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The Best Movies of 1985

Updated September 4, 2020 20.9k votes 1.3k voters 27.0k 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 Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Clue is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Witness is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Commando is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Rambo: First Blood Part II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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    Rambo: First Blood Part II

    Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

    Rambo: First Blood Part II is a 1985 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos and... more on Wikipedia
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    Real Genius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Fletch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Better Off Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia
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    National Lampoon's European Va is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on... more on Wikipedia

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    Police Academy 2: Their First  is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Jewel of the Nile is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Mask is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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    Mask

    Cher, Laura Dern

    Released1985

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

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    Pale Rider is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Pee-wee's Big Adventure is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Legend is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Spies Like Us is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1985
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    Spies Like Us

    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Landis

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