ByKristina Mercado, writer at
Horror film fan, self-proclaimed nerd, entertainer of the masses
Kristina Mercado

Twenty-nine years ago, society was graced with the presence of greatness: I was born! But more importantly, some awesome-and some awesomely bad-movies came out to entertain the masses. As I am venturing into my last year of my twenties, let's take a look at the best movies about to celebrate the last hoorah of their twenties!

10. Hellraiser

I am a horror fan after all, and though I love the Nightmare on Elm Street series, Dream Warriors was just not my favorite one of the bunch. This brings me to Hellraiser. When super-sexually active Frank (Sean Chapman) opens Lemarchard's Box, he accidentally opens a portal to hell. Terrible creatures (Cenobites) escape and tear Frank limb from limb. It is when his sister-in-law (and former girlfriend), Julia (Clare Higgins), accidentally brings part of him back to life that he manipulates her into luring men to her house so he can use their blood to reconstruct his body. This is easily one of the best horror movies of all time.

9. Wall Street

Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) is one of my favorite movie villains: he is evil and ruthless to the very core of his being. Gekko takes a young stockbroker, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), under his wing and teaches him how to rise to the top using insider trading, while at the same time building his empire. It is when Fox must go up against his father's (ironically played by Martin Sheen) company that he must make decisions as to where his loyalty lies. This is an awesome tale of greed and loyalty. It is great movie to watch if you are in a Wolf of Wall Street kind of mood.

8. Blind Date

Blind Date is something I saw when I only knew Bruce Willis as an action star. Up until this point, I had no idea he got his start as a comedic actor, and 'Blind Date' makes it easy to see why. When Walter gets set up with a beautiful woman, Nadia (Kim Basinger), he is expecting an amazing night, until she drinks champagne. The night spirals into a series of unfortunate events that leave Walter jobless and in jail. This movie has so many good scenes; no one video could do it justice. This movie must be included in any Bruce Willis marathon.

7. Adventures in Babysitting

What is supposed to be a quiet night of baby-sitting turns into a night of adventure when Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) has to go pick up her friend from a bad neighborhood. With the kids in tow, she battles blues musicians, thieves, murderers, and a biker gang. This is one of those '80s movies that is so bad, it is good. It is must see simply for the nostalgia, and how awesomely ridiculous this movie is. Plus, you get to see a fake Elisabeth Shue Playboy centerfold!

6. Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon has to be one of the best action-comedies, as well as possibly being the most quoted movie franchise of all time ("I'm too old for this sh*t"). Lethal Weapon introduces us to the new partnership of Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover). These two together made for comedy gold and their chemistry helped make this four-film franchise amazingly successful. Their fun partnership was so popular, it was alluded to in Maverick, as was Det. Murtaugh's infamous line.

5. Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket is one of Stanley Kubrick's masterpieces. What starts as a story of the rigors of basic training in the Marines through the eyes of a new recruit, ends up being a gut-wrenching tale of surviving the Battle of Hue (Vietnam). This movie is sure to make you cry, but it is must see of military movies.

4. Fatal Attraction

Man cheats on wife. Mistress falls for man. Man refuses to break it off with wife in favor of the mistress. Mistress boils their pet bunny. I basically gave you the plot of Fatal Attraction in four sentences. But, this movie is a must see for its iconic nature. Glenn Close is downright scary in this epic film that made all men fear their poor decisions for a while.

3. Dirty Dancing

There is not one person on earth who doesn't know the story of Baby and Johnny's summer of love at Kellerman's Resort. This is the movie that gave every John Hughes movie a run for its money. The whole forbidden love angle mixed with iconic dance scenes made this film gold, and a classic that transcends the decades.

2. The Lost Boys

Hands down, my favorite sub-genre of horror has everything to do with vampires. The Lost Boys is no exception. The story circles around two brothers who move to a new town, only to discover it is a vampire haven. This movie has the right amount of campiness mixed with dark humor and horror to hold a place on the list of iconic horror films.

1. The Princess Bride

This movie requires a video and a picture to drive home how amazing this movie is.

The Princess Bride is one of the best stories of all time! It has action, adventure, romance, and humor. In a story about true love and the obstacles one goes through to reach their happily ever after, Cary Elwes makes every girl's heart melt with his utterance of the words "As you wish". The first time I saw this movie I fell in love and I continue to fall in love every time I watch it.

There you have it! My favorite movies from 1987!

What are the best movies from the year you were born?


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