The 1,000 Best Films of all Times

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The 1980s:


8.5 Andrej Tarkovsky: Nostalghia (1983)
8.5 Theodoros Angelopoulos : Topio Stin Omichli/ Landscape In The Mist (1988)
8.2 Theodoros Angelopoulos : O Melissokomos/ The Beekeeper (1986)
8.0 Edward Yang: Hai Tan de Yi Tian/ That Day on the Beach (1983)
8.0 Terry Gilliam: Brazil (1985)
8.0 Brian DePalma: Blow Out (1981)
7.9 Peter Greenaway: A Zed and Two Noughts (1986)
7.9 Manuel DeOliveira: Francisca (1981)
7.8 Wim Wenders: Der Himmel uber Berlin/ Wings of Desire (1988)
7.8 Peter Greenaway: The Cook The Thief His Wife And Her Lover (1989)
7.8 Brian DePalma: Dressed to Kill (1980)
7.8 Rainer Fassbinder: Veronika Voss (1982)
7.7 Andrej Tarkovsky: Sacrifice (1986)
7.7 Sydney Pollack: Tootsie (1982)
7.7 Bae Yong-Kyun: Why Has Bodhi Dharma Left For The East (1989)
7.6 John Woo: Die Xue Shuang Xiong/ The Killer (1989)
7.6 Bela Tarr: Panelkapcsolat/ Prefab People (1982)
7.6 Martin Scorsese: After Hours (1985)
7.6 Theodoros Angelopoulos : Taxidi sta Kithira/ Voyage to Cythera (1984)
7.5 Raul Ruiz: Les Trois Couronnes du Matelot/ Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983)
7.5 Rainer Fassbinder: Lola (1981)
7.5 John Woo: Yingxiong Bense/ A Better Tomorrow (1986)
7.5 Susan Seidelman: Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
7.5 Ridley Scott: Blade Runner (1982)
7.5 Martin Scorsese: The King of Comedy (1982)
7.5 George Miller: The Road Warrior (1981)
7.5 David Lynch: Blue Velvet (1986)
7.5 Elem Klimov: Idi i Smotri/ Come and See (1985)
7.5 Krzysztof Kieslowski: Dekalog/ Decalogue IV (1988)
7.5 Aki Kaurismaki: Leningrad Cowboys go America (1989)
7.5 Aki Kaurismaki: Calamari Union (1984)
7.5 Peter Greenaway: Belly of An Architect (1987)
7.5 Blake Edwards: S.O.B. (1981)
7.5 Francis Ford Coppola: Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
7.5 James Cameron: The Terminator (1984)
7.5 Hsiao-Hsien Hou: A Time To Live A Time To Die (1985)
7.4 Wim Wenders: Paris Texas (1983)
7.4 Istvan Szabo : Mephisto (1981)
7.4 Roman Polanski: Frantic (1988)
7.4 Abbas Kiarostami: Khaneh-Je Doost Kojast/ Where is my Friend's House (1987)
7.4 Aki Kaurismaki: Hamlet Goes Business (1987)
7.4 John Huston: Prizzi's Honor (1985)
7.4 Peter Greenaway: Drowning by Numbers (1988)
7.4 Terry Gilliam: Time Bandits (1981)
7.4 David Cronenberg: Videodrome (1983)
7.4 Charles Crichton: A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
7.3 Brian DePalma: Body Double (1984)
7.3 John Landis: Blues Brothers (1980)
7.3 John Hughes: Uncle Buck (1989)
7.3 Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker: Airplane! (1980)
7.3 Robert Zemeckis: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
7.3 Edward Yang: Qing Mei Zhu Ma/ Taipei Story (1985)
7.3 Billy Wilder: Buddy Buddy (1981)
7.3 Bela Tarr: Karhozat/ Damnation (1988)
7.3 Raul Ruiz: La Ville Des Pirates/ The City of Pirates (1983)
7.3 Eric Rohmer: Le Rayon Vert/ The Green Ray (1986)
7.3 Mike Nichols: Working Girl (1988)
7.3 Aki Kaurismaki: Tulitikkutehtaan Tytto/ Match Factory Girl (1989)
7.3 Lawrence Kasdan: Body Heat (1981)
7.3 Jim Jarmusch: Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
7.3 Shohei Imamura: Kuroi Ame/ Black Rain (1988)
7.3 Peter Greenaway: The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
7.3 Jonathan Demme: Something Wild (1986)
7.3 Pedro Almodovar: Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios/ Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
