On paper, Ghost sounds like it should have been a niche movie. But combining the romance, thriller, ghost story and comedy genres into a single film turned out to be a formula for success when the film hit theaters 25 years ago on July 13, 1990.
Patrick Swayze was a big softie. With performances in nearly three dozen movies in more than three decades, that was the secret behind his best work: his ability to convey, even when he was playing a tough guy, that beneath the glower his character was actually kind, sensitive and maybe even hurting.
His two most memorable roles, in 1987’s Dirty Dancing and 1990’s Ghost, both showcased his caring side. They were also his biggest box-office successes.