Top Ten Films of 1987: World Premieres
 Top Ten by U.S. Release Date (Updated) // My 1987 Oscar Ballot (Updated)

1. The Last of England Dir. Derek Jarman. With Spring, Gerrard McArthur, John Phillips A
2. Under the Sun of Satan Dir. Maurice Pialat. With Gérard Depardieu, Sandrine Bonnaire A
3. Where Is the Friend's Home? Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. With Babek Ahmed Poor A
4. Wings of Desire Dir. Wim Wenders. With Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander A
5. Broadcast News Dir. James L. Brooks. With Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Albert Brooks A–
6. Au revoir, les enfants Dir. Louis Malle. With Gaspard Manesse, Raphaël Fejtö A–
7. Fatal Attraction Dir. Adrian Lyne. With Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer A–
8. Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story Dir. Todd Haynes. Voice of Rob LaBelle A–
9. Empire of the Sun Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Christian Bale, John Malkovich A–
10. The Dead Dir. John Huston. With Helena Carroll, Cathleen Delany, Anjelica Huston B+

Reviews from 1987
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   Babette's Feast Dir. Gabriel Axel. With Stéphane Audran, Birgitte Federspiel, Bødil Kjer B–
   Barfly Dir. Barbet Schroeder. With Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige, Frank Stallone B–
   The Belly of an Architect Dir. Peter Greenaway. With Brian Dennehy, Chloë Webb B
   Fatal Attraction Dir. Adrian Lyne. With Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer A–
   Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story Dir. Todd Haynes. Voice of Rob LaBelle A–
   Where Is the Friend's Home? Dir. Abbas Kiarostami. With Babek Ahmed Poor A

More Grades from 1987
Unreviewed titles I have seen recently enough to grade
 
      Aria Dirs. Nicolas Roeg, Charles Sturridge, Jean-Luc Godard, Bruce Beresford, Julien Temple, et al. C+
      Cry Freedom Dir. Richard Attenborough. With Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington, Penelope Wilton D+
      Damned If You Don't Dir. Su Friedrich. With Peggy Healey, Ela Troyano, voice of Makea MacDonald B+
      Dark Eyes Dir. Nikita Mikhalkov. With Marcello Mastroianni, Yelena Safonova, Silvana Mangano B
      Dead of Winter Dir. Arthur Penn. With Mary Steenburgen, Jan Rubeš, Roddy McDowall D+
      Eddie Murphy Raw Dir. Robert Townsend. With Eddie Murphy, Deon Richmond, Basil Wallace B–
      The Glass Menagerie Dir. Paul Newman. With John Malkovich, Joanne Woodward, Karen Allen C+
      Good Morning, Vietnam Dir. Barry Levinson. With Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker F
      Hellraiser Dir. Clive Barker. With Ashley Laurence, Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Doug Bradley B
      Ironweed Dir. Hector Babenco. With Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tom Waits, Carroll Baker C+
      I've Heard the Mermaids Singing Dir. Patricia Rozema. With Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon B
      The Lost Boys Dir. Joel Schumacher. With Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland C+
      Maurice Dir. James Ivory. With James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Phoebe Nicholls B–
      Moonstruck Dir. Norman Jewison. With Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Olympia Dukakis B–
      Prick Up Your Ears Dir. Stephen Frears. With Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave C+
      Radio Days Dir. Woody Allen. With Julie Kavner, Michael Tucker, Seth Green, Mia Farrow B–
      Raising Arizona Dir. Joel Coen. With Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, William Forsythe B+
      Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall Dir. Bryan Gordon. With Boyd Gaines, David Rasche B
      RoboCop Dir. Paul Verhoeven. With Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith C+
      Roxanne Dir. Fred Schepisi. With Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Rick Rossovich, Shelley Duvall C
      September Dir. Woody Allen. With Mia Farrow, Elaine Stritch, Dianne Wiest, Sam Waterston C
      She Must Be Seeing Things Dir. Sheila McLaughlin. With Sheila Dabney, Lois Weaver C+
      Shy People Dir. Andrei Konchalovsky. With Jill Clayburgh, Barbara Hershey, Martha Plimpton B–
      Street Smart Dir. Jerry Schatzberg. With Christopher Reeve, Morgan Freeman, Kathy Baker B–
      Throw Momma from the Train Dir. Danny DeVito. With Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito C–
      Wall Street Dir. Oliver Stone. With Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah C
      The Whales of August Dir. Lindsay Anderson. With Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, Vincent Price D
      Withnail & I Dir. Bruce Robinson. With Paul McGann, Richard E. Grant, Richard Griffiths B
      Yeelen (Brightness) Dir. Souleymane Cissé. With Issiaka Kane, Niamanto Sanogo, Aoua Sangare B
      Un Zoo la nuit Dir. Jean-Claude Lauzon. With Gilles Maheu, Roger Lebel, Germain Houde B
 

