Temporal Top Ten – 1985


top ten

Number of movies seen from this year – 123
Number of movies reviewed – 109 (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. House
  45. Into the Night
  46. Invasion U.S.A.
  47. Jagged Edge
  48. The Jewel of the Nile
  49. Joshua Then and Now
  50. The Journey of Natty Gann
  51. Just One of the Guys
  52. King Solomon’s Mines
  53. Kiss of the Spider Woman
  54. Ladyhawke
  55. Legend
  56. The Legend of Billie Jean
  57. Lost in America
  58. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  59. The Man with One Red Shoe
  60. Mask
  61. Mischief
  62. Missing in Action 2: The Beginning
  63. Murphy’s Romance
  64. My Life as a Dog
  65. My Science Project
  66. National Lampoon’s European Vacation
  67. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
  68. Once Bitten
  69. One Magic Christmas
  70. Out of Africa
  71. Pale Rider
  72. Park is Mine, The
  73. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
  74. Perfect
  75. Phenomena
  76. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
  77. Police Story
  78. Porky’s Revenge
  79. Private Resort
  80. Prizzi’s Honor
  81. The Purple Rose of Cairo
  82. Rambo: First Blood Part II
  83. Ran
  84. Real Genius
  85. Re-Animator
  86. Red Sonja
  87. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
  88. Rocky IV
  89. A Room With A View
  90. Runaway Train
  91. Santa Claus: The Movie
  92. Secret Admirer
  93. Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird
  94. Shoah
  95. Silver Bullet
  96. Silverado
  97. The Slugger’s Wife
  98. Spies Like Us
  99. St. Elmo’s Fire
  100. Stick
  101. Stitches
  102. Summer Rental
  103. Sweet Dreams
  104. The Sure Thing
  105. Target
  106. Teen Wolf
  107. That Was Then… This Is Now
  108. To Live and Die in L.A.
  109. Transylvania 6-5000
  110. The Trip to Bountiful
  111. Tuff Turf
  112. Turk 182!
  113. Twice in a Lifetime
  114. A View to a Kill          Encore Review
  115. Vision Quest
  116. Volunteers
  117. Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story
  118. Weird Science   Encore Review
  119. White Nights
  120. Wild Geese II
  121. Witness
  122. Year of the Dragon
  123. 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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