There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!

1The Terminator


Tagline: In the Year of Darkness, 2029, the rulers of this planet devised the ultimate plan. They would reshape the Future by changing the Past. The plan required something that felt no pity. No pain. No fear. Something unstoppable. They created The Terminator.

Premise: Still shaping his reign as an 80s action icon, Arnold Schwarzenegger went against type, playing the villain in this James Cameron sci-fi thriller that still remains one of the most quintessential time travel/robot apocalypse movies of all time. The Austrian muscle man plays a (literally) unstoppable android assassin from the future sent to 1984 to eliminate a strong willed waitress before she can birth a son that will rise up and lead humanity in a war against all machines. This was the first time Arnold muttered that infamous catchphrase 'I'll Be Back'. And he milked it throughout the rest of the decade.

Box Office: $38.3 million.

Sequels: The movie spawned four sequels over the span of 30 years. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (which some consider the best, maybe even better than the original), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation.

What's Happening Today: Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning for the 5th film in the franchise, Terminator: Genesis, which will be released July 2015. It won't be a reboot, but it will set up an all-new trilogy, using time travel in much the same way that 2009's Star Trek did, ensuring a catch-all for any messed up timelines or other anomalies that don't necessarily fit with all that has come before it.

Those are some pretty great movies! And there are a few that didn't even manage to make the list! Let us know your favorites, or if there is one movie we left out that you think we should have included!

B. Alan Orange