1985 in Film - Notable Films Released in 1985

Notable Films Released in 1985

1985 films
  • Argentine
  • American
  • Bollywood
  • British
  • French
  • German
  • Hong Kong
  • Israeli
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mexican
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Ollywood
  • Pakistan
  • South Korea
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tamil

U.S.A. unless stated


  • 28 Up, a documentary film - (U.K.)


  • Adieu Bonaparte, directed by Youssef Chahine, starring Michel Piccoli - (France/Egypt)
  • The Adventures of Mark Twain, starring James Whitmore
  • After Hours, directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Catherine O'Hara, Teri Garr
  • Agnes of God, directed by Norman Jewison; starring Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly
  • Alamo Bay, directed by Louis Malle, starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan
  • Alice in Wonderland, TV film, starring Natalie Gregory, Sid Caesar, Carol Channing, Sammy Davis, Jr., Telly Savalas, Ringo Starr and more
  • American Flyers, starring Kevin Costner, David Marshall Grant, Rae Dawn Chong, Alexandra Paul
  • American Ninja, starring Michael Dudikoff
  • Angry Harvest (Bittere Ernte), starring Armin Mueller-Stahl - (West Germany)
  • Anne of Green Gables, starring Megan Follows - (Canada)
  • Arjun, starring Sunny Deol and Dimple Kapadia - (India)
  • The Assam Garden, starring Deborah Kerr and Madhur Jaffrey - (U.K.)
  • Asterix Versus Caesar (Astérix et la surprise de César) - (France)
  • The Aviator, starring Christopher Reeve


  • Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, starring Sean Young and William Katt
  • Back to the Future, directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
  • Bad Medicine, starring Steve Guttenberg and Julie Hagerty
  • Better Off Dead, starring John Cusack
  • Black Arrow, starring Oliver Reed and Fernando Rey
  • The Black Cauldron
  • Bliss - (Australia)
  • The Boys Next Door, starring Maxwell Caulfield and Charlie Sheen
  • Brazil, directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Jonathan Pryce and Robert De Niro - (U.K.)
  • The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughes, starring Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Gleason
  • Brewster's Millions, starring Richard Pryor and John Candy
  • The Bride, starring Sting and Jennifer Beals - (U.K./U.S.A.)
  • The Burmese Harp (Biruma no tategoto), directed by Kon Ichikawa, a remake of Ichikawa's 1956 film - (Japan)
  • Butterfly and Flowers (Peesua lae dokmai) - (Thailand)


  • Calamari Union, directed by Aki Kaurismäki - (Finland)
  • Came a Hot Friday - (New Zealand)
  • Cat's Eye, an anthology film starring Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan, Robert Hays
  • The Care Bears Movie, starring Mickey Rooney (voice) - (Canada)
  • Chicken with Vinegar (Poulet au Vinaigre), directed by Claude Chabrol - (France)
  • A Chorus Line, directed by Richard Attenborough, starring Michael Douglas and Alyson Reed
  • Clue, starring Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn
  • The Coca-Cola Kid, starring Eric Roberts and Greta Scacchi
  • Cocoon, directed by Ron Howard, starring Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy
  • Code of Silence, directed by Andrew Davis, starring Chuck Norris and Molly Hagan
  • Colonel Redl, directed by Istvan Szabo, starring Klaus Maria Brandauer - (West Germany/Hungary/Austria)
  • The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, Oprah Winfrey
  • Come and See (Idi i smotri) - (U.S.S.R.)
  • Commando, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Alyssa Milano
  • Compromising Positions, directed by Frank Perry, starring Susan Sarandon, Raúl Juliá, Judith Ivey, Joe Mantegna
  • Crime Wave - (Canada)
  • Crimewave, directed by Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell


