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10 Best Films of the 1980s (1989)

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, My Dinner with Andre, Do the Right Thing, Shoah, House of Games, Platoon, Mississippi Burning, Ran, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Kagermusha, Sid and Nancy, Moonlighting, Once Upon a Time in America

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7 thoughts on “10 Best Films of the 1980s (1989)

  • I liked the 1980’s in film a real lot, but I actually understand Roger’s problems with the decade, because Hollywood really doesn’t understand what makes Jaws and Star Wars great in the first place and they often crap out mindless big budget popcorn fare without even realizing that story and characters came first. What’s worse is that a lot of foreign films were often outsold by big budget blockbusters, so maybe that’s why less foreign films have been put on Roger’s best ten lists at the time.

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  • Note that I wrote “I liked the 1980s in film a real lot.” That’s because I haven’t watched enough 70s films to decide that both Siskel and Ebert were right about the 80s. There may be good movies in the mix, regardless if they’re blockbusters or not, but the 80s was not a great decade for movies. It was a decade when the autuer films of the 1970s have been replaced by high concept, blockbuster filmmaking thanks to Hollywood not understanding what made Jaws, Star Wars, Superman, and Indiana Jones so special. To be fair, the best thing to have come out of the 80s in film is the home video market.

  • If Ebert were to turn back the clock to 1985, he would put Shoah in the top 10 of 1985 and replace Mad Max 3 (7th place) as one of the best 10 films.

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