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iCM Forum's Favourite Movies of the 1980s: Results
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iCM Forum's Favourite Movies of the 1980s
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The 1980s; the decade of materialism and consumerism, glasnost and perestroika, Reagan and Thatcher, yuppies, greed, coke, AIDS, MTV, Nintendo, IBM and Macintosh, the collapse of communism in eastern Europe and fall of the Berlin Wall, the Tiananmen Square protests and many other wars, elections, coups, crises, disasters, deaths, births, sportmatches, inventions and trends, which can''t all be mentioned in this very brief recap. It's the decade many of us were born in. It's also a decade that has a bad reputation in movie history. Here is a list of movies that were made in the eighties that are worth watching according to the members of the iCM Forum.

Please feel free to discuss the list, the films, and any entries that you're happy or unhappy about, whether you submitted a list or not, but please try to be courteous when doing so.
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Scoring for ranked lists: Half-life = 50
Scoring for unranked lists: Every film on your list receives the same number of points (the average of what they would have received if your list was ranked).


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Stats:
Year breakdown top 250
198728
198928
198827
198226
198526
198425
198624
198323
198122
198021


Directors with multiple films in the top 250
Woody Allen
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Brian De Palma
Steven Spielberg
5
David Cronenberg
Hayao Miyazaki
Hsiao-Hsien Hou
John Carpenter
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Martin Scorsese
Peter Greenaway
Rob Reiner
4
Éric Rohmer
John Hughes
Louis Malle
Oliver Stone
Robert Zemeckis
3
a bunch of directors

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Tonight I wil post the runners up. Tomorrow we wil start with the real results.
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#260 The Land Before Time (Don Bluth, 1988), 230.25 points, 8 votes, 19318 checks (IMDb)
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#259 O Sangue (Pedro Costa, 1989), 230.52 points, 5 votes, 121 checks (IMDb)
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#258 Spaceballs (Mel Brooks, 1987), 232.1 points, 5 votes, 12880 checks (IMDb)
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#257 Terms of Endearment (James L. Brooks, 1983), 232.28 points, 7 votes, 6031 checks (IMDb)
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#256 Höhenfeuer (Alpine Fire) (Fredi M. Murer, 1985), 233.9 points, 4 votes, 108 checks (IMDb)
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#255 Wu Lang ba gua gun (The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter) (Chia-Liang Liu, 1984), 234.19 points, 4 votes, 218 checks (IMDb)
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#254 Chocolat (Claire Denis, 1988), 235.16 points, 4 votes, 2321 checks (IMDb)
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#253 Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986), 235.65 points, 5 votes, 12924 checks (IMDb)
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#252 Water and Power (Pat O'Neill, 1989), 236.95 points, 4 votes, 96 checks (IMDb)
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#251 Die unendliche Geschichte (The NeverEnding Story) (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984), 237.04 points, 6 votes, 9258 checks (IMDb)
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This looks like it'll be interesting already. We shall see.


I really wish I got around to ranking my list. Not all films are created equal, and there are ones on my list that I like a whole lot more than others, but, it won't make any difference. Oh well. Hopefully they do alright!
(Just out of curiosity, how many points are each of my films worth? I submitted an unranked list of 95.)
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Well don't I feel bad now for not putting Land Before Time and Neverending Story on my list. Both were childhood favorites, but I haven't seen either in two decades so I thought it best to leave them off.

8 Diagram Pole Fighter has been on my watchlist forever. Maybe I'll get around to watching it this week.
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One film from my top 10 has gone already: Terms of Endearment. :'(
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#258 Spaceballs (Mel Brooks, 1987), 232.1 points, 5 votes, 12880 checks (IMDb)
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Life imitating art. Recently (I think last year) the Bavarian police introduced new protective heavy duty gear. Naturally, the comparisions didn't ake long to come around:

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Jun 1 2016, 01:50:54 AM
This looks like it'll be interesting already. We shall see.


