#1 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980
The Adventure Continues...
Director: Irvin Kershner. Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, David Prowse, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Jeremy Bulloch, John Hollis, Jack Purvis, Des Webb.
Overview: The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.
Genres: Action, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 4m. Rated: PG.
#2 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey, Wolf Kahler, Anthony Higgins, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina, Vic Tablian, Don Fellows, William Hootkins, George Harris, Fred Sorenson, Anthony Chinn.
Overview: When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
Genres: Adventure, Action. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 55m. Rated: PG.
#3 The Shining 1980
The Horror is driving him crazy
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel, Anne Jackson.
Overview: The Shining is a Stanley Kubrick adaptation of Steven King’s horror novel of the same name. The film takes the viewer into a remote hotel where a Jack Torrance and his wife and son must live in for the winter. One of the scariest films of all times mixes up reality and makes isolation a psychological nightmare.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 24m. Rated: R.
#4 Das Boot 1982
When the hunters become the hunted
Director: Wolfgang Petersen. Cast: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Jan Fedder, Ralf Richter.
Overview: A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War. Soon it becomes hunted itself. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits...
Genres: Action, Drama, Foreign, History, Thriller, War. Countries: Germany, France. Runtime: 2h 29m. Rated: R.
#5 Aliens 1986
This Time It's War
Director: James Cameron. Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, Al Matthews, Mark Rolston, Colette Hiller, Daniel Kash, Cynthia Dale Scott, Ricco Ross, Tip Tipping.
Overview: When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story... all contact is lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers.
Genres: Action, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 17m. Rated: R.
#6 Cinema Paradiso 1990
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Marco Leonardi, Salvatore Cascio.
Overview: A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Romance. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 2h 35m. Rated: PG.
#7 Back to the Future 1985
He's the only kid ever to get into trouble before he was born.
Director: Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, George DiCenzo, Frances Lee McCain, James Tolkan, Harry Waters Jr..
Overview: Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his parents' romance and - with the help of his eccentric inventor friend Doc Brown - returning to 1985.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 51m. Rated: PG.
#8 Once Upon a Time in America 1984
Crime, passion and lust for power.
Director: Sergio Leone. Cast: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Tuesday Weld, Burt Young, Treat Williams, Danny Aiello, Richard Bright, James Hayden, William Forsythe, Darlanne Fluegel, Larry Rapp, Olga Karlatos, Frank Gio.
Overview: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Genres: Drama, Crime. Countries: United States of America, Italy. Runtime: 3h 49m.
#9 Raging Bull 1980
Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Mario Gallo.
Overview: An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.
Genres: Drama, Sports Film. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 10m. Rated: R.
#10 Amadeus 1984
Amadeus. The man. The music. The magic. The madness. The murder. The mystery. The motion picture.
Director: Milos Forman. Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Simon Callow, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, Barbara Bryne.
Overview: Amadeus is the story of the last ten years of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life told by Director Milos Forman. The main story is about the conflict between a genius’ need for fun and a society that disgraces that type of thing. A spectacular picture about one of the most gifted composers of all times with memorable acting by Tom Hulce who played Mozart.
Genres: Drama, History, Music. Countries: Austria, Czech Republic. Runtime: 2h 40m. Rated: PG.
#11 Full Metal Jacket 1987
Vietnam can kill me, but it can’t make me care.
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard, Ed O'Ross, John Terry, Bruce Boa, Kieron Jecchinis, Jon Stafford, Tim Colceri, Peter Edmund, Kirk Taylor.
Overview: A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Genres: Drama, War. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 56m. Rated: R.
#12 The Elephant Man 1980
I am not an animal! I am a human being! I...am...a man!
Director: David Lynch. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, John Standing, Phoebe Nicholls, Kenny Baker.
Overview: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
Genre: Drama. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 5m. Rated: PG.
#13 Ran 1985
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû.
Overview: A story of greed, a lust for power, and ultimate revenge when an elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him. A profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed, and the insatiable thirst for power.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Foreign, History, Indie. Countries: France, Japan. Runtime: 2h 40m. Rated: R.
#14 Grave of the Fireflies 1988
Director: Isao Takahata. Cast: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi.
Overview: In the latter part of World War II, a boy and his sister, orphaned when their mother is killed in the firebombing of Tokyo, are left to survive on their own in what remains of civilian life in Japan. The plot follows this boy and his sister as they do their best to survive in the Japanese countryside, battling hunger, prejudice, and pride in their own quiet, personal battle.
