Based on the novel of the same name, The Outsiders is a coming-of-age tale set in the 50s that forces us to really think about the toxicity of classism. Despite being one of Patrick’s first roles, it is perfection.
Uncommon Valor is the story of a father whose son was lost in Vietnam and the efforts he must make to find him. It’s in-your-face and packs a punch, which is perfect for 80s Pat.
I know the 80’s offered us plenty of films of rebellious teens taking down the man, but Red Dawn has to be the best. It’s got a young Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, and Lea Thompson escaping the Soviets and Cubans after they start World War III on their home turf. What could be more entertaining?
There are eight total discs to devour for North & South: The Complete Collection and every single one is worth it. Travel through Civil War America and witness the tensions two warring families must overcome.
If you’re looking to see Swayze in a peak performance, then you’ve gotta rent Dirty Dancing. In it, he plays Johnny, dance instructor to the well-to-do at a 60s Catskills summer camp. The movie is full of steamy dance scenes and sixties societal drama and I wouldn’t change a thing.
When a cruel mobster knocks off a young man, his two brothers want justice. Swayze plays the litigious, justice-seeking brother while Liam Neeson hits the street for vengeance. The two men are the perfect balance to each other and the movie is one to watch again and again.
Cult classic Donnie Darko is about a young man who witnesses a super strange, otherworldly visit one night. The visitor ends up predicting the end of the world, and starts a series of events that still make me question everything. If you haven’t seen it, and Pat’s perfectly-played motivational speaker Jim Cunningham, you should.
If you’re in the mood for a family film, this is the perfect one. It follows our old favorites Todd and Copper in a country music adventure across the U.S. Their friendship is out to the test and it’s just about the cutest thing ever.
Last, and maybe least, Powder Blue is a star-studded movie that didn’t make it as far as it deserved. It chronicles several gritty tales of tribulation in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve. Jessica Biel, Eddie Redmayne, Ray Liotta, and Lisa Kudrow all share the screen with Patrick & help make this one serious must-see.
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