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LexGo Totally Awesome '80s Film Festival: What readers want to see next time

Apparently, Lexington movie-goers really want to see Top Gun and Stand by Me on the big screen again. Those two movies were far and away the most popular suggestions when we asked readers what they'd like to see if we bring back the LexGo Totally Awesome '80s Film Festival for a second edition.

Hundreds of folks turned out to the Kentucky Theatre for the five movies in the festival, which began Feb. 27 and ended Wednesday. We screened The Goonies, Coal Miner's Daughter, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Risky Business and The Breakfast Club.

The most popular films bookended the series, The Breakfast Club and The Goonies.

Suggestions for the LexGo Film Fest 2.0 ranged from the silly (Spaceballs) to the very serious (Matewan). They were general (anything with John Candy, anything with the Muppets) and terribly specific (Rocky IV).

One reader asked that we not screen anything involving children or teenagers.

Another requested to see all the decade's Oscar winners for best picture, which in order were Ordinary People, Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Terms of Endearment, Amadeus, Out of Africa, Platoon, The Last Emperor, Rain Man and Driving Miss Daisy.

Let's be clear: No decision has been made about whether or when we will bring back the LexGo Totally Awesome '80s Film Festival. But if we do, we'll certainly pick from the dozens and dozens of movies you suggested.


Here are all the movies readers suggested for a second edition of the LexGo Totally Awesome '80s Film Festival, organized by the year they came out but otherwise in no particular order.

1980: Fame; The Elephant Man; Caddyshack; The Blues Brothers; Raging Bull; Airplane!; Friday the 13th; Those Lips, Those Eyes; The Gods Must Be Crazy; Nine to Five; Ordinary People.

1981: Absence of Malice, An American Werewolf in London, Body Heat, Excalibur, My Dinner With Andre, Scanners, Stripes, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Chariots of Fire.

1982: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Diner, An Officer and a Gentleman, Barbarosa, Pink Floyd The Wall, Blade Runner, My Favorite Year, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Gandhi.

1983: Scarface, The Dresser, National Lampoon's Vacation, Trading Places, Valley Girl, Eddie and the Cruisers, The Big Chill, Flashdance, The Outsiders, Terms of Endearment.

1984: This Is Spinal Tap; Eddie and the Cruisers; Purple Rain; Places in the Heart; Splash; Blue Thunder; The Terminator; Ghost Busters; The Karate Kid; Paris, Texas; Revenge of the Nerds; The Last Starfighter; Crimes of Passion; Blood Simple; The NeverEnding Story; Red Dawn; The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension; Sixteen Candles, Footloose, Amadeus.

1985: The Shooting Party, Weird Science, Just One of the Guys, Better Off Dead ..., Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Ran, Ladyhawke, The Sure Thing, Back to the Future, Flesh+Blood, Brazil, Explorers, Rocky IV, Out of Africa.

1986: The Mission, Stand by Me, Sid and Nancy, Top Gun, When the Wind Blows, Big Trouble in Little China, Back to School, Crocodile Dundee, One Crazy Summer, The Fly, Pretty in Pink, Flight of the Navigator, About Last Night ..., Platoon.

1987: Less Than Zero, Matewan, The Whales of August, Mannequin, Moonstruck, Adventures in Babysitting, Dirty Dancing, The Princess Bride, Raising Arizona, The Lost Boys, Throw Momma from the Train, Over the Top, Predator, The Dead, Spaceballs, The Monster Squad, Fatal Attraction, Can't Buy Me Love, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Last Emperor.

1988: The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, Tougher Than Leather, A Fish Called Wanda, License to Drive, Working Girl, Big, They Live, Heathers, Hairspray, The Vanishing, Akira, Bull Durham, Young Guns, Die Hard, Rain Man.

1989: Say Anything ..., The 'Burbs, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Little Monsters, Do the Right Thing, UHF, Weekend at Bernie's, Penn and Teller Get Killed, Major League, Ghostbusters II, Driving Miss Daisy.

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