The Movies That Made Us

The Movies That Made Us
  • Rating: 7.90
  • Year of issue: 2019
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Countries: United States
  • Duration: 48 minutes

A deep nostalgic dive into pop-culture that entertained the masses.

  • 1. Dirty Dancing
    Stepping on toes and tangling with rejection, the women behind this “girl's movie” touched millions despite co-star tension and a meager budget.
  • 2. Home Alone
    Mix a “comedy machine” with a novice director. Add a shutdown threat, rotating robbers and terrifying stunts to home in on a ho-ho-ho holiday megahit.
  • 3. Ghostbusters
    A rickety script, tight timeline and effects issues almost busted this comedy. But thanks to Dan Aykroyd and company, the slimy shenanigans took off.
  • 4. Die Hard
    This box office titan took action movies to the next level, decked out with a relatable hero, a humorous rewrite and a well-played “yippee-ki-yay.”
  • 1. Back to the Future
    Vroom or bust: It took a sweet ride and a rising star — or two — to build a blockbuster from a half-baked idea and the ashes of multiple flops.
  • 2. Pretty Woman
    Turning an unknown into a superstar and revamping the rom-com rules amid many rewrites, this megahit's success still leaves insiders pretty shocked.
  • 3. Jurassic Park
    Crunch the numbers, then make way for a chubby T. rex and visual effects bad boys. This box office heavyweight disrupted the way movies are made.
  • 4. Forrest Gump
    Life is like a box of chocolates — or a charming script unearthed by chance. Despite casting and budget woes, this humble tale became a '90s classic.
  • 1. Halloween
    It took a young team's blood, sweat and tears — and a triple-threat visionary — to make this bloodless yet scarily influential horror masterpiece.
  • 2. Friday the 13th
    What began as a bald rip-off made a bloody splash as a splatter classic. Now the unlikely crew spills its guts about the highs, lows and gory effects.
  • 3. Nightmare on Elm Street
    With a studio on the line, an imaginative director in the pocket and an actorly demon in tow, this supernatural slasher hit raked in a surreal profit.
  • 4. Robocop
    A painfully tight suit and budget, a passionate European auteur and on-set tensions fueled this blockbuster takedown of cutthroat corporate America.
  • 5. Aliens
    A hard-driving director, stressed crew, great expectations — and a tiny budget — made for a difficult birth in the case of this mother of all sequels.
  • 6. Coming to America
    The happily ever after? It's on screen. Behind the scenes, this litigious, loveless foray involved fisticuffs, Nostradamus — and iconic Black talent.
  • 7. Nightmare Before Christmas
    The unlikely holiday classic, and stop-motion first, comes to ghoulish life with persistent vision — and nimble work by a ragtag bunch of misfits.
  • 8. Elf
    Despite its gifted cast and wonderland of effects, this endearing Christmas comedy is sold short by the studio — till it scores big with moviegoers.

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