Favoritest Movies of 1983by Tincage | created - 18 Dec 2011 | updated - 08 Jan 2012 | Public
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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PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 798,213 | Gross: $309.13M
2. The Meaning of Life (1983)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical
The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.
Votes: 97,051 | Gross: $14.93M
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.
3. Nate and Hayes (1983)
PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 1,668 | Gross: $1.96M
It's cover art is mimicking Pirates of the Caribbean... I guess PotC owes it at LEAST that much. ;)
4. Never Say Never Again (1983)
PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.
Votes: 53,072 | Gross: $55.50M
5. WarGames (1983)
PG | 114 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 78,617 | Gross: $79.57M
6. Octopussy (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 81,762 | Gross: $67.90M
7. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
PG | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.
Votes: 28,485 | Gross: $29.50M
8. Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island (1983)
G | 78 min | Family, Animation, Comedy
Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales find a treasure map that leads them to a wishing well, which for a penny will grant any wish (through old cartoon footage). Daffy sets up a resort around the ... See full summary »
9. Sudden Impact (1983)
R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 34,617 | Gross: $67.64M
10. Blue Thunder (1983)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.
Votes: 13,742 | Gross: $42.31M
And I watched ever episode of the TV series too! And loved Dana Carvey in it! (The TV show, not the movie...)
12. Fire and Ice (1983)
PG | 81 min | Animation, Fantasy, Adventure
In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The only survivor is a young warrior, Larn, who ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,555 | Gross: $0.76M
14. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
R | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy
The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.
Votes: 80,324 | Gross: $61.40M
I was so young the first time I saw thing, I almost cried when he punched the plastic moose.
15. Bill Cosby: Himself (1983)
PG | 105 min | Documentary, Comedy
A concert film in which Bill Cosby discusses weekends, raising children, dentists, and many other situations.
As a stay @ home dad, lines from this go through my head more than once a week...
17. Brainstorm (1983)
PG | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into "higher ... See full summary »
Votes: 9,401 | Gross: $8.90M
19. The Big Chill (1983)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 28,243 | Gross: $56.20M
20. Rock & Rule (1983)
PG | 77 min | Animation, Fantasy, Music
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.
Votes: 2,594 | Gross: $0.03M
22. Risky Business (1983)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.
Votes: 68,434 | Gross: $63.50M
23. To Be or Not to Be (1983)
PG | 107 min | Comedy
At the onset of WW2, a Polish actor's family and the Polish Resistance help the troupe of a theatre escape Poland and the invading Nazis.
Votes: 8,905 | Gross: $13.00M
27. Mr. Mom (1983)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 17,820 | Gross: $64.80M
28. The Star Chamber (1983)
R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.
Votes: 5,383 | Gross: $5.56M
29. Strange Invaders (1983)
PG | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,168 | Gross: $1.36M
30. The Outsiders (1983)
PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 63,480 | Gross: $25.60M
32. Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
PG | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,940 | Gross: $12.23M
33. Valley Girl (1983)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance
Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.
Votes: 11,027 | Gross: $16.80M
34. Silkwood (1983)
R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 15,618 | Gross: $35.62M
35. Videodrome (1983)
R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When he acquires a different kind of show 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.
Votes: 69,120 | Gross: $2.12M
PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Three women make an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,295 | Gross: $16.48M
37. All the Right Moves (1983)
R | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.
Votes: 13,479 | Gross: $17.23M
38. Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
PG | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Music
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.
Votes: 5,849 | Gross: $4.79M
40. The Man with Two Brains (1983)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.
Votes: 21,354 | Gross: $10.10M
41. Max Dugan Returns (1983)
PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 2,921 | Gross: $17.61M
43. D.C. Cab (1983)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Action
The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town with a dream of starting his own cab company but needs to motivate Harold's employees ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,736 | Gross: $16.13M
44. Psycho II (1983)
R | 113 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
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.
Votes: 18,943 | Gross: $34.73M
45. Easy Money (1983)
R | 95 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 6,463 | Gross: $29.31M
47. Staying Alive (1983)
PG | 93 min | Drama, Music, Romance
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.
Votes: 12,426 | Gross: $64.89M
48. A Christmas Story (1983)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family
In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.
Votes: 115,754 | Gross: $19.29M
49. Jaws 3-D (1983)
PG | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
The sons of police chief Brody must protect customers at a SeaWorld theme park after a thirty-five-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them.
Votes: 32,130 | Gross: $45.52M