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JonTurner
02-23-02, 10:45 PM
I know we've got polls like this all the time around here, but I figure this one will be a little more comprehensive and perhaps even informative.

This thread will be for your pick for best film released during 1987 (think Oscar considerations for what's eligible). I'm not making it a poll because whether you like it or not, that would influence some people's choice.

Results will be posted in this thread, and all subsequent threads for each year, and they will be ongoing... so you can still vote here even weeks after other year's polls have begun.

Please start your post with your #1 film from 1987 (try to limit it to one - after all, that's the point - two at the most (I'll split the vote)), and yes, discussions are more than welcome!

Winner - Die Hard

All Years:
2000 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=169768) -- Requiem For a Dream*
1999 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=170274) -- (currently) Fight Club
1998 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=171440) -- (currently) Thin Red Line
1997 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=172054) -- (currently) L.A. Confidential
1996 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=173057) -- Fargo*
1995 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=174141) -- (currently) Braveheart
1994 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=175192) -- (currently) Pulp Fiction
1993 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=176491) -- Schindler's List*
1992 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=177944) -- Unforgiven*
1991 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=179517) -- (currently) Silence of the Lambs
1990 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=182060) -- Goodfellas*
1989 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=183974) -- (currently) Do the Right Thing
1988 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=186578) -- Die Hard*
1987 (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=189840)

If you haven't voted on the previous years, feel free to go back and do so.

*Poll closed, winner declared.

JonTurner
02-23-02, 10:47 PM
My short list (since I've only seen 17 from the year)

1) Rain Man - 10/10
2) Unbearable Lightness of Being - 9/10
3) Last Temptation of Christ - 9/10

Just for some more choices, though again, please don't turn it into a thread discussing their lists:

Siskel:
1) Last Temptation of Christ
2) Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3) Bull Durham
4) Little Dorritt
5) Accidental Tourist
6) Midnight Run
7) Thin Blue Line
8) Hotel Terminus: Life & Times of Klaus Barbie
9) Unbearable Lightness of Being
10) Working Girl

Ebert:
1) Mississippi Burning
2) Accidental Tourist
3) Unbearable Lightness of Being
4) Shy People
5) Salaam Bombay!
6) A Fish Called Wanda
7) Wings of Desire
8) Who Framed Roger Rabbit
9) Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam
10) Running on Empty

Sunday Morning
02-24-02, 12:10 AM
1988

#1 the accidental tourist

02. permanent record
03. dead ringers
04. the chocolate war
05. wings of desire
06. talk radio
07. married to the mob
08. running on empty
09. dance of the damned
10. elvira, mistress of the dark
promised land (tie)
12. stealing home
13. dangerous laisons
14. hairspray
15. the unbearable lightness of being
16. a fish called wanda
17. eight men out
18. beetlejuice
19. women on the verge of a nervous breakdown
20. decline of western civilization part II the metal years

of note:
and god created woman
apartment zero
the accused
another woman
bengali night
bird
the blob
brain damage
bright lights, big city
bull durham
chocolat
coming to america
crossing delancey
death in the siene
distant voices, still lives
dominick and eugene
drowning by numbers
far north
frantic
a handful of dust
hanussen
heart of midnight
high hopes
homeboy
hotel terminus
iím gonna git you sucka
intruder
jackís back
lady in white
lair of the white worm
landscape in the mist
letís get lost
license to drive
made in USA
midnight run
mississippi burning
monkey shines
mr. north
mystic pizza
the naked gun
never on tuesday
paperhouse
pascaliís island
patty hearst
pelle the conquerer
the possessed
powaqqatsi
rain man
salomeís last dance
the serpent and the rainbow
spike of bensonhurst
stormy monday
story of women
testsuo the iron man
tequila sunrise
they live
things change
the thin blue line
torch song trilogy
track 29
the vanishing
who framed roger rabbit
a world apart
working girl

Robert
02-24-02, 12:15 AM
<b>Die Hard!</b> :cool:

Goat3001
02-24-02, 01:30 AM
Rain Man

Copenhagen
02-24-02, 01:53 AM
Originally posted by Robert
<b>Die Hard!</b> :cool:

:thumbsup: I agree.

Keyser_Soze2
02-24-02, 02:57 AM
A Fish Called Wanda, probably.

CrashMan
02-24-02, 03:39 AM
Unbearable Lightness of Being

Phyre
02-24-02, 04:25 AM
Dead Ringers
Thin Blue Line
Last Temptation of Christ

swamptours
02-24-02, 10:20 AM
Gotta go Die Hard too. One of the best action movies of all time

CapRockBrewingCo.
02-24-02, 11:47 AM
Ebert's #9 pick, Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam is my favorite from that year.

ToddSm66
02-24-02, 12:27 PM
Die Hard

Just out of curiosity, why was there no poll for 2001?

The Antipodean
02-24-02, 01:09 PM
Last Temptation of Christ.

