Best Drama Movies of 1985

1.

The Breakfast Club

6.4
7.8/10 IMDB

Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal. The disparate group includes rebel John, princess Claire, outcast Allison, brainy Brian and Andrew, the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently -- and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.

Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Paul Gleason, John Kapelos, Ron Dean, Perry Crawford, Fran Gargano ..
Directed by: John Hughes
Release date: 1985-02-15
2.

The Color Purple

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing 'Mister' Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa.

Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery, Danny Glover, Akosua Busia, Oprah Winfrey, Willard E. Pugh, Desreta Jackson, Rae Dawn Chong, Adolph Caesar, Dana Ivey ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1985-12-18
3.

After Hours

6.2
7.6/10 IMDB

An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.

Starring: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong, Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr, John Heard, Cheech Marin, Catherine O'Hara, Will Patton ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1985-09-13
4.

Witness

5.9
7.4/10 IMDB

A sheltered Amish child is the sole witness of a brutal murder in a restroom at a Philadelphia train station, and he must be protected. The assignment falls to a taciturn detective who goes undercover in a Pennsylvania Dutch community. On the farm, he slowly assimilates despite his urban grit and forges a romantic bond with the child's beautiful mother.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Josef Sommer, Lukas Haas, Jan Rubeš, Alexander Godunov, Danny Glover, Brent Jennings, Patti LuPone, Angus MacInnes ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1985-02-08
5.

Anne of Green Gables

5.9
8.5/10 IMDB

At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they're mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne Shirley.

Starring: Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth, Jonathan Crombie, Patricia Hamilton, Marilyn Lightstone, Schuyler Grant, Charmion King, Jackie Burroughs, Rosemary Radcliffe ..
Directed by: Kevin Sullivan
Release date: 1985-12-01
6.

Out of Africa

5.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Out of Africa tells the story of the life of Danish author Karen Blixen, who at the beginning of the 20th century moved to Africa to build a new life for herself. The film is based on the autobiographical novel by Karen Blixen from 1937.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Malick Bowens, Joseph Thiaka, Stephen Kinyanjui, Michael Gough, Suzanna Hamilton, Rachel Kempson ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1985-12-20
7.

Rocky IV

5.7
6.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen, Tony Burton, Michael Pataki, Dolph Lundgren, R. J. Adams, Barry Tompkins ..
Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Release date: 1985-11-21
8.

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

5.7
7.9/10 IMDB

A fictional account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima told in four parts. The first three parts relate events in three of his novels: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. The last part depicts the events of 25th November 1970.

Starring: Ken Ogata, Go Riju, Masato Aizawa, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami, Junya Fukuda, Shigeto Tachihara, Junkichi Orimoto, Yuki Nagahara, Kyuzo Kobayashi ..
Directed by: Paul Schrader
Release date: 1985-05-15
9.

Cocoon

5.5
6.7/10 IMDB

When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.

Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Tahnee Welch, Brian Dennehy, Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Maureen Stapleton, Jack Gilford, Jessica Tandy, Clint Howard ..
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 1985-06-21
10.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

The story of two radically different men thrown together in a Latin American prison cell. One is Valentin, a journalist being tortured for his political beliefs. The other is Molina, a gay window-dresser who fills their lonely nights by spinning romantic fantasies drawn from memories of old movies.

Starring: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sônia Braga, José Lewgoy, Walter Breda, Miriam Pires, Milton Gonçalves, Patricio Bisso, Nuno Leal Maia, Denise Dumont ..
Directed by: Héctor Babenco
Release date: 1985-07-26
11.

Mask

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.

Starring: Cher, Sam Elliott, Eric Stoltz, Estelle Getty, Laura Dern, Richard Dysart, Micole Mercurio, Harry Carey, Jr., Dennis Burkley, Lawrence Monoson ..
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Release date: 1985-03-08
12.

Silverado

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Four unwitting heroes cross paths on their journey to the sleepy town of Silverado. Little do they know the town where their family and friends reside has been taken over by a corrupt sheriff and a murderous posse. It's up to the sharp-shooting foursome to save the day, but first they have to break each other out of jail, and learn who their real friends are.

Starring: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, John Cleese, Brad Leland, Marvin J. McIntyre, Sheb Wooley, Jonathan Kasdan ..
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
Release date: 1985-07-10
13.

A Room with a View

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?

Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Day-Lewis, Simon Callow, Rosemary Leach, Rupert Graves, Patrick Godfrey, Judi Dench ..
Directed by: James Ivory
Release date: 1985-12-13
14.

Day of the Dead

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Trapped in a missile silo, a small team of scientists, civilians, and trigger-happy soldiers battle desperately to ensure the survival of the human race. However, the tension inside the base is reaching a breaking point, and the zombies are gathering outside.

Starring: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy, Anthony Dileo Jr., Richard Liberty, Sherman Howard, Gary Klar, Ralph Marrero, John Amplas ..
Directed by: George A. Romero
Release date: 1985-07-03
15.

Ladyhawke

5.1
6.9/10 IMDB

Captain Etienne Navarre is a man on whose shoulders lies a cruel curse. Punished for loving each other, Navarre must become a wolf by night whilst his lover, Lady Isabeau, takes the form of a hawk by day. Together, with the thief Philippe Gaston, they must try to overthrow the corrupt Bishop and in doing so break the spell.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alfred Molina, John Wood, Leo McKern, Ken Hutchison, Giancarlo Prete, Loris Loddi, Charles Borromel ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1985-03-27
16.

Death of a Salesman

5.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Salesman Willy Loman is in a crisis. He's about to lose his job, he can't pay his bills, and his sons Biff and Happy don't respect him and can't seem to live up to their potential. He wonders what went wrong and how he can make things up to his family.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John Malkovich, Stephen Lang, Charles Durning, Louis Zorich, David S. Chandler, Jon Polito, Kathryn Rossetter, Tom Signorelli ..
Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff
Release date: 1985-08-16
17.

Enemy Mine

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James, Richard Marcus, Carolyn McCormick, Lance Kerwin, Bumper Robinson, Jim Mapp, Scott Kraft, Lou Michaels ..
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Release date: 1985-12-12
18.

Year of the Dragon

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

In New York, racist Capt. Stanley White becomes obsessed with destroying a Chinese-American drug ring run by Joey Tai, an up-and-coming young gangster as ambitious as he is ruthless. While pursuing an unauthorized investigation, White grows increasingly willing to violate police protocol, resorting to progressively violent measures -- even as his concerned wife, Connie, and his superiors beg him to consider the consequences of his actions.

Starring: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane, Leonard Termo, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Eddie Jones, Joey Chin, Victor Wong, K. Dock Yip ..
Directed by: Michael Cimino
Release date: 1985-08-16
19.

The Sure Thing

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Gib, a beer-guzzling slob, and Alison, an uptight Ivy-Leaguer, are an unlikely duo stuck together on a cross-country trip during Christmas break. At first they get on each other's nerves but, as time passes, they find their divergent natures complement each other. Now they need to realize what they've already found before it's too late.

Starring: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards, Boyd Gaines, Tim Robbins, Lisa Jane Persky, Viveca Lindfors, Nicollette Sheridan, Marcia Christie, Robert Anthony Marcucci ..
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Release date: 1985-03-01
20.

The Emerald Forest

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

For ten years, engineer Bill Markham has searched tirelessly for his son Tommy who disappeared from the edge of the Brazilian rainforest. Miraculously, he finds the boy living among the reclusive Amazon tribe who adopted him. And that's when Bill's adventure truly begins. For his son is now a grown tribesman who moves skillfully through this beautiful-but-dangerous terrain, fearful only of those who would exploit it. And as Bill attempts to "rescue" him from the savagery of the untamed jungle, Tommy challenges Bill's idea of true civilization and his notions about who needs rescuing.

Starring: Powers Boothe, Charley Boorman, Meg Foster, Yara Vaneau, William Rodriguez, Estee Chandler, Dira Paes, Eduardo Conde, Ariel Coelho, Peter Marinker ..
Directed by: John Boorman
Release date: 1985-06-22
21.

My Beautiful Laundrette

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A Pakistani Briton renovates a rundown laundrette with his male lover while dealing with drama within his family, the local Pakistani community, and a persistent mob of skinheads.

Starring: Gordon Warnecke, Daniel Day-Lewis, Roshan Seth, Saeed Jaffrey, Derrick Branche, Rita Wolf, Souad Faress, Shirley Anne Field, Richard Graham, Garry Cooper ..
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 1985-11-16
22.

The Falcon and the Snowman

4.8
6.8/10 IMDB

The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

Starring: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle, Joyce Van Patten, Rob Reed, Art Camacho, Richard Dysart, Priscilla Pointer, Chris Makepeace, Dorian Harewood ..
Directed by: John Schlesinger
Release date: 1985-01-25
23.

