Rankings

The Best 80s & 90s Movies

Picking the greatest movies of the 1980s & 1990s is no easy task, but we try our best. The “Wipe Score” is from 0 being a perfect film to 5 being a total mess, so less is more in our scale. Visit this page on a computer to see a more detailed view of the individual scoring for each movie.

  • RR (Roger Roeper)
  • DE (Dick Ebert)
  • GL (Gene Lyons)
  • KG (Kerri Gross)
  • KB (King Bee)
  • G (Guest Host)
  • A (The average of highest & lowest wipe score)

*The average of our highest and lowest wipe score acts as a 4th vote to balances out the overall score. Especially important when one of the votes is very different from the other two. It hasn’t made a big difference in the overall rankings, but it does help breakup a block of let’s say 5 movies being tied for the same spot.

MOVIE TITLE WIPES RANK YEAR DATE RR DE GL KG KB G A
BIG 2.81 96 '88 8/17/16 3.00 2.50 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.75
WEIRD SCIENCE 3.41 117 '85 8/23/16 3.50 3.75 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.38
PRETTY WOMAN 2.62 86 '90 8/30/16 3.00 2.00 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.50
GREMLINS 1.62 51 '84 9/9/16 2.00 1.00 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.50
WESTWORLD 4.19 136 '73 9/15/16 4.50 4.00 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 4.25
COMING TO AMERICA 1.19 29 '88 9/21/16 1.00 1.50 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.25
LOST BOYS 3.38 115 '87 10/2/16 4.00 3.00 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.50
DIE HARD 0.69 15 '88 10/10/16 0.50 0.50 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 0.75
HOME ALONE 2.12 67 '90 12/17/16 1.00 2.50 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.00
CHRISTMAS VACATION 3.00 105 '89 12/22/16 2.00 3.00 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.00
TOMBSTONE 2.00 61 '93 12/29/16 2.00 2.50 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 2.00
LAST STARFIGHTER, THE 3.81 128 '84 1/6/17 4.00 3.50 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.75
ROCKY IV 2.38 76 '85 1/12/17 3.50 1.50 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.50
COMMANDO 2.94 102 '85 1/19/17 3.50 3.50 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.75
BREAKFAST CLUB 1.31 36 '85 1/26/17 1.50 1.00 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.25
BEVERLY HILLS COP 2.06 66 '84 2/2/17 1.50 3.00 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 2.25
TERMINATOR 2 0.31 6 '91 2/8/17 0.50 0.00 0.50 n/a n/a n/a 0.25
REVENGE OF THE NERDS 2.94 102 '84 2/16/17 3.50 1.50 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.75
HIGHLANDER 4.50 144 '86 2/23/17 5.00 4.50 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 4.50
PULP FICTION 0.00 1 '94 3/2/17 0.00 0.00 0.00 n/a n/a n/a 0.00
SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 1.31 36 '94 3/9/17 0.50 1.50 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.25
BLADE RUNNER 2.85 97 '82 3/17/17 4.50 4.00 3.50 0.00 n/a n/a 2.25
RAISING ARIZONA 1.19 29 '87 3/28/17 2.00 1.00 0.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.25
TWISTER 3.62 124 '96 4/10/17 n/a 4.00 4.00 n/a n/a 3.00 3.50
MAJOR LEAGUE 2.19 68 '89 4/17/17 1.50 2.00 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.25
FIFTH ELEMENT, THE 2.55 84 '97 4/20/17 2.50 2.75 3.00 n/a n/a 2.00 2.50
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT 1.81 59 '88 4/27/17 2.50 1.00 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.75
WILLOW 4.81 149 '88 5/1/17 5.00 5.00 4.50 n/a n/a n/a 4.75
GOLDENEYE 3.88 130 '95 5/10/17 3.50 4.50 3.50 n/a n/a n/a 4.00
ALIENS 0.50 11 '86 5/19/17 n/a 0.50 0.50 n/a n/a 0.50 0.50
