Happy 30th!

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Photo Credit: Ghost: © 1990 Paramount Pictures

The Top Films Of 1990.
By Taylor Neumann, ReMIND Magazine

It’s true — 1990 was 30 years ago. Let that sink in. Even though it feels like just yesterday, many of our favorite films from the decade are now celebrating their 30th anniversary.

The highest-grossing film of 1990 showed us the power of true love, transcending even death — plus some really great pottery making. Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, made over $500 million worldwide and brought the supernatural into the mainstream. Swayze’s sensitive Sam Wheat melted hearts and even inspired some theaters to give out tissues before screenings.

It’s also the anniversary of a timeless Christmas classic: Home Alone, with Macaulay Culkin as a boy left behind when his family goes on vacation. Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci are the burglars who have no idea what they stepped into when they decided to rob this particular house. The two didn’t believe the movie would be a massive hit, so they decided to really ham it up — probably causing some of the film’s success themselves.

1990 was also the beginning of a new era in romantic films, with the release of Ghost and also Pretty Woman, the tale of a prostitute with a heart of gold. That sounds like a hard role to pull off, but it was played to perfection by America’s Sweetheart Julia Roberts in what may be the defining role of her career. No slouch himself is Richard Gere as Edward, charming as ever. The part in the movie where he snaps the necklace case on Vivian’s fingers? Totally improvised. Roberts’ reaction is real, and her loud laughter is why we love her.

Then there’s the Best Picture Oscar winner, Dances With Wolves. Star Kevin Costner also produced and directed the film — winning an Oscar for that as well. He made sure that everyone learned their Lakota lines perfectly, threatening to fire anyone who didn’t. And it certainly proved to be successful, with the Lakota Sioux tribe so charmed by their portrayal that they made Costner an honorary member.

Finally, let’s talk about a sequel — or threequel, as the case may be. Back to the Future Part III continues right after the events of Part II — released only six months previously — with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) traveling back in time to 1885 to save Doc (Christopher Lloyd). This time, the setting is an old-fashioned Western, complete with cowboys and Indians. Marty uses the alias Clint Eastwood, something the real Clint Eastwood was tickled by.

2020 marks 30 years since the release of these classic films. Take some time for yourself and rewatch them — maybe you’ll find something new to love!

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