Flashback: 30 Movies Turning 30 This Year


Buckle up for some nostalgia overload…

Masters of the Universe – I was a He-Man fan. Therefore I saw this in the theater when I was little. And now I thank my parents for sacrificing their time to sit through this piece of schlock.

Baby Boom – Diane Keaton + a Nancy Meyers production = A Boomer anthem of a movie.

Adventures in Babysitting – One of my favorite 80s flicks. And no, “Thor’s not a homo.”

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – Possibly the best sequel of the franchise. Starring future Oscar winner Patricia Arquette!

Moonstruck – The movie my parents dragged me to see because they couldn’t find a babysitter. My #1 memory from this film: cracking up over Olympia Dukakis shouting, “You’re life is going down the toilet!” Because #pottyhumor.

The Lost Boys – This movie made me fall in love with vampire flicks. From here on out I consumed a number of movies featuring Reagan-era bloodsuckers: Once Bitten, My Best Friend is a Vampire, Fright Night, and Vamp.

Fatal Attraction – Adrian Lyne’s spectacular cautionary tale for married men during a pre-Tinder era. That poor bunny

Three Men and a Baby – And yes, that baby is now in her 30s and married with kids of her own. (And she’s actually a twin.)

Dirty Dancing – And last but not least, the movie every girl in elementary school absolutely LOVED. And like Emma Stone in Crazy Stupid Love, they’ve all tried to reenact that climactic run-and-lift.

Lethal Weapon – The granddaddy of buddy-cop movies. And a great non-traditional Christmas flick.

Predator, The Princess Bride, Robocop, Wall Street, Full Metal Jacket, Spaceballs, The Witches of Eastwick, Beverly Hills Cop II, Jaws: The RevengePlanes Trains & Automobiles, The Evil Dead II, Monster Squad, Broadcast News, Empire of the Sun, Raising Arizona, Near Dark, Harry and the Hendersons, The Running Man, Hellraiser, and The Secret of My Success.


About The Author

Hiko Mitsuzuka
Entertainment Editor-at-Large

Hiko Mitsuzuka is a self-proclaimed pop culture connoisseur who resides in L.A. and obsesses over songs months before everyone else obsesses over them. He has worked in TV and commercial production ever since he left his native New York in the early 00s. He has worked at the world-renowned Anonymous Content and Carsey-Werner and freelanced as a treatment writer for award-winning directors as well as a contributing writer for 'Instinct.' In addition to writing about entertainment and travel for 'Bello,' Hiko can currently be seen in the roles of Manager of Creative Planning at Stun Creative (PromaxBDA's North America Agency of the Year, 2013, 2014, 2017), film critic for ScreenPicks.com, and contributor for The Huffington Post. He's also currently working on the novel 'Slasher Movie Girl.' His obsessions include quoting old sitcom dialogue and stalking people on Instagram. His vices include chocolate chip cookies and movie theater popcorn. Tweet him @TheFirstEcho.

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