1987: A Viewer's Guide

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1.
House of Games (1987)
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A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men. (102 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
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2.
The Last Emperor (1987)
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The story of the final Emperor of China. (163 mins.)
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3.
Wings of Desire (1987)
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An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. (128 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
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4.
Withnail & I (1987)
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London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp... (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
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5.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
6.
Hope and Glory (1987)
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A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2... (113 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
7.
Radio Days (1987)
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A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium. (88 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
8.
Broadcast News (1987)
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Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly. (133 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
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9.
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
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This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens... (105 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
10.
The Dead (1987)
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Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend an early January dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them. (83 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
11.
Roxanne (1987)
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Based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac", large nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne while she falls for his personality but another man's looks. (107 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
12.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
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A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
 
13.
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
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A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
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14.
Red Sorghum (1987)
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In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby... (91 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
15.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
16.
Evil Dead II (1987)
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The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
17.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
18.
Raising Arizona (1987)
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When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated. (94 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
19.
Barfly (1987)
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Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. (100 mins.)
 
20.
Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987)
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Reinette and Mirabelle are two young girls. Reinette lives in the countryside, Mirabelle in Paris. They... (95 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
21.
Angel Heart (1987)
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Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn. (113 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
22.
Anguish (1987)
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A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree. (86 mins.)
Director: Bigas Luna
 
23.
Babette's Feast (1987)
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In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father... (102 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Axel
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24.
The Big Town (1987)
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It is 1957. J.C. Cullen is a young man from a small town, with a talent for winning at craps, who leaves... (109 mins.)
Director: Ben Bolt
 
25.
Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987)
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In Paris outskirts Blanche, a young clerk, befriends Lea, a girl livelier than she is. Lea is going... (103 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
26.
Brightness (1987)
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A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father. (105 mins.)
 
27.
The Cry of the Owl (1987)
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After separation from his wife Robert moves to Vichy where he observes beautiful Juliette. Her fiance Patrick becomes jealous and attacks Robert. When Patrick disappears Robert is suspected to have killed him. (102 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
28.
Extreme Prejudice (1987)
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A Texas Ranger and a ruthless narcotics kingpin - they were childhood friends, now they are adversaries... (96 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
29.
Gap-Toothed Women (1987 Documentary)
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A charming valentine to women born with a space between their teeth. (31 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
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30.
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
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In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam. (121 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
31.
The Hidden (1987)
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An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in L.A. A human cop, detective Tom Beck, and an alien cop posing as a young FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher both pursue the parasite who frequently changes his human hosts. (96 mins.)
Director: Jack Sholder
 
32.
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
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An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Townsend
 
33.
Housekeeping (1987)
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In the Pacific Northwest in 1955, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie... (116 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
34.
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)
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Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Polly aspires to be a professional photographer... (81 mins.)
Director: Patricia Rozema
 
35.
Less Than Zero (1987)
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A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit. (98 mins.)
Director: Marek Kanievska
 
36.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
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A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have one thing in common: hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
37.
Moonstruck (1987)
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Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
38.
Near Dark (1987)
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A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter. (94 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
39.
No Way Out (1987)
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A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress. (114 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
40.
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
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The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm... (157 mins.)
Director: Bille August
 
41.
RoboCop (1987)
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In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
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42.
September (1987)
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At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children. (82 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
43.
Stakeout (1987)
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Two cops have to observe a woman. One of them falls in love with her. (117 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
44.
The Stepfather (1987)
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After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
 
45.
Tin Men (1987)
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A minor car accident drives two rival aluminum-siding salesmen to the ridiculous extremes of man versus man in 1963 Baltimore. (112 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
46.
The Untouchables (1987)
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Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (119 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
47.
Wall Street (1987)
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A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing. (126 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
48.
The Whistle Blower (1986)
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A war veteran tries to investigate the murder of his son who was working as a Russian translator for the British intelligence service during the Cold War. He meets a web of deception and paranoia that seems impenetrable... (100 mins.)
Director: Simon Langton
 
49.
Wish You Were Here (1987)
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In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister... (88 mins.)
Director: David Leland
 
50.
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
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Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives. (118 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
51.
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
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John Preston is a British agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the 'special relationship' between the two countries. (119 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
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52.
Matewan (1987)
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A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
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53.
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)
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Sammy and Rosie are an unconventional middle-class London married couple. They live in the midst of inner-city chaos... (101 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
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54.
Shy People (1987)
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New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. Journalist's wild drug addicted daughter just adds to tensions between two families' cultures. (118 mins.)
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55.
A Taxing Woman (1987)
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If tax evasion is an art, wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo is Rembrandt. And so, a determined taxing woman gets the tough assignment of trying to catch him. (127 mins.)
Director: Jûzô Itami
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