Best Films of the 1980's

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  1. 9.5/10
  2. Brazil - Gilliam (1985) [The Final Cut, 142 minutes]
  3. Nostalghia - Tarkovsky (1983)

  4. 9/10
  5. Possession - Zulawski (1981) [Original Cut, 123 minutes]
  6. Landscape in the Mist - Angelopoulos (1988)
  7. The Sacrifice - Tarkovsky (1986)
  8. Blade Runner - Scott (1982) [The Final Cut, 117 minutes]
  9. The Killer - Woo (1989)
  10. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover - Greenaway (1989)
  11. Raiders of the Lost Ark - Spielberg (1981)
  12. Ran - Kurosawa (1985)

  13. 8.5/10
  14. Raging Bull - Scorsese (1980)
  15. Blue Velvet - Lynch (1986)
  16. The Ballad of Narayama - Imamura (1983)
  17. Wings of Desire - Wenders (1987)
  18. The Terminator - Cameron (1984)

  19. 8/10
  20. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? - Yong-kyun (1989)
  21. Dressed To Kill - De Palma (1980)
  22. Come & See - Klimov (1985)
  23. The Road Warrior - Miller (1981)
  24. After Hours - Scorsese (1985)
  25. Das Boot - Petersen (1981)
  26. Something Wild - Demme (1986)
  27. Blow Out - De Palma (1981)
  28. Mad Max - Miller (1980)
  29. Body Double - De Palma (1984)
  30. Aliens - Cameron (1986) [Theatrical Cut, 137 minutes]
  31. The King of Comedy - Scorsese (1983)
  32. Airplane - Zucker (1980)
  33. A Fish Called Wanda - Crichton (1988)
  34. Black Rain - Imamura (1989)
  35. Fatal Attraction - Lyne (1987)
  36. Raising Arizona - Coen (1987)

  37. 7.5/10
  38. Videodrome - Cronenberg (1983)
  39. The Empire Strikes Back - Kershner (1980)
  40. Belly of an Architect - Greenaway (1987)
  41. Insignificance - Roeg (1985)
  42. Frantic - Polanski (1988)
  43. A Zed & Two Noughts - Greenaway (1985)
  44. The Shining - Kubrick (1980)
  45. Prefab People - Tarr (1987)
  46. Platoon - Stone (1986)
  47. Blood Simple - Coen (1984)
  48. Paris, Texas - Wenders (1983)
  49. Damnation - Tarr (1989)
  50. The Seventh Continent - Haneke (1989)
  51. Fanny & Alexander - Bergman (1982)
  52. Robocop - Verhoeven (1987)
  53. The Untouchables - De Palma (1987)
  54. Drugstore Cowboy - Van Sant (1989)
  55. Yeelen - Cisse (1987)
  56. Grave of the Fireflies - Takahata (1988)
  57. Working Girl - Nichols (1988)
  58. Back To The Future - Zemeckis (1985)
  59. The Draughtman's Contract - Greenaway (1982)
  60. Full Metal Jacket - Kubrick (1987)
  61. Beetlejuice - Burton (1988)
  62. Blues Brothers - Landis (1980)
  63. Dead Ringers - Cronenberg (1988)
  64. Ghostbusters - Reitman (1984)
  65. The Purple Rose of Cairo - Allen (1985)
  66. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? - Zemeckis (1988)
  67. Do the Right Thing - Lee (1989)
  68. Die Hard - McTiernan (1988)

This is too much fun. Suggestions: The Thin Blue Line, Christmas Story, My Dinner with Andre, Body Heat, Do The Right Thing, Evil Dead 2, Fanny and Alexander, The Shining, Airplane!, Amadeus, Back to the Future, and Videodrome. And maybe I'm being nostalgic but I really reckon that Pee Wee's Big Adventure is a great film.

Thanks for the suggestions. Don't think I've seen The Thin Blue Line, My Dinner with Andre, Fanny & Alexander or Evil Dead 2 but the rest are probably in the 7-ish range for me.

Definitely put those on your must see list. Evil Dead 2 is probably the most fun, while Thin Blue Line is the most profound.

Sans Soleil needs to find itself in the second spot on the list. It's a whole new kind of sight, incredible.

Hmmm, haven't seen it but when I do I'll get back to you on that. Thanks.

This essay on Wings of Desire may interest you.

You're right, a very good read. Carney did a great job of describing the films qualities. One thing I'd never quite thought of to the degree he states it is the different spatial relationships in the film (passengers in cars, subway trains, apartments, behind windows, etc) as representations of how closed off they were from eachother.

Recently got around to seeing 'Possession' (1981). It was outstanding. Agree with your ranking of the film as well as the supplemental rankings of the elements which exist within it...Isabelle Adjani's performance may be the best ever. Great find, AfterHours!

...still don't agree with those highly rated Aldrich films you love ;)

Thanks, I'm really glad you liked it. Such an underrated/under seen film. And yes, oh my, Adjani's performance ranks right up there. Has there ever been an actor/actress that put more into a role?

Re: Aldrich ... aww, schucks... :)

curious...what's with the recent dropping of Blue Velvet? You had it a 9 or near 9 for so long...not that I disagree with your new rating of the film at all. I've rated it in the low 90's (a 7.5-8 by your scale) for some time. Just wondering...

I'm not too surprised it "came back down to Earth" because I had it as an 8 up until a couple years ago, and for a lot longer than it remained as a 9. But yea, I dropped it a few weeks ago (whenever I last watched it on my "top 10 of the week" list). The last two times I've watched it, the intensity and degree of impact it had on me wasn't quite as sustained as I remembered. I gave it the benefit of the doubt the first time, but on this, the second, decided to make the change. Still one of the greatest films ever though. Probably just a case of watching so many 7.5 - 9.5's over the last few years and it doesn't seem that much better than any of the 7.8-8.0's any more, while also seeming somewhat less impressive than several 8.5's (save for a few that I might drop soon).

Also, I still need to revisit Inland Empire to see how well it holds up. Oh the time...

Amazing 3 1/2 minute excerpt/tribute to Tarkovsky's Nostalghia, perhaps the most profoundly moving film ever made:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyrReJTZqQ0

Re-added Tarr's Damnation. Not sure where it had gone off to...