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What Happened in 1985?

Updated on December 16, 2012

Hello and welcome to 1985. If you were born on this special year, then you will find that some of the best movies from that era were out in this year. And some more you didn't expect. At Mike and Rusty's we have chosen 15 movies from that era and my oh my it was difficult to chose. But this is OUR top 15, it is in no way speaking for the world or based on popularity.

15 - Commando

So here we are in 2012 and some people may still not know Arnie went Commando in 1985. But he did! At least he starred in the ultra cliche awesomeness with guns, explosions and kills galore.

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars alongside a young Alissa Milano as his daughter, where the only way through this film is to kill, and kill with bigger explosions along the way. There is more to it of course but a film like this can’t be taken seriously and I feel it all depends when it was seen. I saw it young, therefore I loved it. It is in the works for a remake also so keep an eye out for that.

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Mike and Rusty's

14 – A View to a Kill

Roger Moore, possibly the third best Bond now thanks to Daniel Craig. A View to kill features legendary nut case Grace Jones . This movie's trailer was featured as I remember in the Neverending Story VHS and remains one of the worst James Bonds for me. But certainly not a bad film by any means and it is still very enjoyable at times. The jump from the Eiffel Tower and chopping a car in half during a car chase and with only 2 wheels, Moore gets there.

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Mike and Rusty's

13 – Cocoon

Directed by Ron Howard this film was weird, wonderful and unforgettable for it’s time. The film also stars the kid from the Neverending Story, (tie in from the above film) and is so sincere with the story of everlasting life and eternal wisdom. A place where you could live forever because of these strange Cocoons. What are they? Do they have something in them? Give this one a try and find out.

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Mike and Rusty's

12 – The Jewel of the Nile

Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito and Kathleen Turner all return for this adventure comedy in the sequel to Romancing the Stone. We review it on our site mikeandrustys.comThis is another one those great comedies from the 80’s where it seems that the actors all seem so content with each other. Comfortable acting is essential for classics and even though this one isn’t better than the original, it is still a great film.

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Mike and Rusty's

11 – Mask

Starring Cher and Eric Stoltz, this movie is actually quite hard hitting and beautiful at the same time. Based on the true story of the late Roy L. “Rocky” Dennis, who suffered from Craniodiaphyseal Dysplasia, or simply known as “Lionistus” due to the enlarged cranial resembling a lion. It is a story of a boy trying to live a normal life but for all he tries, he is constantly reminded that he is different. Eric Stoltz if you don’t know was meant to be cast as Mart McFly in Back to the Future and was also in Pulp Fiction as the drug dealing Lance. Check this one out.

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Mike and Rusty's

10 – The Color Purple

Steven Spielberg directs a movie adaptation of a Pulizer Prize winning book set in 1930s rural Georgia. It is a serious film about black culture in those times and the effects society has on the decrease of American culture as a whole including sexism, racism, poverty and violence. Starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg, this one is worth a visit.

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Mike and Rusty's

9 – Teen Wolf

Michael J Fox stars in the movie before the movie that made him famous. It’s funny to think that now this is a popular choice but when it was made Michael thought he had ruined his career. He heard that Spielberg and Zemeckis were making a movie and he was in a werewolf stinker. Well, not anymore and it worked out well.

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Mike and Rusty's

8 – St. Elmo’s Fire

Named after strange weather phenomenon generated by thuinderstorms and volcanic eruptions, St. Elmo’s Fire is classified as an unofficial sequel to Breakfast Club. It stars most of the same cast and crew such as Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and also stars a young Rob Lowe, Demi Morre and Andrew McCarthy, directed by Joel Schumacher. This is the Brat Pack era and features many of those involved in the movement. St. Elmos’s Fire is based around teens graduating from Georgetown University, the same place Bradley Cooper went to, and it plays out how they intend to grow up and deal with normal life. Written by the same writer as Ferris Bueller, Breakfast Club and Home Alone John Hughes.R.I.P.

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Mike and Rusty's

7 – Rambo: First Blood Part II

Stallone returns to a great sequel to First Blood with more developed characters and a better plot. There were 3 movies made early on and a forth made in 2008 to apparently top the series off at 4. But Stallone is reportedly writing another that will end the series once and for all like he ended his long running Rocky series. Obscure pop trivia. This was the movie that 17 year old Mick Foley had a first date to this movie. Needless to say it didn't work out.

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Mike and Rusty's

6 – Rocky IV

The forth of a 6 film series, Rocky 4 really went back to basics. Facing Ivan Drago after his best friend Apollo Creed was killed by the Russian monster, Rocky fights for his life, his friend, and his family for what seems like the last time. Regarded by many to be one of top 3 Rocky films because he really had to up his game and train even harder. But Rocky IV is such an inspirational movie and even if we never climb a mountain to literally conquer our hurdles in life, at least we know that we shouldn’t let things beat us and there is always something to dig deep for.

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Mike and Rusty's

5 – The Breakfast Club

Directed by the legendary teen angst writer John Hughes, also responsible for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Home Alone, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Uncle Buck. Starring a great future cast of Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy in such a wonderful comedy 80s classic about kids that couldn’t be more different, as they get to know each other one Saturday morning in detention whether they like it or not.

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Mike and Rusty's

4 – The Goonies

Classic film and by far one of the best action adventure films from the era. Kids that later became huge stars including Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, Corey Feldman and a film produced by Steven Spielberg and Home Alone writer Chris Columbus, The Goonies has so many great moments and if you haven’t seen this, then please do yourself a favour and give it a watch. Very entertaining and a little dark.

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Mike and Rusty's

3 – Santa Claus: The Movie

Dudley Moore in the Christmas movie that sticks in my mind when I think of the festive season. This film revolves around Patch, (Moore) the very talented and inventive elf, as he goes to New York to sell his skills and makes toys for the greedy and callous B.Z (John Lithgow). It’s great fun for all the family and worth seeing again if you haven’t already.

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Mike and Rusty's

2 – Brewster’s Millions

This is in a long line of great movies from the comic genius Richard Pryor. There have been 7 films to portray this story since the 1902 novel of the same name. Also starring John Candy, it features fantastic witty dialogue between the main cast and supporting to tell the story of Monty Brewster, (a second rate minor league baseball pitcher) as he is offered to either take $1 million up front or spend $30 million within 30 days to inherit $300 million. It’s just great fun seeing someone spend so much money anyway, but add Pryor to the mix and we have comedy gold.

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Mike and Rusty's

1 – Back to the Future

I don’t think I need to tell anyone how great this film is. Michael J Fox returns in this list as Marty McFly and we see him go back in time to save Doc, (Chrsitopher Lloyd) to bring us the most legendary of all 80s movies. This has left behind a lasting impression for cinema goers and set the bar very high for many to fail to reach. 27 years later and Back to the Future is our number 1.

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Mike and Rusty's

Brief cost of living in 1985

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 3.55%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 1546
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 10.75%
Average Cost of new house $89,330
Median Price Of and Existing Home $75,500
Average Income per year $22,100.00
Average Monthly Rent $375.00
Average Price for new car $9,005.00
1 gallon of gas $1.09
Movie Ticket $2.75
US Postage Stamp 22 cents
Bacon per pound $1.65
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 40,169
Gallon of Petrol 1.88
Interest Rates Year End Bank of England 11.38%


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    • kashmir-ladakh profile image


      6 years ago from usa

      Though i have seen many movies listed above but I would love to watch the color purple.

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I actually saw a lot of these movies and they were very good with real stories and little sound effects etc. Also was married that all in all it was a verygood year.


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