  • D.A.R.Y.L., starring Barret Oliver and Mary Beth Hurt
  • Dance with a Stranger, directed by Mike Newell, starring Rupert Everett and Miranda Richardson - (U.K.)
  • Day of the Dead, directed by George A. Romero - the final part of Romero's zombie trilogy
  • Death in a French Garden (Péril en la demeure) - (France)
  • Death Wish 3, starring Charles Bronson
  • Defense of the Realm, starring Gabriel Byrne and Greta Scacchi - (U.K./U.S.A.)
  • Déjà Vu, directed by Anthony B. Richmond, starring Jaclyn Smith, Claire Bloom, Nigel Terry and Shelley Winters
  • Desert Hearts, starring Patricia Charbonneau, Helen Shaver, Audra Lindley
  • Desperately Seeking Susan, directed by Susan Seidelman, starring Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn
  • Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart, directed by Wayne Wang
  • Dissolved and Effused (Rozpuštěný a vypuštěný) - (Czechoslovakia)
  • Dreamchild, starring Ian Holm, Coral Browne, Peter Gallagher - (U.K.)


  • Eleni, directed by Peter Yates, starring John Malkovich, Kate Nelligan, Glenne Headly
  • The Emerald Forest, directed by John Boorman, starring Powers Boothe, Meg Foster, Charley Boorman - (U.K.)
  • Enemy Mine, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr. - (West Germany/U.S.A.)
  • Eoudong (Courtesan) - (South Korea)
  • Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, starring Wilford Brimley and Warwick Davis
  • Explorers, directed by Joe Dante, starring Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix


  • The Falcon and the Snowman, directed by John Schlesinger, starring Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn
  • Family Life (La Vie de Famille) - (France)
  • Fandango, starring Kevin Costner
  • Festa di laurea (Graduation Party) - (Italy)
  • Fever Pitch, directed by Richard Brooks, starring Ryan O'Neal, Giancarlo Giannini, Chad Everett, Catherine Hicks
  • Final Justice, starring Joe Don Baker
  • Fire Festival (Himatsuri) - (Japan)
  • Flesh & Blood, directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Rutger Hauer and Jennifer Jason Leigh - (U.S.A./Netherlands/Spain)
  • Fletch, starring Chevy Chase
  • Fool for Love, directed by Robert Altman, starring Sam Shepard and Kim Basinger
  • Fran - (Australia)
  • Fright Night, starring William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, Amanda Bearse


  • Ghoulies
  • Ghulami, starring Dharmendra and Naseeruddin Shah - (India)
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt
  • Give the Devil His Due (S čerty nejsou žerty) - (Czechoslovakia)
  • Goodbye, New York, starring Julie Hagerty
  • The Goonies, directed by Richard Donner, starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Jonathan Ke Quan, Martha Plimpton
  • Gotcha!, starring Anthony Edwards and Linda Fiorentino
  • Grace Quigley, starring Katharine Hepburn and Nick Nolte
  • La Gran Fiesta - (Puerto Rico)
  • Guest from the Future (Gostya iz budushchego) - (U.S.S.R.)


  • Hail Mary (Je vous salue, Marie), directed by Jean-Luc Godard - (France)
  • Half Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age - (Australia)
  • Heaven Help Us, starring Andrew McCarthy and Mary Stuart Masterson
  • Here Come the Littles - (U.S.A./Canada/Japan/Luxembourg)
  • The Holcroft Covenant, starring Michael Caine, Anthony Andrews, Victoria Tennant, Lilli Palmer
  • The Home and the World (Ghare Baire), directed by Satyajit Ray - (India)
  • Hour of the Star (A Hora da Estrela) - (Brazil)
  • How Poets are Losing Their Illusions (Jak básníci přicházejí o iluze) - (Czechoslovakia)


  • De IJssalon (The Ice-Cream Parlor) - (Netherlands)
  • In a Glass Cage (Tras el Cristal) - (Spain)
  • Insignificance, directed by Nicolas Roeg, starring Theresa Russell, Tony Curtis, Gary Busey - (U.K.)
  • Into the Night, starring Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Invasion U.S.A., starring Chuck Norris


