Temporal Top Ten – 1987

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Number of movies seen from this year – 131
Number of movies reviewed – 73 (including 7 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. Dirty Dancing
  30. Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission
  31. Dragnet
  32. Eddie Murphy Raw
  33. Empire of the Sun
  34. Escape from Sobibor
  35. Extreme Prejudice
  36. Fatal Attraction
  37. Fatal Beauty
  38. The Fourth Protocol
  39. From the Hip
  40. Full Metal Jacket
  41. G.I. Joe: The Movie
  42. Gardens of Stone
  43. The Gate
  44. The Glass Menagerie
  45. Good Morning, Vietnam
  46. Hamburger Hill
  47. The Hanoi Hilton
  48. Harry and the Hendersons
  49. Hello Again
  50. Hiding Out
  51. Hollywood Shuffle
  52. Hope and Glory
  53. House II: The Second Story
  54. House of Games
  55. Impossible Spy, The
  56. Innerspace
  57. Ironweed
  58. Ishtar
  59. Jaws: The Revenge
  60. La Bamba
  61. The Last Emperor
  62. Leonard Part 6
  63. Less Than Zero
  64. Lethal Weapon
  65. Light of Day
  66. Like Father Like Son
  67. The Living Daylights
  68. Long Gone
  69. The Lost Boys Encore Review
  70. Made in Heaven
  71. Maid to Order
  72. Making Mr. Right
  73. Malone
  74. Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, The
  75. Mannequin
  76. Masters of the Universe
  77. Maurice
  78. The Monster Squad
  79. Moonstruck
  80. My Best Friend’s Birthday
  81. My Life as a Dog
  82. Nadine
  83. Near Dark
  84. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  85. No Man’s Land
  86. No Way Out
  87. Nuts
  88. Outrageous Fortune
  89. Overboard
  90. The Pick-up Artist
  91. Planes, Trains and Automobiles Encore Review Encore Review 2
  92. A Prayer for the Dying
  93. Predator
  94. The Princess Bride Encore Review
  95. The Principal
  96. Project X
  97. Radio Days
  98. Raising Arizona
  99. Real Men
  100. Rent-a-Cop
  101. Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
  102. RoboCop
  103. Roxanne  Encore Review
  104. The Running Man   Encore Review
  105. Russkies
  106. The Secret of My Succe$s  Encore Review
  107. Sister, Sister
  108. Some Kind of Wonderful
  109. Someone to Watch Over Me
  110. Spaceballs
  111. The Squeeze
  112. Star Trek The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint
  113. Stakeout
  114. Steel Dawn
  115. Summer School
  116. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  117. Suspect
  118. Teen Wolf Too
  119. Three for the Road
  120. Three O’Clock High
  121. Throw Momma from the Train
  122. Tin Men
  123. Tough Guys Don’t Dance
  124. The Untouchables
  125. Walk Like a Man
  126. Wall Street
  127. Wanted: Dead or Alive
  128. Weeds
  129. White Water Summer
  130. Who’s That Girl
  131. 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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