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Social Opinion Our favourite movie of the 80s. (top 5 this time)

YuLY

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1.Blade Runner
2.Aliens
3.The Terminator
4.Predator
5.Die Hard

Honorable mentions for my peace of mind: Mad Max 2, The Thing, Escape from New York, Raiders of The Lost Ark.
Guilty Pleasures: Cobra, Tango & Cash, The Running Man
 
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I'll give this 12 more hours or so! I'm seeing a lot of love for Blade Runner so far.. among others.. hmm!!
 

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Bit of a tangent, but which actor sums up the 80's the best?

Surely its Arnie! His film category in the 80's is insane how many classic action films he was in!

Honourable mention to Bill Paxton, been in ever Best franchise of the 80's terminator, aliens, predator ( grant he was in the sequel in the 90's, but still, what a resume)
 
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How did I miss the 90’s thread?! I’m an idiot!

1. Vacation
2. Trading Places
3. The Empire Strikes Back
4. Bloodsport
5. (fuck me this is hard) uhhh shit... fuckit:
Transformers: The Movie because of the amazing fucking music.

Honorables: The Goonies, Scarface, Never Ending Story, Over the Top, Terminator, the 2 Indy movies, Batman, Predator, Commando (ehh any Arnie movie), No Holds Barred, Weird Science, Spaceballs... soooo many good movies 😍
 
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Tschumi

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Bit of a tangent, but which actor sums up the 80's the best?

Surely its Arnie! His film category in the 80's is insane how many classic action films he was in!

Honourable mention to Bill Paxton, been in ever Best franchise of the 80's terminator, aliens, predator ( grant he was in the sequel in the 90's, but still, what a resume)
Great question! Hmm... Sean Connery... Mmmaybe..
 

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Most iconic actor of the 80s has to be Arnie. Terminator 1, Predator, Conan, Commando, The Running Man, even Total Recall should count (its 1990 but it was filmed in 89 so it contains fashion, ideas etc of the 80s still). Thats an insane output.

deafmedal deafmedal mentioned Bloodsport, thats the movie of my childhood, I still watch it each 2 years or so. I just cant put it in a top with a straight face, but I do get it, it does have top music at the very least, I still get chills when the music starts while hes riding the bus after his friend get destroyed in the ring and then they show that Hong Kong vista.
 
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1. Empire Strikes Back
2. The Shining
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
4. Tron
5. Paris Texas

Man that's tough. What an amazing decade for films, tv and arcade games. Take me back.
 
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I'm gonna go with:

Ferris Buellers Day Off
Aliens
Top Gun
Platoon
Die Hard

Honorable mention to The Thing, Revenge of the Nerds and The Breakfast Club.

Those are some good shouts. The Breakfast Club is one of my rewatched movies for sure. Love the dynamic between the characters. John Hughes was a genius when it came to that. Ferris Bueller is also great, pretty deep movie underneath it all. He was great at doing comedy, but at the same time having these really deep & moving moments in his films. This part is great in Breakfast Club:

 
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He

He did a few films in the 80s like The Untouchables, In The Name of the Rose, Indiana Jones 3, for me they were some of my most watched~

Sure no doubt, to you personally,but when u say 80's film stars, connary wouldn't even register to alot of people

Big hitters gotta be arnie, sly, willis, maybe van damme? Then people like swayze, cruise maybe

Or Hackman? Maybe 70s for Hackman, 90s id say De Niro or Pacino
 
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Sure no doubt, to you personally,but when u say 80's film stars, connary wouldn't even register to alot of people

Big hitters gotta be arnie, sly, willis, maybe van damme? Then people like swayze, cruise maybe

Or Hackman? Maybe 70s for Hackman, 90s id say De Niro or Pacino
I'd add Kurt Russel to that list, but Arnie's probably number 1
 
