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The Top 20 Films of 1987

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 17, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 17, 2009 |


The last couple of weeks, in what's become our Friday-morning nostalgia post, we looked back at the entire primetime network schedules of 1987 and 1997, as a sort of conversational starter. Something to remind you of where you were at the time and what you were doing.

Today, we're going to look back 22 years to the top 20 movies at the box-office. The most surprising thing, right off the bat, is how little it took to make it into the top 20. Clearly, inflation has done quite a number of box-office grosses -- Three Men in a Baby, based on 2009 numbers, would've made something around $330 million. Seriously. How sad is that?

Anyway, although I was only 12 at the time, I can honestly say I've seen 19 of these 20 films (I haven't seen The Living Daylights), though I probably didn't see most of them until the 1990s. The strange thing is, more than half of these films have held up remarkably well.

Take a look.

1. Three Men and a Baby $167,780,960
2. Fatal Attraction $156,645,693
3. Beverly Hills Cop II $153,665,036
4. Good Morning, Vietnam $123,922,370
5. Moonstruck $80,640,524
6. The Untouchables $76,270,454
7. The Secret of My Success $66,995,879
8. Stakeout $65,673,233
9. Lethal Weapon $65,207,127
10. The Witches of Eastwick $63,766,510
11. Dirty Dancing $63,446,382
12. Predator $59,735,548
13. Throw Momma From the Train $57,915,972
14. Dragnet $57,387,516
15. La Bamba $54,215,416
16. Robocop $53,424,681
17. Outrageous Fortune $52,864,74
18. Broadcast News $51,249,40
19. The Living Daylights $51,185,897
20. Eddie Murphy Raw $50,504,655



Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.



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