Lea Thompson was so, so very important to the development of my young brain. She hit the scene in 1983 with Jaws 3 (which, I saw in the theaters, and even as a boy of 7 thought was stupid), then followed that up with Red Dawn, Back to the Future, SpaceCamp, and Howard the Duck. That was all it took. Sure, she came back for Back to the Future II and III, but that initial wave of films was magic. Though I was never as in to Red Dawn as my friends, the others were all staples of my childhood. And when we got a VCR in ‘86, they were go-to films. To this day, Howard the Duck is among my favorites. Thompson was just the right mix of 80s cool and naïve nerd, just on the cute side of hot, and she radiated hopeful energy.
Five Favorite Lea Thompson Films:
4. Red Dawn
3. Back to the Future II
2. Back to the Future
1. Howard the Duck