JonTurner
02-24-02, 01:15 PM
Originally posted by ToddSm66
Just out of curiosity, why was there no poll for 2001?

Many reasons... mainly b/c I wait and see practically everything on DVD I highly doubt I've yet seen what I'll consider to be the best from 2001. While I know this isn't the case for everyone here, it's probably true for more people than you'd think - after all, this is DVDTalk. Anyway, I figure that once we go as far as we do with the years, I'll go back and end with 2001.

Oh yeah, and we all know LOTR will win it, so why bother ;)

Steveweiser
02-24-02, 02:13 PM
Die Hard, simple as that.

evenflow
02-24-02, 02:26 PM
Die Hard!

Geofferson
02-24-02, 03:10 PM
Die Hard

paratize
02-24-02, 04:13 PM
1. THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST
2. THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
3. MISSISSIPPI BURNING
4. DIE HARD
5. RAIN MAN

Honorable mention: <i>Who Framed Roger Rabbit?</i>

Brak55
02-24-02, 10:57 PM
Last Temptation of Christ

Hey, it was my choice for best film of the decade!

dave955
02-24-02, 11:43 PM
Dekalog

randy1320
02-25-02, 12:07 AM
Beetlejuice!

skuehl34
02-25-02, 12:46 AM
A Fish Called Wanda..

Wanted to say Die Hard but that damn shirt color change just pissed me off for years because I knew something had been cut from the film...had to wait until DVD came out to see why...

Jeremy517
02-25-02, 04:21 AM
Die Hard

LBPound
02-25-02, 10:28 AM
1988 was a good year, as there are a handful of movies from that year, that I really, really love.

MY PICK:

<b>SCROOGED</b>

Runners-up:

Big
Rain Man
Midnight Run
Funny Farm

Johnny Zhivago
02-25-02, 01:59 PM
The Last Temptation Of Christ

NitroJMS
02-25-02, 02:14 PM
Die Hard

monkey
02-25-02, 06:50 PM
Dead Ringers

The Antipodean
02-25-02, 06:56 PM
Surprised that "Die Hard" is doing as well as it is... I think it's a great movie but seems hard to wrap my mind around it being the "best" of 1988. It does what it does very well, I'll admit. Maybe it's just a preconception I have against "action" films being the "best" of the year?

drc
02-25-02, 10:46 PM
The Thin Blue Line

funstan
02-27-02, 07:48 PM
Very good year for movies, my vote goes to Wings of Desire.

Variable697
02-27-02, 08:54 PM
The Decalogue

TCG
02-28-02, 02:35 AM
This shouldn't be close... DIE HARD!

JonTurner
03-02-02, 11:14 PM
Bump...

I plan to start '97 Sunday night... hopefully we can get some more votes in first.

Sunday Morning
03-02-02, 11:16 PM
i cant believe die hard has gathered that many votes.
sure its a seminal action flick, but...

CitizenKaneRBud
03-02-02, 11:29 PM
Another great year for movies IMO

My vote is: Rain Man

Here's my top 10 though:

1.)Rain Man
2.)Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3.)Beetlejuice
4.)Big
5.)Unbearable Lightness of Being
6.)A fish called wanda
7.)die hard
8.)midnight run
9.)eight men out
10.)bull durham

dvds4u
03-03-02, 01:35 AM
Big...wow

Grimfarrow
03-03-02, 07:22 AM
My pick: Grave of the Fireflies.

runner-up: Wings of Desire

remains to be seen: Landscape in the Mist.

KJROD20
03-03-02, 01:42 PM
rain man

randy1320
03-05-02, 11:48 AM
'87 anyone?

ToddSm66
03-05-02, 02:01 PM
The 80's was really a bad decade for movies - for me anyway. Hope these polls continue at least back to the 50's. That's my favorite decade.

dave955
03-05-02, 02:11 PM
Well, since Dekalog only got a few votes, the rest of you must be treating it as an '87 film. So you can skip '87 and move to '86 straight-away. :)

explosivej
03-05-02, 11:07 PM
The Last Temptation of Christ

bears35
03-06-02, 12:15 AM
Die Hard

kian69
03-06-02, 02:29 AM
Definitely Who Framed Roger Rabbit, that movie rocked. BTW I have a confession to make...I still have the hots for Jessica Rabbit :)

JonTurner
03-06-02, 02:31 PM
Sorry - I've been swamped with schoolwork lately... had to pull an all-nighter, and that's gotten me sick. So, anyway, I'm way behind with everything. I'll take a break from studying later today though and get '87 going.

JonTurner
03-07-02, 12:44 AM
Alright... we've got, yup Die Hard at #1 with 11 votes!

Results:
1) Die Hard (11)
2) Last Temptation of Christ (5)
3) Rain Man (4)

Well, Die Hard ran away with it, despite two highly superior films (IMHO ;)) coming in 2nd and 3rd, but such is the nature of these polls.

Requesting this one to be closed since Die Hard seems to have a commanding lead.

The 1987 Thread is Now Open Here (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=189840)