Thursday, March 23, 2006
The folks over at my hometown paper's entertainment web site, IndyKnow, have come up with a fun project. They've compiled a list of what they think are the top 64 films made since 1980.

Those 64 films are going to be placed in brackets, office pool-style (like the basketball playoffs, dig?) and put to the vote. By voting for our favorites, the top movie picks will be seeded against one another until a winner prevails.

Of course, when I heard of this, I couldn't help but compile my OWN list of what I think are the best films made since 1980. I made a list of 80 films, and here it is.

Of course, I may have overlooked some. And I limited my list to films I've seen. So, please leave me comments if you think there are movies I should check out that need to be on the list! Or if you just want to argue about some of my picks, let's throw down!

Otherwise, if you're looking for a movie this weekend - here is my list of the best 80 movies made since 1980 that I have seen (in ascending order by the year made):

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
On Golden Pond (1981)
Blade Runner (1982)
The Plague Dogs (1982)
Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
The Killing Fields (1984)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Blood Simple (1984)
Brazil (1985)
The Color Purple (1985)
Aliens (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Matewan (1987)
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
Wings of Desire (1987)
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)
I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1989)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
The Nasty Girl (1990)
Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Europa! Europa! (1990)
Tie me up! Tie me down! (1990)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Delicatessen (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
City of Hope (1991)
L.A. Story (1991)
The Player (1992)
Howard's End (1992)
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Remains of the Day (1993)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Once Were Warriors (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995)
Fargo (1996)
Trainspotting (1996)
Citizen Ruth (1996)
Gadjo Dilo (1997)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Men With Guns (1997)
The Truman Show (1998)
Gods and Monsters (1998)
The Matrix (1999)
Magnolia (1999)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Limbo (1999)
The Straight Story (1999)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Memento (2000)
Donnie Darko (2001)
The Shipping News (2001)
Spirited Away (2001)
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Solaris (2002)
Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
Lost in Translation (2003)
The Station Agent (2003)
The Saddest Music In The World (2003)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Mysterious Skin (2004)
Tropical Malady (2004)
The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

P.S. Don't forget to participate in the Movie Playoffs! Visit The Movie Madness Tournament for more info!
So far, this post has made 3 people think of something to say. COMMENT.

as you included Wings of Desire and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown I'll not be disappointed that you left out The Fifth Element, Galaxy Quest, and The Mummy
I would add Shawshank Redemption. And Fifth Element was pretty good too!
I enjoyed "The Fifth Element" and "Galaxy Quest" - but they didn't make my list.

I have NOT seen "The Mummy" or "Shawshank Redemption" (I know that "Shawshank Redemption" is on a lot of people's lists) so I will have to make a point of seeing those!
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