What Was the Best Movie From the Summer of 1982?

Film 2012/06/11 13:00:00

SLIDESHOW: What's the Best Movie From 1982?

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  1. "Rocky III"

    "Rocky III"

  2. "Poltergeist"


  3. "E.T."


  4. "Blade Runner"

    "Blade Runner"

  5. "TRON"


  6. "The Thing"

    "The Thing"

  7. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"

    "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"

What Was the Best Movie From the Summer of 1982?
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For those who weren't around during the glorious summer of 1982, it might seem like a random, inconsequential date. But as Yahoo! pointed out in a recent slideshow, 1982 was a summer of classics. Fifteen cinematic beasts turn 30 this summer, and each one has stood the test of time. Some of them -- "Conan the Barbarian," "The Thing," "TRON" -- have recently been the subjects of remakes. But let's not dwell on the negative.

From Cameron Crowe's screenwriting breakthrough, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," to Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning masterpiece, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," the summer of 1982 was a great time to be alive. In addition to the films listed below, Yahoo!'s slideshow includes "The Road Warrior," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "The Secret of Nimh," "The World According to Garp," "An Officer and a Gentleman," "Night Shift," and "Pink Floyd -- The Wall." All of them have aged extremely well.

Of course, if you think "Grease 2" or "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl" are more deserving of the title, feel free to write one of those in, too! You can see a full list of 1982 releases here. Yahoo! kept its selection to movies released between May and August, but we won't tell anyone if you bend it a bit. What do you think is the best movie classic from the summer of 1982?

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  • Lanikai smitty 2012/06/12 14:26:54
    We have a 30ish gal at church who is built like the woman who declared the house clean. She wears gigantic tall heels, and hubby and I frequently referenced that movie when we saw her. Daughter asked to see it (she was 11) so Pappa Netflixed it, she watched it and said she could understand why we all thought it was scary, but the graphics were so lame to her she thought it was cartoonish.

    Funny how GREAT and frightening it was at the time, but this younger generation is so used to so much more til she didn't even bat an eye.
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/06/11 18:57:56
    flyingseaturtle BN
  • seasmoke70 2012/06/11 18:53:28
    I like a lot of the movies listed, but E.T. was an absolute classic!
  • Rebecca Louise 2012/06/11 18:52:22
    Rebecca Louise
  • misterz 2012/06/11 18:42:23
  • Zeus2713 2012/06/11 18:42:22
    "Rocky III"
    Rocky BABY
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/06/11 18:37:46
    The unforgettable "Purple Rain" starting the genus "Prince" with "The Time"!! "Michael Jackson" short story "Thriller" were the best movies of the 80's to me!
  • angel face 2012/06/11 18:34:59
    angel face
    Ive watched E.T. Rocky, Blade, and The Thing. E.T. still rocks all of them
  • The_Machine 2012/06/11 18:34:21
    "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
    Don't know how many times I watched the nude scenes as a kid when my parents weren't around. I about ruined the vhs tape. Lol
  • Vieuphoria 2012/06/11 18:31:07
    "Blade Runner"
    This, and only this.
  • Cuppajo 2012/06/11 18:25:25
    Blade Runner, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Tron. The rest sucked.
  • Anarchico Anthony 2012/06/11 18:25:04
    "Rocky III"
    Anarchico Anthony
  • kraftymomma1979 2012/06/11 18:23:35
    "Blade Runner"
    Blade Runner still gives me chills every time I watch it.
  • Lizard ... kraftym... 2012/06/11 22:53:38
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2012/06/11 18:20:27 (edited)
  • Kashee 2012/06/11 17:58:25
    There were many good movies. I loved ET.
    et phone home
  • Ben 2012/06/11 17:58:00
    in 1982, I was 4-years-old. Back then, i would have said E.T. Now, I have to go with Tron. What an amazing movie!
  • Jacob 2012/06/11 17:42:14
    Tron fallowed be E.T.
  • TheExphinitee42 2012/06/11 17:29:40
  • PumpkinMuncher 2012/06/11 17:27:09
    "The Thing"
    Epic movie!
  • alex 2012/06/11 17:25:01
    that or fast times.
  • Posha King 2012/06/11 17:24:53
    Posha King
    This was so freaking hard! 5 of these are among my personal favorites, but ET was epic. I remember the glasses at McDonald's! We had most of them. This is a great question. :)
  • U Mad Bro? 2012/06/11 17:23:56
    "The Thing"
    U Mad Bro?
    No contest, one of the best movies ever made.
  • Sperry23 2012/06/11 17:23:51
    "Blade Runner"
    Much as I enjoyed Tron and ET, I have to go with Blade Runner. But it's a very close thing.
  • Lizard King 2012/06/11 17:12:16
  • Sybil Lizard ... 2012/06/11 22:45:17 (edited)
    Why can't I remember this movie?? I'm gonna have to find it now!
  • Lizard ... Sybil 2012/06/11 22:51:51
  • Sybil Lizard ... 2012/06/12 01:34:30
    Well I tried to find it on Netflix and it wasn't there so I watched Firestarter instead. It's amazing to re watch something and realize it's not as awesome watching it at 36 as apposed to age 8 back in the 80's LOL!
  • Lizard ... Sybil 2012/06/12 12:15:31 (edited)
  • Gary 2012/06/11 17:04:43
    TRON really changed the game for movies. It was really the first film to show what CGI could do for films. A lot of modern films owe TRON a gratitude for laying the groundwork in terms of audience awareness and methodology.
  • Aksana 2012/06/11 17:01:54
    "The Thing"
    The Thing
  • ~Adrien~ 2012/06/11 16:58:30
    "They're Here" Poltergeist movie
  • Brother Bo 2012/06/11 16:56:04
    "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
    Brother Bo
    I know I've seen this at least a couple dozen times.
  • Jimbo 2012/06/11 16:56:01
    "Blade Runner"
    'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' is a great story too.
  • Emily Barrington 2012/06/11 16:36:57
    Emily Barrington
  • Tia 2012/06/11 16:31:06
    I love poltergeist.
  • JulieJewels 2012/06/11 16:23:49
    "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
    A good year for movies.
  • TwistedArtisan 2012/06/11 16:20:27
    I have watched all these movies, I LOVE Tron
  • Fef 2012/06/11 16:18:11
    Wow,a lot of good films came out in 1982. I had a hard time coding the best movie
  • Fievel 2012/06/11 15:32:40
    Ahm, Poltergeist I would have to say for number 2. What's interesting is, they are both Spielberg. One is directed by, the other is created by.
    Poltergeist - Writer.
    E.T. Directer.
    I would have to say Rocky III would be 3rd or so. followed by Tron. Unless Tron was better, from what I remember, Rocky III wasn't as good as expected.
    Back in the 80s, Poltergeist was one of the most popular series of movies.

    All and All though... E.T. was Top! E.T. had plenty of action. It had bits and pieces of drama, but best of everything else, it was also Family Appropriate.

    Signing this one off there. ;-)

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