Genre: Animation. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 29m. Rated: NR.
#15 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983
The Empire Falls...
Director: Richard Marquand. Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Sebastian Shaw, David Prowse, Alec Guinness, Kenny Baker.
Overview: As Rebel leaders map their strategy for an all-out attack on the Emperor's newer, bigger -- and dreaded --Death Star. Han Solo remains frozen in the cavernous desert fortress of Jabba the Hutt, the most loathsome outlaw in the universe, who is also keeping Princess Leia as a slave girl.Now a master of the Force, Luke Skywalker rescues his friends, but he cannot become a true Jedi Knight until he wages his own crucial battle against Darth Vader, who has sworn to win Luke over to the Dark side of the Force.
Genres: Action, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 15m. Rated: PG.
#16 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989
The man with the hat is back. And this time, he's bringing his Dad.
Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, River Phoenix, Michael Byrne, Kevork Malikyan, Robert Eddison, Richard Young, Alexei Sayle, Paul Maxwell, Isla Blair, Vernon Dobtcheff.
Overview: Three years after he recovered The Ark of the Covenant. Jones recovered an artifact that he found as a kid, the Cross of Francisco De Coronado from treasure hunters. Now, Jones discovers the history of another biblical artifact called "The Holy Grail". He was also informed that his father, Henry Jones is missing. Jones has to find his father who is looking for the Grail. However, Jones will become involved in the search of the Holy Grail along with his father, as well as fighting the Nazis to reach it.
Genres: Action, Adventure. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 7m. Rated: PG-13.
#17 Die Hard 1988
40 Stories. Twelve Terrorists. One Cop.
Director: John McTiernan. Cast: Bruce Willis, Reginald VelJohnson, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov, Paul Gleason, William Atherton, De'voreaux White, Hart Bochner, Alan Rickman, Dennis Hayden, James Shigeta, Robert Davi, Bob Jennings.
Overview: NYPD cop John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife, Holly, is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of pitiless terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.
Genres: Action, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 11m. Rated: R.
#18 Blade Runner 1982
Man has made his match... now it's his problem.
Director: Ridley Scott. Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy, James Hong, Morgan Paull, Kevin Thompson, John Edward Allen, Hy Pyke, Kimiko Hiroshige.
Overview: In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to kill a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.
Genres: Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller. Countries: United States of America, Hong Kong, United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 57m. Rated: R.
#19 Fanny and Alexander 1983
Director: Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Allan Edwall, Ewa Fröling, Jan Malmsjö, Gunn Wållgren, Jarl Kulle, Erland Josephson.
Overview: A widowed actress and her children suffer hardships when she marries a conservative church leader.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Countries: Germany, France, Sweden. Runtime: 3h 8m. Rated: R.
#20 Come and See 1985
Director: Elem Klimov. Cast: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Lauciavicius.
Overview: A boy is unwillingly thrust into the atrocities of war in WWII Byelorussia, fighting for a hopelessly unequipped resistance movement against the ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject terror and accidentally surviving horrifying situations he loses his innocence and then his mind.
Genres: Action, Drama, Foreign, History. Country: Russian Federation. Runtime: 2h 22m.
#21 Platoon 1986
The first casualty of war is innocence.
Director: Oliver Stone. Cast: Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley, Francesco Quinn, Richard Edson, Reggie Johnson, Keith David, David Neidorf, Mark Moses, Chris Pedersen, Ivan Kane, Paul Sanchez, J. Adam Glover.
Overview: A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Genres: Action, Drama, War. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h. Rated: R.
#22 Scarface 1983
The world is yours...
Director: Brian De Palma. Cast: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Miriam Colón, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin, Ángel Salazar, Arnaldo Santana, Pepe Serna, Michael P. Moran, Al Israel, Dennis Holahan.
Overview: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 50m. Rated: R.
#23 My Neighbor Totoro 1988
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Cast: Noriko Hidaka, Hitoshi Takagi, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi, Sumi Shimamoto, Tanie Kitabayashi, Masashi Hirose, Yûko Maruyama, Shigeru Chiba, Toshiyuki Amagasa.
Overview: Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from the spirits to find her.
Genres: Fantasy, Animation, Family. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 26m. Rated: PG.
#24 The Thing 1982
Director: John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites.
Overview: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: Canada, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 49m. Rated: R.
