Movies I’m willing to bet few – if any – of you remember or have ever heard of before.
We all have a list like this somewhere in our heads, don’t we? Movies we absolutely love that we tell people about and they look at us blankly and go, “Huh? Never heard of it.” Well, here are mine:
Always – Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman are firefighter pilots in this movie that turns into a chick flick by the end, but is hilariously funny at the beginning
Animalympics – a GREAT movie for kids – and, yes, I still enjoy it as an “adult.” The animal kindom holds it own Olympics. A goold, old-fashioned animated flick featuring the voices of Billy Crystal and the late Gilda Radner.
Attack Force Z – a WWII Aussie commandos vs. the Japanese war yarn starring a very young Mel Gibson amd Sam Neill.
Bachelor Party – the movie Tom Hanks never seems to get asked about whenever he’s on Inside The Actor’s Studio or shows like that. A typical 1980’s T&A comedy that also starred Adrian Zmed and Tawny Kitaen.
Better Off Dead – ah, the good ol’ days when John Cusack made funny movies…
Black Rain – Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia (a tremendously underrated actor, imho. I’ll never understand why he didn’t become a megastar) as American cops in Japan taking on a renegade Yakuza.
Brainsmasher – Andrew Dice Clay plays a bouncer who’s trying to save a swimsuit model (Teri Hatcher) from evil Shao-lin (“We are NOT ninjas!”) monks who think she has the key to the Ultimate Power.
Cannonball Run – one of Burt Reynolds’ best, funniest car chase movies.
Down Periscope – Kelsey Grammer as the captain of a submarine full of misfits. Very funny.
Dragnet – once upon a time Tom Hanks made funny movies.
The Final Option – a British action film (they call it Who Dares Wins across The Pond) loosely based on the hostage crisis of 1980 at the Iranian Embassy in London.
The Golden Child – Eddie Murphy is The Chosen One who can save the world.
Heartbreak Ridge – one of Clint Eastwood’s most entertaining movies, though who would’ve thought Hollywood would’ve chosen the American attack on Grenada as good storytelling!
Heart Condition – Denzel Washington is the ghost of a lawyer that Bob Hoskins’ cop couldn’t stand when he was alive. Denzel’s hanging around with Bob because when Bob needs a heart transplant, he gets Denzel’s heart!
Hudson Hawk – critics LOATHED this movie, calling it one of the biggest turkeys ever. I for the life of me cannot understand why. I LOVE this movie! Bruce Willis plays the title character, a cat burglar just out of prison.
If You Could See What I Hear – Marc Singer as blind musician Tom Sullivan.
Kill And Kill Again – a martial arts flick so bad it’s good.
Lassiter – Tome Selleck as an American cat burglar framed into stealing German diamonds for the British before WWII breaks out.
Lone Wolf McQuade – Chuck Norris vs David Carradine! (sorry, but I couldn’t resist the cheesy music in the vidclip 🙂 )
Loverboy – Patrick Dempsey as a teenage giggolo (sp?) long before he was a tv heartthrob on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Major League – how many stars are in the baseball comedy, anyway?! Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bersen, Wesley Snipes, Dennis Haysbert, and Rene Russo, for starters!
My Fellow Americans – James Garner and Jack Lemmon as ex-presidents who hate each other but are forced to work together to unmask a conspiracy. Funny!
Once Bitten – a very young Jim Carrey as a high schooler who, of course, wants to get laid, not only because he’s a guy, but also because there’s a female vampire in the neighborhood (Lauren Hutton) who only sucks the, um, blood of virgins!
One Crazy Summer – another one when John Cusack was funny.
The Presidio – Mark Harmon, Sean Connery, and Meg Ryan (back when she was HOT!) in a police thriller.
Quigley Down Under – Tom Selleck is a sharpshooter hired by Alan Rickman in this western set in Australia.
Real Genius – Val Kilmer as a college student science wunderkind battling his professor and the U. S. military.
Ski School – what were you expecting here, Oscar-caliber material?
Stakeout – a great buddy cop flick with Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez
Uncommon Valor – far and away the best movie ever made with the “Let’s rescue the POW / MIA’s from Vietnam” theme. Light-years ahead of Rambo and Missing In Action. Starring Gene Hackman and a very young Patrick Swayze.
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael – Winona Ryder and Jeff Daniels in a quirky little comedy / teen drama.