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10 Best films of the 1980s

I swear if I have to hear about Raging Bull one more time. It is superbly made but I always get the feeling its about straight guys having a default option that makes them feel artsy but not gay. Massively overrated. Two brothers swearing at each other and classy violence.

That said, in no particular order:

Blue Velvet

The Last Emperor

Hannah and Her Sisters

The Last Temptation of Christ

Dangerous Liasons

Fanny and Alexander

Broadcast News

Working Girl

Au Revoir Les Enfants

Amadeus

by Anonymousreply 18306/04/2013

I've seen exactly one of those films... Working Girl.

by Anonymousreply 102/22/2011

Sophie's Choice Ordinary People

by Anonymousreply 202/22/2011

Victor/Victoria%0D %0D The Unbearable Lightness of Being%0D %0D The Stunt Man%0D %0D Atlantic City%0D %0D A Sunday in the Country%0D %0D Maurice%0D %0D Platoon%0D %0D The Right Stuff%0D %0D Tootsie%0D %0D White Dog

by Anonymousreply 302/22/2011

Brazil

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

The Element of Crime

Fanny & Alexander

The Fly

King of Comedy

Mortelle randonn%C3%A9e

Once Upon a Time in America

Scarface

The Shining

by Anonymousreply 402/22/2011

Make that "Mortelle randonnee", with an accent over the last e.

by Anonymousreply 502/22/2011

Broadcast News? E.T.? Poltergeist? The Elephant Man?

by Anonymousreply 602/22/2011

9 to 5

by Anonymousreply 702/22/2011

Ran

My Left Foot

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Midnight Run

A Room With A View

Hannah and her Sisters

Fanny and Alexander

Dangerous Liaisons

Mephisto

Law of Desire

by Anonymousreply 802/22/2011

The Purple Rose of Cairo Hannah and Her Sisters Crimes and Misdemeanors

by Anonymousreply 902/22/2011

Star Trek 2, Star Trek 3, Star Trek 4, Star Wars 2, Terminator 2, Alien 2, Indiana Jones 1, James Bond 11, James Bond 12, James Bond 13.

by Anonymousreply 1002/22/2011

shit, I forgot The Dead; certainly one of the ten best films of the last quarter century.

But don't force me to take one of my previous top ten off the list - will you accept eleven?

by Anonymousreply 1102/22/2011

The Empire Strikes Back

Back To The Future

The Naked Gun

Sixteen Candles

The Breakfast Club

Aliens

Lethal Weapon I & 2

Top Gun

Highlander

Airplane

by Anonymousreply 1305/21/2013

Rock On, Joey r12!

by Anonymousreply 1405/21/2013

1. Airplane!

2. Planes Trains & Automobiles

3. National Lampoon's Vacation

4. The Naked Gun

5. Sixteen Candles

6. Back To The Future

7. Ruthless People

8. A Fish Called Wanda

9. This Is Spinal Tap

10. Eating Raoul

by Anonymousreply 1505/21/2013

The Right Stuff-1983; Brazil-1985; The Empire Strikes Back-1980; Risky Business-1983; Return of the Jedi-1983; Lethal Weapon-1987; The Fly-1986; Terminator-1984; Dangerous Liaisons-1988; Batman-1989

by Anonymousreply 1605/21/2013

Melvin and Howard, Atlantic City, Room with A View, etc.

by Anonymousreply 1705/21/2013

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Blade Runner

Star Trek II-The Wrath of Khan

Aliens

The Road Warrior

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade

The Empire Strikes Back

Big Trouble in Little China

by Anonymousreply 1805/21/2013

Terms of Endearment

Tootsie

Sophie's Choice

Ordinary People

Tender Mercies

The Right Stuff

Monty Python's Meaning of Life

On Golden Pond

Rain Man

Platoon

by Anonymousreply 1905/21/2013

1. Star Trek II-The Wrath Of Khan - 1982

2. Star Trek IV-The Voyage Home - 1986

3. The Empire Strikes Back - 1980

4. Star Trek III - The Search For Spock - 1984

5. Raiders Of The Lost Ark - 1981

6. Airplane - 1980

7. Thief - 1981

8. To Live And Die In L.A. - 1985

9. Aliens - 1986

10. Top Gun - 1986

by Anonymousreply 2005/21/2013

Take out BROADCAST NEWS, DANGEROUS LIAISONS, AMADEUS AND WORKING GIRL, clear your pallet, and replace them with RAN, BLADE RUNNER, THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING and ATLANTIC CITY and we'll talk, OP.

by Anonymousreply 2105/21/2013

1. Airplane!

2. Beverly Hills Cop

3. Sixteen Candles

4. The Breakfast Club

5. This Is Spinal Tap

6. Caddyshack

7. Vacation

8. Naked Gun

9. Pretty In Pink

10. Back To The Future

by Anonymousreply 2205/21/2013

10. Sixteen Candles;

9. Ruthless People;

8. Less Than Zero;

7. Das Boot;

6. Aliens;

5. Roger & Me;

4. The Color Purple;

3. The Killing Fields;

2. House of Games;

1. Ordinary People.

by Anonymousreply 2305/21/2013

Blade Runner

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Aliens

The Road Warrior

Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon 2

Das Boot

Aliens

The Shining

The Empire Strikes Back

by Anonymousreply 2405/21/2013

I think the 90s had better films.

by Anonymousreply 2505/21/2013

Haha, I can't believe this got bumped. It actually give me a chance to revise my list 2 years later:

Blue Velvet

The Last Emperor

Hannah and Her Sisters

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Shining

Fanny and Alexander

Broadcast News

Working Girl

Bull Durham

Amadeus

Die Hard

Blade Runner

Au Revoir Les Enfants

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

The King of Comedy

by Anonymousreply 2605/21/2013

The Right Stuff (1983)

Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

The Untouchables (1987)

The Shining (1980)

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Trek 2-The Wrath Of Khan (1982)

Blade Runner (1982)

Back To The Future (1985)

The Terminator (1984)

Aliens (1986)

by Anonymousreply 2705/21/2013

I was a kid in the '80s. I'll name the ones I liked back then.

