Films I watched at the cinema in 70s and 80s

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1.
The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that has special powers... (104 mins.)
Director: Norman Tokar
“ Watched this at the Speedy drive in on heidelberg road. I was to watch this movie again on a flight to Japan in 2002. ” - frigug
 
2.
9 to 5 (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him. (109 mins.)
Director: Colin Higgins
“ Watched this at Stadium drive-in in Malvern ” - frigug
 
3.
An Eye for an Eye (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered... (106 mins.)
Director: Steve Carver
“ Watched this in 1981 at Werner Walthers birthday at the cinema on the corner of 10th street and Orange Grove ” - frigug
 
4.
Alligator (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage. (91 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ Watched this at Paterson park recreation center big hall ” - frigug
 
5.
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
“ Watched this at the Paterson Park recreation center upstairs small hall ” - frigug
 
6.
I'm for the Hippopotamus (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In Africa, many years ago, Slim and Tom don't like it when a German tyrant, starts selling all of the African wildlife to Canadian Zoo's... (108 mins.)
“ Watched this the Stadium drive-in in Malvern. Possibly the 2nd movie I ever watched at the drive-in ” - frigug
 
7.
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
“ I watched this at the Malvern drive in . The scene where they sawed off the guys legs in the shower remained with me for a long time and put me off any thought of a life in crime at the age of 8. ” - frigug
 
8.
The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
This is the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but... (106 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ Watched this at the Corlett drive center where doctor smith also used to reside. ” - frigug
 
9.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ I only watched a little at the drive in ( possibly the Johannesburg drive in near wynberg ) . I fell asleep as I was tired and bored with all the talk. I was only to watch this film again around 2011 and it blew me away to how great it is. ” - frigug
 
10.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ I watched this at balfour park on a saturday morning. I never saw the magic of this film until I watched it again in 2013 with the kids on a school holiday. ” - frigug
 
11.
Spies Like Us (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War. (102 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood. Was very funny at the time, but I dare not return to watching it again. ” - frigug
 
12.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. (102 mins.)
“ I watched this at Norwood primary. They used to have films on a friday night. I loved it. ” - frigug
 
13.
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
“ I watched this at Norwood primary. They used to have films on a friday night. I loved it. ” - frigug
 
14.
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.)
“ I watched this a Top Star in joburg. Was great at the time, but at the age of 6, I think I fell asleep . ” - frigug
 
15.
Amin: The Rise and Fall (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The chronicle of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and his tyranic rule from 1971 to his overthrow in 1979. (101 mins.)
Director: Sharad Patel
“ I watched this possibly at Johannesburg drive around Wynberg. It put the fear into me and Amin from then on was also associated with evil. ” - frigug
 
16.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood ” - frigug
 
17.
Howard the Duck (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invader. (110 mins.)
Director: Willard Huyck
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood . I was alright at the young tender age. ” - frigug
 
18.
Annie (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood ” - frigug
 
19.
Cobra (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans. (87 mins.)
“ I watched this at Eastgate cinema. Loved it at the time. I am scared to return to it as I may ruin the memory. ” - frigug
 
20.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Watched this with my cousins Sandro and brother. I was so glad that I was able to sneak in ( being that I was only 11 when I watched this film ) . Still is my favorite film of all time. The character interaction still stands up. ” - frigug
 
21.
Ghostbusters (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ I watched this at Top Star drive in ( which now does not exist at they mined the whole drive in away ). I remember they were selling the ghost pops chips around this time which I enjoyed. ” - frigug
 
22.
Batman (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ I watched this with Sandro at Balfour Park. Was a great film and still is. ” - frigug
 
23.
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A new speech teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with the janitor, a deaf woman speechless by choice. (119 mins.)
Director: Randa Haines
“ Watched this at Balfour Park with Gary and his parents. At the age of 11 , this movie nearly bored me to an early death. I watched it again around 2010 and loved it. ” - frigug
 
24.
Red Heat (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country. (104 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ Watched this on the same day as Big with Sandro and Francesco at Sandton City. ” - frigug
 
25.
Big (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult. (104 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
“ Watched this on the same day as Red Heat with Sandro and Francesco at Sandton City. ” - frigug
 
26.
Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The alumni of Commandant Lassard's Police Academy return to the school to train new recruits and prevent its closure. (83 mins.)
Director: Jerry Paris
“ I watched this with my next door neighbor Gary at Balfour park. Mom was in hospital at the time. ” - frigug
 
27.
The Land Before Time (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley. (69 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
“ I watched this in Hillbrow with Carla, Naida and Carla's then boyfriend Dino. ” - frigug
 
28.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Perseus must battle both Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda. (118 mins.)
Director: Desmond Davis
“ I watched this at Orange Grove cinema which was at the corner of 10th street and Louis Botha ” - frigug
 
29.
Xanadu (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
The story of a girl who makes dreams come true. (96 mins.)
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood ” - frigug
 
30.
Condorman (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 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
“ I watched this at the 7arts in grant avenue, Norwood ” - frigug
 
31.
Airport '77 (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under 100 feet of water. (114 mins.)
Director: Jerry Jameson
“ This is possibly the first ever film I watched outside of home. I think I watched it at stadium drive-in at malvern ” - frigug
 
32.
Zorro (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the New World, a new Spanish governor finds the province of Nueva Aragón under the iron fist of the corrupt Colonel Huerta and vows to bring justice under the guise of a masked avenger. (124 mins.)
Director: Duccio Tessari
“ We watched this at home in the kitchen with a old projector and a sheet against the wall. ” - frigug
 
33.
Trinity: Good Guys and Bad Guys (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In 1978, $20 million was stolen from a Detroit bank. One of the robbers was caught, one was found dead... (96 mins.)
Director: Bruno Corbucci
“ Watched this at the Corlett drive center where doctor smith also used to reside. This I believe was actually called Miami Supercops when I watched it. One of the last bud spencer films I ever watched. ” - frigug
 
34.
Enter the Dragon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. (102 mins.)
Director: Robert Clouse
“ This was the 2nd film of the evening at the drive in ( the 2nd film was always a bit older that current releases ) . I was great. I watched this again in the 90s and in 2012. Bruce lee's intestity in this film is amazing. ” - frigug
 
35.
The Golden Child (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A private detective specializing in missing children is charged with the task of finding a special child who dark forces want to eliminate. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ I watched this at Balfour Park ” - frigug
 
36.
Cannonball Run II (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
The original characters from the first Cannonball movie race across the country once more in various cars and trucks. (108 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
 
37.
My Bodyguard (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard. (96 mins.)
Director: Tony Bill
“ I watched this at Paterson park community hall. ” - frigug
 
38.
Death Wish II (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Architect Paul Kersey once again becomes a vigilante when he tries to find the five street punks who murdered his daughter and housekeeper, this time on the dark streets of Los Angeles. (88 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
“ I watched this at the drive in with my parents. I can't beleive my parents would take a 7 year old to watch a movie called Death Wish. It left quite an impression on me. ” - frigug