TOP TEN FILMS OF THE 1980s

1989
1. SAY ANYTHING... (Cameron Crowe)
2. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (Woody Allen)
3. MONSIEUR HIRE (Patrice Leconte)
4. SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE (Steven Soderbergh)
5. ROGER AND ME (Michael Moore)
6. DRUGSTORE COWBOY (Gus Van Sant)
7. SANTA SANGRE (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
8. THE KILLER (John Woo)
9. THE SEVENTH CONTINENT (Michael Haneke)
10. DO THE RIGHT THING (Spike Lee)

Honorable Mention: CASUALTIES OF WAR (De Palma); THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER (Greenaway); DRIVING MISS DAISY (Beresford)

Notable Shorts: ELEPHANT (Clarke); EXPRESS YOURSELF (Fincher); JANIE'S GOT A GUN (Fincher); LIFE LESSONS (Scorsese)

Most Overrated: None

1988
1. THE DECALOGUE (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
2. GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (Isao Takahata)
3. ANOTHER WOMAN (Woody Allen)
4. DANGEROUS LIAISONS (Stephen Frears)
5. MIDNIGHT RUN (Martin Brest)
6. TALK RADIO (Oliver Stone)
7. THEY LIVE (John Carpenter)
8. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (Robert Zemeckis )
9. CAMILLE CLAUDEL (Bruno Nuytten)
10. THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD! (David Zucker)

Honorable Mention: THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST (Kasdan); A FISH CALLED WANDA (Crichton); THE LAST TEMPATATION OF CHRIST (Scorsese); THE PAPERHOUSE (Rose); RAIN MAN (Levinson); TRACK 29 (Roeg); WINGS OF DESIRE (Wenders)

Notable Shorts: None.

Most Overrated: CINEMA PARADISO (Tomatore)

1987
1. BROADCAST NEWS (James L. Brooks)
2. HOUSEKEEPING (Bill Forsyth)
3. PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (John Hughes)
4. AU REVOIR, LES ENFANTS (Louis Malle)
5. HOUSE OF GAMES (David Mamet)
6. SUPERSTAR: THE KAREN CARPENTER STORY (Todd Haynes)
7. ANGEL HEART (Alan Parker)
8. RAISING ARIZONA (Joel Coen)
9. THE DEAD (John Huston)
10. ROBOCOP (Paul Verhoeven)

Honorable Mention: BOYFRIENDS AND GIRLFRIENDS (Rohmer); EVIL DEAD II: DEAD BY DAWN (Raimi); EXTREME PREJUDICE (Hill); THE PRINCESS BRIDE (Reiner); RIVER'S EDGE (Hunter); ROXANNE (Schepisi); THE UNTOUCHABLES (De Palma); WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE (Kiarostami)

Notable Shorts: THE DANTE QUARTET (Brakhage)

Most Overrated: EMPIRE OF THE SUN (Spielberg); THE LAST EMPEROR (Bertolucci)

1986
1. HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (Woody Allen)
2. THE FLY (David Cronenberg)
3. ALIENS (James Cameron)
4. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Frank Oz)
5. PLATOON (Oliver Stone)
6. LUCAS (David Seltzer)
7. AT CLOSE RANGE (James Foley)
8. BLUE VELVET (David Lynch)
9. SID AND NANCY (Alex Cox)
10. BIG TROUBLE (John Cassavetes)

Honorable Mention: A BETTER TOMORROW (Woo); COLOR OF MONEY (Scorsese); 52 PICK UP (Frankenheimer); HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (McNaughton); MONA LISA (Jordan); PEKING OPERA BLUES (Hark); SOMETHING WILD (Demme); STAND BY ME (Reiner); SUMMER (Rohmer)

Notable Shorts: NIGHTMUSIC (Brakhage); TAKE ON ME (Barron)

Most Overrated: SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT (Lee)

1985
1. AFTER HOURS (Martin Scorsese)
2. TROUBLE IN MIND (Alan Rudolph)
3. RAN (Akira Kurosawa)
4. RE-ANIMATOR (Stuart Gordon)
5. PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (Tim Burton)
6. PRIZZI'S HONOR (John Huston)
7. COME AND SEE (Elem Klimov)
8. BRAZIL (Terry Gilliam)
9. THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (Woody Allen)
10. TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (William Friedkin)

Honorable Mention: BACK TO THE FUTURE (Zemeckis); LOST IN AMERICA (Brooks); MY LIFE AS A DOG (Hallström); VISION QUEST (Becker)

