Temporal Top Ten – 1985


top ten

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