7.3 Richard Lester: Finders Keepers (1983)
7.3 Ivan Reitman: Ghostbusters
7.3 Souleyman Cisse: Yeelen/ Light (1987)
7.2 Nicolas Roeg: Insignificance (1985)
7.2 Jacques Rivette:Le Pont du Nord (1981)
7.2 Walter Hill: Long Riders (1980)
7.2 Shinji Somai: Typhoon Club
7.2 Patrice Leconte: Monsieur Hire (1989)
7.2 Aleksandr Sokurov: Dni Zatmenia/ Days of the Eclipse (1988)
7.2 Mamoru Oshii: Tenshi no Tamago/ Angel's Egg (1985)
7.2 Jose-Luis Cuerda: Amanece que no es Poco (1988)
7.2 Barry Levinson: Rain Man (1988)
7.2 Alan Rudolph: Trouble in Mind (1985)
7.2 Agnes Varda: Sans Toi ni Loi/ Vagabond (1986)
7.2 Robert Zemeckis: Back to the Future (1985)
7.2 Edward Yang: Kong bu fen zi/ The Terrorizers (1986)
7.2 Agnes Varda: Sans Toit ni Loi/ Vagabong (1985)
7.2 Bela Tarr: Oszi Almanach/ Autumn Almanac (1984)
7.2 Nicolas Roeg: Bad Timing (1980)
7.2 Roman Polanski: Pirates (1986)
7.2 Daniel Petrie: Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
7.2 Manuel DeOliveira: O Meu Caso/ Mon Cas/ My Case (1987)
7.2 Hayao Miyazaki: Kaze no tani no Nausicaa/ Nausicaa (1983)
7.2 Akira Kurosawa: Ran (1985)
7.2 Abbas Kiarostami : Namayeh Nazdik/ Close-Up
7.2 Jim Jarmusch: Down by Law (1986)
7.2 Werner Herzog: Fitzcarraldo (1982)
7.2 Michael Haneke: Der Siebente Kontinent/ The Seventh Continent (1989)
7.2 Yilmaz Guney: Yol (1982)
7.2 Blake Edwards: Victor/Victoria (1982)
7.2 Jonathan Demme: Married to the Mob (1988)
7.2 David Cronenberg: Dead Ringers (1988)
7.2 Alex Cox: Repo Man (1983)
7.2 John Cassavetes: Gloria (1980)
7.2 John Carpenter: They Live (1988)
7.2 Bernardo Bertolucci: The Last Emperor (1987)
7.2 Ingmar Bergman: Aus dem Leben der Marionetten/ From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)
7.2 Hsiao-Hsien Hou: Beiqing Chengshi/ City of Sadness (1989)
7.2 Alan Parker: Birdy (1984)
7.2 Brian DePalma: Scarface (1983)
7.2 Sidney Lumet: Prince of the City (1981)
7.2 Hsiao-Hsien Hou: Lian Lian Fengchen/ Dust in the Wind (1986)
7.1 Zbigniew Rybczynski: Steps (1980) [short]
7.1 Aki Kaurismaki: Ariel (1998)
7.1 Steve Kloves: The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
7.1 Percy Adlon: Out of Rosenheim/ Baghdad Cafè (1987)
7.1 Penelope Spheeris: Suburbia (1983)
7.1 Irvin Kershner: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
7.1 Clive Barker: Hellraiser (1987)
7.1 Adrian Lyne: Fatal Attraction (1987)
7.1 Robert Zemeckis: Romancing the Stone (1984)
7.1 Wayne Wang: Chan is Missing (1982)
7.1 Istvan Szabo : Hanussen (1988)
7.1 Steven Spielberg: Raiders of the Lost Ark
7.1 Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing (1989)
7.1 John Sayles: Matewan (1987)
7.1 Raul Ruiz: O Territorio/ Territory (1981)
7.1 Louis Malle: Atlantic City (1980)
7.1 Jim Jarmusch: Mystery Train (1989)
7.1 Joel Coen: Raising Arizona (1987)
7.1 Michael Cimino: Heaven's Gate
7.1 John Cassavetes: Love Streams (1984)
7.1 John Carpenter: The Fog (1980)
7.1 John Carpenter: Escape from New York (1981)
7.1 Pedro Almodovar: Matador (1986)
7.1 Alan Parker: Angel Heart (1987)
7.1 John Landis: Coming to America (1988)
7.0 Wu Tianming: Lao Jing/ Old Well (1986)
7.0 Aleksei German: Moy drug Ivan Lapshin/ My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1984)
7.0 William Friedkin: To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
7.0 Wes Craven: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
7.0 Warren Beatty: Reds (1981)
7.0 Walter Hill: Southern Comfort (1981)
