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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 9 Dec 2009 09:37
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100 & 99 Of My Favorite Films From The 80's, y'all

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People who added this item 781 Average listal rating (544 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Dead Zone (1983)

Christopher Walken with a superpower other than his mad acting skillz, yo.
Or his crazy dancing skillz, yo.

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People who added this item 346 Average listal rating (250 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
Dead Calm (1989)
A movie with a story involving a sinking boat with Billy Zane as a villainous villain who terrorizes another man's woman.
And yeah, while that may sound like a familiar plotline for a disaster at sea flick, the fact that the boat in question is no bigger than a tool shed and with no iceberg in sight, it becomes quite obvious that this is a film that was not directed by James Cameron.

People who added this item 4043 Average listal rating (2616 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.3
Scarface (1983)
Scarface is one of those rare times for an actor where his over-the-top performance is considered so perfect for what the role requires, that it's almost impossible to imagine it done in any other fashion.
Pacino is brutal, heartless and violent, not just in the way he handles the character, but also with the way he manhandles the Cuban accent of the character (something he does again with the Puerto Rican dialect, but not with as much of an iconic effect, in 1997's Carlito's Way).

But even such a flaw in delivery is not enough to distract the viewer from following the pyrrhic journey of a drug kingpin who literally started out literally as nothing and yet ends up with everything the excess-ridden and violent drug-world has to offer. In other words, this film is the story of a bad guy. The kind of bad guy that people need so that they can point their f#$kin' fingers and say "That's the bad guy".
As the movie tagline says: "He loved the American Dream. With a Vengeance."
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People who added this item 935 Average listal rating (614 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
America's number one crop is corn. America's number one pasttime is baseball. Put the two together and what do you get?
Yep, that's right.... a field of the American dream.
Or this movie.
Which, when you think about it, I guess are they're close enough to be the same thing.

People who added this item 933 Average listal rating (533 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
After a heavy influx of John Hughes teenage romances throughout the 80's, it was pretty easy for a film look-alike such as Say Anything to get lost in the shuffle. At least at the time it looked like it was lost in the shuffle. I'm not too sure. I don't think I paid as much attention to things like that back then. Anyways, one thing I do remember is that it did make it on alot of critic's best lists (which is usually a sign that it did get lost in the shuffle box-office-wise) for films of 1989.
But even if you're one of those movie-viewers who can't stand film critics and their lists, it doesn't mean you shouldn't give a movie like this a try. You might like it. And if you don't, well before you decide to criticize it, remember what your mom always used to say...
"If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything."

How does a movie have a female dwarf play the role of a male dwarf and pull it off? Easy. Film it on the year of living dangerously.

Mel Gibson, riding on a fast train to super stardom, teams up once again with fellow Aussie mate, director Peter Weir, along with another rising star, Sigourny Weaver, in the international melodrama depicting the Indonesia Coup of 1965.
And I gotta admit, I'm one of those people who knew absolutely nothing about any Indonesian coup from the sixties until I saw this film.
I guess if I spent more time studying foreign history than I did watching movies, then I'd be more knowledgable about this kind of stuff.
But then again, that would probably mean that I wouldn't be here on this site, enjoying and sharing fave film lists with all of you wonderful people.
People who added this item 5096 Average listal rating (3479 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Batman (1989)

Okay, so maybe, the latest incarnations of the Dark Knight have sort of watered down the impact of the Caped Crusader's modern film debut.
And maybe, Jack Nicholson, for the role of the Joker was a little too old, not to mention, not in the kind of shape that one would expect for a Clown-Prince of Crime.
But for me, personally, this isn't so much about the acting (which I admit, despite the fun he has with it, Jack does tend to opt for a bit of an over-the-top performance, even for the Joker....) but more for the weight that his presence brings to the flick. In the same manner of Marlon Brando's participation in Superman's 1st big budget blockbuster, Nicholson also brings a certain class and credibility to a movie based off of a what the "cool kids" of the general public tend to look at as "just a silly comic-book".
Besides, Tim Burton's adaptation of the Batman still was the first serious effort outside of the comic-book to try and depict ol' Bat's as the true Dark Knight of justice that we nerds who read his comics always knew he was.
People who added this item 500 Average listal rating (314 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Heavy Metal (1981)