The Legend of Billie Jean

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Average Texas teen, Billie Jean Davy, is caught up in an odd fight for justice. She is usually followed and harrased around by local boys, who, one day, decide to trash her brother's scooter for fun. The boys' father refuses to pay them back the price of the scooter. The fight for "fair is fair" takes the teens around the state and produces an unlikely hero.

Starring: Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Yeardley Smith, Martha Gehman, Peter Coyote, Dean Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Richard Bradford, Mona Lee Fultz, Keith Gordon ..
Directed by: Matthew Robbins
Release date: 1985-07-19
24.

Prizzi's Honor

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Charley Partanna is a hitman who works for the Prizzis, one of the richest crime families in the US. When he sees Irene Walker, it's love at first sight. But he soon finds that she, too, is a killer for hire. Charley can overlook his suspicions, but he can't turn off his heart. And the couple must remember that even if they love each other, the Prizzis love only money.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia, William Hickey, Anjelica Huston, Lee Richardson, Michael Lombard, Ann Selepegno, Vic Polizos, Seth Allen ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1985-06-14
25.

The Quiet Earth

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.

Starring: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Anzac Wallace, Pete Smith, Tom Hyde ..
Directed by: Geoff Murphy
Release date: 1985-09-08
26.

Into the Night

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Ed Okin used to have a boring life. He used to have trouble getting to sleep. Then one night, he met Diana. Now, Ed's having trouble staying alive.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stacey Pickren, Carmen Argenziano, Dan Aykroyd, David Cronenberg, John Landis, Dedee Pfeiffer, Rick Baker, Paul Mazursky ..
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 1985-02-22
27.

Flesh + Blood

4.7
6.7/10 IMDB

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson, Jack Thompson, Susan Tyrrell, Ronald Lacey, Brion James, John Dennis Johnston, Bruno Kirby, Fernando Hilbeck ..
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Release date: 1985-08-30
28.

St. Elmo's Fire

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A group of friends graduate from the halls of Georgetown University into lives that revolve around sex and career aspirations. Kirby waits tables to pay for law school. His roommate Kevin struggles at a D.C. newspaper as he searches for the meaning of love. Jules, an object of adoration and envy, but secretly she has problems of her own. Demure Wendy is in love with Billy—a loveable sax player and an irresponsible drunk. Alec wants it all: a career in politics and the appearance of a traditional home life. Alec’s girlfriend, Leslie, is an ambitious architect who doesn't know about his infidelity, but his new allegiance to the Republican Party is already enough to put her off marriage.

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Mare Winningham, Martin Balsam, Andie MacDowell, Joyce Van Patten ..
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 1985-06-28
29.

A Chorus Line

4.6
6.2/10 IMDB

A group of dancers congregate on the stage of a Broadway theatre to audition for a new musical production directed by Zach. After the initial eliminations, seventeen hopefuls remain, among them Cassie, who once had a tempestuous romantic relationship with Zach. She is desperate enough for work to humble herself and audition for him; whether he's willing to let professionalism overcome his personal feelings about their past remains to be seen.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Alyson Reed, Audrey Landers, Janet Jones, Terrence Mann, Gregg Burge, Khandi Alexander, Vicki Frederick, Yamil Borges, Jan Gan Boyd ..
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Release date: 1985-12-10
30.

Desert Hearts

4.5
7.0/10 IMDB

The story of straight-edge literature professor Vivian who travels to Reno to get away from a relationship breakup when she falls in love with an attractive and unconventional girl named Cay.

Starring: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Gwen Welles, Dean Butler, James Staley, Katie La Bourdette, Alex McArthur, Tyler Tyhurst ..
Directed by: Donna Deitch
Release date: 1985-10-01
Best Drama Movies of 1985 : A Zed & Two Noughts
31.

A Zed & Two Noughts

4.5
7.2/10 IMDB

Twin zoologists lose their wives in a car accident and become obsessed with decomposing animals.

Starring: Frances Barber, Joss Ackland, Brian Deacon, Eric Deacon, Geoffrey Palmer, Andréa Ferréol, Jim Davidson, Wolf Kahler, Ken Campbell, Guusje van Tilborgh ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1985-10-04
32.

