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80s Movies Bleg

Here's an exciting bleg, but I can't tell you what it's for. I'd be interested to see what commenters would list as their ten (or five, or whatever) movies released in the 1980s. For the purpose of the exercise I don't just mean "80s movies" like Fast Times At Ridgemont High but all movies released during the decade which includes stuff like Blade Runner and The Terminator and so forth.

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In no particular order:

Blue Velvet
Raging Bull
Das Boot
Blood Simple
This Is Spinal Tap
Down By Law
The Empire Strikes Back
The Shining

Posted by: Thad | Jan 8, 2005 6:19:07 PM

Five movies for a whole decade is really hard, but here goes (not necessarily in order):
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Do the Right Thing
Once Upon A Time in America

Posted by: washerdreyer | Jan 8, 2005 6:25:08 PM

I misread the original, if I'm allowed five more it's Blood Simple, House of Games, Die Hard, Blue Velvet, Bull Durham.

Posted by: washerdreyer | Jan 8, 2005 6:29:54 PM

Angel Heart
The Bounty
John Carpenter's The Thing
Raising Arizona

Posted by: JJF | Jan 8, 2005 6:33:14 PM

Jaws: The Revenge
Ernest Goes to Camp
Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach
The Men's Club
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Space Mutiny
Grease 2

Posted by: Al | Jan 8, 2005 6:37:21 PM

In some rough order:

The Princess Bride
Back to the Future
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Full Metal Jacket
The Right Stuff
Empire Strikes Back

Posted by: right | Jan 8, 2005 6:38:45 PM

Back to the Future
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Empire Strikes Back
Rocky IV
Spinal Tap
Karate Kid
Coming to America

(Hey, I was pretty young back then...)

Posted by: JP | Jan 8, 2005 6:42:53 PM

In no particular order and off the top of my head:

Say Anthing
Hannah and Her Sisters
Cinema Paradiso
Full Metal Jacket
A Christmas Story
Another Woman
Crimes and Misdemeanors

Posted by: john nanney | Jan 8, 2005 6:45:30 PM

Not in any order and totally unrefined (i.e. I didn't think too much about it):

Raging Bull
The Elephant Man
Crimes and Misdemeanors
This is Spinal Tap
The Right Stuff
Blood Simple
The Killer (the John Woo movie)
Pennies from Heaven
The Shining


Posted by: riffle | Jan 8, 2005 6:48:07 PM

Blade Runner
Princess Bride
Say Anything
Empire Strikes Back
Star Trek II
Raising Arizona
Blue Velvet
When Harry Met Sally

Posted by: Jacob T. Levy | Jan 8, 2005 6:49:18 PM

Also in no order:

American Werewolf in London
Repo Man
Blade Runner
The Name of the Rose
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Shining
Die Hard
The Princess Bride
Road Warrior

Let me add definitely NOT "Howard the Duck"...

Posted by: ScrewyRabbit | Jan 8, 2005 6:56:22 PM

Its so easy to cast the 80s as the decade the new hollywood died one forgets that there were actually a few good movies here and there. I like Thad's list, but I think mine would look more like:

Das Boot
Blade Runner
Blood Simple
Stand By Me
Crimes and Misdameanors or Hannah and her Sisters
Empire Strikes Back
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Full Metal Jacket
Raging Bull

Posted by: Green Dem | Jan 8, 2005 6:57:02 PM

Crimes and Misdemeanors

D'oh! I knew I was forgetting something!

Posted by: Thad | Jan 8, 2005 6:58:00 PM

No order:

Raging Bull
The Last Emperor
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
A Passage to India
The Thin Blue Line
My Dinner with Andre

Pick 'em (Drama category): Blade Runner or Full Metal Jacket

Pick 'em:(Comedy category): This Is Spinal Tap or Raising Arizona

Posted by: Jadegold | Jan 8, 2005 6:59:36 PM

Why stop at ten?

I steal two from Screwyrabbit:

American Werewolf in London
Repo Man

I have a copy of Repo Man recorded from TV when I was in high school (l989 ish) Somehow the movie is even better with a whole lot of ridiculous commercials from LA.

Posted by: Green Dem | Jan 8, 2005 7:00:31 PM

I like a lot of what's on other people's lists, so for diversity:

Jean de Florette
Sid and Nancy
My Life as a Dog
Alien (1979)
Out of Africa
Body Heat

Posted by: snarkey | Jan 8, 2005 7:20:17 PM

In something resembling chronological order:
Raging Bull
The Shining
Journeys from Berlin/1971
The Thing
Once Upon a Time in America
Blue Velvet
The Decalogue

Posted by: Paul | Jan 8, 2005 7:23:14 PM

I'll skip those that have already been mentioned, but just add:

X the Unheard Music
Decline of Western Civilization

Probably wouldn't be my choices if I had been the same age then as I am now.

Was Unbearable Lightness of Being in the 80s? I saw it in the 90s. I liked it better than the book.

Posted by: godoggo | Jan 8, 2005 7:26:07 PM

Full Metal Jacket
Princess Bride
My Neighbour Totoro
E.T. (But I only like the new director's cut..does that count?

Posted by: Karmakin | Jan 8, 2005 7:31:54 PM

oh yea I forgot 1 of the best movies ever, Red Dawn. Invasion USA was OK too.

Posted by: Al | Jan 8, 2005 7:38:26 PM

I'm still waiting for someone's vigorous and poetic defense of Dirty Dancing.

Posted by: Snarkasaurus Rex | Jan 8, 2005 7:41:12 PM

The first half of Full Metal Jacket
Say Anything
The Breakfast Club

Posted by: jbou | Jan 8, 2005 7:44:20 PM

Wall Street
-Blade Runner
-Empire Strikes Back
-Bull Durham
-Raging Bull (can you believe that Ordinary People beat out Raging Bull, Oscar voters choke on big donkey cocks)
-The Color of Money (The Hustler is even better, but alas)

Two movies that are original to the list
-Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
-Glory (easily the best movie about the Civil War ever made, no contest)

Posted by: Patrick | Jan 8, 2005 7:46:05 PM

"their ten (or five, or whatever) movies released"

Bague, perhaps deliberately, as to best or favorite...there is a difference...favorites

Raging Bull
Breaker Morant
Pennies from Heaven
Shoot the Moon
Spinal Tap
Conan the Destroyer
Company of Wolves (Hell, I am only up to 1984)
Vampire Hunter D
Jackie Chan's Police Story
Hannah & Her Sisters
The Mission
The Hitcher
Princess Bride
Angel Heart
Last Emperor
Say Anything
Bloodsport,Warlock,Blind Fury
Crimes & Misdemeanors
The Killer (Woo & Chow Yun Fat)
Drugstore Cowboy

So sue me, I can't do this stuff....my life would not be worth living w/o every one of these :)

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Jan 8, 2005 7:47:59 PM

Local Hero
Three Brothers
Blood Simple
Sugar Cane Alley
Coup de Torchon

By way of explanation, from 1980 to 1985 I worked for a couple of film distributors and got the opportunity to see a lot of foreign films.

Posted by: Randy Paul | Jan 8, 2005 7:54:02 PM

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