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      • HR = Highly Recommended (Masterpiece/Near-Masterpiece); R = Recommended (Strong cinematic effort/Better than good)  
     
 
1980      
R Dir Alexander the Great/Megaleksandros (Angelopoulos, Theo; Greece-Italy; 235m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Atlantic City (Malle, Louis; Canada-France; 104m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Berlin Alexanderplatz (Fassbinder, Rainer Werner; Germany; 931m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Big Red One, The (Fuller, Sam; US; 113m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Coal Miner's Daughter (Apted, Michael; US; 125m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Elephant Man, The (Lynch, David; US; 125m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Empire Strikes Back, The (Kershner, Irvin; US; 124m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Fog, The (Carpenter, John; US; 91m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Gloria (Cassavetes, John; US; 121m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Gregory's Girl (Forsyth, Bill; UK; 91m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Loulou (Pialat, Maurice; France; 110m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Mon oncle d'Amérique (Resnais, Alain; France; 123m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Raging Bull (Scorsese, Martin; US; 128m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Sauve qui peut (la vie) (Godard, Jean-Luc; France-Switzerland; 87m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Shining, The (Kubrick, Stanley; US; 142m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Stardust Memories (Allen, Woody; US; 91m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Zigeunerweisen (Suzuki, Seijun; Japan; 144m ; Col)   Amazon Google
           
1981      
R Dir Arabic Series (Brakhage, Stan; US; 204m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Aviator's Wife, The (Rohmer, Eric; France; 104m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Blow Out (De Palma, Brian; US; 107m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Body Heat (Kasdan, Lawrence; US; 113m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (Kusturica, Emir; Yugoslavia; 106m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Lola (Fassbinder, Rainer Werner; Germany; 114m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Lonely Hearts (Cox, Paul; Australia; 95m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Long Good Friday, The (Mackenzie, John; UK; 114m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Made in Britain (Clarke, Alan; UK; 73m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Mephisto (Szabó, István; Hungary; 135m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Pikoor Diary [TV] (Ray, Satyajit; India; 26m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Pixote (Babenco, Hector; Brazil; 127m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, Steven; US; 115m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Reds (Beatty, Warren; US; 200m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Woman Next Door, The (Truffaut, François; France; 106m ; Col)   Amazon Google
         
1982      
HR Dir Blade Runner (Scott, Ridley; US; 118m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Burden of Dreams (Blank, Les; US; 94m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Dimensions of Dialogue (Svankmajer, Jan; Czechoslovakia; 12m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Diner (Levinson, Barry; US; 110m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Diva (Beineix, Jean-Jacques; France; 123m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Draughtsman's Contract, The (Greenaway, Peter; UK; 103m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Spielberg, Steven; US; 115m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Enfant Secret, L' (Garrel, Philippe; France; 92m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Evil Dead, The (Raimi, Sam; US; 85m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Fanny and Alexander (Bergman, Ingmar; Sweden; 189m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir 48HRS. (Hill, Walter; US; 97m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Honkytonk Man (Eastwood, Clint; US; 122m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Missing (Costa-Gavras, Constantin; US; 122m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir My Favorite Year (Benjamin, Richard; US; 92m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Night of the Shooting Stars, The (Taviani, Paolo & Vittorio Taviani; Italy; 106m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Poltergeist (Hooper, Tobe; US; 114m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Verdict, The (Lumet, Sidney; US; 129m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Veronika Voss (Fassbinder, Rainer Werner; Germany; 105m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Vincent (Burton, Tim; US; 6m ; BW)   Amazon Google
HR Dir White Dog (Fuller, Sam; US; 89m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Who Am I This Time? (Demme, Jonathan; US; 60m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir World According to Garp, The (Hill, George Roy; US; 136m ; Col)   Amazon Google
           
1983      
R Dir À nos amours (Pialat, Maurice; France; 102m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Argent, L' (Bresson, Robert; France-Switzerland; 90m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Betrayal (Jones, David; UK; 95m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Boys from Fengkuei, The (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan; 101m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Confidentially Yours (Truffaut, François; France; 111m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Dresser, The (Yates, Peter; UK; 118m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir King of Comedy, The (Scorsese, Martin; US; 109m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Macht der Gefuhle, Die/The Power of Emotion (Kluge, Alexander; Germany; 115m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir My Brother's Wedding (Burnett, Charles; US; 115m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Pauline at the Beach (Rohmer, Eric; France; 94m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Pirates of Penzance, The (Leach, Wilford; US; 112m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Return of the Jedi (Marquand, Richard; US; 133m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Right Stuff, The (Kaufman, Philip; US; 193m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Rumble Fish (Coppola, Francis; US; 94m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Sans soleil (Marker, Chris; France; 100m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Scarface (De Palma, Brian; US; 170m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Sur, El (Erice, Victor; Spain-France; 95m ;Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Tender Mercies (Beresford, Bruce; US; 89m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR   Testament (Littman, Lynne; US; 89m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Videodrome (Cronenberg, David; Canada; 90m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Zelig (Allen, Woody; US; 79m ; Col-BW)   Amazon Google
         
