Temporal Top Ten – 1987

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Number of movies seen from this year – 142
Number of movies reviewed – 102 (including 13 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. Gardens of Stone
  46. The Gate
  47. Ghoulies II
  48. The Glass Menagerie
  49. Good Morning, Vietnam
  50. Hamburger Hill
  51. Hanoi Hilton, The
  52. Harry and the Hendersons
  53. Hello Again
  54. Hiding Out
  55. Hollywood Shuffle
  56. Hope and Glory
  57. House II: The Second Story
  58. House of Games
  59. Impossible Spy, The
  60. Innerspace
  61. Ironweed
  62. Ishtar
  63. Jaws: The Revenge
  64. La Bamba
  65. The Last Emperor
  66. Leonard Part 6
  67. Less Than Zero
  68. Lethal Weapon
  69. Light of Day
  70. Like Father Like Son
  71. Little Dorrit
  72. The Living Daylights
  73. Long Gone
  74. The Lost Boys Encore Review
  75. Made in Heaven
  76. Maid to Order
  77. Making Mr. Right
  78. Malone
  79. Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, The
  80. Mannequin
  81. Masters of the Universe
  82. Maurice
  83. Million Dollar Mystery
  84. The Monster Squad
  85. Moonstruck
  86. My Best Friend’s Birthday
  87. My Life as a Dog
  88. Nadine
  89. Near Dark
  90. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  91. No Man’s Land
  92. No Way Out
  93. Nuts
  94. Outrageous Fortune
  95. Over the Top
  96. Overboard
  97. Pelle the Conqueror
  98. The Pick-up Artist
  99. Planes, Trains and Automobiles Encore Review Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3 Encore Review 4
  100. Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
  101. A Prayer for the Dying
  102. Predator
  103. The Princess Bride Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  104. The Principal
  105. Project X
  106. Radio Days
  107. Raising Arizona
  108. Real Men
  109. Rent-a-Cop
  110. Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
  111. RoboCop
  112. Roxanne  Encore Review
  113. The Running Man   Encore Review
  114. Russkies
  115. The Secret of My Succe$s  Encore Review
  116. Sister, Sister
  117. Some Kind of Wonderful
  118. Someone to Watch Over Me
  119. Spaceballs  Encore Review
  120. The Squeeze
  121. Star Trek The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint
  122. Stakeout
  123. Steel Dawn
  124. Street Smart
  125. Summer School
  126. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  127. Suspect
  128. Teen Wolf Too
  129. Three for the Road
  130. Three O’Clock High
  131. Throw Momma from the Train
  132. Tin Men
  133. Tough Guys Don’t Dance
  134. The Untouchables
  135. Walk Like a Man
  136. Wall Street
  137. Wanted: Dead or Alive
  138. Weeds
  139. Whales of August, The
  140. White Water Summer
  141. Who’s That Girl
  142. 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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