It’s time to take a look at some revolutionary gems of old time cinema: 80s movies. Personally, I think the 1980s were the golden era for movies because there are movies that withstood for decades being the best there ever was. These movies had something uniquely special about them that managed to make them better than the movies of today. Let’s check out the Top 10 Best 80s Movies, and more than ever, if you don’t like these movies, that’s great, we’re all entitled to our own opinions and it’s just my usual, silly personal opinion. I’m always glad you can see the good in other 80s movies that I’m not able to.
Onto the countdown!
10. Caddyshack (1980)
Crudeness doesn’t come much more, well, crude, than 1980s sublime “Caddyshack”. It’s a little bit of a surprise that writer/director Harold Ramis was involved. I’ve never been a huge golf fan and the only movie about golf that would appeal to me is Happy Gilmore. But, Caddyshack is old enough to be considered a classic. This is how the National Lampoon/SNL movies should work but rarely are seen. Chevy’s flaky Ty Webb and Bill Murray’s degenerate groundskeeper are unforgettable characters among a bevy of memorable parts.
9. Child’s Play (1988)
I know this one’s going to stir controversy, but never has a movie like Child’s Play taken horror movies to the next level. It was billed horror movie, but it’s hard to categorize it as such, especially by 1980s standards. When people think of Chucky nowadays, they think of him as a living, foul-mouthed, psycho doll complete with body modifications and a punky bride in a movie that mostly consists of funny one-liners and dark humor. However, when Chucky was first introduced in the Child’s Play saga back in 1988, he was a real thrill that redefined the horror genre and spawned a series of imitators. It’s breathes new life into horror because unlike many psycho killers who are usually human, Chucky is a DOLL. Tom Holland crafts this very original tale written by Don Mancini, where a dying sociopath uses voodoo to transplant his soul into an inanimate toy. Karen Barclay, a single mother, gets the possessed toy for her son Andy, not knowing what spirits are hidden deep inside. The movie moves at a very good pace, despite its slow start; it has that 80s feeling and it's surprisingly violent for its time (it was released when rules in the MPAA were turning a bit stricter). It has great special effects and a very creepy atmosphere inside it’s urban landscape. It might not be your taste because of its gruesome horror; but, it’s a movie I certainly don’t mind watching.
8. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)
Everyone by now gets lost in nostalgia from time-to-time. Many of us vividly recall the days when the most important thing you had to do in an afternoon is find a place to stay cool or make sure that all of your friends were willing to go on whatever adventure you wanted to embark on.. E.T. was an instant classic and one of Steven Spielberg’s golden gems that he directed behind Jaws and Star Wars. E.T. is not a good movie, it’s a movie that lives in people’s hearts forever, young and old. It tells the story about an alien who gets lost on earth and wants to find his way back home. Gertie gets his friends together and they try desperately to get the alien back home. The movie is moving, heart-breakingly sad, yet phenomenally uplifting at the same time. When I first heard of this movie, I never imagined it would be this moving and powerful seeing it at age 12. Every moment in this movie is a dazzling amusement and I think what gave it all the success it had was the amazing soaring over the moon moment. It’s those kinds of images that people who haven’t seen the movie still know exactly what it is. What I think makes E.T. so powerful is the heart-wrenching way makes me realize how bad people wish they want to be kids again. E.T. is one of those more special movies that lives with me and I give Steven Spielberg all the critical acclaim he deserves.
7. The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator is a classic, good-versus-evil struggle, with little in the way of grey clouding the issue. The Terminator is an unstoppable, brutal, remorseless killer, and it perfectly suits Arnold Schwarzenegger's limited acting abilities. Coupled with his chiseled features, Arnold is the best choice for the role. This is the movie that blasted then new comer’s Arnold Schwarzenegger's career, made James Cameron a name in Hollywood, and gave a new meaning to a possible dark future that gave us nightmares. I remember the first time I saw this movie, it was my first rated “R” movie, and man did this movie leave such an impact on me.
