Best Films of 1985

A lot of films that came out this year still hold up today. Looking back on the films that inspired us all in some way. Every film's intention is to be successful financially, and personally amongst the people. And only a handful become that. These are those films. Critics, box office, and awards are a factor in how they make this list. Here are the best films of 1985. Enjoy!
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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.
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
 
3.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life. (120 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
4.
The Color Purple (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades. (154 mins.)
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
Re-Animator (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. (105 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
Runaway Train (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving. (111 mins.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world. (82 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
After Hours (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop. (97 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
20.
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
 
21.
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
 
22.
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
 
23.
The Sure Thing (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally... (100 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
24.
Agnes of God (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When a naive novice nun is discovered with a dead newborn in her convent quarters, a court-appointed psychiatrist investigates her case. (98 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
25.
The Emerald Forest (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After the son of engineer Bill Markham is abducted by an aboriginal tribe on the edge of the rain forest, the engineer spends the next 10 years searching for him. (114 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
Lost in America (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago. (91 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
28.
Desert Hearts (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
It is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She's unsatisfied with her marriage... (96 mins.)
Director: Donna Deitch
 
29.
Better Off Dead... (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier. (97 mins.)