If you saw any of the movies on Huffington Post’s recent “classic boomer movies” list when they were first released, that means you went to an actual movie theater to see them (whereas today, you would likely purchase them off your TV or through a service like Netflix). And if you bought the soundtrack, you either bought an 8-track or a cassette—rather than downloading it online.


So break out the popcorn (and the tissues) because here’s a blast-from-the-past film festival for you boomers at heart:

  • The Big Chill (1983). Former college buddies reunite after the suicide of a friend. And yes, those were Kevin Costner’s hands starring as those of the dead friend.
  • Working Girl (1988). Spunky Staten Island girl (Melanie Griffith) makes good in the big bad city, winning over Harrison Ford and besting meanest-boss-ever Sigourney Weaver.
  • Platoon (1986). Oliver Stone’s coming-of-age film for the Vietnam War era.
  • The Graduate (1967). Mike Nichols’ masterpiece – and 17th on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 list. Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson.
  • Love Story (1970). The teariest tearjerker of them all. Remember the line “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
  • Animal House (1978). Proudly ushered in the age of the toga frat party.
  • Saturday Night Fever (1977). The movie in which John Travolta does the Hustle in his tight white leisure suit. Cue the Bee Gees soundtrack.
  • Kramer vs Kramer (1979). A poignant and painful look at divorce, this film won the 1980 Oscar winner for Best Picture. With great performances from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, it had something important to say about compassion and forgiveness.
  • American Graffiti (1973). George Lucas’ career-making film about teenagers cruising the strip (circa 1962) in Modesto, California.


Source: huffingtonpost.com “10 classic movies about boomers” 2014


What’s your take on this list? Did they miss any of your favorites?