I really wish I got around to ranking my list. Not all films are created equal, and there are ones on my list that I like a whole lot more than others, but, it won't make any difference. Oh well. Hopefully they do alright!
(Just out of curiosity, how many points are each of my films worth? I submitted an unranked list of 95.)
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Here we go! :circle:

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#250 Tenebre (Unsane) (Dario Argento, 1982), 237.51 points, 4 votes, 1951 checks (IMDb)
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#249 The Fox and the Hound (Ted Berman, Richard Rich, 1981), 237.65 points, 4 votes, 24811 checks (IMDb)
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#248 The Grey Fox (Phillip Borsos, 1982), 237.89 points, 6 votes, 177 checks (IMDb)
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#247 A Légy (The Fly) (Ferenc Rófusz, 1980), 241.57 points, 7 votes, 450 checks (IMDb)
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#246 Running on Empty (Sidney Lumet, 1988), 242.09 points, 5 votes, 774 checks (IMDb)
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#245 Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (Ulrich Edel, 1981), 242.39 points, 7 votes, 2295 checks (IMDb)
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Two foxes in one post!
:lol:

Let's see if my 56 points comes in handy ;) Hopefully it boosted 95 films into the list, or at least a few.
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#244 37°2 le matin (Betty Blue) (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1986), 244.24 points, 4 votes, 1596 checks (IMDb)
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#243 Boy Meets Girl (Leos Carax, 1984), 245.89 points, 5 votes, 358 checks (IMDb)
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#242 Sien nui yau wan (A Chinese Ghost Story) (Siu-Tung Ching, 1987), 247.38 points, 5 votes, 631 checks (IMDb)
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#241 The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg, 1985), 248.26 points, 5 votes, 11853 checks (IMDb)
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#240 Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen) (Mori Masaki, 1983), 249.61 points, 5 votes, 1037 checks (IMDb)
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#239 Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1981), 250.6 points, 7 votes, 860 checks (IMDb)
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#238 Les nuits de la pleine lune (Full Moon in Paris) (Éric Rohmer, 1984), 251.84 points, 7 votes, 255 checks (IMDb)
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#237 The Mission (Roland Joffé, 1986), 252.03 points, 6 votes, 5219 checks (IMDb)
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#236 Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone, 1989), 252.85 points, 7 votes, 7605 checks (IMDb)
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#235 A Christmas Story (Bob Clark, 1983), 253.61 points, 5 votes, 26250 checks (IMDb)
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#234 The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley, 1989), 253.85 points, 6 votes, 664 checks (IMDb)
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#233 Camp de Thiaroye (The Camp at Thiaroye) (Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow, 1988), 254.69 points, 4 votes, 126 checks (IMDb)
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#234 The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley, 1989), 253.85 points, 6 votes, 664 checks (IMDb)
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#232 The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1987), 255.36 points, 8 votes, 12580 checks (IMDb)
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#231 Conan the Barbarian (John Milius, 1982), 255.84 points, 5 votes, 8425 checks (IMDb)
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#230 TRON (Steven Lisberger, 1982), 256.2 points, 5 votes, 15771 checks (IMDb)
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#229 Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon, 1985), 257.08 points, 6 votes, 6132 checks (IMDb)
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#228 Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 1989), 257.98 points, 6 votes, 684 checks (IMDb)
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#227 The Little Mermaid (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1989), 258.48 points, 5 votes, 66145 checks (IMDb)
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#226 Witness (Peter Weir, 1985), 262.49 points, 8 votes, 7079 checks (IMDb)
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#225 The Dante Quartet (Stan Brakhage, 1987), 262.72 points, 5 votes, 991 checks (IMDb)
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#224 Big (Penny Marshall, 1988), 264.43 points, 6 votes, 33422 checks (IMDb)
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#223 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Michael Radford, 1984), 264.64 points, 10 votes, 4666 checks (IMDb)
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#222 The Snowman (Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami, 1982), 265.61 points, 5 votes, 6803 checks (IMDb)
