Best Fantasy Movies of 1985

1.

The Purple Rose of Cairo

5.5
7.7/10

Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey, living a dreary life during the Great Depression. Her only escape from her mundane reality is the movie theatre. After losing her job, Cecilia goes to see 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' in hopes of raising her spirits, where she watches dashing archaeologist Tom Baxter time and again.

Starring: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Irving Metzman, Stephanie Farrow
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1985-03-01
2.

Ladyhawke

5.1
7.0/10

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
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1985-03-27
3.

Return to Oz

4.9
6.7/10

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, finds herself back in the land of her dreams, and makes delightful new friends, and dangerous new enemies.

Starring: Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie, Matt Clark
Directed by: Walter Murch
Release date: 1985-06-21
4.

Explorers

4.8
6.6/10

The visionary dreams of three curious and adventuresome young boys become an exciting reality in Explorers, the action-fantasy from director Joe Dante, who combines keen humor, warmth and fantasy with unexpected twists. In their makeshift laboratory, the boys use an amazing discovery and their ingenuity to build their own spaceship and launch themselves on a fantastic interplanetary journey.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Amanda Peterson, Bobby Fite
Directed by: Joe Dante
Release date: 1985-07-12
5.

Legend

4.7
6.5/10

Set in a timeless mythical forest inhabited by fairies, goblins, unicorns and mortals, this fantastic story follows a mystical forest dweller, chosen by fate, to undertake a heroic quest. He must save the beautiful Princess Lili and defeat the demonic Lord of Darkness, or the world will be plunged into a never-ending ice age.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 1985-07-19
6.

Lifeforce

4.4
6.1/10

A space shuttle mission investigating Halley's Comet brings back a malevolent race of space vampires who transform most of London's population into zombies. The only survivor of the expedition and British authorities attempt to capture a mysterious but beautiful alien woman who appears responsible.

Starring: Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Mathilda May, Patrick Stewart
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Release date: 1985-06-21
7.

Teen Wolf

4.4
6.1/10

When a shy teenager's new-found powers help him score at basketball - and with the popular girls - he has some pretty hairy decisions to make.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine, Matt Adler
Directed by: Rod Daniel
Release date: 1985-08-23
8.

Santa Claus: The Movie

4.1
6.2/10

The first half of this film, set hundreds of years ago, shows how the old man who eventually became Santa Claus was given immortality and chosen to deliver toys to all the children of the world. The second half moves into the modern era, in which Patch, the head elf, strikes out on his own and falls in with an evil toy manufacturer who wants to corner the market and eliminate Santa Claus.

Starring: Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Burgess Meredith, Judy Cornwell
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
Release date: 1985-10-29
9.

He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword

3.9
7.2/10

After experiencing traumatic nightmares of a time now past, the Sorceress summons Prince Adam and Cringer to Castle Grayskull to give Adam a precious, jeweled sword and send the pair to the planet Etheria to investigate its secrets.

Starring: John Erwin, Melendy Britt, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary, George DiCenzo
Directed by: Ed Friedman, Lou Kachivas, Marsh Lamore, Bill Reed, Gwen Wetzler
Release date: 1985-03-22
10.

Alice in Wonderland

3.8
7.4/10
Alice in Wonderland
Classic tale of a girl named Alice who follows a white rabbit down a hole into Wonderland, where she can change sizes by eating and drinking and animals talk. After escaping the disturbing Queen of Hearts, she finds that she has ended up on the other side of the looking glass in Looking Glass Land and a Jabberwocky after her.
Starring: Natalie Gregory, Red Buttons, Shelley Winters, Donald O'Connor, Sammy Davis, Jr.
Directed by: Harry Harris
Release date: 1985-12-09
11.

Red Sonja

3.8
5.1/10

The tyrant Gedren seeks the total power in a world of barbarism. She raids the city Hablac and kills the keeper of a talisman that gives her great power. Red Sonja, sister of the keeper, sets out with her magic sword to overthrow Gedren.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Sandahl Bergman, Paul L. Smith, Ernie Reyes, Jr.
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1985-04-09
12.

Dreamchild

3.6
6.9/10

Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book's inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the characters she was once so amused by. As she thinks back on it, she starts to see her relationship with the shy author/professor in a new way and realizes the vast change between the young Alice and the old.

Starring: Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Caris Corfman, Nicola Cowper
Directed by: Gavin Millar
Release date: 1985-10-04
13.

