80s and early 90s

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1. The Wraith (1986)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Horror, Romance

39 Metascore

After a young man is murdered by a road-racing gang of motor-heads, a mysterious fast-driving spirit descends from the sky to take revenge.

Director: Mike Marvin | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid

Votes: 13,677 | Gross: $3.50M

2. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

65 Metascore

When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) decides to investigate.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 18,092 | Gross: $19.74M

3. Fade to Black (1980)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

54 Metascore

A shy, lonely film buff embarks on a killing spree against those who browbeat and betray him, all the while stalking his idol, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike.

Director: Vernon Zimmerman | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson, Gwynne Gilford, Norman Burton

Votes: 2,649

4. Wisdom (1986)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama

Unable to find work after a past felony, graduate John Wisdom and his girlfriend embark on a cross-country bank-robbing spree in order to aid American farmers.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 2,948 | Gross: $5.72M

5. Oxford Blues (1984)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

A young American hustler pursues the girl of his dreams to Oxford, where he must enroll to obtain her.

Director: Robert Boris | Stars: Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Amanda Pays, Julian Sands

Votes: 2,817 | Gross: $8.79M

6. Storyville (1992)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

While investigating his own blackmailing, a young politician uncovers his family's deep secrets.

Director: Mark Frost | Stars: James Spader, Joanne Whalley, Jason Robards, Charlotte Lewis

Votes: 1,059 | Gross: $0.42M

7. The Dark Backward (1991)

R | 101 min | Comedy

A man pursues stand-up comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is, he actually stinks. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Rifkin | Stars: Judd Nelson, Bill Paxton, Wayne Newton, Lara Flynn Boyle

Votes: 1,849

8. Making the Grade (1984)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

A spoiled rich young man hires a young hustler, who lives in a broken car and owes money to a dicey loan shark, to take his place in his elite prep school and graduate for him.

Director: Dorian Walker | Stars: Judd Nelson, Jonna Lee, Gordon Jump, Walter Olkewicz

Votes: 1,252 | Gross: $4.56M

9. Blue City (1986)

R | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A drifter returns to his Florida hometown only to discover that his father, the local mayor, was the victim of a mysterious murder during his absence. Vowing to find the killer and avenge his fathers death, he starts his own investigation.

Director: Michelle Manning | Stars: Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, David Caruso, Paul Winfield

Votes: 889 | Gross: $6.95M

10. Shattered If Your Kid's on Drugs (1986 TV Movie)

Family, Drama

Propaganda Film to expose a series of drug relations within teeanagers, and only two men who are aware of the situation can lay their insight on the epidemic that is growing.

Director: Nathaniel Burr Smidt | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Judd Nelson, Karen Carlson, Megan Follows

Votes: 43

11. Relentless (1989)

R | 92 min | Crime, Thriller

Two Los Angeles police detectives, cynical veteran Malloy and cocky rookie Dietz, hunt for a serial killer, an ex-cop named Taylor, who randomly chooses his victims from a phone directory.

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Judd Nelson, Robert Loggia, Leo Rossi, Meg Foster

Votes: 1,277 | Gross: $6.99M

12. The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

58 Metascore

Two cousins unknowingly rob the mob and face the dangerous consequences.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page

Votes: 7,340 | Gross: $6.14M

13. Year of the Dragon (1985)

R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane, Leonard Termo

Votes: 13,149 | Gross: $18.70M

14. Impulse (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After a small earthquake in a tiny, quiet town, local citizens start to exhibit bizarre, violent and self-destructive behaviour.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: Tim Matheson, Meg Tilly, Hume Cronyn, John Karlen

Votes: 1,157 | Gross: $2.50M

15. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 31,239 | Gross: $3.37M

16. Pass the Ammo (1988)

R | 93 min | Comedy

A corrupt television preacher and his congregation are held hostage by a woman, her lover, and her two cousins in an attempt to avenge the theft of her inheritance. A quirky look at the ... See full summary »

Director: David Beaird | Stars: Bill Paxton, Linda Kozlowski, Tim Curry, Annie Potts

Votes: 468 | Gross: $0.17M

17. One False Move (1992)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

A small town police chief awaits the arrival of a gang of killers.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams, Michael Beach

Votes: 9,194 | Gross: $1.54M

18. The Vagrant (1992)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

A business man buys a house, but he has a hard time trying to get rid of its previous tenant, a dirty bum.

Director: Chris Walas | Stars: Bill Paxton, Michael Ironside, Marshall Bell, Mitzi Kapture

Votes: 1,214

19. Diner (1982)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern

Votes: 17,758 | Gross: $14.10M

20. Criminal Law (1988)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A lawyer defends a killer, but soon after he wins, he finds out that the killer is guilty.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young

Votes: 3,355 | Gross: $9.97M

21. Pyrates (1991)

R | Comedy, Romance

Ari (Kevin Bacon) and Sam (Kyra Sedgwick), have incendiary sex a lot and burn down apartment blocks, wig-wams, etc...

