3 of the Best vs 3 of the Worst is exactly what it sounds like – 3 of the best examples of either an actor, film series, genre, etc. versus 3 of the worst. It’s also an opportunity for you to have your say on my choices and whether you would have placed something ahead of my best or my worst. This week…. Film Years of the 80s.
I couldn’t think of a good way of describing this list. I’m looking at the the most notable movies of the 80s and choosing the three best years and three worst years for movies. I’m looking at cult, childhood favourite, classics and personal favourites. It was a difficult list and every year has at least one amazing movie so I’m sure there will be some disagreement so without further ado…
3 of the Best
3 – 1988
This one just about snuck in to the top 3, a position that was up for hot contention. It was the year that saw the release of the greatest action film ever (Die Hard), a Tom Hanks classic (Big) and Dustin Hoffman’s best ever performance (Rain Man). There are some notable faults, Moonwalker and Last Temptation of Christ to mention two, but this year also gave us Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. I’m not going to argue with that.
2 – 1984
This made the list because the best movies of this year are all childhood classics or stand-out, legendary movies. Ghostbusters and Gremlins, Beverley Hills Cop and Terminator, Karate Kid and This is Spinal Tap. It’s a movie year that is constantly played out on a Sunday afternoon or at half 11 on a Saturday night. It also gave us Police Academy but no year is without faults.
1 – 1989
Batman, Field of Dreams, Ghostbusters 2, Bill and Ted, Dead Poets Society, Look Who’s Talking, My Left Foot, When Harry Met Sally and Lethal Weapon 2. A film for everyone and in some cases people’s favourite films. Each of those have made lasting impact in some way (even if it’s just giving the world Keenu Reeves) and if you add The Little Mermaid and Back to the Future 2, I think my number one choice speaks for itself.
3 of the Worst
3 – 1980
There are some great things to like about 1980, Superman 2 and The Shining for example, but there is very little else it offers. It gave us Raging Bull, which I think is overrated, and one of the greatest science-fiction movies ever in Empire Strikes Back but when Friday the 13th is one of the most notable movies of the year, it hardly screams quality.
2 – 1981
The most notable movies of this year were just kind of… dull. They may be great movies but they hardly match up to Ghostbusters or Back to the Future. On Golden Pond was a slow, nostalgia trip, Chariots of Fire was about running and for a long time and For Your Eyes Only was another poor Roger Moore Bond movie. It did give us Raider of the Lost Ark though so it has something going for it.
1 – 1983
King of Comedy, Octopussy, Never Say Never Again, Meaning of Life, Superman 3: 1983 is a year of poor imitations. King of Comedy is a weak Scorsese and De Niro collaboration, Never say Never and Octopussy are weak Bonds and Superman 3 is a very poor superhero movie. It was the year to give us Scarface but also Return of the Jedi, another poor imitation of what had gone before.
Overall, I’m not sure if my age makes me biased towards the later years, which may account for both 1989 and 1988 but I’m a sucker for a cult or iconic, classic movie. It was difficult and also a great decade for movies, with Back to the Future, Beverley Hills Cop, Robocop, Rocky, Blade Runner and Predator. I’ll attempt the 90s soon and as always, feel free to agree or disagree at your leisure.