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The Best Movies of 1985 

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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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Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more

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Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall
The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

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Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin
The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton
Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock. The film's producer, Joel ...more

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Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T
Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony ...more

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#464 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #725 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Chevy Chase, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Geena Davis
Fletch is a 1985 comedy film about an investigative newspaper reporter, Irwin M. Fletcher. The film was directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Andrew Bergman, loosely based on the popular ...more

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Witness is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover
Witness is a 1985 American thriller film directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The screenplay by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, and Earl W. Wallace focuses on a ...more

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Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, Tim Burton
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton in his full-length film directing debut and starring Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman. Reubens also co-wrote ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton
Commando is a 1985 American action film directed by Mark L. Lester, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rae Dawn Chong. The film was released in the United States on October 4, 1985. The film ...more

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Chevy Chase, Anthony Michael Hall, Beverly DAngelo
European Vacation is a 1985 comedy film. The second film in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, it was directed by Amy Heckerling and stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. Dana Hill and ...more

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Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman
Real Genius is a 1985 satirical comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge. It stars Val Kilmer and Gabriel Jarret. The film is set on the campus of Pacific Tech, a technical university similar to ...more

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Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas
The Jewel of the Nile is a 1985 action-adventure romantic comedy and a sequel to the 1984 film Romancing the Stone, with Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito reprising their roles. ...more

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John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers
This film is a 1985 American teen romantic comedy film starring John Cusack and written and directed by Savage Steve Holland. It tells the story of high school student Lane Myer after his ...more

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Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn
Clue is a 1985 American ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same name. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn, who collaborated on the script with John Landis, and stars ...more

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Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson
St. Elmo's Fire is a 1985 American coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare ...more

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Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna
Rambo: First Blood Part II is a 1985 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Sylvester Stallone. Picking up where the first film left, the sequel is set in the context ...more

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne
The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was Spielberg's eighth film as ...more

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Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope
Spies Like Us is a 1985 American comedy film directed by John Landis and starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest, and Donna Dixon. The film presents the comic adventures of two novice ...more

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Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy
Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens. The movie stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty
Pale Rider is a 1985 American western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the lead role. This movie bears a striking similarity to the classic Western Shane, as well ...more

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Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton
Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation starring Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a high school student who discovers that his family has an ...more

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Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, also known as Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome or simply Mad Max 3, is a 1985 Australian post-apocalyptic action adventure film co-directed by George Miller and George ...more

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Cher, Laura Dern, Sam Elliott
Mask is a 1985 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Cher, Sam Elliott, and Eric Stoltz. Dennis Burkley and Laura Dern are featured in supporting roles. Cher received the ...more

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Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon
Fright Night is a 1985 American horror comedy film written and directed by Tom Holland and produced by Herb Jaffe. It stars William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and Amanda Bearse. ...more

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Brazil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm
Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. British National Cinema by Sarah Street describes the film as a ...more

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