Film Independent Spirit Awardsby mcm1071989 | created - 22 May 2014 | updated - 5 months ago | Public
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1. After Hours (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho who he met that evening at a coffee shop.
Votes: 55,222 | Gross: $10.60M
2. Blood Simple (1984)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her lover. However, nothing is simple when blood is involved.
Votes: 83,964 | Gross: $2.15M
3. Smooth Talk (1985)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A free-spirited 15-year-old girl flirts with a dangerous stranger in the Northern California suburbs and must prepare herself for the frightening and traumatic consequences.
Votes: 1,639 | Gross: $0.02M
5. Trouble in Mind (1985)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
The lives of an ex-con, a coffee-shop owner, and a young couple looking to make it rich intersect in the fictional and hypnotic Rain City.
Votes: 1,599 | Gross: $0.02M
6. Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart (1985)
PG | 88 min | Comedy
In San Francisco, an immigrant widow welcomes the new year with some unhappiness: she's sixty-two now, she wants to make a trip to China to pay last respects to her ancestors, a fortune ... See full summary »
9. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
R | 120 min | Drama
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.
Votes: 13,703 | Gross: $17.04M
10. Dreamchild (1985)
PG | 94 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell Hargreaves (Coral Browne) (the book's inspiration) as an old woman ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,400 | Gross: $1.22M
11. The Hit (1984)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Ten years later, after ratting on his old mobster friends in exchange for personal immunity, two hit men drive a hardened criminal to Paris for his execution. However, while on the way, whatever can go wrong, does go wrong.
Votes: 7,009 | Gross: $0.88M
12. Ran (1985)
R | 162 min | Action, Drama, War
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.
Votes: 106,582 | Gross: $4.14M
14. Down by Law (1986)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.
Votes: 46,202 | Gross: $1.44M
15. Blue Velvet (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Votes: 173,425 | Gross: $8.55M
16. Stand by Me (1986)
R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama
After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a boyhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.
Votes: 350,623 | Gross: $52.29M
18. The Great Wall Is a Great Wall (1986)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
When computer programmer, Leo Fang, is passed up for promotion, he feels it is because he is Chinese, and quits. He takes his Chinese-American family to Mainland China to visit his ... See full summary »
19. True Stories (1986)
PG | 89 min | Musical, Comedy
A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.
Votes: 5,439 | Gross: $2.55M
23. Hoosiers (1986)
PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport
A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.
Votes: 41,490 | Gross: $28.61M
24. Native Son (1986)
PG | 111 min | Drama, Romance
In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.
Votes: 507 | Gross: $1.30M
25. On Valentine's Day (1986)
PG | 106 min | Drama
On Valentine's Day is the central film in Horton Foote's semi-autobiographical trilogy that also includes Courtship and 1918. It is a nearly verbatim retelling of his stage play and the sets and costumes.
26. A Room with a View (1985)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance
In a Florence pensione circa 1900 with English guests, George Emerson (Julian Sands) and his dad (Denholm Elliott) offer their rooms with views to Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and her chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett (Dame Maggie Smith). Lucy and George get acquainted, but Lucy returns to England. George and Lucy meet again, but now she's engaged.
Votes: 37,938 | Gross: $20.97M
29. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.
Votes: 13,668 | Gross: $2.45M
30. 28 Up (1984 TV Movie)
136 min | Documentary, Biography
Director Michael Apted interviews the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.
32. Matewan (1987)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History
A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.
Votes: 7,064 | Gross: $1.68M
33. Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Writer, ex-con and 40-something bottle-baby Tim Madden, who is prone to black-outs, awakens from a two-week bender to discover a pool of blood in his car, a blond woman's severed head in ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,170 | Gross: $0.86M
35. The Dead (1987)
PG | 83 min | Drama
Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend an early January dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them.
Votes: 6,881 | Gross: $4.37M
36. The Glass Menagerie (1987)
PG | 134 min | Drama
A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.
Votes: 1,863 | Gross: $0.90M
37. Shy People (1987)
R | 118 min | Drama
New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. Journalist's wild drug addicted daughter just adds to tensions between two families' cultures.
Votes: 1,135 | Gross: $0.77M
38. Swimming to Cambodia (1987)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama
Votes: 1,985 | Gross: $1.09M
39. River's Edge (1986)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama