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The Best Movies of 1987

Updated September 4, 2020 10.3k votes 732 voters 19.8k views

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1987.

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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  • 1
    The Princess Bride
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Predator
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 3
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles
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    71

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced and directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Lethal Weapon
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    96

    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Spaceballs
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    Spaceballs

    Joan Rivers, John Hurt

    Released1987

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Lost Boys
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    75

    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Full Metal Jacket
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    99

    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 8
    RoboCop
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    85

    RoboCop

    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller

    Released1987

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • 9
    The Untouchables
    177
    82

    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

    Released1987

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 10
    Overboard
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    62

    Overboard

    Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell

    Released1987

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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  • 11
    Raising Arizona
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    Raising Arizona

    Nicolas Cage, John Goodman

    Released1987

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 12
    The Running Man
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    58

    The Running Man

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown

    Released1987

    Directed byPaul Michael Glaser

    The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film loosely based on the 1982 novel... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Adventures in Babysitting
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    56

    Adventures in Babysitting

    Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released1987

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • 14
    Evil Dead II
    153
    58

    Evil Dead II

    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva

    Released1987

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • 15
    Dirty Dancing
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    112

    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

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  • 16
    Beverly Hills Cop II
    125
    67

    Beverly Hills Cop II

    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

    Released1987

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 17
    Good Morning, Vietnam
    155
    87

    Good Morning, Vietnam

    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker

    Released1987

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • 18
    Can't Buy Me Love
    102
    50

    Can't Buy Me Love

    Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey

    Released1987

    Directed bySteve Rash

    Can't Buy Me Love is a 1987 teen comedy feature film starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Fatal Attraction
    105
    55

    Fatal Attraction

    Glenn Close, Michael Douglas

    Released1987

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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  • 20
    La Bamba
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    La Bamba

    Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano

    Released1987

    Directed byLuis Valdez

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  • 21
    Three Men and a Baby
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    Three Men and a Baby

    Tom Selleck, Ted Danson

    Released1987

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

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  • 22
    Innerspace
    87
    51

    Innerspace

    Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1987

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Innerspace is a 1987 science fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Hellraiser
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    48

    Hellraiser

    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson

    Released1987

    Directed byClive Barker

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  • 24
    Roxanne
    101
    62

    Roxanne

    Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah

    Released1987

    Directed byFred Schepisi

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  • 25
    Mannequin
    98
    53

    Mannequin

    Kim Cattrall, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byMichael Gottlieb

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