7.0 WD Richter: Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
7.0 Vasily Pichul: Malankaya/ Little Vera (1988)
7.0 Trinh Minh-ha: Surname Viet given Name Nam (1985)
7.0 Toshiharu Ikeda: Evil Dead Trap (1988)
7.0 Tony Scott: Hunger (1983)
7.0 Tom Holland: Fright Night (1985)
7.0 Tobe Hooper: Poltergeist (1982)
7.0 Tim Burton: Beetlejuice (1988)
7.0 Tenghiz Abuladze: Monanieba/ Repentance (1984)
7.0 Ted Kotcheff: First Blood (1982)
7.0 Susan Seidelman: Smithereens (1982)
7.0 Stuart Gordon: Re-Animator (1984)
7.0 Steven Lisberger: Tron (1982)
7.0 Steve Kloves: The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
7.0 Stephen Herek: Critters (1986)
7.0 Stephen Frears: Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)
7.0 Stephen & Timothy Quay: Street of Crocodiles (1986)
7.0 Shinya Tsukamoto: Tetsuo the Iron Man (1989)
7.0 Shinji Somai: Typhoon Club (1984)
7.0 Sam Raimi: Evil Dead (1983)
7.0 Russell Mulcahy: Highlander (1986)
7.0 Ron Howard: Splash (1984)
7.0 Ron Howard: Cocoon (1985)
7.0 Roland Joffe: The Killing Fields (1984)
7.0 Richard Donner: Lethal Weapon (1987)
7.0 Randa Haines: Children of a Lesser God (1986)
7.0 Peter Weir: Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
7.0 Peter Weir: Witness (1985)
7.0 Peter Jackson: Bad Taste (1988)
7.0 Percy Adlon: Zuckerbaby (1985)
7.0 Peng Ning: Kulian/ The Sun and the People aka Taiyang he Ren/ The Sun and the Man (1980)
7.0 Paul Verhoeven: Robocop (1987)
7.0 Paul Mazursky: Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
7.0 Paolo Taviani: La Notte di San Lorenzo/ The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
7.0 Norman Jewison: Moonstruck (1987)
7.0 Mira Nair: Salaam Bombay (1988)
7.0 Milos Forman: Amadeus (1984)
7.0 Mike Leigh: Home Sweet Home (1982)
7.0 Michael Apted: 28-Up (1985)
7.0 Michael Almereyda: Twister (1989)
7.0 Maurice Pialat: Loulou (1980)
7.0 Mary Lambert: Siesta (1987)
7.0 Martin Brest: Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
7.0 Luis Puenzo: La Historia Oficial (1985)
7.0 Lindsay Anderson: Britannia Hospital (1982)
7.0 Lewis Teague: The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
7.0 Lasse Hallstrom: Mitt Liv Som Hund/ My Life as a Dog (1985)
7.0 Ken Russell: Crimes of Passion (1984)
7.0 Ken Russell: Altererd States (1980)
7.0 Katsuhiro Otomo: Akira (1988)
7.0 Juzo Itami: Ososhiki/ Funeral (1984)
7.0 Juzo Itami: Marusa No Onna/ Taxing Woman (1987)
7.0 Julien Temple: Absolute Beginners (1986)
7.0 Julian Temple: Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)
7.0 John McTiernan: Die Hard (1988)
7.0 John Hughes: Sixteen Candles (1984)
7.0 John Hughes: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
7.0 John Avildsen: Karate Kid (1984)
7.0 Joe Dante: The Howling (1981)
7.0 James Ivory: A Room With A View (1986)
7.0 Ivan Reitman: Stripes (1981)
7.0 Isao Takahata: Hotaru no Haka/ Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
7.0 Ildiko Enyendi: My Twentieth Century (1989)
7.0 Harun Farocki: Betrogen/ Betrayed (1985)
7.0 Godfrey Reggio: Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
7.0 Giuseppe Tornatore: Cinema Paradiso (1988)
7.0 Fred Schepisi: Iceman (1984)
7.0 Fred Schepisi: Barbarosa (1982)
7.0 Errol Morris: The Thin Blue Line (1988)
7.0 Denys Arcand: Le Decline de L'Empire Americain (1986)
7.0 Dario Argento: Inferno (1980)
7.0 Colin Serreau: Trois Hommes et un Couffin/ Three Man and a Cradle (1985)
7.0 Claire Denis: Chocolat (1988)
7.0 Chantal Akerman: Toute une Nuit (1982)
