Temporal Top Ten – 1985


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Number of movies seen from this year – 113
Number of movies reviewed – 56 (including 6 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

My Top Ten200

10. Ladyhawke

out of africa

9. Out of Africafletch

8. Fletchbetter off dead

7. Better Off Dead…witness

6. Witnessview to a kill

5. A View To A Killsilverado

4. Silveradogoonies

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