E.T.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom

Superman II

Back to the Future

The Goonies

16 Candles

Breakfast Club

The Last Starfighter

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Weird Science

by Anonymousreply 2805/21/2013

R20, those aren't films, those are television shows

by Anonymousreply 2905/21/2013

Body Heat

Crimes and Misdemeanors

The Shining

sex, lies and videotape

Fatal Attraction

Back To The Future

Do The Right Thing

Stand By Me

The Breakfast Club

Glory

by Anonymousreply 3005/21/2013

Just out of curiosity r21 why no Dangerous Liaisons?

by Anonymousreply 3105/21/2013

These lists are useless without Who's Thatn Girl and Shanghai Surprise.

by Anonymousreply 3205/21/2013

I loved most of the films listed here, especially "Amadeus".

To bad Jeffrey Jones turned out to be criminally inclined. I thought his performance was better then that of Tom Hulce or F. Murray Abraham.

by Anonymousreply 3305/21/2013

I was born in 1980, so this list will be lame:

1. Running on Empty

2. Raiders of the Lost Ark

3. Breakfast Club

4. A Fish Called Wanda

5. Batman

6. Fatal Attraction

7. A Cry in the Dark

8. Working Girl

9. Stand By Me

10. The Goonies

by Anonymousreply 3405/21/2013

1. Aliens

2. Platoon

3. Full Metal Jacket

4. The Empire Strikes Back

5. Raiders Of The Lost Ark

6. Blade Runner

7. The Fly / Return Of The Jedi

8. Superman II

9. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

10. Starman

by Anonymousreply 3505/21/2013

I was really young in the 1980s but these were some I remember watching on TV quite a lot...

Pee Wee's Big Adventure

Sixteen Candles

The Goonies

E.T.

Naked Gun

Airplane!

Porky's

Police Academy

Top Gun (my favorite back then)

Iron Eagle

The Man With Two Brains

Back To The Future

(Most of those would not be considered "best movies of the '80s" but I liked them when I was young).

by Anonymousreply 3605/21/2013

1. Top Gun

2. Risky Business

3. Rain Man

(Sorry, I had a massive crush on Tom Cruise back then, before I found out he was such a freak)

4. Lethal Weapon

5. Mad Max: The Road Warrior

6. Lethal Weapon 2

7. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

(Sorry, I had a huge crush on Mel Gibson back then, before I found out he was such a freak)

8. Aliens

9. Ghostbusters

(I'm 1000% gay, but I STILL have a huge crush on Sigourney Weaver. Love her!)

10. Back To The Future

(I never had a crush on anybody in "Back To The Future" but I still loved it anyway).

by Anonymousreply 3705/21/2013

You can sure pick out who the flyover idiots are on this thread.

by Anonymousreply 3805/21/2013

I love 80's movies:

1. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

2. Raiders of the Lost Ark

3. Aliens

4. Betty Blue

5. Atlantic City

6. Back to the Future

7. Victor Victoria

8. Empire of the Sun

9. Standy by Me

10. The Terminator

by Anonymousreply 3905/21/2013

ALIENS (1986)

MAURICE (1987)

THE ABYSS (1989)

BATMAN (1989)

MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (1985)

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)

BLADE RUNNER (1982)

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (1985)

THE KILLER (1989)

PARTING GLANCES (1986)

by Anonymousreply 4005/21/2013

Some of the best flyover entertainment EVAH r38.

by Anonymousreply 4105/21/2013

1. Brazil (1985) 2. Platoon (1986) 3. Raging Bull (1980) 4. The Elephant Man (1980) 5. Terms Of Endearment (1983) 6. The Right Stuff (1983) 7. Full Metal Jacket (1987) 8. Das Boot (1982) 9. Blade Runner (1982) 10. Prizzi's Honor (1985)

My guilty pleasure movie of the decade was: Grease 2 (1982). So bad it was great!

by Anonymousreply 4205/21/2013

R38 You can sure pick out the cunts too. I guess we're all "flyover idiots" because we didn't list "Yentl" or "Hannah & Her Fucking Sisters".

by Anonymousreply 4305/21/2013

Diva

Babette's Feast

Siesta

Eating Raoul

Stranger Then Paradise

She's Gotta Have It

Brother From Another Planet

Bagdad Cafe

Mona Lisa

Wings of Desire

Cinema Paradiso

it was the decade for great indie films

by Anonymousreply 4405/21/2013

one more

Milagro Beanfield War

by Anonymousreply 4505/21/2013

chocolat (claire denis) the cook, the thief, his wife, and her lover wish you were here running on empty testament sex, lies, and videotape my beautiful launderette lair of the white worm speaking parts (atom egoyan) an angel at my table

by Anonymousreply 4605/21/2013

The Last Emperor was a crashing bore.

by Anonymousreply 4705/21/2013

'an angel at my table' may be 1990, either way, forgot 'paris, texas' which belongs high on the list. i'm sure i'm forgetting many others.

by Anonymousreply 4805/21/2013

Fame

Beverly Hills Cop

Glory

Stir Crazy

Harlem Nights

Coming To America

Breakin'

Beat Street

The Color Purple

Purple Rain

by Anonymousreply 4905/21/2013

R38, break it down! Who is flyover and who isn't? I'm curious. I say this as someone who was born in LA and only lived in SF, NYC, and LA as an adult. I can't tell.

by Anonymousreply 5005/21/2013

she ugly, dont even look like she kin to nettie. and she dumb, i'll be fair, you got to watch her or she'll give away everything you own. but she can work like a man.

by Anonymousreply 5105/21/2013

R50 Generally, movie snobs consider anyone who likes any movie that made over $60.00 at the box office to be "flyover." God forbid that a person actually enjoyed Raiders of the Lost Ark or Aliens and did not list My Favorite Year or Raging Bull as their favorites.

