Best Picture 1981

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1.
Excalibur (1981)
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Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart (140 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
2.
Blow Out (1981)
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A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger. (107 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
3.
Body Heat (1981)
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In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
4.
Pixote (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc (128 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
5.
Reds (1981)
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A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. (195 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
 
6.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
 
7.
The Evil Dead (1981)
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Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
8.
The Funhouse (1981)
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Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask. (96 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
9.
Lili Marleen (1981)
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In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees... (120 mins.)
 
10.
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married... (124 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
11.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
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Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
 
12.
Dragonslayer (1981)
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A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom. (108 mins.)
Director: Matthew Robbins
 
13.
Halloween II (1981)
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While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her. (92 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
 
14.
The Howling (1981)
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After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
15.
Absence of Malice (1981)
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When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of an union head, the man's life begins to unravel. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
16.
Ragtime (1981)
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A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City. (155 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
17.
Garde à vue (1981)
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A police inspector, suspecting an attorney of two child sex murders, has him held for a questioning session that goes on for hours. (86 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
18.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
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Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. (97 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
19.
On Golden Pond (1981)
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Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
20.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
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The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband. (122 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
 
21.
My Young Auntie (1981)
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Cheng Tai-Nan (Kara Hui) is an honest and faithful servant of a dying patriarch who wants nothing more... (121 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
22.
Mommie Dearest (1981)
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The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Perry
 
23.
Arthur (1981)
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Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which... (97 mins.)
Director: Steve Gordon
 
24.
The Road Warrior (1981)
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In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. (95 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
25.
Dead & Buried (1981)
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A suspense horror film set in a small coastal town where, after a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses begin to come back to life. (94 mins.)
Director: Gary A. Sherman
 
26.
Scanners (1981)
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A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
 
27.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
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Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. Is it Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason, who did not really drown in the lake some 30 years before? (87 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
 
28.
The Prowler (1981)
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An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
 
29.
Quartet (1981)
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Marya finds herself penniless after her art dealer husband, Stephan, is convicted of theft. Marya accepts the hospitality of a strange couple, H.J. and Lois Heidler, who lets her live in their house. (101 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
30.
The Burning (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement. (91 mins.)
Director: Tony Maylam
 
31.
Ghost Story (1981)
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Two generations of men find themselves haunted by the presence of a spectral woman. When the son of one of the elderly men returns to his hometown after his brother's mysterious death, they attempt to unravel her story. (110 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
 
32.
Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday. (110 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
33.
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
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A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead. (90 mins.)
Director: George Mihalka
 
34.
Night School (1981)
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Who's been decapitating the innocent girls at a local night school? The police are baffled. (88 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Hughes
 
35.
Escape from New York (1981)
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In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
36.
Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
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A reporter suspects a creepy neighbor, who lives in the high-rise building across from hers, is a serial killer terrorizing the Miami area. (84 mins.)
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
 
37.
Bloody Birthday (1981)
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Three children were born to the high of a total eclipse of the sun. Ten years later, They begin to kill gruesomely the people around them, even their family members. (85 mins.)
Director: Ed Hunt
 
38.
The Pit (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A solitary and strange preteen boy wreaks revenge on his harassers when he makes a disturbing discovery in the depth of a forest. (96 mins.)
Director: Lew Lehman
 
39.
They All Laughed (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A mad cap private-eye caper about a team of detectives who are following, and are being followed by, a group of beautiful women. (115 mins.)
 
40.
Outland (1981)
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In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
41.
One from the Heart (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Hank and Frannie don't seem to be able to live together anymore. After a five-year relationship, lustful... (107 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
42.
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981 TV Movie)
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In a small Southern town, a wrongfully-killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him from beyond the grave. (96 mins.)
 
43.
Porky's (1981)
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In 1954, a group of Florida high schoolers seek out to help their buddy lose his virginity, which leads them to seek revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff brother for harassing them. (94 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
44.
Wolfen (1981)
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A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks. (115 mins.)
 
45.
Only When I Laugh (1981)
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A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter... (120 mins.)
Director: Glenn Jordan
 
46.
The Monster Club (1981)
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A writer of horror stories is invited to a "monster club" by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three... (104 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
 
47.
Looker (1981)
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Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection... (93 mins.)
 
48.
The Other Hell (1981)
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Nuns become possessed by the Devil and lust after the abbot! (88 mins.)
Director: Stefan Oblowsky
 
49.
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement. (86 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
50.
The Final Conflict (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The now adult Antichrist plots to eliminate his future divine opponent while a cabal of monks plot to stop him. (108 mins.)
Director: Graham Baker
 
51.
Full Moon High (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A teenager (Adam Arkin) becomes a werewolf after a family vacation in Transylvania. (93 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
 
52.
Deadly Blessing (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
After her husband dies of mysterious circumstances, a widow becomes increasingly paranoid of the neighboring religious community that may have diabolical plans for her. (100 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
53.
The Beyond (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell. (87 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
54.
Final Exam (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A psycho killer shows up on college campus to slash up pretty co-eds and dumb jocks. (89 mins.)
Director: Jimmy Huston
 
55.
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher. (108 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
56.
Madhouse (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Julia, a teacher in a school for the deaf, has a hideously deformed and deranged twin sister that resides in the local looney bin... (92 mins.)
Director: Oliver Hellman
 
57.
Hell Night (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier. (101 mins.)
Director: Tom De Simone
 
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