The 10 Best Films (in alphabetical order):

A Nos Amours

Back to the Future

The Ballad of Narayama

Blood Simple

First Name: Carmen

Lost in America


Prizzi's Honor


Stranger Than Paradise The 10 Worst Films (in alphabetical order):

A Chorus Line

The Emerald Forest

Into the Night

King David

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Pee-wee's Big Adventure


Rocky IV

To Live and Die in L.A.

Year of the Dragon The Most Promising Development:

The debut of the Coen brothers. Great filmmakers tend to arrive on the scene with the suddenness and certainty of tennis stars, and with "Blood Simple," Joel and Ethan Coen knocked on the door of the Pantheon. Comparisons with Orson Welles may have been premature, but one thing's sure: These guys know how to make movies and, equally important, care about them. In an equally promising development, the Coens spurned the overtures of the big studios and decided to make their next four movies with Washington's Circle Productions, mostly because of the guarantee of creative control. The Most Discouraging Development:

The bowdlerization of American movies. 1985 was a year without a single sexy movie, and even the sexy scenes could be counted on one hand.