1980s

Airplane! (1980)

Atlantic City (1980)

The Big Red One (1980)

Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

Dressed to Kill (1980)

empireStar Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Director: Irvin Kershner. Surely, Empire is one of the greatest sequels ever created, on par with The Godfather, Part II. It is a brilliantly dark sequel in which Luke Skywalker begins his training with Master Yoda, but grows impatient to face his nemesis Darth Vader, only to prove that his powers are not yet ready. Meanwhile, Han Solo and his compatriots fly to the cloud city at Bespin only to be betrayed and fall into the hands of the empire. The film ends with a disturbing revelation: Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father, and the Rebel Alliance is on the verge of total destruction.

The Elephant Man (1980)

Kagemusha (1980)

Mon oncle d’Amerique (1980)

Best Picture (1980): Ordinary People (1980)

Raging Bull (1980)

shiningThe Shining (1980)
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick’s The Shining is one of the greatest cinematic horror achievements of all time. Kubrick notably entirely disregarded Stephen King’s novel and screenplay, much to the original author’s chagrin. The plot is simple, yet the film lasts over two hours, indicating the slow pace of the tension as the family’s descends into chaos. In the film, a family moves into the frozen and echoingly silent hotel, “The Overlook” in remote Colorado. Gradually they descend into madness, hallucinations, and murder.

Vengeance is Mine (1980)

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Arthur (1981)

Body Heat (1981)

Best Picture (1981): Chariots of Fire (1981)

Das Boot (1981)

For_Your_Eyes_Only_-_UK_cinema_posterJames Bond #12: For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Director: John Glen. For Your Eyes Only has often earned itself a reputation as one of the less goofy Roger Moore Bond films. It is the twelfth James Bond film, and the fifth starring Roger Moore. The film has an odd opening in which Bond kills what seems to be Blofeld. The rest of the plot is about a Soviet plot to acquire a device called a Automatic-Targeting-Attack-Communicator (ATAC) which controls the Royal British fleet of submarines.

Gallipoli (1981)

My Dinner with Andre (1981)

Pixote (1981)

On Golden Pond (1981)

Ragtime (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Blade Runner (1982)

E. T. – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Fanny and Alexander (1982)

First Blood (1982)

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Best Picture (1982): Gandhi (1982)

The King of Comedy (1982)

Mephisto (1982)

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

Poltergeist (1982)

Sophie’s Choice (1982)

The Thing (1982)

Tootsie (1982)

The Verdict (1982)

Veronika Voss (1982)

A Christmas Story (1983)

El Norte (1983)

Entre Nous (1983)

Never Say Never Again (1983)

James Bond #13: Octopussy (1983)

Prenom Carmen (1983)

ReturnOfTheJediPoster1983Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Director: Richard Marquand. The third and final installment of the original Star Wars trilogy. The Empire is rebuilding its massive Death Star that was destroyed in the first film (episode IV). Luke Skywalker returns as a more confident Jedi trained by Master Yoda. He and his compatriots rescue Han Solo, Luke faces his father, and just when all hope is lost, Vader destroys the Emperor, his master, and helps the Rebel Alliance prevent the Empire from rising again. The brilliant conclusion takes us from the desert planet of Tatooine, to the swamps of Dagobah, and the forests of Endor.

The Right Stuff (1983)

Scarface (1983)

The Star Chamber (1983)

Tender Mercies (1983)

Best Picture (1983): Terms of Endearment (1983)

Zelig (1983)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Passage to India (1984)

A Soldier’s Story (1984)

A Sunday in the Country (1984)

A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984)

AmadeusmovBest Picture (1984): Amadeus (1984)
Director: Miloš Forman. Amadeus has been a long-time favorite. The film was adapted from the stage play of the same name. The film tells the story of a fictional conspiracy theory in which an envious Italian composer named Antonio Salieri tries to end the life and career of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a brilliant young composer who has taken Vienna by storm.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Ghost Busters (1984)

The Killing Fields (1984)

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Paris, Texas (1984)

Places in the Heart (1984)

The Terminator (1984)

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

A Room With a View (1985)

James Bond #14: A View To A Kill (1985)

After Hours (1985)

Back to the Future (1985)

Brazil (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Color Purple (1985)

Come and See (1985)

Day of the Dead (1985)

The Emerald Forest (1985)

The Goonies (1985)

Jagged Edge (1985)

Best Picture (1985): Out of Africa (1985)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

Pale Rider (1985)

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Ran (1985)

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Shoah (1985)

The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

Aliens (1986)

Betty Blue (1986)

Blue Velvet (1986)

Children of a Lesser God (1986)

“Crocodile” Dundee (1986)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

The Fly (1986)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

The Hitcher (1986)

Manhunter (1986)

The Mission (1986)

Best Picture (1986): Platoon (1986)

Sherman’s March (1986)

Stand By Me (1986)

Top Gun (1986)

3 Men and a Baby (1987)

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

Babette’s Feast (1987)

The Big Easy (1987)

The Dead (1987)

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

House of Games (1987)

Best Picture (1987): The Last Emperor (1987)

Lethal Weapon (1987)

James Bond #15: The Living Daylights (1987)

No Way Out (1987)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Predator (1987)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Raising Arizona (1987)

The Untouchables (1987)

Wall Street (1987)

Withnail and I (1987)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

The Accidental Tourist (1988)

The Accused (1988)

Big (1988)

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

The Decalogue (1988)

Die Hard (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Histoire(s) du cinema (1988-1998)

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Moonstruck (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Best Picture (1988): Rain Man (1988)

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

Wings of Desire (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

The Abyss (1989)

Batman (1989)

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Best Picture (1989): Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Field of Dreams (1989)

Glory (1989)

Henry V (1989)

James Bond #16: License To Kill (1989)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Monsieur Hire (1989)

Music Box (1989)

Mystery Train (1989)

Roger & Me (1989)

Say Anything… (1989)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)