I’ve written of this before, but the names change every year, so let’s do it again! For me, when I think of an ‘old movie’, my brain always defaults to Casablanca, which by the time of my awareness of its existence, had become a venerable classic movie. Now, when I was born, Casablanca was 29 years old. So here is a list of films that, as of this year, are as old as my brain’s canonical ‘old movie’.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Karate Kid
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Revenge of the Nerds
Romancing the Stone
Lots more, obviously, but those are stand-outs. Not all in terms of quality, obviously — Red Dawn is trash, no matter how you slice it — but it’s interesting to note that of the ten movies I list here, all of them among that year’s twenty top-grossing films, two have been remade. (So has a third of the 1984 top twenty, actually — Footloose!)
Meanwhile, Casablanca has never been remade. Its story beats have been mined a lot, and the film has an enduring place in popular and wider culture, but no one has yet actually made a new version of the film. Will it happen? Who knows? Anyhow, all hail the newest Old Movies!