My 15 Favorite English Movies on Home Video in High-school/College.

The VCR was the most precious commodity in the late 80s and early 90s. English movies were available as Home Videos for rent and so were the Video Cassette Players. I was deprived of the luxurious Cinema Halls that played latest/old releases and spending entire pocket-money on hiring the ones available was my favorite “weekend activity”. Here are 15 of the most cherished Movies during High school & College.

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1.TOP GUN: [1986]

With the opening scene, where Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell [Tom Cruise] flies his plane upside down and snaps a picture of the enemy pilot – Tom Cruise arrived as every girls “Dream Lover”. He played a young Navy aviator. Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood [Kelly McGillis] played the civilian Top Gun instructor. Its amazing Soundtrack [“You Take my Breath Away”; “Top Gun Anthem”] was a Gem for the walk-mans, car stereos and two-in-ones. There was hardly a teenager whose room didn’t show off the Top Gun Posters. After the release of this movie, the US Navy stated that no. of young men who joined the Navy[ wanting to be Aviators] increased by 500%.Boys flaunted the “I feel the need, the need for Speed” stickers on their bikes attempting to recreate the mania off-screen. This movie remains the all-time favorite for my friends; allegiance to Tom Cruise is hard as nails even today.

Famous quote:

Maverick: “I feel the need…the need for Speed.”             

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2. PRETTY WOMAN: [1990]

The sweetest “most” innocent Love Fable of our times. The Suave/Handsome millionaire Edward [Richard Gere] meets the Attractive/Smart Vivian [Julia Roberts] and both decide to spend some “paid” time together. Richard Gere [with his “salt n pepper” look] was charmingly Shy; Julia [with a natural-born talent to draw audience] was humorously Confident and they both swept us away to the Boulevards of Hollywood. “Oh Pretty Woman” [Roy Orbison] song is hummable decades later. We learnt the values of true love & dignity over money, subtly, while dreaming of our own “Price Charming” pampering us with Dresses, Strawberries and Jewelry before he chased his new-found love in a “convertible” loaded with Flowers. Pretty Woman is my All Time Favorite “Love Story”.

Famous quote:

Vivian: “I want the Fairy Tale.”

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3. DIRTY DANCING: [1987]

Baby [Jennifer Grey] is spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family and she falls in love with the camp’s Dance instructor Johnny [Patrick Swayze]. This movie changed the way we looked at dance and introduced the Dirty “Boogie” dancing which left us spellbound. Swayze’s pretty boyish charms [and the way he moved] were “hot”. Every girl/woman desired the re-enactment of the final scene every damn day in her life. It is till date the largest selling movie on DVD. Watching it was taboo in those days, yet “Dirty Dancing” became a true Fantasy.

Famous quote:

Johnny: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner…”

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Starring Johnny Depp & Winona Ryder, the film is the story of an artificial Man “Edward”- an unfinished creation, who has scissors for hands. He is taken in by a suburban family & falls in love with their daughter Kim. It was a modern-day Fairy tale which depicted the story of an uncommonly Gentleman. Edward learns to use his scissor-hands to create & is forever in pain with the fear of hurting his beloved. The chemistry between the two was fiery enough for many to “whimsically” Fantasize for Edward. Depp fell in love with Ryder crazily enough to declare “Winona is my everything; my soul; my love; my girl; my wife to be; my baby’s mom; my leading lady.” This movie became the pet “new-fangled” saga for teenagers.

Famous quote:

Kim: “Hold me.”

Edward: “I can’t.”

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5. GHOST: [1990]

The potter-wheel scene where Patrick Swayze romances Demi Moore became a “cult” moment. The movie is the story of a man who is murdered and has to come to terms with being a Ghost along with saving his lover from the villain. Whoopi Goldberg played the medium who communicates with him through her psychic powers [An Oscar-winning performance]. The love theme “unchained melody” by Righteous brothers gave us goose-bumps and Swayze became the most “adorable” Ghost all over the world.

Famous quote:


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The future comes hunting for John Connor [Arnold Schwarzenegger played the good “Terminator” this time]. Robert Patrick [the Mercury man T1000] is on a mission to kill Connor and no matter what action is undertaken to stop him- he doesn’t get disturbed and pulls himself together to be on the move. The exemplary special effects were loved by all and sundry; it seemed like fun for a kid to have his own pet “Terminator” who becomes like a Father figure. 25 years later this movie can be watched with equal zest.

Famous quote:

“Hasta la Vista Baby!”

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7.HOME ALONE: [1990]

A bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister [Macaulay Culkin]is left home alone after his Mother mistakenly leaves him locked in the Attic. This movie evoked all sort of scary Nostalgia we all go through at-least once in our lifetime- the fear of being left alone. Kevin became a household name globally; we adored this naughty kid when he did all that his parents stopped him from doing. We cheered for him when he booby-trapped the house to fight the goony Thugs. It definitely tickled our hearts when he outwitted them. Culkin’s mischievous Smile is embedded in our hearts forever.

