Temporal Top Ten – 1982


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Number of movies seen from this year – 82
Number of movies reviewed – 75 (including 9 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. Border, The
  12. Burden of Dreams
  13. Cannery Row
  14. Class of 1984
  15. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
  16. Conan the Barbarian
  17. Creepshow
  18. The Dark Crystal
  19. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
  20. Deathtrap
  21. Diner
  22. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Encore Review
  23. Evil Under the Sun
  24. Fanny and Alexander
  25. Fast Times at Ridgemont High Encore Review
  26. Firefox
  27. First Blood  Encore Review
  28. Forced Vengeance
  29. Frances
  30. Friday the 13th Part III
  31. Gandhi   Encore Review
  32. Genocide
  33. Grease 2
  34. Grey Fox, The
  35. Hanky Panky
  36. Honkytonk Man
  37. I Ought to Be in Pictures
  38. If You Could See What I Hear
  39. Jinxed!
  40. The King of Comedy
  41. Koyaanisqatsi
  42. The Last American Virgin
  43. The Last Unicorn
  44. A Little Sex
  45. The Man from Snowy River
  46. A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy
  47. Missing
  48. Monsignor
  49. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  50. My Favorite Year
  51. Night Shift
  52. Officer and a Gentleman, An
  53. O’Hara’s Wife
  54. Personal Best
  55. The Pirate Movie
  56. Poltergeist
  57. Porky’s
  58. Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
  59. Rocky III
  60. The Secret of NIMH
  61. Shoot the Moon
  62. Six Pack
  63. Six Weeks
  64. Some Kind of Hero
  65. Sophie’s Choice
  66. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  67. Tempest
  68. Tex
  69. The Thing
  70. Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann
  71. Tootsie
  72. The Toy
  73. TRON
  74. The Verdict  Encore Review
  75. Victor Victoria
  76. Voyagers! -Pilot
  77. Wall, The
  78. Woman Called Golda, A.
  79. The World According to Garp
  80. The Year of Living Dangerously
  81. Young Doctors in Love
  82. 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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