7.0 Carl Reiner: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
7.0 Bill Forsyth: Local Hero (1983)
7.0 Bill Forsyth: Gregory's Girl (1980)
7.0 Bertrand Tavernier: La Mort en Direct/ Death Watch (1980)
7.0 Bai Hua: Portrait of a Fanatic (1982)
7.0 Bai Hua/ Chen Youhua (1930): Kulian/ Bitter Love (1980)
7.0 Babenco: Pixote (1981)
7.0 Andrzej Zulawski: Possession (1981)
7.0 Andre Techine: Rendez-vous (1985)
7.0 Amy Heckerling: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
7.0 Alan Rudolph: Choose Me (1984)
7.0 Alan Parker: Mississippi Burning (1988)
7.0 Agnieszka Holland: A Woman Alone (1981)
7.0 Steven Soderbergh: Sex Lies and Videotape (1989)
7.0 Takeshi Kitano: Violent Cop (1989)
7.0 Wim Wenders :The State of Things (1982)
7.0 Bertrand Tavernier: La Vie est rien d'Autre/ Life and Nothing But (1989)
7.0 Oliver Stone: Platoon (1986)
7.0 Steven Spielberg: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
7.0 Steven Spielberg: E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
7.0 Aleksandr Sokurov: Dni Zatmenia/ Days of the Eclipse (1988)
7.0 Jerzy Skolimowski: Moonlighting (1982)
7.0 Martin Scorsese: Raging Bull (1980)
7.0 Eric Rohmer: Pauline à la plage/ Pauline at the Beach (1983)
7.0 Eric Rohmer: La Femme de l'Aviateur/ The Aviator's Wife (1981)
7.0 Wolfgang Petersen: Das Boot (1981)
7.0 Manuel DeOliveira: Os Canibais/ The Cannibals (1988)
7.0 Hayao Miyazaki: My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
7.0 George Miller: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
7.0 Emir Kusturica: Dom za Vesanje/ Time of the Gypsies (1989)
7.0 Emil Kusturica: When Father Was Away on Business (1985)
7.0 Akira Kurosawa: Kagemusha (1980)
7.0 Stanley Kubrick: Full Metal Jacket (1987)
7.0 Andrei Konchalovsky: Runaway Train (1985)
7.0 Alexander Kluge: Die Macht der Gefuehle/ The Power of Emotion (1983)
7.0 Krzysztof Kieslowski: Dekalog/ Decalogue X (1988)
7.0 Krzysztof Kieslowski: Dekalog/ Decalogue VI (1988)
7.0 Krzysztof Kieslowski: Dekalog/ Decalogue II (1988)
7.0 Aki Kaurismaki: Ariel (1998)
7.0 Hsiao-Hsien Hou: Daughter of the Nile (1987)
7.0 Hsiao-Hsien Hou: A Summer at Grandpa's (1984)
7.0 Tsui Hark: Shanghai Blues (1984)
7.0 Yilmaz Guney: Duvar/ The Wall (1983)
7.0 Blake Edwards: A Fine Mess (1985)
7.0 Joel Coen: Blood Simple (1984)
7.0 Bernardo Bertolucci: The Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981)
7.0 Roberto Benigni: Non Ci Resta Che Piangere (1984)
7.0 Pedro Almodovar: Law of Desire (1987)
7.0 Woody Allen: The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
7.0 Woody Allen: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
7.0 Woody Allen: Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
7.0 Nicolas Roeg: Eureka (1985)
7.0 Alejandro Jodorowsky: Santa Sangre/ Holy Blood (1989)
7.0 Richard Lester: Finders Keepers (1984)
7.0 Philippe Garrel: Les Baisers de Secours/ Emergency Kisses (1989)
7.0 Neri Parenti: Fracchia la Belva Umana (1981)
7.0 Ken Blancato: Stewardess School (1986)

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This list comes from the ratings for the films of each director. If your favorite film is missing, check its rating in the page of its director.
Organized by year:
Best films of 1980
Best films of 1981
Best films of 1982
Best films of 1983
Best films of 1984
Best films of 1985
Best films of 1986
Best films of 1987
Best films of 1988
Best films of 1989

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