Also from 1987
The memories are fading, but they're somewhere in my brain
 
Fetching
      Full Metal Jacket Dir. Stanley Kubrick. With Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio
      The Last Emperor Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci. With John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole
 
Fair
      Angel Heart Dir. Alan Parker. With Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling
      Anna Dir. Yurek Bogayevicz. With Sally Kirkland, Paulina Porizkova, Robert Fields, Larry Pine
      Hope and Glory Dir. John Boorman. With Sebastian Rice Edwards, Sarah Miles, Sammi Davis
      Law of Desire Dir. Pedro Almodóvar. With Eusebio Poncela, Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura
      Matewan Dir. John Sayles. With Chris Cooper, Will Oldham, James Earl Jones, David Strathairn
      Near Dark Dir. Kathryn Bigelow. With Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton
      No Way Out Dir. Roger Donaldson. With Kevin Costner, Sean Young, Gene Hackman, Iman
      Predator Dir. John McTiernan. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura
      The Room Dir. Robert Altman. With Linda Hunt, Julian Sands, Annie Lennox, Donald Pleasance
 
Feh
      Dirty Dancing Dir. Emile Ardolino. With Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach
      Less Than Zero Dir. Marek Kanievska. With Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr.
      Nuts Dir. Martin Ritt. With Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen Stapleton
      The Princess Bride Dir. Rob Reiner. With Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk
      Spaceballs Dir. Mel Brooks. With Bill Pullman, John Candy, Daphne Zuniga, Mel Brooks
      The Untouchables Dir. Brian De Palma. With Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery
 
Flotsam
      Who's That Girl Dir. James Foley. With Madonna, Griffin Dunne, Haviland Morris


Still to Come from 1987
 
Gourmet Prospects:
      The Angelic Conversation Dir. Derek Jarman. With Paul Reynolds, Phillip Williamson
      Camp de Thiaroye Dirs. Ousmane Sembene & Thierno Faty Sow. With Sidiki Bakaba
      Family Viewing Dir. Atom Egoyan. With David Hemblen, Gabrielle Rose, Aidan Tierney
      High Tide Dir. Gillian Armstrong. With Judy Davis, Claudia Karvan, Jan Adele, Frankie J. Holden
      House of Games Dir. David Mamet. With Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum
      King Lear Dir. Jean-Luc Godard. With Burgess Meredith, Norman Mailer, Molly Ringwald
      My Life as a Dog Dir. Lasse Hallström. With Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén
      Red Sorghum Dir. Zhang Yimou. With Gong Li, Jiang Wen, Ten Rujun, Chen Zhigang
      Yam Daabo Dir. Idrissa Ouedraogo. With Moussa Blogo, Aoua Guiraud, Assita Ouedraogo
      Zegen Dir. Shohei Imamura. With Mitsuko Baishô, Cho Bang-ho, Yuki Furutachi, Shino Ikenami
 
