Temporal Top Ten – 1985


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