One of the most important moments growing up for me as a huge comicbook nerd was the discovery of Heavy Metal, an anthology comic-magazine full of fantasy, futuristic and/or the emergin cyber-punkologic stories that were not restricted by those imposed upon more immature superheroic fare.
When the movie came out, even though it lacked the technical strength of more general-audience targeted animated features, in it I saw the potential for the kind of creative diversity and no-holds barred story telling that I had experienced in the magazine. It is definitely flawed, and even more definitely not for everybody, but it is, a vehicle for anyone interested in looking for something that is not the same ol' same ol' and with an interesting anthology theme whose rock'roll/sci-fi/animated integrated format is bound by neither PC restrictions or by rules that result from the more kid-targeted genre.

People who added this item 545 Average listal rating (300 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
Through the combination of ingesting mushrooms and confining himself within an isolation tank, a scientist finds himself devolving into not just a neanderthal state, but into an actual neanderthal.
It's funny how I can do the exact same thing whenever I take psychedelic drugs while locked away in my room, all by myself.
And I ain't no scientist.

People who added this item 91 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
Star 80 (1983)

Even though I acknowledge Mariel Hemingway's beauty, the truth is, she never really did anything for me. With the exception of this movie. In Star 80, she's pretty damn stunning as Dorothy Stratten, a real-life Playboy bunny who eventually is murdered by her estranged husband.
Of a worthy note is the role of the husband, played by Eric Roberts. Roberts is mostly known as two things; being Julia's brother and as a star in many, many B movies. Which is kind of a shame when there are certain films, like this one, that show that given the proper role, Eric can really be an exceptional actor. And thus, the guy could've had as bright a star as his more respected sister if only he had a better agent.
I mean, seriously Eric.... Sharktopus?
People who added this item 147 Average listal rating (101 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Night Shift (1982)
Two guys, one bored with life, the other always on the lookout for a get-rich-quick scheme, work the late shift at a morgue.
One night, when the friendly neighboring hooker loses her pimp, they help her out of a jam by providing her and her colleagues with the services of a surrogate sugar daddy. Right there in the morgue.

Henry Wrinkler and Shelly Long, two stars known more for their television work, headline this stiffed-storied film affair, directed by then-newcomer Ron Howard and featuring an exceptionally excellent debut by Mr. Mom himself, Michael Keaton.

Back in the early 80's, I wasn't the biggest fan of anime. Even those few that reached a high level of acclaim had a hard time of gettiing me to sit through 'em.
Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind was one of the first that finally began to open my eyes to the potential that lay within the paints and brushes that colored the cells of these films.
An ecological fable that treated it's premise with the maturity that's found in most adult oriented fantasy books and yet with the innocence of the Disney flicks, Nausicaa was able to strike a uniquely fine balance that appealed to kids and adults alike.

People who added this item 385 Average listal rating (221 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Body Heat (1981)
When most people think film Noir, the first image tends of the gritty black & white mystery films that first popularized the genre.
And while there have been plenty of neo-noir titles to come along and continue the tradition,
rarely do the new ones capture the essence of dark atmosphere, traitorous seduction and sense of masterminded mystery that are central to this particular brand of crime caper.
Body Heat is a movie that not only succeeds in this, but even manages to exceed that balancing act by modernizing the genre with it's sultry script, color-dripping backdrop, and with the sweltering acting debut of modern femme fatale, Kathleen Turner.

