My Favorite Movies of 1981

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1.
Mad Max 2: 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
 
2.
Das Boot (1981)
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The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
3.
The Flame Trees of Thika (1981 Mini-Series)
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Elspeth and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation... (50 mins.)
 
4.
Taps (1981)
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Military cadets take extreme measures to insure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers. (126 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
5.
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
 
6.
Quartet (1981)
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Marya finds herself penniless after her art dealer husband, Stephan, is convicted of theft. Marya accepts the hospitality of a strange couple, H.J. and Lois Heidler, who lets her live in their house. (101 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
7.
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
 
8.
Gallipoli (1981)
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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
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
Escape from New York (1981)
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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
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
History of the World: Part I (1981)
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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
 
15.
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.)
“ AKA - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark ” - Girgisbond
 
16.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
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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
 
17.
The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)
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The sole surviving Texas Ranger of an ambush arranged by Butch Cavandish returns to fight back as a masked hero. (98 mins.)
 
18.
Death Hunt (1981)
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In 1931 Canada, Yukon trapper Johnson has a feud with a dog owner who later retaliates by publicly accusing Johnson of murder and thus triggering a police manhunt in the wilderness. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Hunt
 
19.
Lion of the Desert (1980)
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In the Fascist Italy Pre-World War II of Benito Mussolini, the cruel General Rodolfo Graziani is directly... (173 mins.)
Director: Moustapha Akkad
 
20.
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
 
21.
Masada (1981 Mini-Series)
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After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada. (394 mins.)
 
22.
Sphinx (1981)
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Egyptologist Erica Baron finds more than she bargained for during her long-planned trip to The Land of the Pharoahs - murder, theft, betrayal, love, and a mummy's curse! (118 mins.)
 
23.
Windwalker (1980)
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An ancient Indian warrior who has reached the end of his life is brought back from his 'death' to save... (108 mins.)
Director: Kieth Merrill