Famous quote:

Kevin: “I don’t want a new family. I don’t want any family. Families suck!”

Temple1 dvd_jones still-of-nizwar-karanj-and-amrish-puri-in-indiana-jones-and-the-temple-of-doom-(1984)-large-picture8.INDIANA JONES & THE TEMPLE OF DOOM: [1984]

Professor Indy [Harrison Ford] came to India [though the shooting was held in Sri-Lanka] this time to retrieve precious Gems. Every scene in this movie was like a roller-coaster ride with its extravagant Visual effects. Amrish Puri was able to re-create the terror he evoked on Indian screens in the role of Mola Ram [the blood thirsty priest]. The elegant dinner laid at the palace of a local sinister “Raja” where it was obligatory for all to eat what was served [The chilled “monkey brains” for dessert] and the enthralling Climax were the Highlights of this Adventure Flick.

Famous quote:

Mola Ram: “ Maaro Kaato Peelo Khoon..”

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9.THE EVIL DEAD: [1981]

5 pals hike into the woods to a cabin & find an audiotape that releases demons & spirits. This movie was notorious for its outrageously “gory” effects and was banned initially. But it was widely watched and genuinely loved by all viewers. It was the first of its kind with its scary & spine-chilling special effects. Many sequels followed along with movies on duplicate theme but “The Evil Dead” became synonymous with horrifying “Madness” in the name of Entertainment.

Famous quote:

Voice of Evil Force “Join Us….”

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10.E.T :The Extra-Terrestrial [1982]

A gentle Alien is stranded on earth & befriended by a boy Elliott [Henry Thomas]. The alien is named E.T by him and his friends. This was an exciting sci-fi Adventure Movie with a remarkable portrayal of childhood by Steven Spielberg [director]. In an age when the whole World seems like a big mystery, this homesick Alien connected magically with all of us.

Famous quote:

“E.T go home..”

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Story of a high-school teen Marty [Michael J Fox] who endures the acrimonious relationship between his Parents. His eccentric Scientist friend Doc [Christopher Llyod] builds a time-machine and accidentally sends him back to be with them in their Teens. This movie seemed familiar to all of us going through the same tussle at home. The concept of sharing school/college with your own folks seemed exciting & this movie became an all-time favourite to watch sitting at our dining tables.

Famous quote:

“Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”

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12.RAIN MAN: [1988]

Charlie [Tom Cruise] learns that his estranged father is dead and he returns home to his autistic elder Brother Raymond [Dustin Hoffman]. Motivated to get his father’s money, he sets on a road trip with him. We saw a mean/selfish/self-centred version of the global “heartthrob” [Cruise] on-screen along with a brilliant piece of acting by Hoffman. Raymond’s innocence & honesty evoked multiple emotions & this funny yet memorable journey of two brothers was touching.

Famous quote:

Raymond: “Of-course you can’t have pancakes without maple syrup.”

Charlie: “Bet your butt?”

Raymond: “Bet your butt.”

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A journey of college graduates Harry [Billy Crystal] & Sally [Meg Ryan] where they argue whether a man & a woman can ever be truly/strictly platonic Friends or not. It was a funny Love story with a flawless blend of love & laughter. The dilemma carried for 11 years and we happened to see them together, finally. Many were infatuated by the “Dreamy Eyed” Ryan & Crystal struck a chord with all, thanks to his perfect Comic timing.

Famous quote:

Sally: “Women are very practical. Even Ingrid Bergman, which is why she gets on the plane at the end of the movie.”

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14.DIE HARD: [1988]

It’s Christmas in L.A when Policeman John McLane visits his estranged wife. He joins her at a party in a high-rise building Office which is taken over by Terrorists. A true 100% “Action” bonanza, where McLane wins the battle single-handedly, bare-feet, & without his shirt. A typical “Good cop shoots all the bad guys” movie. Its sequels enthralled us equally.

Famous quote:

John McLane: {McLane watches fire trucks approach the building} “C’mon baby, come ta’ papa, I’ll kiss ya’ fuckin’ Dalmatian a&$@.”

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15.BATMAN: [1989]

Gotham city’s saviour Batman/Bruce Wayne [Michael Keaton] must protect the dark city, his Identity & his love Vicki [Kim Basinger] from Joker [Jack Nicholsan]. We all grew up reading Batman comics and to see it come alive visually on-screen was a unique Experience.

Famous quote:

Joker: “I’ve been dead once already. It’s very liberating. You should think of it as, uh…therapy.”


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