I find it really sad that people have to sling insults based on taste. I like a lot of the artsy movies listed, but I also love a lot of the "popcorn flicks" listed. Some people are just unhappy and feel the need to sling insults. It's quite sad.

by Anonymousreply 5205/21/2013

Raging Bull and My Favorite Year are hardly obscure art house movies, R52.

It is possible to love all 4 movies you listed.

BTW, flyover mouthbreathers today would consider Raiders and Alien boring and not blow-uppy enough.

by Anonymousreply 5305/21/2013

On Golden Pond

Hannah & Her Sisters

Terms Of Endearment

Yentl

Crimes & Misdemeanors

Room With A View

Heartburn

The Divine Ms. M

Moonstruck

Steel Magnolias

by Anonymousreply 5405/21/2013

Shocking that DL favorite BEACHES hasn't been mentioned over and over again.

by Anonymousreply 5505/21/2013

"Hannah and Her Sisters" is pure genius.

Not a bad list OP, but I'd have "Cinema Paradiso" and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" on there, too.

by Anonymousreply 5605/21/2013

R40 is the only actual gay person on this thread so far.

Don't forget

Apartment Zero (1988)

Another Country (1984)

Personal Best (1982)

by Anonymousreply 5705/21/2013

I must second Bagdad Cafe.

by Anonymousreply 5805/21/2013

[quote]I'm afraid once they're done singing they're gonna take hostages.

One of my favorite lines from Hannah and Her Sisters.

by Anonymousreply 5905/21/2013

Making Love (1982)

Here no more confusion...

by Anonymousreply 6005/21/2013

Sorry r57 I did my list from memory and left out the great indies with gay themes/characters. So thank you.

by Anonymousreply 6105/21/2013

The King of Comedy

A Room with a View

The Fabulous Baker Boys

Tootsie

The Purple Rose of Cairo

Body Heat

Running on Empty

sex, lies, and videotape

Peggy Sue Got Married

Bull Durham

by Anonymousreply 6205/21/2013

Moonstruck

Ordinary People

Big Business

Sixteen Candles

Pee Wee's Big Adventure

by Anonymousreply 6305/21/2013

1. Local Hero (1983)

2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

3. Aliens (1986)

4. The Right Stuff (1983)

5. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

6. Blade Runner (1982)

7. Blood Simple (1984)

8. Superman II (1981)

9. The Shining (1980)

10. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

by Anonymousreply 6405/21/2013

The Shining - 1980

The Evil Dead - 1983

Return of the Living Dead - 1985

Re-Animator - 1985

Day of the Dead - 1985

Poltergeist - 1982

A Nightmare on Elm Street - 1984

Fright Night - 1985

The Fly - 1986

Hellraiser - 1987

by Anonymousreply 6505/21/2013

Brazil

The Quiet Earth

Maurice

Spoorloos (The Vanishing)

Chariots Of Fire

The Color Purple

Diner

Fitzcarraldo

Paris, Texas

The King of Comedy

by Anonymousreply 6605/21/2013

01 Blade Runner 1982

02 The Empire Strikes Back 1980

03 Batman 1989

04 Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan 1982

05 The Right Stuff 1983

06 The Thing 1982

07 Poltergeist 1982

08 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

09 Airplane! 1980

10 No Way Out 1987

by Anonymousreply 6705/21/2013

1. The Empire Strikes Back

2. Scarface

3. Ghostbusters

4. Blade Runner

5. Top Gun

6. The Terminator

7. Lethal Weapon

8. Batman

9. Return of the Jedi

10. Aliens

by Anonymousreply 6805/21/2013

My personal best films of the '80s breaks down, in order:

1.E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

2.Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

3.Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

4.Batman

5.Raiders of the Lost Ark

6.Ghostbusters

7.Beverly Hills Cop

8.Back to the Future

9.Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

10.Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

by Anonymousreply 6905/21/2013

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

The Empire Strikes Back

This Is Spinal Tap

A Fish Called Wanda

Airplane

Blood Simple

Aliens

An American Werewolf In London

Scarface

When Harry Met Sally

by Anonymousreply 7005/21/2013

Crimes and Misdemeanors Do the Right Thing Fanny and Alexander A Fish Called Wanda Hannah and Her Sisters My Dinner with Andre Raging Bull Ran The Shining Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

by Anonymousreply 7105/21/2013

1. Pelle the Conqueror 2. Au Revoir, Les Enfants 3. Breaker Morant 4. The Last Emperor 5. Witnail and I 6. Mona Lisa 7. Raging Bull 8. Reds 9. Local Hero 10. Crimes and Misdemeanors

Best Actress: Meryl Streep Best Actor: Max Von Sydow (see #1: One of the all time great performances on film)

Most overrated film of the decade: Prizzi's Honor

Best camp: Mommie Dearest (duh) Best guilty pleasure: Tossup. Either Porky's or Christine.

Director who should have never been allowed in front of a camera: John Hughes. His films are DREADFUL, pure pap for pretentious adolescents who think that "The Breakfast Club" is a profound statement about life.

