Monday, September 14, 2009

My Top 5 Patrick Swayze Movies

We lost another 80s icon today. Patrick Swayze passed away after battling pancreatic cancer for two years. While Michael Jackson's passing was shocking, losing Swayze is a little harder to process because I was a bigger fan of his than Jackson's. Sure, Swayze didn't always make the best movies, but most of them are embedded in the pop culture fabric of the 1980s. In honor of Crazy Swayze, I've put together my list of Top 5 Patrick Swayze Movies.

1. The Outsiders (1983) - I will always be a fan of Swayze's work because he was in my first favorite movie. I remember being obsessed with The Outsiders while growing up, and it was one of the first movies I could sit down and watch over and over again. In a lot of ways I became a cinephile because of Darry, Pony Boy, and Soda Pop Curtis.

2. North and South - Books I & II (1985 & 1986) - Technically, these were TV mini-series, but I could not get enough of N&S as a kid. Sure, N&S was pretty soapy, and probably not very historically accurate, but I became obsessed with the Civil War after it came out. It made history exciting to a little kid.

3. Dirty Dancing (1987) - I have to admit that Dirty Dancing is not my favorite Swayze movie, but it's so culturally significant that scenes are permanently implanted in the minds of anyone who grew up in the 80s.

4. Red Dawn (1984) - Again, this movie is not an example of award winning cinema, but you just have to yell out, "Wolverines!", and most people will know what you're talking about. A little part of me died the day I heard that they're planning on remaking this one.

5. Ghost (1990) - Quite possibly the best Swayze movie ever made. Heck, it was nominated for Best Picture in 1991, so it must be good.

Rest In Peace Patrick Swayze, you will be forever missed and always loved.

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