Movies from 1987 to watch

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1. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

67 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: 53,920 | Gross: $63.77M

2. The Living Daylights (1987)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

60 Metascore

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: 77,069 | Gross: $51.19M

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

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Family

24 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: 37,458 | Gross: $15.68M

4. Moonstruck (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper 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: 40,787 | Gross: $80.64M

5. The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13 | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

61 Metascore

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: 22,731 | Gross: $3.77M

6. Wings of Desire (1987)

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

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: 54,227 | Gross: $3.21M

7. Fatal Attraction (1987)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

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: 63,556 | Gross: $156.65M

8. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 243,410 | Gross: $76.27M

9. The Last Emperor (1987)

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

76 Metascore

The story of the final Emperor of China.

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

Votes: 80,592 | Gross: $43.98M

10. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named 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: 70,035 | Gross: $17.19M

11. Masters of the Universe (1987)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

35 Metascore

The heroic warrior He-Man battles against the evil 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: 31,790 | Gross: $17.34M

12. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned on by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 28,583 | Gross: $3.37M

13. Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | 102 min | Horror

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: 29,786 | Gross: $14.18M

14. The Stepfather (1987)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

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.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Terry O'Quinn, Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack, Charles Lanyer

Votes: 10,635 | Gross: $2.49M

15. The Hidden (1987)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Law abiding people suddenly become violent criminals. A cop and an FBI agent race for answers in this sci-fi thriller.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder

Votes: 14,690 | Gross: $9.75M

16. Flowers in the Attic (1987)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Children are hidden away in the attic by their conspiring mother and grandmother.

Director: Jeffrey Bloom | Stars: Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson, Jeb Stuart Adams

Votes: 8,269 | Gross: $15.15M

17. Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A married New York cop falls for the socialite murder witness he's been assigned to protect.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Tom Berenger, Mimi Rogers, Lorraine Bracco, Jerry Orbach

Votes: 8,209 | Gross: $10.28M

18. Black Widow (1987)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 7,392 | Gross: $25.21M

19. Mio min Mio (1987)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A fantasy about the lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king. In that country he sets out on a quest, ... See full summary »

Director: Vladimir Grammatikov | Stars: Nick Pickard, Christian Bale, Timothy Bottoms, Susannah York

Votes: 4,498

20. The Gate (1987)

PG-13 | 85 min | Fantasy, Horror

Kids, left home alone, accidentally unleash a horde of malevolent demons from a mysterious hole in their suburban backyard.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan

Votes: 12,140 | Gross: $13.54M

21. No Man's Land (1987)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A rookie cop goes undercover and infiltrates a car thief ring.

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Charlie Sheen, D.B. Sweeney, Lara Harris, Randy Quaid

Votes: 3,521 | Gross: $2.88M

22. Opera (1987)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Urbano Barberini, Daria Nicolodi

Votes: 11,587

23. North Shore (1987)

PG | 96 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Before entering art school, Rick Kane sets out to surf the big wave season on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, after winning a surfing contest in an Arizona wave pool by his home. Once in ... See full summary »

Director: William Phelps | Stars: Matt Adler, Nia Peeples, Gregory Harrison, John Philbin

Votes: 1,986 | Gross: $3.83M

24. Light of Day (1987)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Music

55 Metascore

The siblings Patty and Joe Rasnick live in an industrial suburb in Cleveland, Ohio. While Patty is focused on their rock band, The Barbusters, Joe also cares for the family and the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands, Joan Jett, Michael McKean

Votes: 2,198 | Gross: $10.49M

25. The Dead (1987)

PG | 83 min | Drama

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.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll, Cathleen Delany

Votes: 6,219 | Gross: $4.37M

26. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

39 Metascore

On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Larry Poindexter, Gary Conway

Votes: 6,891 | Gross: $4.00M

27. The Curse (1987)

R | 92 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

When a meteorite lands near his family farm during a storm in Tennessee, the son of a struggling farmer believes it's connected to strange plague-like events afflicting the crops, the farm animals and even the family themeselves.

Director: David Keith | Stars: Wil Wheaton, Claude Akins, Malcolm Danare, Cooper Huckabee

Votes: 1,946 | Gross: $1.93M

28. A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

A man and his son vacation to the quiet vampire populated town of Salem's Lot.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Samuel Fuller, Ricky Addison Reed, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 2,789

29. The Bedroom Window (1987)

R | 112 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together and Sylvia witnesses an attack on Denise from Terry's bedroom window. She doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern, Isabelle Huppert, Paul Shenar

Votes: 3,812 | Gross: $12.64M

30. Steel Dawn (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.

Director: Lance Hool | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, Anthony Zerbe, Christopher Neame

Votes: 4,047 | Gross: $0.56M

31. Dolls (1987)

R | 77 min | Fantasy, Horror

A group of people stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers and their haunted collection of dolls.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine, Guy Rolfe

Votes: 7,488

32. Date with an Angel (1987)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Jim is soon to be married to Patty, but when he wakes up after a bachelor party thrown by his friends, he finds an injured angel in his pool. When Patty sees her, she thinks he's seeing ... See full summary »

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Michael E. Knight, Phoebe Cates, Emmanuelle Béart, David Dukes

Votes: 2,238 | Gross: $1.99M

33. Aria (1987)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, Charles Sturridge, Julien Temple | Stars: John Hurt, Theresa Russell, Stephanie Lane, Roy Hyatt

Votes: 2,319 | Gross: $1.03M

34. Hunk (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A computer nerd makes a deal with the Devil and gets a new, "beefcake" body.

