Greatest Films of the 1980s
Greatest Films of the 1980s


Greatest Films of the 1980s
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1985

Back to the Future (1985), 116 minutes, D: Robert Zemeckis
See series: Back to the Future (1985-1990).

Brazil (1985, UK), 131 minutes, D: Terry Gilliam
An offbeat, satirical ultra-dark comedy of an oppressive, alternative future, with visually-imaginative references to Kafka's The Trial, Orwell's 1984 and A Clockwork Orange. Mild-mannered and meek bureaucratic statistician Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), a civil servant Everyman works in the regulatory Ministry of Information (MOI), jammed with paperwork and filled with endless pneumatic tubes. When a literal beetle is squashed in an office teletype printer and causes a typographical error that alters an arrest record, it unjustly identifies an innocent citizen Mr. Buttle as suspected terrorist Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro). When Lowry investigates the case of mistaken identity and attempts to unravel it, he escapes to become a silver-winged hero in the clouds who rescues a dreamlike fantasy girl Jill Layton (Kim Greist). A similar-looking female truck driver inspires him to win her love, but meanwhile, he has become the subject of study by the totalitarian regime.

The Breakfast Club (1985), 92 minutes, D: John Hughes
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Cocoon (1985), 117 minutes, D: Ron Howard
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The Color Purple (1985), 152 minutes, D: Steven Spielberg
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The Emerald Forest (1985, UK/US), 113 minutes, D: John Boorman
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The Goonies (1985), 114 minutes, D: Richard Donner
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Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, Braz./US/Arg.), 119 minutes, D: Hector Babenco
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Lost in America (1985), 91 minutes, D: Albert Brooks
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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985, UK), 97 minutes, D: Stephen Frears
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Out of Africa (1985), 162 minutes, D: Sydney Pollack
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Pale Rider (1985), 120 minutes, D: Clint Eastwood
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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985), 90 minutes, D: Tim Burton
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Prizzi's Honor (1985), 130 minutes, D: John Huston
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The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), 84 minutes, D: Woody Allen
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Ran (1985, Jp./Fr.), 160 minutes, D: Akira Kurosawa
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A Room With a View (1985, UK), 117 minutes, D: James Ivory
A delightful comedy of errors tale of repressed Victorian romance and British conceit, adapted from E.M. Forster's novel. A proper Edwardian young girl (Helena Bonham Carter) with her elderly, guilt-ridden spinster chaperone/cousin (Maggie Smith) take a tourist holiday in Italy. There, she meets a free-spirited suitor (Julian Sands), but is whisked back to Surrey, England when romance develops. Back home, she is engaged to a prissy, dispassionate, self-possessed, intellectual gentleman (Daniel Day-Lewis). When she is reunited with the charming young man from Florence, she must make a defiant decision regarding her marital plans.

Sherman's March (1985), 157 minutes, D: Ross McElwee
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The Trip to Bountiful (1985), 105 minutes, D: Peter Masterson
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Witness (1985), 112 minutes, D: Peter Weir
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