1987: Overstreet's Favorite Films

1987: Overstreet's Favorite Films May 29, 2012

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 1987.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.


  1. Wings of Desire
  2. Babette’s Feast
  3. Raising Arizona
  4. Empire of the Sun
  5. The Princess Bride
  6. Roxanne
  7. The Dead
  8. The Last Emperor
  9. Good Morning, Vietnam
  10. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  11. Swimming to Cambodia
  12. Full Metal Jacket
  13. No Way Out
  14. The Untouchables
  15. Broadcast News
  16. Au Revoir, Les Enfants
  17. Hope and Glory
  18. House of Games
  19. Radio Days
  20. Pathfinder
  21. Moonstruck
  22. Innerspace
  23. Robocop
  24. The Glass Menagerie
  25. 84 Charing Cross Road
  • Wall Street
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 1987
A Hungarian Fairy Tale (Gyula Gazdag)
A Long Goodbye
A Taxing Woman (Juzo Itami)
A Western
Angel Heart
Artist on Fire: Joyce Wieland
Baby Boom
Back to the Beach
Bagdad Cafe (Percy Adlon)
Beirut: The Last Home Movie
Belly of an Architect
Black Widow (Bob Rafelson)
Blind Chance
Boyfriends and Girlfriends (Eric Rohmer)
Camp de Thiaroye (Ousmane Sembene)
China Girl (Abel Ferrara)
Chinese Ghost Story

Christine (Alan Clarke)
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll
City on Fire
Course Completed
Cry Freedom
Damnation (Bela Tarr)
Dark Eyes
Daughter of the Nile (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
Dogs in Space (Richard Lowenstein)
El Bosque animado
Evil Dead II
Falsch (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
Family Viewing
Fatal Attraction
From the Pole to the Equator(Yervant Gianikian/Angela Ricci Lucchi)
Gaby: A True Story
Heat and Sunlight
Housekeeping (Bill Forsyth)

In a Glass Cage (Agustí Villaronga)
Ishtar (Elaine May)
I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing
Jackie Chan’s Project A2
King Lear (Jean-Luc Godard)
La Bamba
La Chouette aveugle
Law of Desire (Pedro Almodovar)
Le Grand Chemin
Less Than Zero
Light of Day
Making Mr. Right
Making Waves (Ann Wingate)
Matewan (John Sayles)
Michael Caine – Acting in Film
Mixed Blood (Paul Morrissey)
Mournful Indifference (Aleksandr Sokurov)
Nadine (Robert Benton)
Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow)

Night Zoo
Opera (Dario Argento)
Pelle the Conqueror
Personal Services (Terry Jones)
Plain Talk & Common Sense (Jon Jost)
Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears)
Prince of Darkness (John Carpenter)
Red Sorghum
Rita, Sue and Bob Too! (Alan Clarke)
Rouge (Stanley Kwan)
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (Stephen Frears)
Shinran: Path to Purity
Shy People (Andrei Konchalovsky)
Soigne ta droite (Jean-Luc Godard)
Stage Fright (Michele Soavi)
Street Smart (Jerry Schatzberg)

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Todd Haynes)
The Big Easy
The Big Town
The Cartographer’s Girlfriend (Hal Hartley)
The Cry of the Owl (Claude Chabrol)
The Cyclist (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
The Deadman
The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On
The Family
The Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (Eric Rohmer)
The Fourth Protocol
The Hidden (Jack Sholder)
The House of Bernarda Alba (Mario Camus)
The Living Daylights
The Peddler
The Running Man (Paul Michael Glaser)
The Short and Curlies (Mike Leigh)
The Sicilian (Michael Cimino)
The Silent Majority

The Trouble With Dick (Gary Walkow)
The Whales of August
The Year My Voice Broke
Three O’Clock High (Phil Joanou)
Throw Momma from the Train (Danny DeVito)
Tin Men
Tough Guys Don’t Dance (Norman Mailer)
Travelling North
Under Satan’s Sun
Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh
Waiting for the Moon
Wedding in Galilee
Where is the Friend’s Home (Abbas Kiarostami)
Wish You Were Here
Withnail & I
Yeleen (Souleymane Cisse)
Your Face

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