Temporal Top Ten – 1987

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