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I can't believe there's been so little 80's film love/voting!

Well it would actually give a solid basis for Hollywood's desire to remake successful films which have passed a certain age, most of the audience seem to have never bothered to watch the original old version(s). Can't wait for the RoboCop remake when they get it back on track.

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1. The Empire Strikes Back

2. Raiders of the lost ark

3. Blade Runner

4. The Return of the Jedi

5. Aliens

6. Terminator

7. The Thing

8. Predator

9. Robocop

10. Ghostbusters

11. Ferris Buellers Day off

12. Wierd science

13. Batman

14. Full Metal Jacket

15. Die Hard

16. Lethal Weapon

17. Star Trek 2 the wrath of Khaaaaaaaaannnnnn!!!!

18. Highlander

19. Evil Dead 2

20. Trading Places

And a few whys

1. Empire strikes back - for my money the greatest and best film ever made. A childhood favourite, first film I was taken to the cinema to see, even though I was too young to get what was going on. Has it all, perfect scifi.

2. Raiders of the lost ark

A film you will never get bored of. Unbelievable scenes of epic swashbucklery, the perfect sunday afternoon film, when I am king this will be shown every bank holiday.

3. Bladerunner

Ridley Scott at the very top of his game, a dystopian nightmare which is utterly enthralling. Visually stunning with great performances from the leads.

All 3 have Harrison Ford, so ergo he must be the greatest actor of the 80's.

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1. Aliens

2. The Thing

3. Empire Strikes Back

4. Back to the Future

5. Blade Runner

6. My Neighbour Totoro

7. Cinema Paradiso

8. Raiders of the Lost Ark

9. Terminator

10. Withnail and I

11. Akira

12. Ferris Buellers Day Off

13. Brazil

14. Paris Texas

15. Ghostbusters

16. Big Trouble in Little China

17. Raging Bull

18. Evil Dead

19. Videodrome

20. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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1. Rumblefish

2. Diner

3. The Thing

4. Brazil

5. Raising Arizona

6. Gregory’s Girl

7. The Breakfast Club

8. Some Kind of Wonderful

9. Blue Velvet

10. Do The Right Thing

11. Trading Places

12. Drugstore Cowboy

13. Ghostbusters

14. Evil Dead 2

15. This is Spinal Tap

16. Restless Natives

17. Querelle

18. Planes Trains and Automobiles

19. Better Off Dead

20. Airplane!

Rumblefish was the clear winner for me. Just love the look and feel of the movie- the way Coppola goes for a weird German expressionist type cinema style, the brilliance of the percussive Stewart Copeland score, was a big fan of the SE Hinton books (The Outsiders, Rumblefish, That Was Then This Is Now) but mostly I always loved Rumblefish because it's such a weird film to make- taking a teen novel, shooting it that way, loading it up with actors like Hopper and Waites, chock full of swearing, throwbacks to fifties gang films etc.


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1. RoboCop

2. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

3. Aliens

4. Die Hard

5. Grave of the Fireflies

6. Full Metal Jacket

7. The Terminator

8. The Thing

9. Escape from New York

10. Big Trouble in Little China

11. A Better Tomorrow

12. Predator

13. The Transformers: The Movie

14. Brazil

15. Long xiong hu di (Armour of God)

16. Adventures in Babysitting

17. The Breakfast Club

18. Raiders of the Lost Ark

19. Blue Velvet

20. Bad Taste

Had to drop:

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!

The Emerald Forest

Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous

Stir Crazy

Runaway Train

Mad Max 2

Southern Comfort

Blade Runner

Conan the Barbarian


Risky Business


Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Trading Places

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The Last Starfighter

Conan the Destroyer

Weird Science

The Hitcher

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Maximum Overdrive

Fist of the North Star

No Way Out

The Running Man


My Neighbour Totoro

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Lethal Weapon 2

Personally, ranking them is more just throwing them generally into a pile and pulling out which ones spark some love or admiration, I just put RoboCop on top for ED-209 :wub: really.

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You may as well call this the decade of Jackie Chan. I forced myself to limiting him to four appearances, but I could have easily squeezed in three more (just be glad I didn't put City Hunter into my 90's list). I adore Chan, and this decade had an incredible output from him, absolutely at the top of his game. Jackie Chan. :wub:

1. Police Story

2. Once Upon A Time In America

3. Robocop

4. Akira

5. Amadeus

6. Die Hard

7. Predator

8. Project A

9. My Neighbour Totoro

10. Ran

11. Grave Of The Fireflies

12. Re-Animator

13. Armour Of God

14. Starman

15. The Young Master

16. The Last Emperor

17. The Long Good Friday

18. Planes, Trains & Automobiles

19. Airplane!

20. The Land Before Time

Police Story gets the top spot for having the most momentous final shot of all time.

