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1001 Movies ... my own version (1980's)

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People who added this item 6367 Average listal rating (4407 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
The Shining (1980)


Notes: Well, pretty much like anything else coming from Stanley Kubrick, it is basically another huge classic but, to be honest, it doesn't really belong to my favorites. But even so, it is seriously entertaining, I think it is probably the most accessible movie directed by Stanley Kubrick and, once again, the directing was just amazing. On top of that, Jack Nicholson gave one of his best performances and the whole thing was quite spellbinding to watch. And, yet, somehow, it was still missing something to become truly amazing, at least, that’s my opinion. Eventually, the main issue was probably the fact that this movie is and remains a Stephen King story and, to be honest, I have never been a real fan of his work. Still, I have always been amazed by how Kubrick has managed to lift up this material to such heights and among all these Stephen King books that has been adapted to the silver screen, it is easily one of the very best ones, even if King himself didn't like it at all.
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People who added this item 2429 Average listal rating (1370 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1


Notes: I have to admit it, it has been a while since I saw this one but I will definitely re-watch it as soon I get the opportunity. When talking about Lynch's career, it seems that this movie has been a little bit forgotten. Indeed, if you compare it to the movies more faithful to his directing style such as 'Blue Velvet' or 'Mulholland Dr.', it seems to be like a rather straightforward drama. Indeed, it is rather straightforward but still quite fascinating to watch in my opinion and after directing only 2 movies, David Lynch was already regarded as one of the most promising American directors at work. The best thing in this movie was that even though the story was rather predictable, Lynch preserved his own rather dark directing style and it made the whole thing quite sinister but so spellbinding to watch. Another thing that I appreciated is that, for once, he allowed us to get acquainted with the characters, to get to know them and eventually to care about them. Eventually, even if it might be a really atypical Lynch feature, it is actually pretty awesome.
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People who added this item 101 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9


Notes: It has been a while since I have seen this movie and I would really like to watch it again at some point. In fact, I do have a DVD of this movie but it’s only dubbed in Dutch and I would rather re-watch it in the original French language. Anyway, it’s a movie I watched so many times as a kid and, back then, I thought it was just spellbinding to behold but it’s a movie that I can be appreciated by children and grown-ups alike. It was made when there was still no CGI animation and I do believe it’s a shame that the hand-drawn animation has been dropped by most studios because such movies were also quite gorgeous to look at. On top of that, in this case, there was also some humour and adventure and it was probably the most poetic animated feature I have seen so far. It’s such a pity that Paul Grimault never managed to release another full length feature afterwards because I do believe that the guy was probably one of the best animation directors that ever lived.
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People who added this item 2154 Average listal rating (1374 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
Raging Bull (1980)


Notes: When I was younger, 'Goodfellas' was definitely my favorite Scorsese feature but, nowadays, it is a toss up between this flick and 'Taxi Driver' and it is easily one of the best movies produced by De Niro and Scorsese. Basically, it is a really spellbinding story and easily the best movie dealing with an athlete. I mean, even though 'Ordinary People' was a very good flick, this masterpiece was just from another level and should have won the best picture academy award back in those days. In my opinion, if there is a time when Scoresese should have won the big prize, it was at that moment and not with 'The Departed' which was the only way the Academy could possibly apologize to this great master. Anyway, this movie is the stuff of legends. Indeed, In 1978, when Martin Scorsese was at an all-time low resulting from an addiction to cocaine, Robert De Niro visited him and told him that he had to clean himself up and make this movie. Thanks to De Niro, Scorsese was back in the game and directed one of the best movies ever made and continued to make incredible movies for the next 4 decades. Of course, we shouldn't forget De Niro who gave one of the best performances which has been a reference for many actors afterwards.
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People who added this item 136 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Mephisto (1981)


Notes: It is nowadays a rather forgotten movie but I thought it was actually fascinating. In my opinion, it is one of the darkest dramas ever made about WWII I have ever seen and I thought that there was a really impressive amount of depth put in the characters, especially the main one who was quite fascinating. Indeed, the directing was very well done and, above all, Klaus Maria Brandauer gave probably the best performance of his career. Since then I have seen some other movies starring this guy but none of them really impressed me like this one. Anyway, he was really mesmerizing here, giving life to a fascinating but also flawed character. On top of that, this movie was also a very interesting meditation about Art and while watching this you might wonder, when you are dealing with Art in general, where does it start and where does it end and how far should you go in order to reach your artistic goals?
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People who added this item 589 Average listal rating (320 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Christiane F. (1981)


Notes: To be honest, while watching this movie again, I was actually surprised by how weak the acting actually was, especially during the beginning, but it might be explained by the fact that the actors were all very young and had never acted before. Even so, it was still a powerful and shattering movie. Indeed, even though it might not be the most hardcore movie concerning drugs, it is definitely near the top. Basically, there was absolutely no joy, no happiness whatsoever in this movie, just total despair and that’s something they really got right with this movie, it was how dark and gloomy the whole thing was. Actually, this movie should be some compulsory viewing for all teenagers and, if after watching the damned thing, they still want to try heroin, then they would need some serious help. That's probably the most heartbreaking thing about this movie, the fact that it involves such young kids and the fact that they picked up such young actors instead of some grown-ups made it even more crushing to behold.
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People who added this item 71 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6


