1987 Movies vs 1999 Movies: Which Was Better?

Ah, the 80s and 90s – the heyday of Hollywood! But when it comes to deciding which year was better for films, the debate is still up in the air. Today we’ll take a look at both 1987 and 1999 movies and evaluate which one had the best films. So get ready to put on your nostalgia goggles and let’s dive into these classic classics!

1987 Produced Some Of The Biggest Cult Movies

1987 is probably not the best or most important year in the history of cinema, but it deserves its own title, and by a huge margin from any possible competitor: never before have so many influential, memorable and timeless films been released in one year – from so many different genres, for so many audiences. If we loosen the boundaries of the cinematic definition of “cult” a bit, then here’s another blanket statement: 1987 is the best year ever for cult films.

Many critically acclaimed films were released in that year, such as The Last Emperor, which won nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, and Full Metal Jacket, directed by Stanley Kubrick. Additionally, 1987 saw the release of several iconic and commercially successful films that have since become cult classics. In fantasy and sci-fi, we had Princess Bride, Robocop, and The Running Man (which in real time was seen as “another Schwarzenegger film”, but today it is rightly considered a piece of cinematic-prophetic text about the age of reality); in action, we got Lethal Weapon, and the film Stakeout. In the crime genre, we had the State Of Play directed by David Mamet, and The Untouchables written by Mamet. the romantic comedy – Moonstruck, one of those rare films In the history of the genre that was nominated for all the major Oscars; and in the non-romantic comedy – Good Morning Vietnam, Throw Mom from the Train, and Three Men and a Baby.

It was a year of notable firsts, such as the release of the first film in the Predator franchise and the first film directed by Quentin Tarantino, My Best Friend’s Birthday. Furthermore, 1987 was the year of the first live-action-animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which was a groundbreaking achievement in visual effects, and the first film from Pixar Animation Studios, Luxo Jr.

Wait, I’m just warming up: 1987 is the year of Wall Street and Full Metal Jacket, Baby Arizona, The Witches of Eastwick, Dirty Dancing and Fatal Attraction, The Lost Boys, and Tin Men.

Befitting a true cult year, even the bad movies of 1987 were not just flops but real cluster packs. Sylvester Stallone’s Over The Top, Masters of the Universe, and Ishtar with Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman which is still considered one of the biggest financial catastrophes in the history of Hollywood. Jaws: The Revenge” in which the shark not only takes revenge but also screams, and the jewel in the crown – Superman 4 produced by “Canon” of Yoram Globus and Menachem Golan (it’s worth watching the documentary “The Go-Go Boys” if only to understand the size and depth of the flop it was).

While I don’t have any statistics to back it up, I wouldn’t be surprised if 1987 is the most quoted film year in the history of “Family Guy,” the timeless barometer of cultural references.

Why 1987 was the best year in Movie History?

So what happened 36 years ago? How is it that in the same vintage, we knew both the duo Riggs and Murtaugh and the whip in which Patrick Swayze swings Jennifer Gray and the scene in which Glenn Close cooks Michael Douglas’s rabbit? Any attempt to decipher it in one piece, other than to shrug and say “coincidence”, would be forced and probably misguided. I am ready to offer three partial explanations instead.

1987 was Hollywood’s last shameless year

It’s no coincidence that “greed is good” is the most quoted sentence from the ’87 movies, just like it’s no coincidence that the tagline of Lost Boys was “Sleep all day, party all night, never grow old, never die. It’s fun to be a vampire“. Also “The Secret of My Success”, a film that was a big hit and somehow did not remain in the collective memory, is a shameless action about a young man (Michael J. Fox) who lies his way to the top while falling in love with a young woman (Helen Slater) who lies her way there. No masks, no excuses, and no apologies. Lust is good.

The films released in ’87, most of them before the “Black Monday” crash of the New York Stock Exchange in October, received their production green light in ’86. The last year in which the Reagan regime enjoyed the aura of restoring America to its greatness, in which the bad Russians were still behind the Iron Curtain.

In 1987, America was still the good, the just, the one that doesn’t have to apologize for anything. Several films have come out of this whose lack of shame is their whole thing, and at exactly the right moment – a second before the phrase “politically correct” sat on the collective lips and a crazy woman who cooks your rabbit because she didn’t internalize her status as a disposable fuck became a non-option.

1987 Was The Best Year To Spend Lots Of Money

Before the fall of Black Monday America had more money than it could spend. That’s why crazy adventures like “Ishtar” and Superman 4 and Masters of the Universe happened at all, and I stand by my opinion that ritual years are measured by their failures no less (and maybe more) than by their successes.

1987 Was The Year Where The Best Movies For Family Were Released

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas with their movie hits caused a complete change in the target audience of Hollywood, from adults to teenagers, but this change did not happen all at once. Not even in one decade – for that matter, the one between Star Wars and 1987. What did happen is that two years after Back to the Future and five after IT, Hollywood invested in cinematic works for the entire possible range of audiences, ages, and tastes.

