Temporal Top Ten – 1985


top ten

Number of movies seen from this year – 128
Number of movies reviewed – 124 (including 17 Encore Reviews)

This year was a very influential year for me in my moviewatching.  I was 11 and some of the movies on this list are high among my all-time favorites.

My #1 , #2 and #3 are all movies that I saw in the theater and had a profound impact on me because they all dealt with teenagers and their perspectives on the world.

This year’s list also features my favorite Bond film (yea, guilty pleasure) (#6).

Only 2 of the 5 Best Picture nominees made my list (#7 and #10) (barely for one of them)

I’m not the biggest fan of The Color Purple and Kiss of the Spider Women.  Prizzi’s Honor just barely missed my cutoff here (probably would been #11 or #12)

Rounding off the list are two comedies (#8 and #9), a Western with an All-Star cast (#5) and a miniseries depicting the life and actions of a true hero (#4)

Update 1 Sep 2016 – For the first time, I have actually dropped a film from my Temporal Top Ten – upon rewatching Wallenberg, I decided that it was good, but not good enough to be listed here.  I have subsequently moved all of the entries from 5-10 up a spot and added Ladyhawke in the #10 spot

Update 4 Sep 2017 – Shoah made my #4 spot pushing all others down one slot

My Top Ten200

Honorable Mention – Ladyhawke

out of africa

10. Out of Africafletch

9. Fletchbetter off dead

8. Better Off Dead…witness

7. Witnessview to a kill

6. A View To A Killsilverado

5. Silverado

4. Shoahgoonies

3. The Gooniesbreakfast club

2. The Breakfast Clubbttf

1. Back to the Future

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1985


  1. The Adventures of Mark Twain
  2. After Hours
  3. Agnes of God
  4. Amazing Stories: The Mission
  5. American Flyers
  6. American Ninja
  7. Anne of Green Gables
  8. Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
  9. Back to the Future  Encore Review Encore Review 2 Encore Review 3 Encore Review 4 5 6
  10. Bad Medicine
  11. Better Off Dead….    Encore Review
  12. The Black Cauldron
  13. Boys Next Door, The
  14. The Breakfast Club  Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  15. Breaking All the Rules
  16. Brewster’s Millions    Encore Review
  17. Cat’s Eye
  18. A Chorus Line
  19. Clue  Encore Review
  20. The Coca-Cola Kid
  21. Cocoon
  22. Code of Silence
  23. The Color Purple
  24. Commando
  25. Compromising Positions
  26. D.A.R.Y.L.
  27. Day of the Dead
  28. Death of a Salesman
  29. Desert Hearts
  30. Desperately Seeking Susan
  31. Dirty Dozen, The: Next Mission
  32. The Emerald Forest
  33. Enemy Mine
  34. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
  35. Explorers
  36. The Falcon and the Snowman
  37. Fandango
  38. Fletch  Encore Review
  39. Fright Night
  40. Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  41. The Goonies  Encore Review Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3
  42. Gotcha!
  43. Gymkata
  44. Heaven Help Us
  45. Heavenly Kid, The
  46. Hostage Flight
  47. House
  48. Into the Night
  49. Invasion U.S.A.
  50. Jagged Edge
  51. Jewel of the Nile, The
  52. Joshua Then and Now
  53. The Journey of Natty Gann
  54. Just One of the Guys
  55. King Solomon’s Mines
  56. Kiss of the Spider Woman
  57. Ladyhawke
  58. Legend
  59. Legend of Billie Jean, The
  60. Lost in America
  61. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  62. The Man with One Red Shoe
  63. Mask
  64. Mischief
  65. Missing in Action 2: The Beginning
  66. Murphy’s Romance
  67. My Life as a Dog
  68. My Science Project
  69. National Lampoon’s European Vacation
  70. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
  71. Once Bitten
  72. One Magic Christmas
  73. Out of Africa
  74. Pale Rider
  75. Park is Mine, The
  76. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
  77. Perfect
  78. Phenomena
  79. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
  80. Police Story
  81. Porky’s Revenge
  82. Private Resort
  83. Prizzi’s Honor
  84. The Purple Rose of Cairo
  85. Rambo: First Blood Part II
  86. Ran
  87. Real Genius
  88. Re-Animator
  89. Red Sonja
  90. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
  91. Rocky IV
  92. A Room With A View
  93. Runaway Train
  94. Santa Claus: The Movie
  95. Secret Admirer
  96. Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird
  97. Shoah
  98. Silver Bullet
  99. Silverado
  100. The Slugger’s Wife
  101. Spies Like Us
  102. St. Elmo’s Fire
  103. Stick
  104. Stitches
  105. Summer Rental
  106. Sweet Dreams
  107. The Sure Thing
  108. Target
  109. Teen Wolf
  110. That Was Then… This Is Now
  111. To Live and Die in L.A.
  112. Transylvania 6-5000
  113. The Trip to Bountiful
  114. Tuff Turf
  115. Turk 182!
  116. Twice in a Lifetime
  117. Vagabond
  118. A View to a Kill          Encore Review
  119. Vision Quest
  120. Volunteers
  121. Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story
  122. Warning Sign
  123. Weird Science   Encore Review
  124. White Nights
  125. Wild Geese II
  126. Witness
  127. Year of the Dragon
  128. Young Sherlock Holmes


25 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1985

  1. I really love most of these films, though I’ve never heard of 4 or 7 and I still haven’t seen Goonies yet. Murphy’s Romance would have made my cut, but these are some great choices.
    For the record, A View to a Kill is my favorite Bond too, probably because it was the first one I saw. That blimp scene is great!

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