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#221 Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982), 266.67 points, 9 votes, 22729 checks (IMDb)
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#220 Les maîtres du temps (Time Masters) (René Laloux, 1982), 267.89 points, 3 votes, 394 checks (IMDb)
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#219 Moznosti dialogu (Dimensions of Dialogue) (Jan Svankmajer, 1983), 268.42 points, 8 votes, 2073 checks (IMDb)
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#218 Pièce touchée (Martin Arnold, 1989), 268.61 points, 6 votes, 86 checks (IMDb)
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Fun to know fact:
Les maîtres du temps is the movie with least amount of votes in the top 250.
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The Land Before Time, Spaceballs, Labyrinth, The Never-Ending Story, The Fox and the Hound, A Christmas Story, Conan the Barbarian, TRON, Big, Re-Animator, The Little Mermaid, The Snowman, Poltergeist? Looks like a lot of voters are getting back in touch with their inner teenager. (OK, I did vote for Big myself.)
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yeah I'll admit to a fair few nostalgia picks on my list. I'm more a 90s child but 80s films were a big chunk of what made it to TV growing up.
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#217 Bad Taste (Peter Jackson, 1987), 271.81 points, 5 votes, 4658 checks (IMDb)
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#216 L'ami de mon amie (Boyfriends and Girlfriends) (Éric Rohmer, 1987), 273.62 points, 7 votes, 300 checks (IMDb)
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#215 La ville des pirates (City of Pirates) (Raoul Ruiz, 1983), 275.8 points, 4 votes, 156 checks (IMDb)
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yeah I'll admit to a fair few nostalgia picks on my list. I'm more a 90s child but 80s films were a big chunk of what made it to TV growing up.
I always feel a huge, alienated break with my generation when it comes to movies. I'm the perfect age to be all gooey for John Hughes/Dirty Dancing/Purple Rain/Beetlejuice/E.T./The Blue Lagoon/Flashdance/Footloose/Poltergeist/TRON/Risky Business/Gremlins/Revenge of the Nerds/St. Elmo's Fire/Stand by Me/The Princess Bride/The Lost Boys/Goonies/Ghostbusters/Indiana Jones/S.E. Hinton/Clark Griswold, but none of that stuff was ever close to my heart. I haven't even seen all of those films. When I was in high school, my big movie heroes were Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson and Kubrick. And while I do have a small "soft spot" for isolated '80s-teen films like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Back to the Future, Big and Say Anything, the '80s movies that I'm most nostalgic/sentimental about are the offbeat, indie-type movies that were such a major revelation for me at the time and made my movie tastes take a sharp turn away from the mainstream. Films like...mmm...Aria, Bagdad Cafe, Bliss, Blue Velvet, Brazil, Gregory's Girl, Koyaanisqatsi, Liquid Sky, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, My Beautiful Laundrette, My Life as a Dog, Paris Texas, The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover, Straight to Hell, Stranger Than Paradise, Down by Law, Subway, Sugarbaby, The Coca-Cola Kid, The Gods Must Be Crazy, The Meaning of Life, After Hours, Birdy, Choose Me, Comfort & Joy, Diner, Diva, Repo Man, Ran, River's Edge, She's Gotta Have It, Sid & Nancy, Buckaroo Banzai, The Thin Blue Line, Trouble in Mind, True Stories, Vagabond and Wings of Desire. Some of these movies have survived well in the historical canon, and some haven't. (Whatever happened to Alan Rudolph, Bill Forsyth and Percy Adlon?)
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#214 The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg, 1983), 278.32 points, 7 votes, 4949 checks (IMDb)
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#213 Pelle erobreren (Pelle the Conqueror) (Bille August, 1987), 279.41 points, 6 votes, 1295 checks (IMDb)
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#212 Modern Romance (Albert Brooks, 1981), 281.02 points, 5 votes, 466 checks (IMDb)
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I don't really have any nostalgia for films I saw as a teenager, only ones I saw as a kid (probably because I started getting more interested in films at 14), but most of the films I liked as a kid I still think are solid films (and the ones I don't won't show up in my lists). And most for me were 90s films, so there's not much nostalgia in my 80s list (The NeverEnding Story, Alice in Wonderland (1985 TV Movie), Oliver & Company, Twilight Zone: The Movie and Pet Sematary are probably it). All of which either made me cry or freaked me out, what a wonderful childhood I had lol
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#211 Ging chat goo si (Jackie Chan's Police Force) (Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen, 1985), 281.1 points, 5 votes, 2724 checks (IMDb)
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#210 Angel Heart (Alan Parker, 1987), 282.04 points, 7 votes, 4888 checks (IMDb)
