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Which Were the Most Popular Movies the Year You Were Born?

We’re super happy with ours ?

    What would we do without movies? Go outside? Get some fresh air? Nahhhhhh, we’re good thanks. Films make the world go around, and we’re pretty sure that’s a scientific fact. Sure, scientists and astronomers alike might say that gravitational pull and other sciencey things help this ol’ floating planet to go around, but we don’t buy it. We reckon it’s the bright lights of Hollywood that keep us all going, and keep us as happy as Larry. Incidentally, Larry also really loves movies.

    Of course, movies have been around for a while now. They’ve come on leaps and bounds since the days of black and white television and stock animation, and we now have the likes of 3D imaging and special effects to take our favorite stories from zero to one hundred reaaaaaal quick. Thanks to these new developments, some pretty awesome actors and actresses, and filmmakers who certainly know their stuff, films have been able to make their way into everyday life and stake their place in society, In fact, we don’t see them going away anytime soon. However, do you ever think about what the movie world was like the year that you were born? Looking back at the release dates of some of our favorite movies can be a little depressing and we’d like time to slow down just a smidge, but it is pretty remarkable. Some of our fave movies were released so much earlier than we thought, and we were in our teens when our least favorite movie came out! But what about the exact year? Well, these are the movies that were popular the year you were born…

    1965 – The Sound of Music

    So, we have a really important question to ask you; what are the hills alive with? Of course, we all know the answer! The Sound of Music was released in 1965, but we can almost guarantee those who grew up in the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s also watched the Von Trapp family play goat puppets and yodel just like that Walmart kid. Yep, lay-ee-odl-lay-ee-odl-oo, or something like that. This movie will forever go down in history, mainly for the fact that this film taught us to never make curtains out of floral drapes. That was a look, Maria.


    1966 – The Bible: In the Beginning…

    Okay, so this one is a little niche, but it’s hard to deny that this movie didn’t make an impression on the cinematic world. John Huston was the main man in this film (excuse the pun) and provided the voice for Noah, the narrator, and God himself. I mean, he was pretty darn talented. As if that wasn’t enough, he also directed the whole thing! Considering this movie was the highest grossing of 1966, you could say he had the whole world in his hands.


    1967 – The Graduate

    Oh, here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. If you were a graduate in 1967, you probably hoped your Mrs. Robinson would just knock on your door one day and make all of your dreams come true. Alas, only Dustin Hoffman was that lucky. The Graduate followed the life of Benjamin Braddock, who had just graduated from college with no clue as to what he was going to do next (yup, sounds familiar). This year also provided us with the animated thrills of The Jungle Book. Thank you, 1967, you were da best.


    1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey

    We’re not gonna lie, we love anything to do with space, so it’s fair to say that we were a little obsessed with 2001: A Space Odyssey when it was first released. Although we do mean that we were obsessed with the whole movie, we also mean that we were obsessed with Keir Dullea. It’s basically impossible not to be. Of course, we all knew that this movie wasn’t going to be your average sci-fi thriller, especially since Stanley Kubrick was sat in the director’s chair. Nevertheless, this fight between man and machine certainly got us hooked.


    1969 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    At some point in our lives, we’ve always wanted to be a cowboy or cowgirl. The cool boots, the huge hat and that random piece of straw between your teeth. It was something we all aspired to be, but something we realized we would never be cool enough to do (*sigh*). Thankfully, we were able to live vicariously through Butch Cassidy and Harry Longabaugh (AKA The Sundance Kid) in this movie, and follow their escapades as they live life on the run and travel to Bolivia. As you do. We’re actually doing that next week. I mean… no we’re not.