People who added this item 188 Average listal rating (92 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7

In just one afternoon, Harry has met the love of his life.
However, he misses out on their first date when a power outage prevents his alarm clock from waking him up thus causing him to over sleep passed the rendevous time.
And if that wasn't bad enough, in an effort to call her and explain, Harry discovers information which indicates that the world will come to an apocalyptic end in just a few hours.
Boy, I tell ya,
If Harry's luck with love was any worse,
then he'd probably be me.
People who added this item 835 Average listal rating (559 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Angel Heart (1987)
A pre-plastic surgery Mickey Rourke stars with Lisa Bonet along with a "special guest appearance" by Robert Deniro in this unforgettable neo-noir mystery that contains a plot which takes the kind of unexpected turn that can best be described as darker than Hell. And when I say "darker than Hell", I mean that literally.
Gotta love those twist endings that aren't afraid to go all the way.
And when I say "go all the way", I mean that literally.
And when I say "literally", I mean that literally.

BTW, If this entry description comes off as kinda vague, it's only b'cuz if I got more literal about this movie, I'd most likely be spoiling it.

People who added this item 2213 Average listal rating (1430 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
From the very beginning of the series, Saturday Night Live was continually introducing characters that were created specifically for the program's Not-Yet-Ready-For-Primetime players. And these creations finally start to prove themselves as bankable movie properties with the Blues Brothers, "Joliet" Jake and Elwood. Portrayed by Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, they originated as a fictional soul revivalist band as a part of a musical sketch for the fledging late-nite weekend comedy show.

In their big screen debut, they are couple of orphan-raised white guys who soulfully sing the blues, regularly defy the law and like to drive at night wearing their sunglasses. Basically because they're on a mission from God.
It's safe to say that, as a non-religious person, I came to see the light when I realized that the Blues Brothers is probably my favorite spiritual film of all time.
People who added this item 251 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
9 to 5 (1980)
And following Private Benjamin is another "girl power" flick" that took the theatres by storm during the first year of the 80's. This one is a tale about a trio of corporate ladder climbing cuties who kidnap their employer and hold him hostage in order to show him who really is the boss.

Y'know, after a recent watch of this film, I've come to realize that despite the artificially face-lifted freak that Dolly Parton has currently become,
9 To 5, her first foray into film, shows that, back in the day, she was stacked really pretty frikkin' hot.

And yeah, I'm aware that by saying that, I'm probably going against the idea of the "liberated woman in the workplace" theme that was the purpose of this movie,
but what can I say...? I'm a complicated man.
And as we all know by now, women dig complicated men.
People who added this item 233 Average listal rating (136 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5

Southern songstress Loretta Lynn is considered by many barnyarders as the Queen Of Country. Coal Miner's Daughter is a story that provides yet another example of how the rise to the very top is never a smooth ride.
Perfectly portrayed in both dialogue and song by Sissy Spacek, an actress who, at the time of filming, was riding her own skyrocket to success.
Even as a non-fan of country music, I felt engaged to this down-to-earth ditty of a simple backwards belle whose life-story would inspire the kind of lyrics that would eventually take her from being a humble honky-tonk act to a Grand Ol' Opry superstar.
People who added this item 572 Average listal rating (314 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Frankenweenie (1984)
Tim Burton's very first film is a black & white feature which tells the macabre tale of how a pet dog is bought back to life by his child owner. After the bull terrier gets killed by a car (the leading cause of death amongst canines, after old age), the young lad decides to a take a page out of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and resurrect the Spuds Mckenzie look-alike through the use of electricity. I guess mad scientists have figured out that electricity is spark of all life.
But that's not the point. What matters is a boy and his dog.
A bond that not even the Grim Reaper can hope to sever.
Well....he can....
but still, through the use of love and , well...y'know.... more electricity...
and probably some string, I guess...
the boy and his dog will can never be separated. For long.