UGH!

by Anonymousreply 7205/21/2013

WTF is with the formatting?

by Anonymousreply 7305/21/2013

1. Parting Glances

2. Hannah and Her Sisters

3. The Shining

4. After Hours

5. Repo Man

6. Sixteen Candles

7. Blood Simple

8. Desperately Seeking Susan

9. My Dinner With Andre

10. Stranger Than Paradise

by Anonymousreply 7405/21/2013

1. The Empire Strikes Back

2. Airplane!

3. Raiders Of The Lost Ark

4. Aliens

5. The Terminator

6. Return Of The Jedi

7. Superman II

8. Batman

9. Blade Runner

10. Eating Raoul

by Anonymousreply 7505/21/2013

Raging Bull

Yentl

Chariots of Fire

Reds

The Purple Rose of Cairo

Diner

Gandhi

Once Upon a Time in America

Out of Africa

Children of a Lesser God

Flyover idiots, that's a movie list! Educate yourselves and quit buying your movies at Walmart.

by Anonymousreply 7605/21/2013

Desperately Seeking Susan

Flashdance

Fame

Streets Of Fire

Xanadu

Endless Love

Footloose

Dirty Dancing

Moonstruck

Making Love

by Anonymousreply 7705/21/2013

Silkwood has aged remarkably well. Mike Nichols and everyone in that cast were pretty fantastic. Also Raging Bull, The Empire Strikes Back, Blue Velvet, Aliens, Drugstore Cowboy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blade Runner, Sophie's Choice, and Out of Africa would all be in my luggage to Mars.

by Anonymousreply 7805/21/2013

Summer of 1982:

1. E.T. the Extraterrestrial

2. Blade Runner

3. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

4. Poltergeist

5. The Thing

6. An Officer and a Gentleman

7. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

8. The Road Warrior

9. Eating Raoul

10. Rocky III / Porky's / Firefox

What a fun summer. I was at the movies every weekend.

by Anonymousreply 7905/21/2013

And Tootsie.

by Anonymousreply 8005/21/2013

I was a child in the 80s so keep that in mind. It is without question my favorite decade of movies. Here's my top 10 in no particular order:

Trading Places

E.T.

Tootsie

The Purple Rose of Cairo

Zelig

Back To The Future

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Fatal Attraction

Raising Aizona

Big

by Anonymousreply 8105/21/2013

Endless Love

by Anonymousreply 8205/21/2013

Ordinary People

Reds

On Golden Pond

My Left Foot (Best movie ever)

The Color Purple

Ironweed

Terms Of Endearment

Glory

Moonstruck

Sophie's Choice

by Anonymousreply 8305/21/2013

1. Superman II

2. The Empire Strikes Back

3. Raiders of the Lost Ark

4. Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan

5. Back to the Future

6. Airplane!

7. The Shining

8. The Terminator

9. Aliens

10. Batman

by Anonymousreply 8405/21/2013

Beetlejuice

WarGames

The Big Red One

Nighthawks

The Princess Bride

A Christmas Story

Blue Thunder

First Blood

Runaway Train

Valmont

Torch Song Trilogy

by Anonymousreply 8505/21/2013

1. Moonstruck

2. Terms Of Endearment

3. Tender Mercies

4. Hannah & Her Sisters

5. Suspect

6. Silkwood

7. Room With A View

8. Ordinary People

9. The Man from Snowy River

10. Reds

by Anonymousreply 8605/21/2013

Amadeus

My Left Foot

Out of Africa

Glory

The Color Purple

Sex, Lies & Videotape

Do The Right Thing

Driving Miss Daisy

Dangerous Liaisons

Roger & Me

Tucker - The Man & His Dream

by Anonymousreply 8705/22/2013

The Bigger The Better (1984)

Les Minets Sauvages (1984)

The Other Side of Aspen(1983)

My Masters (1986)

Powertool (1986)

Big Guns (1988)

Carnival in Rio (1989)

Coverboy (1984)

Big And Thick (1984)

Stryker Force (1987)

by Anonymousreply 8805/22/2013

R88, Definitely! I would also add "These Bases Are Loaded" (1981), "Brothers Should Do It" (1981) and "Spokes" (1983). I wore those out on videotape back in the day. LOL.

by Anonymousreply 8905/22/2013

1980 - The Empire Strikes Back

1981 - Raiders of the Lost Ark

1982 - Blade Runner / Star Trek II

1983 - Return of the Jedi

1984 - The Terminator

1985 - Back to the Future

1986 - Aliens

1987 - Lethal Weapon

1988 - Die Hard

1989 - Batman

by Anonymousreply 9005/22/2013

Platoon

Full Metal Jacket

To Live And Die In L.A.

Thief

For Your Eyes Only

The Living Daylights

Licence To Kill

Octopussy

No Way Out

Sea of Love

by Anonymousreply 9105/22/2013

Blue Velvet

Out Of Africa

Reds

Amadeus

Terms Of Endearment

The Great Santini

Ordinary People

A Passage to India

Room With a View

Lost in America

by Anonymousreply 9205/22/2013

10. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai

09. Manhunter

08. To Live and Die in L.A.

07. The Terminator

06. Return of the Jedi

05. The Empire Strikes Back

04. Batman

03. Beetlejuice

02. Aliens

01. Raiders of the Lost Ark

by Anonymousreply 9305/22/2013

1. Raging Bull

2. The Right Stuff

3. E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial

4. Do the Right Thing

5. My Dinner with Andre

6. Raiders of the Lost Ark

7. Ran

8. Mississippi Burning

9. Platoon

10. House of Games

by Anonymousreply 9405/22/2013

In no particular order:

Peggy Sue Got Married

The Empire Strikes Back

Fatal Attraction

Terms of Endearment

Big

Outrageous Fortune

The Color Purple

E.T.

