Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 1985

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 1985.

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


  1. A Room with a View
  2. Brazil
  3. Ran
  4. Witness
  5. Ladyhawke
  6. After Hours
  7. Back to the Future
  8. Legend
  9. Better Off Dead
  10. My Life as a Dog
  11. The Purple Rose of Cairo
  12. The Hit
  13. Fletch
  14. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
  15. 28 Up
  16. The Color Purple
  17. The Breakfast Club
  18. The Goonies
  19. Clue
  20. To Live and Die in L.A.
  21. Silverado
  22. The Journey of Natty Gann
  23. Cocoon
  24. A Chorus Line
  25. Real Genius
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 1985
Adela (Mircea Veroiu)
Agnes of God
Almanac of Fall (Bela Tarr)
An Early Frost
Angry Harvest (Agnieszka Holland)
Bad Medicine (Harvey Miller)
Bekci (Ali Ozgenturk)
Canada’s Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks
Code of Silence
Colonel Redl
Come and See (Elem Klimov)
Contact (Alan Clarke)
Cop au Vin
Crime Wave (John Paisz)
Dance With a Stranger (Mike Newell)
Day of the Dead (George A. Romero)
Defence of the Realm
Desperately Seeking Susan
Detective (Jean-Luc Godard)
Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart
Dreamchild (Gavin Millar)
Erotic Psyche
Explorers (Joe Dante)
Fool for Love (Robert Altman)
Four Days in July (Mike Leigh)
Gwen, the Book of Sand
Hail Mary (Jean-Luc Godard)
Hard Choices
Himatsuri (Mitsuo Yanagimachi)
Huey Long
Into the Night (John Landis)
Jagged Edge (Richard Marquand)
Kiss of the Spider Woman
La vie de famille (Jacques Doillon)
Little Treasure (Alan Sharp)
Lost in America (Albert Brooks)
Mala Noche
Manoel in the Island of the Wonders
Men …
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Mix-Up (Francoise Romand)
Mix-Up ou Meli-melo
My American Cousin
My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears)
My Country: At the Razor’s Edge (Lino Brocka)
My Sweet Little Village
Night on the Galactic Railroad (Gisaburo Sugii)
No End (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
No Surrender
On the Edge
Out of Africa
Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood)
Phenomena (Dario Argento)A Private Function (Malcolm Mowbray)
Police (Maurice Pialat)
Police Story
Private Conversations: On the Set of ‘Death of a Salesman’
Prizzi’s Honor
Pumping Iron II: The Women
Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)
Runaway Train
Shoah (Claude Lanzmann)
Silas Marner
Smooth Talk
Snatched from Heaven (Ishmael Bernal)
St. Elmo’s Fire
Sylvia (Michael Firth)
Taipei Story (Edward Yang)
Tampopo (Juzo Itami)
The Coca-Cola Kid (Dusan Makavejev)
The Emerald Forest
The Falcon and the Snowman
The Good Father (Mike Newell)
The Home and the World
The Hour of the Star (Suzana Amaral)
The Man Who Envied Women (Yvonne Rainer)
The Official Story
The Quiet Earth
The Return of the Living Dead (Dan O’Bannon)
The Runner
The Shooting Party
The Sure Thing
The Time to Live and the Time to Die
The Trip to Bountiful
Treasure Island (Raul Ruiz)
Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph)
Turtle Diary
Twice in a Lifetime
Vagabond (Agnes Varda)
Vampires in Havana (Juan Padron)
Vision Quest
Wetherby (David Hare)
When Father Was Away on Business
Wuthering Heights (Jacques Rivette)
Year of the Dragon (Michael Cimino)