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50 Favourites of the 1980s

by Tom JF
50 Favourites of the 1980s by Tom JF
“Ladies and gentlemen… The terrible… Elephant Man!!” – The Elephant Man (1980) 1980 Bad Timing (Roeg, N) The Blues Brothers (Landis, J) The Elephant Man (Lynch D) The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner., I) Gloria (Cassevetes, J) Raging Bull (Scorcese, M) The Shining (Kubrick, S) “I’m just here for the gasoline” – Mad Max 2 (1981) 1981 An American Werewolf in London (Landis, J) Mad Max 2 (Miller, G) Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, S) “I want my opera house” – Fitzcarraldo (1982) 1982 Blade Runner (Scott, R) First Blood (Kotcheff, T) Fitzcarraldo (Herzog, W) The Thing (Carpenter, J) “Looking good, Billy Ray!” – Trading Places (1983) 1983… Read more

“Ladies and gentlemen… The terrible… Elephant Man!!” – The Elephant Man (1980)

1980
Bad Timing (Roeg, N)
The Blues Brothers (Landis, J)
The Elephant Man (Lynch D)
The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner., I)
Gloria (Cassevetes, J)
Raging Bull (Scorcese, M)
The Shining (Kubrick, S)

“I’m just here for the gasoline” – Mad Max 2 (1981)

1981
An American Werewolf in London (Landis, J)
Mad Max 2 (Miller, G)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, S)

“I want my opera house” – Fitzcarraldo (1982)

1982
Blade Runner (Scott, R)
First Blood (Kotcheff, T)
Fitzcarraldo (Herzog, W)
The Thing (Carpenter, J)

“Looking good, Billy Ray!” – Trading Places (1983)

1983
Breathless (McBride, J)
The King of Comedy (Scorsese, M)
Trading Places (Landis, J)
Videodrome (Cronenberg, D)
Zelig (Allen, W)
Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (Hark, Z)

“Father! The sleeper has awakened!” – Dune (1984)

1984
Blood Simple (Coen J)
Dune (Lynch, D)
Ghostbusters (Reitman, I)
Gremlins (Dante, J)
The Hit (Frears, S)
Once upon a time in America (Leone, S)
Pais, Texas (Wenders, W)
Repo Man (Cox, A)
This is Spinal Tap (Reiner, R)

“What do you want from me? I’m just a word processor! " – After Hours (1985)

1985
After Hours (Scorsese, M)
Brazil (Gilliam, T)
Day of the Dead (Romero, G)
Insignificance (Roeg, N)
Purple Rose of Cairo (Allen, W)
RAN (Kurosawa, A)

“You could be selling healthy anarchy. But as long as you’re addicts, you be full of shit” – Sid & Nancy (1986)

1986
Blue Velvet (Lynch, D)
Down by Law (Jarmusch, J)
The Fly (Cronenberg, D)
Manhunter (Mann, M)
Night of the Creeps (Dekker, F)
Sid and Nancy (Cox, A)

“Come quietly or there will be…trouble” – Robocop (1987)

1987
Barfly (Schroeder, B)
Evil Dead 2 (Raimi, S)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (Hughes, J)
Robocop (Verhoven, P)

“You, you’re ok. This one…real fucking ugly!” – John Carpenter’s They Live (1988)

1988
Die Hard (McTiernan, J)
Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata, I)
They Live (Carpenter, J)

“You know, Memphis does look like Yokohama” – Mystery Train (1989)

1989
Do the Right Thing (Lee, S)
The Killer (Woo, J)
Mystery Train (Jarmusch, J)

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