Favoritest Movies of 1981

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.
Heavy Metal (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror. (86 mins.)
“ I know, I know... complete injustice, I put Heavy Metal over Raiders. Obviously I love Raiders, It's at #2 for this year. I go into 'why' a little bit more on my blog; Tincage Lining. ” - Tincage
 
2.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
 
3.
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy. (95 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
 
4.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda. (118 mins.)
Director: Desmond Davis
 
5.
History of the World: Part I (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes. (92 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
6.
Escape from New York (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1997, when the US 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
 
7.
Time Bandits (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young boy accidentally joins a band of time traveling dwarves as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. (116 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
8.
Excalibur (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
9.
Outland (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
10.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
11.
Stripes (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun. (106 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
12.
Condorman (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Cartoonist Woody becomes the superhero he draws. Using his gadgets he helps a Soviet spy defect to the West. (90 mins.)
Director: Charles Jarrott
 
13.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
14.
Das Boot (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
15.
The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
The sole surviving Texas Ranger of an ambush arranged by Butch Cavandish returns to fight back as a masked hero. (98 mins.)
“ I haven't seen this since I was a kid. Younger than that, the Lone Ranger TV show was how my day started. Seeing this, at age 7 or 8 was, and haven't gotten to see it again. ” - Tincage
 
16.
Dragonslayer (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom. (108 mins.)
Director: Matthew Robbins
“ Dear any movie with a dragon,
Dragonslayer is over 30 years old, why aren't more dragons in movies designed like these? We've suffered way to many ugly dragons. ” - Tincage
 
17.
The Final Conflict (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The now adult Antichrist plots to eliminate his future divine opponent while a cabal of monks plot to stop him. (108 mins.)
Director: Graham Baker
 
18.
The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Bugs Bunny hosts an award show featuring several classic Looney Toon shorts. (79 mins.)
Director: Friz Freleng
 
19.
Scanners (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
 
20.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ Must revisit in high def. Did so with Mad Max, and it was (like so many that I've only seen in p&s VHS) like I saw it for the first time. ” - Tincage
 
21.
Quest for Fire (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This story takes place in prehistoric time when three prehistoric tribesmen search for a new fire source. (100 mins.)
 
22.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
 
23.
Gallipoli (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
24.
Heartbeeps (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Two household robots run away and try to start a family. (78 mins.)
Director: Allan Arkush
 
25.
Reds (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
26.
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
While on an African expedition with her father, Jane Parker meets Tarzan, and the two become fascinated by each other. (107 mins.)
Director: John Derek
 
27.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
28.
The Cannonball Run (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks. (95 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
 
29.
Arthur (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
30.
The Howling (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
 
31.
Sharky's Machine (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Tom Sharky is demoted to vice after a bust goes terribly wrong. He and his team stumble across a mob murder tied to prostitution and government. (122 mins.)
Director: Burt Reynolds
 
32.
Body Heat (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
33.
The Professional (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Victim of a plot which has resulted in his imprisonment in a Central African jail for two years, a French secret agent arrives in Paris to settle accounts. (108 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
34.
On Golden Pond (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
35.
American Pop (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century. (96 mins.)
Director: Ralph Bakshi
 
36.
Tuck Everlasting (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In turn-of-the-20th-century upstate New York, Winnie Foster, a 12-year-old girl, discovers a family... (90 mins.)
 
37.
The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
When Max dies in an accident, he goes straight to hell. But the devil Barney makes him an offer: if... (96 mins.)
 
38.
Bustin' Loose (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Joe Braxton is an ex-con who has been given a second chance to freedom after violating his probation... (94 mins.)
Director: Oz Scott