Favoritest Movies of 1983

I'm making (I hope...) the most comprehensive favorite movie list ever!!! (No sense in being arbitrary with such a commonly asked question!) So I'm ranking every movie I've ever seen using Paired Comparison Analysis. First, year by year. Then, the top 80th percentile from each year advance to the decade round, and from there the all time round. I'll admit that a number of movies a much younger me saw long ago may be appreciated more or differently now, but in their cases, I only have my reactions at the time to draw upon.
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1.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
 
2.
The Meaning of Life (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way. (107 mins.)
“ The first DVD I ever bought. If you're wondering why it wasn't [insert title here], that probably wasn't out, or made, or was a flip disc. ” - Tincage
 
3.
Nate and Hayes (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day. (99 mins.)
“ It's cover art is mimicking Pirates of the Caribbean... I guess PotC owes it at LEAST that much. ;) ” - Tincage
 
4.
Never Say Never Again (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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
 
5.
WarGames (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
6.
Octopussy (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
 
7.
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series The Twilight Zone. (101 mins.)
 
8.
Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales find a treasure map that leads them to a wishing well, which for a penny... (78 mins.)
 
9.
Sudden Impact (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case. (117 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
10.
Blue Thunder (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle. (109 mins.)
Director: John Badham
“ And I watched ever episode of the TV series too! And loved Dana Carvey in it! (The TV show, not the movie...) ” - Tincage
 
11.
The Right Stuff (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
12.
Fire and Ice (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord... (81 mins.)
Director: Ralph Bakshi
 
13.
The Keep (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison. (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
14.
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ I was so young the first time I saw thing, I almost cried when he punched the plastic moose. ” - Tincage
 
15.
Bill Cosby: Himself (1983 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A concert film in which Bill Cosby discusses weekends, raising children, dentists, and many other situations. (105 mins.)
Stars: Bill Cosby
“ As a stay @ home dad, lines from this go through my head more than once a week... ” - Tincage
 
16.
Trading Places (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
17.
Brainstorm (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people... (106 mins.)
 
18.
Superman III (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel. (125 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
19.
The Big Chill (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
20.
Rock & Rule (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A malevolent rock star kidnaps a female singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon and her band must help her stop him. (77 mins.)
Director: Clive A. Smith
 
21.
The Dead Zone (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability. (103 mins.)
 
22.
Risky Business (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
23.
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
24.
Hercules (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
The story of the Greek mythological figure, updated in this 80's version. (98 mins.)
Director: Lewis Coates
 
25.
Project A (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Fighting against pirates in "old Hong Kong". Chinese costume drama with plenty of over-the-top tongue in cheek action and music. (105 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
 
26.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
27.
Mr. Mom (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce and he becomes a stay-at-home dad - a job he has no clue how to do. (91 mins.)
Director: Stan Dragoti
 
28.
The Star Chamber (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge... (109 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
29.
Strange Invaders (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her... (92 mins.)
 
30.
The Outsiders (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
31.
Flashdance (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. (95 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
32.
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his... (107 mins.)
Director: Steve Carver
 
33.
Valley Girl (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love... (99 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
 
34.
Silkwood (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
35.
Videodrome (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. (87 mins.)
 
36.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Three women make an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog... (90 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
 
37.
All the Right Moves (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A high school footballer desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Chapman
 
38.
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader - Eddie Wilson - may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band's never-released album. (95 mins.)
Director: Martin Davidson
 
39.
Christine (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it. (110 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
40.
The Man with Two Brains (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Steve Martin comedy about brain transplantation. (93 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
 
41.
Max Dugan Returns (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An English teacher and struggling single mother has her life disrupted when the father who abandoned her as a child comes back into her life. (98 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
42.
Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
A warrior seeks his true origins in a seemingly prehistoric wasteland. (88 mins.)
 
43.
D.C. Cab (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town... (100 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
44.
Psycho II (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him. (113 mins.)
 
45.
Easy Money (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
To inherit his mother-in-law's colossal fortune, a hard-living gambling addict must change his unhealthy ways before they get the best of him. (95 mins.)
 
46.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
47.
Staying Alive (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenge yet - succeeding as a dancer on the Broadway stage. (93 mins.)
 
48.
A Christmas Story (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
49.
Jaws 3-D (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
The sons of police chief Brody must protect civilians at a SeaWorld theme park after a 35-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them. (99 mins.)
Director: Joe Alves