Most Popular Feature Films Released 1987-01-01 to 1987-12-31


1. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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77 Metascore

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

Votes: 307,476 | Gross: $30.86M

2. Dirty Dancing (1987)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.9
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65 Metascore

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Votes: 148,052 | Gross: $63.89M

3. Moonstruck (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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83 Metascore

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.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello

Votes: 36,923 | Gross: $80.64M

4. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.8
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36 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 301,126 | Gross: $59.74M

5. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

8.3
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78 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 510,787 | Gross: $46.36M

6. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.6
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 197,862 | Gross: $65.21M

7. Masters of the Universe (1987)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.3
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The heroic warrior He-Man battles against lord Skeletor and his armies of darkness for control of Castle Grayskull.

Director: Gary Goddard | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Billy Barty

Votes: 29,082 | Gross: $17.34M

8. Fatal Attraction (1987)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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67 Metascore

A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer, Ellen Latzen

Votes: 57,652 | Gross: $156.65M

9. Empire of the Sun (1987)

PG | 153 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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62 Metascore

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers

Votes: 92,993 | Gross: $22.24M

10. The Running Man (1987)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

6.6
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A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown

Votes: 116,386 | Gross: $38.12M

11. The Lost Boys (1987)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

7.2
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63 Metascore

After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 96,596 | Gross: $32.22M

12. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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79 Metascore

Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 226,410 | Gross: $76.27M

13. Spaceballs (1987)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.1
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46 Metascore

Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman

Votes: 141,705 | Gross: $38.12M

14. RoboCop (1987)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.5
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67 Metascore

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox

Votes: 188,177 | Gross: $53.42M

15. Overboard (1987)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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A cruel but beautiful heiress screws over a hired carpenter, who later is the first one to find her when she gets amnesia. Looking for a little revenge he convinces her that she's his wife.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 38,349 | Gross: $26.71M

16. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp

Votes: 29,688 | Gross: $34.37M

17. Mannequin (1987)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

5.8
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A young artist, searching for his vocation, makes a mannequin so perfect he falls in love with it. Finding the mannequin in a store window, he gets a job there and his creation comes to life.

Director: Michael Gottlieb | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty, James Spader

Votes: 23,875 | Gross: $42.72M

18. Hellraiser (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

7.0
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An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman

Votes: 79,913 | Gross: $14.56M

19. Wall Street (1987)

R | 126 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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56 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie, Franklin Cover

Votes: 122,645 | Gross: $43.85M

20. Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Courtney Gains, Tina Caspary

Votes: 25,159 | Gross: $31.62M

21. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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74 Metascore

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 11,133 | Gross: $3.13M

22. Evil Dead II (1987)

X | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

7.8
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 118,873 | Gross: $5.92M

23. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

R | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 52,444 | Gross: $44.79M

24. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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55 Metascore

When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, Craig Sheffer

Votes: 20,920 | Gross: $18.55M

25. Three O'Clock High (1987)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy

7.2
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A nerd gets himself in hot water with the new bully, a quiet bad boy who challenges him to fight on the grounds of their high school after the day's end.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Casey Siemaszko, Annie Ryan, Richard Tyson, Stacey Glick

Votes: 8,512 | Gross: $3.69M

26. Over the Top (1987)

PG | 93 min | Action, Drama, Sport

5.6
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Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to win back his son and triumph at the world arm wrestling championships.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Robert Loggia, Susan Blakely, Rick Zumwalt

Votes: 39,062 | Gross: $16.06M

27. The Living Daylights (1987)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker

Votes: 71,799 | Gross: $51.19M

28. Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.9
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41 Metascore

The Henderson family adopt a friendly Sasquatch but have a hard time trying to keep the legend of 'Bigfoot' a secret.

Director: William Dear | Stars: John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick, Joshua Rudoy

Votes: 25,133 | Gross: $29.76M

29. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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48 Metascore

Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox

Votes: 88,036 | Gross: $153.67M

30. The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13 | 163 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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76 Metascore

The story of the final Emperor of China.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying

Votes: 73,324 | Gross: $43.98M

31. Roxanne (1987)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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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.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Rick Rossovich, Shelley Duvall

Votes: 33,664 | Gross: $40.05M

32. Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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55 Metascore

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.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

Votes: 104,033 | Gross: $22.85M

33. Innerspace (1987)

PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 43,242 | Gross: $25.89M

34. No Way Out (1987)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton

Votes: 27,376 | Gross: $35.51M

35. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

R | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana

Votes: 102,860 | Gross: $123.92M

36. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

7.3
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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.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 65,285 | Gross: $17.19M

37. Wings of Desire (1987)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.1
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79 Metascore

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois

Votes: 49,506 | Gross: $3.81M

38. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Family

3.6
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22 Metascore

The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 34,692 | Gross: $15.68M

39. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy

7.6
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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.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean

Votes: 95,480 | Gross: $49.23M

40. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

2.9
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Chief Brody's widow believes that her family is deliberately being targeted by another shark in search of revenge.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest, Mario Van Peebles, Karen Young

Votes: 32,087 | Gross: $20.76M

41. Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | 102 min | Horror

6.7
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50 Metascore

A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong

Votes: 26,651 | Gross: $14.18M

42. 3 Men and a Baby (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.9
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Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys' girlfriends.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, Nancy Travis

Votes: 38,144 | Gross: $167.78M

43. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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68 Metascore

Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 49,482 | Gross: $63.77M

44. Withnail & I (1987)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing-up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Robinson | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown

Votes: 31,822 | Gross: $1.54M

45. Wish You Were Here (1987)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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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. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age.... See full summary »

Director: David Leland | Stars: Emily Lloyd, Trudi Cavanagh, Clare Clifford, Barbara Durkin

Votes: 2,126 | Gross: $3.28M

46. *batteries not included (1987)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 24,374 | Gross: $32.95M

47. The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13 | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Family

7.2
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A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 20,443 | Gross: $3.77M

48. La Bamba (1987)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.8
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Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

Director: Luis Valdez | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 22,031 | Gross: $54.22M

49. Less Than Zero (1987)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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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.

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Votes: 14,804 | Gross: $12.40M

50. Cry Freedom (1987)

PG | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon, Wabei Siyolwe

Votes: 10,287 | Gross: $5.90M