The Journey of Natty Gann

4.5
7.0/10 IMDB

America is in the depths of the Great Depression. Families drift apart when faraway jobs beckon. A courageous young girl confronts overwhelming odds when she embarks on a cross-country search for her father. During her odyssey, she forms a close bond with two diverse traveling companions: a magnificent, protective wolf, and a hardened drifter.

Starring: Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Ray Wise, Scatman Crothers, Lainie Kazan, Barry Miller, Verna Bloom, Bruce M. Fischer, John P. Finnegan, Jack Rader ..
Directed by: Jeremy Kagan
Release date: 1985-09-25
33.

Desperately Seeking Susan

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Roberta is a bored suburban housewife who is fascinated with a woman, Susan, she only knows about by reading messages to and from her in the personals section of the newspaper. This fascination reaches a peak when an ad with the headline "Desperately Seeking Susan" proposes a rendezvous. Roberta goes too, and in a series of events involving amnesia and mistaken identity, steps into Susan's life.

Starring: Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, Mark Blum, Robert Joy, Laurie Metcalf, Anna Levine, Will Patton, Steven Wright, John Turturro ..
Directed by: Susan Seidelman
Release date: 1985-03-29
34.

Death Wish 3

4.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey arrives back in New York City and is forcibly recruited by a crooked police chief to fight street crime caused by a large gang terrorizing the neighborhoods.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter, Martin Balsam, Gavan O'Herlihy, Alex Winter, Marina Sirtis, Tony Spiridakis, Ricco Ross, Kirk Taylor ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1985-11-01
35.

Fandango

4.2
6.7/10 IMDB

Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Judd Nelson, Sam Robards, Chuck Bush, Brian Cesak, Marvin J. McIntyre, Suzy Amis, Pepe Serna, Glenne Headly, Elizabeth Daily ..
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Release date: 1985-01-25
36.

The Trip to Bountiful

4.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth which she still refers to as "home."

Starring: Geraldine Page, John Heard, Carlin Glynn, Richard Bradford, Rebecca De Mornay, Kevin Cooney, Harvey Lewis, Gil Glasgow ..
Directed by: Peter Masterson
Release date: 1985-12-20
Best Drama Movies of 1985 : Miss Marple: The Moving Finger
37.

Miss Marple: The Moving Finger

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

The residents of a quiet English village begin to receive nasty, threatening letters. The wife of the local vicar calls in her friend Miss Marple to investigate.

Release date: 1985-02-21
38.

An Early Frost

3.9
8.0/10 IMDB

Michael Pierson, a young gay man and professional attorney, is struck with AIDS in the prime of his life. Having never even come out to his family, he finds himself in the unenviable position of dropping two bombshells on them. He must come to terms with the inevitability of his premature death while trying to maintain his relationships with family members who harbor fears, resentments, and denial. Airing on network television during the height of the original AIDS epidemic, "An Early Frost" was many people's first look at an AIDS victim as a human being rather than a statistic.

Starring: Ben Gazzara, Aidan Quinn, Gena Rowlands, Bill Paxton, D.W. Moffett, Sylvia Sidney, Christopher Bradley, Sydney Walsh, Terry O'Quinn, John Glover ..
Directed by: John Erman
Release date: 1985-05-01
Best Drama Movies of 1985 : Love, Mary
39.

Love, Mary

3.8
7.8/10 IMDB

A teen, who is always in trouble in school and has been sent to reform school, turns her life around when a counselor discovers she is dyslexic.

Starring: Kristy McNichol, Matt Clark, David Paymer, Rachel Ticotin, Piper Laurie, Leslie Wing, Wayne Robson, Dorothy Dells, David Sage, Romy Walthall Windsor ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1985-10-08
Best Drama Movies of 1985 : Bliss
40.

Bliss

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

An advertising executive dies and goes to hell... except nothing changes. Well, his daughter is buying drugs with sexual favours from her brother, and the number of cancer-causing products is on the increase. But the notes he writes to himself to prove he hasn't gone insane are getting more disjointed, and he runs off with an ex-prostitute called Honey Barbera.

Starring: Barry Otto, Lynette Curran, Helen Jones, Gia Carides, Miles Buchanan, Jeff Truman, Tim Robertson, Bryan Marshall, Jon Ewing, Kerry Walker ..
Directed by: Ray Lawrence
Release date: 1985-10-04
Best Drama Movies of 1985 : The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem
41.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem

3.7
8.5/10 IMDB

Holmes and Watson travel to Europe to escape Moriarty's vengeance.

