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A list of the best movies of 1985, from instant classics like Back to the Future to cult hits like The Goonies. The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. Over the years we were all exposed to new stars and big blockbusters and 1985 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies, and dramas in history from PG-13 movies to Rated R thrillers. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released becoming some of the best movies ever made. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on this list of the top 1985 films.
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Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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421 146
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The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

3
389 136
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The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

4
282 73
Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Weird Science Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

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191 105
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Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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196 138
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Pee-wee's Big Adventure Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, Tim Burton

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189 143
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St. Elmo's Fire Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

8
163 103
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Fletch Chevy Chase, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Geena Davis

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194 115
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Cocoon Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

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156 107
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Commando Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton

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138 107
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Rambo: First Blood Part II Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna

12
150 88
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

13
141 99
Witness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Witness Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover

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158 102
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Real Genius Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman

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142 96
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Spies Like Us Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope

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130 86
Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Fright Night Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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193 111
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Teen Wolf Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

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200 142
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National Lampoon's European Vacation Chevy Chase, Anthony Michael Hall, Beverly DAngelo

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131 96
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Legend Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, Mia Sara

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147 109
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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou

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152 98
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The Jewel of the Nile Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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144 92
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Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Steve Guttenberg, Jason Hervey, Bubba Smith

23
133 79
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Better Off Dead John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers

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151 99
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Clue Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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93 96
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Pale Rider Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty

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147 104
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Mask Cher, Laura Dern, Sam Elliott

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113 64
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Brewster's Millions Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis

28
90 104
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

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95 83
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Ladyhawke Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Alfred Molina

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112 69
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Desperately Seeking Susan Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, John Turturro

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99 79
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A View to a Kill Christopher Walken, Roger Moore, Grace Jones

32
101 88
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: F... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager

33
63 90
Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Out of Africa Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid

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87 81
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Just One of the Guys Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka, Joyce Hyser

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90 62
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The Legend of Billie Jean Christian Slater, Helen Slater, Dean Stockwell

36
78 64
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Summer Rental John Candy, Joey Lawrence, Rip Torn

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73 80
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Enemy Mine Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

38
64 95
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After Hours Martin Scorsese, Teri Garr, Catherine O'Hara

39
74 79
Friday the 13th: A New Beginni... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning Corey Feldman, Miguel A. Núñez, Jr.

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68 66
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The Sure Thing John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Nicollette Sheridan

41
73 44
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Once Bitten Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton

42
60 76
The Falcon and the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
The Falcon and the Snowman Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside

43
73 59
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Cat's Eye Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton

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54 89
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To Live and Die in L.A. Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Jane Leeves

45
62 71
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Silverado Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

46
52 85
Runaway Train is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Runaway Train Jon Voight, Rebecca De Mornay, Eric Roberts

47
57 38
Explorers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Explorers Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell

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71 59
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Fright Night Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette

49
60 62
The Return of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
The Return of the Living Dead Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley

50
62 68
Vision Quest is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Vision Quest Madonna, Forest Whitaker, Linda Fiorentino