Temporal Top Ten – 1985


top ten

Number of movies seen from this year – 120
Number of movies reviewed – 95 (including 10 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
  11. The Black Cauldron
  12. The Boys Next Door
  13. The Breakfast Club  Encore Review
  14. Brewster’s Millions
  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. 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. Legend
  54. The Legend of Billie Jean
  55. Lost in America
  56. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  57. The Man with One Red Shoe
  58. Mask
  59. Mischief
  60. Missing in Action 2: The Beginning
  61. Murphy’s Romance
  62. My Life as a Dog
  63. My Science Project
  64. National Lampoon’s European Vacation
  65. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
  66. Once Bitten
  67. One Magic Christmas
  68. Out of Africa
  69. Pale Rider
  70. Park is Mine, The
  71. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
  72. Perfect
  73. Phenomena
  74. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
  75. Police Story
  76. Porky’s Revenge
  77. Private Resort
  78. Prizzi’s Honor
  79. The Purple Rose of Cairo
  80. Rambo: First Blood Part II
  81. Ran
  82. Real Genius
  83. Re-Animator
  84. Red Sonja
  85. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
  86. Rocky IV
  87. A Room With A View
  88. Runaway Train
  89. Santa Claus: The Movie
  90. Secret Admirer
  91. Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird
  92. Shoah
  93. Silver Bullet
  94. Silverado
  95. The Slugger’s Wife
  96. Spies Like Us
  97. St. Elmo’s Fire
  98. Stick
  99. Stitches
  100. Summer Rental
  101. Sweet Dreams
  102. The Sure Thing
  103. Target
  104. Teen Wolf
  105. That Was Then… This Is Now
  106. To Live and Die in L.A.
  107. Transylvania 6-5000
  108. The Trip to Bountiful
  109. Tuff Turf
  110. Turk 182!
  111. Twice in a Lifetime
  112. A View to a Kill          Encore Review
  113. Vision Quest
  114. Volunteers
  115. Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story
  116. Weird Science   Encore Review
  117. White Nights
  118. Witness
  119. Year of the Dragon
  120. 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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