If I had to choose the single best decade of any director's career, I would choose this without hesitation. Here are the completely standalone American classics he directed in one eight-year period.
  1. This is Spinal Tap
    1984. The definitive mockumentary comedy.
  2. Stand By Me
    1986. Arguably the definitive pop childhood drama.
  3. This Princess Bride
    1987. The definitive childhood movie for a generation and perhaps every generation since.
  4. When Harry Met Sally
    1989. The definitive modern romantic comedy.
  5. Misery
    1990. A classic pop horror movie.
  6. A Few Good Men
    1992. The definitive modern courtroom drama.