Further Research:
      84 Charing Cross Road Dir. David Hugh Jones. With Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench
      Adventures in Babysitting Dir. Chris Columbus. With Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan
      Anguish Dir. Bigas Luna. With Zelda Rubinstein, Michael Lerner, Talia Paul, Àngel Jové
      Baby Boom Dir. Charles Shyer. With Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis, Kristina Kennedy
      Bad Taste Dir. Peter Jackson. With Peter Jackson, Terry Potter, Pete O'Herne, Craig Smith
      Bagdad Café Dir. Percy Adlon. With Marianne Sägebracht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance
      La Bamba Dir. Luis Valdez. With Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Elizabeth Peña
      The Believers Dir. John Schlesinger. With Martin Sheen, Helen Shaver, Robert Loggia
      Beyond Therapy Dir. Robert Altman. With Julie Hagerty, Glenda Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Conti
      The Big Easy Dir. Jim McBride. With Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman
      Black Widow Dir. Bob Rafelson. With Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper
      Border Radio Dirs. Allison Anders, Dean Kent, and Kurt Voss. With Chris D., Chris Shearer
      A Boy from Calabria Dir. Luigi Comencini. With Gian Maria Volonté, Diego Abatantuono
      Boyfriends and Girlfriends Dir. Eric Rohmer. With Emmanuelle Chaulet, Sophie Renoir
      China Girl Dir. Abel Ferrara. With James Russo, Richard Panebianco, Sari Chang, David Caruso
      A Chinese Ghost Story Dir. Ching Siu-Tung. With Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Lam Wai
      Chronicle of a Death Foretold Dir. Francesco Rosi. With Rupert Everett, Ornella Muti
      City on Fire Dir. Ringo Lam. With Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, Sun Yueh, Carrie Ng
      Cobra Verde Dir. Werner Herzog. With Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy, Salvatore Basile
      The Cyclist Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf. With Mohammad Reza Maleki, Mahshid Afsharzadeh
      Dust in the Wind Dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien. With Wang Chien-wen, Xin Shufen, Yang Lai-yin, Mei Fang
      The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On Dir. Kazuo Hara. Documentary about Japanese war vet
      Epidemic Dir. Lars von Trier. With Allan De Waal, Ole Ernst, Michael Gelting, Colin Gilder
      Escape from Sobibor Dir. Jack Gold. With Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula, Rutger Hauer, Hartmut Becker
      Evil Dead II Dir. Sam Raimi. With Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley
      The Family Dir. Ettore Scola. With Vittorio Gassman, Andrea Occhipinti, Emanuele Lamaro
      Five Corners Dir. Tony Bill. With Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, Todd Graff, John Turturro
      Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle Dir. Eric Rohmer. With Joëlle Miquel
      Friendship's Death Dir. Peter Wollen. With Tilda Swinton, Patrick Bauchau, Joumana Gill
      Gaby: A True Story Dir. Luis Mandoki. With Rachel Chagall, Liv Ullmann, Norma Aleandro
      Gardens of Stone Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. With James Caan, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones
      Good Morning, Babylon Dir. Paolo & Vittorio Taviani. With Vincent Spano, Joaquim de Almeida
      Hamburger Hill Dir. John Irvin. With Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle, Don James
      Hamlet Goes Business Dir. Aki Kaurismäki. With Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Esko Salminen, Kati Outinen
      Hello Again Dir. Frank Perry. With Shelley Long, Judith Ivey, Corbin Bernsen, Gabriel Byrne
      Hollywood Shuffle Dir. Robert Townsend. With Robert Townsend, Craigus R. Johnson, Starletta DuPois
      The House of Bernarda Alba Dir. Mario Camus. With Irene Gutiérrez Caba, Ana Belén, Florinda Chico
      Housekeeping Dir. Bill Forsyth. With Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill, Anne Pitoniak
      Innerspace Dir. Joe Dante. With Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy
      The Innocents Dir. André Téchiné. With Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Claude Brialy, Abdellatif Kechiche
      Intervista Dir. Federico Fellini. With Marcello Mastroianni, Sergio Rubini, Antonella Ponziani
      Ishtar Dir. Elaine May. With Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Isabelle Adjani, Charles Grodin
      It's Alive III: Island of the Alive Dir. Larry Cohen. With Michael Moriarty, Karen Black
      The Journey Dir. Peter Watkins. Mammoth documentary about military adoptions of nuclear technology
      Julia and Julia Dir. Peter Del Monte. With Kathleen Turner, Gabriel Byrne, Sting, Gabriele Ferzetti
      Kangaroo Dir. Tim Burstall. With Colin Friels, Judy Davis, John Walton, Julie Nihill
      Keep Your Right Up! Dir. Jean-Luc Godard. With Jane Birkin, Dominique Lavanant
      King of the Children Dir. Chen Kaige. With Chen Shaohua, Xie Yuan, Yang Xuewen
      Landscape Suicide Dir. James Benning. With Elion Sucher, Rhonda Bell
      Lethal Weapon Dir. Richard Donner. With Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitch Ryan
      Life Is a Long Quiet River Dir. Étienne Chatilliez. With Benoît Magmiel, Valérie Lalande
