Corey Haim: Five Essential Film Roles

We revisit the fallen star's performances with clips from his first movie role (First Born) to his most famous (Lost Boys)

By Josh Grossberg, Breanne L. Heldman Mar 10, 2010 7:30 PMTags
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The sudden death of 1980s icon Corey Haim is enough to make us want to go home sick, dust off the old VCR player (remember those?) and have a little movie marathon.

Alas, some of us have work to do.

Instead, we offer you this brief respite and taste of nostalgia with the trailers for five of Haim's most essential works, from Lost Boys to his very first film. Feel free to microwave some popcorn before you press play.

First Born

Corey's big-screen debut also featured Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr. in small roles. Haim plays the younger sibling of the title character, who ends up battling their divorced mom's new boyfriend when he moves in.


Perhaps Haim's most poignant performance, the future teen idol plays a high school nerd who experiences the pain of heartbreak when he finds his best friend—an older brother figure and captain of the football team played by Charlie Sheen—has fallen for the girl he's in love with. The film costars Winona Ryder in her first flick, as well as a young Courtney Thorne-Smith and Jeremy Piven.

Lost Boys

The most famous of Haim's films, Corey plays Sam, who moves with his older brother (Jason Patric) and divorced mother (Dianne Wiest) to a California town overrun by a gang of vampires led by Kiefer Sutherland. There he ends up teaming up with a pair of vampire hunting brothers, one of whom is played by Corey Feldman, marking the first big-screen pairing of the Two Coreys.

License to Drive

The Coreys reunited for this 1988 teen comedy, with Haim essaying the part of a 16-year-old who fails his driving test but still manages to get the most popular girl in school played by newcomer Heather Graham.

Dream a Little Dream

One of a slew of body-switching themed flicks at the time, this 1989 Two Coreys gem finds Haim playing the best friend of Feldman's Bobby Keller, who has traded places with an elderly man (Jason Robards) and must save the woman of his dreams. Who needs Being John Malkovich?


Want a little more? Revisit all the highs and lows in Corey Haim: The E! True Hollywood Story, tonight at 6 ET/PT. And tune into E! News tonight at 7 ET/PT for an exclusive lost interview with the Lost Boy.

Plus, there's always our Corey Haim retrospective gallery.