1984      
R   Barres (Moullet, Luc; France; 14m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Birdy (Parker, Alan; US; 120m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Blood Simple (Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen; US; 97m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Broadway Danny Rose (Allen, Woody; US; 86m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Choose Me (Rudolph, Alan; US; 106m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Full Moon in Paris (Rohmer, Eric; France; 102m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Gremlins (Dante, Joe; US; 106m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Heimat [TV] (Reitz, Edgar; Germany; 940m ;Col-BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Imagining October (Jarman, Derek; UK; 27m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Japanese Village, A (Ogawa, Shinsuke; Japan; 210m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Killing Fields, The (Joffe, Roland; UK; 141m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Love Streams (Cassavetes, John; US; 141m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind (Miyazaki, Hayao; Japan; 116m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Once Upon a Time in America (Leone, Sergio; US; 227m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Paris, Texas (Wenders, Wim; US; 150m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Soldier's Story, A (Jewison, Norman; US; 101m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Songwriter (Rudolph, Alan; US; 94m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Stone Boy, The (Cain, Christopher; US; 93m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Stranger Than Paradise (Jarmusch, Jim; US; 90m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Sunday in the Country, A (Tavernier, Bertrand; France; 94m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Terence Davies Trilogy, The (Davies, Terence; UK; 101m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Terminator, The (Cameron, James; US; 108m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir This is Spinal Tap (Reiner, Rob; US; 82m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Tightrope (Tuggle, Richard; US; 114m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Times of Harvey Milk, The (Epstein, Rob; USA; 87m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Voyage to Cythera (Angelopoulos, Theo; Greece; 120m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Yellow Earth (Chen Kaige; China; 89m ; Col)   Amazon Google
           
1985      
R Dir Alamo Bay (Malle, Louis; US; 98m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Back to the Future (Zemeckis, Robert; US; 116m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Color Purple, The (Spielberg, Steven; US; 152m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Come and See (Klimov, Elem; USSR; 136m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Jagged Edge (Marquand, Richard; US; 108m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Kiss of the Spider Woman (Babenco, Hector; Brazil-US; 119m ; Col-BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Lost in America (Brooks, Albert; US; 91m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir My Life as a Dog (Hallström, Lasse; Sweden; 101m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir No End (Kieslowski, Krszystof; Poland; 109m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Official Story, The (Puenzo, Luis; Argentina; 110m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Ran (Kurosawa, Akira; France-Japan; 161m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Re-Animator (Gordon, Stuart; US; 86m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Runaway Train (Konchalovsky, Andrei; US; 111m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Shoah (Lanzmann, Claude; France; 566m ;Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Taipei Story (Yang, Edward; Taiwan-Japan; 115m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Time to Live and the Time to Die, The (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan; 137m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Trouble in Mind (Rudolph, Alan; US; 111m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir 28 Up (Apted, Michael; UK; 133m ; Col-BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Vagabond (Varda, Agnès; France; 106m ; Col)   Amazon Google
           
1986      
R Dir Aliens (Cameron, James; US; 137m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Bang! (Breer, Robert; US; 8m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Blue Velvet (Lynch, David; US; 120m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Down by Law (Jarmusch, Jim; US; 107m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Hughes, John; US; 103m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Fly, The (Cronenberg, David; US; 100m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Green Ray, The (Rohmer, Eric; France; 96m ; BW)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Hannah and Her Sisters (Allen, Woody; US; 106m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (McNaughton, John; US; 90m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Jean de Florette (Berri, Claude; France; 122m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Manhunter/Red Dragon (Mann, Michael; US; 119m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Manon of the Spring/Manon des Sources (Berri, Claude; France; 113m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Mona Lisa (Jordan, Neil; UK; 104m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Platoon (Stone, Oliver; US; 120m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   River's Edge (Hunter, Tim; US; 99m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Salvador (Stone, Oliver; US; 123m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Shadows in Paradise (Kaurismäki, Aki; Finland; 76m ;Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir She's Gotta Have It (Lee, Spike; US; 84m ; Col-BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Singing Detective, The [TV] (Amiel, Jon; Australia-UK; 415m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Something Wild (Demme, Jonathan; US; 113m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Stand by Me (Reiner, Rob; US; 87m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   True Stories (Byrne, David; US; 111m ; Col)   Amazon Google
           