A Cyborg Assassin by the name of the “Terminator” is hunting down Sarah and he proves to the audience that this programmed assassin isn’t just your usual psycho killer; he feels no pain, has no emotions, and will never back down unless the mission is accomplished. The Terminator is one of the most popular suspenseful movies I can think of and I think this this movie is really something special. The effects are kinda-iffy, because they're 80s standards, but for the time and even to this day, I think the special effects are much better than the CGI in modern cinema. The reason why Arnold’s most famous quote, “I’ll be back”, is so famous is not just because of his accent, but because you almost knew it was coming. The Terminator is one of those movies I highly recommend because it’s an incredible film that is sure to deliver entertainment to the fullest.
6. The Indiana Jones Series (Raiders Of The Lost Ark, 1981, Temple Of Doom, 1984, Last Crusade, 1989)
What more can be said about the Indiana Jones series that hasn’t been said? It’s evident that this one was a hard choice for me to make. All 3 movies were well worthy of making the list and just like Toy Story, Indiana Jones followed the process of making the sequel and three-quel just as good as the original. Every time I watch one of these movies, I’m left breathless. The beginning of each manages to be the best opening sequence I can think of. Indiana Jones is the best character to have ever hit movie screens in the 80s. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg did an amazing job casting Harrison Ford, who was already wowing audiences everywhere with his role as Han Solo from Star Wars. And, they managed to boost his credibility and popularity 10 times more than any other actor I can think of. Honestly, I was really gunning for Raiders Of The Lost Ark because that movie gave Indiana Jones the success it has today. Raiders Of The Lost Ark took a simple idea that people would have from watching Saturday afternoon movies and made it larger than life. This film never stops for you to take your breath. It’s filled with characters that have their own personalities that shine through and moments that live in our minds forever. It finds the youngster in all of us and bombards us with this silly, whip-cracking, average, incredibly determined archaeologist and only asks for us to have fun.
5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
This movie was (almost) a launchpad for Matthew Broderick and made him “Ferris Bueller” forever. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a movie that can be seen throughout the years without dating too badly. Sure, the music and props signify a time of discontent and bad hairdos, but the idealistic teenager simply wanting to ditch school has never been made more daringly and charmingly. The message was, “how much could Ferris get away with?" And rightfully so. Ferris was able to outrun a lot of trouble, especially behind Mr. Rooney. Everything about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was ultimate cinema GOLD, from the postmodern “conversations” with the audience to the little back stories which seem to shape the overall canvas of the film itself. While Alan Ruck was way too old to play in this movie, at least he proved to be a great opposite to the cool, laid-back, nonchalant Ferris. The dialogue was so well received that it has been printed on shirts and recited at parties by true fans of the film, I don’t blame them. The movie’s concept of Ferris wanting a day off from school, putting himself and his friends in constant mayhem and jeopardy, made the film. Ferris shows just how worthy “living your life before it passes by” can be and I hope in the near future I don’t get on the phone with Mr. Rooney.
What are your thoughts, ideas, and feedback? Do you agree or do you think T missed a film? Should E.T. be lower (I think so) or are you wondering if The Breakfast Club and The Goonies made the list ? What about Stand By Me? Talk to us in the comments, we'd love to hear from you!
Here they are, T's thoughts on the best Cubs players of all time, counting down from #4 to #1. Who do you think T picked for #1? Read and find out...
4. Billy Williams - Born: June 15, 1938.
Played for: Chicago Cubs: 1959-1974, Oakland Athletics: 1975-1976.
There was a time when good ol’ Sweet Swingin’ Billy patrolled left field at Wrigley Field for 16 years from 1959 until 1974, hitting 392 home runs and having 1,353 RBIs. Williams ranks right up there with many of the Cubs greats such as Ron Santo for the simple reason that he was out there playing every single game no matter if he was injured or sick. Billy played at least 160 games every season from 1963-1970 and had at least 687 plate appearances in each of those seasons. While Williams did play the last two seasons of his career with the Oakland Athletics, he is still looked at as the greatest Cubs’ players of all time and like Santo, gets recognized with a statue outside Wrigley Field.