Notes: Eric Rohmer (who passed away just a few years ago) was always considered a major director in France but probably also abroad. To be honest, I don’t think I’m really an expert in his work but I have still managed to watch a some of his movies. Anyway, this flick might be my favorite so far. Indeed, basically, it was a rather typical romantic tale, almost a soap opera, but the characters were very well written and actually quite fascinating to behold. It was also a rather typical French feature during which nothing much actually took place and the whole thing was about some couples talking a lot about themselves, their relationships and life in general. You either love or hate the genre but I always had a weak spot for it and this flick was one of the best I have seen. I also enjoyed a lot the understated directing style by Rhomer who gave a lot of room to the actors to give life to their characters and the absence of additional background music was a nice touch as you had then to make up your mind on your own about what you should feel or think.
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People who added this item 278 Average listal rating (177 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
Thief (1981)


Notes: Eventually, even though it is one of Michael Mann's more obscure movies, I was actually impressed by the damned thing and, in my opinion, it is easily one of his best directing efforts. Indeed, I always had a weak spot for heist features and this flick is, by far, one of the best I have ever seen in this genre. Indeed, right from the start, you get an amazing opening scene during which you have one of the most realistic heist I have ever seen in a movie. Apparently, the burglary tools used throughout the film were not props, but actual tools which were supplied by actual thieves who served as technical consultants on the film. Therefore, the whole thing felt really raw and pretty realistic and it was just spellbinding to watch. On top of that, James Caan was really on the top of his game and he gave easily one of the best performances of his career (apparently, Caan shares this opinion and after ‘The Godfather’, it is his favorite film he has made). Eventually, even though the story was actually rather pedestrian, it is so well made, so well directed and I really loved the damned thing.
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People who added this item 1136 Average listal rating (659 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Das Boot (1981)


Notes: Eventually, I thought it was quite amazing and it was much better than anything directed before or after by Wolfgang Petersen. Anyhow, I always thought that there was something fascinating about movies dealing with submarines and this one is by far the best one. Indeed, since then, it has been imitated numerous times but this feature remains the reference in its genre and I will remain so a for a long time. Basically, the directing was amazing and, like I said before, you could argue that Wolfgang Petersen never reached these heights again in his career. In my opinion, the mood was intense, there was a completely nail-biting tension and I was on the edge of my seat from the beginning until the last seconds. At the end of the day, it is not only a great submarine movie, it is basically one of the best war features ever made.
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People who added this item 2473 Average listal rating (1699 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Thing (1982)


Notes: This movie started out with a very typical ominous score which, for once, was not written by John Carpenter but by the great Ennio Morricone. From there, it became a chilling horror flick with some rather gruesome special effects. Even though it was actually never really scary, there were still loads of tension since you never knew for sure, except for MacReady, who could be infected or not. I also appreciated the downbeat ending with no survivors, even the last 2 guys were left alone in the snow to die without a rescue team. I was rather amazed to read that this movie was a flop and was critically panned when it was released. Anyway, nowadays, it is rightfully considered by many as the best movie directed by John Carpenter and it is another great example that you can take an old movie, give it a fresh look and modify the story to fit our modern world with some tremendous results.
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People who added this item 213 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Missing (1982)


Notes: Nowadays, we don’t hear much about him but there was a time when Costa-Gavras was one of the most highly regarded directors in the world. Personally, there was a time when I was quite a fan of his politically charged thrillers and it is with a great pleasure that I finally managed to watch ‘Z’ which is pretty much his magnum-opus and is even considered by many as one of the finest movies ever made. More than a decade after ‘Z’ and many other acclaimed features, Costa-Gavras finally got the opportunity to work in the USA and it was once again another spellbinding political thriller which even managed to won the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. Back then when it was released, it was pretty controversial since it was dealing with the Chilean coup of 1973 which was backed by the US government. I mean, sure, the whole structure was rather straightforward and this feature didn’t reach the heights of ‘Z’ but I though it was still a really solid, entertaining and very interesting movie.
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Notes: First of all, it was definitely one of the coolest titles I have came across. Eventually, the first thing I enjoyed about this movie is that it was dealing with a part of history that I didn’t know at all. Furthermore, the story was fairly realistic and quite spellbinding to watch. On top of that, Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver both delivered some solid performances and they had some great chemistry together. However, even though I thought it was really a good flick, there was still something that actually really bothered me. Indeed, I thought it was really confusing that Linda Hunt was playing a man. Why they didn’t change this character to be a woman or why didn’t they hire a man to play this part is seriously beyond me. Basically, back then , Linda Hunt was completely unknown so it didn’t really bother anyone at the time but, seriously, it must be the most confusing casting choice I have ever seen. But, fortunately, a part from that, it was a fine movie.
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People who added this item 85 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.2
The Road (1982)


