There are good movies, there are bad movies, and then there are movies that achieve immortality through sheer, all-powerful weirdness. They don’t get any weirder than The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the one, true midnight cult classic whose gender-bending, genre-destroying uniqueness has guaranteed it a place in the canon by default. It officially opened today in 1975, but its midnight run began at the Waverly Theatre in New York City on April 1, 1976. The movies wouldn’t be quite as wonderful without it.
For something a little more overtly a product of its time, we have Crocodile Dundee, the apex of America’s 80s fascination with all things Down Under and a star making turn for comedian Paul Hogan. It hasn’t stood the test of time the way it seemed when it first opened, but its breezy fish-out-of-water charm can still catch you by surprise if you let it. It opened today in 1986.