3. Ryne Sandberg - Born: September 18, 1959.
Played for: Philadelphia Phillies: 1981-1981, Chicago Cubs: 1982-1994, 1996-1997.
What more can be said about Ryne Sandberg that hasn’t already been said? There is no arguing that Ryne Sandberg deserves number 3 on this list after 15 great seasons with the Cubs. Sandberg made the Cubs a hit in the 1980s with his everything: batting, fielding and when he approached the plate, everyone held their breath as he finished taking practice swings. Sandberg hit 282 home runs and knocked in 1,061 runs from 1982-1997. Sandberg is best remembered for June 23, 1984 when he hit two game-tying home runs off St. Louis Cardinals’ closer Bruce Sutter. The legend of Sandberg will also be remembered for the fateful Saturday afternoon in 1994 when he announced a retirement after becoming the highest-paid player in baseball. However, somewhat like Michael Jordan, his retirement was short and he returned to the Cubs’ dugout in 1996 and played two final seasons. There is no better second basemen in baseball history than Ryne Sandberg.
2. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo - Kris Bryant Born: January 4, 1992; Anthony Rizzo Born: August 8, 1989.
Kris Bryant played for: Chicago Cubs: 2013-present; Anthony Rizzo played for: Chicago Cubs: 2012-present.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have built up that sort of Patrick Kane-Jonathan Toews 'duo'. They’ve brought the Chicago Cubs the one thing they thought they’d never, ever do: bring a World Series victory to Chicago. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo might be what has rejuvenated this franchise. Before Rizzo and Bryant’s arrival, the team was in its mediocre stage like it had been in previous years. Together, Rizzo and Bryant took a once mediocre franchise and made it a winner. The 2016 World Series was one for the ages. Even if you weren’t a fan of the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians, you saw one of the most exciting series' in baseball. Both teams have a great fan base with both fighting championship droughts, a history of legends, and perhaps the best stadiums around. If you ask me, I find Kris Bryant to be the greatest on the team; he has the exact same personality traits as Patrick Kane - energetic, loud, wild, and doing whatever it takes to win. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo were a bit of a hard decision for me and thankfully these two will be sticking around for a while.
It turns out there was an even better player than Rizzo and Bryant. This player is well remembered for his time in Chicago and with that being said, here we go. The number 1 Best Cubs Player is…
1. Ernie Banks - Born: January 31, 1931 Died: January 23, 2015.
Played for: Chicago Cubs: 1953-1971.
Oh Ernie Banks, you’ve touched so many Cubs fans, we can still hear Jack Brickhouse shouting your name as you round the bases after hitting the game winning run. You never walked out on the Cubs even during times when the Cubs faced adversity. Ernie Banks is the best Cub that ever played; he was never traded, the Cubs kept him for over a decade and a half. There can be no doubt that Ernie Banks would be number 1 on this list, it’s pretty clear right away that none other than “Mr. Cub” will forever hold this position. Banks played his entire 19-year career with the Cubs with 512 career home runs from 1953-1971. Banks won the MVP Award in 1958 and 1959 and was a consistent force in the middle of the Cubs’ lineup for his entire career. Banks hit 40 or more home runs each season from 1958-1960. Banks' role on the team is what’s earned him a prominent statue outside Wrigley Field that was specifically crafted in the position that he was famous for batting in. There are many players who could have topped this list; but, Banks is the only one that played his entire career with the Cubs, without being traded. Banks is definitely going down as the greatest Cubs’ player of all time.
*Sigh* I think we need to be clear that this reign of great Cubs players will go on forever. Despite guys like Banks, Santo, and Sandberg having been noted for being the greatest that ever played, there needs to be room for more great Cubs players that will attract the attention of those fans, both young and old. The franchise has been in existence since 1876 and has seen many Hall Of Fame players step onto Wrigley Field in a Cubs uniform and there are more to come. Every single player on this list made their mark in Chicago for a long time and will be remembered for their achievements in years to come. I honestly had to look hard for these players because JEEPERS, there’s just so many great legends.