Now that I think about it though,
when a kid's dog "bites it",
it seems to me that making a simple trip to the pet shop would really be a heck of alot easier than building a secret lab in the attic.
People who added this item 218 Average listal rating (125 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Okay, so here's a movie based on a true story about the mysterious and ultimate fate of a woman who worked at a plutonium factory.
Now think about that for a moment.
There are people out there who make a decision to actually work at a factory that manufactures plutonium.
Well, I guess somebody's gotta make the stuff.
But lemme tell you something, I don't care what kind benefits the company offers, at the end of the day, it's still plutonium.
Personally, I'd rather flip burgers, sweep chimneys or clean toilets. I mean, those might be jobs that don't offer much in terms of health insurance, but the way I see it, no health insurance is still a much safer risk than frikkin' plutonium.
However, don't let my feelings on radioactive isotopes affect your view of this movie. It's still good enough to warrant a place on this list. And even if you don't like the film, watching it is still better than plutonium.

People who added this item 577 Average listal rating (368 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Killer (1989)
Do you like to watch scenes of people pointing guns in each other's faces Mexican stand-off style?
Then The Killer is the action flick for you.
A hired assassin goes on what he hopes will be his last hit. But soon finds that the circumstances of the assignment has put him in a situation of hurting an innocent whom he soon begins to feel fondly towards. So he decides to take on one more last hit in hopes of righting the wrong.

While John Woo had started directing full film features in his native East as way back as the early 60's, it wasn't until 1986 with A Better Tomorrow, that acclaim for his work began to really rise.
Then, in 1989, he directed The Killer which peaked higher in terms of critical praise, particularly for a martial arts flick. So naturally, it soon had Western movie producers taking notice. Thus paving Woo's way from Hong Kong to Hollywood.
People who added this item 355 Average listal rating (237 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Big Chill (1983)
A bunch of baby boomers reunite when of their own takes his own life. A reunion that sparks off the realization that the dreams and ambitions of their youth may also have died.
While The Big Chill never became the darling to me that it has to many cinema critics (particularly at the time of it's release) I do enjoy that the film carries the smartness and observations of the story in a manner that doesn't seem to age as time goes by. The characters each come to the conclusions that, no matter what age or stage of maturity an adult may be at, the journey of life will continually show that there's always still room to grow up.

People who added this item 1807 Average listal rating (1165 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
A rule-breaking cop from the grimy streets of Detroit is led to Beverly Hills California on an investigation of the murder of his friend. Operating outside of the commands of his boss, he quickly finds that his Motor City style of police work clashes a manner that is culturally significant with the high society methods of the city known as the "Garden Spot Of The World". In a role that was tailor made for him, Eddie Murphy stars as the shrewd smiling, street savy detective, Axel Foley, a character that made the SNL regular graduate from rising star to full blown blockbuster box office draw.

People who added this item 108 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 6.8 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 258 Average listal rating (178 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 906 Average listal rating (643 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9

Okay, as we all know by now, this is basically a watered down version of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. The chemistry isn't as chemical, the action scenes aren't as kick ass, and the Stone isn't anywhere near as biblical as the Ark Of The Covenant.
But the makers of this movie do claim that its script was written first. As let's be honest, even though Romancing The Stone can't ever hope to measure up to Indy's first outting onto film, it's still a pretty thrilling ride. Heck, with a solid script of love from opposite sides of the hemisphere and it's high caliber serial-themed action scenes, this movie is actually good enough that it could've had a higher entry in the hierarchy of 80's adventure flicks... if it wasn't for that goddamn Ark.

People who added this item 86 Average listal rating (53 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 2173 Average listal rating (1400 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Fly (1986)
In this intellectual remake of the 50's classic, Jeff Goldblum portrays a professor whose experiments metamorphisizes him into a large, hairy, decayed-looking housefly. And in the process, still gets to score with super-fly 80's beauty, Geena Davis.
*sigh*....only in the movies.

