Picking great films from 1982 was no easy task. Many of the movies which came out became classics which are beloved by fans even today. Of course, it was also the year, The Pirate Movie, one of the worst movies ever came out. Still finding the best wasn’t hard as this is my list and I’m going to be a bit biased. Here the top five movies to come out of 1982 which are my personal favorites.
5. Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn
KAHN! Seriously, though, this movie lives up to the fan hype surrounding it. Tying into one of the best episodes of the original series, a villain appears played fantastically by Ricardo Montalban and may prove to be Kirk’s downfall. This was the one which set the standards for all Trek films to come. Making sure to not only reunite the crew but also made sure to push the boundaries of what could be done with the characters and the story.
This film would be higher on the list if I grew up on Star Trek, instead of finding it after college.
4. Secret of NIMH
It’s hard to deny this film really left an impression on many children of the 80s. Many were so used to standard Disney movies and were not ready for the visually disturbing but pleasing at the same time world Director Don Bluth was about to present to us. The story of Mrs. Brisby and her quest to find a way to save her family is one of hope, courage, and magic which has the ability to delight all who watch it, even today.
3. Blade Runner
The definite cyberpunk movie, which cemented Director Ridley Scott as one of Hollywood’s visionaries. Harrison Ford portrayal of Rick Deckard offered a classic detective story but presented in a world no one had seen before. It’s movie, which thanks to the multitude of different versions which exist, is still hailed by fans of science fiction and great filmmaking even today.
I remembered when I caught this film on TV. It was already a great movie, but later viewings would allow me the opportunity to find Easter Eggs, details I missed and even appreciate it for the effect it had on gaming culture. I was able to find one of the DVD before it went into the vault and wasn’t released until the sequel came out. It doesn’t take much for me to drop everything and put this film on.
1. The Last Unicorn
Truth be told, the Red Bull scared me as a kid. Why wouldn’t it? It was a creature made of pure flames and magnificently animated by Rankin/Bass productions. With its stellar voice cast, great soundtrack by America, and quality which only seems to get better with age, this is a film which remains a favorite of mine even to this day. It’s so good I’ll even make sure to buy the new versions of the films whenever they are released. Now if they can only get the live action version they were talking about so long ago out of production limbo.
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