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The great thing about “Wall Street” (1987) is you can enjoy it no matter which side you are on in the whole “greed vs. socialism” thing. You can tsk, tsk about the overindulgences of corporate raiders like Gordon Gekko, and feel satisfied when the union boss’ son (Charlie Sheen) learns his lesson in the end. But there’s a reason Michael Douglas won an Oscar playing Gekko. He does one hell of a sales job explaining why “greed is good.” If Gekko had played Darth Vader (his closest movie counterpart), you might have been cheering for him instead of Luke Skywalker.

There was a Major League Baseball strike in 1994. “Major League II” also came out that year. The movie did more damage to baseball (and society, for that matter) than the strike. Charlie Sheen’s character rips off an old sitcom cliché by becoming an a-hole once he gets famous (his brother Emilio Estevez does the exact same thing in “D2: The Mighty Ducks” that same year [but hockey already sucks, so its societal damage was limited]). It hurts to watch Dennis Haysbert and Omar Epps do the Hollywood shuffle (they are probably burning copies of this movie as we speak).