People who added this item 202 Average listal rating (131 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
On the surface, Charles Driggs may seem like a just a boring banker, but there are signs that, underneath, he is a closeted rebel. All he needs is something wild to bring out his adventurous side. And that something comes in the person of a pixiesh wild thing named Lulu. But after a quick short car-ride adventure, he soon comes to realize that the deeper he gets into Lulu's life, that something wild that he was yearning for turns out to be something even more wilder than he can handle.

A quaint little comedy thriller with great early acting efforts from Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and Ray Liotta.
People who added this item 209 Average listal rating (109 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
L'Argent (1983)
Money is often credited as the root of all evil. Even if that money is a forgery. And it's evil usually compounds with interest.
A counterfeit bill passes hands from one situation to another and ends up starting a chain reaction of events that spans years. Starting with deceit, the fake cash then leads to theft, incarceration and eventually, to a pretty hefty dose of bloodshed.

Directed by one of France's leading auteurs, L'Argent is that type of art film made for the type of fans who enjoy looking deeper into cinema than just what's on front of the screen. Meaning that if all you look for in movies is the typical color-by-the-numbers kind of story-telling, then this probably is not a flick that you'd want to spend any "reel" money on.
People who added this item 429 Average listal rating (304 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2
Major League (1989)
Yet another story of a team of misfits and losers banding together to form a winning world series team.
But what separates this one from the rest is that this is the only baseball movie franchise that exemplifies the idea of what a baseball movie should be by featuring Mr. Baseball himself, Bob Uecker.

People who added this item 346 Average listal rating (243 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Back before he was a multi-Oscar winning actor, Tom Hanks was one half of the crossdressing duo from Bosom Buddies. While wearing a dress, it was a role that found him surrendering his heart to a blonde bombshell. Soon he parlayed his TV comedic skills to the movie screen, making a Splash in Hollywood whilst giving his heart up to a beautiful lady who was half fish.
Which he quickly followed up with Bachelor Party, as a character who's up and getting hitched with 80's super-vixen Tawny Kitaen.
With all this funny business in the early 80's, who knew at the time that, as a serious actor, he would eventually end up becoming so big?

People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7
After almost achieving the typical neo-classic high-middle class lifestyle, yuppie couple David and Linda decide to take a chance, end up on a "road to nowhere". So, instead, they decide to get a mobile home and go out the road to see if they can find what it is that they're looking for. However, after an early detour in Las Vegas, they discover how easy it is to veer away from their path and quickly find 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 84 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
El Norte (1983)
Considered by many film critics as a spanish version of Grapes Of Wrath, this film tells the story of Enrique and Rosa, a brother and sister pair who are forced to flee the civil war torn country of Guatemala after the rest of their family have been either killed or captured by soldiers. Deciding that the only place where a couple of Mayan Indians may stand a chance of a fruitful future is the U.S. they begin a trek that takes them through the equally troubled land of Mexico. But as they transpire north, they find that as harrowing as the journey "up" was, their struggles don't end when they finally reach the "promised land".
Just as people of peasant stock were looked upon only as "strong arms" for cheap labor in their native land, they quickly realize that this a view that is still the same in "el Norte".

People who added this item 317 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Gallipoli (1981)
Back in the beginning of the 80's decade, accomplished Australian director Peter Weir made two acclaimed films with then neophyte star Mel Gibson, who in turn had two films in 1981 that made to my lists of faves for this year (which, believe it or not, is quite a prestigious accomplishment....).
The first one, called Gallipoli, recounts the story of a pair of runners who enlist into the Australian military and assigned to a campaign set on the peninsula Gallipoli (which back then was a part of the Ottoman Empire but today is a part of Turkey.... just so you know...).
As the campaign moves on, the men start to realize the true reality of war and it's futility when the commands from the military intelligence from above are made more from military than intelligence.
A film that concentrates more on two men's journey through war than on the battle itself, yet still shows enough of the battlefront action to get it's message through.

