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The Bear(1988)

PG
| 1h 34min | Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 152 votes)

An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.

Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud - With Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear, André Lacombe

Rocky III(1982)

PG
| 1h 39min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 1,407 votes)

Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter rival Apollo Creed for a rematch with Lang.

Rocky IV(1985)

PG
| 1h 31min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 1,522 votes)

After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.

The Fox and the Hound(1981)

3.6/5 (with 1,213 votes)

When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and the object of his search is his best friend!

Top Gun(1986)

PG
| 1h 50min | Action, Drama, Adventure
3.5/5 (with 2,379 votes)

A heart-pounding combination of action, music and incredible aerial photography helped make Top Gun the blockbuster hit. of 1986. Top Gun takes a look at the danger and excitement that awaits every pilot at the Navy's prestigious fighter weapons school. Tom Cruise is superb as Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a daring young flyer who's out to become the best. And Kelly McGillis sizzles as the civilian instructor who teaches Maverick a few things you can't learn in a classroom.

Full Metal Jacket(1987)

R
| 1h 57min | Drama, War
4.1/5 (with 3,837 votes)

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

The Karate Kid Part II(1986)

3.1/5 (with 720 votes)

After discovering that his father is at death's door, Mr. Miyagi sets out to Japan, to see him with Daniel. Upon arriving, Miyagi must confront an old rival. Meanwhile, Daniel encounters a new love, and some new enemies.

The Last Temptation of Christ(1988)

R
| 2h 44min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 337 votes)

Jesus, a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being the savior of mankind torments Jesus throughout his life, leading him to doubt.

Dead Poets Society(1989)

PG
| 2h 8min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 4,106 votes)

At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.

Cinema Paradiso(1988)

PG
| 2h 4min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.3/5 (with 1,455 votes)

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

Stand by Me(1986)

R
| 1h 29min | Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 2,055 votes)

Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern are four friends who decide to hike to find the corpse of Ray Brower, a local teenager, who was hit by a train while plucking blueberries in the wild.

The Karate Kid(1984)

PG
| 2h 6min | Action, Kids & Family, Drama
3.6/5 (with 1,424 votes)

After some violent confrontations with his new classmates, Daniel LaRusso learns karate from Japanese handyman Mr. Miyagi, in order to defend himself.

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Platoon(1986)

R
| 2h | Drama, War, Action
3.9/5 (with 1,582 votes)

As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Raging Bull(1980)

R
| 2h 9min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 1,482 votes)

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

Dead Calm(1989)

R
| 1h 36min | Thriller, Horror
3.3/5 (with 237 votes)

An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to forget about a terrible accident. While on the open sea, in dead calm weather conditions, they come across a ship with one survivor who is not at all what he seems.

Driving Miss Daisy(1989)

PG
| 1h 39min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 535 votes)

The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her black chauffeur, Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those types of relationships where shunned.

Born on the Fourth of July(1989)

R
| 2h 25min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 577 votes)

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Amadeus(1984)

R
| 2h 40min | Music, Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 1,498 votes)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a remarkably talented young Viennese composer who unwittingly finds a fierce rival in the disciplined and determined Antonio Salieri. Resenting Mozart for both his hedonistic lifestyle and his undeniable talent, the highly religious Salieri is gradually consumed by his jealousy and becomes obsessed with Mozart's downfall, leading to a devious scheme that has dire consequences for both men.

Birdy(1984)

2h | Drama
3.6/5 (with 161 votes)

Two young men are seriously affected by the Vietnam war. One of them has always been obsessed with birds - but now believes he really is a bird, and has been sent to a mental hospital. Can his friend help him pull through?

The Blue Lagoon(1980)

R
| 1h 44min | Romance / Love, Adventure, Drama
3.1/5 (with 650 votes)

Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline and Richard make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. But will they ever see civilization again?

Tender Cousins(1980)

R
| 1h 32min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

Teenage Julien (Thierry Tevini) loves his teenage cousin Julia (Anja Shute) among flowers in summer of '39 France.

The Name of the Rose(1986)

R
| 2h 10min | Drama, Thriller, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 1,071 votes)

14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's authority and fight the shadowy conspiracy of monastery monks using only his intelligence – which is considerable.

The Elephant Man(1980)

PG
| 2h 4min | Drama, History
4.1/5 (with 1,164 votes)

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

Beverly Hills Cop(1984)

R
| 1h 45min | Action, Comedy, Crime
3.6/5 (with 1,401 votes)

The heat is on in this fast paced action-comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street smart Detroit cop tracking down his best friend's killer in Beverly Hills. Axel quickly learns that his wild style doesn't fit in with the Beverly Hills Police Department, which assigns two officers (Judge Reinhold & John Ashton) to make sure things don't get out of hand. Dragging the stuffy detectives along for the ride, Axel smashes through a huge culture clash in his hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice. Featuring cameos by Paul Reiser, Bronson Pinchot and Damon Wayans, Beverly Hills Cop is an exhilarating, sidesplitting adventure.

Gandhi(1982)

PG
| 3h 11min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 822 votes)

In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of 'passive resistance', endeavouring to win freedom for his people without resorting to bloodshed.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape(1989)

R
| 1h 41min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 282 votes)

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

The Serpent's Way(1986)

1h 51min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

A salesman and his son sexually abuse the generations of women of a poor family as payment for debt. Janni must see his mother, sister, niece and wife all being exploited, and the family grow bigger with the abuser's kids.

Glory(1989)

R
| 2h 2min | Drama, History, War
3.8/5 (with 519 votes)

Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.

The Bounty(1984)

PG
| 2h 12min | Action, Drama, History
3.4/5 (with 160 votes)

The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get his loyalists safely to East Timor in a tiny lifeboat.

The Color of Money(1986)

R
| 1h 59min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 440 votes)

Former pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil. He meets talented but green Vincent Lauria and proposes a partnership. As they tour pool halls, Eddie teaches Vincent the tricks of scamming, but he eventually grows frustrated with Vincent's showboat antics, leading to an argument and a falling-out. Eddie takes up playing again and soon crosses paths with Vincent as an opponent.

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