1984: three movie classics


Some of the best picture Oscar nominated films of 1984 are all-time classics. Here’s why.

The Killing Fields

The consequence of a decade of war and terror in Cambodia is the ‘legacy’ of landmines which has left quite a few Cambodians as amputees. 4 1/2 stars out of 5 stars

Places in the Heart

American historical drama moves with its theme of reconciliation, which is a timeless theme. It is a classic because reconciliation or the need for it is still part of the cultural landscape. 4 1/2 stars out of 5 stars


Jealousy destroys the soul which is a timeless universal theme. The object of Salieri’s jealousy—Mozart—composes transcendent music. Salieri cannot reconcile Mozart’s music with the type of man who plays it, crude, ill-mannered and a carouser. Mozart is another of director Milos Foreman’s unconventional heroes that buck convention and the establishment but pay for it. Amadeus has a universal theme so makes it a bonafide classic of all time. 4 1/2 stars out of 5 stars