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A nostalgic (but not blindly nostalgic) look back at some cult and classic movies. Are they worth checking out once you take off the rose-tinted glasses? Find out in this retrospective section.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) starring Harrison Ford

It's a film which barely needs any introduction! Steven Spielberg's first Indiana Jones adventure has been much sequelled, cloned, parodied and homaged through the years - but never quite equalled.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

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1941 (1979) directed by Steven Spielberg and starring John Belushi

Spielberg’s chaotic misfire of a big-budget WWII comedy was a critical and (to a lesser extent) commercial blip from which he thankfully recovered.

Christopher Lee and Toshiro Mifune in 1941

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Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) directed by Lucio Fulci

This video nasty was conceived as a cash-in on George Romero's Day of the Dead but has become something of a cult classic in its own right thanks to its excellent practical gore effects.

Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) silent animation

Lotte Reiniger's painstakingly-detailed adaptation of a One Thousand and One Nights story is the oldest surviving feature-length animated film.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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Battle Beyond The Stars (1980) produced by Roger Corman

With the new Star Wars film coming out, it's time to look back at an old pretender to the space opera throne.

George Peppard relaxes his way through Battle Beyond the Stars

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Enter the Ninja (1981) starring Franco Nero and Susan George

Menahem Golan kicked off the Western world's 1980s Ninja craze with this entertaining but problematic low-budget action flick, also starring Sho Kosugi.

Franco Nero and Susan George in Enter the Ninja (1981)

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Escape from New York (1981) directed by John Carpenter

This cult classic, starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes and Harry Dean Stanton, works largely because of its atmosphere and amusing performances.

Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken in Escape from New York

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The Ice Pirates (1984) starring Robert Urich and Mary Crosby

An uneven swashbuckler-influenced 1980s space opera comedy directed by Stewart Raffill, also starring Anjelica Huston, Ron Perlman and John Carradine.

Robert Urich, Anjelica Huston and company in The Ice Pirates

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) directed by James Gunn

This MCU adaptation space opera, starring Chris Pratt and the voice of Bradley Cooper, is still widely considered to be one of the best of the franchise.

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy

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A look back at Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982/2007)

A timely retrospective of Ridley Scott's stylishly violent but humanistic sci-fi masterpiece featuring Harrison Ford as the Replicant-pursuing Rick Deckard.

The Los Angeles of the future in Blade Runner

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