends and coworkers say things like "Hey, you guys!" or "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" or "He can't see without his glasses!" and knew that they were quoting some old movie that you've never seen (something like The Goonies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, or My Girl). These films may have been released before you were born, but to be culturally literate, you should probably go back and watch them. This classics list is not about old old black and white movies, it's about '80s and '90s beloved masterpieces. They're the cinematic treasures that made the careers of your favorite current day actors.

You can see some of your favorite actors when they were just starting in these old movies that young people should watch. Love Christian Bale, but you've never seen Newsies? Go watch it! (fun Christian Bale fact: he hates this movie). Admire Meryl Streep? Make sure you check out Death Becomes Her. She looks so youthful!

If you ever find yourself asking, "What old movies should I watch?" just work your way down this list and knock them out, one at a time. 

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Back To The Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Seth Fieldhouse added The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy directed by David M. Evans, which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer ...more

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Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Wayne's World Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, hosts of the Aurora, Illinois-based ...more

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is based on Gary K. Wolf's ...more

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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the ...more

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My Cousin Vinny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
My Cousin Vinny Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio My Cousin Vinny is a 1992 American comedy film written by Dale Launer and directed by Jonathan Lynn. The film stars Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei, Mitchell Whitfield, Lane Smith, Bruce ...more

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Big is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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My Girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
My Girl Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice Elehwany. The film, starring Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky in her feature film debut, depicts the ...more

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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more

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Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Uncle Buck Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette Uncle Buck is a 1989 American comedy film directed by John Hughes and starring John Candy and Amy Madigan, with Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann, Macaulay Culkin, Jay Underwood, and Laurie ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name and starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
A Nightmare On Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film stars ...more

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 soft science fiction-family film. The directorial debut of Joe Johnston and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it tells the story of an inventor who ...more

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Pretty Woman Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film set in Los Angeles. Written by J. F. Lawton and directed by Garry Marshall, it stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and features Hector ...more

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Pretty In Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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Overboard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Overboard Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It was directed by Garry Marshall, produced by Roddy McDowall, and loosely inspired by the 1974 Italian ...more

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Adventures in Babysitting is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Adventures In Babysitting Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller Adventures in Babysitting is a 1987 American comedy film written by David Simkins, directed by Chris Columbus, and starring Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Penelope Ann ...more

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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe in his directorial debut. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything... as the greatest ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Ghost Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more

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Death Becomes Her is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Death Becomes Her Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn Death Becomes Her is a 1992 American black comedy-fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and scripted by David Koepp and Martin Donovan. Starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn and ...more

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Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Look Who's Talking John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Joan Rivers Look Who's Talking is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling and starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Bruce Willis plays the voice of Mollie's son, Mikey. The ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Robert Dion added Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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Three Men and a Baby is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Three Men And A Baby Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg Three Men and a Baby is a 1987 comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy, and starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson and Nancy Travis. It follows the mishaps and adventures of three ...more

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When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
When Harry Met Sally... Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the ...more

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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter'... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead Christina Applegate, David Duchovny, Danielle Harris Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead is a 1991 American comedy film directed by Stephen Herek and starring Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, Josh Charles, and David Duchovny. The plot focuses ...more

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Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Mystic Pizza Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Vincent D'Onofrio Mystic Pizza is a 1988 American coming-of-age film directed by Donald Petrie. It stars Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, and Lili Taylor. The film also stars Vincent D'Onofrio, William R. Moses, ...more

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Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Sleepless In Seattle Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Nora Ephron. Based on a story by Jeff Arch, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie

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Thelma & Louise is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Thelma & Louise Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American crime drama film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, two friends who ...more

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Now and Then is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Now And Then Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell Now and Then is a 1995 American coming-of-age film directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffmann, Demi Moore, ...more

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Reality Bites is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Reality Bites Winona Ryder, Renée Zellweger, Ben Stiller Reality Bites is a 1994 romantic comedy-drama film written by Helen Childress and directed by Ben Stiller. It stars Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Stiller, with supporting roles by Janeane ...more

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True Romance is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Robert Dion added True Romance Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson True Romance is a 1993 American romantic crime film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette with a supporting cast ...more

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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Fatal Attraction Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski Fatal Attraction is a 1987 American psychological thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and Anne Archer. The film centers on a married Manhattan man ...more

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Parenthood Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas Howard Parenthood is a 1989 comedy-drama film with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, ...more

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Basic Instinct Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film is about a ...more

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The Professional is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Robert Dion added The Professional Sergej Trifunović, Bora Todorović, Branislav Lečić The Professional is a 2003 comedy/drama, based on 1990 drama of the same name, written and directed by famous Serbian playwright Dušan Kovačević. This movie earned its cult status by showing ...more

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Pump Up the Volume is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Robert Dion added Pump Up the Volume Christian Slater, Seth Green, Juliet Landau Pump Up the Volume is a 1990 comedy-drama film written and directed by Allan Moyle and starring Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis.

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Single White Female is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Single White Female Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bridget Fonda, Stephen Tobolowsky Single White Female is a 1992 American erotic thriller film based on John Lutz's novel SWF Seeks Same. The film stars Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh and is directed by Barbet Schroeder.

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The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
The Bodyguard Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner, Debbie Reynolds The Bodyguard is a 1992 American romantic thriller film directed by Mick Jackson, written by Lawrence Kasdan, and starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Costner stars as a former Secret ...more

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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Working Girl Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the story of a Staten Island-raised secretary, Tess McGill, working in the mergers ...more

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Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Moonstruck Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia ...more

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The Hunger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list "Old" Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime
Robert Dion added The Hunger David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon The Hunger is a 1983 British horror film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. It is the story of a love triangle between a doctor who ...more