Starring: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Eric Porter, Eric Porter, Rosalie Williams ..
Directed by: Alan Grint
Release date: 1985-09-29
42.

Fortress

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

After being kidnapped by four masked men, a teacher and her students rebel by plotting against the criminals.

Starring: Sean Garlick, Rachel Ward, Elaine Cusick, Laurie Moran, Marc Aden Gray, Ray Chubb, Bradley Meehan, Rebecca Rigg, Beth Buchanan, Anna Crawford ..
Directed by: Arch Nicholson
Release date: 1985-11-24
43.

The Protector

3.7
5.7/10 IMDB

Billy Wong is a New York City cop whose partner is gunned down during a robbery. Billy and his new partner, Danny Garoni, are working security at a fashion show when a wealthy man's daughter, Laura Shapiro, is kidnapped. The Federal authorities suspect that Laura's father is involved with Mr. Ko, a Hong Kong drug kingpin, so the NYC police commissioner sends the two cops to Hong Kong to investigate.

Starring: Jackie Chan, Danny Aiello, Roy Chiao, Moon Lee, Peter Yang Kwan, Sandy Alexander, Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus, Becky Ann Baker, Kim Bass, Sally Yeh ..
Directed by: James Glickenhaus
Release date: 1985-07-11
44.

White Nights

3.7
6.6/10 IMDB

After his plane crashes in Siberia, a Russian dancer, who defected to the West, is held prisoner in the Soviet Union. The KGB keeps him under watch and tries to convince him to become a dancer for the Kirov Academy of Ballet again. Determined to escape, he befriends a black American expatriate and his pregnant Russian wife, who agree to help him escape to the American Embassy.

Starring: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren, Geraldine Page, Isabella Rossellini, John Glover, Stefan Gryff, William Hootkins, Shane Rimmer ..
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
Release date: 1985-11-22
45.

Murphy's Romance

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Emma, a divorced single mother seeking to start her life over, moves to a small town in Arizona. She befriends Murphy, the older local pharmacist, but things turn complicated when her ex-husband shows up.

Starring: Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin, Corey Haim, Dennis Burkley, Georgann Johnson, Dortha Duckworth, Michael Prokopuk, Billy Ray Sharkey, Michael Crabtree ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1985-12-25
46.

WrestleMania

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

The first annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event taking place on March 31, 1985, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show featured nine professional wrestling matches with the main event match pitting Hulk Hogan and Mr. T against Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.

Starring: Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff, Cyndi Lauper, Chris Pallies, Rick Blood Sr., Merced Solis, André Roussimoff, Ray Heenan ..
Release date: 1985-03-31
Best Drama Movies of 1985 : Moonlighting: Pilot
47.

Moonlighting: Pilot

3.6
7.5/10 IMDB

Maddie Hayes wakes up to find her staff have quit and all her money has been stolen. One of her few remaining assets is a loss-making investigation agency run by David Addison. She sacks the staff but David is determined to keep it going.

Starring: Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley, Robert Ellenstein ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1985-03-03
48.

Sweet Dreams

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

The story of Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.

Starring: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon, James Staley, Gary Basaraba, John Goodman, P.J. Soles, Terri Gardner, Caitlin Kelch ..
Directed by: Karel Reisz
Release date: 1985-10-02
Best Drama Movies of 1985 : Eleni
49.

Eleni

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as they struggle to survive in the occupied Greek hillside. The plot lines converge as Nick's investigations bring him closer to the answers.

Starring: Kate Nelligan, John Malkovich, Linda Hunt, Oliver Cotton, Ronald Pickup, Rosalie Crutchley, Glenne Headly, Dimitra Arliss, Steve Plytas ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1985-11-01
Best Drama Movies of 1985 : The Shooting Party
50.

The Shooting Party

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

1913, shortly before the outbreak of WWI. A group of aristocrats gathers at the estate of Sir Randolph Nettleby for a weekend shoot. As the terminal decrepitude of a dying class is reflected in the social interactions and hypocrisy of its members, only world weary Sir Randolph seems to realise that the sun is setting.

Starring: James Mason, Edward Fox, Dorothy Tutin, John Gielgud, Gordon Jackson, Cheryl Campbell, Robert Hardy, Aharon Ipalé, Joris Stuyck, Rebecca Saire ..
Directed by: Alan Bridges
Release date: 1985-02-01

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