The 10 Best Movies of 1985


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Ah, 1985, when we're really hitting our superficial stride. Michael

Jackson and gang perform "We Are the World," and Live Aid is staged,

both to combat African hunger. The 49ers take down Superbowl XIX

against Miami. In one of the stranger marketing campaigns in history,

New Coke debuts, flops, and gets replaced by Classic Coke. The Nintendo

game system is released. Ronald Reagan begins his second term in office

Yul Brenner, Orson Welles, Telly Savalas and Rock Hudson pass.

Ashley Tisdale, Frankie Muniz and Jack Osbourne arrive.

David Lee Roth leaves Van Halen. Michael Jackson purchases the

rights to a slew of Beatles songs.

Guns N' Roses form, and Devo call it quits.

Bruce Springsteen, Duran Duran, Don Henley, Phil Collins, Eddie

Murphy ("Party All the Time") and Tina Turner all enjoy success.

And in the world of cinema, the top 10 movies of 1985 are:

1. Back

to the Future

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Stars: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin

Glover, Claudia Wells

Why a Fave? It took the cross-generational, feel-good summer

blockbuster to a new level. Watching the movie today makes me remember

the '80s nostalgically. Plus, who doesn't like to let their film geek

flag fly with a well-timed "McFly?!"

2. Color


Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret

Avery, Willard E. Pugh

Why a Fave? Super performances by all and brilliantly directed

by Spielberg (who some insist was snubbed for a Best Director award).

This film, based on an Alice Walker novel, really shows how

multi-talented Oprah is.

3. Out

of Africa

Director: Sydney Pollack

Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer

Why a Fave? It won 7 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best

Director. Isn't that enough?



Director: Michael Ritchie

Stars: Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson,

Richard Libertini, Tim Matheson

Why a Fave? It has Chevy Chase at his very best. "You using the

whole fist, Doc? "

5. Pee-Wee's

Big Adventure

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane

Salinger, Judd Omen

Why a Fave? Because it was such goofy fun. Because it had such a

great tagline in "The story of a rebel and his bike." Because the late

Phil hartman was a writer on the movie. Because it gives a unique

perspective to Paul Reubens' other


6. Silverado

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Stars: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover,

Brian Dennehy, John Cleese, Linda Hunt

Why a Fave? It took the western and gave it an '80's spin: big

budget, big stars, big plot.

7. Brazil

Director: Terry Gilliam

Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Michael Palin, Robert De

Niro, Katherine Helmond, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

Why a Fave? Because the visuals matched up with the zaniness so


8. Cocoon

Director: Ron Howard

Stars: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy,

Maureen Stapleton, Gwen Verdon, Steve Guttenberg, Brian Dennehy, Jack


Why a Fave? This movie had everything: old folk love, aliens,

eternal life, adventure, and Steve Guttenberg.

9. St. Elmo's Fire

Director: Joel Schumacher

Stars: Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez,

Judd Nelson

Why a Fave? While not a great movie by any means, this makes the

cut because it captures the ridiculousness of the '80s so perfectly.

This is the Hollywood "brat pack" at its worst.

10. The

Breakfast Club

Director: John Hughes

Stars: Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd

Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Why a Fave? Because this captures the Hollywood "brat pack" at

its best, thanks to the writing and directing skills of Hughes. This

goes down in history as one of the best high school movies ever.

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