Notes: I think it was the first Turkish movie I have ever seen and only therefore it was a really interesting watch. The other thing that impressed me was how much Turkey must have changed in the last 40 years (on the other hand, I have never been there so I might be completely mistaken). Concerning the movie itself, it was actually quite strong and I don't think it has lost much of its impact after all these years. In my opinion, this movie was about the fact that the Turkish people was and maybe still are too much focused on punishment and vengeance when they should try to be more compassionate and forgiving towards other people and it's an universal message that is still topical nowadays for everyone. Concerning the fact that they chose to tell the stories of 5 different inmates, to be honest, I'm not so sure if it was such a great idea. Sure, on one hand, they were then able to be more diverse and show more ways to handle such a situation but, on the other hand, if they would have gone for just one or two characters, they could have expanded their tales and go much deeper. It is still a really strong movie though.
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People who added this item 570 Average listal rating (279 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6


Notes: Since it is one of the most highly regarded movies starring Meryl Streep (she even got an academy award for her performance), and I was really eager to watch this flick so I had some rather high expectations. Eventually, I had some rather mixed feelings about the whole thing. Indeed, I really had a hard time caring about the whole thing. Still, Meryl Streep was indeed really terrific and if only for her performance, you should definitely check this movie. On the other hand, I thought that Kevin Kline was rather annoying and, honestly, not really convincing. I know, he plays someone with some psychological issues but I thought he was way too hysterical and he got on my nerves pretty bad. Furthermore, I was wondering where the story was going during the whole thing until the shattering ending. Indeed, the way they ended it was completely heartbreaking but also very powerful. So, I went from being indifferent to being quite fascinated. Eventually, I guess I should re-watch it to make up my mind for good.
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People who added this item 4443 Average listal rating (2980 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Blade Runner (1982)


Notes: It is definitely my favorite Science Fiction flick and even one of my favorite movies of all time. Furthermore, by now, I have seen all the movies directed by Ridley Scott and it is easily his best one. Basically, the look and the mood were great, the story was just plain fascinating and the cast was also pretty awesome. Back then, Harrison Ford was in the zone, and everything he touched turned into gold and it is hard to believe that, when this movie was released, it was actually a flop. You could blame the marketing but I'd rather believe that it was just way ahead of its time and nowadays it has reached a huge cult status which is totally deserved in my opinon. I guess it is/was maybe too slow for some viewers but it didn't bother me, in the contrary. Eventually, after 35 years, they will finally come up with a sequel and even though you might wonder if this movie really needed a sequel, since it was directed by Denis Villeneuve, one of the best directors at work nowadays, it was still a smashing critical success (and still another box-office flop). Anyway, coming back to our main feature, even if you don't like it, you would have to at least recognize the fact that it has influenced all the SF movies that came afterwards.
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People who added this item 254 Average listal rating (152 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3


Notes: To be honest, it has been years since I have seen this movie and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. Anyway, I always thought it was just a fascinating picture. I mean, first of all, the people involved were just really interesting. Indeed, even though it was directed by Nagisa Ôshima, it wasn’t really a Japanese production, more an international project. Same for the lead characters, they were played by two rocks stars, David Bowie and Ryûichi Sakamoto. It seems that Bowie could have been an amazing actor if he chose this direction. Finally, years before becoming an amazing film director, Takeshi Kitano also appeared in this movie in a smaller role. So, all these ingredients were really unexpected but really interesting and, all together, they made for a mesmerising and quite unique war feature. The most important idea is that you get a massive culture clash between Japanese and British culture but also between Japanese and British acting styles and, in spite of there differences, there is some kind of attraction between the two worlds.
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People who added this item 193 Average listal rating (93 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
The 4th Man (1983)


Notes: Even though this movie seems to be rather forgotten nowadays, especially outside the Netherlands, I really liked it a lot and I should defnitely re-watch it at some point. Basically, this movie was the last one directed by Paul Verhoeven before he left the Netherlands and it is my favorite one from this period just behind 'Turks Fruit'. Above all, I thought that the story was just fascinating and, in my opinion, I believe it was in fact a better version of 'Basic Instinct'. Indeed, to be honest, I always had some mixed feelings about 'Basic Instinct' because, even though the set-up was great, the plot was after all really far-fetched and rather half-baked. Here, Verhoeven gave us another erotic thriller about a man falling in love with a seemingly dangerous woman but the end-result was this time much more rewarding, at least, that’s my opinion. Instead of Rutger Hauer, the lead was played this time by Jeroen Krabbbé and he gave a really solid performance. Above all, Paul Verhoeven was just at the top of his game at the time and delivered a steamy dark and spellbinding thriller.
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People who added this item 4045 Average listal rating (2616 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.3
Scarface (1983)