1987      
R Dir Angel Heart (Parker, Alan; US; 113m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Au Revoir, Les Enfants/Goodbye, Children (Malle, Louis; France; 103m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Babette's Feast (Axel, Gabriel; Denmark; 102m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Boyfriends and Girlfriends/My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (Rohmer, Eric; France; 102m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Broadcast News (Brooks, James L.; US; 131m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan; 109m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Family Viewing (Egoyan, Atom; Canada; 86m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Full Metal Jacket (Kubrick, Stanley; US; 116m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Hôtel Terminus (Ophüls, Marcel; US; 267m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir House of Games (Mamet, David; US; 102m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Last Emperor, The (Bertolucci, Bernardo; China-Italy-UK; 160m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Matewan (Sayles, John; US; 130m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Moonstruck (Jewison, Norman; US; 102m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Princess Bride, The (Reiner, Rob; US; 98m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Radio Days (Allen, Woody; US; 85m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Raising Arizona (Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen; US; 92m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou; China; 91m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Robocop (Verhoeven, Paul; US; 103m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Short Film About Killing, A (Kieslowski, Krszystof; Poland; 85m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Haynes, Todd; US; 43m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Untouchables, The (De Palma, Brian; US; 119m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Walker (Cox, Alex; US; 94m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Where is the Friend's Home? (Kiarostami, Abbas; Iran; 85m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Wings of Desire (Wenders, Wim; France-West Germany; 130m ; Col-BW)   Amazon Google
R   Withnail & I (Robinson, Bruce; UK; 105m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Year My Voice Broke, The (Duigan, John; Australia; 103m ; Col)   Amazon Google
           
1988      
R Dir Accidental Tourist, The (Kasdan, Lawrence; US; 121m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Alice (Svankmajer, Jan; Czechoslovakia-Switzerland-UK-West Germany; 86m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Apartment Zero (Donovan, Martin; UK; 124m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Ariel (Kaurismäki, Aki; Finland; 74m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Bird (Eastwood, Clint; US; 160m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Black Rain/Kuroi Ame (Imamura, Shohei; Japan; 123m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Bull Durham (Shelton, Ron; US; 108m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Dangerous Liaisons (Frears, Stephen; US; 120m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Days of Eclipse, The/Dni zatmeniya (Sokurov, Aleksandr; USSR; 133m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Dead Ringers (Cronenberg, David; Canada; 115m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Dekalog (Kieslowski, Krszystof; Poland; 550m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Die Hard (McTiernan, John; US; 131m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Distant Voices, Still Lives (Davies, Terence; UK; 85m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Grave of the Fireflies/Hotaru no haka (Takahata, Isao; Japan; 93m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Landscape in the Mist (Angelopoulos, Theo; Greece-France-Italy; 125m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Last Temptation of Christ, The (Scorsese, Martin; US; 164m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Mississippi Burning (Parker, Alan; US; 125m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir My Neighbour Totoro (Miyazaki, Hayao; Japan; 86m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Running on Empty (Lumet, Sidney; US; 116m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Salaam Bombay! (Nair, Mira; India-UK; 113m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Short Film About Love, A (Kieslowski, Krszystof; Poland; 87m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Tale of the Wind, A (Ivens, Joris; France; 80m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Tanner '88 (Altman, Robert; US; 120m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Thin Blue Line, The (Morris, Errol; US; 96m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR   Vanishing, The/Spoorloos (Sluizer, George; Netherlands-France; 101m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Zemeckis, Robert; US; 103m ; Col)   Amazon Google
           
1989      
R Dir Baisers de Secours, Les (Garrel, Philippe; France; 90m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Blood, The (Costa, Pedro; Portugal; 95m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir burbs, The (Dante, Joe; US; 103m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir City of Sadness, A (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan; 158m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Crimes and Misdemeanors (Allen, Woody; US; 104m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Do the Right Thing (Lee, Spike; US; 120m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Field of Dreams (Robinson, Phil Alden; US; 106m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Homework (Kiarostami, Abbas; Iran; 86m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Jesus of Montreal (Arcand, Denys; Canada-France; 119m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Joan of Arc of Mongolia (Ottinger, Ulrike; West Germany; 165m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Kiki's Delivery Service (Miyazaki, Hayao; Japan; 103m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Killer, The (Woo, John; Hong Kong; 110m ; Col)   Amazon Google
HR Dir Monsieur Hire (Leconte, Patrice; France; 88m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Mystery Train (Jarmusch, Jim; US; 113m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Near Death (Wiseman, Frederick; US; 358m ; BW)   Amazon Google
R Dir Romuald et Juliette/Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed (Serreau, Coline; France; 111m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Seventh Continent, The (Haneke, Michael; Austria; 90m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Surviving Desire (Hartley, Hal; US; 53m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Time of the Gypsies (Kusturica, Emir; Yugoslavia; 142m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Tremors (Underwood, Ron; US; 96m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir Unbelievable Truth, The (Hartley, Hal; US; 90m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R   Vampire's Kiss (Bierman, Robert; US; 96m ; Col)   Amazon Google
R Dir War of the Roses, The (De Vito, Danny; US; 116m ; Col)   Amazon Google
 
     
     
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