  • Jagged Edge, directed by Richard Marquand, starring Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Robert Loggia, Peter Coyote
  • The Jewel of the Nile, directed by Lewis Teague, starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
  • Joshua Then and Now, starring James Woods and Alan Arkin - (Canada)
  • The Journey of Natty Gann, starring Meredith Salenger and John Cusack
  • Just One of the Guys, starring Joyce Hyser


  • Kaakki Sattai, starring Kamal Haasan and Madhavi - (India)
  • King David, starring Richard Gere - (U.K./U.S.A.)
  • King Solomon's Mines, starring Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman (O Beijo da Mulher Aranha), directed by Héctor Babenco, starring William Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Sônia Braga - (Brazil/U.S.A.)
  • Krush Groove, starring Blair Underwood, Run-D.M.C., Sheila E.


  • Ladyhawke, starring Matthew Broderick, Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer
  • The Last Dragon, starring Taimak
  • The Last Polka, starring John Candy and Eugene Levy - (Canada)
  • Latino, directed by Haskell Wexler
  • Legend, directed by Ridley Scott, starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry - (U.K./U.S.A.)
  • The Legend of Billie Jean, starring Helen Slater
  • Letter to Brezhnev, starring Peter Firth and Alexandra Pigg - (U.K.)
  • Lonely Heart (Sabishinbou) - (Japan)
  • Lost In America, directed by and starring Albert Brooks, with Julie Hagerty
  • Lust in the Dust, directed by Paul Bartel, starring Divine, Tab Hunter, Lainie Kazan


  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner - (Australia)
  • The Man with One Red Shoe, starring Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Lori Singer, Dabney Coleman
  • Manevri na petiya etazh (Maneuvers on the Fifth Floor) - (Bulgaria)
  • Marie, starring Sissy Spacek, Jeff Daniels, Fred Dalton Thompson
  • Mask, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Eric Stoltz, Cher and Sam Elliott
  • Mask of Murder, starring Rod Taylor and Valerie Perrine - (U.S.A./Sweden)
  • The Mass Is Ended (La messa è finita), directed by and starring Nanni Moretti - (Italy)
  • Le Matou (The Alley Cat) - (Canada)
  • Maxie, starring Glenn Close, Mandy Patinkin, Ruth Gordon, Valerie Curtin
  • The Mean Season, starring Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway and Richard Jordan
  • Meri Jung, starring Anil Kapoor - (India)
  • Mirch Masala (Spices), starring Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Om Puri - (U.K./India)
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, directed by Paul Schrader, starring Ken Ogata - (U.S.A./Japan)
  • Movers & Shakers, directed by William Asher, starring Walter Matthau, Charles Grodin, Gilda Radner
  • Mr. Vampire (Goeng-si Sin-sang) - (Hong Kong)
  • Murphy's Romance, directed by Martin Ritt, starring Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin, Corey Haim
  • My Beautiful Laundrette, directed by Stephen Frears, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Gordon Warnecke - (U.K.)
  • My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund), directed by Lasse Halstrom - (Sweden) - Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
  • My Science Project
  • My Sweet Little Village (Vesničko má středisková), directed by Jiří Menzel - (Czechoslovakia)


  • National Lampoon's European Vacation, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
  • No Surrender, starring Michael Angelis and Bernard Hill - (U.K.)
  • Nothing Left to Do But Cry (Non ci resta che piangere), directed by and starring Roberto Benigni and Massimo Troisi - (Italy)


  • The Official Story (La historia oficial) - (Argentina) - Academy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Once Bitten, starring Lauren Hutton and Jim Carrey (in his first major role)
  • One Magic Christmas, starring Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton - (U.S.A./Canada)
  • Ordeal by Innocence, starring Donald Sutherland, Faye Dunaway, Christopher Plummer - (U.K.)
  • Out of Africa, directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer - Academy and Golden Globe (drama) Awards