Notes: When I was a teenager, I started to watch many classics but some of them didn’t really blow me away and this movie is a good example. I don’t know, back then, I thought it was entertaining but the operatic over-the-top feeling didn’t really appeal to me at that point. Eventually, I had to watch this movie a second time to really appreciate it. Basically, it is pretty much the story of a loser from Cuba who tries to make it big in America but ends up still a loser. To start with , the makers were pretty prestigious as it was actually directed by Brian De Palma and Oliver Stone wrote the screenplay. Indeed, many tend to forget it, but before launching his own directing career, Stone did write this massive classic. In the same genre, it is definitely really different than 'The Godfather' or 'Goodfellas' but I thought it was really awesome. Even though Al Pacino plays again a gangster, his Tony Montana was completely different than his Michael Corleone and the guy was just spellbinding to watch.
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People who added this item 474 Average listal rating (268 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8


Notes: Even though there has been countless movies about the Vietnam war, the conflict in Cambodia has been criminally forgotten whereas there was there a massive genocide which was still taking place even when this movie was released. Only therefore, it is already a really important feature. Like many other movies dealing with foreign conflicts like ‘Cry Freedom’ or ‘Shooting Dogs’, it uses the gimmick of having a white main character so we can easier focus and identify with what’s going on but, for once, this gimmick didn’t bother me. Furthermore, even though it was Roland Joffé’s directing debut, the directing was really efficient and this depiction of war was really relentless and quite heartbreaking. Eventually, the ultimate masterstroke was to give a good chunk of the story to Dith Pran, amazingly played by a non-professional actor called Haing S. Nor who was himself a survivor from the Khmer Rouge. It made the whole thing much more compelling to watch and it is hard to imagine what it must have been to play this character after what he has been through.
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People who added this item 2399 Average listal rating (1506 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
Amadeus (1984)


Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this movie and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. First of all, I’m pretty sure that most people would think that ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest’ has been the best movie directed by Milos Forman but, the more I think about it, the more I believe that this movie might be actually slightly overrated (in fact, I need to re-watch this movie as well). In fact, in my opinion, this classic, which was released almost 10 years after ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest’ and which also managed to win the Best Picture Academy Award, was even better and I believe it is in fact the Magnum Opus of this director. Indeed, it is easily one of the most fascinating and original biopics ever made and, even though Forman would be making almost only biopics during the rest of his career (‘The People vs. Larry Flynt’, ‘Man on the Moon’, ‘Goya's Ghosts’), none of them would manage to reach the level of this masterpiece though.
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People who added this item 5322 Average listal rating (3710 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8


Notes: When you rewatch this movie, it is rather funny to see that even before he got those monster budgets, James Cameron was already able to make some pretty awesome action scenes. I mean, 30 years later, the whole thing still holds up pretty good whereas most of the 80's movies look nowadays terribly cheesy. Of course, the story was rather preposterous but they still managed to create a fascinating mythology and a dreary vision of the future. On the other hand, there managed to provide many funny scenes and some great one liners along the way. Another masterstroke was that even though Schwarzenegger couldn't act whatsoever, since he was portraying an emotionless cyborg, it was just perfect. They even managed to fill in a romantic intrigue which wasn't annoying at all. Eventually, back then, action movies were R rated with a huge capital R and they weren't skirmish about those. To conclude, even though I'm usually not a great fan of action movies, I really loved this one and it is a great mix of action and SF.
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People who added this item 889 Average listal rating (530 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Paris, Texas (1984)


Notes: I think I had with this flick one of the best movie experiences in my whole life. Indeed, I must have been 15-16 years old the first I watched it and it completely blew me away. Back when it was released, it was a critical success and this movie won the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes film festival. Nowadays, it seems to be a little bit forgotten but it's actually a real shame. Indeed, it has one of the best soundtrack ever and the story, the directing, the acting, everything was just plain amazing. Basically, it was just a really mesmerizing picture to watch. In my opinion, it is also a really poectic picture with a hypnotising slow tempo which could bother impatient viewers but it did work for me, absolutely. Since then, I have been following Wim Wenders’s career and even though he has made many interesting features, no one of them really touched me like this one (even his following directing effort, ‘Der himmel über Berlin’, which is supposedly a masterpiece didn’t impress me that much).
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People who added this item 1976 Average listal rating (1161 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.4


Notes: I kept hearing about it for many years and, finally, I got my hands on it and I was mesmerized from the beginning until the end. Basically, I think it is one of the best gangster movies ever made, no more, no less. Seriously, it's a shame that Leone couldn't make anymore movies after this one but, on the other hand, I'd rather have a director like him who made a handful of amazing features than someone like Woody Allen who has basically become a factory making one disappointing flick after another every single year. So, indeed, the directing was just awesome and back then, Robert de Niro was at the top of his game and gave one of his best performances. Not only Leone didn't make another movie afterwards but the story behind the making of this masterpiece was just heartbreaking. Indeed, the poor fellow spent more than a decade working on this and when it was released, it was butchered by the studio, destroyed by the critics and a huge flop at the box-office. Eventually, Sergio Leone would die 5 years later and I'm not sure if he was still alive when the whole thing was restored to its original format.
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People who added this item 2242 Average listal rating (1340 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Brazil (1985)


Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this movie and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. It is considered by many as Terry Gilliam's Magnum Opus and even though it might not be my favorite movie he made (I think I actually prefer ‘12 Monkeys’), it is still pretty obvious that this movie completely deserves its prestigious reputation. Surprisingly, Roger Ebert really didn’t like it at all but he was an expection as the movie was really well received when it was released. Somehow, I still can understand Ebert though. Indeed, I really believe that Gillim is one of the most imaginative directors out there and for already more than 30 years but his movies are always confused and confusing and they can be sometimes rather frustrating to watch. Still, as usual with this director, the whole thing was visually impressive but there was also something quite spellbinding about this tale. Personally, I always had a weak spot for futuristic dystopian stories and this must be one of the most famous movies in this genre.
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People who added this item 1034 Average listal rating (557 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
Ran (1985)


Notes: This flick is one of Akira Kurosawa’s most famous movies and probably his last masterpiece. In fact, the guy apparently spent decades prepping for this movie and I think it definitely shows on the screen. Indeed, he began writing the film 10 years before its release and he spent also ten years storyboarding every shot in the film as some paintings. This preparation went so far that ‘Kagemusha’, his previous directing effort, was actually some kind of 'practice' for the great Japanese master before creating this piece of Art. Still, I don’t think it is really one of his most accessible movies though. Indeed, even though it is definitely a gorgeous flick, I have to admit that it is also rather long and pretty slow. In fact, it is even a rather basic story about a ruthless Lord who has to deal with his legacy which ends up being pretty tricky since he has 3 sons. Still, if you are patient enough, it is a really rewarding experience with some beautiful scenes and some really strong performances.
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People who added this item 495 Average listal rating (334 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Pale Rider (1985)


Notes: After ‘ Unforgiven’, it is probably my favorite Western directed by Clint Eastwood. Indeed, the first thing I really enjoyed with this flick, is that the main character portrayed by Eastwood was a throwback to his most legendary role, ‘the man with no name’ , immortalized in all those great Spaghetti Westerns directed by the great master Sergio Leone. Apparently, this time, this character was also a ghost which is something, I must confess, I completely missed when I watched this flick so I guess I should double-check this when I get the opportunity. Anyway, if ‘Unforgiven’ was really brilliant because it was a very grim and, my opinion, a very original take on your typical Western figures and mythology, this one was on the other hand actually pretty straightforward and it was its only real weakness. However, even though it didn’t break any new ground, it was still really entertaining. Indeed, even though it did lack in originality, it was still a very fine picture made by one of the most iconic figures in this genre. As a result, the directing was fine and Clint Eastwood was, as usual, completely charismatic, really convincing and a total bad-ass, the kind of guy you’d rather have on your side.
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People who added this item 3465 Average listal rating (2283 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9


Notes: Personally, I always had a rather hard time with John Hugues. Indeed, by now, I have seen almost all his directing efforts (I still need to see ‘She’s having a Baby’ though) and none of his movies really impressed me. However, there was one notable exception and it is this flick which was indeed quite amazing. First of all, it was the first movie directed by Hughes that I saw so maybe I wasn’t fed up yet with his directing style. Above all, I thought it was the only movie he made for which I thoroughly enjoyed the tone. Indeed, usually, I think the plots he develops are utterly childish and hardly entertaining. This time, even though there were some fun moments, there were also some rather grim scenes and the balance between those moods was very well done. On top of that, the characters, who are usually terribly underwhelming in his work, were very well written, quite complex and rather fascinating to behold. It has always been said that John Hughes was great at creating some compelling portrayals of teenagers but I rather disagree. In my opinion, his teenagers are usually some underwhelming walking clichés but, in this movie, I have to admit it, he got it right though and gave the right amount of self-righteousness, arrogance and lack of self-esteem and confidence.
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People who added this item 95 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9


Notes: Nowadays, John Boorman is pretty much forgotten but from the 60's until the 00's, he had delivered some major movies such as 'Deliverance'. Back in the 80's, he also directed this forgotten gem. It features one of the best performances by Power Booth who was never really known for his subtle acting. I have to admit that it is a rather generic plot about a young white boy who spend 10 years in the Amazon jungle before his father, played by Power Booth, finds him back. There was also the old ecological message (which was actually some kind of new hype back then) but still I really enjoyed it. Indeed, the directing was quite amazing with some beautiful shots and you could feel they did some research about the tribes represented there. At least, it seemed rather believable and definitely mesmerizing to watch. Above all, even though the plot was rather generic, I was touched by the characters and what they were going through.
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People who added this item 258 Average listal rating (177 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Runaway Train (1986)