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1. Back to The Future
2. Aliens
3. The Shining
4. Die Hard
5. Coming to America

all of these selections were basically 1A, 1B, 1C, etc....because that decade had sooo many amazing films!
Honorable Mentions : (Road Warrior, Ghostbusters, Goonies, Beetlejuice, Ferris Beuller Day Off, Gremlins, Raising Arizona, Platoon)
 
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Those are some good shouts. The Breakfast Club is one of my rewatched movies for sure. Love the dynamic between the characters. John Hughes was a genius when it came to that. Ferris Bueller is also great, pretty deep movie underneath it all. He was great at doing comedy, but at the same time having these really deep & moving moments in his films. This part is great in Breakfast Club:

My fav scene. It's not even supposed to be funny, but it kind of is. But also serious.

 
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RESULTS:

Sorry this took so long, just haven't found the time to come up with my fun facts before now.

So, The results are in and this is the final standing for the 1980s!

1 - Aliens (57 votes)


2 - Blade Runner (52 votes)
3- Back to the Future (40 votes)
... Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (40 votes)
5 - Predator (33 votes)

So there we have it, James Cameron takes out our favorite movie gong two decades in a row. Holy shit.



Fun Stuff:
  1. The battle between Aliens and Blade Runner was exciting! For most of the thread Blade Runner was ahead, but Aliens eventually won out by dint of it being very high on the top-5 list of anyone who mentioned it (usually first or second place)

  2. Back to the Future and The Empire Strikes Back only cemented 3rd and 4th place after a relatively late surge in votes - prior to those votes, it was looking like The Shining (30pts) was on track for a well deserved top 5 finish.

  3. The Allied NPC award for most topical, but least impactful, vote goes to YuLY YuLY who voted for a number of contenders, but whose voting order ensured that none of them overtook any of the others.

  4. The Sonnofabitch Award for solidarity goes to Tesseract Tesseract for joining me in recognizing Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as our favorite film of the 80s. Few others qualified for this award. I am glad to announce however that Crusade won the Indiana Jones mini-poll with 15 votes to Ark's 14.

  5. The latest mentioned film to garner a lot of votes was Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, mentioned in post #43 by nkarafo nkarafo and going on to gather 13 votes.

  6. The Ato Boldon Award for the film with the least votes gathered for mentions in top-5 lists was Die Hard, which averaged 4th and 5th place in polls (with one exception by megafan Hulk_Smash Hulk_Smash ) and gathered a spirited 15 votes on the back of a whopping 9 mentions. Just couldn't crack it for a big result...

  7. The I'd Have Gotten Away With It If It Hadn't Been For You Pesky Kids Award goes to @Tschumi , that handsome devil, who voted - alone and unaided - for Stand By Me.

  8. The highest placing non-English language film was Akira Kurosawa's Ran, which finished on 6 votes. Maybe he'll have a better showing in the 70s poll?

  9. The Sergeant Elias award for valiantly trying to raise the level of film discussion in the thread goes to teezzy teezzy for going all in on artful German mindblaster Wings of Desire. It was never mentioned again.

