Martial Arts: The Karate Kid (1984)
People remember Daniel San painting the fence, sanding the floor, practicing his crane kick on the beach, and inexplicably beating every Cobra Kai member at the All Valley Karate Tournament. "You're alright, Laruso!" But in the same way that Rocky (also directed by John G. Avildsen) is special for its relationships, not its fights, The Karate Kid lives on because of the bond between a wise old man and his student, who need each other just to get by. At one point Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita is an Oscar nominated role) even opens up about how his wife and child died in a Japanese internment camp while he was fighting for the U.S. during WWII. You won't see a serious, important, affecting scene like that in a kid's movie anymore.