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Since Nobody Asked, My Top 10 Movies of the 1980s

Movie Mezzanine recently asked a bunch of critics for their top 10 movies of the '80s and printed, or least uploaded, the results. Since no one asked, I thought I'd join the party.

Man, what a sucky decade for film. And politics. And culture in general. It's the decade when we began to turn right, tune out and dumb down. Director-driven movies died and studio-produced sequels thrived. Woody Allen stumbled out of the gate but found himself and created some of his most inventive work. Martin Scorsese started with a bang and ended with a bang but lost himself in the middle. Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut, Hal Ashby, Orson Welles, and John Huston died. Francis Ford Coppola made “One from the Heart.”

Here's my list. Feel free to add yours below.

  1. Amadeus (1984)
  2. Tootsie (1982)
  3. Raging Bull (1980)
  4. The Right Stuff (1983)
  5. Matewan (1987)
  6. Raising Arizona (1987)
  7. 28 Up (1984)
  8. My Life as a Dog (1985)
  9. Do The Right Thing (1989)
  10. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

Tough to leave off: Blue Velvet (1986), Bull Durham (1988), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Coup de Torchon (1982), Die Hard (1988), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Hannah and her Sisters (1986), Jean de Florette (1986), The Princess Bride (1987).

Top 10 movies of the 1980s: Do the Right Thing, Amadeus, Tootsie, Matewan

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Posted at 06:24 AM on Wed. Jul 10, 2013 in category Movies - Lists  
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