Temporal Top Ten – 1982


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Number of movies seen from this year – 78
Number of movies reviewed – 65 (including 7 Encore Reviews)

I’m sure that many of us have lots of trouble trying to recall a favorite movie from when we were just 8 years old.

Despite my phenomenal movie memory, I can honestly say that there aren’t many movies on this list that I recall seeing when I was 8, but this list is actually book-ended by two that I do remember seeing in the theater in ’82 and had profound influences on me to this very day.

Both of them are what we would probably think of as family movies or movies made especially for kids, but in truth, neither of them is solely a movie for kids.  Both of them have messages about our lives and how we treat others that can resonate for all of us no matter our age.

I was too young to see any of the other movies on this list in the theater (besides #5) but over the years, I have had the honor and pleasure to see each of them and thoroughly enjoy their stories and messages.

3 of the 5 Best Picture nominees appear on this list (#1, #3 and #4) while the other two (Tootsie and The Verdict), were both good movies, just not good enough IMHO to make this list.

Updated 10 Apr 2018 – Genocide is now #6 moving all subsequent films down one slot


My Top Ten200

Honorable mention – The Secret of NIMH


10. Dinerofficer

9. An Officer and a Gentleman


8. The Wallsophie

7. Sophie’s Choice
6. Genocide


5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khanmissing

4. Missinggandhi

3. Gandhifast times

2. Fast Times At Ridgemont Highet

1. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1982

  1. 48 Hours    Encore Review
  2. Airplane II: The Sequel
  3. Annie
  4. The Atomic Cafe
  5. Author! Author!
  6. The Beastmaster
  7. Best Friends
  8. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
  9. Blade Runner Encore Review 
  10. The Blue and The Gray
  11. Burden of Dreams
  12. Cannery Row
  13. Class of 1984
  14. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
  15. Conan the Barbarian
  16. Creepshow
  17. The Dark Crystal
  18. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
  19. Deathtrap
  20. Diner
  21. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Encore Review
  22. Evil Under the Sun
  23. Fanny and Alexander
  24. Fast Times at Ridgemont High Encore Review
  25. Firefox
  26. First Blood  Encore Review
  27. Forced Vengeance
  28. Frances
  29. Gandhi
  30. Genocide
  31. Grease 2
  32. The Grey Fox
  33. Hanky Panky
  34. Honkytonk Man
  35. I Ought to Be in Pictures
  36. If You Could See What I Hear
  37. Jinxed!
  38. The King of Comedy
  39. The Last American Virgin
  40. The Last Unicorn
  41. A Little Sex
  42. The Man from Snowy River
  43. A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy
  44. Missing
  45. Monsignor
  46. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  47. My Favorite Year
  48. Night Shift
  49. An Officer and a Gentleman
  50. Personal Best
  51. The Pirate Movie
  52. Poltergeist
  53. Porky’s
  54. Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
  55. Rocky III
  56. The Secret of NIMH
  57. Shoot the Moon
  58. Six Pack
  59. Six Weeks
  60. Some Kind of Hero
  61. Sophie’s Choice
  62. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  Encore Review
  63. Tempest
  64. Tex
  65. The Thing
  66. Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann
  67. Tootsie
  68. The Toy
  69. TRON
  70. The Verdict  Encore Review
  71. Victor Victoria
  72. Voyagers! -Pilot
  73. Wall, The
  74. Woman Called Golda, A.
  75. The World According to Garp
  76. The Year of Living Dangerously
  77. Young Doctors in Love
  78. Zapped!




9 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1982

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    • Actually didn’t like br so much. Rocky iii is one of my favorites of the series, but it just missed the cutoff. Not a fan of tootsie. Probably should rewatch both of them. This was a very tough year. Tnx Ben


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