#10 ~ ‘Full Metal Jacket’ – Stanley Kubrick, 1987
‘Full Metal Jacket’ is one of my favourite war films and the 4th best Kubrick film in my opinion. It explores the dehumanizing effects that the Vietnam war had on the soldiers, and there struggles to remain sane, while facing gruelling boot camp training from the drill instructor played by R. Lee Ermey, in his best performance of his career. ‘Full Metal Jacket’ is intense and gritty, but also offers an intriguing and real-life depiction of war in one of the best films of the 80’s and possibly of all time.
#9 ~ ‘Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior’ – George Miller, 1981
‘The Road Warrior’ is a sequel to the original ‘Mad Max’ from 1979 and definitely better. The second one is more intense with better action sequences due to the increased budget since the first film, and a more realistic depiction of a ‘Post-apocalyptic’ Australia setting. Max, played by Mel Gibson, is even more badass and cool in this one, which is what Max should be. It’s only 95 minutes long, so its suitable if you want a quick but incredible action fix!
#8 ~ ‘Blade Runner’ – Ridley Scott, 1982
‘Blade Runner’ is one of the best sci fi films around, as long as you understand it. My first time viewing ‘Blade Runner’, my initial reaction was that it was mediocre and complicated. But after multiple viewings, I leant to appreciate it. The visuals are mesmerizing and the dark, gritty tone fits the film perfectly. ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is one of my most anticipated films of 2017!
#7 ~ ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ – John Hughes, 1986
This is one of my favourite comedies of all time! its a great film to put on, whatever mood you’re in! its short, funny and enjoyable, everything a comedy should be. it explores the school life of Ferris Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick, who will do almost do anything for a day off school with his mates! Watching him cause chaos is funny and entertaining that really makes this family friendly comedy unique.
#6 ~ ‘The Thing’ – John Carpenter, 1982
‘The Thing’ is John Carpenter’s remake of ‘The Thing From Another World’ and is in my top 5 horror films ever! The claustrophobic feeling really makes this horror flick stand out, it makes you feel like there is no hope, plus the fact you never know who ‘The Thing’ is until it reveals itself. its creepy and disturbing but excellent and John Carpenters best film in my opinion!
#5 ~ ‘Aliens’ – James Cameron, 1986
Widely considered to be better than the original by many people, ‘Aliens’ takes more of an action approach unlike it’s predecessor, which was horror. This works brilliantly, as its much faster paced and entertaining, which keeps your eyes glued to the screen for almost 2 and a half hours! Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, is just as badass as she was in the original if not more!, but we also see a more sensitive side of her when she encounters ‘Newt’ played by Carrie Henn. ‘Aliens’ is more entertaining than the first but less eerie and gritty.
#4 ~ ‘Back to the Future’ – Robert Zemeckis, 1985
‘Back to the Future’ is renowned for being a fun film for all ages, and still holds the test of time! I guarantee everyone who has seen it loves it! it’s impossible to dislike. Robert Zemeckis has directed many critically acclaimed films like ‘Forrest Gump’ but this one will always be my, and many others’, favourite from his. 2 sequels came after but the original was and still is untouchable
#3 & #2 ~ ‘Empire Strikes Back’ – Irvin Kershner, 1980 & ‘Return of the Jedi’ – Richard Marquand, 1983
I’m kind of cheating on this one because number 3 and 2 are a tie. both of these Sci fi classics are amazing in every way! from the visuals to the special effects to the memorable lines and characters. Both of these sequels to the 1977 ‘Star Wars’ are far better in my opinion. These two sequels are much darker and creative, with locations, set pieces and introductions to many other characters such as Lando Calrissian and the Emperor. We even see Luke and Vader dual for the first time in ‘Empire’ and the emperor in ‘Jedi’. You really can’t go wrong with these two!
#1 ~ ‘The Shining’ – Stanley Kubrick, 1980
I already talked a little bit about Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ in my Top 10 Movies of the 70’s so I won’t go into much, but ‘The Shining’ is the greatest horror film of all time in my opinion mainly due to how creepy and disturbing it is. This is the only horror film that scares me, and I’m not saying that to sound cool, it’s just I’ve gotten to the point that I’ve seen so many horror films that nothing really scares me anymore, but ‘The Shining’ is a whole different story. Jack Nicholson’s performance is the main reason I think, he’s scary, creepy and is just someone you want to avoid! The use of colour creates a claustrophobic feeling to me, the orange, red and black design on the carpet’s is a small but vital detail as to why it makes me feel like this! The brilliant cinematography makes the experience feel special, with Kubrick’s first use of ‘Steady Cam’, the maze scene in the snow is gorgeous. ‘The Shining’ is an outstanding film, and one of the best I’ve seen