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The Best Movies of 1985
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Movie: Desperately Seeking Susan ( 1985 )
A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.
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Movie: Back to the Future ( 1985 )
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
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Movie: Clue ( 1985 )
Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.
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Movie: The Goonies ( 1985 )
A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.
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Movie: The Breakfast Club ( 1985 )
Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
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Movie: Witness ( 1985 )
When a young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder, policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.
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Movie: Re-Animator ( 1985 )
After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.
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Movie: Come and See ( 1985 )
After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.
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Movie: Just One of the Guys ( 1985 )
Terry feels discriminated against when the summer jobs at Sun Tribune go to 2 guys. She decides to do something about it. She dresses like a guy and gets a haircut. Will students at the other high school notice? Girls notice "him".
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Movie: Legend ( 1985 )
A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.
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Movie: Weird Science ( 1985 )
Two high school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, but she turns their lives upside down.
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Movie: Rambo: First Blood Part II ( 1985 )
John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam.
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Movie: A View to a Kill ( 1985 )
An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley.
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Movie: Commando ( 1985 )
A retired Special Forces colonel tries to save his daughter, who was abducted by his former subordinate.
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Movie: Brazil ( 1985 )
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.
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Movie: Rocky IV ( 1985 )
Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union.
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Movie: Return to Oz ( 1985 )
Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.
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Movie: Ran ( 1985 )
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.
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Movie: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome ( 1985 )
After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.
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Movie: Lifeforce ( 1985 )
A race of space vampires arrives in London and infects the populace, beginning an apocalyptic descent into chaos.
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Movie: The Color Purple ( 1986 )
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
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Movie: Teen Wolf ( 1985 )
An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.
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Movie: Pale Rider ( 1985 )
A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.
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Movie: Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment ( 1985 )
When a new gang moves into town it's up to the screwball police team to stop them.
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Movie: After Hours ( 1985 )
An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho who he met that evening at a coffee shop.
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Movie: The Return of the Living Dead ( 1985 )
When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.
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Movie: St. Elmo's Fire ( 1985 )
A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood.
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Movie: Better Off Dead... ( 1985 )
A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.
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Movie: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning ( 1985 )
Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
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Movie: Out of Africa ( 1985 )
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.
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Movie: The Black Cauldron ( 1985 )
A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can.
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Movie: Mask ( 1985 )
A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
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Movie: Pee-wee's Big Adventure ( 1985 )
When eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.
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Movie: Summer Rental ( 1985 )
An overworked air-traffic controller takes his family on a beach vacation but is soon beset by series of mishaps.
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Movie: A Room with a View ( 1986 )
In a Florence pensione circa 1900 with English guests, George and his dad offer their rooms with views to Lucy and her chaperone. Lucy and George get acquainted but Lucy returns to England. George and Lucy meet again but now she's engaged.
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Movie: Day of the Dead ( 1985 )
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.
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Movie: Fright Night ( 1985 )
A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead.
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Movie: The Heavenly Kid ( 1985 )
A hip guardian angel named Bobby Fantana, who died in a car race in the 60s, reluctantly agrees to watch over lonely 80s high schooler Lenny Barnes who needs guidance on how to become cool.
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Movie: National Lampoon's European Vacation ( 1985 )
The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.
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Movie: Cocoon ( 1985 )
When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.
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Movie: Vision Quest ( 1985 )
A high school wrestler in Spokane, Washington has trouble focusing on his training regimen when a beautiful young drifter takes up temporary residence at his home.
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Movie: Silverado ( 1985 )
A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town.
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Movie: Ladyhawke ( 1985 )
The thief Gaston escapes dungeon of medieval Aquila thru the latrine. Soldiers are about to kill him when Navarre saves him. Navarre, traveling with his spirited hawk, plans to kill the bishop of Aquila with help from Gaston.
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Movie: Real Genius ( 1985 )
Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.
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Movie: Explorers ( 1985 )
A boy obsessed with '50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?
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Movie: Private Resort ( 1985 )
The story of two adolescent boys who are guests at a Florida resort for the week-end. Their only interest is, of course, chasing girls, but fate has much more in store for them.
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Movie: Red Sonja ( 1985 )
The fearless female warrior Red Sonja sets out to avenge her family's murder and rid her kingdom of the tyrannical rule of evil Queen Gedren.
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Movie: The Last Dragon ( 1985 )
In New York City, a young man searches for a Master to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the Glow.
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Movie: Perfect ( 1985 )
A female aerobics instructor meets a male reporter doing a story on health clubs, but it isn't love at first sight.
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Movie: House ( 1986 )
A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt.
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Movie: The Sure Thing ( 1985 )
A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally...
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Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge ( 1985 )
A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger, who is out to possess him in order to continue his reign of terror in the real world.
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Movie: Once Bitten ( 1985 )
A vampire Countess needs to drink the blood of a virgin in order to keep her eternal beauty. It seems that all is hopeless, until she bumps into Mark Kendall.
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Movie: Girls Just Want to Have Fun ( 1985 )
Janey is new in town and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general and "Dance TV" in particular.
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Movie: Jagged Edge ( 1985 )
A wealthy woman is murdered in her beach house. The husband is allegedly knocked out first. He inherits all her inherited wealth. He has a female corporate lawyer, criminal prosecutor 4 years ago, represent him in court. Guilty?
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Movie: The Falcon and the Snowman ( 1985 )
The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.