Notable Shorts: CLOSE TO ME (Pope), ROAD TO NOWHERE (Byrne & Johnson)

Most Overrated: THE COLOR PURPLE (Spielberg); KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Babenco)

1984
1. PARIS, TEXAS (Wim Wenders)
2. LOVE STREAMS (John Cassavetes)
3. CHOOSE ME (Alan Rudolph)
4. L'AMOUR À MORT (Alain Resnais)
5. THE COTTON CLUB (Francis Ford Coppola)
6. STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme)
7. BLOOD SIMPLE (Joel Coen)
8. FULL MOON IN PARIS (Eric Rohmer)
9. GHOSTBUSTERS (Ivan Reitman)
10. TOP SECRET! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker)

Honorable Mention: AMADEUS (Forman; BODY DOUBLE (De Palma); GREMLINS (Dante); THE KILLING FIELD (Joffé); ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (Leone); REPO MAN (Cox); THE TERMINATOR (Cameron); THIS IS SPINAL TAP (Reiner)

Notable Shorts: SELF CONTROL (Friedkin)

Most Overrated: None

1983
1. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (James L. Brooks)
2. THE FOURTH MAN (Paul Verhoeven)
3. THE DEAD ZONE (David Cronenberg)
4. L'ARGENT (Robert Bresson)
5. PAULINE AT THE BEACH (Eric Rohmer)
6. CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS (Francois Truffaut)
7. THE KING OF COMEDY (Martin Scorsese)
8. EL SUR (Victor Erice)
9. EIGHT DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER (Liu Chia-Liang)
10. RISKY BUSINESS (Paul Brickman)

Honorable Mention: BAD BOYS (Rosenthal); BETRAYAL (Jones); THE RIGHT STUFF (Kaufman); TENDER MERCIES (Beresford); VIDEODROME (Cronenberg)

Notable Shorts: BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE (Byrne & Haywoos); COME ON EILEEN (Julian Temple)

Most Overrated: None

1982
1. FANNY AND ALEXANDER (Ingmar Bergman)
2. 48 HRS. (Walter Hill)
3. THE THING (John Carpenter)
4. TENEBRE (Dario Argento)
5. MADE IN BRITAIN (Alan Clarke)
6. MOONLIGHTING (Jerzy Skolimowski)
7. AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (Taylor Hackford)
8. BURDEN OF DREAMS (Les Blank)
9. DINER (Barry Levinson)
10. CAT PEOPLE (Paul Schrader)

Honorable Mention: DUEL TO THE DEATH (Ching); THE EVIL DEAD (Raimi); PINK FLOYD'S THE WALL (Parker); POLTERGEIST (Hooper); TOOTSIE (Pollack)

Notable Shorts: None

Most Overrated: None

1981
1. MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (George Miller)
2. CUTTER'S WAY (Ivan Passer)
3. THIEF (Michael Mann)
4. BODY HEAT (Lawrence Kasden)
5. BLOW OUT (Brian De Palma)
6. MS. 45 (Abel Ferrara)
7. SOUTHERN COMFORT (Walter Hill)
8. MODERN ROMANCE (Albert Brooks)
8. SCANNERS (David Cronenberg)
10. DAS BOOT (Wolfgang Peterson)

Honorable Mention: LE PONT DU NORD (Rivette); MUR MURS (Varda); MY DINNER WITH ANDRE (Malle); PIXOTE (Babenco); REDS (Beatty); STRIPES (Reitman); THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR (Truffaut)

Notable Shorts: UNDER PRESSURE (Mallet)

1980
1. KAGEMUSHA (Akira Kurosawa)
2. THE STUNT MAN (Richard Rush)
3. THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick)
4. MON ONCLE D'AMÉRIQUE (Alain Resnais)
5. RAGING BULL (Martin Scorsese)
6. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Irvin Kershner)
7. DRESSED TO KILL (Brian De Palma)
8. THE AVIATOR'S WIFE (Eric Rohmer)
9. ORDINARY PEOPLE (Robert Redford)
10. THE CHANGELING (Peter Medak)

Honorable Mention: AIRPLANE (Abrahams, Zucker & Zucker); ALTERED STATES (Russell); ATLANTIC CITY (Malle); BAD TIMING: A SENSUAL OBSESSION (Roeg); THE BIG RED ONE: RECONSTRUCTED CUT (Fuller); CRUISING (Friedkin); THE LONG RIDERS (Hill); THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (Blatty); STARDUST MEMORIES (Allen)

Notable Shorts: ASHES TO ASHES (Mallet & Bowie); WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE (Blank)

Most Overrated: None.