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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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2
Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 2 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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3
Predator is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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#54 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #152 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #74 of 363 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

5
Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 5 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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6
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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7
RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 7 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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8
The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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

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10
Raising Arizona is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Overboard is listed (or ranked) 11 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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#73 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #154 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #27 of 114 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

12
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
Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 13 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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14
The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

Released: 1987

Directed by: Paul Michael Glaser

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15
Adventures in Babysittin... is listed (or ranked) 15 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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16
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, a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. After Ash (Bruce Campbell) discovers an audiotape left by a college ...more

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17
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

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18
Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski

Released: 1987

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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19
La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer

Released: 1987

Directed by: Luis Valdez

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20
Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 20 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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21
Three Men and a Baby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg

Released: 1987

Directed by: Leonard Nimoy

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22
Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

Released: 1987

Directed by: Steve Rash

Can't Buy Me Love is a 1987 teen comedy feature film starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson in a story about a nerd at a high school in Tucson, Arizona who gives a cheerleader $1,000 to ...more

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23
Innerspace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid, Martin Short

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joe Dante

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24
Mannequin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1987
Robert Wabash added Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy

Released: 1987

Directed by: Michael Gottlieb

Mannequin is a 1987 romantic comedy fantasy film starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Meshach Taylor, James Spader, G. W. Bailey, and Estelle Getty. Directed and written by Michael Gottlieb, ...more

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25
Roxanne is listed (or ranked) 25 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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