My Best Films of 1987

Out of 368 films seen. All rated 8/10 or higher.
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1.
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.)
 
2.
Landscape Suicide (1987)
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In "Landscape Suicide" Benning continues his examination of Americana through the stories of two murderers... (95 mins.)
Director: James Benning
 
3.
King Lear (1987)
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Everything returns to normal after Chernobyl. That is, everything but art. Most of the great works are lost... (90 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
4.
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
 
5.
The Dante Quartet (1987 Short Film)
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A visual representation, in four parts, of one man's internalization of "The Divine Comedy." Hell is... (6 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
The Last of England (1987)
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The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher. (92 mins.)
Director: Derek Jarman
 
9.
The Last Emperor (1987)
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The story of the final Emperor of China. (163 mins.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
Life Is a Dream (1987)
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A baroque mix of revolutionary politics, pop culture and semiotics loosely based on the play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca... (100 mins.)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
 
12.
Where is the Friend's Home? (1987)
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An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school. (83 mins.)
 
13.
Kobieta samotna (1987 TV Movie)
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A story of a middle-aged woman, Irena, living alone on the outskirts of Wroclaw with her 8-year old son... (92 mins.)
 
14.
Plain Talk & Common Sense (1987)
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(110 mins.)
Director: Jon Jost
 
15.
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
 
16.
Withnail & I (1987)
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At the end of the 1960's, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous. (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
Housekeeping (1987)
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In the Pacific Northwest in 1955, two young sisters, abandoned by their mother, wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie... (116 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
21.
Blind Chance (1987)
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Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life. (114 mins.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987 Documentary)
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This documentary movie covers two concerts at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate Chuck Berry's 60th birthday, and also discusses his life and career. (120 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
24.
The Man Who Planted Trees (1987 Short Film)
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The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley. (30 mins.)
Director: Frédéric Back
 
25.
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
 
26.
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987 Documentary)
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A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war. (122 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Hara
 
27.
Under the Sun of Satan (1987)
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Dossignan is a zealous rural priest. The dean Menou-Segrais tries to keep him reasonable. But Dossignan will be tempted by Satan, then will try to save the soul of Mouchette, a young girl who killed one of her lovers. (97 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
28.
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987 Documentary)
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A documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home... (84 mins.)
Director: Bill Couturie
 
29.
Black Widow (1987)
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A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance. (102 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
 
30.
Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987 Documentary)
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This film recounts the murder of Vincent Chin, an automotive engineer mistaken as Japanese who was slain... (87 mins.)
 
31.
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
 
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33.
Blind (1987 Documentary)
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Shows the educational programs and daily life of students in kindergarten through the 12th grade at the Alabama School for the Blind... (132 mins.)
 
34.
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
 
35.
Light Years (1987 Short Film)
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A long journey through landscapes and images, an ingenious road-movie in which Gunvor Nelson invites the viewer to watch and listen. (28 mins.)
Director: Gunvor Nelson
 
36.
Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)
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Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns. (93 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
 
37.
Family Viewing (1987)
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Van's father, Stan, is fond of video, always taping scenes of daily family life. But he does not take care of Van's grandmother... (86 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
38.
The Deadman (1987 Short Film)
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A strange tale of a woman who sets off on a wild adventure before returning home to die. (38 mins.)
 
39.
Babette's Feast (1987)
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During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters. (102 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Axel