1981 - BEST MOVIES

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1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

8.5
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85 Metascore

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 738,490 | Gross: $248.16M

2. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

Votes: 17,903 | Gross: $40.38M

3. Man of Iron (1981)

PG | 156 min | Drama, History

7.5
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A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania, Wieslawa Kosmalska

Votes: 2,453

4. Prince of the City (1981)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett

Votes: 5,792 | Gross: $8.12M

5. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

7.9
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A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 7,968

6. Blow Out (1981)

R | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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85 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 32,529 | Gross: $13.75M

7. Mis (1981)

111 min | Comedy

8.4
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The main character is the manager of a sport club, nicknamed "Teddy Bear" by his friends and acquaintances. One day he is detained at the border just as his sport team is off to a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanislaw Bareja | Stars: Stanislaw Tym, Barbara Burska, Christine Paul, Krzysztof Kowalewski

Votes: 3,977

8. Thief (1981)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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78 Metascore

Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who has other plans for him.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi

Votes: 18,932 | Gross: $11.49M

9. Shortcuts (1981)

93 min | Comedy

7.9
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An evocation of the childhood memories of Bohumil Hrabal in his provincial town of Nymburk, dominated by the local brewery.

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Magda Vásáryová, Jirí Schmitzer, Jaromír Hanzlík, Rudolf Hrusínský

Votes: 1,779

10. Sjecas li se Dolly Bell? (1981)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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A young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and gets attracted by the world of small-time criminals. They hire him to hide a young ... See full summary »

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Slavko Stimac, Slobodan Aligrudic, Ljiljana Blagojevic, Mira Banjac

Votes: 4,770

11. Vabank (1981)

108 min | Comedy, Crime

8.0
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Set in Warsaw in 1930's. After six years in jail, framed for bank robbery by an accomplice, the legendary Kwinto has only revenge on his mind. He is a safecracker in the old style, a thief ... See full summary »

Director: Juliusz Machulski | Stars: Jan Machulski, Leonard Pietraszak, Witold Pyrkosz, Ewa Szykulska

Votes: 2,863

12. Mniejsze niebo (1981)

96 min | Drama

6.7
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A story of a dropout out of a succesful career and a loving family. He goes to a local railroad station, then checks into a hotel and refuses to leave despite visits by a psychiatrist and ... See full summary »

Director: Janusz Morgenstern | Stars: Roman Wilhelmi, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Jan Englert, Wladyslaw Kowalski

Votes: 46

13. Wojna swiatów - nastepne stulecie (1981)

96 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller, War

7.0
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Film opens on December 28, 1999, three days before the dawn of the new century. A local reporter, Iron Idem, announces that the Martians have landed. Shortly after that his program loses ... See full summary »

Director: Piotr Szulkin | Stars: Roman Wilhelmi, Krystyna Janda, Mariusz Dmochowski, Jerzy Stuhr

Votes: 355

14. Krótki dzien pracy (1981 TV Movie)

73 min | Drama

7.0
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Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Waclaw Ulewicz, Lech Grzmocinski, Tadeusz Bartosik, Elzbieta Kijowska

Votes: 242

15. Coup de torchon (1981)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A worn-out, ineffective police chief humiliated by everyone around him decides one day to improve his life, by any means.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 3,995

16. On Golden Pond (1981)

PG | 109 min | Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon

Votes: 23,459 | Gross: $119.29M

17. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

7.5
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70 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 157,211 | Gross: $2.40M

18. Wielki bieg (1981 TV Movie)

99 min | Drama

8.0
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Set in 1952, the story follows events around the "Peace Run", a propaganda 3-day marathon for peace. The winner is to be presented with a new motorcycle by the country's president. Chief ... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Domaradzki | Stars: Tadeusz Bradecki, Jaroslaw Kopaczewski, Leon Niemczyk, Krzysztof Pieczynski

Votes: 55

19. Junkopia (1981)

6 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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A short film that shows Boundless, Surreal objects that are juxtaposed with our present World. Cars, Motorways, noise of our modern society; A giant city in the distance - all that shrouds ... See full summary »

Directors: John Chapman, Chris Marker, Frank Simeone | Star: Arielle Dombasle

Votes: 433