  • Padre nuestro (Our Father), starring Victoria Abril - (Spain)
  • Pale Rider, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, with Michael Moriarty and Carrie Snodgress
  • Pas în doi (Passo Doble) - (Romania)
  • The Peanut Butter Solution - (Canada)
  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure, directed by Tim Burton, starring Paul Reubens
  • Perfect, directed by James Bridges, starring John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Phenomena, directed by Dario Argento - (Italy)
  • Pizza Connection, directed by Damiano Damiani - (Italy)
  • Plenty, directed by Fred Schepisi, starring Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, Ian McKellen, Sting - (U.K.)
  • Police, starring Gérard Depardieu and Sophie Marceau - (France)
  • Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, starring Steve Guttenberg, George Gaynes, Colleen Camp and Bubba Smith
  • Police Story (Ging chat goo si), directed by and starring Jackie Chan - (Hong Kong)
  • Private Resort, starring Johnny Depp, Rob Morrow, Andrew Dice Clay
  • Prizzi's Honor, directed by John Huston, starring Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Anjelica Huston, Robert Loggia - Golden Globe for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy)
  • The Protector, starring Jackie Chan and Danny Aiello - (Hong Kong/U.S.A.)
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo, directed by Woody Allen, starring Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello


  • The Quiet Earth - (New Zealand)


  • Radioactive Dreams, starring Michael Dudikoff and Lisa Blount - (U.S.A./Mexico)
  • Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer - (U.S.A./Japan)
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Julia Nickson
  • Ran, directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Tatsuya Nakadai and Mieko Harada - (Japan)
  • Re-Animator, starring Jeffrey Combs
  • Real Genius, starring Val Kilmer
  • Red Kiss (Rouge Baiser) - (France)
  • Red Sonja, starring Brigitte Nielsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman
  • Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, starring Fred Ward, Kate Mulgrew, Joel Grey
  • Rendez-vous, starring Juliette Binoche and Jean-Louis Trintignant - (France)
  • Restless Natives, directed by Michael Hoffman - (U.K.)
  • The Return of the Living Dead, directed by Dan O'Bannon
  • Return to Oz, starring Fairuza Balk, Piper Laurie, Jean Marsh
  • Revolution, directed by Hugh Hudson, starring Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski - (U.K.)
  • Rocky IV, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, with Talia Shire, Dolph Lundgren, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen, Burt Young
  • A Room with a View, directed by James Ivory, starring Maggie Smith and Helena Bonham Carter - (U.K.)
  • Runaway Train, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, starring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay
  • The Runner (Davandeh) - (Iran)
  • Rustlers' Rhapsody, directed by Hugh Wilson, starring Tom Berenger, Marilu Henner, Sela Ward, Andy Griffith, Patrick Wayne


  • Santa Claus: The Movie, starring Dudley Moore - (U.K./U.S.A.)
  • Scorpio Nights - (Philippines)
  • Secret Admirer, starring C. Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston
  • The Secret of the Sword
  • Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird
  • Shoah - (France)
  • The Shooting Party, starring James Mason and John Gielgud - (U.K.)
  • Silver Bullet, starring Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Megan Follows, Everett McGill
  • Silverado, directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover, Kevin Costner, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Dennehy, John Cleese, Rosanna Arquette
  • A Simple Death (Prostaya smert) - (U.S.S.R.)
  • The Slugger's Wife, directed by Hal Ashby, starring Michael O'Keefe and Rebecca De Mornay
  • Smooth Talk, starring Laura Dern and Treat Williams
  • Spies Like Us, starring Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase
  • St. Elmo's Fire, directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy
  • Starchaser: The Legend of Orin
  • Stick, directed by and starring Burt Reynolds, with Candice Bergen, Charles Durning, George Segal
  • Subway, directed by Luc Besson, starring Isabelle Adjani and Christopher Lambert - (France)
  • Summer Rental, directed by Carl Reiner, starring John Candy, Rip Torn, Richard Crenna
  • The Supergrass, starring Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Robbie Coltrane - (U.K.)
  • The Sure Thing, directed by Rob Reiner, starring John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Nicollette Sheridan
  • Sweet Dreams, a biopic of Patsy Cline, starring Jessica Lange and Ed Harris