    1970 – Love Story

    Ahhhh, a good ol’ romance. We think it’s fair to say that Love Story is one of the best love stories in cinematic history. Yep, ol’ Billy Shakespeare can give us Romeo and Juliet, but we raise that with Oliver Barrett and Jenny Cavalleri. This romantic love story provided us with some of the most intense emotions, and we weren’t quite sure what to do with them. There was happiness, sadness, anger, and rage, and a whole load of tears. We still don’t know to feel, but we have learned that love means never having to say you’re sorry…


    1971 – Fiddler on the Roof

    Finish the lyrics: ‘If I were a rich man…’ Yep, it’s just a load of du-du-du’s. You can’t give them a lot for creative flair, but you can’t deny that this song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. The 1971 Fiddler on the Roof movie served as an adaptation of the famous musical, and soon rose to fame for being entertaining, catchy, and pretty darn emotional. We all hoped to have a father just like Tevye after watching this film, and we’re still holding out hope that he will just magically appear on our roof like Father Christmas.


    1972 – The Godfather

    You know what they say; ‘revenge is a dish best served cold,’ and The Godfather served so much revenge they could start their own ice cold buffet. This iconic movie brought us some of the most quotable references in cinematic history, alongside some enviable clothing choices. Couple that with the fact that there was so much drama we went through 10 buckets of popcorn, and you have a pretty iconic movie. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, The Godfather is arguably the best movie to come out of 1972. We dare you to change our minds.


    1973 – The Sting

    Paul Newman was back with a sting in 1973, as he starred in this movie set in the Great Depression-era. There are members of a dastardly mob gang, there’s oodles of crime, there’s more gambling than you could bet on, and there are even men in cool suits that we’d definitely like to borrow one day. What more could you want? We certainly don’t want anything else. We’re set. 1973 also brought us The Exorcist, but we don’t know whether we want to thank William Friedkin for that one. *Shivers*


    1974 – Blazing Saddles

    Aw, even as an rough ol’ cowboy, Gene Wilder was still super cute. Blazing Saddles was the movie of the moment in 1974 and earned a whopping three Oscar nominations! It was a huge hit with fans across the world, and everyone had a copy of this movie in their VHS players. It was basically a crime if you didn’t. Following not far behind, though, was The Towering Inferno. You could say was a blazing suspense (and scared the bejeezus out of us), but we won’t do because that pun is just too punny.


    1975 – Jaws

    Dun, dun, dun, dun. Yep, just four beats are you’re already hiding behind your pillow and having nightmares about giant teeth. Looking back now, Jaws is pretty bad in terms of graphics and mechanics (because CGI was a mere thought-speck back then), but back in 1975, it was the ultimate horror. And yes, we did avoid going into the sea for a few months after watching this film. So what? Sure, this movie franchise basically ruined our chances of every befriending sharks, but its legendary status will always have a place in our hearts.


    1976 – Rocky

    When you think of Sylvester Stallone, you can’t help but picture him without his top on (oo-er), wearing his silky shorts (even more oo-er), and donning his boxing gloves (not so oo-er). Stallone has been the major face of Rocky since 1976 and joined the likes of The Omen, Carrie, King Kong, and The Marathon Man that year. You could say he’s a big deal. We’re going to say he’s the biggest deal in the world and that he basically won 1976. We went there, because it’s totes true.


    1977 – Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

    1977 was where it all started. Yep, this was the year that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford took themselves off to a galaxy far, far away to star as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo in the first episode of the franchise. Since then, it’s become one of the biggest franchises in the history of cinema and is still going today. While this does make us feel super old, we will happily make ourselves feel old for the sake of this franchise. We have a new hope that time will start to slow down now. Please and thank you.


    1978 – Grease

    Go, Greased Lightning! We watched this film on many a summer night, while being hopelessly devoted to its main characters, and doing the hand jive, baby. It’s fair to say that Grease is one of the catchiest musical movies of all time, and at one point or another, we all wanted to be Sandy. Or Rizzo. Or Frenchie. Or basically anyone who was able to appear in this awesome movie. Alongside Danny Zuko and his leather jacket, 1978 also brought us the likes of Jaws 2, Superman, Heaven Can Wait and Midnight Express. Yikes, 1978 was guuurd.


