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Top Films by Year (1987-1989)

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

1987

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Princess Bride Rob Reiner 110
2 Wings of Desire Wim Wenders 197
3 Withnail & I Bruce Robinson 213
4 Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick 252
5 Evil Dead II Sam Raimi 391
6 Dirty Dancing Emile Ardolino 393
7 RoboCop Paul Verhoeven 411
8 The Untouchables Brian De Palma 487
9 Raising Arizona Joel Coen 511
10 Predator John McTiernan 519
11 Au Revoir, les Enfants Louis Malle 578
12 The Last Emperor** Bernardo Bertolucci 585
13 Moonstruck* Norman Jewison 614
14 Fatal Attraction* Adrian Lyne 635
15 Empire of the Sun Steven Spielberg 730
16 Babette's Feast Gabriel Axel 772
17 Broadcast News* James L. Brooks 789
18 Wall Street Oliver Stone 904
19 Lethal Weapon Richard Donner 931
20 Planes, Trains & Automobiles John Hughes 972
21 Hellraiser Clive Barker 1040
22 Near Dark Kathryn Bigelow 1042
23 The Dead John Huston 1060
24 Hope and Glory* John Boorman 1159
25 Where is the Friend's Home? Abbas Kiarostami 1196
26 Yeelen Souleymane Cissé 1321
27 Matewan John Sayles 1380
28 Angel Heart Alan Parker 1399
29 Roxanne Fred Schepisi 1425
30 Good Morning, Vietnam Barry Levinson 1564
31 Pelle the Conqueror Bille August 1636
32 House of Games David Mamet 1676
33 The Lost Boys Joel Schumacher 2051
34 Radio Days Woody Allen 2066
35 Red Sorghum Yimou Zhang 2114
36 Law of Desire Pedro Almodóvar 2127
37 The Emperor's Naked Army Marches on Kazuo Hara 2167
38 Spaceballs Mel Brooks 2198

1988

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Die Hard John McTiernan 104
2 Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore 208
3 Akira Katsuhiro Ôtomo 261
4 My Neighbor Totoro Hayao Miyazaki 308
5 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Robert Zemeckis 321
6 The Thin Blue Line Errol Morris 423
7 A Fish Called Wanda Charles Crichton 447
8 Rain Man** Barry Levinson 451
9 Grave of the Fireflies Isao Takahata 482
10 Bull Durham Ron Shelton 483
11 Big Penny Marshall 528
12 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Pedro Almodóvar 628
13 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! David Zucker 684
14 Heathers Michael Lehmann 696
15 Dangerous Liaisons* Stephen Frears 703
16 Dead Ringers David Cronenberg 719
17 The Vanishing George Sluizer 720
18 Eight Men Out John Sayles 810
19 Distant Voices, Still Lives Terence Davies 919
20 The Last Temptation of Christ Martin Scorsese 983
21 Midnight Run Martin Brest 993
22 Beetlejuice Tim Burton 1111
23 Alice Jan Svankmajer 1175
24 Working Girl* Mike Nichols 1230
25 The Unbearable Lightness of Being Philip Kaufman 1307
26 Time of the Gypsies Emir Kusturica 1373
27 Hairspray John Waters 1415
28 A Short Film about Killing Krzysztof Kieslowski 1437
29 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Frank Oz 1508
30 Coming to America John Landis 1615
31 They Live John Carpenter 1734
32 Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story Todd Haynes 1796
33 Beaches Garry Marshall 1877
34 Landscape in the Mist Theodoros Angelopoulos 1941
35 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Terry Gilliam 1968
36 Salaam Bombay! Mira Nair 1979
37 Stand and Deliver Ramón Menéndez 2079
38 A Short Film about Love Teresa Violetta Buhl, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and Pawel Rzepkowski 2150
39 Mississippi Burning* Alan Parker 2279
40 The Decline of Western Civilization II, The Metal Years Penelope Spheeris 2314
41 The Accused Jonathan Kaplan 2345

1989

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Do the Right Thing Spike Lee 102
2 When Harry Met Sally… Rob Reiner 170
3 Field of Dreams* Phil Alden Robinson 313
4 The Decalogue Krzysztof Kieslowski 364
5 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Steven Spielberg 417
6 Sex, Lies, and Videotape Steven Soderbergh 446
7 Say Anything… Cameron Crowe 473
8 The Killer John Woo 506
9 Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen 516
10 Dead Poets Society* Peter Weir 546
11 Batman Tim Burton 569
12 Glory Edward Zwick 591
13 Roger & Me Michael Moore 758
14 The Little Mermaid Ron Clements and John Musker 794
15 The Abyss James Cameron 817
16 My Left Foot* Jim Sheridan 837
17 Drugstore Cowboy Gus Van Sant 907
18 The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover Peter Greenaway 966
19 Back to the Future Part II Robert Zemeckis 975
20 Henry V Kenneth Branagh 1191
21 Born on the Fourth of July* Oliver Stone 1207
22 Kiki’s Delivery Service Hayao Miyazaki 1213
23 Tongues Untied Marlon Riggs 1382
24 A City of Sadness Hsiao-hsien Hou 1421
25 Driving Miss Daisy** Bruce Beresford 1466
26 The Fabulous Baker Boys Steven Kloves 1525
27 Major League David S. Ward 1559
28 Steel Magnolias Herbert Ross 1674
29 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Stephen Herek 1806
30 Jesus of Montreal Denys Arcand 1909
31 Mystery Train Jim Jarmusch 1919
32 Parenthood Ron Howard 2207
33 Twin Peaks Pilot David Lynch 2244
34 Santa Sangre Alejandro Jodorowsky 2268
35 Enemies, A Love Story Paul Mazursky 2290
36 Casualties of War Brian De Palma 2349
37 The War of the Roses Danny DeVito 2377
38 Tetsuo: The Iron Man Shinya Tsukamoto 2424

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

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