The Ewok Adventure

3.5
5.5/10

The Towani family civilian shuttlecraft crashes on the forest moon of Endor. The four Towani's are separated. Jermitt and Catarine, the mother and father are captured by the giant Gorax, and Mace and Cindel, the son and daughter, are missing when they are captured. The next day, the Ewok Deej is looking for his two sons when they find Cindel all alone in the shuttle (Mace and Cindel were looking for the transmitter to send a distress call), when Mace appears with his emergency blaster. Eventually, the four-year old Cindel is able to convince the teenage Mace that the Ewoks are nice. Then, the Ewoks and the Towani's go on an adventure to find the elder Towanis.

Starring: Aubree Miller, Fionnula Flanagan, Warwick Davis, Tony Cox, Debbie Lee Carrington
Directed by: John Korty
Release date: 1985-02-06
14.

My Science Project

3.3
6.1/10

Michael and Ellie break into a military junkyard to find a science project for Michael's class, and discover a strange glowing orb which absorbs electricity. When the orb begins to blend past, present, and future, its up to Michael and Ellie to stop the orb and save mankind.

Starring: John Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, Danielle von Zerneck, Fisher Stevens, Richard Masur
Directed by: Jonathan R. Betuel
Release date: 1985-08-09
15.

The Peanut Butter Solution

3.3
6.4/10

Peanut butter is the secret ingredient for magic potions made by two friendly ghosts. Eleven-year-old Michael loses all of his hair when he gets a fright and uses the potion to get his hair back, but too much peanut butter causes things to get a bit hairy.

Starring: Mathew Mackay, Helen Hughes, Michel Maillot, Edgar Fruitier, Michael Hogan
Directed by: Michael Rubbo
Release date: 1985-12-06
16.

One Magic Christmas

3.3
6.6/10
One Magic Christmas
Ginny Grainger, a young mother, rediscovers the joy and beauty of Christmas, thanks to the unshakable faith of her six-year-old daughter Abbie and Gideon, Ginny's very own guardian angel.
Starring: Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Basaraba, Elisabeth Harnois, Arthur Hill
Directed by: Phillip Borsos
Release date: 1985-11-22
17.

The Heavenly Kid

3.2
6.4/10
The Heavenly Kid
When Bobby dies in a car accident he is not allowed to enter heaven but has to stay in one of the lower levels until he has worked enough as an guardian angel in order to deserve paradise. One of his jobs is Lenny, a gifted boy, who loves his schoolmate Sharon who is the most beautiful girl of the class. But she does not even notice him so that he is about to commit suicide. Bobby prevents this and dresses Lenny up making him a playboy and tough guy so that he gets what he wants although Bobby knows that this is not the best. Thinking that his job is done, Bobby realizes that Lenny's mother is his former girlfriend who has married another guy. Although not being allowed he makes himself visible to her...
Starring: Lewis Smith, Jason Gedrick, Jane Kaczmarek, Richard Mulligan, Mark Metcalf
Directed by: Cary Medoway
Release date: 1985-07-26
18.

Sparkle's Tavern

3.2
7.8/10
Sparkle's Tavern
A brother and sister who run a bordello worry that their conservative mother will find out what they do for a living. But all of their worlds are rocked when a mysterious magic man unexpectedly arrives at their mother's door.
Starring: Marion Eaton, Melinda McDowell, Jerry Terranova, George Kuchar, Al Perez
Directed by: Curt McDowell
Release date: 1985-06-01
19.

The Dead Father

3.0
6.4/10
The Dead Father
The patriarch of a troubled clan dies, but the resentment and yearning of the eldest son conspire to bring the errant father back for periodic visits in an only partially living state.
Starring: D.P. Snidal, Margaret Anne MacLeod, John Harvie, Angela Heck, Rachel Toles
Directed by: Guy Maddin
Release date: 1985-01-01
20.

The Care Bears Movie

3.0
5.6/10

The Care Bears have their work cut out for them, because Nicolas, a lonely magician's assistant, is about to fall under the evil influence of a bad spirit who lives in an ancient magic book -- it seems Nicolas will do just about anything for friends. Aside from Nicolas, Kim and Jason are in trouble because they are starting not to trust people after suffering many disappointments.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Jackie Burroughs, Georgia Engel, Sunny Besen Thrasher, Eva Almos
Directed by: Arna Selznick
Release date: 1985-03-23

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