#25 Gandhi 1982
Director: Richard Attenborough. Cast: Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangadi, Candice Bergen, Roshan Seth, Om Puri, Saeed Jaffrey, Alyque Padamsee, Martin Sheen, Amrish Puri, Ian Charleson, Edward Fox, Geraldine James, Daniel Day-Lewis, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard.
Overview: Director Richard Attenborough tells with this epic, and elaborate produced film, the story of freedom and peace fighter Gandhi, the Indian who helped give Indians their independence. The film was nominated in eleven categories at the Academy Awards, winning eight in total.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, History. Countries: United Kingdom, India. Runtime: 3h 8m. Rated: PG.
#26 Stand by Me 1986
Director: Rob Reiner. Cast: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, John Cusack, Richard Dreyfuss, Casey Siemaszko, Gary Riley, Bradley Gregg, Jason Oliver, Marshall Bell, Frances Lee McCain, Bruce Kirby, William Bronder.
Overview: The film's name comes from the song "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King from 1961. The song was also the theme song. This film was modeled from a novella by Stephen King called "The Body" and was the first filmed story from the author. The film tells the story of a group of 10-year-old friends out on their own and the trials and tribulation they are confronted with along the journey.
Genres: Crime, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 25m. Rated: R.
#27 The Terminator 1984
Your future is in his hands.
Director: James Cameron. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen, Bess Motta, Earl Boen, Rick Rossovich, Bill Paxton, Brian Thompson, Franco Columbu, Dick Miller, Joe Farago, Shawn Schepps, Bruce M. Kerner.
Overview: In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical hegemony. Meanwhile, the human-resistance movement dispatches a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. Can he stop the virtually indestructible killing machine?
Genres: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 48m. Rated: R.
#28 Au Revoir les Enfants 1987
Director: Louis Malle. Cast: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Stanislas Carré de Malberg, François Berléand, François Négret, Xavier Legrand, Pascal Rivet, Irène Jacob, Richard Leboeuf, Peter Fitz, Arnaud Henriet, Luc Etienne, Jean-Paul Dubarry.
Overview: Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie—until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Malle’s own childhood, the film is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening.
Genres: Drama, War. Countries: Germany, France, Italy. Runtime: 1h 45m.
#29 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Cast: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya, Ichirô Nagai, Kôhei Miyauchi, Jôji Yanami, Minoru Yada, Rihoko Yoshida, Yôji Matsuda, Mîna Tominaga, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Iemasa Kayumi, Tetsuo Mizutori, Uma Thurman.
Overview: Nausicaä, a gentle young princess, has an empathetic bond with the giant mutated insects that evolved in the wake of the destruction of the ecosystem. Traveling by cumbersome flying ship, on the backs of giant birds, and perched atop her beloved glider, Nausicaä and her allies must negotiate peace between kingdoms battling over the last of the world's precious natural resources.
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Animation, Action, Science Fiction, Foreign. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#30 Castle in the Sky 1986
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Cast: Keiko Yokozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Minori Terada, Kotoe Hatsui, Fujio Tokita, Ichirô Nagai, Hiroshi Itoh, Machiko Washio, Takumi Kamiyama, Yoshito Yasuhara, Sukekiyo Kameyama, Eken Mine, Tarako, Reiko Suzuki, Masashi Sugawara.
Overview: The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the mythical sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins of the once-great civilization. Sheeta and Pazu must outwit the evil Muska, who plans to use Laputa's science to make himself ruler of the world.
Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 4m.
#31 The Princess Bride 1987
It's as real as the feelings you feel.
Director: Rob Reiner. Cast: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, André the Giant, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Carol Kane, Mel Smith, Peter Cook, Margery Mason, Willy DeVille.
Overview: In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can't stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 39m. Rated: PG.
#32 Time of the Gypsies 1988
Director: Emir Kusturica. Cast: Davor Dujmovic, Bora Todorovic, Ljubica Adzovic, Husnija Hasimovic, Sinolicka Trpkova, Zabit Memedov, Elvira Sali, Suada Karisik.
Overview: In this luminous tale set in the former Yugoslavia, Perhan, an engaging young Romany with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime that threatens to destroy him and those he loves.
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy. Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, United Kingdom, Italy. Runtime: 2h 16m.
#33 Jean de Florette 1986
Director: Claude Berri. Cast: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu, Margarita Lozano, Ernestine Mazurowna, Armand Meffre, Jean Maurel, Didier Pain, Pierre-Jean Rippert.
