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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 5 Aug 2014 03:30
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25 From 85: My Favorite Films Of 1985

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People who added this item 353 Average listal rating (254 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Enemy Mine (1985)

Enemy Mine is a film that starts out as a "bad alien" movie and then evolves into a "good alien" movie by intergalactically pondering the question of "Why can't we all just get along?"
The truth is, no matter what planet one is from, when it comes to reaching racial harmony, even on an interplanetary scale, we all need to follow Jerry Seinfeld's advice and try to take a bite out of both sides of the black and white cookie.
Look to the cookie.
We must all look to the cookie.
Oh, and to all you sci-fi geeks out there,
that's cookie,
not wookie.
So don't start looking towards Chewbacca for any kind of sage words on the subject.
People who added this item 1239 Average listal rating (857 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
I'll be honest here, the main reason I liked the first First Blood was because of the manner that Rambo was able to seriously kick ass without as much snickering or as many eyerolls from movie viewers that the character began to get starting with Part II. For me, that first chapter in this series was was able to straddle the fine line of being over the top and yet down to earth at the same time.
After R:FBP2 however, Sly's crazy ex-soldier easily crossed over that line and just sorta became more of a cartoon-like character of violence that he's become famous for since then.

Still, for all the bloated brawny ridiculousness that has infested this franchise, I've been able to accept this particular movie for the fiery explosion-laden popcorn escapist fare that it is.
Though, that doesn't mean I have to like any of the sequels that followed up after this one. For me, those all still suck.
People who added this item 100 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8

Prince's ex-nasty girl, Vanity teams up with a dragon that can catch bullets with his teeth.
Two Secret Service agents are hot on the trail of a Master counterfeiter through the corrupted grit of the L.A. underground.
With the criminal proving to be elusive, the agents start participating in activities that will put their badges and their police codes into jeopardy.

Directed by William Friedkin, To Live And Die In L.A. is a police story that winds and weaves through the path of compromised processes and whatever-it-takes tactics that can lead to the kind of in-department corruption and above-the-law vigilantism that any officer can easily fall prey to in the obsessive pursuit of the perp.
People who added this item 228 Average listal rating (126 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
Subway (1985)
Fred, a small time safe-cracker, stumbles through life down in the subterranean passages of the Paris Metro, along with a "secret society" of fellow eccentrics who share his "passion" for petty crimes, stylistic clothes and avante garde music.
Starring the Highlander guy and with a look that has
been described as "visually vibrant", Subway is an artistically French underground movie about the French who like to live artistically underground.

People who added this item 1185 Average listal rating (807 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.3
The saga of the road warrior continues in this third chapter of the irradiated sand singed trilogy from the Outback.
In this installment, Mad Max wanders into the lost community of Bartertown only to find himself thrown into the caged arena of the Thunderdome to square off against the symbiotic might of the Master-Blaster. A bungee inspired battle which results in the learning of a very important lesson about the post-apocalyptic world of the future; when it comes to survival in the Thunderdome, we don't need another hero.

People who added this item 825 Average listal rating (505 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
After Hours (1985)
 Griffith Dunne is what could be a called a "computer nerd of the 80's". So when a pretty girl who shares a same interest as him gives him her number, he does what all nerds do. He comes up with some flimsy excuse to see her.   However, as Griffith travels through the neighborhood where she lives, he finds himself facing one misadventuring turns after another, each one stranger than the previous.
 In other words, he experiences what it's like to be on in Soho after hours.
A black comedy that I didn't find to be as funny as most critics, yet it was still a movie that, over-all, proved to be an interesting trip through lower Manhattan in the street level manner that only Martin Scorsese can provide.

People who added this item 521 Average listal rating (352 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Pale Rider (1985)
Yet another entry into the genre for the venerable Mr. Eastwood and yet another one where he portrays a mysterious man who rides into town to save the day from rough-riding thugs who have a penchant for terrorizing the locals. If it weren't for the lengthy time span between Pale Rider and Clint's 1973 cowboy outing as the High Plains Drifter, it'd be really easy to get the two flicks mixed up. Many of the basic elements of both movie premises are similar enough, with the major difference being that in Drifter he plays a Man-With-No-Name from "Hell", whereas in Rider he plays a heaven-sent "Preacher-With-No-Name from hell. Nevermind the fact that we've seen a similar elements all chapters of the Dollars trilogy.

