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In the 1980s, I found that fewer and fewer films were being made for middle-aged adults. Hollywood found a more profitable demographic in teens and twenty-somethings. But I was influenced by classics from the Golden Age (seen mostly on TV when I was young), and great movies from 50s and 60s.


We all know the best movies from earlier decades (see the black & white movie thread for many examples), but what about the last 30 years? Newer films rarely seem to hold up against the best of Hollywood's first 50 years, but many good ones slip under the radar once a person stops going to movies regularly.


So then, what are the best movies of the last 30 years?


Note that I'm not asking about films aimed primarily at the youth market---the Batmans and Spidermans, for example---however good they may be, but movies from various genres one might recommend to an adult as the best movies of the recent generation.
 

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Blue Velvet

Miller's Crossing

Blade Runner (no, I would not consider this as being aimed at the youth market)
 

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OK, here we go. The man asked for the top 30, so here they are, right off the top of my head and in no particular order.


The Fall (2006)

Full Metal Jacket

The Blues Brothers

The Last King of Scotland

They Live

Tae Guk Ki (Korean War movie)

The Kite Runner

Kick-Ass

Hotel Rwanda

Pan's Labyrinth

Falling Down

The Life of David Gale

Vanilla Sky (I don't care! I love it!)

Love Actually

The Departed

Natural Born Killers

Ghostbusters

The Usual Suspects

A Dirty Carnival (Korean gangster movie)

Lost Highway

Blue Velvet

Taken

Ink

Traffic

The Shawshank Redemption

Forrest Gump

Reservoir Dogs

Once Were Warriors (New Zealand)

The Silence of the Lambs

Gran Torino


Some of these are deep and affecting, some are just butt-kicking fun, but they are all classics in my view. I'm sure there are many other great flicks I am missing, but I'll put this list up against anyone else's in toto.


Tear it up!
 

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80s


The Elephant Man

The Fly

Raising Arizona



90s

Leaving Las Vegas

Jurassic Park

Babe

Edward Scissorhands

Welcome to the Dollhouse

Swingers



00s


The Royal Tenenbaums

Shaun of the Dead

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

A.I. Artificial Intelligence




The 90s = cinema gold and the list could keep going and going. The last great decade for movies before it all went downhill. And that's a fact!
 

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Dragonloaf I like your list except for The Usual Suspects belongs on "The Most Overrated Movies of All Time" list! It would be taking up shop at the #1 spot.

I can actually somewhat see your perspective, it is a long wait for one payoff, but I still love it.


Oddly enough, I feel similarly about one of the movies on your list, Leaving Las Vegas. Of course it's been 20 years since I saw it, so I will give it another viewing one of these days; I probably missed most of the depth in it.


These threads are always fun!
 

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Blade Runner

The Thing

The Road Warrior

Local Hero

Airplane!

Manhunter

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Reservoir Dogs

Toy Story

Master and Commander

The Dark Knight

Kick-Ass


Those are just off the top of my head.
 

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Initial thoughts for the best (English language) movies, 1980-present:


Hannah and Her Sisters

Match Point

Forrest Gump

Body Heat

The Accidental Tourist

Grand Canyon

Blood Simple

Raising Arizona

The Big Lebowski

No Country for Old Men

Schindler’s List

Heavenly Creatures

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

Ordinary People

Terms of Endearment

Broadcast News

JFK

Goodfellas

Airplane!

Up in the Air

Crash (this and the two previous titles, hehe)

Bitter Moon

Closer
 

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The Matrix

Fight Club

Saving Private Ryan

Snatch

JFK

The Secret In Their Eyes

Pans Labyrinth

Slumdog Millionaire

Requiem For a Dream

American History X

Schindler's List

Beauty and the Beast

The Lion King

Aladdin

A Tale of Two Sisters

Black Hawk Down

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

The Usual Suspects

Kung Fu Panda

The Salton Sea

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Twelve Monkeys

Primer

True Romance

Kill Bill

Tombstone

Ong Bak

Titanic

Terminator 2

Gattaca

The Sandlot

The Sixth Sense

The Mist

The Pianist

The Prestige

Memento

The Dark Knight

The Machinist

Knocked Up

Speed

Sleepers

Saw

Romeo + Juliet

Rounders

Redbelt

Pulp Fiction

Children of Men

Boiler Room

District 9

Edward Scissorhands

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Oldboy

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Minority Report

Moulin Rouge

Office Space

Shaun of the Dead

The Princess Bride

Zombieland

Night Watch

The Green Mile

Sin City

Desperado

Primal Fear

Gladiator

The Way of the Gun

High Fidelity

Casino Royale

Let The Right One In

and every single Pixar film


Just some of mine...
 