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Movie: Fletch ( 1985 )
Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher is a newspaper reporter being offered a large sum to off a cancerous millionaire, but is on the run, risking his job and finding clues when it's clear the man is healthy.
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Movie: To Live and Die in L.A. ( 1985 )
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
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Movie: Spies Like Us ( 1985 )
Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.
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Movie: Enemy Mine ( 1985 )
During a long space war, the lives of two wounded enemies become dependent on their ability to forgive and to trust.
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Movie: Volunteers ( 1985 )
Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, where is assigned to build a bridge for the local villagers with American-As-Apple-Pie WSU Grad Tom Tuttle and the beautiful and down-to earth Beth Wexler. What they don't realize is that the bridge is coveted by the U.S. Army, a local Communist force, and a powerful drug lord. Together with the help of At Toon, the only English speaking native, they must fight off the three opposing forces and find out what is right for the villagers, as well as themselves.
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Movie: Runaway Train ( 1986 )
Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.
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Movie: Phenomena ( 1985 )
A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.
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Movie: Kiss of the Spider Woman ( 1985 )
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.
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Movie: The Jewel of the Nile ( 1985 )
When Joan Wilder is abducted while on a trip along the Nile, her boyfriend, Jack Colton, and pal Ralph rush to rescue her and retrieve a fabled jewel.
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Movie: The Stuff ( 1985 )
A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world.
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Movie: A Chorus Line ( 1985 )
Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical.
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Movie: Flesh+Blood ( 1985 )
In medieval Europe, a young girl from a noble family is obsessed with her captors-commoners.
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Movie: The Legend of Billie Jean ( 1985 )
A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.
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Movie: The Journey of Natty Gann ( 1985 )
In the 1930s, a tomboy runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, where he has found work.
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Movie: The Quiet Earth ( 1985 )
A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.
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Movie: Silver Bullet ( 1985 )
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator.
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Movie: Young Sherlock Holmes ( 1985 )
When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.
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Movie: Brewster's Millions ( 1985 )
A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.
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Movie: The Man with One Red Shoe ( 1985 )
A man picked randomly out of a crowd is made the target of CIA survelliance and pursuit.
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Movie: Police Story ( 1985 )
A virtuous Hong Kong Police Officer must clear his good name when the drug lord he is after frames him for the murder of a dirty cop.
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Movie: Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins ( 1985 )
An officially "dead" cop is trained to become an extraordinary unique assassin in service of the US President.
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Movie: Transylvania 6-5000 ( 1985 )
2 skeptical reporters are sent to Transylvania to find the Frankenstein monster - or get fired. They are laughed at there but something suspicious is going on - maybe there are monsters, vampires, mummies and werewolves.
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Movie: Gotcha! ( 1985 )
Jonathan plays Gotcha with fellow college students, testing ability as assassin or mark, using paintball guns on campus. He flies to Paris on vacation and, with a woman taking his virginity, on to Berlin, where the game/ammo gets real.
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Movie: Desert Hearts ( 1986 )
A woman on the precipice of divorce becomes drawn to a ranchowner's daughter.
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Movie: Mischief ( 1985 )
1956. Obsessed with the hottest girl in class, a gawky high school student takes a crash course in teenage coolness from his motorcycle rebel neighbour, under the watchful eye of the eternal symbol of teenage rebellion: James Dean.
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Movie: Year of the Dragon ( 1985 )
A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.
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Movie: Secret Admirer ( 1985 )
An anonymous love letter left in Michael's locker on the last day of school wreaks havoc on his life and the lives of everyone who come in contact with it.
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Movie: Screwballs II ( 1985 )
In the original tradition of "Screwballs," four horny teens try to get a shot at the sexy new French teacher.
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Movie: The Peanut Butter Solution ( 1987 )
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.
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Movie: Alice in Wonderland ( 1985 )
Alice is in Looking Glass Land, where she meets many Looking Glass creatures and attempts to avoid the Jabberwocky, a monster that appears due to her being afraid.
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Movie: Death Wish 3 ( 1985 )
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.
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Movie: Tuff Turf ( 1985 )
The new kid in school must battle a gang of street toughs after stealing the gang leader's girl.
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Movie: Cat's Eye ( 1985 )
A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.
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Movie: Ewoks: The Battle for Endor ( 1985 )
Marauders raid the Ewok village and steal a power supply they believe to be magical. Wicket helps Cindel escape the evil witch Charal, and they befriend a hermit who may help them save the village.
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Movie: Demons ( 1985 )
A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons.
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Movie: American Ninja ( 1985 )
American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.
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Movie: Into the Night ( 1985 )
Over the course of one night, a beaten down L.A. engineer accidentally meets, falls for and tries to help a beautiful jewel thief on the run from some extremely dangerous people.
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Movie: Evils of the Night ( 1985 )
Vacationing teens are systematically kidnapped and taken to a strange, rural hospital, run by a mysterious group that needs their blood.
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Movie: Subway ( 1985 )
On improvising a burglary at a shady tycoon's home, Fred takes refuge in the hip and surreal universe of the Paris Metro and encounters its assorted denizens, the tycoon's henchmen and his disenchanted young wife.
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Movie: My Beautiful Laundrette ( 1986 )
An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.
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Movie: The Purple Rose of Cairo ( 1985 )
In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.
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Movie: Prizzi's Honor ( 1985 )
A professional hitman and hitwoman fall in love.
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Movie: Fandango ( 1985 )
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.
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Movie: The Trip to Bountiful ( 1986 )
In 1940s Texas, an elderly woman is determined to visit her childhood home for one last time.