Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is an expert United States Naval Aviator. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is outflown and panics. With little fuel left, Maverick is able to instruct him to fly back to the aircraft carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he combats the superior attitudes of the other pilots and the haunting legacy of his father’s death in combat. When he encounters civilian Charlie Blackwood, he finds that not everything can be learned in a classroom.
Directors: Tony Scott Writers: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr. Starring: Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis Duration: 110 min Genre: Action, drama, romance MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense war violence, sensual scenes, profanity, and drinking
Happy Gilmore wants to be a hockey player, but there’s one small detail: he can’t skate. When his grandmother’s house is foreclosed because she didn’t pay her taxes, Happy must try and find a way to make some money to help her. While at a driving range, he finds that he has hidden golf prowess, and others convince him to try pro golfing. Happy is initially reluctant, but when he learns he can make a lot of money, he gives it a try. His driving ability and goofy antics make him a crowd favorite, but tournament champion Shooter McGavin hates sharing the limelight, and tries to throw Happy out.
Directors: Dennis Dugan Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler Starring: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen Duration: 92 min Genre: Comedy MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language and some comic sexuality
Crash is an aging minor league ball player, brought up from another team to mature a young pitcher. Both of them become involved with Ann, a baseball groupie with her own perspective on the game. It leads, inevitably, to jealousy and other issues for all involved.
Directors: Ron Shelton Writers: Ron Shelton Starring: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins Duration: 108 min Genre: Comedy, romance MPAA: Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity and pervasive language
When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he’s in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can’t believe he’s living in a town where rock music and dancing are illegal. He finds solace in the company of Ariel Moore, a troubled but lovely girl with a jealous boyfriend. Only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the dance ordinance and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople.
Directors: Herbert Ross Writers: Dean Pitchford Starring: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow Duration: 107 min Genre: Comedy, music, romance MPAA: Rated PG for sexual references, some violence, and profanity
Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning?
Harry and Sally meet after they finish college in Chicago and embark on a road trip together to New York. They don’t hit it off, particularly because Harry believes that a man and a woman can never be just friends. Over the next 10 years, they occasionally bump into each other, and soon become great friends. They share the more intimate details of their lives with one another – hopes, dreams, failures and successes – though there’s no guarantee that the friendship will last after they sleep together.
Directors: Rob Reiner Writers: Nora Ephron Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher Duration: 96 min Genre: Comedy, romance MPAA: Rated R for sex-related dialogue
What he really wanted was to spend Thanksgiving with his family. What he got was three days with the turkey.
All marketing executive Neal Page wants is to travel home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. After his flight is cancelled, Neal meets clumsy and talkative shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith, who takes his cab. The two men travel to Chicago, where bad weather shuts down their airport. They are forced to land elsewhere, and make their way back. As their journey progresses, Neal finds himself at odds with his initial opinion of Del Griffith and his own character.
Directors: John Hughes Writers: John Hughes Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins Duration: 93 min Genre: Comedy MPAA: Rated R for strong language and a brief sexual image
If at first you don’t succeed, then lower your standards.
Tommy Callahan Jr. is an unintelligent, clumsy man who graduated college after almost eight years. His father, Big Tom Callahan, owns an auto parts factory in Ohio. When Tommy gets back home, his dad introduces him to the new brake pad division of the factory and his soon-to-be stepmother, Beverly. But when Big Tom dies, the factory threatens to go under unless the new brake pads are sold, and so Tommy must set out on a hilarious trip to save his father’s business.
Directors: Peter Segal Writers: Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner Starring: Chris Farley, David Spade, Brian Dennehy Duration: 97 min Genre: Comedy MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, some drug content and nudity
They figured he was a lazy, time-wasting slacker. They were right.
When “The Dude” Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, his low-drama life changes for good. Little does he know that Mrs. Lebowski owes large sums of money to many dangerous people. After she’s kidnapped, Jeff Lewboski calls The Dude to deliver her ransom. Deception leads to even more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone wants something from The Dude.
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore Duration: 117 min Genre: Comedy, crime MPAA: Rated R for pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality and brief violence
Samantha’s life is going downhill fast. She has a crush on the most popular boy in school, while the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister’s getting married, and with all of the excitement, the rest of her family forgets her birthday. This, combined with a memorable pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents and a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, lays the groundwork for a hilarious journey into young womanhood.
Directors: John Hughes Writers: John Hughes Starring: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry Duration: 93 min Genre: Comedy, romance MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual content, brief nudity and teen drinking
Jerry Lundegaard is in a financial jam and is desperate for money. He concocts a plan to have his wife kidnapped and to demand ransom from her wealthy father, which is to be secretly split between Jerry and the perpetrators. Jerry – who’s not the smartest man – hires a couple of uninspired criminals from the frozen northern reaches of Fargo, North Dakota for the job. When a local police officer takes notice, things begin to slip from bad to worse as Jerry helplessly watches on.
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Starring: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi Duration: 98 min Genre: Crime, drama, thriller MPAA: Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality
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