Temporal Top Ten – 1987

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Number of movies seen from this year – 144
Number of movies reviewed – 113 (including 17 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. Dark Eyes
  28. Deadline
  29. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
  30. Death Before Dishonor
  31. Dirty Dancing  Encore Review
  32. Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission
  33. Dragnet
  34. Eddie Murphy Raw
  35. Empire of the Sun
  36. Escape from Sobibor  Encore Review
  37. Evil Dead II
  38. Extreme Prejudice
  39. Fatal Attraction
  40. Fatal Beauty
  41. The Fourth Protocol
  42. From the Hip
  43. Full Metal Jacket
  44. G.I. Joe: The Movie
  45. Gaby: A True Story
  46. Gardens of Stone
  47. The Gate
  48. Ghoulies II
  49. The Glass Menagerie
  50. Good Morning, Vietnam
  51. Hamburger Hill
  52. Hanoi Hilton, The
  53. Harry and the Hendersons
  54. Hello Again
  55. Hiding Out
  56. Hollywood Shuffle
  57. Hope and Glory
  58. House II: The Second Story
  59. House of Games
  60. Impossible Spy, The
  61. Innerspace
  62. Ironweed
  63. Ishtar
  64. Jaws: The Revenge
  65. La Bamba
  66. The Last Emperor
  67. Leonard Part 6
  68. Less Than Zero
  69. Lethal Weapon
  70. Light of Day
  71. Like Father Like Son
  72. Little Dorrit
  73. The Living Daylights     Encore Review
  74. Long Gone
  75. The Lost Boys Encore Review
  76. Made in Heaven
  77. Maid to Order
  78. Making Mr. Right
  79. Malone
  80. Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, The
  81. Mannequin
  82. Masters of the Universe
  83. Maurice
  84. Million Dollar Mystery
  85. The Monster Squad
  86. Moonstruck
  87. My Best Friend’s Birthday
  88. My Life as a Dog
  89. Nadine
  90. Near Dark
  91. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  92. No Man’s Land
  93. No Way Out
  94. Nuts
  95. Outrageous Fortune
  96. Over the Top
  97. Overboard
  98. Pelle the Conqueror
  99. The Pick-up Artist
  100. Plain Clothes
  101. Planes, Trains and Automobiles Encore Review Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3 Encore Review 4
  102. Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
  103. A Prayer for the Dying
  104. Predator  Encore Review
  105. The Princess Bride Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  106. The Principal
  107. Project X
  108. Radio Days
  109. Raising Arizona
  110. Real Men
  111. Rent-a-Cop
  112. Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
  113. RoboCop
  114. Roxanne  Encore Review
  115. The Running Man   Encore Review   Encore Review 2
  116. Russkies
  117. The Secret of My Succe$s  Encore Review
  118. Sister, Sister
  119. Some Kind of Wonderful
  120. Someone to Watch Over Me
  121. Spaceballs  Encore Review
  122. The Squeeze
  123. Star Trek The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint
  124. Stakeout
  125. Steel Dawn
  126. Street Smart
  127. Summer School
  128. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  129. Suspect
  130. Teen Wolf Too
  131. Three for the Road
  132. Three O’Clock High
  133. Throw Momma from the Train
  134. Tin Men
  135. Tough Guys Don’t Dance
  136. The Untouchables
  137. Walk Like a Man
  138. Wall Street   Encore Review
  139. Wanted: Dead or Alive
  140. Weeds
  141. Whales of August, The
  142. White Water Summer
  143. Who’s That Girl
  144. The Witches of Eastwick


12 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1987

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  2. 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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