Movies & TV Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for movie and tv enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

We all know that many of the 1980's movies were famous for their montages with cheesy music going on in the background and random clips of the main characters doing things (cleaning up, playing games, etc.)

What was the first 1980's movie to do this?

share|improve this question
Is this a trick question? A classic cheesy music montage example is from Rocky (1976). – mootinator Dec 7 '11 at 22:50
Downvoted for a couple reasons. Why an 80s movie? Why not first montage ever? Also, what is an "official" montage? – samthebrand Dec 7 '11 at 23:06
@SamTheBrand because that is what 80s movies were known for. Their montages. – Craig Dec 8 '11 at 13:51
up vote 13 down vote accepted

I think you'd be hard pressed to find any evidence of a cliche 80s montage earlier than the one from Rocky in 1976.

Obviously the idea of a montage wasn't new, nor even the idea of a training montage, but Rocky did combine those two elements with cheesy inspirational synth music, and that precise style was imitated in underdog action films ad nauseum through the 80s.

share|improve this answer
1976 should be made an honorary '80s year for this reason. – Shog9 Dec 8 '11 at 19:54
If you want an actual 80's example, you could always go with Rocky III, with Rocky and Apollo running on the beach... classic. – KSmarts Feb 25 '15 at 22:30

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.