10. “Mona Lisa” – 1986. Dir. Neil Jordan
With Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson and Michael Caine
If the Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” had a brother, it would be “Mona Lisa”.
9. “Kiss of the Spider Woman” – 1985. Dir. Hector Babenco
With William Hurt, Raul Julia and Sonia Braga
A political prisoner (Raul Julia) and a drag queen (William Hurt) form an unlikely bond in a Central American prison. A slow burn of a character study that is nothing but an acting clinic, Hurt gives his finest and Oscar winning performance.
8. “The King of Comedy” – 1983. Dir. Martin Scorsese.
With Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard
This is the finest Scorsese film that no one has heard of and it showcases Robert De Niro’s finest career performance as Rupert Pupkin.
7. “The Big Chill” – 1983. Dir. Lawrence Kasdan.
With Kevin Kline, William Hurt, Glenn Close, Mary Kay Place, Jo Beth Williams, Jeff Goldblum and Tom Berenger
You know how there are movies that are kinda slow, not much is going on and it’s all built around its characters? Watch “The Big Chill”
6. “Ordinary People” – 1980. Dir. Robert Redford.
With Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton and Judd Hirsch
They don’t make films like this anymore.
5. “When Harry Met Sally” – 1989. Dir. Rob Reiner
With Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby.
This is the film every romantic comedy wants to be, and this is the film that started a landslide of crap. But my goodness is it wonderful.
4. “Blue Velvet” – 1986. Dir. David Lynch
With Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossolini, Laura Dern and Dean Stockwell.
Hand down the most fucked up love story I’ve ever seen.
3. “The Empire Strikes Back” – 1983. Dir. Irvin Kirshner.
With Mark Hamil, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Alec Guinness
The second best sequel ever made.
2. “Wall Street” – 1987. Dir. Oliver Stone
With Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah, John C. McGinley, with Terrence Stamp, Hal Holbrook and Martin Sheen.
Greed, selfishness, materialism and the raping of the American Dream – all in a day’s work.
1. “The Last Temptation of Christ” – 1987. Dir. Martin Scorsese
With Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbra Hershey, Victor Argo, Verna Bloom, with Harry Dean Stanton and David Bowie
Martin Scorsese’s most controversial and important film; the story of Jesus Christ with a different interpretation.