Harry Dean Stanton: 10 Essential Movies

From 'Alien' to 'Twin Peaks' – our picks for the late character actor's greatest onscreen moments

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'Pretty in Pink' (1986)

Stanton was rarely cast in a role as "normal" as his part in this John Hughes-penned high school melodrama, where he's the struggling single father to Molly Ringwald's arty, sensitive teen Andie. Ashamed that he's unemployed and poor – and still quietly seething at his daughter's absentee mom — his Jack Walsh is very much the kind of good-hearted individualist who could've raised someone as special as Pretty in Pink's heroine. The moment when he surprises his kid with a prom dress is one of the most emotional and painfully real in any Hughes film. NM

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