Overview: In a rural French village an old man and his only remaining relative cast their covetous eyes on an adjoining vacant property. They need its spring water for growing their flowers, so are dismayed to hear the man who has inherited it is moving in. They block up the spring and watch as their new neighbour tries to keep his crops watered from wells far afield through the hot summer. Though they see his desperate efforts are breaking his health and his wife and daughter's hearts they think only of getting the water
Genre: Drama. Country: France. Runtime: 2h.
#34 Manon of the Spring 1986
Director: Claude Berri. Cast: Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil, Hippolyte Girardot, Margarita Lozano, Yvonne Gamy, Élisabeth Depardieu, Ticky Holgado.
Overview: In this, the sequel to Jean de Florette, Manon (Beart) has grown into a beautiful young shepherdess living in the idyllic Provencal countryside. She plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her her father's land caused his death years earlier.
Genre: Drama. Country: France. Runtime: 2h.
#35 Fitzcarraldo 1982
Director: Werner Herzog. Cast: Klaus Kinski, Miguel Ángel Fuentes, José Lewgoy, Huerequeque Enrique Bohórquez, Claudia Cardinale, Paul Hittscher, Milton Nascimento, David Pérez Espinosa, William L. Rose, Salvador Godínez, Peter Berling, Ruy Polanah, Grande Otelo, Dieter Milz, Liborio Simonella.
Overview: Fitzcarraldo is a dreamer who plans to build an opera house in Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon, so, in order to finance his project, he embarks on an epic adventure to collect rubber, a very profitable product, in a remote and unexplored region of the rainforest.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama. Countries: Germany, Peru. Runtime: 2h 37m.
#36 Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989
Director: Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Martin Landau, Anjelica Huston, Joanna Gleason, Alan Alda, Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach.
Overview: A New York doctor resorts to desperate measures when his long-term mistress threatens to reveal their affair if he doesn't marry her. When his brother offers to eliminate the situation, he is faced with a moral dilemma. Meanwhile, Clifford Stern is commissioned to make a portrait of successful TV producer and brother-in-law Lester, who represents everything that Clifford despises.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Indie. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 47m. Rated: PG-13.
#37 A Christmas Story 1983
Peace. Harmony. Comfort and Joy... Maybe Next Year.
Director: Bob Clark. Cast: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley, Ian Petrella, Scott Schwartz, R.D. Robb, Tedde Moore, Yano Anaya, Zack Ward, Jeff Gillen, Leslie Carlson.
Overview: A Christmas Story is a classic Christmas film about a young boy who wants an air rifle for Christmas yet his parents won't allow it saying “you’ll shoot your eye out.” The film illustrates the comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph in the winter in a small town in America in the 1940’s.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Holiday. Countries: Canada, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 34m. Rated: PG.
#38 Paris, Texas 1984
A place for dreams. A place for heartbreak. A place to pick up the pieces.
Director: Wim Wenders. Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Hunter Carson, Aurore Clément, Bernhard Wicki.
Overview: German director Wim Wenders won the Golden Palme at Cannes for his 1984 film Paris, Texas. The film reflects the landscape and people of the United States from the perspective of European cinema.
Genres: Drama, Indie, Mystery, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 27m. Rated: R.
#39 Rain Man 1988
Director: Barry Levinson. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen, Jack Murdock, Michael D. Roberts, Ralph Seymour, Lucinda Jenney, Bonnie Hunt, Kim Robillard, Beth Grant, Dolan Dougherty, Marshall Dougherty, Patrick Dougherty, Peter Dougherty.
Overview: The sensible drama about the reunification of two very different brothers and their struggle to stay together. Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for best actor for his memorable performance as the autistic Raymond.
Genres: Drama, Road Movie. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 13m. Rated: R.
#40 Glory 1989
Their innocence. Their heritage. Their lives.
Director: Edward Zwick. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Jihmi Kennedy.
Overview: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Genres: Drama, History, War. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 2m. Rated: R.
#41 Brazil 1985
It's only a state of mind.
Director: Terry Gilliam. Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Kim Greist, Jim Broadbent, Terry Gilliam.
Overview: Brazil is a Terry Gilliam dystopic black comedy film that reflects the melancholy, dreamlike quality of a famous Brazilian song that’s been translated into English. The film parodies the mostly dysfunctional bureaucratic world we live in and takes us to a post-apocalyptic world in the future yet with our present day attitudes in mind.
