Favoritest Movies of 1985

I'm making (probably) the most comprehensive favorite movie list ever! No sense in being arbitrary with such a commonly asked question. So I'm ranking every movie I've ever seen using Paired Comparison Analysis. First, year by year, then the top 80th percentile from each year advance to the decade round, and from there the all time round.
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1.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
2.
A View to a Kill (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley. (131 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ This is far from my favorite Bond movie, and I was shocked, even almost ashamed when I saw that it scored so high. But, there is a remnant of remembering the ad for it in the newspaper (same artwork as pictured to the left, just in a muddy halftone on newsprint) wanting to see it in the theater, and not getting to. My first theatrical Bond would be The Living Daylights.
A shock, a surprise, and somehow it fits. It's aged better than many movies on this list, and it's got Walken! Plus, I really dig The Saint and John Steed running around for a bit :) ” - Tincage
 
3.
Explorers (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what? (109 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
4.
Vampire Hunter D (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her, and thus prevent her from becoming a vampire herself. (80 mins.)
Director: Toyoo Ashida
 
5.
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Set on the subterranean Mine-World, a band of human worker are treated like slaves under the power of the evil overlord Zygon until one... (107 mins.)
Director: Steven Hahn
 
6.
Brazil (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
7.
Enemy Mine (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor... (108 mins.)
 
8.
Silverado (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town. (133 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
9.
Ran (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
10.
Legend (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves. (94 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
11.
Pale Rider (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land. (115 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
12.
Clue (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery. (94 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
 
13.
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate. (109 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Would we have Harry Potter without you? ” - Tincage
 
14.
Return to Oz (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Murch
 
15.
Commando (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter. (90 mins.)
Director: Mark L. Lester
 
16.
The Black Cauldron (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can. (80 mins.)
 
17.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
18.
The Goonies (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure. (114 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
19.
Weird Science (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that. (94 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
20.
Cocoon (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigour. (117 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
21.
Red Sonja (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A vengeful woman sets out to retrieve a magic orb from an evil queen whom she vows vengeance upon after the evil queen slain her family and her loyal warriors raped her. (89 mins.)
 
22.
The Quiet Earth (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda. (91 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Murphy
 
23.
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood. (110 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
24.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Marauders raid the Ewok village and steal a power supply they believe to be magical. Wicket helps Cindel escape the evil witch Charal, and they befriend a hermit who may help them save the village. (94 mins.)
Director: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
 
25.
Real Genius (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans. (108 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
 
26.
Ladyhawke (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him... (121 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
27.
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
During WW2, American General Worden orders Major Reisman to pick 12 soldiers from the military prison for the dangerous mission of killing a Nazi General. (95 mins.)
 
28.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen. (107 mins.)
 
29.
King Solomon's Mines (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Fortune hunter Allan Quatermain teams up with a resourceful woman to help her find her missing father lost in the wilds of 1900s Africa while being pursued by hostile tribes and a rival German explorer. (100 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
30.
Fletch (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher is a newspaper reporter being offered a large sum to off a cancerous millionaire, but is on the run, risking his job, and finding clues when it's clear the man is healthy. (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
 
31.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. (91 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
32.
My Science Project (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A high school student and his friend find a strange, orb-like piece of equipment to use as a science project, but must stop it when it begins to threaten mankind. (94 mins.)
 
33.
Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Tabloid reporters Jack Harrison and Gil Turner are sent to Transylvania with two choices: find the Frankenstein monster or find new jobs... (93 mins.)
Director: Rudy De Luca
 
34.
Here Come the Littles (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Henry's parents are lost in Africa, so he must live with his greedy and heartless Uncle Augustus. In the crevices of the house live the "Littles" kind... (72 mins.)
 
35.
Jagged Edge (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack... (108 mins.)
 
36.
Fright Night (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
 
37.
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When a new gang moves into town it's up to the screwball police team to stop them. (87 mins.)
Director: Jerry Paris
 
38.
Rocky IV (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge. (91 mins.)
 
39.
Teen Wolf (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf. (91 mins.)
Director: Rod Daniel
 
40.
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam. (96 mins.)
 
41.
The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
This is the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but... (106 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
 
42.
Silver Bullet (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Attias
 
43.
Follow That Bird (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Big Bird is sent to live far from Sesame Street by a pesky social worker. Unhappy, Big Bird runs away from his foster home, prompting the rest of the Sesame Street gang to go on a cross-country journey to find him. (88 mins.)
Director: Ken Kwapis
 
44.
National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues. (95 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
45.
Witness (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
46.
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan. (104 mins.)
Director: Susan Seidelman
 
47.
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An officially "dead" cop is trained to become an extraordinarily unique assassin in service of the US president. (121 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
48.
The Care Bears Movie (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The Care Bears watch over a young brother and sister who have lost their trust in humanity. Meanwhile an evil wizard wishes to cover the Earth in concrete. (77 mins.)
Director: Arna Selznick
 
49.
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A paleontologist and her husband discover a mother and baby brontosaurus in Africa, and try to protect them from a group of hunters intent on capturing the dinosaurs. (95 mins.)
Director: B.W.L. Norton
 
50.
Prizzi's Honor (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love. (130 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
51.
Murphy's Romance (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch... (107 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
52.
Out of Africa (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. (161 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
53.
Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Rainbow Brite must stop an evil princess and her underlings from taking over the planet Spectra. (85 mins.)
 
54.
The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Peanut butter is the secret ingredient for magic potions made by two friendly ghosts. Eleven-year-old... (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Rubbo
 
55.
The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A man picked randomly out of a crowd is made the target of CIA survelliance and pursuit. (92 mins.)
Director: Stan Dragoti
 
56.
Mask (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. (120 mins.)
 
57.
Star Knight (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Princess Alba is abducted by a dragon, and it's up to Klever to save her. But, it turns out that this dragon is an alien spacecraft, and Alba falls in love with the human-alien inside it. (90 mins.)
Director: Fernando Colomo
 
58.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him in order to continue his murder spree in the real world. (87 mins.)
Director: Jack Sholder
 
59.
Day of the Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. (96 mins.)
 
60.
Once Bitten (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A vampire Countess needs to drink the blood of a virgin in order to keep her eternal beauty. It seems that all is hopeless, until she bumps into Mark Kendall. (94 mins.)
Director: Howard Storm
 
61.
Creature (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
A expedition to Titan uncovers an alien being, that goes on a rampage. (97 mins.)
Director: William Malone
 
62.
Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer's scheme to take over Christmas. (107 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
63.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular... (90 mins.)
Director: Alan Metter
 
64.
Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A one-man army comes to the rescue of the United States when a spy attempts an invasion. (107 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
 
65.
Summer Rental (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An overworked air-traffic controller takes his family on a beach vacation but is soon beset by series of mishaps. (87 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
 
66.
Heaven Help Us (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A new transfer student to St. Basil's Boys' Prep School tries to fit in while romantically pursuing a troubled young girl. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Dinner
 
67.
Death Wish 3 (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey arrives back in New York City and is forcibly recruited by a crooked police chief to fight street crime caused by a large gang terrorizing the neighborhoods. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
68.
Turk 182! (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue... (102 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
69.
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union. (131 mins.)