Do you think I missed a particular great player? I know throughout the Cubs 100 year franchise there’s been more greats that can fit on the list. Let me know in the comments if you think so. And, as always, thanks for reading and I’ll be writing soon.
2016 was a remarkable year for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs did something that ESPN thought they’d never do: Win The World Series (OR EVEN WIN THE PENNANT!). The Cubs World Series victory will perhaps be the best victory Chicago Cubs fans’ have ever seen. The most important part of that victory was the players who got them to the championship. Even before 2016 there was always a great lineup of Cubs’ players (even if they were part of that “Loveable Losers” era of the Cubs). So we’re going to check them out today in the Top 10 Best Cubs Players. And more than ever, if you don’t think these are the greatest players, that’s great, it’s just my usual personal opinion to which we’re all entitled. I’m glad you can see the good in these players that I’m not able to. Anyway onto the countdown!
10. Mordecai Brown - Born: October 19, 1876, Died: February 14, 1948.
Played for: St. Louis Cardinals 1903-1904, Chicago Cubs 1904-1912, Cincinnati Reds 1912-1913, St. Louis Terriers 1913-1914, Brooklyn Tip-Tops 1914-1915, Chicago Whales 1915-1916, Chicago Cubs 1916-1916.
Mordecai Brown is one of the fewest players remembered as a member of the 1907-1908 World Series’ victories of the Chicago Cubs. There should be no Cubs top ten lists that could possibly leave out Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown. Brown earned his nickname for losing two of his fingers in a farming accident in his youth and while working in the mining community of Nyesville, Indiana. Mordecai spent his youth on the baseball diamond where he used his oddly-shaped hand to throw one of the greatest curveballs in baseball history. Brown pitched for the Chicago Cubs for over a decade compiling a 188-86 record with a 1.80 ERA. Brown started in 241 games for the Cubs and had 206 complete games which in this day and age could possibly never be repeated. He was on the team’s last two World Series championship teams in 1907 and 1908, winning 49 combined games over those 2 seasons. Brown also led the Cubs to the 1906 World Series (despite losing to cross state rival Chicago White Sox) with a 26-6 record and a 1.04 ERA in 277 ⅓ innings. Brown should always be remembered as being a leader in the last time Cubs fans saw a World Series before 2016.
9. Sammy Sosa - Born: November 12, 1968.
Played for: Texas Rangers: 1989-1989, Chicago White Sox: 1989-1991, Chicago Cubs: 1992-2004, Baltimore Orioles: 2005-2006, Texas Rangers: 2006-2007.
One of the most controversial choices I’ve put on my list, Sammy Sosa, despite his performance enhancement drug issues and cork in bat incidents, has been one of my most favorite Cubs players. Sammy Sosa was the player that always made me go outside when I was young, pick up my wiffle ball and bat, and start swinging for the trees in the park outside of my backyard. Sosa’s biggest accomplishment will always be his amazing season in 1998 and big home run years that followed. Sosa hit 66 home runs and knocked in 158 runs for the Cubbies in 1998 to lead the Cubs to their first playoff appearance since 1989. He added 63 home runs in 1999 and had 64 dingers in 2001. Sosa played 13 seasons in Chicago with a team-record of 545 home runs along with adding 1,414 RBIs in 1,811 games. I originally wanted Moises Alou at number 9; but, when I tossed out the idea, I slammed my Chromebook lid on my fingers because my mother is still mad at Alou for the “incident”.
8. Greg Maddux - Born: April 14, 1966.
Played for: Chicago Cubs: 1986-1992, Atlanta Braves: 1993-2003, Chicago Cubs: 2004-2006, Los Angeles Dodgers: 2006-2006, San Diego Padres: 2007-2008, Los Angeles Dodgers: 2008-2008.
