Best Depiction of the 1980s in Recent Film

by alioth4 | created - 28 Jan 2014 | updated - 28 Jan 2014 | Public

Which of these films made 2000 or later depict the 1980s the best? Discuss here

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1. Adventureland (2009)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kelsey Ledgin

Votes: 144,306 | Gross: $16.03M

2. American Psycho (2000)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 414,829 | Gross: $15.07M

3. Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

R | 110 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

49 Metascore

Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Eva Bourne, Michael Rogers, Scott Hylands, Rondel Reynoldson

Votes: 9,330 | Gross: $0.06M

4. Big Miracle (2012)

PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Family

61 Metascore

In small-town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, John Pingayak, Ahmaogak Sweeney

Votes: 17,041 | Gross: $20.11M

5. Billy Elliot (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music, Romance

74 Metascore

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven

Votes: 110,552 | Gross: $22.00M

6. Boy (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore

Votes: 15,347 | Gross: $0.26M

7. Buffalo Soldiers (2001)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Anna Paquin, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn

Votes: 21,909 | Gross: $0.35M

8. Cargo 200 (2007)

89 min | Drama, Thriller

A young woman is taken hostage by a police officer gone mad.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov | Stars: Agniya Kuznetsova, Aleksey Poluyan, Leonid Gromov, Aleksey Serebryakov

Votes: 6,131

9. Dirty Girl (2010)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

37 Metascore

It's 1987 and Danielle, the high school 'Dirty Girl', is running away. With her is chubby, gay Clarke, a bag of flour called Joan and a Walkman full of glorious '80s tunes.

Director: Abe Sylvia | Stars: Juno Temple, Jeremy Dozier, Milla Jovovich, Zach Lasry

Votes: 9,842 | Gross: $0.05M

10. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 677,091 | Gross: $1.48M

11. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy

19 Metascore

Set back in the 80s when Harry met Lloyd in high school where they cross paths with a mean principal and a bunch of other outcasts much like themselves.

Director: Troy Miller | Stars: Derek Richardson, Eric Christian Olsen, Eugene Levy, Timothy Stack

Votes: 33,425 | Gross: $26.28M

12. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

97 Metascore

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Votes: 50,656 | Gross: $1.19M

13. Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke, Lucas Black

Votes: 52,828 | Gross: $61.19M

14. The Frozen Ground (2013)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

37 Metascore

An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

Director: Scott Walker | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack, Dean Norris

Votes: 50,460

15. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born.

Director: Steve Pink | Stars: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke

Votes: 150,633 | Gross: $50.29M

16. Hysterical Blindness (2002 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 99 min | Drama

Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis, Gena Rowlands, Justin Chambers

Votes: 3,008

17. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 190,618 | Gross: $2.12M

18. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 309,496 | Gross: $11.29M

19. Miracle (2004)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 41,906 | Gross: $64.38M

20. No (I) (2012)

R | 118 min | Drama

81 Metascore

An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Luis Gnecco

Votes: 20,963 | Gross: $2.34M

21. Precious (II) (2009)

R | 110 min | Drama

79 Metascore

In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey

Votes: 97,865 | Gross: $47.40M

22. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe

Votes: 391,560 | Gross: $163.57M

23. Rock of Ages (2012)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

47 Metascore

A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 68,361 | Gross: $38.52M

24. Skateland (2010)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

51 Metascore

In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way.

Director: Anthony Burns | Stars: Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Heath Freeman, Brett Cullen

Votes: 2,045 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Son of Rambow (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds set out to make a film inspired by First Blood (1982).

Director: Garth Jennings | Stars: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Jessica Hynes, Anna Wing

Votes: 29,095 | Gross: $1.78M

26. The Squid and the Whale (2005)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 67,901 | Gross: $7.36M

27. Starter for 10 (2006)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University.

Director: Tom Vaughan | Stars: James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall, Joseph Friend

Votes: 19,920 | Gross: $0.21M

28. Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

42 Metascore

Four years after graduation, an awkward high school genius uses his sister's boyfriend's Labor Day party as the perfect opportunity to make his move on his high school crush.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 47,413 | Gross: $6.92M

29. This Is England (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim

Votes: 107,814 | Gross: $0.33M

30. Waking the Dead (2000)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

59 Metascore

A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.

Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Billy Crudup, Bill Haugland, Nelson Landrieu, Ivonne Coll

Votes: 6,331 | Gross: $0.33M

31. We Own the Night (2007)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

A New York City nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian Mafia hitmen.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Danny Hoch

Votes: 78,375 | Gross: $28.56M

32. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

42 Metascore

Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends.

Director: David Wain | Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau

Votes: 48,221 | Gross: $0.29M

33. Les témoins (2007)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic.

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Michel Blanc, Emmanuelle Béart, Sami Bouajila, Julie Depardieu

Votes: 2,476 | Gross: $0.08M

34. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 979,855 | Gross: $116.90M

35. Wonderland (2003)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

43 Metascore

In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes.

Director: James Cox | Stars: Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Christina Applegate

Votes: 20,033 | Gross: $1.06M



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