The 80s is arguably one of the most romanticized eras in history. “I grew up in the 80s”, “I wish I could go back to the 80s” are lines one often hears from nostalgic freaks of the decade. So what exactly makes glam-rock era so special? There was a massive cultural change that took over the world post the Vietnam war in the 70s, and the 80s would then set the trend for the decades to follow. Like all other forms of art, cinema, too, witnessed significant changes in style and content. The entry of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis onto the scene had paved the way for a whole new style of filmmaking in mainstream cinema, especially in the sci-fi, action arenas. There have also been numerous indie filmmakers whose works weren’t well appreciated at the time of their release, but over the years, would go on to generate a staunch fan following. One can easily argue that 80s was a decade with most number of cult classics that people have discovered over time. With that said, here’s the list of top cult classic movies of 1980s.
20. Dead Poets Society (1989)
A truly beautiful remembrance of Robin Williams’ talent and kindness and the power of cinema to bring emotion and poetry to the screen. Oh captain, my captain – this legendary scene towards the end of the film is a piece of history which contributes to the beauty of this classic, a movie rich in emotion and meaningful depth. John Keating is an English teacher at a strict and conservative all-boys boarding school in Vermont, who’s spirit introduces the students to a new way of looking at things, a perspective where one’s mind is open and free to feel and interpret words in different ways and understand passion, love and the things that make us the living humans that we are. Carpe Diem as the film’s and the character’s life motto, you can be assured that Mr. Keating not only changes his students with his unconventional methods, but you as well with this outstanding creation. Like Williams’ character would say : “Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary”.
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19. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Errol Morris’s unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer’s murder in Dallas, Texas. By doing so, the film successfully argues that a man was wrongly convicted of that murder by a corrupt justice system. The documentary shows the audience the evidence gathered by the police, who were under extreme pressure to clear the case. It strongly makes a point that there is a lot of circumstantial evidence. Errol Morris created a stunning depiction of a gross miscarriage of justice. Besides the brilliance of the art construction, its message is clear and powerful.