Nightman’s Top Twenty Films Of 1987

Greetings, Glancers! We continue my new series of posts which will detail my favourite films of every year since 1950. Why 1950? Why 10? Why anything? Check out my original post here. As with most of these lists the numbering doesn’t really matter much, though in most cases the Number 1 will be my clear favourite. As I know there are plenty of Stats Nerds out there, I’ll add in some bonus crap at the bottom but the main purpose of these posts is to keep things short. So!

Yes, you read that right – 1987 is probably my favourite year in Cinema with a ludicrous amount of films that I love and count among my all time favourites – films which have contributed to my love of film and to who I am. I could have gone more than twenty, just like in other years I could have selected more than ten. Basically any year I could pick any number of films that I enjoy, but I’m limiting these lists to the best of the best, the ones I love most, and in 1987 there are just too many of these. I mean, I picked twenty films and hardly any of these were among the top grossers and none were nominated for Best Picture, so there were plenty more great releases this year. Enjoy!

20: A Chinese Ghost Story (HK)

19: Withnail And I (UK)

18: City On Fire (HK)

17: Planes, Trains, And Automobiles (US)

16: Good Morning, Vietnam (US)

15: The Princess Bride (US)

14: The Living Daylights (UK)

13: Lethal Weapon (US)

12: Full Metal Jacket (US/UK)

11: Evil Dead 2 (US)

10: The Untouchables (US)

9: Hellraiser (UK)

8: The Running Man (US)

7: Dream Warriors (US)

6: Citizens On Patrol (US)

5: Prince Of Darkness (US)

4: Near Dark (US)

3: The Lost Boys (US)

2: Predator (Top Ten Of All Time) (US)

1: Robocop (Top Ten Of All Time) (US)

How Many Of My Films Were In The Top 10 Grossing Of The Year: Three

How Many Of My Films Were Nominated For the Best Picture Oscar: Zero

5 thoughts on “Nightman’s Top Twenty Films Of 1987

  1. steveforthedeaf September 11, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    Withnail, Predator, Near Dark, Prince Of Darkness and The Untouchables in the same year? Heck yes

    • carlosnightman September 11, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      It’s unbelievable how many of my favourites came out in that single year

  2. John Charet September 12, 2018 / 2:52 am

    Great post 🙂 I have noticed that you have two Hong Kong entries on here with City on Fire and A Chinese Ghost Story. I read that John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow II came out that same year as well. At first, I was going to say where’s Alex Cox’s Walker, but then I realized that you have not seen it. It is a wild and crazy masterpiece, I will tell you that, but you have to see it for yourself to realize how great it is 🙂 I love all of your choices here and I love it that you included Withnail & I, which is one of (If not) the greatest British cult films of all-time. I mean it is just so quotable. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • carlosnightman September 12, 2018 / 6:35 am

      I actually don’t think I’ve seen A Better Tomorrow 2, which is strange as I love the first. I also find it odd that so many people outside Britain like Withnail and I – it seems so inherently British, but I supposed at its heart it’s universal, and of course great movies transcend those boundaries

  3. John Charet September 12, 2018 / 2:52 am

    Correction: I mean Withnal and I (not &) 🙂

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