Temporal Top Ten – 1987

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Number of movies seen from this year – 134
Number of movies reviewed – 83 (including 10 Encore Reviews)

I was 13 in 1987 and I loved movies even at that age.

When organizing this year’s top ten list, I was surprised at how many of these movies have had such a profound influence on my life and movie watching.

Every one of these 10 movies are movies which I have seen multiple times (then and even now) and it seems that this list would have a very large presence if I ever did a top (who knows of the decade)

Most of these choices are very mainstream and I’m sure most of you have seen a large majority of these films if not 9 of the 10 listed (besides #3).

IMHO, looking back, the Oscars had a weak year in ’87 because none of the 5 nominees came even close to making this list.  The last Emperor is a great epicly shot movie, but the narrative is somewhat weak.  I never liked Moonstruck on a whole and am still surprised that Cher won an Oscar for that role.  Fatal Attraction might have been good and erotic at the time, but it hasn’t aged well at all.  Hope and Glory never made a huge impression on me back then so perhaps I should give a rewatch and finally Broadcast News is good, but by all means not great and it also hasn’t aged as well as one would think it would.

Most of these movies have aged extremely well and are considered by many to be excellent movies even 28 years after they were released.


My Top Tenspaceballs

10. Spaceballsuntouchables

9. UntouchablesTheSecretofMySuccess

8. Secret of My Successroxanne

7. Roxannelethal weapon

6. Lethal Weaponfull metal jacket

5. Full Metal Jacketempire of the sun

4. Empire of the Sunescape

3. Escape From Sobiborplanes

2. Planes, Trains and Automobilesprincess bride

1. The Princess Bride

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1987

  1. 3 Men and a Baby
  2. 84 Charing Cross Road
  3. Adventures in Babysitting
  4. Amazing Grace and Chuck
  5. Amazon Women on the Moon
  6. Angel Heart
  7. Assassination
  8. Baby Boom
  9. Barfly
  10. *batteries not included
  11. Best Seller
  12. Beverly Hills Cop II
  13. Beyond Therapy
  14. Big Shots
  15. The Big Town
  16. Black Widow
  17. Blind Date
  18. Born in East L.A.
  19. The Brave Little Toaster
  20. Broadcast News
  21. Burglar
  22. Can’t Buy Me Love
  23. Cherry 2000
  24. Critical Condition
  25. Cross My Heart
  26. Cry Freedom
  27. Deadline
  28. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
  29. Death Before Dishonor
  30. Dirty Dancing
  31. Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission
  32. Dragnet
  33. Eddie Murphy Raw
  34. Empire of the Sun
  35. Escape from Sobibor  Encore Review
  36. Extreme Prejudice
  37. Fatal Attraction
  38. Fatal Beauty
  39. The Fourth Protocol
  40. From the Hip
  41. Full Metal Jacket
  42. G.I. Joe: The Movie
  43. Gardens of Stone
  44. The Gate
  45. The Glass Menagerie
  46. Good Morning, Vietnam
  47. Hamburger Hill
  48. The Hanoi Hilton
  49. Harry and the Hendersons
  50. Hello Again
  51. Hiding Out
  52. Hollywood Shuffle
  53. Hope and Glory
  54. House II: The Second Story
  55. House of Games
  56. Impossible Spy, The
  57. Innerspace
  58. Ironweed
  59. Ishtar
  60. Jaws: The Revenge
  61. La Bamba
  62. The Last Emperor
  63. Leonard Part 6
  64. Less Than Zero
  65. Lethal Weapon
  66. Light of Day
  67. Like Father Like Son
  68. The Living Daylights
  69. Long Gone
  70. The Lost Boys Encore Review
  71. Made in Heaven
  72. Maid to Order
  73. Making Mr. Right
  74. Malone
  75. Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, The
  76. Mannequin
  77. Masters of the Universe
  78. Maurice
  79. The Monster Squad
  80. Moonstruck
  81. My Best Friend’s Birthday
  82. My Life as a Dog
  83. Nadine
  84. Near Dark
  85. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  86. No Man’s Land
  87. No Way Out
  88. Nuts
  89. Outrageous Fortune
  90. Over the Top
  91. Overboard
  92. The Pick-up Artist
  93. Planes, Trains and Automobiles Encore Review Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3
  94. Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
  95. A Prayer for the Dying
  96. Predator
  97. The Princess Bride Encore Review
  98. The Principal
  99. Project X
  100. Radio Days
  101. Raising Arizona
  102. Real Men
  103. Rent-a-Cop
  104. Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
  105. RoboCop
  106. Roxanne  Encore Review
  107. The Running Man   Encore Review
  108. Russkies
  109. The Secret of My Succe$s  Encore Review
  110. Sister, Sister
  111. Some Kind of Wonderful
  112. Someone to Watch Over Me
  113. Spaceballs  Encore Review
  114. The Squeeze
  115. Star Trek The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint
  116. Stakeout
  117. Steel Dawn
  118. Summer School
  119. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  120. Suspect
  121. Teen Wolf Too
  122. Three for the Road
  123. Three O’Clock High
  124. Throw Momma from the Train
  125. Tin Men
  126. Tough Guys Don’t Dance
  127. The Untouchables
  128. Walk Like a Man
  129. Wall Street
  130. Wanted: Dead or Alive
  131. Weeds
  132. White Water Summer
  133. Who’s That Girl
  134. The Witches of Eastwick


12 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1987

  1. I like your discussion about what ages well or not. Interesting! From your list, I think you are missing out having not seen ‘Raising Arizona’ and ‘Wall Street’. Fun post, Rob.


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  3. No 84 Charing Cross Road? Well, I don’t blame you. This was some year. So many favorites, from most of the ones on your list to Innerspace, Raising Arizona, and No Way Out. Love #1!


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