Best Movies of 1985

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Best Movies of 1985
Best Movies of 1985
TOP Movies: Back to the Future (1985), Out of Africa (1985), Witness (1985), A Room with a View (1985), The Breakfast Club (1985), The Goonies (1985), Rocky IV (1985), The Color Purple (1985), Cocoon (1985), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Brazil (1985), After Hours (1985), Prizzi's Honor (1985), Fright Night (1985), Ran (1985), Re-Animator (1985), The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Pale Rider (1985), Mask (1985), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).

List of Best Movies

Back to the Future (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his ...
Style: feel good, exciting, light, humorous, clever ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, kids, teen comedy
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, mad scientist, adventure, time machine, scientist, destiny, time paradox, inventor, chases and races, sent to the past, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s, future, 50s, 1950s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, california
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 75K
Out of Africa (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Out of Africa tells the story of the life of Danish author Karen Blixen, who at the beginning of the 20th century moved to Africa to build a new life for herself. The film is based on the autobiographical novel by Karen Blixen from 1937.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: romance, infidelity, british colonial, farm, love affair, fall in love, destructive relationship, dishonesty, love and romance, syphilis, culture clash, lion ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: africa, kenya, denmark
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 89K
Witness (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A sheltered Amish child is the sole witness of a brutal murder in a restroom at a Philadelphia train station, and he must be protected. The assignment falls to a taciturn detective who goes undercover in a Pennsylvania Dutch community. On the farm, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: amish, forbidden love, crime, police corruption, witnessing a crime, cop as target, fish out of water, police detective, murder, police investigation, crimes, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia, usa
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A Room with a View (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once ...
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, scenic, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, romance, tennis, fall in love, looking for love, couples, kiss, self discovery, travel, novel, female protagonist, spinster ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 90s, 19th century, 18th century
Place: italy, england, florence, europe, london
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The Breakfast Club (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, sincere, talky ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, date night, kids, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, introspection, friendship, teachers and students, teenage love, teenage angst, youth, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 250K
The Goonies (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A young teenager named Mikey Walsh finds an old treasure map in his father's attic. Hoping to save their homes from demolition, Mikey and his friends Data Wang, Chunk Cohen, and Mouth Devereaux run off on a big quest to find the secret stash of ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, intense, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens, teen comedy
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure map, mischievous children, childhood, cave, treasure, lost treasure, search, friendship, map, pirate ship, pirate ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, oregon
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 192K
Rocky IV (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.
Style: tense, suspenseful, inspirational, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, victory, training, sport, vengeance, revenge, tough heroes, opponent, athlete and trainer, fight ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ussr, soviet union, russia, las vegas, philadelphia ...
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The Color Purple (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: domestic violence, incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, rape, feminism, life is a bitch, slavery, african american, dysfunctional family, self discovery, childbirth ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1930s, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, africa, tennessee, georgia
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 6.7
 59K
Cocoon (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: elderly, space and aliens, cocoon, benign alien, golden years, fountain of youth, senior citizen, alien, retirement home, first contact, cancer, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
Is relevant ?
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey, living a dreary life during the Great Depression. Her only escape from her mudane reality is the movie theatre. After losing her job, Cecilia goes to see 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' in hopes of raising ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: movie star, romance, daydreamer, film within a film, fall in love, couples, life turned upside down, real world, unlikely couple, fish out of water, disorder, dull life ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1935
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 191K
Brazil (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent ...
Style: futuristic, cult film, thought provoking, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: fighting the system, distopia, surveillance, hallucination, dark humor, satire, mistaken identity, chase, alternate reality, paranoia, dystopic future, giant ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, london, europe, britain, brazil
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 62K
After Hours (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.
Style: surreal, twists and turns, realistic, atmospheric, humorous ...
Plot: coincidence, dark humor, artist, city life, nothing goes right, suicide, nightlife, murder, nightclub, one night, farce, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 23K
Prizzi's Honor (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love, only to discover that they have each been hired to kill the other.
Style: suspense, clever, humorous, cynical, witty ...
Plot: hitman, gangsters, betrayal, female killer, dark humor, crimes, crime, romance, danger, criminal heroes, deadly, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, brooklyn new york city, los angeles, new york ...
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 63K
Fright Night (1985)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Nobody believes teenager Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) when he discovers that his suave new neighbor, Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon), is a vampire. So when the bloodsucker starts stalking Charley, he turns to has-been actor Peter Vincent ...
Style: scary, semi serious, suspenseful, suspense, vampire comedy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, mysterious character, supernatural, small town, youth, danger, obsessive quest, teenage life, violence, neighbor, blood, suburbs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 116K
Ran (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how their new-found power will corrupt them.