Mommie Dearest

Sixteen Candles

by Anonymousreply 9505/22/2013

In no particular order:

Diva

Mephisto

Cinema Paradiso

The King of Comedy

Tampopo

Babette's Feast

The Shining

The Princess Bride

My Life as a Dog

Blood Simple

The Long Good Friday

* I know there are 11

by Anonymousreply 9605/22/2013

Die Hard - 1988

The Empire Strikes Back - 1980

Blood Simple - 1984

Aliens - 1986

Scarface - 1983

Return of the Jedi - 1983

Blade Runner - 1982

The Shining - 1980

The Right Stuff - 1983

This is Spinal Tap - 1984

by Anonymousreply 9705/22/2013

It's sad how much "mainstream" taste is going on in this thread.

by Anonymousreply 9805/22/2013

10. An American Werewolf in London

9. Die Hard

8. Blue Velvet

7. The Thing

6. Raiders of the Lost Ark

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street

4. The Shining

3. The Empire Strikes Back

2. Back to the Future

1. Blade Runner

by Anonymousreply 9905/22/2013

R98 It's a travesty. I have not watched a mainstream movie in 30 years, no matter how much hype. I see all my movies in our local arthouse and I see a wealth of quality material. I thought gays were more in tune with quality. I guess I am sadly wrong.

Raiders of the Lost Ark? Empire Strikes Back? Scarface? These mouthbreathers have hideous taste. These are people who watch Nascar and shop for clothing at Walmart. Mainstream movies are idiotic and are made for the lowest common denominator.

If these people would venture out and search out the true classics of the 80s they would be enlightened. Try My Dinner With Andre, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Stranger Than Paradise, Fitzcarraldo, My Favorite Year, Out of Africa, or Chariots of Fire and you will never go back to matinee fare. I promise. The comparison is generic beer to fine wine. Gays should be more in tune with quality.

If the choice is Terms of Endearment or Back To The Future, I know my money will go to Terms of Endearment. I am appalled by the bad taste of some of you flyover rubes.

by Anonymousreply 10005/22/2013

Mommie Dearest

Howling II - Your Sister Is A Werewolf

by Anonymousreply 10105/22/2013

R100 I bow to your superiority. Congratulations on your evolving so far above the rest of us (rolling eyes). I love both art house films and quality mainstream films. A good film is a good film.

In all honesty, "My Dinner With Andre", "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", "Out of Africa", and ESPECIALLY "Chariots of Fire" bored me to fucking tears. I actually walked out on "Chariots" in 1981. "Raiders" came out that year and was the FAR superior movie. At least it kept me awake.

As for your "Terms of Endearment" and "Back to the Future" comparison, I like them both equally.

by Anonymousreply 10205/22/2013

R102 = likes shiny things

by Anonymousreply 10305/22/2013

R102 is sadly deficient in appreciating the bare male foot.

by Anonymousreply 10405/22/2013

Why are people on DL so insulting to each other? I guess it goes to show how many miserable people there are out there. The only thing that makes them feel better is insulting and belittling others. Every thread where an opinion is asked, people invariably jump on responders and insult their taste. They are called rubes, idiots, and worse.

Truthfully, I have a friend who is gay, very sophisticated in many ways and has two Masters Degrees and a PhD... his favorite '80s movie is, I swear to God, "Rambo, First Blood, Part II." And no, he is not from a "Flyover State." I work with a middle-aged woman who lives in a trailer park and her favorite '80s movie is "Cinema Paradiso."

by Anonymousreply 10505/22/2013

Risky Business and Body Heat were very good: Atmospheric. But "Moonstruck" was a cheesefest, and only Jerry Springer show guest material liked it.

by Anonymousreply 10605/22/2013

To be a great movie, it must be intelligently written, fast-paced, warm-hearted and exciting. These are my picks.

1. Chariots of Fire

2. Ordinary People

3. Gandhi

4. Amadeus

5. Out of Africa

6. Broadcast News

7. My Dinner with Andre

8. My Left Foot

9. The Accidental Tourist

10. The Elephant Man

Needless to say, popcorn fare has never cut it with me.

by Anonymousreply 10705/22/2013

R100, if you think Out of Africa and Terms of Endearment are artistic triumphs and Raiders of the Lost Ark is some flyover crap, you have no business lecturing anyone on taste in film.

by Anonymousreply 10805/22/2013

I left out Ordinary People because of the scenes with Judd Hirsch, which were very movie of the week. The rest is brilliant, though.

by Anonymousreply 10905/22/2013

Exciting? The Accidental Tourist? Oh I get it. You're being SARCASTIC! Good show R107, I almost thought you were serious.

by Anonymousreply 11005/22/2013

R79 no Friday the 13th part 3D?

by Anonymousreply 11105/22/2013

R107, it's really embarrassing (for you) that you list "fast-paced" as a must-have quality for a movie. How sad.

by Anonymousreply 11205/22/2013

1. The Purple Rose of Cairo

2. Crimes and Misdemeanors

3. Fanny and Alexander

4. The Empire Strikes Back

5. Out of Africa

6. Hannah and Her Sisters

7. Radio Days

8. Ordinary People

9. Broadway Danny Rose

10. Troop Beverly Hills

by Anonymousreply 11305/22/2013

R107 here. R112, I meant "fast-paced" as in quickly and intelligently delivered dialogue, not a bunch of running, car chases, explosions, etc.

And, R110, if you love a movie as much as I loved "The Accidental Tourist" you would find it exciting too.

