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Top Films by Year (1984-1986)

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1984

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 This Is Spinal Tap Rob Reiner 85
2 The Terminator James Cameron 106
3 Once Upon a Time in America Sergio Leone 154
4 Amadeus** Milos Forman 162
5 Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman 220
6 A Nightmare on Elm Street Wes Craven 336
7 Paris, Texas Wim Wenders 379
8 Blood Simple Joel Coen 433
9 Stranger than Paradise Jim Jarmusch 512
10 Stop Making Sense Jonathan Demme 617
11 The Karate Kid John G. Avildsen 686
12 Repo Man Alex Cox 691
13 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Steven Spielberg 723
14 The Natural Barry Levinson 767
15 The Killing Fields* Roland Joffé 782
16 Sixteen Candles John Hughes 862
17 Gremlins Joe Dante 1078
18 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Hayao Miyazaki 1096
19 The Times of Harvey Milk Rob Epstein 1148
20 28 Up Michael Apted 1312
21 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension W.D. Richter 1322
22 Broadway Danny Rose Woody Allen 1324
23 Beverly Hills Cop Martin Brest 1386
24 Heimat Edgar Reitz 1409
25 Love Streams John Cassavetes 1483
26 The NeverEnding Story Wolfgang Petersen 1532
27 Purple Rain Albert Magnoli 1708
28 The Brother from Another Planet John Sayles 1778
29 Dune David Lynch 1888
30 Splash Ron Howard 1913
31 1984 Michael Radford 1989
32 Yellow Earth Kaige Chen 2102
33 Starman John Carpenter 2351
34 A Sunday in the Country Bertrand Tavernier 2381
35 The Last Starfighter Nick Castle 2394

1985

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Back to the Future Robert Zemeckis 56
2 Brazil Terry Gilliam 76
3 Ran Akira Kurosawa 191
4 Shoah Claude Lanzmann 295
5 Come and See Elem Klimov 332
6 The Breakfast Club John Hughes 437
7 Witness* Peter Weir 645
8 The Goonies Richard Donner 666
9 A Room with a View* James Ivory 701
10 The Purple Rose of Cairo Woody Allen 739
11 Out of Africa** Sydney Pollack 751
12 My Beautiful Laundrette Stephen Frears 832
13 The Color Purple* Steven Spielberg 851
14 Pee-wee's Big Adventure Tim Burton 887
15 Re-Animator Stuart Gordon 918
16 My Life as a Dog Lasse Hallström 927
17 After Hours Martin Scorsese 1011
18 Vagabond Agnès Varda 1179
19 Tampopo Juzo Itami 1201
20 Sherman's March Ross McElwee 1219
21 Lost in America Albert Brooks 1452
22 Day of the Dead George A. Romero 1555
23 Desperately Seeking Susan Susan Seidelman 1647
24 Prizzi's Honor* John Huston 1673
25 Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone 1866
26 The Official Story Luis Puenzo 1880
27 The Time to Live and the Time to Die Hsiao-hsien Hou 1883
28 Cocoon Ron Howard 1903
29 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Paul Schrader 1976
30 Commando Mark L. Lester 2133
31 Rambo: First Blood Part II George P. Cosmatos 2138
32 The Sure Thing Rob Reiner 2176
33 Runaway Train Andrey Konchalovskiy 2192
34 To Live and Die in L.A. William Friedkin 2197
35 Fletch Michael Ritchie 2209
36 Ladyhawke Richard Donner 2230
37 Kiss of the Spider Woman* Hector Babenco 2235
38 Enemy Mine Wolfgang Petersen 2236
39 Pale Rider Clint Eastwood 2260
40 Better Off Dead… Savage Steve Holland 2283
41 Return to Oz Walter Murch 2402

1986

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Blue Velvet David Lynch 72
2 Aliens James Cameron 77
3 Platoon** Oliver Stone 180
4 The Fly David Cronenberg 273
5 Ferris Bueller's Day Off John Hughes 301
6 Stand by Me Rob Reiner 352
7 Hannah and Her Sisters* Woody Allen 395
8 Top Gun Tony Scott 571
9 Jean de Florette Claude Berri 624
10 Hoosiers David Anspaugh 695
11 Down by Law Jim Jarmusch 710
12 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer John McNaughton 1001
13 Manon of the Spring Claude Berri 1020
14 Labyrinth Jim Henson 1050
15 Manhunter Michael Mann 1137
16 The Sacrifice Andrei Tarkovsky 1180
17 She's Gotta Have It Spike Lee 1197
18 Pretty in Pink Howard Deutch 1323
19 Sid and Nancy Alex Cox 1344
20 Betty Blue Jean-Jacques Beineix 1349
21 9 1/2 Weeks Adrian Lyne 1467
22 Laputa: Castle in the Sky Hayao Miyazaki 1486
23 Summer Eric Rohmer 1538
24 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Leonard Nimoy 1563
25 Big Trouble in Little China John Carpenter 1589
26 The Color of Money Martin Scorsese 1604
27 A Better Tomorrow John Woo 1657
28 Salvador Oliver Stone 1660
29 The Hitcher Robert Harmon 1688
30 The Mission* Roland Joffé 1717
31 Little Shop of Horrors Frank Oz 1852
32 The Name of the Rose Jean-Jacques Annaud 1904
33 Highlander Russell Mulcahy 1953
34 Something Wild Jonathan Demme 2034
35 When the Wind Blows Jimmy T. Murakami 2164
36 Caravaggio Derek Jarman 2245

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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