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1. The Sure Thing

2. When Harry Met Sally

3. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

4. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

5. Robocop

6. First Blood

7. Heathers

8. Blue Velvet

9. Gallipoli

10. Labyrinth

11. Die Hard

12. The Thing

13. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

14. The Little Mermaid

15. A Nightmare on Elm Street

16. Raiders of the Lost Ark

17. The Terminator

18. Aliens

19. Lost Boys

20. Stand by Me

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1. Back to the Future

2. Raiders of the Lost Ark

3. Blade Runner

4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

5. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

6. The Terminator

7. Batman

8. Flight of the Navigator

9. Aliens

10. Die Hard

11. The Keep

12. Predator

13. Platoon

14. Scarface

15. Scrooged

16. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

17. The Blues Brothers

18. Ghostbusters

19. Back to the Future part II

20. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Being an '80s child I have to admit my list is top heavy with a lot with films I love because of their affiliation with my childhood.

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I really need to see Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources again as I have only ever seen them within the confines of a high school French class which really isn't the ideal environment.

For me, cinema in the 80s is a little like the music of the 80s: there was a real sense of adventure and novelty in the art form that produced some unique pieces of work, yet all you seem to read about lately is the cheese that made it big at the box office. I fear that a themed 80s night in cinema would be a grossly unrepresentative of what I remember as being so exciting about that decade as are those hideous, faux-ironic 80s music nights featuring little but big-haired, wide-shouldered slabs of pure commerciality.

I agree wholeheartedly with this. I still love the cheesy 80s stuff but music and film was not as bereft of innovation and quality as many people like to say it is during the decade.

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Probably more than any other decade, this list is very much a subjective one - many of these films are indelibly linked in my mind to happy times in my childhood, while there are others that I remember very fondly for knocking my socks off just as I was starting to get into film in my early teens. It can be difficult to see past those things in the interest of fairness (especially when I'm already...an hour late with my submissions!) This one will probably end up being the hardest one to put together for me, and the order of the list would likely change dramatically if I were to re-arrange the 20 films a month from now. There's also a fair few flicks in this thread that I really need to get around to watching, and have added to my Amazon Wishlist for future purchase. Anyway, here we go!

1. Brazil (1985, Terry Gilliam)

2. Back To The Future (1985, Robert Zemeckis)

3. Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)

4. Once Upon A Time In America (1984, Sergio Leone)

5. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)

6. The Thing (1982, John Carpenter)

7. Fitzcarraldo (1982, Werner Herzog)

8. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)

9. This Is Spinal Tap (1984, Rob Reiner)

10. Local Hero (1983, Bill Forsyth)

11. Brewster's Millions (1985, Walter Hill)

12. Hannah And Her Sisters (1986, Woody Allen)

13. Down By Law (1986, Jim Jarmusch)

14. Die Hard (1988, John McTiernan)

15. Commando (1985, Mark L. Lester)

16. Zelig (1983, Woody Allen)

17. The Terminator (1984, James Cameron)

18. Aliens (1986, James Cameron)

19. Akira (1988, Katsuhiro Ôtomo)

20. The Abyss (1989, James Cameron)

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Thanks again Chosty for compiling the list.

When we did a 'Best of Rllmuk' list a few years ago (just one big list rather than split into decades) Aliens was the clear winner so it is surprising to see it only make sixth place here. I'm disappointed to see My Neighbour Totoro narrowly miss out on a top 20 finish.

I take it the '60s thread goes up this week then?

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When we did a 'Best of Rllmuk' list a few years ago (just one big list rather than split into decades) Aliens was the clear winner so it is surprising to see it only make sixth place here.

I can't even remember that. Perhaps I didn't take part. If I did, I can bet my list will have changed over the past few years, and I suspect a few others' opinions may have too, which could account for Aliens falling down the list a bit. I think this by-the-decade approach has forced people to put more effort into the lists anyway (although that top ten is completely predictable and safe except, perhaps, for the placement of Aliens relative to some other forum favourites. I can only imagine not many have bought the Blu-ray yet!).

Thanks for putting the time into this again, Chosty.

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Predictable and safe it might be, but that's some of the finest genre cinema ever produced.

Yes, they're all very good films. In fact, there's not one film in the top twenty that I don't like a lot. But look at, for example, the 00s list and contrast the variety in there with the top ten in the 80s list. Like I've said before, I think it may partly be an age thing - if you looked at a similar forum to this twenty years in the future and polled their top twenty films of the 00s, it'd look very different to ours, as we were (are) around contemporaneously and are keen to see everything, rather than mostly seeing the blockbusters or the 'classics' of received future wisdom. I do think that makes a difference.

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When we did a 'Best of Rllmuk' list a few years ago (just one big list rather than split into decades) Aliens was the clear winner so it is surprising to see it only make sixth place here. I'm disappointed to see My Neighbour Totoro narrowly miss out on a top 20 finish.

There was no positional weight to the votes, perhaps a compilation of the top films when this has concluded will give a fairer representation.

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