In the 1970s, the Hollywood studios unleashed courageous young directors, resulting in a new golden age of movies (and many ulcers for studio managers). In the 1980s, as the excesses and catastrophes of the 70s burned, the studios once again took responsibility and produced a safe, reliable assembly line product. But you can not abandon creative minds. Despite the limitations and studio expectations of the box office, they managed to produce a number of great films, including some that had their size by reinventing old genres and tropics.
. 1 Raging Bull (1980)
Martin Scorsese, one of those 70's outsiders, ushered in the new decade with what many consider to be the best film of his career, a black and white fact ̵
2. Airplane! (1980)
Brothers David and Jerry Zucker and their friend Jim Abrahams did not invent the parody genre, but they did with airplane! perfected. Forty years later, this lightning fast cavalry of slapstick, wordplay, and everything in between is still funny, still the yardstick by which other parodies are measured (however, see the same crew's entry from 1984 Top Secret! for a Close 2nd place).
. 3 The Shining (1980)
Stephen King did not like Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of his horror novel, but Cinephiles – especially Kubrick's followers – found in the ominous, idiosyncratic, and ultimately fearsome story much love of a man who going crazy in a remote hotel. The methods for Kubrick's madness are a story in their own right (see the funny documentary Room 237 ), and The Shining remains one of the most troubling studies of a damaged mind.
4. Ordinary People (1980)
Robert Reford's directorial debut, a scorching tale of a family in crisis after the death of a son, earned him the only competitive Oscar of his career (to date) and established him as the youngest popular actor, who was perhaps even better behind the camera. The sitcom stars Mary Tyler Moore and Judd Hirsch have also proved to be serious actors, surprising ordinary people in several ways.
. 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were two of the other outsiders of the '70s, and their loving tribute to the serialized childhood movie adventures is one of the best examples of all time to make high-quality film while staying within the limits. With a star on the A-list (Harrison Ford) and the two participating directors on the A-list (Lucas as a producer), they could roll out and make a hit. Instead, they have proven that popcorn entertainment can also be ingeniously made.
. 6 E.T. The Alien (1982)
Spielberg had a pretty big decade (even more so if you think he is the true director of Poltergeist ) and pursued Raiders of the Lost Ark with this instant sentimental classic about a boy and his alien friend. Spielberg's gaiety would surpass him in Dud's Always but here he found the right mix of emotion and nostalgia, giving her a bitter undertone (Elliott's parents' divorce, the inevitable farewell) to join us Remember even the sweetest memories are often sad.
. 7 Tootsie (1982)
Cross-dressing has been a staple of the film since the film's beginnings, but has rarely been made with such a precise satirical purpose and wit as this Sydney Pollack-staged comedy Fighting actors Dustin Hoffman plays a role in a soap opera pretending to be a woman. A changed gender policy would make it a very different film today, but its basic points about sexism (not to mention humor) are timeless.
. 8 Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
The last film by Italian "spaghetti western" director Sergio Leone was this epic gangster story with Robert De Niro (of course) and James Woods, unfortunately was torn to pieces for the first release and flopped. The 229-minute version is the one that finally caught the critics' attention because it told a poetic, violent story of greed.
. 9 Amadeus (1984)
F. Murray Abraham won an Oscar for playing the jealous Salieri in this triumphant, intelligent account of the composer's relationship with Mozart (played by a similarly nominated Tom Hulce). The film has been awarded Best Picture and is still one of the finest depictions of artistic genius. Ran (1985)
Another epic of a legendary director nearing the end of his career is Akira Kurosawa's magnificent dark version of King Lear . Full of tragedy, brutality, and spectacle, it is a visually compelling (and timely) commentary on war and greed. Battle scenes are among the most eye-catching ever made, with 1400 handcrafted costumes and Kurosawa's pesky eyes.
. 11 Brazil (1985)
Terry Gilliam's dreary, hilarious vision of a dystopian future is filled with unforgettable images and situations, few of which are crazier than the story behind the scenes of the film. However, the fight paid off and over time Brazil developed from a cult favorite to a legitimate classic. Political satire was seldom so imaginative.
12th Back to the Future (1985)
Here's another movie shot in the studio system that managed to break the cookie mentality by being just a perfect piece of entertainment. The concept is irresistible, the execution spirited, the services uniformly appealing. The word "masterpiece" does not have to be reserved for a long, serious movie.
. 13 Platoon (1986)
During this period, there was a cycle of intense Vietnam films, including Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket which could have made this list as well. But Oliver Stones is characterized by being semi-autobiographical and capturing the shocking, dehumanizing details of the war. It also shows Charlie Sheen's best performance (a deep beam) and great work by Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger.
fourteenth Blue Velvet (1986)
Director David Lynch plays in his David Lynch-iest a mesmerizing horror-noir about a naive young man (Kyle MacLachlan) involved with a nightclub singer (Isabella Rossellini) being tormented by a crazy drug dealer (Dennis Hopper). Hopper's appearance is one of the most frightening villains (not a supernatural split) in the entire movie.
15th The Untouchables (1987)
To tell the explosive story of Eliot Ness pursuing gangster Al Capone, you need such a brazen director as Brian De Palma and such a percussive screenwriter as David Mamet. Like Scorsese, De Palma brought his device with ballet violence from the '70s into the service of a story that gives Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro and Sean Connery the opportunity to perform outstanding testosterone-driven work.
sixteenth The Last Emperor (1987)
The Italian master Bernardo Bertolucci ( The Last Tango in Paris ) received an Oscar for Best Director in Beijing for this magnificent biography of the last Chinese Emperor impressive Forbidden City. This fact alone is impressive, as are the 19,000 extras used throughout the film. But more important is Bertolucci's wonderful ability to help us understand an entire nation of people through the eyes of a revered figure.
17th Wings of Desire (1987)
A romantic fantasy about angels and mortals, in which Peter Falk fell in love: a former angel who became bored with immortality and became man. Wim Wenders' rich, enchanting masterpiece was reworked in 1998 as City of Angels but the original stands for a lovable, resourceful and loving look at humanity with a touch of bittersweet black and white way angels see the world ,
18th Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Robert Zemeckis, who has always been interested in the pursuit of new technologies, has shared with this detective noir story DNA with Chinatown accomplished several miracles. The interaction between living people and cartoon characters has been groundbreaking and in many ways still unsurpassed. The collaboration of the many competing rights holders with their characters – and we speak of great characters to Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse – was a masterpiece. It's also a crazy comedy full of meta-references and in-jokes.
19th Field of Dreams (1989)
Hardly anyone knows who wrote and staged this sentimental favorite (Phil Alden Robinson; he also made sneakers ), but anyone can tell you that Keyword saying, "If you build it, it will come." "He" is for the viewer to discover, while Kevin Costner tears with a story about fathers, sons and America's favorite pastime tears in the eye.
20th Doing the Right Way (1989)
Few things are as unified as the idea that Spike Lee would face his Oscar in the year this fire story about race relations started on a hot day in Brooklyn was robbed with the Anodyne Driving Miss Daisy . From the explosive opening sequence of Rosie Perez dancing to Public Enemy to the last moments, this is a personal, furious, funny movie full of righteous anger and cinematic energy.