Style: epic, atmospheric, captivating, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: greed, feudal japan, betrayal, vengeance, samurai, seppuku, insanity, rivalry, murder, suicide, warrior, funeral ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 58K
Re-Animator (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.
Style: cult film, splatter, humorous, sinister, scary ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: mad scientist, zombie, overdose, bodies, dark humor, obsession, death, hospital, insanity, murder, experiment gone awry, strangulation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: austria, europe, massachusetts, zurich switzerland
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The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage seeking their favorite food: brains!
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: zombie, mortician, back from the dead, punk, crematorium, cannibalism, nuclear, monster, nudity (full frontal - brief), attic, cemetery, undead ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984
Place: usa, kentucky, san diego california
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 55K
Pale Rider (1985)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A small gold mining camp is terrorised by a ruthless land owner wanting to take their land. Clint Eastwood arrives riding a pale horse just as a young girl is praying to God to help the miners. He is revealed to be a preacher with mysterious and ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mine, anti heroes, anti hero, horse, small town, heroes, drifter, gold, marshal, preacher, showdown, settler ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 80s
Place: california, sacramento california
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 7.2
 27K
Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: uplifting, captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: falling in love, fall in love, human spirit, disability, handicapped, coming of age, teenage love, protective parent, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 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.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, chase, heroes, one man army, pow, vietnam veteran, soldier, rambo, swat team, danger, master warrior, lone wolves ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, arizona, usa, russia
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Day of the Dead (1985)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The final chapter of George A. Romero's "Dead Trilogy". In an underground government installation they are searching for a cure to overcome this strange transformation into zombies. Unfortunately, the zombies from above ground have ...
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, rough, macabre ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, apocalypse, zombie apocalypse, insanity, virus, survival, chaos, danger, deadly, deadly creature, mad scientist, living dead ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 150K
Commando (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: John Matrix, the former leader of a special commando strike force that always got the toughest jobs done, is forced back into action when his young daughter is kidnapped. To find her, Matrix has to fight his way through an array of punks, killers, ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, mercenary, commando, gunfight, kidnapping, father, heroes, danger, hostage, vengeance, machismo, warrior ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, twentieth century
Place: los angeles, latin america, california
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 88K
Clue (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Clue finds six colorful dinner guests gathered at the mansion of their host, Mr. Boddy -- who turns up dead after his secret is exposed: He was blackmailing all of them. With the killer among them, the guests and Boddy's chatty butler must suss ...
Style: twists and turns, humorous, parody, enigmatic, witty ...
Plot: mystery, investigation, mansion, multiple suspects, butler, murder, danger, maid, dark and stormy night, board game, amateur detective, strangulation ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1954, 80s
Place: new england
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Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a homosexual, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep ...
Style: psychological, sincere, captivating, touching, talky ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, prison, politics, friendship, torture, betrayal, introspection, dishonesty, buddies, confined, prison sex, prison life ...
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Place: latin america, brazil
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To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti heroes, anti hero, secret service, murder, loss of friend, undercover, crimes, vengeance, police investigation, track down, tough law enforcer, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 40K
The Outlaws (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Four unwitting heroes cross paths on their journey to the sleepy town of Silverado. Little do they know the town where their family and friends reside has been taken over by a corrupt sheriff and a murderous posse. It's up to the sharp-shooting ...
Style: feel good, realistic, exciting, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cowboy, gunfight, good versus evil, small town, group of criminals, friendship, old west, kidnapping, heroes, gunslinger, western town, saloon ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 80s
Place: usa, new mexico, arizona, california
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 27K
Runaway Train (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A hardened convict and a younger prisoner escape from a brutal prison in the middle of winter only to find themselves on an out-of-control train with a female railway worker while being pursued by the vengeful head of security.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, suspense, intense ...
Plot: train, chases and races, train ride, prison warden, wilderness, survival, secret hideout, race against time, save the day, adventure, prison escape, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: alaska, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 31K
Real Genius (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Chris is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch is the 15-year-old college wiz kid. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project with a mysterious deadline, they still find time to use their genius to discover new ways to have fun.
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, realistic, cult film ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, kids
Plot: computer cracker, laser, college, genius, science, prank, ego, prodigy, youth, lifestyle, silly humor, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
Is relevant ?
The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: bus, redemption, small town, family relations, homecoming, americana, self discovery, escape, hopes, golden years, love and romance, obsessive quest ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 82K
Weird Science (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two unpopular teenagers, Gary and Wyatt, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, light, semi serious ...
Audience: teen comedy, teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: morphing, wish come true, teenager, friendship, experiment gone awry, geek, nerd, inventions and discoveries, misfit, computer cracker, high school, looking for sex ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
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