Director: Lawrence Bassoff | Stars: John Allen Nelson, Steve Levitt, Deborah Shelton, Rebeccah Bush

Votes: 1,080 | Gross: $1.75M

35. Hansel and Gretel (1987)

Not Rated | 84 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are abandoned after the feminism strike in the village and where Hansel and Gretel are later trapped in the deceptively ... See full summary »

Director: Len Talan | Stars: David Warner, Hugh Pollard, Nicola Stapleton, Emily Richard

Votes: 822

36. My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1987)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

After a sexual encounter with a beautiful client, a teenage delivery boy finds himself being turned into a vampire.

Director: Jimmy Huston | Stars: Robert Sean Leonard, Evan Mirand, LeeAnne Locken, Cheryl Pollak

Votes: 2,807 | Gross: $0.17M

37. Hangmen (1987)

R | 90 min | Action, Thriller, Adventure

Rob Greene has information about an undercover terror team inside the CIA led by Joe Connelly. To stay alive with the knowledge, he is advised to stay undercover by his supervisor Andrews. ... See full summary »

Director: J. Christian Ingvordsen | Stars: Rick Washburn, Dog Thomas, Keith Bogart, J. Christian Ingvordsen

Votes: 876

38. Promised Land (1987)

R | 102 min | Drama

This gritty drama follows two high school acquaintances, Hancock, a basketball star, and Danny, a geek turned drifter, after they graduate. The first film commissioned by the Sundance Film ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Jason Gedrick, Kiefer Sutherland, Meg Ryan, Tracy Pollan

Votes: 1,078 | Gross: $0.32M

39. Straight to Hell (1987)

R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Western

A gang of bank robbers with a suitcase full of money go to the desert to hide out. After burying the loot, they find their way to a surreal town full of cowboys who drink an awful lot of ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Sy Richardson, Joe Strummer, Dick Rude, Courtney Love

Votes: 1,985 | Gross: $0.21M

40. Snow White (1987)

PG | 85 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

Dame Diana Rigg (TV's "The Avengers"), Billy Barty ("Willow") and Sarah Patterson ("The Company of Wolves") as Snow White star in this feature-length, live-action, musical version of the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.

Director: Michael Berz | Stars: Diana Rigg, Billy Barty, Sarah Patterson, Nicola Stapleton

Votes: 576

41. Wicked City (1987)

Unrated | 82 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

Two agents - a lady-killer human and a voluptuous demon - attempt to protect a signatory to a peace ceremony between the human world and the "Black World" from radicalized demons.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Yûsaku Yara, Toshiko Fujita, Ichirô Nagai, Takeshi Aono

Votes: 4,722

42. Lionheart (1987)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Drama

A young knight sets out to join King Richard's crusaders. Along the way, he encounters The Black Prince who captures children and sells them as slaves to the Muslims. It is Robert Narra's ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Gabriel Byrne, Nicola Cowper, Dexter Fletcher

Votes: 717

43. Dudes (1987)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy

Two punks from the big city, traveling across the country in a Volkswagen bug, embrace the western ethos when they must take revenge against a group of rednecks for killing their friend in ... See full summary »

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck, Flea, Lee Ving

Votes: 964

44. Return to Horror High (1987)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror

A few years ago, a mysterious serial-killer caused panic on Crippen High School. The killer was never caught. A movie company, Cosmic Pictures, has decided to make a feature movie about ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Froehlich | Stars: Lori Lethin, Brendan Hughes, Alex Rocco, Scott Jacoby

Votes: 2,428 | Gross: $1.19M

45. Beauty and the Beast (1987)

G | 94 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

To save her father, a girl who always puts others before herself promises to live her life in a lavish castle with a strange beast.

Director: Eugene Marner | Stars: John Savage, Rebecca De Mornay, Yossi Graber, Michael Schneider

Votes: 523

46. Faceless (1987)

98 min | Horror, Thriller

When model Barbara Hallen disappears in France, her father's private detective traces her steps to a private plastic surgery clinic run by Dr.Flamand.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Helmut Berger, Brigitte Lahaie, Telly Savalas, Christopher Mitchum

Votes: 1,047

47. Sleeping Beauty (1987)

G | 90 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

Feature-length, live-action musical version of the classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault.

Director: David Irving | Stars: Tahnee Welch, Kenny Baker, Morgan Fairchild, David Holliday

Votes: 358

48. A Man in Love (1987)

R | 125 min | Drama, Romance

An American film-star and an unknown British actress meet on set in Rome. She is angry when he refuses to speak to her journalist father, but later they have a passionate relationship.

Director: Diane Kurys | Stars: Peter Coyote, Greta Scacchi, Jamie Lee Curtis, Claudia Cardinale

Votes: 469 | Gross: $0.95M

49. Beatrice (1987)

R | 130 min | Drama

Somewhere in France during the Middle Ages. Béatrice is impatient to see her father return from English captivity. She doesn't expect however that the father whom she loves from distance ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Julie Delpy, Nils Tavernier, Monique Chaumette

Votes: 542 | Gross: $0.21M



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