  • Taipei Story (Qing mei zhu ma) - (Taiwan)
  • Tampopo (Dandelion) - (Japan)
  • Target, starring Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon
  • Tea in the Harem (Le Thé au harem d'Archimède) - (France)
  • Teen Wolf, starring Michael J. Fox
  • That Was Then... This Is Now, starring Emilio Estevez
  • That's Dancing!, featuring Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sammy Davis, Jr. and others
  • Thirteen at Dinner, starring Peter Ustinov, Faye Dunaway, Lee Horsley, Bill Nighy
  • Three Men and a Cradle (Trois hommes et un couffin) - (France)
  • The Time of the Hero (a.k.a. La ciudad y los perros) - (Peru)
  • The Time to Live and the Time to Die (Tong nian wang shi) - (Taiwan)
  • To Live and Die in L.A., directed by William Friedkin, starring William Petersen and Willem Dafoe
  • Transylvania 6-5000, starring Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley, Jr., Joseph Bologna, Teresa Ganzel, Geena Davis
  • Treasure Island (L'île au trésor) - (France/Chile)
  • The Trip to Bountiful, starring Geraldine Page, John Heard, Rebecca De Mornay
  • Trouble in Mind, directed by Alan Rudolph, starring Kris Kristofferson, Geneviève Bujold, Keith Carradine
  • Tuff Turf, starring James Spader
  • Turk 182!, starring Timothy Hutton, Robert Urich, Kim Cattrall
  • Turtle Diary, starring Glenda Jackson and Ben Kingsley - (U.K.)
  • Twice in a Lifetime, starring Gene Hackman, Ellen Burstyn, Ann-Margret, Amy Madigan
  • The Two Lives of Mattia Pascal (Le due vite di Mattia Pascal), starring Marcello Mastroianni and Senta Berger - (Italy)


  • The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon sotilas) - (Finland)
  • Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi), directed by Agnès Varda - (France) - Golden Lion award
  • Vampire Hunter D (Kyûketsuki hantâ D) - (Japan)
  • Vampires in Havana (¡Vampiros en La Habana!) - (Cuba)
  • La vaquilla (The Heifer), directed by Luis García Berlanga - (Spain)
  • A View to a Kill, starring Roger Moore (as James Bond) with Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones - (U.K.)
  • Vision Quest, starring Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino
  • Volunteers, starring Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson, Tim Thomerson, George Plimpton


  • Water, starring Michael Caine, Billy Connolly, Valerie Perrine - (U.K.)
  • Wetherby, directed by David Hare, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Ian Holm - (U.K.) - Golden Bear award
  • Weird Science, directed by John Hughes, starring Kelly LeBrock, Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith
  • Wild Geese II, starring Scott Glenn, Barbara Carrera, Edward Fox, Laurence Olivier - (U.K.)
  • When Father Was Away on Business (Otac na službenom putu) - (Yugoslavia) - Palme d'Or award
  • White Nights, directed by Taylor Hackford, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Helen Mirren
  • Witness, directed by Peter Weir, starring Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas
  • The Woman and the Stranger (Die Frau und der Fremde) - (East Germany) - Golden Bear award


  • Year of the Dragon, directed by Michael Cimino, starring Mickey Rourke and John Lone
  • Yes, Madam (Huang jia shi jie), starring Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock - (Hong Kong)
  • Young Sherlock Holmes, directed by Barry Levinson, starring Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Anthony Higgins
  • A Zed and Two Noughts, directed by Peter Greenaway - (U.K.)

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