My Best Films of 1981

Out of 314 films seen. All rated 8/10 or higher.
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1.
Francisca (1981)
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The life of a young man, son of an English officer who lets himself become a prisoner of love resulting in fatalism and disgrace. (166 mins.)
 
2.
Cutter's Way (1981)
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Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter. (109 mins.)
Director: Ivan Passer
 
3.
Documenteur (1981)
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A young French woman, separated from her lover, tries to find a lodging in L.A. for herself and her son. (65 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
4.
Das Boot (1981)
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The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
5.
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
 
6.
Tango (1981 Short Film)
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Subsequent characters appear in a poorly-decorated room, intertwining but never colliding, all possessed by never-ending rituals. (8 mins.)
 
7.
Circle of Deceit (1981)
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Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and... (108 mins.)
 
8.
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
 
9.
Stagefright (1981)
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(75 mins.)
Director: Jon Jost
 
10.
Mephisto (1981)
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A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance... (144 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
11.
Son of the White Mare (1981)
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A man is born the son of a horse with superpowers and uses them to do battle with legendary dragons. (81 mins.)
 
12.
Pixote (1981)
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The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc (128 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
13.
Le Pont du Nord (1981)
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A woman recently released from prison and a strange young female street urchin keep running into each... (129 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
14.
Coup de torchon (1981)
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1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful)... (128 mins.)
 
15.
The Aviator's Wife (1981)
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A young student is devastated when he finds that his girlfriend is cheating on him. In order to find out why she did it, he decides to spy on her and her lover. (104 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
16.
Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981)
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The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge... (116 mins.)
 
17.
Tree of Knowledge (1981)
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As a group of Danish children pass into adolescence, gradually the most popular girl becomes an outcast... (110 mins.)
Director: Nils Malmros
 
18.
Wie de Waarheid Zegt Moet Dood (1981 Documentary)
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Documentary on the life and death of Pier Paolo Pasolini. (60 mins.)
Director: Philo Bregstein
 
19.
You Are Not I (1981)
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A young woman escapes from a mental hospital during the chaos of a nearby multiple-car accident. She... (50 mins.)
Director: Sara Driver
 
20.
The Loveless (1981)
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Trouble ensues when a motorcycle gang stops in a small southern town while heading to the races at Daytona. (82 mins.)
 
21.
Diva (1981)
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Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller. (117 mins.)
 
22.
The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time (1981 Documentary)
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Documentary about the blacklisted folk group, "The Weavers," and the events leading up to their triumphant return to Carnegie Hall. (78 mins.)
Director: Jim Brown
 
23.
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
 
24.
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
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Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews. (110 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
25.
The Day After Trinity (1981 Documentary)
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Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect... (88 mins.)
Director: Jon Else
 
26.
Junkopia (1981 Documentary)
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A short film that shows Boundless, Surreal objects that are juxtaposed with our present World. Cars... (6 mins.)
 
27.
No One Here Gets Out Alive: A Tribute to Jim Morrison (1981 Documentary)
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Ten years after the death of lead singer, Jim Morrison, remaining members of the Doors offer insight into the unique vision of a rock and roll legend. (60 mins.)
 
28.
The Woman Next Door (1981)
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Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue. (106 mins.)
 
29.
Merry-Go-Round (1981)
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Elizabeth sends telegrams to her old boyfriend Ben in NYC and to her younger sister Leo in Rome to join her in Paris, where she is selling her dead father's estate. When Ben and Leo arrive, a mysterious adventure begins. (160 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
30.
Turumba (1981 Documentary)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Kidlat Tahimik
 
31.
Agatha and the Limitless Readings (1981)
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A dialogue-driven drama about a woman and her brother who meet at a deserted seaside hotel to deal with their passionate incestuous feelings for each other and reminisce about their happy childhood. (90 mins.)
 
32.
Muddy River (1981)
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In post-War Japan, a boy from a noodle store-owning family befriends a neighboring boy living in poverty. (105 mins.)
Director: Kôhei Oguri
 
33.
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
 
34.
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
 
35.
Trances (1981 Documentary)
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The group's "Trances" are our equivalent of "soul music", our irrationality. I followed the example... (90 mins.)
 
36.
Lola (1981)
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In post-war West Germany, the charming Von Bohm is appointed a city's new Building Commissioner. His morality is tested when he unknowingly falls in love with a brothel worker, Lola, the paid mistress of a corrupt property developer. (113 mins.)
 
37.
Filming 'The Trial' (1981 Documentary)
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After a screening of 'The Trial' at the University of Southern California, Welles discussed with the public and tried to answer their questions. (82 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
38.
Prince of the City (1981)
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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. (167 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
39.
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
 
40.
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