If you do not care for the movies I listed as the best of the eighties, then I am sure you can find a "Rambo" movie, a James Bond borefest, or "Ernest Goes To Mars" on Netflix or at your local Wal-Mart.

by Anonymousreply 11405/22/2013

Flyover State Idiots' "Best Films of the '80s"

1. Ernest Goes To Camp

2. Porkys II: The Next Day

3. Young Einstein

4. The Golden Child

5. Friday the 13th Part XXIV: Jason's Birthday

6. Hot To Trot

7. Breakin' II: Electric Boogaloo

8. Flashdance

9. Road House

10. Jaws 4 - The Revenge

by Anonymousreply 11505/22/2013

Breaking in to say that I'm surprised to see "Hannah" get such acclaim? I've never seen it, my fag-haggy friend back then who had, kept sneeringly referring to it as "Hannah and her BORING sisters" instead.

by Anonymousreply 11605/22/2013

R115, Insecure much? Why does it bother you so much? If you don't like mainstream movies, don't watch them. I like artsy movies, but I also like mainstream.

To use 2013 as an example. I saw both "Amour" and "Star Trek Into Darkness." True, "Amour" was the most intelligent of the two, but I left half-way through it because it was so desolate, bleak and hopeless. I was still depressed for days after. "Star Trek Into Darkness", while not Mensa material, was fun, entertaining and uplifting. I will never watch "Amour" again. That's just the way it is.

A hint. You'll be a happier person if you stop criticizing other people's taste and stop hurling insults. You'll feel better about yourself, I promise. Peace.

by Anonymousreply 11705/22/2013

It's Woody Allen, R116.

Don't expect it to be "Iron Man 3"

by Anonymousreply 11805/22/2013

R107 Ironically, the movie "Chariots of Fire", which is about Olympic runners, is far from 'fast-paced'. They even run in slow motion. Good God, that was a boring movie.

by Anonymousreply 11905/22/2013

I hated Room with a View with a passion, groaning, "It is OVER yet!" periodically.

by Anonymousreply 12005/22/2013

R118 Woody Allen was THE filmmaker of the 20th Century. No one else even came close. He was still at the top of his game throughout the 1980s. The master.

The '80s were a dreadful time for movies. There are several indicators of what were quality films during that dreadfully tacky decade.

Movies in the 1980s were only watchable if they adhered to the following criteria.

Director: Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand.

Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Woody Allen.

Actress: Diane Keaton, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep.

Those are your safest bets for cautiously navigating the wretched '80s. I long for the day when "popcorn cinema" is dead and gone. Avoid all '80s movies directed by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis.

by Anonymousreply 12105/22/2013

R121 You sound like you're just a buttload of fun, all wrapped up in an uptight little package.

Remind me to skip movie night at your abode. We'd likely get a double-feature of "Yentl" and "My Left Foot." Yawn.

by Anonymousreply 12205/22/2013

I have seen two Woody Allen films ever, and to quote Lucy Ricardo: "One of the was swell (Purple Rose of Cairo) and one of them was lousy (Sleeper)."

by Anonymousreply 12305/22/2013

[quote]Woody Allen was THE filmmaker of the 20th Century. No one else even came close.

Oh, honey. He's a decent comic writer who had the good taste to partner with genius photographers and great actors.

I'm a big fan and love many of his films, but just off the top of my head I can name a bunch filmmakers who EVEN ALLEN would say are better:

Hitchcock, Kubrick, Scorsese, Bergman (natch), Billy Wilder, John Ford, Kurosawa, Fellini...

by Anonymousreply 12405/22/2013

[quote]Movies in the 1980s were only watchable if they adhered to the following criteria. Director: Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand.

YOU. ARE. FUCKING. NUTS.

by Anonymousreply 12505/22/2013

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark

2. The Empire Strikes Back

3. Aliens

4. Full Metal Jacket

5. Platoon

6. Return of the Jedi

7. Once Upon a Time in America

8. Superman II

9. The Shining

10. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

by Anonymousreply 12605/22/2013

I love Broadcast News. Sure it's dated, but it has some great lines:

"But this will heal -- what I'm going to say to you will scar you forever. Ready? Here it is. You'll never make more than nineteen thousand dollars a year."

by Anonymousreply 12705/22/2013

Honourable mentions for films I saw and would watch again:

Coal Miner's Daughter

Kiss Of the Spider Woman

Missing

Mississippi Burning

Sweet Dreams

Under Fire

by Anonymousreply 12805/22/2013

I don't know why so many movie snobs are getting upset. Nowhere did it say "10 Best Arthouse Movies of the 1980s".

by Anonymousreply 12905/22/2013

[quote]Woody Allen was THE filmmaker of the 20th Century. No one else even came close.

Charlie Chaplin was a greater all-around filmmaker. Woody Allen never composed and conducted any of his own film scores.

by Anonymousreply 13005/22/2013

Dead Poet's Society

Good Morning, Vietnam

Roger & Me

The Fabulous Baker Boys

The Witches of Eastwick

Fatal Attraction

Somewhere In Time

Out Of Africa

Chariots Of Fire

The Color Purple

by Anonymousreply 13105/22/2013

R120, but there was a fantastic male skinnydipping scene! And two of the three actors were hot!

by Anonymousreply 13205/22/2013

Didn't like a damn one of the original 10!

by Anonymousreply 13305/22/2013

r100 - since many of us were only 8 years old in the 1980s, please be aware that our favorite movies might be due to childhood nostalgia.

Although I'm quite sure you were flouncing up to the ticket booth in a mini caftan at 8 years old to buy your ticket to My Dinner With Andre. And yes - we positively BOW to your supreme gayness and taste.

by Anonymousreply 13405/22/2013

R134 LOL and double LOL. Thank you. I agree with every word you said, and thank you for the laugh.

by Anonymousreply 13505/22/2013

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Yentl

Children of a Lesser God

My Dinner with Andre

Chelsea's Daughter

Nuts

Zelig

Chariots of Fire

Fitzcarraldo

Shirley Valentine

Hope & Glory

by Anonymousreply 13605/22/2013

In no particular order

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Desperately Seeking Susan

Superman II

Return of the Jedi

Tootsie

Rocky IV

Aliens

E. T.

The Breakfast Club

The Terminator

by Anonymousreply 13705/22/2013

It took 138 posts to get to the definitive list? Oh well, so be it.

