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Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Movies of the 1980s

Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Movies of the 1980s. Published March 2, 2022. Writeups for all films included as notes in list view.

Link to original article: www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-lists/100-greatest-movies-of-the-1980s-1277869/

RS: It was the decade that gave us the Reagan administration, Rubik’s cubes, “The Reflex” and Run DMC. (Thank you for three of those things.) And if you went to the movies regularly, you were blessed with a steady diet of horny teens, killer robots, homesick extraterrestrials, raging bulls, road warriors, cop-and-crook team-ups, and more dystopian visions of the future than you could shake a time-traveling DeLorean at. For a long time, the Eighties were considered a bit of a cinematic dead zone stuck between the New Hollywood/modern blockbuster-inventing Seventies and the edgier,…

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  • Do the Right Thing

    1

  • Videodrome

    2

  • Raging Bull

    3

  • Blue Velvet

    4

  • Ran

    5

  • Shoah

    6

  • Blade Runner

    7

  • Stranger Than Paradise

    8

  • The Thin Blue Line

    9

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    10

  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    11

  • Come and See

    12

  • The Thing

    13

  • Brazil

    14

  • Die Hard

    15

  • The Shining

    16

  • Raising Arizona

    17

  • Say Anything...

    18

  • Something Wild

    19

  • Blow Out

    20

  • Stop Making Sense

    21

  • An American Werewolf in London

    22

  • The Right Stuff

    23

  • Paris, Texas

    24

  • RoboCop

    25

  • The King of Comedy

    26

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    27

  • The Terminator

    28

  • This Is Spinal Tap

    29

  • Elephant

    30

  • Repo Man

    31

  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    32

  • They Live

    33

  • Wings of Desire

    34

  • Risky Business

    35

  • Fanny and Alexander

    36

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    37

  • The Elephant Man

    38

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    39

  • Reds

    40

  • Dekalog

    41

  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    42

  • The Times of Harvey Milk

    43

  • Mad Max 2

    44

  • After Hours

    45

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    46

  • The Blues Brothers

    47

  • She's Gotta Have It

    48

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    49

  • Fitzcarraldo

    50

  • Aliens

    51

  • Thief

    52

  • Sophie's Choice

    53

  • Roger & Me

    54

  • My Beautiful Laundrette

    55

  • Big

    56

  • Modern Romance

    57

  • Purple Rain

    58

  • My Dinner with Andre

    59

  • Bull Durham

    60

  • Cutter's Way

    61

  • Evil Dead II

    62

  • Broadcast News

    63

  • Akira

    64

  • Back to the Future

    65

  • The Long Good Friday

    66

  • Desperately Seeking Susan

    67

  • Blood Simple

    68

  • Caddyshack

    69

  • The Killer

    70

  • Possession

    71

  • 48 Hrs.

    72

  • Ghostbusters

    73

  • Drugstore Cowboy

    74

  • Vagabond

    75

  • Heathers

    76

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    77

  • Police Story

    78

  • Full Metal Jacket

    79

  • Sweetie

    80

  • River's Edge

    81

  • Hollywood Shuffle

    82

  • The Little Mermaid

    83

  • Midnight Run

    84

  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    85

  • Withnail & I

    86

  • Atlantic City

    87

  • The Brother from Another Planet

    88

  • Amadeus

    89

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    90

  • The Vanishing

    91

  • Airplane!

    92

  • Near Dark

    93

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    94

  • Matewan

    95

  • Scarface

    96

  • Miracle Mile

    97

  • The Decline of Western Civilization

    98

  • Gregory's Girl

    99

  • Testament

    100