      Light of Day Dir. Paul Schrader. With Michael J. Fox, Joan Jett, Gena Rowlands, Michael Mckean
      The Living Daylights Dir. John Glen. With Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé
      The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Dir. Jack Clayton. With Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins
      El Lute Dir. Vicente Aranda. With Imanol Arias, Victoria Abril, Antonio Valero, Diana Peñalver
      Made in Heaven Dir. Alan Rudolph. With Timothy Hutton, Kelly McGillis, Maureen Stapleton
      A Man in Love Dir. Diane Kurys. With Peter Coyote, Greta Scacchi, Jamie Lee Curtis, Peter Riegert
      Mannequin Dir. Michael Gottlieb. With Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty, James Spader
      Masques Dir. Claude Chabrol. With Philippe Noiret, Robin Renucci, Bernadette Lafont, Anne Brochet
      A Month in the Country Dir. Pat O'Connor. With Colin Firth, John Atkinsons, Jim Carter
      Nadine Dir. Robert Benton. With Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger, Rip Torn, Gwen Verdon
      A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Dir. Charles Russell. With Heather Langenkamp
      Opera Dir. Dario Argento. With Christina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Urbano Barberini
      Orphans Dir. Alan J. Pakula. With Albert Finney, Matthew Modine, Kevin Anderson, John Kellogg
      Outrageous Fortune Dir. Arthur Hiller. With Bette Midler, Shelley Long, Peter Coyote
      Pathfinder Dir. Nils Gaup. With Mikkel Gaup, Ingvald Guttom, Nils Utsi, Henrik H. Buljo
      The Pick-Up Artist Dir. James Toback. With Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper
      Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Dir. John Hughes. With Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins
      A Prayer for the Dying Dir. Mike Hodges. With Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates
      Prince of Darkness Dir. John Carpenter. With Donald Pleasance, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker
      Promised Land Dir. Michael Hoffman. With Jason Gedrick, Tracy Pollan, Kiefer Sutherand
      Rampage Dir. William Friedkin. With Michael Biehn, Alex McArthur, Nicholas Campbell
      Rita, Sue, and Bob, Too! Dir. Alan Clarke. With Michelle Holmes, Siobhan Finneran, Lesley Sharp
      Sammy and Rosie Get Laid Dir. Stephen Frears. With Ayub Khan-Din, Frances Barber
      Shinran: Path to Purity Dir. Rentarô Mikuni. With Junkyu Moriyama, Michiyo Ohkusu, Sen Hara
      The Sicilian Dir. Michael Cimino. With Christopher Lambert, Terence Stamp, John Turturro
      Siesta Dir. Mary Lambert. With Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne, Isabella Rossellini, Julian Sands
      Slam Dance Dir. Wayne Wang. With Tom Hulce, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Virginia Madsen
      Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity Dir. Ken Dixon. With Elizabeth Kaitan, Cindy Beal, Don Scribner
      Some Kind of Wonderful Dir. Howard Deutch. With Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson
      Someone to Love Dir. Henry Jaglom. With Henry Jaglom, Andrea Marcovicci, Sally Kellerman
      Someone to Watch over Me Dir. Ridley Scott. With Mimi Rogers, Tom Berenger, Lorraine Bracco
      Spaceballs Dir. Mel Brooks. With Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks
      StageFright: Aquarius Dir. Michèle Soavi. With David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti
      Stakeout Dir. John Badham. With Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn
      The Stepfather Dir. Joseph Ruben. With Terry O'Quinn, Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack
      Straight to Hell Dir. Alex Cox. With Dick Rude, Sy Richardson, Courtney Love, Joe Strummer
      Subway to the Stars Dir. Carlos Diegues. With Guilherme Fontes, Milton Gonçalves
      The Surrogate Woman Dir. Im Kwon-taek. With Kang Soo-yeon, Lee Gu-sun, Yun Yang-ha
      Suspect Dir. Peter Yates. With Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney, Joe Mantegna
      Swimming to Cambodia Dir. Jonathan Demme. With Spalding Gray. Film version of one-man show
      A Taxing Woman Dir. Juzo Itami. With Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Masahiko Tsugawa
      Three Bewildered People in the Night Dir. Gregg Araki. With Mark Howell, John Lacques
      Three Men and a Baby Dir. Leonard Nimoy. With Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson
      Tin Men Dir. Barry Levinson. With Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barbara Hershey
      Tough Guys Don't Dance Dir. Norman Mailer. With Ryan O'Neal, Isabella Rossellini
      Walker Dir. Alex Cox. With Ed Harris, Richard Masur, Rene Auberjonois, Keith Szarabajka
      Wedding in Galilee Dir. Michel Khleifi. With Mohamad Ali El Akili, Bushra Karaman
      Weeds Dir. John D. Hancock. With Nick Nolte, Ernie Hudson, Rita Taggart, Mark Rolston
      White Mischief Dir. Michael Radford. With Greta Scacchi, Charles Dance, Joss Ackland
      Wish You Were Here Dir. David Leland. With Emily Lloyd, Tom Bell, Jesse Birdsall, Clare Clifford
      The Witches of Eastwick Dir. George Miller. With Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer
      The Year My Voice Broke Dir. John Duigan. With Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, Ben Mendelsohn

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