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#209 Daliás idök (József Gémes, 1983), 282.1 points, 5 votes, 45 checks (IMDb)
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#208 The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese, 1988), 282.32 points, 5 votes, 6589 checks (IMDb)
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#207 Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1981), 284.42 points, 7 votes, 1253 checks (IMDb)
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#206 The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985), 285.33 points, 8 votes, 27780 checks (IMDb)
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#205 Ms. 45 (Angel of Vengeance) (Abel Ferrara, 1981), 285.67 points, 7 votes, 610 checks (IMDb)
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#204 Sherman's March (Ross McElwee, 1985), 288.96 points, 8 votes, 749 checks (IMDb)
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#203 Reds (Warren Beatty, 1981), 289.02 points, 7 votes, 2698 checks (IMDb)
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#202 Diner (Barry Levinson, 1982), 289.48 points, 9 votes, 3258 checks (IMDb)
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#201 Fehérlófia (Marcell Jankovics, 1981), 290.05 points, 7 votes, 273 checks (IMDb)
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#200 Mitt liv som hund (My Life as a Dog) (Lasse Hallström, 1985), 290.14 points, 8 votes, 2303 checks (IMDb)
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yeah I'll admit to a fair few nostalgia picks on my list. I'm more a 90s child but 80s films were a big chunk of what made it to TV growing up.
I always feel a huge, alienated break with my generation when it comes to movies. I'm the perfect age to be all gooey for John Hughes/Dirty Dancing/Purple Rain/Beetlejuice/E.T./The Blue Lagoon/Flashdance/Footloose/Poltergeist/TRON/Risky Business/Gremlins/Revenge of the Nerds/St. Elmo's Fire/Stand by Me/The Princess Bride/The Lost Boys/Goonies/Ghostbusters/Indiana Jones/S.E. Hinton/Clark Griswold, but none of that stuff was ever close to my heart. I haven't even seen all of those films. When I was in high school, my big movie heroes were Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson and Kubrick. And while I do have a small "soft spot" for isolated '80s-teen films like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Back to the Future, Big and Say Anything, the '80s movies that I'm most nostalgic/sentimental about are the offbeat, indie-type movies that were such a major revelation for me at the time and made my movie tastes take a sharp turn away from the mainstream. Films like...mmm...Aria, Bagdad Cafe, Bliss, Blue Velvet, Brazil, Gregory's Girl, Koyaanisqatsi, Liquid Sky, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, My Beautiful Laundrette, My Life as a Dog, Paris Texas, The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover, Straight to Hell, Stranger Than Paradise, Down by Law, Subway, Sugarbaby, The Coca-Cola Kid, The Gods Must Be Crazy, The Meaning of Life, After Hours, Birdy, Choose Me, Comfort & Joy, Diner, Diva, Repo Man, Ran, River's Edge, She's Gotta Have It, Sid & Nancy, Buckaroo Banzai, The Thin Blue Line, Trouble in Mind, True Stories, Vagabond and Wings of Desire. Some of these movies have survived well in the historical canon, and some haven't. (Whatever happened to Alan Rudolph, Bill Forsyth and Percy Adlon?)
I'm a big fan of quite a few on your 2nd list - likes of Alex Cox, Lynch, Wenders, Greenaway, Jarmusch all feature plenty on my list. Quite a few in my watchlist too & a couple I'll add :cheers: Didn't see many of these until a lot later though (and indeed some only v.recently) so they don't have quite the same era association.

I'm not big on a lot of the stuff which often gets cited as definitive 80s nostalgia, but definite soft spots for directors like Spielberg, Tim Burton & stuff like Gremlins, Back to the Future, Bill & Ted
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#199 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (David Zucker, 1988), 290.65 points, 9 votes, 22534 checks (IMDb)
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#198 Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) (Denys Arcand, 1989), 292.71 points, 5 votes, 690 checks (IMDb)
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#197 Gloria (John Cassavetes, 1980), 292.86 points, 7 votes, 966 checks (IMDb)
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#196 Fatal Attraction (Adrian Lyne, 1987), 294.95 points, 7 votes, 15703 checks (IMDb)
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#195 Tango (Zbigniew Rybczynski, 1981), 300.18 points, 7 votes, 815 checks (IMDb)
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#194 28 Up (Michael Apted, 1984), 303.03 points, 12 votes, 1395 checks (IMDb)
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#193 Route One USA (Robert Kramer, 1989), 304.47 points, 5 votes, 41 checks (IMDb)
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#192 Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter, 1986), 304.97 points, 7 votes, 10783 checks (IMDb)
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#191 Body Double (Brian De Palma, 1984), 306.53 points, 7 votes, 1312 checks (IMDb)
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