People who added this item 1144 Average listal rating (702 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
What can you consider a Vegan to be a vegan and a carnivore at the same time?
When it's a giant flesh-craving Venus Flytrap from another planet.

A little shop that demonstrates that in order to properly take care of a house plant,
one need simply add water, potting soil and lots of sunshine.
Not to mention, a carcass or two.
People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Betrayal (1983)
A husband's best friend betrays the friendship by having an affair with his wife. A story that we've all seen before and that we will probably continue to see for many years to come. But rarely will we be able to see the story written with such Pinteresque perfection, played by such accomplished actors and in reverse chronological order.

People who added this item 1087 Average listal rating (656 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7
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 587 Average listal rating (316 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
These days, when it comes to movies, there are all kinds of cowboys that one can choose to be.
A midnight cowboy,
a space cowboy,
a rhinestone cowboy,
or as in this movie,
a drugstore cowboy.
And to be frankly honest, with those kinds of choices,
I'm of the opinion that I probably wouldn't like to be a cowboy.

Maybe a pirate.
But definitely not a cowboy.
People who added this item 357 Average listal rating (221 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
Here is a tale of two brothers, one a reformed criminal, the other an aspiring police officer, and the obvious conflicts that can result from such a compromising situation.

Released at a time when the average Hong Kong action flick was festering in it's own overly recycled plot elements, this is the movie that redefined the formula of flying fists and shell-spewing gunfights, and put the then-burnt-out genre on a path for a better tomorrow. It's a film that's also famous for being the one that put the already experienced John Woo onto the directorial map and made Chow Yun-Fat an international star. Therefore, driving the "better tomorrow" metaphor into the better part of next week.
People who added this item 201 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Purple Rain (1984)
Minnesotian rock star Prince soars to 80's iconic status in this semi (very semi)-autobiographical yarn about a Kid and his music.

Okay, okay, so maybe the non-musical parts of the Kid's debut film leave something to be desired.
But this 1984 rock 'n' roll anomaly featuring the Minneapolis funk acts Prince, the Revolution, the Time and Apollonia-6, contains concert performances that, along with their charismatically maneuvered dance moves, are some of the most energetic ever caught on film.
And all the songs, each one penned by the main musical mini-might star of this show, culminate into one of the best movie soundtracks ever recorded.
People who added this item 310 Average listal rating (167 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
Roger & Me (1989)
The CEO of General motors has begun a sweeping downsize of it's auto plants that has put the city of Flint Michigan on the brink of extinction. To help restore order and bring the corporate head of corporate heads to justice, is Michael Moore, the Super-Libertyrian (I know, I know.... that's not even a word).
Thus begins a succession of documentarian adventures of the left-winging champion of the people (well, with the exception of those people who tend to lean more to the right, of course).

Okay, the truth is,
Since I hate self-limiting and mind-narrowing labels like "conservative" and "Liberal", I refrain from letting too many people know that I watched this or any of Michael Moore's films (only those few people who really know me and are aware that I dislike participating in bullsh#t-slinging debates). Because, political partisanships aside, this is a good watch just for the sake of watching a good, poignant and humorous documentary unfold, done by an excellent film-maker.
People who added this item 512 Average listal rating (310 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
Working Girl (1988)
Working Girl proves that when it comes to career ascension, office politics, whether they be straight or crooked, affect the female side as much as the male. More so if the female is wearing a skirt, since it's usually best not to reveal one's unmentionable secrets when climbing the corporate ladder.
Today's ambition-driven woman would look smart in something more along the lines of a nice conservative pant suit.

People who added this item 4645 Average listal rating (3203 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Beetlejuice (1988)
When ya wanna bust up a family to scare 'em outta a house, who ya gonna call? Ghosts!
But if you already are a ghost who hasn't yet developed the haunting chops needed to muster up a flight fright,
who ya gonna call?
Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice!