    1979 – Kramer vs. Kramer

    Kramer vs. Kramer was one of the most successful movies of 1979 and earned itself a whopping five Oscar Awards. Of course, these awards were largely thanks to Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman, who absolutely slayed this movie and their characters. In a good way, of course. Yet, that wasn’t all 1979 had to offer. That year also blessed us with Alien (and THAT hospital scene), The Muppet Movie (amazing) and Rocky II (doubly amazing). Do you agree that Kramer vs. Kramer took the top spot this year?


    1980 – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

    Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back was the most popular movie in 1980

    Do you remember when you first heard the biggest plot-twist in all of the cinematic history? If it’s hard to pinpoint, it’s probably because we’ve heard it SO MUCH since the movies first reveal in 1980. But when this movie first came out, it caused a huge uproar, and people couldn’t believe they’d have to wait three years to see how the story panned out. Alas, it’s Star Wars. This franchise is always going to come out on top. It’s like the cherry on a rather delicious sundae.


    1981 – Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark was the most popular movie of 1981

    Harrison Ford is quite literally the kinda man who can do both. Not only is he one of the most intelligent men on the earth and one of the best archaeologists that we know (granted, he is the ONLY archaeologist we know, but that’s not the point), but he is also one sassy son-of-a-gun. He handles his whip extremely well and just generally saves the world. He’s the kinda old fashioned superhero we all need in the world, and we’re kinda sad he hasn’t played Indiana in a while. We miss him.


    1982 – E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial

    ET was the most popular movie in 1982

    1982 saw the release of E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial, and we’ve never ridden our bikes the same since. Yep, we pretend to have him in our bicycle basket as we ride (blanket-cape over our shoulders) just in front of a really huge moon. I mean, who doesn’t? This movie also featured a really young Drew Barrymore, which makes us feel really old, but also extremely happy. Drew and the rest of the cast have come such a long way, and we’re so proud of them. E.T even made his way home in the end. What a trooper.


    1983 – Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi was one of the most popular movies in 1983

    Okay, so Star Wars movies are going to appear quite a few times in this article because….well, there’s loads of them. And they’re great. Return of the Jedi was released in 1983, and we thought it would be the last in the franchise, but George Lucas just likes to tease us. The tease. Once again, this movie caused a huge stir among Star Wars fans across the globe, and they just loved to see the franchise progress. With each new movie came better special effects and even more intense storylines.


    1984 – Beverly Hills Cop

    Beverly Hills Cop was one of the most popular movies in 1984

    Any movie with Eddie Murphy in is going to be a good’un. That’s just a fact that everyone needs to know. Beverly Hills Cop was one of the best original comedies of the ‘80s, and we’ve watched it about 548,959 times since. BVC was the highest grossing movie of 1984, followed closely by the original Ghostbusters movie, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Those are some awesome movies, so we can understand why it was a tough call. Ultimately, though, Beverly Hills Cop came out on top.


    1985 – Back to the Future

    Back to the Future was one of the most popular movies in 1985

    Everything about Back to the Future weirds us out a little bit. A guy who goes back in time to hang out with his parents, all the while trusting a crazy-haired scientist with his life and feeling pretty happy about getting into his time machine? I mean, alright then. Anyone else think that was a bit odd? Just us? Okay, cool. Nevertheless, we’ve watched it countless times, and it’s fair to say that it’s one of the greatest movies of all time, not just one single year.


    1986 – Top Gun

    Top Gear was one of the most popular movies of 1986

    The ‘80s was a great time for movies – and a great time for every girl who had a crush on Tom Cruise. That’s because they got to watch him on the big screen as a hunky fighter pilot who wore a uniform and aviator sunglasses. Could there be anything better? We think not. But 1986 wasn’t all about Top Gun. This year also played host to the release of Stand By Me, Alien and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and gave us oodles of excuses to not do our homework.


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