FIGHT CLUB 0.38 9 '99 5/26/17 0.00 0.00 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 0.50
BATMAN 3.41 117 '89 6/2/17 3.00 3.75 3.50 n/a n/a n/a 3.38
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK 0.00 1 '81 6/11/17 0.00 0.00 0.00 n/a n/a n/a 0.00
STARSHIP TROOPERS 1.75 56 '97 6/19/17 2.50 2.50 0.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.50
THING, THE 1.50 44 '82 6/22/17 2.00 1.50 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.50
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF 0.75 17 '86 6/28/17 0.00 0.75 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 0.75
INDEPENDENCE DAY 4.12 135 '96 7/5/17 4.50 5.00 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 4.00
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU 4.50 144 '99 7/14/17 4.50 5.00 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 4.50
CADDYSHACK 3.31 114 '80 7/21/17 3.50 3.50 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.25
TOP GUN 2.69 88 '86 9/5/17 3.50 2.50 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.75
BLUES BROTHERS, THE 2.05 65 '80 9/18/17 4.00 1.50 2.00 n/a 0.50 n/a 2.25
RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II 2.62 86 '85 9/23/17 n/a 1.00 3.00 n/a 4.00 n/a 2.50
BACK TO THE FUTURE 0.00 1 '85 9/28/17 0.00 0.00 0.00 n/a n/a n/a 0.00
GHOSTBUSTERS 2.69 88 '84 10/6/17 2.00 2.50 3.50 n/a n/a n/a 2.75
MATRIX, THE 1.38 40 '99 10/12/17 2.00 1.00 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.50
PORKY'S 3.75 126 '80 10/19/17 5.00 3.00 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 4.00
POLTERGEIST 2.69 88 '82 10/26/17 2.50 2.50 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.75
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3.50 121 '84 10/31/17 4.50 3.50 2.50 n/a n/a n/a 3.50
PREDATOR 2 4.50 144 '90 11/10/17 4.50 5.00 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 4.50
POINT BREAK 2.38 76 '91 11/17/17 3.50 1.50 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.50
PLANES, TRAINS AUTOMOBILES 1.75 56 '87 11/25/17 3.00 1.00 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.00
SEVEN 1.12 28 '95 12/1/17 0.00 0.75 2.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.25
SCROOGED 1.50 44 '88 12/15/17 n/a 1.50 0.50 n/a 2.50 n/a 1.50
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE 1.00 22 '80 12/19/17 1.00 0.50 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.00
A CHRISTMAS STORY 3.81 128 '83 12/29/17 3.50 4.00 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.75
ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES 4.38 141 '91 1/2/18 4.00 5.00 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 4.50
TRUE ROMANCE 2.31 73 '93 1/9/18 4.00 1.75 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.50
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2.91 101 '90 1/16/18 0.75 5.00 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.88
FLATLINERS 2.97 104 '90 1/23/18 n/a 2.25 2.50 4.00 n/a n/a 3.12
CASINO 2.38 76 '95 1/31/18 n/a 3.00 2.00 2.00 n/a n/a 2.50
CONAN THE BARBARIAN 1.00 22 '82 2/6/18 n/a 1.00 1.00 1.00 n/a n/a 1.00
TIMECOP 4.19 136 '94 2/13/18 n/a 3.50 4.00 5.00 n/a n/a 4.25
BRAVEHEART 1.19 29 '95 2/23/18 1.50 1.00 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.25
JURASSIC PARK 0.25 5 '93 3/4/18 0.50 0.00 0.50 0.00 n/a n/a 0.25
REAL GENIUS 4.00 133 '85 3/13/18 4.50 n/a 4.00 3.50 n/a n/a 4.00
BACKDRAFT 4.19 136 '91 3/20/18 4.00 4.50 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 4.25
SPACEBALLS 1.62 51 '87 3/31/18 0.50 4.00 0.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.00
ROUNDERS 1.00 22 '98 4/8/18 1.00 0.50 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.00