Notes: I kept coming across this movie so I became really curious about it. Wow... I wasn't disappointed! Indeed, I tend to be rather critical about action movies but this one was really impressive. Basically, the beginning scenes were some kind of very dark and gloomy version of 'The Shawshank Redemption' and it was pretty amazing, easily one of the best depictions of jail life I have seen. If you expect some Hollywood glitter and glamour, you can just forget about it. So, right from the start, it was pretty spellbinding. Then, those guys eventually ends up in a train and you think it might loose some steam but, again, it was really spellbinding to watch, even if the scene with the helicopter was pretty far-fetched. To be honest, I never really cared for Eric Roberts but I was very good in this but Jon Voight is the one who really blew me away. Indeed, what a performance! He totally looked the part, the body language, the speech patterns, it was just completely convincing. I always thought that Voight had something interesting but he gave here easily one of his best performances.
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People who added this item 232 Average listal rating (74 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.6
Shoah (1986)


Notes: To be honest, with its running time of more than 9 hours, it was slightly daunting and I wonder if it is really watchable in one sitting. In my case, I split it in 5 bits and it worked fine this way. Anyway, coming back to the movie itself, it wasn't a great movie, it turned out to be one of the best movies I have ever seen, no less than that. It is such a poweful and an important movie, I believe it should be a compulsory watch in school for all the teenagers. I mean, I have seen many movies dealing with WWII but even the great classics like 'Schindler's List' or 'The Pianist' don't come near the brutality displayed in this shattering documentary. Indeed, we have all heard about the holocaust but, with this movie, the total horror comes so close, following testimonies of the victims, the perpetrators and people who just happened to be around at the time. What happened at the time was so awful, it has been ever since a trauma for the whole world but above all for Europa. 30 years later, all the people involved have now passed away making this movie even more valuable.
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People who added this item 170 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Mona Lisa (1986)


Notes: To be honest, I have to admit that it had been a while since Neil Jordan really blew me away with one of this movies. Fortunately, I was eventually pleasantly surprised by this flick. Basically, it was one of those movies where a man and a woman are stuck together against their will but, eventually, they get some connection. The difference here was that the characters were so well written and played, they were quite fascinating to watch. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the directing providing precisely the right amount of humor, drama, romance and suspense. Of course, the fact that Michael Caine had a small part didn't hurt either as he once again gave another strong performance. Bob Hoskins, for once playing the lead, was also really good here. Eventually, the whole thing turned out to be a simple tale but it was very well told and just plain entertaining.
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People who added this item 290 Average listal rating (177 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6


Notes: It was the second time in a row that Harrison Ford worked with Peter Weir. Indeed, just a year before, they released ' Witness' which was critically lauded and a box-office success. This flick didn't become such a big hit, it has even become one of the more obscure movies starring Harrison Ford and there is actually a lot of discussion around this flick. Some think it's really bad (Roger Ebert for example), some other think it is really good. Personally, I'm part of the second group and I think it is one of the best perfomances by Harrison Ford. Indeed, this time, he portrays a really messed up guy, in my opinion, one of the most balanced characters he has ever portrayed, and I thought it was quite fascinating to watch. This guy is, at the same time, really intelligent but he can be also a really a-hole especially when you see how he treats his family. Personally, I have always been fascinated by such deeply flawed characters but, I guess, many viewers found him really despicable (which I can understand) and therefore didn't care for the movie itself.
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People who added this item 240 Average listal rating (124 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8


Notes: By now, it is pretty obvious that Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the best actors ever. Indeed, he has recently won his 3rd Academy award for the Best actor for his awesome performance in ‘Lincoln’. However, I often wonder if the people raving about him have actually seen his older movies. Anyway, Day-Lewis basically gave here his breakthrough performance and even though this movie is nowadays pretty much forgotten, it is actually really good. The awesome thing, which was also pointed out by the great late Roger Ebert, is that the same year Daniel Day-Lewis also showed up in ‘A Room with a View’, another heralded movie released in 1985. The most striking thing is that those two roles were completely different (a street punk in 80’s UK and a repressed snobbish fellow in turn-of-the-twentieth-century England) and it was really something to see a complete unknown bursting into the scene with such a wide range, becoming right away a major player. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, it was actually supposed to be made for TV but was eventually released theatrically and became Stephen Frears’ first international success. Indeed, I thought it was a very interesting drama, dealing with various social issues but it was also an original and refreshing romance taking place in 80’s UK when Thatcher was Prime Minister, a rather grim and not really economic flourishing time.
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People who added this item 2539 Average listal rating (1594 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
Platoon (1987)