Director: Noah Stern | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Bruce Payne, Kristin Dattilo

Votes: 566

22. White Sands (1992)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small southwestern town Sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and five hundred thousand dollars. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an F.B.I. investigation.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 6,582 | Gross: $9.01M

23. Desperate Hours (1990)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An escaped con, on the run from the law, moves into a married couple's house and takes over their lives.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers, Lindsay Crouse

Votes: 6,566 | Gross: $2.74M

24. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 75,866 | Gross: $17.19M

25. Fall Time (1995)

R | 88 min | Drama, Comedy, Crime

Three young men decide to plan a mock kidnapping, but everything goes wrong because a real bank robbery was already planned by two other guys.

Director: Paul Warner | Stars: Steve Alden, David Arquette, Stephen Baldwin, Jonah Blechman

Votes: 1,662

26. That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

Two juvenile delinquents find themselves growing apart, for one is growing up, and the other is staying young and reckless.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Craig Sheffer, Larry B. Scott, Matthew Dudley

Votes: 2,049 | Gross: $8.63M

27. True Believer (1989)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin, Yuji Okumoto

Votes: 4,184 | Gross: $8.74M

28. The Pick-up Artist (1987)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

47 Metascore

A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper, Danny Aiello

Votes: 6,135 | Gross: $13.29M

29. The Hit (1984)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Ten years later, after ratting on his old mobster friends in exchange for personal immunity, two hit men drive a hardened criminal to Paris for his execution. However, while on the way, whatever can go wrong, does go wrong.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Freddie Stuart, Ralph Brown, A.J. Clarke, Terence Stamp

Votes: 6,769 | Gross: $0.88M

30. The Wild Life (1984)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

Director: Art Linson | Stars: Chris Penn, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Eric Stoltz, Jenny Wright

Votes: 2,237 | Gross: $11.02M

31. Terminal Velocity (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Mystery, Romance

A maverick skydiver and a former KGB agent team up to stop the Russian mafia from stealing gold.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Nastassja Kinski, James Gandolfini, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 12,344 | Gross: $16.48M

32. The Arrival (1996)

PG-13 | 115 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

56 Metascore

Zane, an astronomer, discovers intelligent alien life. But the aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will do anything to stop Zane from learning it.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Shane

Votes: 30,379 | Gross: $14.05M

33. At Close Range (1986)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris Penn

Votes: 13,325 | Gross: $2.35M

34. Black Rain (1989)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw

Votes: 46,955 | Gross: $46.21M

35. Judgment Night (1993)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

Four friends on their way to a boxing match get caught in heavy traffic, so they take a shortcut in order to get there faster, unfortunately it leads to them witnessing a murder which leaves them running for their lives.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Denis Leary, Stephen Dorff

Votes: 14,578 | Gross: $12.14M

36. Beyond the Law (1993)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An undercover cop joins a murderous, arms-dealing biker gang to try to put them behind bars.

Director: Larry Ferguson | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Linda Fiorentino, Michael Madsen, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 5,927

37. Night Shift (1982)

R | 106 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

A morgue attendant is talked into running a brothel at his workplace after a deceased pimp is sent there. However, the pimp's killers don't look too kindly on this new 'business', nor does the morgue's owner.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, Shelley Long, Gina Hecht

Votes: 13,192 | Gross: $23.60M

38. The Long Good Friday (1980)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An up-and-coming gangster is tested by the insurgence of an unknown, very powerful threat.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan

Votes: 17,769

39. State of Grace (1990)

R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

Votes: 19,870 | Gross: $1.91M

40. Alien Nation (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard

Votes: 13,555 | Gross: $25.22M

41. Communion (1989)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

Oct.4 and Dec.26 the Strieber family drives from NYC to their cabin in the woods. Both nights there are some powerful lights outside and maybe aliens. The dad is mentally affected by the "bad dream", goes to the shrink and is hypnotized.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas

Votes: 5,185 | Gross: $1.92M

42. Monolith (1993)

R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Two cops investigating the murder of a young boy become invloved in a very secret project involving alien life. Needless to say, the authorities don't want them to stick their noses into ... See full summary »

Director: John Eyres | Stars: Bill Paxton, Lindsay Frost, John Hurt, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 795

43. Enigma (1982)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

A C.I.A. Agent tries to infiltrate Soviet intelligence to stop a murderous diabolical plot.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sam Neill, Brigitte Fossey, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 1,115

44. The Killing Time (1987)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A murderer who assumes the identity of a new deputy is unbeknownst to the sheriff planning to pin a separate murder on him.

Director: Rick King | Stars: Beau Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Wayne Rogers, Joe Don Baker

Votes: 832 | Gross: $0.50M

45. The Music of Chance (1993)

R | 98 min | Drama

A thrill seeker agrees to help a shady professional gambler win a high stakes poker game. However, they lose and become captives of two eccentric rich men who decide to forcibly keep them on their remote gated ranch as indentured servants.

Director: Philip Haas | Stars: James Spader, Mandy Patinkin, M. Emmet Walsh, Charles Durning

Votes: 2,028 | Gross: $0.31M