Best Movies of 1985

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Best Movies of 1985
Best Movies of 1985
TOP Movies: Back to the Future (1985), Witness (1985), Out of Africa (1985), A Room with a View (1985), The Breakfast Club (1985), The Goonies (1985), Rocky IV (1985), The Color Purple (1985), Cocoon (1985), Brazil (1985), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), After Hours (1985), Prizzi's Honor (1985), Mask (1985), Fright Night (1985), The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Re-Animator (1985), Pale Rider (1985), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Commando (1985).
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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, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night, date night
Plot: time travel, mad scientist, changing the past or future, adventure, teenager, time machine, destiny, scientist, time paradox, inventor, alternate reality, sent to the past ...
Time: future, 80s, 50s, year 1955, year 1985 ...
Place: usa, california
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 7.4
 95K
Witness (1985)
Genre: 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, twists and turns, tense, captivating, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: amish, police corruption, witnessing a crime, murder, forbidden love, corruption, police detective, police investigation, police, crimes, chase, cop as target ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 80K
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, epic, romantic, sentimental ...
Plot: romance, love story, colonialism, lion, farm, infidelity, writers, adaptation, adventure, unlikely friendships, mentor, love ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 19th century, victorian era, 1930s ...
Place: africa, kenya, denmark
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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, atmospheric, scenic, sexy, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, love triangle, male nudity, romance, travel, female protagonist, nude bathing, looking for love, fall in love, piano, couples, hotel ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, edwardian era, 20th century, 90s ...
Place: italy, england, florence, london, europe
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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: talky, humorous, realistic, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, chick flick, date night ...
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, friendship, youth, teenage angst, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, teenage love, introspection, goth, teachers and students ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 270K
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: feel good, humorous, funny, intense, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: treasure hunt, childhood, pirate, treasure map, treasure, mischievous children, cave, friendship, teenager, map, group of friends, adventure ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 204K
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: inspirational, tense, suspenseful, feel good, exciting ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, fight, sport, revenge, boxer, underdog, training, vengeance, christmas, machismo, victory, cold war ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ussr, philadelphia, las vegas, russia, pennsylvania ...
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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, sentimental, sincere, touching, sad ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, domestic violence, african american, feminism, rape, incest rape, slavery, life is a bitch, human spirit, dysfunctional family, wife abuse ...
Time: 1930s, edwardian era, 20th century, 1920s, 1910s ...
Place: africa, southern usa, usa, georgia, tennessee
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 6.7
 63K
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: sentimental, touching, humorous, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, date night, kids
Plot: alien, space and aliens, elderly, cocoon, fountain of youth, benign alien, first contact, golden years, senior citizen, aging, life & death, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 200K
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: surreal, disturbing, psychological, cerebral, thought provoking ...
Plot: distopia, fighting the system, surveillance, cyberpunk, surrealism, christmas, dark humor, dystopic future, mistaken identity, bureaucracy, steampunk, dream ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, brazil, london, britain, europe
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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: romantic, humorous, feel good, surreal, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, movie star, daydreamer, writers, imagination, love story, magic realism, real world, couples, life turned upside down, unlikely couple, fish out of water ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 69K
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, atmospheric, realistic, funny ...
Plot: dark humor, coincidence, suicide, artist, mistaken identity, nightclub, paranoia, city life, nothing goes right, nightlife, murder, visceral ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 25K
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: neo noir, sexy, suspense, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: gangsters, hitman, betrayal, organized crime, mafia, killer, dark humor, crimes, romance, corruption, assassination, assassin ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, brooklyn new york city, los angeles, new york ...
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 29K
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, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, disability, handicapped, human spirit, fall in love, depression, biker, adolescence, relationships, teenager, teenage love, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 69K
Fright Night (1985)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
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, suspense, sexy, frightening, slasher ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, supernatural, mysterious character, teenager, werewolf, violence, transformation, brutality, small town, youth, monster, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, iowa
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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, slasher, rough, suspenseful, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: zombie, punk, monster, undead, cannibalism, cemetery, crematorium, female nudity, living dead, paramedic, transformation, supernatural ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984
Place: usa, san diego california, kentucky
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 64K
Re-Animator (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 84 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: splatter, scary, disturbing, slasher, macabre ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: zombie, mad scientist, violence, hospital, reanimation, reanimated corpse, black cat, insanity, dark humor, female nudity, laboratory, overdose ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: zurich switzerland, massachusetts, austria, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 59K
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: suspense, realistic, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: horse, small town, preacher, drifter, gold, civil war, mine, corruption, camp, gunfight, hitman, greed ...
Time: 80s, 1880s, 19th century
Place: california, sacramento california
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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: harsh, intense, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, one man army, chase, torture, prison, rambo, vietnam war, brutality, weapons, vietnam veteran, ex special forces, military ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, arizona, asia, russia, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 159K
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, tense, serious, captivating, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, one man army, commando, kidnapping, machismo, mercenary, rescue, hostage, warrior, revenge, father, vengeance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: california, los angeles, latin america
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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, bloody, macabre, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, apocalypse, living dead, zombie apocalypse, virus, survival, insanity, mad scientist, violence, isolation, underground bunker, bully ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 96K
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, surprise ending, humorous, funny, parody ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mystery, investigation, whodunit, butler, multiple suspects, murder, mansion, maid, mystery killer, death, blackmail, dark and stormy night ...
Time: 20th century, year 1954, 50s, contemporary, 80s
Place: new england
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 44K
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, tense, light, intense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, good versus evil, cowboy, small town, friendship, adventure, violent, group of criminals, old west, desert, betrayal, murder ...
Time: 19th century, 80s, 1880s
Place: usa, new mexico, california, arizona
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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: neo noir, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, revenge, secret service, murder, police investigation, crimes, vengeance, law enforcement, gangsters, hitman, organized crime, loss of friend ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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: sexy, psychological, sincere, captivating, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: prison, prison sex, gays and lesbians, politics, gay, friendship, lgbt, betrayal, love story, torture, introspection, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 80s
Place: latin america, brazil
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 29K
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, suspense, intense, road movie, realistic ...
Plot: train, survival, runaway train, prisoner, prison, disaster, wilderness, prison escape, violence, prison warden, crime gone awry, winter ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: alaska, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 34K
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: feel good, funny, humorous, sex comedy, sweet ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing
Plot: computer cracker, nerd, college, high school, teenager, genius, boy genius, prodigy, computer, weapons, mentor, military ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
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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, sentimental, emotional, feel good, road movie ...
Plot: journey, aging, redemption, small town, escape, homecoming, bus, old age, on the road, old woman, southern belle, mentor ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: texas, austin texas, usa, houston texas
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Better Off Dead... (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Lane Meyer is obsessed with his girlfriend Beth and is crushed when she falls for the new captain of the ski team, Roy. After several failed suicide attempts, narrow escapes from the relentless paper boy, and nearly unbearable dinners at home with ...
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, light, sweet ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: skiing, teenager, high school, suicide attempt, coming of age, nerd, machismo, romance, teenage love, christmas, slutty attitude, young lovers ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
Is relevant ?
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The eccentric and childish Pee-wee Herman embarks on a big adventure when his beloved bicycle is stolen. Armed with information from a fortune-teller and a relentless obsession with his prized possession, Pee-wee encounters a host of odd characters ...
Style: road movie, funny, surreal, humorous, parody ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: bicycle, man child, road trip, surrealism, nightmare, chase, hitchhiker, tour guide, family, adventure, postmodernism, truck ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: austin texas, texas, california, usa
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