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Originally Posted by hitchfan /forum/post/19576928


Initial thoughts for the best (English language) movies, 1980-present:


Hannah and Her Sisters

Match Point

Forrest Gump

Body Heat

The Accidental Tourist

Grand Canyon

Blood Simple

Raising Arizona

The Big Lebowski

No Country for Old Men

Schindler's List

Heavenly Creatures

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

Ordinary People

Terms of Endearment

Broadcast News

JFK

Goodfellas

Airplane!

Up in the Air

Crash (this and the two previous titles, hehe)

Bitter Moon

Closer

Having slept on it (and being reminded by other posters' lists), a few others came to mind. Might not be the end of it for me either.


Hot Fuzz

Jackie Brown

Vanilla Sky

Unbreakable

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Toy Story 1 & 2
 

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Se7en

Donnie Darko
 

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Originally Posted by lwright84 /forum/post/19582911


Man, it's easy to "forget" great films when trying to compile lists like these.

I'll say! Like some of these:

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Originally Posted by lwright84 /forum/post/19580681


The Matrix

Fight Club

Saving Private Ryan

Snatch

JFK

The Secret In Their Eyes

Pans Labyrinth

Slumdog Millionaire

Requiem For a Dream

American History X

Schindler's List

Beauty and the Beast

The Lion King

Aladdin

A Tale of Two Sisters

Black Hawk Down

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

The Usual Suspects

Kung Fu Panda

The Salton Sea

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Twelve Monkeys

Primer

True Romance

Kill Bill

Tombstone

Ong Bak

Titanic

Terminator 2

Gattaca

The Sandlot

The Sixth Sense

The Mist

The Pianist

The Prestige

Memento

The Dark Knight

The Machinist

Knocked Up

Speed

Sleepers

Saw

Romeo + Juliet

Rounders

Redbelt

Pulp Fiction

Children of Men

Boiler Room

District 9

Edward Scissorhands

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Oldboy

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Minority Report

Moulin Rouge

Office Space

Shaun of the Dead

The Princess Bride

Zombieland

Night Watch

The Green Mile

Sin City

Desperado

Primal Fear

Gladiator

The Way of the Gun

High Fidelity

Casino Royale

Let The Right One In

and every single Pixar film


Just some of mine...

Some? I admit to being mathematically challenged, but I could swear there are more than 30 movies in your list...



I didn't forget The Sandlot nor Schindler's List, but they could easily have been added.


Also from your list, those I forgot which I could include:


Let The Right One In

American History X

The Lion King (How could I forget this!?)

The Pianist


Great list! I love it because there are several titles there I don't recognize or have never seen, so I will check them out.


The only caveat is Casino Royale - I nearly fell asleep during the interminable card game sequences. No way in Hades would I ever consider it one of the top 30 since 1980.
 

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Some? I admit to being mathematically challenged, but I could swear there are more than 30 movies in your list...

Pretty sure "the best movies from the last 30 years" doesn't mean you can only list 30 movies.
 

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Thanks for all the replies! There are a number I haven't seen.


I've gotta say, however (so shoot me) that these lists play too fast and loose with the meaning of "great."


It shouldn't be personal favorites so much as well-considered "best" movies that can stand up to the best movies, period. (See the "Black & White movie recommendations" thread for zillions of examples.)


Plenty of gems in what's been listed so far, but I think we need to narrow it down, distill it like fine wine. Just off the top of my head, here's my own humble, initial list (with several repeats that I heartily agree with).


THE LAST EMPEROR

A BRILLIANT MIND

MASTER AND COMMANDER

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

ABOUT SCHMIDT

BLADE RUNNER

BACK TO THE FUTURE

GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK

UP IN THE AIR

NOBODY'S FOOL

SCHINDLER'S LIST

THE OTHERS

BLUE VELVET

DOWNFALL

THE REMAINS OF THE DAY

GLORY

THE PIANIST

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
 

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How about that?! I can't read, either!

But you were clever enough to list GHOSTBUSTERS---a really funny, creative comedy.


I also agree with whoever listed GLADIATOR, FOREST GUMP, ORDINARY PEOPLE, and possibly GRAND CANYON.


How about WALL STREET, THE VERDICT, and AMADEUS. Anyone for APOLLO 13? I would add BEING THERE, but it was 1979 (so was APOCALYPSE NOW).


The more I see the lists, the more I remember that I've seen. Maybe I haven't missed all that much after all.


Insofar as Pixar is concerned, my wife and I watched TOY STORY the other night. She had never seen it. My son says the best was TOY STORY 3, but I haven't seen it. I liked CARS quite a bit. Haven't seen UP yet.
 
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