That’s how it turned out that Spielberg actually made a movie for adults (Empire of the Sun), Joel Schumacher directed an almost unprecedented hybrid creature like Lost Boys a “horror comedy for teenagers”, and Rob Reiner made perhaps the best family-friendly movie Of all time, the one with the princess and the giant and the man with six fingers.

Why 1999 was the best year in Movie History?

Perhaps it’s the arrival of the new millennium that made some of the great creators produce iconic cinema works. Perhaps those behind the camera just realized what they were doing at the right moment, at the same time? I don’t have one answer to that. But some of her cinematic products of 1999 were classics that survived over 20 years and also received unprecedented sympathy already in real time; Some of them received a sympathetic attitude that turned into true admiration a few years later.

1999 Produced Some Of The Greatest Movies Ever

Some of the notable films from that year include The Matrix, American Beauty, Fight Club, The Sixth Sense, and Being John Malkovich. Many of these films received multiple award nominations and wins, and have since become considered modern classics. Additionally, the box office in 1999 was dominated by these films and others, resulting in a record-breaking year for the film industry.

What caused this burst of great movies in 1999?

Film scholars suggest several reasons, the first of which is that like in 1987 the main reason is money. In the late 1990s, there was a lot of money in cinema. Television had not yet reached its golden age, the most original and innovative content was shown in cinemas and therefore the cinema halls were full. In addition, at that time, the studios started selling DVDs, which yielded huge profits compared to their cost and allowed the studios to take more risks (films that did not do well at the box office, still made money from DVD sales). Therefore, there was no problem investing in young and unknown directors, or those who stood out in the independent film industry.

There are other reasons, of course, such as the rise of the Internet and the fan communities that developed thanks to it, and the technological conditions that provided a significant step up in terms of effects. But also the political climate also influenced some of 1999 best movies; The Kosovo War, The impeachment of President Bill Clinton, The Columbine High School massacre, and of course The Y2K scare.

The Insider is based on the true story of a tobacco industry whistleblower and the 60 Minutes segment that aired his story. The film deals with themes of corporate greed and corruption, which could be seen as reflecting the general mood of mistrust and cynicism towards big business and government that was prevalent at the time.

Three Kings is set during the immediate aftermath of the Persian Gulf War and deals with themes of the moral ambiguities of war, the impact of war on soldiers, and the political manipulation of the media. This film could be seen as reflecting the political climate of the time, with the ongoing conflict in Kosovo, and the general disillusionment with the government and the military that was prevalent at the time.

The Boondock Saints is about two Irish brothers who become vigilantes and go on a killing spree to rid their city of crime. The film’s themes of vigilantism and the questioning of the justice system could be seen as reflecting the general disillusionment with the government and the criminal justice system that was prevalent at the time.

The Cider House Rules is set in an orphanage in the early 20th century and deals with themes of abortion and adoption. The film’s themes of reproductive rights and the moral complexities of these issues could be seen as reflecting the ongoing debate over abortion and reproductive rights that was prevalent at the time.

The Iron Giant is set during the Cold War and deals with themes of friendship, trust, and the dangers of weapons of mass destruction. The film’s themes of the dangers of technology and nuclear war could be seen as reflecting the general fear and uncertainty about the future and the potential for global destruction that was prevalent at the time.

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1999 Best Movies

1999 was a particularly strong year for a number of different genres. The Matrix, for example, revolutionized the action genre with its use of groundbreaking special effects and innovative fight choreography. American Beauty and Fight Club were both dark, thought-provoking dramas that explored complex themes and featured standout performances from their lead actors. The Sixth Sense and Being John Malkovich were both critically acclaimed suspense/thriller films that kept audiences on the edge of their seats. In addition to these films, 1999 also saw the release of critically acclaimed movies like The Green Mile, The Iron Giant, and Toy Story 2, which were also highly successful at the box office.

1999 also saw the release of some of the most iconic movies in the history of cinema, which not only were a huge success at the box office but also had a lasting impact on the film industry, and are still considered today as modern classics. These films have since gone on to become cultural touchstones and have had a lasting impact on both the film industry and pop culture as a whole.

1987 Movies vs. 1999 Movies: Verdict

It is difficult to say which year was the best for movies. Both 1987 and 1999 had a number of critically acclaimed and popular films released. The 1987 best movies are more diverse. We have great family-friendly horror films like Lost Boys, horror films with a heart like The Monster Squad, unique horror films like The Fly and Near Dark as well as great action films like Robocop, and films that blend crime, fantasy, and horror in a new and interesting, yet dark way like Manhunter. The 1999 list is mostly dramas that made an impact if we don’t take into account Matrix which was just one sci-fi movie that made an impact.

1987 films were much more interesting and unique and they were incredibly different from one another. There were supernatural films, sci-fi films, dramas, and horror films. In addition, many of the films released in 1987 had really unique premises. Hellraiser had a very interesting premise and it was about people being tortured and killed by their own hedonistic desires. Near Dark was a pretty unique take on the vampire premise. Near Dark had a very different vampire premise than films released in 1999 or now that have vampires. In fact, that’s one of the things that made both Near Dark and The Lost Boys stand out among horror films. The films released in 1999 are only great while I think that several of the films released in 1987 are masterpieces!

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