Ordinary People

Stand By Me

Over the Edge

Dead Poets Society

The Breakfast Club

War Games

Top Secret

Taps

E.T.

The Outsiders

by Anonymousreply 13805/22/2013

1. The Empire Strikes Back

2. Airplane!

3. Raiders of the Lost Ark

4. Superman II

5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

6. Return of the Jedi

7. Back to the Future

8. Aliens

9. Die Hard

10. Batman

Yes, many of them (maybe all) are "popcorn fare." Big fuckin' whoop! They all rock. If you agree, thank you. If not... Suck It!!!!

by Anonymousreply 13905/23/2013

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Excalibur

Aliens

Airplane

Arthur

For Your Eyes Only

Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom

Platoon

The Right Stuff

by Anonymousreply 14005/23/2013

The Right Stuff

Maurice

Lethal Weapon

Airplane!

Batman

Back To The Future

Aliens

This Is Spinal Tap

The Naked Gun

Die Hard

by Anonymousreply 14105/23/2013

Back to the Future, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Silverado, Pale Rider, Risky Business, Return of the Jedi, Local Hero.

by Anonymousreply 14205/23/2013

Raging Bull

The Empire Strikes Back

The Shining

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Superman II

Batman

Back To The Future

Private Benjamin

Aliens

Return Of The Living Dead (hey, it's fun!)

by Anonymousreply 14305/23/2013

I dont have time to think of ten but some of my personal faves are:

Crimes and Misdemeanors - this is one of Woody Allen's best!

Fast Times at Ridgemont High - this has to be on the list!

by Anonymousreply 14405/23/2013

1. Places In The Heart

2. Ironweed

3. Tootsie

4. Gandhi

5. Room With A View

6. Chariots Of Fire

7. Reds

8. The French Lieutenant's Woman

9. Out Of Africa

10. The Dresser

by Anonymousreply 14505/23/2013

Thief

Raiders of the Lost Ark

To Live and Die in L.A.

The Empire Strikes Back

Ghostbusters

Superman II

Airplane!

The Right Stuff

Local Hero

This Is Spinal Tap

Aliens

by Anonymousreply 14605/23/2013

The Right Stuff is a wonderful movie that was a bit too off-center for windespread popular success.

The scene at the end with the ancient Sally Rand--there isn't anything else like that.

by Anonymousreply 14705/23/2013

The Untouchables

The Shining

Prizzi's Honor

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Stripes

The Lost Boys

Batman

Star Trek II - The Wrath Of Khan

Airplane

Sharky's Machine

Just some of my favorites from back in the day.

by Anonymousreply 14805/23/2013

E.T.

Blade Runner

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi

Aliens

The Fly

Batman

Superman II

Back To The Future

Die Hard

by Anonymousreply 14905/23/2013

"The Last Temptation of Christ"

You've GOT to be kidding.

by Anonymousreply 15005/23/2013

Gloria

Betty Blue

Bagdad Cafe

Reds

Wings of Desire

Paris, Texas

Withnail & I

Excalibur

Blade Runner

Blue Velvet

by Anonymousreply 15105/23/2013

The Shining (1980)

The Changeling (1980)

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Aliens (1986)

Near Dark (1987)

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

Fright Night (1985)

The Evil Dead (1983)

Evil Dead 2 (1987)

Day Of The Dead (1985)

Re-Animator (1985)

by Anonymousreply 15205/23/2013

Loom of the Land

Be My Heartache

Sundown in Jakarta

As Soon As John Gets Here

Girl With A Beard

Zündkerzen / Fünkchen

The Moon Will Out

Sin Dientes

The Rose House

Blue Ghost

by Anonymousreply 15305/23/2013

I know Jake LaMotta, he spends part of the year in Bisbee Arizona

by Anonymousreply 15405/23/2013

R153 can you list at least one film that people have heard of? You pretentious ass wipe!

by Anonymousreply 15505/23/2013

Fine r155, well everyone should know these films.

Der Rosenkönig

The Angelic Conversation

Penthesilea

La Femme Publique

My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days

The Dead

Cinema Paradiso

Au Revoir Les Enfants

Ran

The Quiet Earth

by Anonymousreply 15605/23/2013

Police Academy

Porky's

Room With A View

Hot Dog: The Movie

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Porky's II: The Next Day

My Dinner With Andre

The Care Bears Movie

Chariots Of Fire

Reds

by Anonymousreply 15705/23/2013

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Excalibur

An American Werewolf In London

E.T.

The Shining

The Empire Strikes Back

Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Aliens

Return Of The Jedi

Batman

Terminator

by Anonymousreply 15805/23/2013

The Big Red One

The Empire Strikes Back

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Scarface

Return Of The Jedi

Platoon

Full Metal Jacket

Aliens

The Killing Fields

Blood Simple

by Anonymousreply 15905/23/2013

R155, sometimes these lists are good ways for people to discover new movies, instead of just having their own tastes reinforced.

by Anonymousreply 16005/23/2013

I changed my mind in my revamped list, R150. I think when I made the list I had recently seen it so it was fresh in my mind. I do think TLTOC is an excellent rendering of the period and Willem Dafoe is incredible in an impossible role. The questions the movie asks about our perceptions of Christ are interesting and the last 30 or so minutes are gorgeous filmmaking.

