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The Best in Film: 1980-1986

by Jack Sommersby

In light of too many films today sucking big-time, here's a list of recommendables that will hopefully motivate you to venture to your local video stores and give these films -- some of which are well-known and some of them not -- a look-see.

Best Films of 1980

1. Used Cars
2. Hopscotch
3. American Gigolo
4. The Dogs of War
5. Bronco Billy
6. The Island
7. Fflokes
8. Massacre at Central High
9. The Boogey Man
10. Seems Like Old Times

Actor: Kurt Russell (Used Cars)
Actress: Goldie Hawn (Seems Like Old Times)
Supporting Actor: Colin Blakely (The Dogs of War)
Supporting Actress: Jeannine Taylor (Friday the 13th)
Director: Robert Zemeckis (Used Cars)
Screenplay: Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale (Used Cars)
Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond (Heaven's Gate)
Editing: Michael Kahn (Used Cars)
Production Design: Ferdinando Scarfiotti (American Gigolo)
Score: Giorgio Moroder (American Gigolo)
Nudity: Blair Brown (Altered States)

Best Films of 1981

1. Cutter's Way
2. Superman II
3. Blow Out
4. Stripes
5. Sharky's Machine
6. Escape From New York
7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
8. Dead & Buried
9. ...All the Marbles
10. Neighbors


Actor: John Heard (Cutter's Way)
Actress: Kate Nelligan (Eye of the Needle)
Supporting Actor: Ted Danson (Body Heat)
Supporting Actress: Frances Sternhagen (Outland)
Director: Brian De Palma (Blow Out)
Screenplay: Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman (Superman 2)
Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond (Blow Out)
Production Design: Philip Harrison (Outland)
Score: Pino Donaggio (Blow Out)
Editing: Michael Kahn (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Nudity: Rachel Ward (Night School)

Best Films of 1982

1. Creepshow
2. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
3. 48 Hrs.
4. Endangered Species
5. The Thing
6. First Blood
7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
8. Tootsie
9. The Challenge
10. Amityville II: The Possession

Actor: Jack Nicholson (The Border)
Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh (Fast Times At Ridgemont High)
Supporting Actor: Michael Keaton (Night Shift)
Supporting Actress: Meg Tilly (Tex)
Director: George A. Romero (Creepshow)
Screenplay: Cameron Crowe (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
Cinematography: Andrew Laszlo (First Blood)
Production Design: John Lloyd (The Thing)
Editing: Freeman A. Davies, Mark Warner, Billy Weber (48 Hrs.)
Score: James Horner (48 Hrs.)
Nudity: Kay Lenz (Fast-Walking)

Best Films of 1983

1. The Dead Zone
2. Tender Mercies
3. Videodrome
4. Octopussy
5. Fire and Ice
6. Never Cry Wolf
7. National Lampoon's Vacation
8. Max Dugan Returns
9. Independence Day
10. Blue Thunder

Actor: Christopher Walken (The Dead Zone)
Actress: Meryl Streep (Silkwood)
Supporting Actor: Jerry Reed (The Survivors)
Supporting Actress: Joanna Pacula (Gorky Park)
Director: David Cronenberg (Videodrome)
Screenplay: Jeffrey Boam (The Dead Zone)
Cinematography: Mark Irwin (Videodrome)
Production Design: Peter Lamont (Octopussy)
Editing: Edward M. Abrams and Frank Morriss (Blue Thunder)
Score: James Horner (Gorky Park)
Nudity: (tie) Valerie Kaprisky (Breathless), Betsy Russell (Private School)

Best Films of 1984

1. Once Upon a Time in America
2. The Pope of Greenwich Village
3. Irreconcilable Differences
4. Mike's Murder
5. The Terminator
6. The Evil That Men Do
7. 2010
8. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street
10. The Cotton Club

Actor: Ryan O'Neal (Irreconcilable Differences)
Actress: Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Supporting Actor: Michael Biehn (The Terminator)
Supporting Actress: Linda Hamilton (The Terminator)
Director: Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in America)
Screenplay: Once Upon a Time in America
Cinematography: Tonino Delli Colli( Once Upon a Time in America)
Production Design: Carlo Simi (Once Upon a Time in America)
Editing: Michael Kahn (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
Score: Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in America)
Nudity: Michelle Johnson (Blame It On Rio)

Best Films of 1985

1. Back to the Future
2. The Purple Rose of Cairo
3. Year of the Dragon
4. Code of Silence
5. Fletch
6. Prizzi's Honor
7. Commando
7. Runaway Train
8. The Sure Thing
9. Lost in America
10. The Stuff

Actor: Don Johnson (Cease Fire)
Actress: Meryl Streep (Out of Africa)
Supporting Actor: John Lone (Year of the Dragon)
Supporting Actress: Lea Thompson (Back to the Future)
Director: Michael Cimino (Year of the Dragon)
Screenplay: Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future)
Cinematography: Alex Thomson (Year of the Dragon)
Production Design: Wolf Kroeger (Year of the Dragon)
Editing: Harry Keramidas, Arthur Schmidt (Back to the Future)
Score: David Mansfield (Year of the Dragon)
Nudity: Joyce Ingalls (Just One of the Guys)

Best Films of 1986

1. Blue Velvet
2. The Best of Times
3. At Close Range
4. Murphy's Romance
5. Manhunter
6. Salvador
7. The Hitcher
8. 8 Million Ways to Die
9. Black Moon Rising
10. A Fine Mess

Actor: James Woods (Salvador)
Actress: Jane Fonda (The Morning After)
Supporting Actor: Andy Garcia (8 Million Ways to Die)
Supporting Actress: Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters)
Director: David Lynch (Blue Velvet)
Screenplay: Ron Shelton (The Best of Times)
Cinematography: Frederick Elmes (Blue Velvet)
Production Design: Patricia Norris (Blue Velvet)
Editing: Howard Smith (At Close Range)
Score: Alan Silvestri (The Clan of the Cave Bear)
Nudity: Linda Hamilton (Black Moon Rising)


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originally posted: 09/23/06 04:44:08
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