BIG LEBOWSKI,THE 0.31 6 '98 4/8/18 0.00 0.50 0.50 n/a n/a n/a 0.25
SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL 4.81 149 '97 5/2/18 5.00 5.00 4.50 n/a n/a n/a 4.75
SHOWGIRLS 4.62 148 '95 5/17/18 4.00 5.00 n/a 5.00 n/a n/a 4.50
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 1.31 36 '86 7/1/18 n/a 1.50 1.00 n/a n/a 1.50 1.25
TERMINATOR, THE 1.10 27 '84 7/12/18 0.50 0.50 0.50 n/a n/a 2.50 1.50
GOONIES, THE 2.19 68 '85 7/19/18 3.00 1.50 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.25
LABYRINTH 3.75 126 '86 7/28/18 5.00 3.00 4.50 2.50 n/a n/a 3.75
HEAT 1.25 35 '95 8/5/18 2.50 0.50 0.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.50
IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS 4.81 149 '94 8/9/18 n/a 5.00 4.50 5.00 n/a n/a 4.75
ROAD HOUSE 2.75 94 '89 8/16/18 4.00 2.00 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.00
ARMAGEDDON 3.12 108 '98 8/23/18 5.00 1.00 3.50 n/a n/a n/a 3.00
ARACHNOPHOBIA 3.94 131 '90 8/29/18 4.50 3.00 n/a 4.50 n/a n/a 3.75
LAST ACTION HERO 1.38 40 '93 9/5/18 n/a 1.00 0.50 2.50 n/a n/a 1.50
MY COUSIN VINNY 2.69 88 '92 9/21/18 2.50 2.50 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.75
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 1.19 29 '89 9/26/18 n/a 1.50 1.00 1.00 n/a n/a 1.25
GLEAMING THE CUBE 3.94 131 '89 10/4/18 2.50 5.00 n/a 4.50 n/a n/a 3.75
HALLOWEEN 2.41 80 '79 10/12/18 n/a 0.75 4.00 2.50 n/a n/a 2.38
FRIDAY THE 13TH 1.50 44 '80 10/18/18 n/a n/a 1.00 2.00 1.50 n/a 1.50
PET SEMATARY 2.00 61 '89 10/24/18 n/a 2.50 2.00 1.50 n/a n/a 2.00
BEETLEJUICE 0.81 20 '88 10/29/18 0.50 1.00 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 0.75
UNDER SIEGE 2.19 68 '92 11/6/18 2.50 2.00 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.25
TRON 4.19 136 '82 11/14/18 4.50 4.00 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 4.25
LAST BOY SCOUT, THE 3.19 110 '91 11/28/18 5.00 1.50 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.25
GROUNDHOG DAY 0.75 17 '93 12/6/18 0.00 2.00 0.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.00
GOOD WILL HUNTING 0.75 17 '97 12/13/18 n/a 0.00 2.00 0.00 n/a n/a 1.00
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS 0.56 13 '90 12/19/18 n/a 1.50 0.00 0.00 n/a n/a 0.75
JINGLE ALL THE WAY 3.62 124 '96 12/23/18 5.00 4.00 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.50
WARGAMES 1.75 56 '83 1/2/19 3.00 1.00 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.00
CROW, THE 4.00 133 '83 1/10/19 n/a n/a 4.00 4.00 4.00 n/a 4.00
BURBS, THE 3.41 117 '89 1/17/19 n/a 3.50 n/a 4.25 2.50 n/a 3.38
WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S 2.59 85 '89 1/24/19 1.50 3.75 n/a 2.50 n/a n/a 2.62
PREDATOR 0.41 10 '87 1/31/19 0.50 0.25 0.50 n/a n/a n/a 0.38
SAFE MEN 4.56 147 '98 2/7/19 4.00 5.00 n/a 4.75 n/a n/a 4.50
LICENCE TO DRIVE 2.75 94 '88 2/14/19 3.50 3.50 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 2.50
BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II 1.00 22 '89 2/21/19 1.00 1.00 n/a 1.00 n/a n/a 1.00
CRIMSON TIDE 2.03 64 '95 2/27/19 2.50 1.25 n/a 2.50 n/a n/a 1.88
DUNE 3.44 120 '84 3/7/19 n/a 4.00 4.00 2.50 n/a n/a 3.25
TOY STORY 1.06 26 '95 3/14/19 n/a 0.50 2.00 n/a n/a 0.50 1.25
TOTAL RECALL 1.41 42 '90 3/22/19 n/a 1.00 n/a 1.75 n/a 1.50 1.38
NATURAL, THE 1.62 51 '84 3/28/19 n/a 1.00 2.00 n/a n/a 2.00 1.50
PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE 0.70 16 '85 4/3/19 n/a 1.20 1.00 0.00 n/a n/a 0.60
KING RALPH 4.38 141 '91 4/13/19 n/a 5.00 4.00 n/a 4.00 n/a 4.50
ROBOCOP 1.48 43 '87 6/3/19 0.50 0.50 0.50 3.75 n/a n/a 2.12
PRINCESS BRIDE 0.50 11 '87 6/13/19 1.00 0.50 0.00 n/a n/a n/a 0.50