I was raised Catholic but am an atheist now, btw.

by Anonymousreply 16105/23/2013

Das Boot

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

The Right Stuff

The Empire Strikes Back

Local Hero

Lost In America

Body Heat

Maurice

Stand By Me

Aliens

by Anonymousreply 16205/23/2013

Full Metal Jacket

Lethal Weapon

The Empire Strikes Back

Return Of The Jedi

The Year Of Living Dangerously

The Road Warrior

Platoon

Thief

The Big Red One

The Shining

Best Comedy: Airplane!

by Anonymousreply 16305/24/2013

Flash Gordon - 1980

Highlander - 1986

The Right Stuff - 1983

Blue Thunder - 1983

The Big Red One - 1980

WarGames - 1983

The Empire Strikes Back - 1980

Big Trouble In Little China - 1986

The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai - 1984

Raiders Of The Lost Ark - 1981

by Anonymousreply 16405/24/2013

not highbrow or artsy but I loved:

gregory's girl

fast times at ridgemont high

dangerous liasions

heathers

valley girl

caddyshack

wall street

slamdance

fish called wanda

less than zero

by Anonymousreply 16505/24/2013

r138, that is definitely the best list so far. I wish more people knew about Over The Edge

by Anonymousreply 16605/24/2013

The Right Stuff

Local Hero

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

The Stunt Man

The Year Of Living Dangerously

The Road Warrior

Blade Runner

The Shining

Aliens

Full Metal Jacket

by Anonymousreply 16705/25/2013

Chariots of Fire

Beaches

Yentl

The Four Seasons

Six Weeks

Ordinary People

Educating Rita

Crimes & Misdemeanors

About Last Night

St. Elmo's Fire

by Anonymousreply 16805/25/2013

The Empire Strikes Back

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Blade Runner

Airplane!

Return Of The Jedi

Aliens

Platoon

A Fish Called Wanda

Blue Velvet

Naked Gun

by Anonymousreply 16905/25/2013

No Raiders, Sophie's Choice, ET, Terms, or Das Boot? sad (tear drop)

by Anonymousreply 17005/26/2013

An Officer and a Gentleman must be named. When did u last root for two people more and cry so much? 1982 was a great year for films of all genres!

by Anonymousreply 17105/26/2013

I love seeing Aliens listed here so often. I was sixteen when it opened. There are smarter films, deeper films and more artistic films but that movie rocked my world. My mother dragged me to go see it because she loved Alien. We both left the theater wobbly, exhausted but thrilled. Love that movie.

by Anonymousreply 17205/26/2013

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Aliens

The Empire Strikes Back

The Stunt Man

Superman II

Blade Runner

Das Boot

For Your Eyes Only

Return Of The Jedi

This Is Spinal Tap

by Anonymousreply 17305/30/2013

Phew...i finally found this thread. i was looking for it, you know?

Paris Texas(1984)

Blade Runner(1982)

September(1987)

Burning Secret (1988)

Hannah and Her Sisters(1986)

Another Woman(1988)

Hôtel des Amériques (1981)

The Hunger(1983)

Labyrinth(1986)

Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

Mystery Train (1989)

I put 11 movies in the list although i wanted to add so much more. I won't tire you though, no worries.

:P

by Anonymousreply 17405/30/2013

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark

2. Superman II

3. For Your Eyes Only

4. Excalibur

5. Stripes

6. An American Werewolf In London

7. History Of The World, Part I

8. Arthur

9. Heavy Metal

10. Escape From New York

11. Friday The 13th, Part II

12. Outland

13. Blow Out

14. Dragonslayer

15. Clash Of The Titans

by Anonymousreply 17505/30/2013

1. The Shining

2. Full Metal Jacket

3. Raging Bull

4. Once Upon A Time In America

5. Blade Runner

6. Airplane!

7. This Is Spinal Tap

8. Raiders Of The Lost Ark

9. Das Boot

10. Maurice

by Anonymousreply 17606/03/2013

What R19 said except I'd replace Monty Python with Glory.

by Anonymousreply 17706/03/2013

Police Academy 1-5

Ernest Goes To Camp

Revenge Of The Nerds

The Cannonball Run

Stroker Ace

Young Doctors In Love

Willow

Rambo-First Blood, Part II

Rocky III

Rocky IV

by Anonymousreply 17806/03/2013

Ordinary People

Enemies: a Love Story

Au Revoir, Les Enfants

The Flamingo Kid

Terms of Endearment

Reds

Chariots of Fire

Dead Poets Society

Heathers

St. Elmo’s Fire

by Anonymousreply 17906/03/2013

No love for Superman III?

by Anonymousreply 18006/04/2013

Stand By Me ( my favorite film ever. I can watch it a zillion times) and The Color Purple (my second favorite film). Christmas Story, Glory, A Soldier's Story, Driving Miss Daisy, Nightmare on Elm Street, Fatal Attraction, She's Gotta Have It, The Untouchables, The Elephant Man.

by Anonymousreply 18106/04/2013

R180 No. I was so disappointed with Superman III. Superman and Superman II are among my all-time favorite movies. As a teen, I was so looking forward to Superman III in the Summer of 1983. My heart sank almost as soon as it began. It was nothing but a poor slapstick comedy and dominated by Richard Pryor (past his prime). Poor Chris Reeve was hardly in the movie (and when he was, it was as Clark). I did like the junkyard scene and a few others, but by and large, Superman III sucked.

by Anonymousreply 18206/04/2013

John Huston's The Dead

Das Boot

Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring

A Room with a View

Babette's Feast

Aliens

Blade Runner

Full Metal Jacket

Ran

The Empire Strikes Back

Peggy Sue Got Married*

*I know this is number 11, but Nicolas Cage keeps it out of the top ten.

by Anonymousreply 18306/04/2013
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