Notes: In my opinion, it is pure and simply the best movie about the Vietnam war. It might even be my favorite war movie. I mean, there are some other pretty good movies about the Vietnam war, like ‘Full Metal Jacket’ for example, but this flick is just way better than the rest in my opinion. The making-off was already the stuff of legend. Indeed, the actors spent 2 weeks in a boot camp to get into the right ‘mood’ and Stone made sure that all the details were accurate. Stone, himself a Vietnam veteran, struggled for more than a decade to manage to make this movie (he even tried to cast Jim Morrison at some point) but it was eventually a huge financial and critical success. It won the Best Picture Academy award and Oliver Stone’s career was finally launched for good. At the end of the day, it remains a really fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking war tale with some fully fledged characters. Hell, there is even Johnny Depp in it… What else do you need? Like I said before, after this movie, Oliver Stone’s career was launched and he kept making some impressive pictures but they unfortunately never reached the level of this masterpiece.
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People who added this item 509 Average listal rating (273 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8


Notes: This movie won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film festival back in those days and it definitely deserved this prize. 10 years before, Louis Malle made another movie about France during WWII called 'Lacombe Lucien'. Personally, I did prefer 'Lacombe Lucien' because it was more original, a dark really unique view of this time period in France. This movie was more a crowd pleaser but it was still really good nonetheless. Apparently, even though it wasn't really autobiographical, it was still based on Malle's youth memories. Eventually, even though the whole thing was not really original, it was a very well made drama, probably the best in its genre. Indeed, I really loved the understated directing and the children were just downright amazing. Indeed, it followed more or less the rules of the formulas (an outsider comes to a school, at first there is some apprehension but then, of course, they become friends before the ultimate separation) but the characters and the emotions displayed felt really genuine.
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People who added this item 174 Average listal rating (85 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3


Notes: John Boorman is now pretty much forgotten but I think it is a pretty good director with an impressive career spreading from the 60's until the 2000's. This flick is now also pretty much forgotten but it is actually a shame since it might be his best directing effort. Indeed, it is a very well made WWII feature partially based on his own youth. In Europe, the United Kingdom was one of the few countries which wasn't occupied by the Germans so the British never dealt with the SS, the Gestapo, the deportations, the double-crossings... On the other hand, they also had a tremendous lack of food and they were continuously bombed for maybe 4 years. However, it might sound strange, but many people felt it was some of the best time in England because there was back then a great sense of solidarity and community, something that didn't exist before and vanished pretty quickly as soon as the war was over. This movie displayed all this through the eyes of a young boy and I thought it was really touching and fascinating to behold. You even get such peculiar scenes like when the children don't have to go to school because of a bombing and you see these children cheering and thanking Adolf Hitler for that.
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People who added this item 1960 Average listal rating (1258 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Akira (1988)


Notes: The first time I saw this movie, I was about 15 years old and it completely blew me my mind. Indeed, I had never seen anything like this before and I thought it was just fascinating (Eventually, I also bought the comic-books which I also highly recommend). Indeed, this animated movie was just so well done and it was definitely a milestone when it was made. The whole thing looked great (and still does 30 years later) but, above all, the story was just mesmerizing. I always had a weak spot for those post-apocalyptic features and, in my opinion, even though it is now more than 30 years old, it still feels really modern and edgy. Like 'Blade Runner', this flick could be released nowadays and nobody would realize it has actually been made decades ago. For many years, they have been trying to make a US live action remake with not much results. On one hand, it could be interesting but on the other hand, most remakes are completely worthless so it's probably a good thing that they just dropped the whole thing (so far).
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People who added this item 723 Average listal rating (426 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
Dead Ringers (1988)


Notes: This movie is basically one of those that actually really shaped my movie taste. The first time I saw it, I must have been 14-15 years old and it just blew my mind. Indeed, I had never seen something similar before and I have re-watched at least once every decade ever since and its impact is still very strong. At the time, in my opinion, David Cronenberg finally found the best combination between his trademark gross horror style and some more mainstream elements and the end-result was just mesmerizing. Obviously, it is still really creepy but the whole gimmick around twins had been done before but not with such tremendous results and, in my opinion, this movie has one of the best performances ever. Indeed, Jeremy Irons portrays 2 different twins so well that he managed to create two distinct individuals who were essentially identical and yet slightly different and, at some point, you get lost in the story and you have the feeling that you are watching 2 different actors who just happened to look the same. On top of that, this messed up story about gynecology was just fascinating as well.
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People who added this item 105 Average listal rating (53 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.3


Notes: Even though I left France more than 10 years ago, I still try to catch a French movie once in a while and I'm especially interested in the winners of the César of the Best French movie. Fortunately, those are pretty often broadcasted on the Dutch and Belgium channels I have so that works actually pretty well. Eventually, I have to admit, I really loved this flick, probably one of the best French movies I have seen. First of all, back in those days, Isabelle Adjani was probably the best French actress and, here, she worked with Gérard Depardieu, the best French actor of the last 40 years so if you love French movies, it doesn't get much better than this. And indeed, the acting was just great and the story was also really spellbinding. It did help as well that I have a weak spot for true stories dealing with artists. Indeed, I like those movies because, in the good ones at least, they show you how differently the mind of an artist work than most of us and how often destructive the creation of Art can be. This movie was a good example and I thought it was really fascinating to watch.
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People who added this item 1999 Average listal rating (1199 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5