The saving grace of this typical cowboy Clint chronicle is that, at the end of the day, it's still a solid Eastwood shoot-em-up.
More than any other decade, the 80's seemed to lack the numbers when it came to western thrillers. Therefore, despite the rerunning of certain formulas, Pale Rider helps to fill in a quota of cinema iconography that we've gotten used to seeing in the 60's and in the 70's; the shadowy, roughly cut visage of Eastwood's face under a dusty cowboy hat with silently gritted teeth, ready to dish out some six-shooting justice to any "black-hatted" hombre lookin' to stir up some trouble.
People who added this item 693 Average listal rating (482 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Fright Night (1985)
What could be better for a horror fan than a fright night, in which old scary movies are watched late into the night?
How about having a neighbor who will allow you to experience the real thing as opposed to just watching it on television?

A modern day vampire flick made at a time when the mythos of the vampire was not yet twisted by the twirly Twilightisms that soon had all of Hollywood sucking out the classical characteristics that made the bloodsuckers the timeless true bloods that they were for centuries.
People who added this item 869 Average listal rating (603 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
Witness (1985)
I guess that the main reason why I like this movie is b'cuz it shows something we rarely get to see on the bigscreen (or anywhere else, for that matter);
a partially naked Amish woman.
And let's be honest....
the image of something like that is just downright hawt.

Back in the 80's, Harrison Ford always seemed to get the best roles.
People who added this item 333 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1

A "what-if-John-Hughes-was-suicidal" type of off-beat romantic-comedy
that will either touch your heart or make you reach into your pocket with the hope that you'll have at least two dollars in there (for those of you who may not get that, it's a "running" joke {pun intented} of the movie).

People who added this item 625 Average listal rating (411 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Ladyhawke (1985)

Back in the day, quality sword & sorcery movies were incredibly rare. Ladyhawke (why the "e" at the end?) and Legend were the only ones I ever really liked (wasn't much of a fan of Willow), up until when LOTR finally got made many years later.
And while Legend focused more on it's stunning sets and character designs, this one was geared more thru it's storytelling and character development (although, this one's also was very appealing to the eyes).
A love story appropriated through the genre, it stars Ferris Bueller, Scarface's girlfriend and a very moody replicant.

Pee-wee's first big adventure is featured in his big screen debut, aptly titled "Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
And no, this movie's title is not referring the "big adventure" that landed him in jail and thus made this playhouse dwelling man-child infamously kinda creepy.
But maybe it's that slight touch of creepiness that seems to add a bit of edge to this quirky cross country comedy about a "boy" and his bike.

People who added this item 929 Average listal rating (610 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4

Legend was probably the first movie to come into my life where I felt that it truly captured the fantasy element of a sword and sorcery saga that I always wanted to see on film when it came to this genre. The visuals in this movie are amazing, bright and filled with an abundance of energy (especially for it's time). The designs of the landscape and the characters encapsulate the kind of style that I would have envisioned whenever I read a book featuring elves, trolls, unicorns and whatnot. Even the devilish full body make-up of the primary antagonist, Lord Of Darkness, was spared no expense at the baddassery of his gigantically horned self.
I think that Legend was an aptly titled big step into what these types of movies had the potential to be.

People who added this item 117 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Jagged Edge (1985)
After the mysterious murder of a Bay Area heiress, Teddy Barnes, a lawyer who hasn't tried a case in years (and who despite her manly name, is played by a beautiuosly curved Glenn Close) suddenly finds herself in the courtroom. And shortly thereafter, finds herself in bed with her client.
A tense-filled court-room thriller filled with enough twists and turns in it's story that, if there were another courtroom movie playing after this one, it's plot would probably benefit from the spill-over.

People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
After almost achieving the typical neo-classic high-middle class lifestyle, yuppie couple David and Linda realize they're basically on a "road to nowhere". So they decide to take a chance, buy a mobile home and hit the road to somewhere to see if they can find what it is that they're looking for. However, after an early detour to Las Vegas, they discover how easy it is to veer away from their path and quickly find all of their hopes and their dreams lost in America.
Directed, co-written and starring Albert Brooks, LiA is wistfully witty look at how easy it is to lose the pursuit for the American Dream when driving through life with no real sense of direction and without Lady Luck on your side.

People who added this item 275 Average listal rating (195 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Runaway Train (1986)
A couple of convicts manage to escape prison, only to find themselves fighting the elements as they trek across the frostbitten Alaskan wilderness. But the pair soon stumble upon a railway yard and quickly find refuge on a train of "stacked" locomotives. Only to discover that the train has no driver or engineer and is quickly speeding out of control.
A case of bad luck that can only be described as "out of the frying pan and into the fire... and then more fire".

With his acting skillz running on all cylinders, Jon Voight stars alongside Eric Roberts in another example that demonstrates that Eric really can act, if only he could find a way to say no to all those B-movie scripts that keep coming his way.
People who added this item 92 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Two boys from well-to-do backgrounds but on different paths grow up to find themselves on the same road of international espionage.
Based on true events, this is a tale of two men who, fueled by disillusionment and greed, end up in a unlikely position where they can sell governmental secrets of the U.S. to the then-rival government of the then-communist Soviet Union.

