Best Films, 1980-1989


01 Do the Right Thing, dir. Spike Lee

02 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, dir. Peter Greenaway

03 Crimes and Misdemeanors, dir. Woody Allen

04 Drugstore Cowboy, dir. Gus Van Sant

05 The Little Mermaid, dir. Ron Clements & John Musker

Honorable Mention: Batman, Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Poets Society, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Field of Dreams, Heathers, Henry V, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Jesus of Montreal, The Killer, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Lonesome Dove, My Left Foot, Mystery Train, Roger & Me, Say Anything, Sex Lies & Videotape, Violent Cop, When Harry Met Sally


01 Dead Ringers, dir. David Cronenberg

02 A Short Film About Killing, dir, Krzysztof Kieslowski

03 The Last Temptation of Christ, dir. Martin Scorsese

04 The Unbearable Lightness of Being, dir. Philip Kaufman

05 Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, dir. Robert Zemeckis

Honorable Mention: Akira, Beetlejuice, Big, Bull Durham, Chocolat, Cinema Paradiso, Dangerous Liaisons, Die Hard, Eight Men Out, A Fish Called Wanda, Grave of the Fireflies, High Hopes, Landscape in the Mist, Midnight Run, Mississippi Burning, Pelle the Conqueror, Rain Man, Salaam Bombay!, Time of the Gypsies, The Vanishing, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


01 House of Games, dir. David Mamet

02 Au Revoir, Les Enfants, dir. Louis Malle

03 The Last Emperor, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci

04 Wings of Desire, dir. Wim Wenders

05 Broadcast News, dir. James L. Brooks

Honorable Mention: Babette’s Feast, Dark Eyes, The Dead, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, Evil Dead II, Full Metal Jacket, Good Morning Vietnam, High Tide, Hope and Glory, Housekeeping, Lethal Weapon, Matewan, Moonstruck, Near Dark, No Way Out, The Princess Bride, Radio Days, Raising Arizona, Red Sorghum, RoboCop, Roxanne, Swimming to Cambodia, Withnail and I, Yeelen


01 Blue Velvet, dir. David Lynch

02 Hannah and Her Sisters, dir. Woody Allen

03 Sid and Nancy, dir. Alex Cox

04 The Horse Thief, dir. Tian Zhuangzhuang

05 The Fly, dir. David Cronenberg

Honorable Mention: Aliens, The Beekeeper, Betty Blue, The Decline of the American Empire, Down by Law, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ginger and Fred, Jean de Florette, Manhunter, The Mission, Mona Lisa, Peggy Sue Got Married, Platoon, River’s Edge, Round Midnight, Salvador, She’s Gotta Have It, Something Wild, Stand by Me


01 Ran, dir. Akira Kurosawa

02 Brazil, dir. Terry Gilliam

03 The Purple Rose of Cairo, dir. Woody Allen

04 Come and See, dir. Elem Klimov

05 Lost In America, dir. Albert Brooks

Honorable Mention: 28 Up, After Hours, Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, Colonel Redl, Day of the Dead, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, My Life as a Dog, The Official Story, Out of Africa, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Re-Animator, A Room With a View, Runaway Train, Shoah, Tampopo, Trouble In Mind, Vagabond, While Father Was Away on Business, Witness, A Zed and Two Noughts


01 Paris, Texas, dir. Wim Wenders

02 Once Upon a Time in America, dir. Sergio Leone

03 This Is Spinal Tap, dir. Rob Reiner

04 Amadeus, dir. Milos Forman

05 The Terminator, dir. James Cameron

Honorable Mention: All of Me, Blood Simple, Broadway Danny Rose, Choose Me, The Company of Wolves, The Element of Crime, The Killing Fields, Love Streams, The Natural, A Passage to India, Places in the Heart, Repo Man, Sixteen Candles, Stop Making Sense, Stranger Than Paradise, A Sunday in the Country, Under the Volcano, A Year of the Quiet Sun, Yellow Earth


01 The Right Stuff, dir. Philip Kaufman

02 The King of Comedy, dir. Martin Scorsese

03 Videodrome, dir. David Cronenberg

04 El Norte, dir. Gregory Nava

05 Terms of Endearment, dir. James L. Brooks

Honorable Mention: L’Argent, The Ballad of Narayama, A Christmas Story, Danton, The Dead Zone, The Dresser, Eureka, Local Hero, The Man With Two Brains, Nostalghia, Pauline at the Beach, Risky Business, Sans Soleil, Tender Mercies, Zelig


01 Blade Runner, dir. Ridley Scott

02 E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, dir. Steven Spielberg

03 Fanny and Alexander, dir. Ingmar Bergman

04 Diner, dir. Barry Levinson

05 Fitzcarraldo, dir. Werner Herzog

Honorable Mention: Burden of Dreams, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Draughtsman’s Contract, Eating Raoul, Finye, Gandhi, Missing, Moonlighting, The Night of the Shooting Stars, Personal Best, Sophie’s Choice, The State of Things, Tootsie, The Verdict, The Year of Living Dangerously, Yol


01 The Road Warrior, dir. George Miller

02 Raiders of the Lost Ark, dir. Steven Spielberg

03 My Dinner With Andre, dir. Louis Malle

04 Mephisto, dir. Istvan Szabo

05 Diva, dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix

Honorable Mention: The Aviator’s Wife, Blood Wedding, Blow Out, Body Heat, Coup de Torchon, Das Boot, Diva, Excalibur, Gallipoli, Lola, Pixote, Prince of the City, Reds, Scanners, Southern Comfort, Stripes, Thief, Time Bandits, Vernon Florida


01 Raging Bull, dir. Martin Scorsese

02 Kagemusha, dir. Akira Kurosawa

03 Atlantic City, dir. Louis Malle

04 The Empire Strikes Back, dir. Irvin Kershner

05 The Last Metro, dir. Francois Truffaut

Honorable Mention: Airplane!, Berlin Alexanderplatz, The Big Red One, Breaker Morant, Coal Miner’s Daughter, The Elephant Man, Gloria, The Long Good Friday, Loulou, Melvin and Howard, Mon Oncle d’Amerique, Ordinary People, The Shining, The Stunt Man


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