In case, you're in need of a cult classic to get you through the doom and gloom that is January, here at IMAGE, we were talking about some oldies but goldies worth watching again, but what we hadn't counted on was how old some of them are and would subsequently make us feel. Like, 20, 30 and 40 years older than we first thought. Did you ever think that disco classic and pop culture phenomenon Saturday Night Fever was forty years old? Or that Beaches made you bawl like there was no tomorrow when it was released three decades ago? It's a testament to the quality of so many of the below that they have managed to endure so many years; almost standing still in time and our minds; as fresh as the day we first watched them. They genuinely don't make movies as they used to and our edit of thirteen films we can't quite believe have stood the test of time are below. Stick one on this coming Sunday and enjoy.
Saturday Night Fever
John Travolta's breakout role cemented him as a bonafide Hollywood superstar when it was released 40 years ago - and yes, you read that right. The famous disco dance sequences (to a killer soundtrack by the Bee Gees) took the actor - who remember wasn't trained as a professional dancer - 10 months to complete and he didn't once use a double. The story of Tony Manero who longed for something more than his job at a hardware store had to offer is as gritty and electrifying to watch as ever.
While we're all excited by the teasings of the sequel (out this summer), the original cheese-fest led by the always brilliant Meryl Streep is ten years old. Ten! The only thing that concerns us is the whisperings that Streep is barely in the new film, but we'll always have the original. And the warblings of Pierce Brosnan, which only adds to its enduringly cringy charm.
The lesser-appreciated Tarantino crime caper is 30 years old and worth repeated watching for Samuel Jackson's scariest performance, and the fantastic, career-reviving roles written especially for Pam Grier and Robert Forster. It's a 'whodunnit' that's Tarantino in every way from the dialogue to the soundtrack and one that has aged very, very well.
Twenty years since we all debated and suspected that Jack could definitely have fit on the board with Rose and the film has lost none of its power; it's a film that's timeless in every sense. From the story to the haunting score by James Horner alongside the roles that launched Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio to superstar heights.
The story of the friendship between Bette Midler's C.C and Barbara Hershey's Hillary will still make you cry 30 years on. Watch it (with tissues) if you don't believe us.
Before Cruel Intentions, there was Dangerous Liaisons which, despite being 30 years old, is still superior in every way thanks to the scheming ways of Glenn Close and John Malkovich.
Yippee-ki-yay! The is-it-or-isn't-it-a-Christmas-film debate rages on, but even 30 years can't take away one of Bruce Willis' finest roles alongside a smooth-talking, brilliant - albeit menacing - villain played by the late, great Alan Rickman.
The film that has aged considerably in 30 years (this only adds to its appeal tbh) has now reached cult status thanks to the underrated Michael Keaton and his hilarious attempts to terrorise Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder. Tim Burton was bringing his trademark kooky flair from behind the camera.
To those who haven't seen the dark teen comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, otherwise known in our modern times as the mum from Stranger Things and the dad from Mr Robot, what the heck is wrong with you?! The film is 30 years old so by now; you've no excuse. Get on it.
Tom Cruse's best role to date (alongside Jerry Maguire) remains in Rain Man, as a smooth, selfish man named Charlie who learns that his father left his entire fortune to his autistic brother named Raymond. This one earned Dustin Hoffman a well-deserved Oscar.
Bill Murray's best film is three decades old - and the funniest ever version of A Christmas Carol (and there have been many variations over the years).
The fabulous all-star cast - Sigourney Weaver, Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith, and Joan Cusack - make this film about professional women in New York as brilliant as it was when first released 30 years ago. Weaver played the entitled boss from hell to perfection, and Harrison Ford is just DREAMY.
Who Framed Rodger Rabbit
Three decades and all the advances in technology haven't done much to alter the greatness of this animation-meets-live-action gem.