Genres: Comedy, Foreign, Science Fiction. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 11m. Rated: R.
#42 Wings of Desire 1987
Director: Wim Wenders. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander, Solveig Dommartin, Curt Bois, Peter Falk, Hans Martin Stier, Beatrice Manowski, Elmar Wilms.
Overview: Wings of Desire is Wim Wender’s artistically beautiful film about the lonely and immortal life of angles during a post-war Berlin. It’s a poetic journey from the perspective of the angles of which one falls in love with a living woman and wants to become a mortal human thus giving up his heavenly life. Filmed in black and white and with a feeling of celebrating life.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Romance, Science Fiction. Countries: Germany, France. Runtime: 2h 7m. Rated: PG-13.
#43 The Untouchables 1987
Never stop fighting till the fight is done
Director: Brian De Palma. Cast: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Bradford, Jack Kehoe, Brad Sullivan, Billy Drago, Patricia Clarkson, Vito D'Ambrosio, Steven Goldstein, Peter Aylward, Don Harvey.
Overview: Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is deternimed to take down Al Capone but it's not going to be easy, because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one in the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 59m. Rated: R.
#44 The Killer 1990
Director: John Woo. Cast: Chow Yun-Fat.
Overview: In this bloody tale of loyalty and friendship, Chow Yun-Fat is Jeffrey, an assassin who wishes to leave the business so he can take care of Jennie, the beautiful lounge singer who he inadvertently blinded during a previous assignment. Danny Lee is the determined cop who will stop at nothing to bring him in, only he realizes that Jeffrey is no ordinary assassin, and wishes to help him in his quest. Only problem is that Jeffrey's employers refuse to pay him for his last job, money which is needed to restore Jennie's eyesight.
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Foreign. Country: Hong Kong. Runtime: 1h 51m.
#45 Breaker Morant 1980
Directors: Mark Egerton, Toivo Lember, Ralph Storey, Christopher Williams, Bruce Beresford. Cast: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown, Terence Donovan, Vincent Ball, Ray Meagher, Chris Haywood, Russell Kiefel, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Rod Mullinar, Alan Cassell, Rob Steele, Chris Smith, Bruno Knez.
Overview: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial does not progress as smoothly as expected by the General Staff, as the defence puts up a strong fight in the courtroom.
Genres: Drama, History. Country: Australia. Runtime: 1h 47m. Rated: PG.
#46 The Killing Fields 1984
Here, only the silent survive.
Director: Roland Joffé. Cast: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, Craig T. Nelson, John Malkovich, Athol Fugard, Julian Sands, Spalding Gray, Bill Paterson, Graham Kennedy, Katherine Krapum Chey, Oliver Pierpaoli, Edward Entero Chey, Tom Bird, Monirak Sisowath, Lambool Dtangpaibool.
Overview: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four years, until Pol Pot's regime was toppled by the intervening Vietnamese in 1979.
Genres: Drama, History, War. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 22m. Rated: R.
#47 The Sacrifice 1986
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky. Cast: Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, Tommy Kjellqvist, Allan Edwall, Guðrún Birna Gísladóttir.
Overview: Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.
Genre: Drama. Countries: Sweden, United Kingdom, France. Runtime: 2h 29m.
#48 Hannah And Her Sisters 1986
Director: Woody Allen. Cast: Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Maureen O'Sullivan, Max von Sydow, Lloyd Nolan, Woody Allen, Joanna Gleason, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christian Clemenson.
Overview: Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Indie, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 43m.
#49 This Is Spinal Tap 1984
Director: Rob Reiner. Cast: Rob Reiner, R.J. Parnell, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Bruno Kirby, Harry Shearer, Tony Hendra, David Kaff, Kimberly Stringer, Chazz Dominguez, Shari Hall, Ed Begley Jr., Fran Drescher, Patrick Macnee, Julie Payne.
Overview: This Is Spinal Tap is a 1984 mock rockumentary directed by Rob Reiner and starring members of the fictional heavy-metal/hard rock band Spinal Tap. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard-rock and heavy-metal bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rockumentaries of the time.
Genres: Comedy, Documentary, Music. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 22m. Rated: R.
#50 Kagemusha 1980
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu.
Overview: When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.
Genres: Action, Drama, Foreign, History, Indie, War. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 59m. Rated: PG.
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