50 movies from 1983 worth watching

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1.
The Right Stuff (1983)
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program. (193 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
2.
The Dresser (1983)
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An effeminate personal assistant of a deteriorating veteran actor struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
3.
The Big Chill (1983)
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A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends. (105 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
4.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
5.
L'Argent (1983)
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A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person until carelessness leads to tragedy. (85 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
6.
Scarface (1983)
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In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
7.
Local Hero (1983)
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An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected. (111 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
8.
The 4th Man (1983)
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A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
9.
El Norte (1983)
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Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better. (141 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
 
10.
Silkwood (1983)
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A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
11.
A Christmas Story (1983)
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In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (94 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
12.
Tender Mercies (1983)
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A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together. (92 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
13.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
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After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap. (131 mins.)
 
14.
Danton (1983)
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Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety... (136 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
15.
Videodrome (1983)
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When he acquires a different kind of programming for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality. (87 mins.)
 
16.
Entre Nous (1983)
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In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile... (110 mins.)
Director: Diane Kurys
 
17.
Rumble Fish (1983)
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Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on. (94 mins.)
 
18.
The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
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In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family. (130 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
19.
Sans Soleil (1983 Documentary)
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A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan. (104 mins.)
Director: Chris. Marker
 
20.
Yentl (1983)
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A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training. (133 mins.)
 
21.
Risky Business (1983)
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A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand. (99 mins.)
Director: Paul Brickman
 
22.
The Ploughman's Lunch (1983)
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James Penfield has made a career out of journalism. Now bankrupt, he finds himself with a group of other writers in the middle of the dispute-ridden British homeland at the time of the Falklands War. (107 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
 
23.
Testament (1983)
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The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack. (90 mins.)
Director: Lynne Littman
 
24.
Nostalgia (1983)
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A Russian poet and his interpreter travel to Italy to research the life of an 18th-century composer. (125 mins.)
 
25.
Zelig (1983)
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"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people. (79 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
26.
Educating Rita (1983)
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In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny... (110 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
27.
Under Fire (1983)
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Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979. (128 mins.)
 
28.
Carmen (1983)
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A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio... (102 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
29.
In the White City (1983)
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A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship "a floating factory of crazy people." He rents a room and does little... (108 mins.)
Director: Alain Tanner
 
30.
WarGames (1983)
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A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. (114 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
31.
Octopussy (1983)
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A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces. (131 mins.)
Director: John Glen
 
32.
Trading Places (1983)
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A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
33.
The Outsiders (1983)
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The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other. (91 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
34.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed. (123 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
35.
A Love in Germany (1983)
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In May of 1983, a man turns 49 and, with his 17-year old son, journeys to the village in Baden that he left 40 years before... (132 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
36.
Heat and Dust (1983)
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Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal... (133 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
37.
Bez svideteley (1983)
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Without Witness is an unflinchingly intimate and wickedly plotted two-actor tour de force pitting a divorced couple against each other and themselves. (95 mins.)
 
38.
Sugar Cane Alley (1983)
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Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living... (103 mins.)
Director: Euzhan Palcy
 
39.
Reuben, Reuben (1983)
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A drunken Scottish poet, who has not written a word in years, feels compelled to regain control of his life and work after meeting a beautiful young woman. (101 mins.)
 
40.
Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)
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His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lila and Uncle George. When he's six or eight... (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Schultz
 
41.
Daniel (1983)
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Daniel Isaacson attempts to determine the true complicity of his parents Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed for espionage in the 1950s. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
42.
The Meaning of Life (1983)
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The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way. (107 mins.)
 
43.
Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (1983)
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In a post-apocalyptic future where no one is able to speak, the few remaining humans fight over resources in order to survive. (92 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
44.
Star 80 (1983)
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A successful young model finds trouble when her obsessive manager-turned-husband becomes dangerously jealous. Based on the true story of 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten. (103 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
45.
Flashdance (1983)
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A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. (95 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
46.
The Dead Zone (1983)
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A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability. (103 mins.)
 
47.
Gorky Park (1983)
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A Moscow police officer investigates a triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level political conspiracy in the local government. (128 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
48.
Never Say Never Again (1983)
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A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated. (134 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
49.
Baby It's You (1983)
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In a 1966 New Jersey high school, Jill and new student Sheik from the other side of the tracks make their way in a first love romance. (105 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
50.
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
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A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion... (107 mins.)
Director: Alan Johnson