Driven by the combined thespian skillz of two actors at the peak of their careers (Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton), The Falcon And The Snowman is an excellent story of two low-profile citizens caught up way over their heads in high-profile stakes.
People who added this item 3543 Average listal rating (2337 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
The decade of the MTV Generation hits its halfway point with a detention hall chock full Brat Pack icons, like Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, and that one guy with the really big nostrils.

Let's be honest here,
despite the connection that the majority of John Hughes' films have to the 80's,
when it comes to The Breakfast Club,
this is the movie that has the decade saying "Don't you forget about me".
In a simple mind kind of a way, that is.
People who added this item 769 Average listal rating (399 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.4
There have been movies made that have depicted the devastating effects of war since the inception of moving motion pictures. And I have watched more than my fair share of them. But when I think of the films that best show at just how horrifying the battle between nations can get, particularly on it's noncombatant citizens (films like Apocalypse Now, Schindler's List and Platoon), Come And See ranks at number one, by far.

In this Soviet produced war drama, we follow a peasant boy on his military journey as he goes from being "drafted" into a severely under-supplied resistance group to the atrocities that ensue as a troop of drunken Nazi soldiers blaze through a hapless village and it's towns people.
It's very difficult to capture in words just how visceral the experience of watching this can be other to say that you will most unlikely ever see another movie that effectively and genuinely depicts the dehumanizing aftermath of military battle as this one.
Truly one of the best war films ever made.
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People who added this item 994 Average listal rating (650 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
Cocoon (1985)
The aliens have touched down, and they're not here to conquer us, morph into our bodies, drain us of our energy sources, or steal our sun. They just want to take home a few of their "left-overs" from their first visit.
And maybe, even take a few of our senior citizens with 'em.
Which is fine by us.
Cuz in space, no one can hear an old man fart.

People who added this item 305 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Jack Nick and Kathy Turn star in this tale of one hitman and one hitwoman who hit it off with each other.
In more ways than one.

People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
This is one of those movies whose title is atually a play on words, to give an indication of what the heart of it's subject matter really is.
Disguised as a film about traveling through a bus,
this is actually a great introspection into the life of someone who's been on the journey of life and kinda wishes that she could do it all again, but this time, behind the wheel of her own vehicle.

People who added this item 1080 Average listal rating (589 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
Ran (1985)
Before movies like Crouching Tiger/ Hidden Dragon and Hero came along and added the artistically flair fantasy elements to these types of epic movies, there was Ran. Featuring some of the most beautiful and grand visuals ever in an Akira Kurosawa film. The fact that his name was associated with this project guaranteed this film's sweeping quality. And, the added high budget seemed to compromise his vision not in the slightest. Instead, it seemed to open up the potentiality that Mr. Kurosawa had holding in his already abundant visionary dreams.
Definitely my favorite of his works.

People who added this item 7517 Average listal rating (5473 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.5
'Ey, it's that's one dude from Family Ties teaming up with that one other dude from Taxi and that one chick from Howard The Duck.
Michael J. Fox, Leah Thompson, Christopher Loyd, along with Crispin Glover, form a cadre of actors whom, at the time of that BTTF occupied theaters, were not considered top marquee celebrities, a situation that would change, particularly for Fox, after this surprise hit's release.

Marty McFly may seem like just a typical, whitebred kid from the 80's, but the truth is, well.... he really is just a typical whitebred kid from the 80's. Okay, maybe his dad never shrugged off his 1950's brand of nerdiness, but let's be honest here, back in the 80's, we all sorta knew that that was more the norm than what was usually portrayed on TV and in the movies as to what typical was. And maybe every once in a while, Marty tended to hang around with an offbeat, weirdo professor, but the fact that Marty could play guitar pretty good, was in a band and had a good looking 80's style girlfriend sorta balanced all that out, didn't it? And he wasn't doing drugs.
But whatever, this so-called "atypical" kid gets caught up in one of his professor friend's experiments, and next thing you know, he's driving a super-souped up DeLorean (the "car of the future") through time, and finds himself stuck in the past. And with an empty flux capacitor, a younger version of the professor and his teen-aged so-to-be dad, McFly must find a way back.... to the fut....well.... you know.

Directed by Robert Zemekis, Back To The Future is a time-traveling tale which inarguably solidified the fact that it's never a good idea to take your mother to the school dance. Even if it's before she becomes your mother.

Continuing my lists of fave films by year, here's 1985, y'all.

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