Hard to believe, but it was twenty-five years ago when Julia Roberts strutting that mini skirt and thigh-high book for the first time in Pretty Woman.

Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman was the movie that made Roberts a superstar and went on to become one of the most successful romantic comedies of all time.

However, Pretty Woman is not the only big movie that was released back in 1990... We take a look at some of the films that are celebrating twenty-five years since their release in 2015.

- Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman saw Roberts team up with Richard Gere for the first time, while Garry Marshall was in the director's chair for the film.

The movie was supposed to be a dark and grittier take about the dangers of prostitution, but instead hit the big screen as rom-com. The movie followed prostitute Vivian, who is hired by businessman Edward Lewis to attend some social events with him. However, the pair begin to fall in love.

The movie grossed over $463 million at the global box office and remains one of the most successful rom-com movies of all time. Roberts' star rocketed, while she and Gere proved to be a terrific film pairing.

This may not have been the social commentary movie that was originally planned, but Pretty Woman is a film with a lot of heart and bags of chemistry between the lead actors.

Pretty Woman is as funny and charming today as it was back in 1990 and it is hard to believe that this rom-com is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year.

Pretty Woman

- Goodfellas

Martin Scorsese returned to the director's chair in 1990 with Good fellas, a gangster movie that was based on the book Wiseguys by Nicholas Pileggi. It was a film that reunited his with Robert De Niro, while Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci were also on board.

The movie explored the life of organised crime and followed central character Henry Hill - played by Liotta - as he made his way through the mob hierarchy. Twenty-five years on, Goodfellas is still widely regarded as one of the best gangster movies of all time.

This is a Scorsese movie that has real style and swagger and is packed with terrific performances from a very talented cast. Many think that this is Scorsese's finest film moment.

Goodfellas performed well at the box office upon release and also won over plenty of critics. The movie went on to be nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. While neither the film nor Scorsese triumphed, Joe Pesci did take home the Best Supporting Actor gong for his performance as Tommy DeVito.

Goodfellas is a real classic of the gangster genre and is a movie that has truly stood the test of time and few have rivalled it.


- Home Alone

Macaulay Culkin may not have had much big screen luck in recent years, but Home Alone remains his biggest and most iconic role to date.

It was back in 1990 when we were introduced to Kevin McCallister for the first time... and a brand new comedy franchise was born. Other movies have followed over the years, but it is the first that remains the most successful and the most loved.

Home Alone follows Kevin, who must defend his home from burglars after being mistakenly left behind when his family fly to Paris for Christmas. Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, and Catherine O'Hara all starred alongside Culkin on the cast list.

Home Alone was the film that turned Culkin into one of the biggest child stars of the nineties... not to mention Home Alone remains one of the most loved Christmas movies of all time.

Home Alone is an old-fashioned family film that is as charming as it is funny. The movie grossed over $476 million at the global box office and remains one of the most successful comedy movies of all time.

Home Alone

- Die Hard 2

John McClane is one of the most iconic action heroes in cinema history and was the role that really make Bruce Willis a star. He returned to the role in 1990 when Die Hard 2 hit the big screen.

Die Hard 2 was released just a year after the success of Die Hard and saw Renny Harlin take over the director's chair from John McTiernan. This time around, McClane is called back into action as he tries to stop rogue military officials who have sixed control of the Dulles International Airport in Washington.

Okay, so Die Hard 2 doesn't quite have the freshness of the first film, but that doesn't stop this sequel from being an action packed ride with Willis on top form. This is a movie that spread some alternative Christmas cheer - much like this first - and is hugely entertaining.

In the twenty-five years since Die Hard 2 hit the big screen, we have seen Willis return to the role of John McClane on three other occasions: Die Hard with a Vengeance in 1995, Die Hard 4 in 2007, and A Good Day to Die Hard most recently in 2013.

Die Hard 2

- Back To The Future Part III

It was back in 1986 when Back To The Future hit the big screen for the first time - five years later, the third and final film in the series was released.

The movie was once again directed by Robert Zemeckis, while Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd were back as Marty McFly and Dr Emmett Brown. Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson, and Elisabeth Shue completed the cast list.

Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend.

Back To The Future was one of the best and most enjoyable film franchises of the eighties, and Part III brought the series of films to a triumphant close.

While Back To The Future Part III was the lowest grossing of the three films, it still went on to take in excess of $244 million at the global box office. This is a fun and entertaining movie and was a fitting way to say goodbye to these terrific characters.

Back To The Future Part III

- Ghost

It was 1990 when Patrick Swayze teamed up with Demi Moore for Ghost, which remains one of the most iconic movies of the decade.

Swayze took on the central role of Sam Wheat who is killed during a botched robbery. However, he stays on earth as a ghost and with the help a reluctant psychic he tries to save his former lover Molly (Moore).

Swayze and Moore were joined on the cast list by Whoopi Goldberg and Tony Goldwyn, while Jerry Zucker was in the director's chair.

Ghost is one of the biggest weepies of all time, and yet Zucker found the perfect balance between heartbreak and humour - mainly thanks to the terrific performance from Goldberg as psychic Oda Mae Brown. It remains a popular movie and the pottery scene remains one of the most iconic in cinema history.

The film was a box office smash, going on to gross over $505 million worldwide. The movie went on to receive five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture; it went on to win Best Supporting Actress for Goldberg and Best Original Screenplay.


The Godfather Part III, Edward Scissorhands, and Misery fail to make the list because they didn't hit big screens in the UK until 1991.

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