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The Best Movies of 1985

Updated September 4, 2020 19.7k votes 1.4k voters 28.3k views123 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1985.

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 Future1
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty...  more

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  • The Breakfast Club2
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and...  more

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  • The Goonies3
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more

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  • Weird Science4
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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes...  more

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  • Rocky IV5
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    Rocky IV

    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown

    Released1985

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also...  more

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  • Witness6
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    Witness

    Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1985

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Witness is a 1985 American thriller film directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford and...  more

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  • Clue7
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    Clue

    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

    Clue is a 1985 American ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same...  more

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  • Teen Wolf8
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    Teen Wolf

    Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant

    Released1985

    Directed byRod Daniel

    Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation...  more

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  • Fright Night9
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    Fright Night

    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall

    Released1985

    Directed byTom Holland

    Fright Night is a 1985 American horror comedy film written and directed by Tom Holland and...  more

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  • Commando10
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    Commando

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano

    Released1985

    Directed byMark L. Lester

    Commando is a 1985 American action film directed by Mark L. Lester, and starring Arnold...  more

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  • Rambo: First Blood Part II11
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    Rambo: First Blood Part II

    Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

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  • Cocoon12
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    Cocoon

    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard

    Released1985

    Directed byRon Howard

    Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people...  more

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  • Pale Rider13
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    Pale Rider

    Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn

    Released1985

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Pale Rider is a 1985 American western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also...  more

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  • Brewster's Millions14
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    Brewster's Millions

    Richard Pryor, John Candy

    Released1985

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the...  more

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  • Fletch15
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    Fletch

    Chevy Chase, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Released1985

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    Fletch is a 1985 comedy film about an investigative newspaper reporter, Irwin M. Fletcher. The...  more

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  • National Lampoon's European Vacation16
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    National Lampoon's European Vacation

    Chevy Chase, Anthony Michael Hall

    Released1985

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    European Vacation is a 1985 comedy film. The second film in National Lampoon's Vacation film...  more

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  • Real Genius17
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    Real Genius

    Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase

    Released1985

    Directed byMartha Coolidge

    Real Genius is a 1985 satirical comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge. It stars Val Kilmer...  more

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  • Better Off Dead18
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    Better Off Dead

    John Cusack, E.G. Daily

    Released1985

    Directed bySavage Steve Holland

    This film is a 1985 American teen romantic comedy film starring John Cusack and written and...  more

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  • The Jewel of the Nile19
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    The Jewel of the Nile

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1985

    Directed byLewis Teague, David Teague

    The Jewel of the Nile is a 1985 action-adventure romantic comedy and a sequel to the 1984 film...  more

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  • Legend20
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    Legend

    Tom Cruise, Tim Curry

    Released1985

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Legend is a 1985 British-American fantasy adventure film directed by Ridley Scott and starring...  more

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  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome21
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    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Tina Turner, Mel Gibson

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge Ogilvie, George Miller

    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, also known as Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome or simply Mad Max 3,...  more

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  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure22
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    Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild

    Released1985

    Directed byTim Burton

    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton in his...  more

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  • The Return of the Living Dead23
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    The Return of the Living Dead

    Clu Gulager, James Karen

    Released1985

    Directed byDan O'Bannon

    This film is a 1985 American black comedy/zombie horror film written and directed by Dan...  more

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  • Mask24
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    Mask

    Cher, Laura Dern

    Released1985

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    Mask is a 1985 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Cher, Sam Elliott,...  more

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  • Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment25
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    Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment

    Steve Guttenberg, Jason Hervey

    Released1985

    Directed byJerry Paris

    Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment is a 1985 comedy film directed by Jerry Paris. It is...  more