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The Best Movies of 1987 

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List Rules Movies released in 1987 only

A list of the best movies of 1987, from light dramas like Dirty Dancing to comedies like Spaceballs.The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1987 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. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years aft they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here. As stated before, some of the best action movies of the decade were released in 1987. Who could forget Beverly Hills Cop II with Eddie Murphy, Robocop with Peter Weller, and of course, . Dramas from that year were gripping and tense, which are signs of a great enduring movie. Examples from this year include Full Metal Jacket and Wall Street.

The best movies of 1987 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the up-and-comers featured in The Lost Boys or Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 1987. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 1987, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 1986. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

Released: 1987

Directed by: John McTiernan

Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1987

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers. The film ...more

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4
Planes, Trains and Autom... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Hughes

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film stars Steve Martin as Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive, who ...more

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

Released: 1987

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

RoboCop is a 1987 American cyberpunk action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan, in the near future, RoboCop ...more

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

Released: 1987

Directed by: Brian De Palma

The Untouchables is a 1987 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as government agent Eliot ...more

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

Released: 1987

Directed by: Richard Donner

Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of L.A.P.D. detectives and stars Mitchell Ryan and ...more

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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

Released: 1987

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during Vietnam, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ ...more

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9
Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

Released: 1987

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, ...more

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10
The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more

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Raising Arizona is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 1987

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Raising Arizona is a 1987 American comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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13
Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen

Released: 1987

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. The film tells the story of Bud ...more

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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski

Released: 1987

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

This film is a 1987 American psychological thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and Anne Archer. The film centers on a married Manhattan man who has a ...more

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La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer

Released: 1987

Directed by: Luis Valdez

La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond ...more

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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

Released: 1987

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Robert ...more

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Beverly Hills Cop II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried

Released: 1987

Directed by: Tony Scott

Beverly Hills Cop II is a 1987 action comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Tony Scott. It is the first sequel in the Beverly Hills Cop series. Murphy returns as Detroit police ...more

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18
The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

Released: 1987

Directed by: Paul Michael Glaser

The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film loosely based on the 1982 novel The Running Man, written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. ...more

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19
Adventures in Babysittin... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller

Released: 1987

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Adventures in Babysitting is a 1987 American comedy film written by David Simkins, directed by Chris Columbus, and starring Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Penelope Ann ...more

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20
Overboard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall

Released: 1987

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It was directed by Garry Marshall, produced by Roddy McDowall, and loosely inspired by the 1974 Italian ...more

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21
Broadcast News is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Jack Nicholson, John Cusack, Holly Hunter

Released: 1987

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Broadcast News is a 1987 romantic comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by James L. Brooks. The film concerns a virtuoso television news producer, who has daily emotional breakdowns, ...more

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22
Roxanne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Damon Wayans

Released: 1987

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

Roxanne is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Fred Schepisi. It is a modern retelling of Edmond Rostand's 1897 verse play Cyrano de Bergerac, adapted by Steve Martin and starring ...more

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23
Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello

Released: 1987

Directed by: Norman Jewison

Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia ...more

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24
Three Men and a Baby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg

Released: 1987

Directed by: Leonard Nimoy

Three Men and a Baby is a 1987 comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy, and starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson and Nancy Travis. It follows the mishaps and adventures of three ...more

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25
Innerspace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid, Martin Short

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joe Dante

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