‘Ghostbusters’ June 8th, 1984
Synopsis: After an encounter with a ghost at the New York Public Library and being fired from Columbia University, paranormal experts Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler decide to go into the business of paranormal investigations and elimination, called Ghostbusters. Off to a slow start, their only client is Dana Barrett, a cello player who has a strange encounter with a demonic beast in her fridge. The Ghostbusters finally get a call to catch a ghost at the Sedgewick Hotel which leads to wide-spread attention and business for the Ghostbusters. While the Ghostbusters are busier than ever, they are still investigating Dana Barrett’s apartment building, discovering it was designed to harness spiritual energy and bring forth the Sumerian god Gozer and the apocalypse.
Legacy: ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ regularly swap spots as the highest grossing film of the year when taking into account inflation and rereleases the following year. ‘Ghostbusters’ has had probably the most enduring legacy of any film on this list, with a sequel in 1989, two cartoon series, several video games, and a wide range of merchandise including action figures, cereal, drinks, and prop replicas. A third film is currently in the early stages of pre-production, with the intention of reuniting the original crew, except for Bill Murray who has refused to even entertain the idea of a new film, and pass the torch on to a younger crew.