Temporal Top Ten – 1985


top ten

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