Notes: If I remember it correctly, I even had the honor to see it on the silver screen at the time. Anyway, I had never seen anything like this before and, in my opinion, it is not one of the best animated films, it is in fact actually one of the best films ever made! Indeed, where should I start? Of course, you could argue that the animation might be dated but I would actually disagree. It is a beautiful and very well made picture and it shows that there is something actually rather poetic about hand-drawn animation compared to the rather coldness of CGI animation. Above all, the whole thing was just really heartbreaking, easily one of the most heartbreaking stories I have ever seen, and it was one of the very few times I almost burst into tears while watching a movie. Indeed, the whole thing is so heavy, so emotionally hardcore, I don’t know if I would actually dare watching it again.
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People who added this item 985 Average listal rating (656 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8


Notes: By now, I have seen about most of the movies directed by Spike Lee and even though I used to be a huge fan of his work in the 90’s, it has been a while since he made something that really impressed me. Still, I always had a weak spot for Spike Lee's movies, there was a time when he was one of the best American directors and this movie was and still is definitely his masterpiece. To be honest, it has been a while since I saw it and I should definitely re-watch it at some point but the damned thing definitely had a massive impact on me. Indeed, even though it is a rather simple story, there were so many layers, I thought it was just fascinating and I think it is one of the strongest socially conscious movies I have ever seen. Pretty much like Roger Ebert, I'm really amazed that such an important movie was at the time not even nominated for the Best Picture Academy award. Anyway, I think it is a great classic.
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Notes: Ever since I saw this movie as a kid in the movie theater when it was released, the damned thing has never ceased to fascinate me. By now, I have seen it so many times but it has never lost its charms and it is easily my favorite Indiana Jones movie. Basically, it is, in my opinion, the ultimate adventure film. The first masterstroke was to cast Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones. Indeed, there was this great chemistry between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery and they made the whole thing completely spelbinding to watch. The second masterstroke was to pick up the ultimate archological artifact, the Holy Grail. That was for example a huge let down concerning the last installment (honestly, who cares about a crystal skull coming from space...) whereas the Holy Grail is one of the most fascinating myth in the whole human history and it was just awesome to see Dr Jones Jr and Sr chasing it around the globe. Finally, there were also loads of cool action scenes which kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning until the end. Basically, the whole thing is quite pitch-perfect.
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People who added this item 310 Average listal rating (167 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
Roger & Me (1989)


Notes: Nowadays, we don’t hear much from Michael Moore but there was some point that the guy was easily the most successful documentary maker in the world. I have always been a huge fan of his work but, at some point, his success was becoming so huge that Moore himself started to become some kind of pop-star and I’m afraid there was too much focus put on him than on his actual work. With this in mind, it was pretty cool to watch this directing debut. Indeed, back then, nobody knew who the hell was this guy and it was just really efficient and very often hilarious to see him confront some corporate figures about their wrongdoings. From the very start, Michael Moore was criticized for manipulating what was on the screen but that’s something that happens in every single documentary so it has never bothered me. The strongest message of this movie, beside the fact that it might be manipulated or not, is that even though most of these huge US corporations make some profits, they still choose to fire all this people just to make an even bigger profit which shows how our world is working nowadays.
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Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. Back then, I was much younger, I’m pretty sure it was the first movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis that I saw and the guy just blew me away with his talent and commitment. I have to confess, I had actually never heard of Christy Brown before and, without this movie, I’m pretty sure I would have never heard of the guy ever during my whole life. To be honest, it is actually a rather straightforward biopic but even though it was fairly predictable, the main character Christy Brown was just quite fascinating thanks to Day-Lewis who was at the top of his game. Eventually, he would take this great thespian surprisingly almost 20 years to win again another Academy Award for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role with his great performance in ‘There Will Be Blood’ and he will become the first male performer to win three awards for lead roles following ‘Lincoln’.
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People who added this item 585 Average listal rating (315 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3


Notes: I have always been amazed that, according to IMDb, ‘Good Will Hunting’ is still Gus Van Sant’s best movie. I saw it again recently and, honestly, I think it is a decent drama and an entertaining feature but I don’t see what was so amazing about it. In my opinion, his best movie was actually this flick, his sophomore directing effort. To be honest, it has been a while since I saw it and it probably needs a re-watch but, back then, I thought it was quite amazing and one of the best movies dealing with drug addiction. At the time, Matt Dillon was one of the leading actors of his generation and he was really good in this (apparently, Dillon cites this film as his personal favorite of all the films he's done and I have to agree with him). It is seriously a dark and rather ominous affair and when William S. Burroughs shows up on the screen playing a junky priest, it becomes even quite surrealist. The only critic I would have is that Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch might look too good to be some massive junkies but, on the other hand, you could argue that they had been hooked only for a few years.
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