Al's Top Rated Films: 1987

by pounds-alan | created - 9 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

This is not one of my absolute favorite years of the 80s in film, but it undoubtedly has some classics!

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1. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

76 Metascore

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 704,147 | Gross: $46.36M

Just about my favorite Stanley Kubrick movie. He does the war movies brilliantly, and this is one of the best in the entire genre. Great look into the lives of several Vietnam Vets as they move from boot camp to full-fledged battle.

2. Spaceballs (1987)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

A star-pilot for hire and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a princess and save Planet Druidia from the clutches of the evil Spaceballs.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman

Votes: 180,819 | Gross: $38.12M

The most commercially successful Mel Brooks film, and one of his best. It's such a great Star Wars spoof, that I like it amore than most Star Wars movies. Hilarious film with a star-studded cast: John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, among many others.

3. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone and, because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 295,816 | Gross: $76.27M

It's Eliot Ness vs. Al Capone during the alcohol prohibition circa 1920s. Great crime/drama about the quest to take Al Capone down. Great roles from Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, among others.

4. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 246,792 | Gross: $65.21M

Easily one of my favorite Mel Gibson roles. He and Danny Glover have some great comedic timing together, as seen from the many sequels. The first is the best. Great comedy/crime/cop movie.

5. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

PG-13 | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

45 Metascore

A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp

Votes: 41,471 | Gross: $34.37M

I had a huge crush on Elisabeth Shue back in the day, and I'd have to say this is the best movie I've seen her in. Very good adventure/comedy. Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, and Anthony Rapp all play great parts.

6. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 388,821 | Gross: $59.74M

Excellent sci-fi/action/thriller/war film. One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's is the big star here, but Carl Weathers, and Bill Duke (among others) were also fantastic.

7. Empire of the Sun (1987)

PG | 153 min | Action, Drama, History

62 Metascore

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation of China during World War II.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers

Votes: 120,654 | Gross: $22.24M

Great World War II action/drama (and partly biopic) from Steven Spielberg. We get to see an amazing performance from a 12-year old Christian Bale. He help up the lead role beautifully. John Malkovich was also great among a very good supporting cast. It's a long movie, but worthy it's time.

8. Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

42 Metascore

The Henderson family adopt a friendly Sasquatch but have a hard time trying to keep the legend of 'Bigfoot' a secret.

Director: William Dear | Stars: John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick, Joshua Rudoy

Votes: 34,426 | Gross: $29.76M

Funny and touching story about a lovable Sasquatch who fits right into the suburban Henderson family. The best "Bigfoot" film around. John Lithgow and Melinda Dillon are excellent, as well as Kevin Peter Hall (as Harry).

9. Project X (1987)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

An Air Force pilot joins a top secret military experiment involving chimps, but begins to suspect there might be something more to the mysterious "Project X".

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, Willie, Okko

Votes: 11,817 | Gross: $18.53M

Fascinating story about the Air Force sacrificing the lives of chimps for top secret experiments. The main chimp (Virgil) captures the hearts Jimmy (Matthew Broderick) and Teri (Helen Hunt), and they work to put an end to the program and set the chimps free. Very good movie that still holds up great today.

10. Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

Votes: 132,932 | Gross: $22.85M

Hilarious movie and likely my favorite film starring Nicolas Cage. I didn't even know the Coen Brothers directed and wrote the movie...which is no surprise since it's so well done.

11. Dragnet (1987)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

62 Metascore

The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery.

Director: Tom Mankiewicz | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan

Votes: 33,404 | Gross: $57.39M

I've never seen the original Dragnet TV series, but I've always loved this comical rendition from stars Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks. The dialogue and situations are hilarious throughout.

12. Wall Street (1987)

R | 126 min | Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie, Franklin Cover

Votes: 149,649 | Gross: $43.85M

Another very good Oliver Stone movie. Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas are great in this wall street stockbroker gem.

