My Favorite Movies of 1985

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1. National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy

47 Metascore

The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill, Jason Lively

Votes: 48,662 | Gross: $49.40M

2. Legend (1985)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

30 Metascore

A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent

Votes: 51,679 | Gross: $15.50M

3. Revolution (1985)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Joan Plowright

Votes: 5,575 | Gross: $0.36M

4. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 167,879 | Gross: $9.93M

5. The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13 | 154 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery

Votes: 67,967 | Gross: $98.47M

6. Clue (1985)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

36 Metascore

Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 65,085 | Gross: $14.64M

7. Out of Africa (1985)

PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen

Votes: 60,403 | Gross: $87.10M

8. Spies Like Us (1985)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy

22 Metascore

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest, Donna Dixon

Votes: 38,527 | Gross: $60.09M

9. The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When Joan Wilder is abducted while on a trip along the Nile, her boyfriend, Jack Colton, and pal Ralph rush to rescue her and retrieve a fabled jewel.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Spiros Focás

Votes: 44,000 | Gross: $75.97M

10. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 16,510 | Gross: $19.74M

11. One Magic Christmas (1985)

G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy

An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.

Director: Phillip Borsos | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton, Arthur Hill

Votes: 2,511 | Gross: $13.68M

12. King Solomon's Mines (1985)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 10,898 | Gross: $15.06M

13. Rocky IV (1985)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport

42 Metascore

Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 155,294 | Gross: $127.87M

14. That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

Two juvenile delinquents find themselves growing apart, for one is growing up, and the other is staying young and reckless.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Craig Sheffer, Larry B. Scott, Matthew Dudley

Votes: 1,886 | Gross: $8.63M

15. North and South (1985–1994)

561 min | Drama, History, Romance

Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

Votes: 8,180

16. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

PG | 101 min | Family, Adventure

In the 1930s, a tomboyish girl runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, because there was work there.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Ray Wise, Lainie Kazan

Votes: 4,306 | Gross: $2.14M

17. Commando (1985)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

51 Metascore

A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells

Votes: 126,203 | Gross: $35.10M

18. American Ninja (1985)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson, Guich Koock

Votes: 11,730 | Gross: $10.50M

19. Teen Wolf (1985)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Fantasy

25 Metascore

An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine

Votes: 39,173 | Gross: $33.09M

20. Better Off Dead... (1985)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

51 Metascore

A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

Director: Savage Steve Holland | Stars: John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby, Demian Slade

Votes: 36,925 | Gross: $10.30M

21. Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Votes: 67,819 | Gross: $23.83M

22. The Heavenly Kid (1985)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A hip guardian angel named Bobby Fontana, who died in a car race in the 60s, reluctantly agrees to watch over lonely 80s high schooler Lenny Barnes who needs guidance on how to become cool.

Director: Cary Medoway | Stars: Lewis Smith, Jason Gedrick, Jane Kaczmarek, Richard Mulligan

Votes: 3,489 | Gross: $3.85M

23. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

47 Metascore

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.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger

Votes: 44,753 | Gross: $40.90M

24. The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama

45 Metascore

A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Keith Gordon, Richard Bradford

Votes: 7,477 | Gross: $3.10M

25. Explorers (1985)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

57 Metascore

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?

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Bradley Gregg

Votes: 16,728 | Gross: $9.87M

26. Silverado (1985)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover

Votes: 31,233 | Gross: $33.20M

27. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

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.

Directors: George Miller, George Ogilvie | Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence, Adam Cockburn

Votes: 112,915 | Gross: $36.20M

28. Red Sonja (1985)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

35 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Sandahl Bergman, Paul L. Smith

Votes: 33,846 | Gross: $6.95M

29. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

86 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 863,171 | Gross: $210.61M

30. Pale Rider (1985)

R | 115 min | Western

61 Metascore

A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Sydney Penny

Votes: 44,769 | Gross: $41.41M

31. D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

PG | 99 min | Family, Sci-Fi

A seemingly normal young boy turns out to be a top secret, military-created robot with superhuman abilities.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Kathryn Walker, Colleen Camp

Votes: 10,524 | Gross: $7.84M

32. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

60 Metascore

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 203,064 | Gross: $61.50M

33. Brewster's Millions (1985)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins

Votes: 31,151 | Gross: $38.80M

34. A View to a Kill (1985)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

40 Metascore

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.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones

Votes: 76,143 | Gross: $50.33M

35. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

47 Metascore

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.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff

Votes: 130,689 | Gross: $150.42M

36. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Metter | Stars: Biff Yeager, Kristi Somers, Richard Blade, Ian Michael Giatti

Votes: 8,596 | Gross: $6.33M

37. Florence Nightingale (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Family

The fact-based story of the pioneer of nursing, known as "the Lady with the Lamp".

Director: Daryl Duke | Stars: Jaclyn Smith, Claire Bloom, Timothy Dalton, Timothy West

Votes: 269

38. The Fourth Wise Man (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 72 min | Adventure, Drama

The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King.

Director: Michael Ray Rhodes | Stars: Martin Sheen, Alan Arkin, Eileen Brennan, Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 416

39. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy

39 Metascore

When a new gang moves into town it's up to the screwball police team to stop them.

Directors: Jerry Paris, James Signorelli | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow

Votes: 44,371 | Gross: $55.60M

40. Porky's Revenge (1985)

R | 92 min | Comedy

As graduation nears for the class of 1955 at Angel Beach High, the gang once again faces off against their old enemy, Porky, who wants them to throw the school's championship basketball game because he's betting on the opposing team.

Director: James Komack | Stars: Dan Monahan, Wyatt Knight, Tony Ganios, Mark Herrier

Votes: 6,703 | Gross: $20.52M

41. Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.

Director: Lance Hool | Stars: Chuck Norris, Soon-Tek Oh, Steven Williams, Bennett Ohta

Votes: 6,472 | Gross: $10.80M

42. The Sure Thing (1985)

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

76 Metascore

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...

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards, Boyd Gaines

Votes: 16,958 | Gross: $18.14M

43. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

PG | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

75 Metascore

In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Irving Metzman

Votes: 41,061 | Gross: $10.63M

44. Witness (1985)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas, Josef Sommer

Votes: 74,015 | Gross: $68.71M

45. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 296,700 | Gross: $45.88M

46. The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

R | 131 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 9,175 | Gross: $17.10M