My Top 10 Favorite Movies at Thirteen :: Monday Movies

Sometimes what a Monday needs is a little time travel. In this case, how about a Top 10 list of movies I loved at thirteen? I’d love to hear some of your thirteen year old self’s favorites – please share them in the comments…

I turned thirteen in March of 1982, so the movies listed below are from March to March of 1983. These are limited to movies I saw in the theater, which explains some omissions in the list that would definitely be a part of any best of March 1982-March 1983 movie list I would compile. There are some films that I wouldn’t have been able to get into, at thirteen (though a few that I did, I’m surprised at, looking back).

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My Top 10 Favorite Movies at Thirteen

1. Poltergeist
Written by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais and Mark Victor
Directed by Steven Spielberg

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“Now let’s go get your daughter!”

2. E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
Written by Melissa Mathison
Directed by Steven Spielberg

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“It was nothing like that, penis-breath!”

3. Blade Runner
Written by Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples (screenplay) and Philip K. Dick (book)
Directed by Ridley Scott

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“Tears in the rain.”

4. The Last Unicorn
Written by Peter S. Beagle (screenplay & book)
Directed by Jules Bass & Arthur Rankin, Jr.

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“I’m looking for others like me.”

5. The World According to Garp
Written by Steve Tesich (screenplay) & John Irving (book)
Directed by George Roy Hill

“Do you want her?”

6. The Dark Crystal
Written by David Odell & Jim Henson
Directed by Jim Henson & Frank Oz

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7. Author! Author!
Written by Israel Horovitz
Directed by Arthur Hiller

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8. Kiss Me Goodbye
Written by Bruno Barreto, Jorge Amado & Charlie Peters
Directed by Robert Mulligan

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9. Tempest
Written by Leon Capetanos, Paul Mazursky & William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Mazursky

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10. Deathtrap
Written by Ira Levin & Jay Presson Allen
Directed by Sidney Lumet

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Movies I also love from March 1982-March 1983, but didn’t see in the theaters: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, An Officer & a Gentlemen, Baby, It’s you, Videodrome, My Favorite Year, Local Hero, Tootsie, Grease 2 and Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

3 Comments

  1. I was 13 in 1986/1987. I loved: Little Shop of Horrors, Labyrinth, Stand by Me, Flight of the Navigator, Lucas, The Lost Boys, The Princess Bride, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and, because I was a bit odd, both Platoon and Full Metal Jacket. Not on my list? Top Gun. Hated it then, still hate it now.

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      1. I hadn’t realized how many great movies came out in that brief period, so thanks for the prompt! (And it’s always nice to come across another non-fan of Top Gun.)

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