Temporal Top Ten – 1987

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Number of movies seen from this year – 149
Number of movies reviewed – 139 (including 24 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. Anna
  8. Assassination
  9. Au Revoir Les Enfants
  10. Baby Boom
  11. Barfly
  12. *batteries not included
  13. Best Seller
  14. Beverly Hills Cop II
  15. Beyond Therapy
  16. Big Shots
  17. The Big Town
  18. Black Widow
  19. Blind Date
  20. Born in East L.A.
  21. The Brave Little Toaster
  22. Broadcast News
  23. Burglar
  24. Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow
  25. Can’t Buy Me Love
  26. Cherry 2000
  27. Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8
  28. Critical Condition
  29. Cross My Heart
  30. Cry Freedom
  31. Dark Eyes
  32. Date With an Angel
  33. Deadline
  34. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
  35. Death Before Dishonor
  36. Dirty Dancing  Encore Review
  37. Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission
  38. Dragnet
  39. Eddie Murphy Raw
  40. Empire of the Sun
  41. Escape from Sobibor  Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  42. Evil Dead II
  43. Extreme Prejudice
  44. Fatal Attraction
  45. Fatal Beauty
  46. The Fourth Protocol
  47. From the Hip
  48. Full Metal Jacket     Encore Review
  49. G.I. Joe: The Movie
  50. Gaby: A True Story
  51. Gardens of Stone
  52. The Gate
  53. Ghoulies II
  54. The Glass Menagerie
  55. Good Morning, Vietnam   Encore Review
  56. Hamburger Hill
  57. Hanoi Hilton, The
  58. Harry and the Hendersons
  59. Hello Again
  60. Hiding Out
  61. Hollywood Shuffle
  62. Hope and Glory
  63. House II: The Second Story
  64. House of Games
  65. Impossible Spy, The
  66. Innerspace
  67. Ironweed
  68. Ishtar
  69. Jaws: The Revenge
  70. La Bamba
  71. The Last Emperor
  72. Leonard Part 6
  73. Less Than Zero
  74. Lethal Weapon   Encore Review
  75. Light of Day
  76. Like Father Like Son
  77. Little Dorrit
  78. The Living Daylights     Encore Review
  79. Long Gone
  80. The Lost Boys Encore Review
  81. Made in Heaven
  82. Maid to Order
  83. Making Mr. Right
  84. Malone
  85. Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, The
  86. Mannequin
  87. Masters of the Universe
  88. Maurice
  89. Million Dollar Mystery
  90. The Monster Squad
  91. Moonstruck
  92. My Best Friend’s Birthday
  93. Nadine
  94. Near Dark
  95. Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A
  96. No Man’s Land
  97. No Way Out
  98. Nuts
  99. Outrageous Fortune
  100. Over the Top
  101. Overboard
  102. Pelle the Conqueror
  103. Pick-up Artist, The
  104. Plain Clothes
  105. Planes, Trains and Automobiles Encore Review Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3 Encore Review 4 5 6
  106. Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
  107. A Prayer for the Dying
  108. Predator  Encore Review
  109. The Princess Bride Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  110. The Principal
  111. Project X
  112. Radio Days
  113. Raising Arizona
  114. Real Men
  115. Rent-a-Cop
  116. Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
  117. RoboCop
  118. Roxanne  Encore Review
  119. The Running Man   Encore Review   Encore Review 2
  120. Russkies
  121. The Secret of My Succe$s  Encore Review
  122. Silent Night, Deadly Night 2
  123. Sister, Sister
  124. Some Kind of Wonderful
  125. Someone to Watch Over Me
  126. Spaceballs  Encore Review
  127. The Squeeze
  128. Star Trek The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint
  129. Stakeout
  130. Steel Dawn
  131. Street Smart
  132. Summer School    Encore Review
  133. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  134. Suspect
  135. Teen Wolf Too
  136. Three for the Road
  137. Three O’Clock High
  138. Throw Momma from the Train
  139. Tin Men
  140. Tough Guys Don’t Dance
  141. The Untouchables
  142. Walk Like a Man
  143. Wall Street   Encore Review
  144. Wanted: Dead or Alive
  145. Weeds
  146. Whales of August, The
  147. White Water Summer
  148. Who’s That Girl
  149. 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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