I realize that Greg Maddux is more popularly remembered for his time on the Atlanta Braves. I will admit he accomplished much more with the Braves having brought them their first and only World Series title in their franchise’s history. But aside from his time in Atlanta, Maddux will be more remembered for his time with the Chicago Cubs. Maddux spent a fair amount of time with them in the late 80s and he did make a comeback in 2004, but didn’t get as far as he did with the Braves. Maddux would be a lot lower on this list if he would’ve stayed in Chicago for his entire career. Maddux pitched 10 seasons with the Cubs from 1986-1992 and then again from 2004-2006 with a record of 133-112 and a 3.61 ERA during his time in Chicago. Maddux won the first of his four straight Cy Young Awards with the Cubs in 1992 before leaving as a free agent after that season. It is a move that has haunted Cubs fans ever since, and feels almost as bad when Bill Wirtz threw away Bobby Hull for profit (it feels even worse after seeing what Maddux did as a member of the Atlanta Braves). Maddux's return in 2004 was met with great praise and fanfare and he was rewarded with a 2014 Hall Of Fame induction as one of the top five right-handed pitchers of all time.
7. Kerry Wood - Born: June 16, 1977.
Played for: Chicago Cubs: 1998, 2000-2008, Cleveland Indians: 2009-2010, New York Yankees: 2010-2010, Chicago Cubs: 2011-2012.
I find Kerry Wood to be one of the most friendliest Cubs I’ve met. When I first met Wood at an autograph signing in 2012, he seemed like he wanted to talk to me for HOURS and that was perfectly okay with me. Looking back on it, when Kerry Wood first stepped on the Wrigley Field mound in 1998, he was looked at by Cubs’ fans as the pitcher who was destined to take the Cubs to a long-awaited World Series title. Wood's 20 strikeout performance in his fifth career start raised even more expectations and while he didn’t get the Cubs a title, he is looked at today as one of not only the greatest Cubs’ pitchers of all time. Wood pitched 12 seasons for the Cubs with an 80-68 record, 35 saves as a reliever, and a 3.67 ERA. While he was constantly on the move having pitched for 2 other teams later in his career, Wood will always be a member of the Cubs’ family and have a place in the hearts of Cubs fans around Chicago.
6. Fergie Jenkins - Born: December 13, 1942.
Played for: Philadelphia Phillies: 1965-1966, Chicago Cubs: 1966-1973, Texas Rangers: 1974-1975, Boston Red Sox: 1976-1977, Texas Rangers: 1978-1981, Chicago Cubs: 1982-1983.
Like the Batman and Robin duo, there was the Ron Santo and Fergie Jenkins duo. Jenkins was perhaps the ace of the 1969 Cubs staff, pitching 10 seasons for the Cubs with a 167-132 record and a 3.20 ERA to go along with 154 complete games. Jenkins won 20 games for 6 straight seasons from 1967-1972, including a 24-win season in 1971 where he had a career-high 30 complete games with 39 starts. However, Jenkins faced a series of legal issues but was always out there for his team every fourth day and started 42 games during that fateful 1969 season. However, it would end at the hands of yet another curse along with the Billy Goat. Jenkins' outstanding performance led him to a Hall Of Fame induction and he ended his career on a high note with the Cubs in 1983.
5. Ron Santo - Born: February 25, 1940 Died: December 3, 2010.
Played for: Chicago Cubs: 1960-1973, Chicago White Sox: 1973-1974.
Ron Santo is the first Cubs player I think of whenever anybody mentions the Chicago Cubs. There is no other player on the Chicago Cubs that Cubs fans young and old know other than Ron Santo. Santo may have been the longest player to have ever played for the Cubs, spending 14 seasons before being traded to crosstown rival the Chicago White Sox. Not only recognized for his achievements at the plate, Santo also managed to be the team’s commentator on the radio from 1990 until his passing in 2010. Ron Santo struggled with diabetes throughout his life and held a walk in Chicago since 1979 to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Santo hit 337 home runs and knocked in 1,331 runs for the Cubs while playing 3rd base. Santo's death was a devastating heartbreak, shattering the hearts of millions just as much as Walter Payton. But despite Sanot's death, his legacy will live on with his own statue outside Wrigley Field and is still idolized as perhaps the greatest Cubs player that ever played.
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