#8 is the worst. The problem, obviously, is that the description I gave could describe dozens of other movies; I think I described a full-on trope rather than a single movie.
I'll go ahead and post the rest of the answers tomorrow night, but for now, let's see if some hints will help:
- Comic book. Adapted for TV and the big screen, but the adaptations don't match this description. (sternbunny already got this one, w/o hints.)
- Movie. This description spoils the last ten to fifteen minutes. The police officer has drug issues.
- Movie. The man with the medical condition is played by Samuel L. Jackson. (hitchkitty and iridium_wolf got this within ten minutes of each other.)
- Short Story. A classic of Golden Age SF. Adapted for both radio and TV. I use "Hilarity" in a very morbid sense. (mocha_mephooki just got this one. I am, for the record, Headed South For The Winter.)
- Multi-Generational Novel Series. I know pyat and doc_mystery have read these, and yes, that information is a hint in itself. Another hint: Years later, it (ahem) inspired the Silver Age reboot of a comic book superhero. (iridium_wolf got this one!)
- Movie. Based on a long-running property, with a cast drawn from the TV series. (sternbunny got this one, too, and it was the first one down!)
- Book, with a movie adaptation. The title is not the name of a famous composer. (dewhitton and doc_mystery got this one, almost simultaneously.)
- Movie. The first of a five-film series, though they had to ignore the ending of this one to make any of the rest. It took a star of popular Westerns and put him in a modern-day setting, and spawned a whole subgenre of imitators. (In)Famous for the protagonist's terse speech to the antagonist at the climax. (toob finally got this one!)
Have fun, and please don't shoot me when the answers come out!
"Please don't shoot me" could work as a hint for at least two of the really tough ones, come to think of it.