Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

My Dad, Scott Brown, thinks that all young people need to watch these iconic movies from the 80's.

My 63-year-old dad says that young people need to see these classic movies at some point in their lives.

My Dad, Scott Brown, is probably like your Dad. He grew up on movies from the 80’s. Movies like Jaws, The Breakfast Club and Terminator. His favorite band is still Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, and he still talks about the rivalry between Wakefield High and Melrose High.

the breakfast club movie poster

My dad thinks that The Breakfast Club is one of the best movies ever made. What do you think?

What A Millennial Like Me Grew Up Watching

I am 34-years-old and I definitely didn’t grow up watching the same kind of movies my Dad did. I sang my heart out to Disney movies like The Little Mermaid. And musicals like Grease and Annie. As I got older I fell in love with rom-coms like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Matthew McConaughey in front of a how to lose a guy in 10 days movie poster

I loved this movie growing up! Who am I kidding, I still love it

When I visit my parents we usually watch a movie after dinner. That’s when the question arises. “What do you guys wanna watch?”

Of course, no one can decide. And then my Dad will throw out something that I’ve never heard of. “What about Brian’s Song?” he says.

Brian’s Song? What’s that?” I ask.

I have probably asked that question SO much in my life that my Dad finally told me that I have to watch his favorite movies. I promised him I would and report back to him. Truthfully, I have already seen some of the movies on this list. I didn’t like them. (Sorry Dad!)

Words From My Dad

From my Dad: “In today’s world of instant entertainment, it’s easy for younger generations to overlook the cinematic gems of the past. I’ve had the privilege of growing up in an era when storytelling on the silver screen was at its peak. I’d like to recommend some classic movies from my generation that I believe all young millennials and Gen Z’ers should experience. These films have stood the test of time and continue to resonate with audiences today. So grab some popcorn, settle into your favorite spot on the couch, and get caught up on cinematic history!

Classic Movies He Says All Young People Need To Watch (And Why)

  • Slap Shot - 1977

    “Immature, hilarious, completely inappropriate in this day and age, but you gotta see it. Even if you’re not a huge hockey fan, you’ll love this movie.”

  • Officer And A Gentleman - 1982

    “Patriotic, romantic, tragic and will leave you in tears. Sit down with your kids and watch it.”

  • Purple Rain - 1984

    “Prince, when it all began. It’s raw, emotional, foot-stomping, fun. And then turn it up loud!”

  • Karate Kid - 1984

    “Wax on, wax off. That’s all you need to remember because it applies to everything in real life.”

  • The Breakfast Club - 1985

    “When life seems so difficult, and cliques were the ‘in thing’ in high school, it actually turns out, we all have the same hopes, fears, and emotions.”

  • Terminator - 1984

    “‘I’ll be back.’ If you see the first one, you have to see all the rest. Arnold’s famous words are still copied today.”

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show - 1975

    “The original cult classic movie. It’s still acted in movie theaters today.”

  • Saturday Night Fever - 1977

    “John Travolta at his best. He owned the streets of Brooklyn and the soundtrack from the Bee Gees is a classic.”

  • Brian's Song - 1972

    “Bring a box of tissues. If you love football, redemption and love, then you will love Brian’s Song. It’s a must see.”

  • Jaws - 1975

    “We all know the iconic soundtrack and whenever that intro comes on (you know the one I’m talking about), you get goosebumps. It’s the reason why we all look around the ocean when we go swimming. Way ahead of its time when it comes to cinematography.”

  • The Shining - 1980

    “‘Here’s Johnny!’ Famously said by Jack Nicholson. I still remember the scene where he’s typing out his novel and his wife reads it. It was one of my first memorable thrillers.”

  • Back To The Future - 1985

    “Michael J. Fox created a situation where we all would love to have gone back in time and then forward again to try and change the past. Who can forget his famous Chuck Berry guitar riff? I’ve seen it probably 15 times.”

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