A year before they brought Batman as a dark knight to the big screen for the first time, director Tim Burton and Michael Keaton teamed up to bring this freaky film full of fantom foible and fear-themed farts.
Oops, I meant farce. Fear-themed farce.
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People who added this item 1598 Average listal rating (1092 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Evil Dead II (1987)
Just when you thought the Evil Dead were dead, this second installment of the series shows that one of the main reasons they're so evil is because they have a nasty habit of not staying dead.

After the surprise success of the first flick, Bruce Campbell revisits the role as the teenage kid who comes back to the cabin in the woods and settle a score. But this time, he taking names and kicking Ash.
And do you know what sound a chainsaw makes when it's slicing up evil zombies in a better than the first sequel?
Okay, so here's a movie about a guy who is a Holocaust survivor who marries his servant (who helped hide him during the war), begins having an affair with another woman who was also a survivor and then discovers that his first wife, who he thought died during the war, is, in actuality, still alive.
Three different women, all trying to deal with the feelings of suffering and survival that comes from the aftermath of one history's most horrific atrocities.
And to think, having a relationship with just one female with a boring background can be complicated enough.

Enemies: A Love Story is a film with a plot and a pacing that come off a bit clunky at times, but has some great writing, some great period sets and some pretty great performances (particularly from Angelica Huston) that make this forgotten little gem worth the effort of seeking out. And I should point out that whenever I discuss cinema, "forgotten little gem" is a term that I use very sparingly.
People who added this item 213 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Missing (1982)
Jack Lemmon pairs up his seasoned acting experience with the red-hot thespian skillz of then-young actress Sissy Spacek, who at the time, was at the peak of her popularity (with good reason). The combo earned the pair their fare of accolades and helped to put this "small" movie on the map.

Based on a true story (more so than most "based-on-a-true-story" stories) Missing depicts the search for an American reporter who has disappeared in a South American country during a U.S. backed coup of it's socialist leader. Looking for his whereabouts is his wife and his dad, both of whom, despite their conflicting political views, must band together if they hope to have any chance of discovering the fate of their missing loved one.
People who added this item 638 Average listal rating (424 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
A stop-motion short with a British flavor that doesn't try to whack you over the head with it's look, humor or more importantly, with any kind of "universal life-lesson".
While it's distinction from other stop-motion films is much more subtle and more evenly consistent, the overall result of A Grand Day Out left me not so much with a roaring laughter that other animated features try to shoot for, but more with a satisfying smile that was firmly set in place from beginning to end.

People who added this item 163 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Pixote (1981)
Pixote is a pretty amazing piece of work that depicts an unblinking view into the justice system of a country that is overrun with crime and poverty in its streets and with bleak and bloated corruption in it's penal system.
We follow the exploits of a ten year old homeless criminal named Pixote as he endures the unscrupulous savagery within the prison walls and the harsh hoodlum lifestyle without.

The City Of God of the 80's (actually, since this movie came out first, City Of God should be referred to as the Pixote of the new millenium), this is a film that provides an unwavering window view into the world of ruined rural orphans whose numbers in that part of the globe have gotten grotesquely out of control.
People who added this item 143 Average listal rating (65 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 7.9

What can be more difficult than trying to haul a 30 ton steamship over an Amazonian mountain in the early 1900's? Making a movie about hauling a 30 ton steamship over an Amazonian mountain in the early 1980's.
Burden Of Dreams is a documentary that follows the journey of Werner Herzog and his film crew as they attempt to make the movie Fitzcarraldo, also released in the year 1982 (not to mention that it's also on this list). With the entire production and it's people situated in the South American jungle, Herzog, as a director, finds that filming his latest epic proves to be a dream as burdensome (maybe even more so) than the impossible task that is the film's premise.
And as a movie viewer, it's almost as compelling and entertaining to watch the making of "Fitz" as it is the final product.
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- Withnail and I
- The Color Purple
- Purple Rose Of Cairo
- Hannah And Her Sisters

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