13. Overboard (1987)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

A cruel but beautiful heiress mocks and cheats a hired carpenter. When she gets amnesia after an accident, he decides to introduce her to regular life by convincing her they're husband and wife.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 56,123 | Gross: $26.71M

Goldie Hawn is a rich pretentious heiress who gets amnesia after an accident, and Kurt Russel tricks her into being his wife, and a mother to his 3 misfit kids. As things unravel, Russel and Hawn have great chemistry. Good comedy/romance.

14. Less Than Zero (1987)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

48 Metascore

A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Votes: 19,492 | Gross: $12.40M

Clay (Andrew McCarthy) find his former best friend (Robert Downey Jr.) has a serious drug problem when he return to L.A. for the holidays from college. Scary accurate considering Robert Downey Jr. has had such a problem with drugs since. Great story and acting throughout.

15. Not Quite Human (1987 TV Movie)

97 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Comedy

Dr. Jonas Carson, a scientist, invents Chip, an android teenager. Dr. Carson sends Chip to school with his daughter Becky to see whether an android could interact with others. But his ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Jay Underwood, Alan Thicke, Robyn Lively, Joseph Bologna

Votes: 1,171

Totally underrated Disney TV family comedy about an android teenager named Chip. This is the first in the trilogy, and quite possibly the best. Jay Underwood, Alan Thicke, and Robyn Lively are all great.

16. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

A Chicago advertising man must struggle to travel home from New York for Thanksgiving, with a lovable oaf of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean

Votes: 131,194 | Gross: $49.53M

Often cited as one of the best John Hughes films. Steve Martin and John Candy have some funny chemistry together. The film is well done, but it's not quite a favorite for how tense some of the interactions are between the two.

17. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

72 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 155,233 | Gross: $5.92M

Another great comedy/horror flick from Sam Raimi. Arguably even more scary and better than the first installment.

18. Masters of the Universe (1987)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

35 Metascore

The heroic warrior He-Man battles against the evil lord Skeletor and his armies of darkness for control of Castle Grayskull.

Director: Gary Goddard | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Billy Barty

Votes: 39,493 | Gross: $17.34M

This movie gets poor reviews all over, but I've always liked Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, and especially Frank Langella as Skeletor. Not a bad movie in my book. Brings back nice nostalgia.

19. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

48 Metascore

Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox

Votes: 114,678 | Gross: $153.67M

20. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

R | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror

49 Metascore

A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 76,223 | Gross: $44.79M

21. Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Family

24 Metascore

Ernest, a lovable loser who works as a summer camp handyman and dreams of becoming a guidance councilor, must find a way to inspire a group of juvenile delinquents as well as stop a shady strip mining company from closing the camp.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Victoria Racimo, John Vernon, Iron Eyes Cody

Votes: 11,287 | Gross: $23.51M

22. RoboCop (1987)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox

Votes: 244,580 | Gross: $53.42M

23. Benji the Hunted (1987)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Family

53 Metascore

Benji is left in the wilderness after an accident. Can he survive?

Director: Joe Camp | Stars: Red Steagall, Frank Inn, Benjean, Nancy Francis

Votes: 3,001 | Gross: $22.26M

24. Grace Kelly: The American Princess (1987 Video)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

A biography of American actress Grace Kelly from her early days as an aspiring actress to her death as Princess of Monaco.

Directors: Gene Feldman, Suzette Winter | Stars: Grace Kelly, Richard Kiley, Jean Dalrymple, Rita Gam

Votes: 123

25. Hellraiser (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

A woman discovers the newly resurrected, partially formed, body of her brother-in-law. She starts killing for him to revitalize his body so he can escape the demonic beings that are pursuing him after he escaped their sadistic underworld.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman

Votes: 112,536 | Gross: $14.56M

26. Three Men and a Baby (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

61 Metascore

Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys' girlfriends.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, Nancy Travis

Votes: 51,030 | Gross: $167.78M

27. Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Crime

26 Metascore

The misfit Police Academy (1984) graduates now are assigned to train a group of civilian volunteers to fight crime once again plaguing the streets.

Director: Jim Drake | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, David Graf

Votes: 41,805 | Gross: $28.06M

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