Last Crusade - 15
The Shining - 30
Stand by Me - 3
Blade Runner - 52
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - 5
The Little Mermaid - 5
Police Story 2 - 4
Temple of Doom - 7
The Blues Brothers - 2
Little Shop of Horrors - 1
Labyrinth - 8
Legend - 3
Aliens - 58
Predator - 33
Amadeus - 10
Full Metal Jacket - 4
This is Spinal Tap - 2
Rocky IV - 8
Scarface - 12
Ran - 6
Platoon - 5
Back to the Future - 40
Terminator - 18
First Blood - 4
Child's Play - 1
Sleepaway Camp - 8
Nightmare on Elm St 3 - 8
The Goonies - 23
Grelins - 2
The Thing - 4
The Wrath of Khan - 3
Empire Strikes Back - 40
Mad Max 2 - 1
Wings of Desire - 5
Raging Bull - 4
Blue Velvet - 6
The Neverending Story - 6
Coming to America - 7
The Princess Bridge - 2
Evil Dead - 5
Can't Buy My Love - 4
Soroity Bades in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama - 2
Cadyshack - 1
The Breakfast Club - 12
Weird Science - 1
Conan the Barbarian - 17
Short Circuit - 4
Police Academy - 3
Willow - 4
Howard the Duck - 1
Robocop - 5
Circuitry Man - 3
Batman - 1
A Room With a View - 3
Top Gun - 10
Return of the Jedi - 4
Raiders of the Lost Ark - 14
Beetlejuice - 7
The Thing - 17
The Evil Dead - 3
Die Hard - 15
ET - 1
Kiki's Delivery Service - 3
A Better Tomorrow - 2
Full Metal Jacket - 4
Rain Man - 1
Ghostbusters - 18
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? - 13
Scarface - 2
The Fly - 2
Do the Right Thing - 4
The King of Comedy - 2
Nightmare on Elm St (1) - 8
Big Trouble in Little China - 8
The Burbs - 2
Ghostbusters - 5
The Breakfast Club - 4
Dead Poets Society - 2
Escape from New York - 2
Transformers - 4
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - 1
Spaceballs - 1
Grave of the Fireflies :'( - 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles - 1
The Beyond - 1
Untouchables - 4
Wallstreet - 3
Trading Places - 6
Fast Times at Rridgemont High - 1
Videodrome - 3
Ferris Bueller's Day Off - 5
Vacation - 5
Blood Sport - 2
Tron - 2
Paris, Texas - 1
Highlander - 4
Big - 3
The Natural - 2
Okay, that's a wrap! Thanks very much for being part of this second thread, and I'm sorry that I was a bit slow announcing results! With your permission I'm going to make a '70s thread, and for me at least it will be even harder to pick 5 titles for than this one was.
 
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I was expecting better performance from Ghostbusters and The Terminator. I was sure one of the two would be in the Top 5. Maybe in the Star Wars spot.

Wasn't expecting Aliens to be No1 also. It's a great film but i was expecting people who prefer the first movie to not give it many votes (or at all).

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is my favorite movie of all time. But i was expecting the few votes. It was a "one hit wonder" and then nothing much came out of it. Roger didn't even become a popular cartoon character himself. So it's not the kind of movie that gets talked about as much as the others. Especially since movies like Alien, Star Wars, Predator, Back to the Future, etc, got sequels or are still active and became big franchises, we even had a new Blade Runner movie recently. Roger is the only one of the bunch that never got a single sequel.

So That's why i posted it in bold to make it visible, since nobody mentioned it before my post, i figured people just don't remember it.
 
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I was expecting better performance from Ghostbusters and The Terminator. I was sure one of the two would be in the Top 5. Maybe in the Star Wars spot.

Wasn't expecting Aliens to be No1 also. It's a great film but i was expecting people who prefer the first movie to not give it many votes (or at all).

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is my favorite movie of all time. But i was expecting the few votes. It was a "one hit wonder" and then nothing much came out of it. Roger didn't even become a popular cartoon character himself. So it's not the kind of movie that gets talked about as much as the others. Especially since movies like Alien, Star Wars, Predator, Back to the Future, etc, got sequels or are still active and became big franchises, we even had a new Blade Runner movie recently. Roger is the only one of the bunch that never got a single sequel.

So That's why i posted it in bold to make it visible, since nobody mentioned it before my post, i figured people just don't remember it.
Very thoughtful of you! I've seen it once, i definitely enjoyed it but i think i came to it a bit late in my life and it failed to delight me like it might have others. The goonies suffered the same fate, for me. Great movie, but i didn't see it until i was around 30, so i didn't have a kid's imagination up for the capturing.
 

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Thanks for running the poll very cool to read the results! Raiders and Crusade neck and neck can’t argue with that
 
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