12 Best Movies of 1984

1984 was a great year for movies with some excellent commercial and critical successes being screened for a global audience. Some of the finest directors in the industry showcased some very novel ideas this year and while it was, in general, a great year for cinema lovers. Here’s the list of top films of 1984:


12. Beverly Hills Cop

Directed by Martin Brest, this film stars Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley a young and reckless detective from Detroit who goes to Beverly Hills, unauthorized, to try and solve his friend’s murder. The film which was critically acclaimed for its humor and handling of the script also happened to shoot Murphy to international stardom and became the highest grossing film in 1984.


11. A Nightmare on Elm Street

Directed by Wes Craven, this film is a cult classic in the slasher genre and introduced the world to what would eventually become a very profitable franchise. The antagonist Freddy Kreuger stalks and kills teenagers in their dreams and thus in reality. The expert way in which the film toyed with the audience perception of dream and reality by pushing the narrative boundary to a blurry indistinction marks a significant moment in horror cinema and makes this one of the finest movies of 1984.


10. The Karate Kid

A martial arts movie directed by John G Avildsen, this film follows a generic underdog story that audiences have come to love in case of sports movies. Avildsen’s tried and tested formula in Rocky was a resplendent success here and Karate Kid went on to become critically acclaimed and even attained cult status. The story follows Daniel a boy who is initially bullied by Johnny of the Cobra Kai dojo, entering a karate tournament and eventually defeating his opponent and earning his respect, but at the same time learning valuable lessons about life and the philosophy of karate. The film went on to mark the beginning of a franchise that still continues to grow.


9. This Is Spinal Tap

A rock music mockumentary film, the critical success of the film lies in the effortless capture and subsequent parodying of the lifestyle of rock bands including music pretensions and also managing to take a jibe at the way rock documentaries were made. The dialogues were as much ad-libbed as scripted and the film eventually went on to be deemed as having extreme cultural significance and is now preserved by the National Film Registry. Perhaps, the readers might be interested to know that this is the only film that IMDB rates out of 11 instead of 10 because of the phrase coined in the movie where the amplifier knob was shown to go up to 11 from zero.


8. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Directed by Steven Spielberg, this film is the second installment in the franchise. Harrison Ford reprises his role as the titular character. One of the most violent films in the franchise, the story circles around Hinduism and the Thugee cult, a notorious gang which worshipped the Goddess Kali and was involved in acts of violence. The film itself is wonderfully made and I suppose an Indian audience would have an added interest in the film although the film has been criticized for its portrayal of India and Hinduism.


7. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, this is often considered as one of the best-animated films of all time. Miyazaki truly is a talent beyond comparison when it comes to animated films and Studio Ghibli is a testament to the fact. However, this film was made before the founding of Studio Ghibli though often considered to be a creation of the same. The plot revolves around a post-apocalyptic world where a young princess faces a challenge as a kingdom tries to use an ancient weapon to eradicate a species of mutant insects. Dealing with complex adult themes shown simply through an expert animation, this is one of the finest films of the year.

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