Best films, 1981

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1.
Possession (1981)
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A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister. (124 mins.)
 
2.
Roar (1981)
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A family goes to Africa to meet their father who lives with wild lions. (102 mins.)
Director: Noel Marshall
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Das Boot (1981)
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The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
Gregory's Girl (1980)
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Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection. (91 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
12.
Ms .45 (1981)
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A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol. (80 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
13.
Body Heat (1981)
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In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
Modern Romance (1981)
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Albert Brooks directs himself as a successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend. (93 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
17.
Southern Comfort (1981)
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A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their... (106 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
18.
The Beyond (1981)
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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
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
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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
 
22.
Crac (1980 Short Film)
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The industrialization of Montreal, as seen from the point of view of a rocking-chair. (15 mins.)
Director: Frédéric Back
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
Deliverance (1981 TV Movie)
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Untouchable shoemender Dukhi comes to the Brahmin's and asks him to arrange his daughter's engagement... (45 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
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.
They All Laughed (1981)
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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.)
 
30.
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
 
31.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
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Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands. (127 mins.)
Director: John Glen
 
32.
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
 
33.
Vernon, Florida (1981 Documentary)
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Early Errol Morris documentary intersplices random chatter he captured on film of the genuinely eccentric residents of Vernon... (55 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
34.
Blood Wedding (1981)
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Group of dancers put Lorca's 'Blood Wedding' on stage, the tragic play about a married man who is still in love with his ex girlfriend, and tries to get back to her despite her planned wedding. (72 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
35.
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
 
36.
Stripes (1981)
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Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun. (106 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
Christiane F. (1981)
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This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F... (138 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Edel
 
39.
Eye of the Needle (1981)
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A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband. (112 mins.)
 
40.
Dreadnaught (1981)
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A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise... (91 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
41.
Scanners (1981)
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A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
 
42.
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
 
43.
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
 
44.
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
 
45.
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
 
46.
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.)
 
47.
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
 
48.
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981 Documentary)
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The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag... (100 mins.)
 
49.
The Garden of Earthly Delights (1981 Short Film)
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A collage of two-dimensional images of vegetation, each appearing only for a moment, sometimes as a single image... (3 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
50.
The Pretenders (1981)
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(102 mins.)
Director: Jos Stelling
 
51.
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
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Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies. (83 mins.)
 
52.
Luger (1981)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Theo van Gogh
 
53.
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
 
54.
Arabic Numeral Series 12 (1981 Short Film)
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(27 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
55.
Unconscious London Strata (1981 Short Film)
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(22 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
56.
Brooklyn Bridge (1981 Documentary)
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This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction... (58 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns