Jun 4, 2012


Last time I covered my favorite movies distributed by TOUCHSTONE PICTURES, this time I want to focus on ORION which launched in 1978 and operated until 1998.

Orion was originally a joint venture between Warner Bros. and 3 top executives from United Artists, and throughout their 20 years had some sizable hits, 4 Best Picture winners and worked with some very big directors such as Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Milos Forman, James Cameron and Jonathan Demme to name a few.

Going through this list, it is surprising just how solid Orion's output was.  I knew they had some big movies, but whittling it down to my favorite 20 proved to be difficult yet here it is.

ROBOCOP (1987, Directed by: Paul Verhoeven)

AMADEUS (1984, Directed by: Milos Forman)

EXCALIBUR (1981, Directed by: John Boorman)

THE TERMINATOR (1984, Directed by: James Cameron)

HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986, Directed by: Woody Allen)

THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (1985, Directed by: Woody Allen)

RADIO DAYS (1987, Directed by: Woody Allen)

DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990, Directed by: Kevin Costner)

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991, Directed by: Jonathan Demme)

BULL DURHAM (1988, Directed by: Ron Shelton)

SOMETHING WILD (1986, Directed by: Jonathan Demme)

PLATOON (1986, Directed by: Oliver Stone)

FIRST BLOOD (1982, Directed by: Ted Kotcheff)

HOOSIERS (1986, Directed by: David Anspaugh)

THREE AMIGOS! (1986, Directed by: John Landis)

EIGHT MEN OUT (1988, Directed by: John Sayles)

BACK TO SCHOOL (1986, Directed by: Alan Metter)

CADDYSHACK (1980, Directed by: Harold Ramis)

NO WAY OUT (1987, Directed: Roger Donaldson)

CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (1989, Directed by: Woody Allen)