DEMOLITION MAN 2.44 82 '93 6/20/19 4.00 1.50 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 2.75
VIDEODROME 3.25 112 '83 6/27/19 4.00 4.50 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 3.00
SANDLOT, THE 2.25 72 '93 7/3/19 1.50 1.00 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.50
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK 3.19 110 '81 7/10/19 4.50 2.00 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.25
BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE 2.69 88 '89 7/18/19 2.50 4.00 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 2.75
GALAXY QUEST 1.50 44 '99 7/24/19 1.75 1.25 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.50
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2.19 68 '96 8/2/19 1.50 3.00 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.25
BAD BOYS 3.25 112 '95 8/9/19 4.50 4.00 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 3.00
KARATE KID, THE 1.19 29 '84 8/15/19 2.50 0.00 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.25
DOGMA 1.81 59 '99 8/26/19 1.00 2.50 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.75
CABLE GUY, THE 0.31 6 '96 9/3/19 0.50 0.50 0.00 n/a n/a n/a 0.25
KINDERGARTEN COP 3.50 121 '90 9/10/19 4.00 3.00 3.50 n/a n/a n/a 3.50
BOONDOCK SAINTS, THE 3.06 107 '99 9/16/19 4.50 2.50 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.25
ROCK, THE 1.69 55 '96 9/23/19 2.00 1.50 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.75
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 0.88 21 '82 10/1/19 2.00 0.00 0.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.00
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN 2.88 98 '82 10/8/19 2.00 2.50 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.00
MONEY PIT, THE 2.31 73 '86 10/16/19 2.50 2.50 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.25
ARMY OF DARKNESS 2.41 80 '92 10/21/19 2.50 2.25 2.50 n/a n/a n/a 2.38
SHINING, THE 0.56 13 '80 10/29/19 0.00 0.00 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 0.75
IRON EAGLE 3.56 123 '86 11/5/19 5.00 2.50 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.75
L.A. STORY 2.69 88 '91 11/12/19 2.50 2.50 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.75
UHF 1.56 49 '89 11/19/19 3.00 n/a 0.50 n/a 1.00 n/a 1.75
SCARFACE 1.56 49 '83 11/26/19 2.50 1.00 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.75
MAGNOLIA 1.50 44 '99 12/6/19 1.50 0.50 2.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.50
BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA 2.44 82 '92 12/12/19 1.50 4.00 1.50 n/a n/a n/a 2.75
NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2.88 98 '93 12/15/19 2.50 2.00 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.00
SANTA CLAUSE, THE 2.31 73 '94 12/23/19 2.50 2.00 2.50 n/a n/a n/a 2.25
OVER THE TOP 3.00 105 '87 1/1/20 3.50 3.00 2.50 n/a n/a n/a 3.00
RONIN 2.38 76 '98 1/7/20 2.00 2.00 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.50
TOMMY BOY 2.00 61 '98 1/17/20 0.50 3.50 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 2.00
EXPLORERS 3.38 115 '85 1/21/20 4.00 3.00 3.00 n/a n/a n/a 3.50
LETHAL WEAPON 1.31 36 '85 1/29/20 1.50 0.50 2.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.25
DROP DEAD FRED 4.31 140 '91 2/11/20 4.50 4.00 4.50 n/a n/a n/a 4.25
BETTER OFF DEAD 1.19 29 '85 2/17/20 2.00 0.50 1.00 n/a n/a n/a 1.25
DUMB AND DUMBER 0.00 1 '94 2/25/20 0.00 0.00 0.00 n/a n/a n/a 0.00
AIR FORCE ONE 2.88 98 '97 3/3/20 3.50 2.50 2.50 n/a n/a n/a 3.00
SPIES LIKE US 3.12 108 '85 3/10/20 3.50 3.50 2.50 n/a n/a n/a 3.00
TIME RIDER 4.38 141 '82 3/17/20 5.00 4.00 4.00 n/a n/a n/a 4.50
CLUE 1.66 54 '95 3/24/20 1.00 3.25 0.50 n/a n/a n/a 1.88