Films of 1981

These are the films I have seen from the year 1981.
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1.
Absence of Malice (1981)
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When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of a union head, the man's life begins to unravel. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
2.
All Night Long (1981)
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A drummer plants doubts into the mind of a bandleader about his wife's faithfulness in an attempt to take over the band himself. (87 mins.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
Arthur (1981)
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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
 
5.
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
 
6.
Body Heat (1981)
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In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
7.
Das Boot (1981)
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The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
8.
Brooklyn Bridge (1981 Documentary)
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This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction... (58 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
9.
The Cannonball Run (1981)
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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
 
10.
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
 
11.
Nice Dreams (1981)
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Disguised as ice cream vendors, Cheech and Chong make--and subsequently lose--millions of dollars selling a batch of marijuana with an unusual side effect. (88 mins.)
Director: Thomas Chong
“ a/k/a 'Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams' ” - christopherpip
 
12.
Christiane F. (1981)
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This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F... (138 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Edel
 
13.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
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Perseus must battle both Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda. (118 mins.)
Director: Desmond Davis
 
14.
Continental Divide (1981)
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A hard-nosed Chicago journalist has an unlikely love affair with an eagle researcher. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
15.
Diva (1981)
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Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller. (117 mins.)
 
16.
Dragonslayer (1981)
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A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom. (108 mins.)
Director: Matthew Robbins
 
17.
The Evil Dead (1981)
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Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
18.
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
 
19.
Eyewitness (1981)
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Eccentric Vietnam War vet turned janitor claims to have witnessed a murder of a man tied to international political underground in order to get the attention of a TV reporter he has a huge crush on. The cops suspect his loser best friend. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
20.
The Final Conflict (1981)
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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
“ a/k/a 'The Final Conflict' ” - christopherpip
 
21.
First Monday in October (1981)
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For the first time in history a woman is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she becomes a friendly rival to a liberal associate. (98 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
22.
Een vlucht regenwulpen (1981)
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Maarten, a bachelor living with his terminally ill mother, is haunted by a nightmare in which God tells... (93 mins.)
Director: Ate de Jong
“ a/k/a 'A Flight of Rainbirds' ” - christopherpip
 
23.
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
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In New York, South Bronx's main police precinct is nicknamed Fort Apache by its employees who feel like troopers surrounded by hostiles in a wild west isolated outpost. (125 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
24.
The Four Seasons (1981)
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Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life... (107 mins.)
Director: Alan Alda
 
25.
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
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Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies. (83 mins.)
 
26.
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
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A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married... (124 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
27.
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
 
28.
Ghost Story (1981)
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Two generations of men find themselves haunted by the presence of a spectral woman. When the son of one of the elderly men returns to his hometown after his brother's mysterious death, they attempt to unravel her story. (110 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
 
29.
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
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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. (97 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
 
30.
Heartbeeps (1981)
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Two household robots run away and try to start a family. (78 mins.)
Director: Allan Arkush
 
31.
Heavy Metal (1981)
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A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror. (86 mins.)
 
32.
Hell Night (1981)
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Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier. (101 mins.)
Director: Tom De Simone
 
33.
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
 
34.
The Howling (1981)
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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
 
35.
I Love You (1981)
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Man meets woman, and invites her home. The two start an intense relationship in order to shield themselves from loneliness. (110 mins.)
Director: Arnaldo Jabor
“ a/k/a 'I Love You' ” - christopherpip
 
36.
The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)
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When an ordinary woman is exposed to a unique mix of chemicals, she begins to uncontrollably physically shrink. (88 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
37.
Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981)
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A film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel. After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady... (104 mins.)
Director: Just Jaeckin
 
38.
Lili Marleen (1981)
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In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees... (120 mins.)
 
39.
Lola (1981)
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In post-war West Germany, the charming Von Bohm is appointed a city's new Building Commissioner. His morality is tested when he unknowingly falls in love with a brothel worker, Lola, the paid mistress of a corrupt property developer. (113 mins.)
 
40.
Looker (1981)
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Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection... (93 mins.)
 
41.
The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981)
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Bugs Bunny hosts an award show featuring several classic Looney Toon shorts. (79 mins.)
Director: Friz Freleng
 
42.
Malou (1981)
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Malou feels that the difficulties she is experiencing in her relationships lie in her past and so she searches out information about her mother... (95 mins.)
 
43.
Mephisto (1981)
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A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance... (144 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
44.
Modern Romance (1981)
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Albert Brooks directs himself as a successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend. (93 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
45.
Mommie Dearest (1981)
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The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Perry
 
46.
Montenegro (1981)
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A bored wealthy housewife on the verge of insanity cuts loose with some lively Yugoslavian immigrants who delight in their bohemian lifestyle. (96 mins.)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
 
47.
Neighbors (1981)
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A quiet man's peaceful suburban lifestyle is threatened by the new, obnoxious couple that moves in next door. (94 mins.)
 
48.
Nightmare (1981)
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A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution. (97 mins.)
 
49.
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
 
50.
On the Right Track (1981)
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Lester is a homeless shoeshine boy living in a railway station. He's got this funny knack for picking... (97 mins.)
Director: Lee Philips
 
51.
Only When I Laugh (1981)
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A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter... (120 mins.)
Director: Glenn Jordan
 
52.
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
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During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher. (108 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
53.
Polyester (1981)
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A suburban housewife's world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he's serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet. (86 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
54.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
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The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband. (122 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
 
55.
Prince of the City (1981)
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A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted. (167 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
56.
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
 
57.
Quest for Fire (1981)
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This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source. (100 mins.)
 
58.
Raggedy Man (1981)
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It's 1944 in the small town of Gregory, Texas. Divorcée Nita Longley has been brought into the town... (94 mins.)
Director: Jack Fisk
 
59.
Ragtime (1981)
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A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City. (155 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
60.
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.)
 
61.
Reds (1981)
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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
 
62.
Rich and Famous (1981)
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Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist... (117 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
63.
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
“ a/k/a 'The Road Warrior' ” - christopherpip
 
64.
S.O.B. (1981)
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A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production, where its family-friendly star takes her top off. (122 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
65.
Scanners (1981)
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A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
 
66.
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.)
 
67.
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
 
68.
Take This Job and Shove It (1981)
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The "Alison Group" has bought four beer breweries in difficulties. The young but rising top manager Frank Macklin is sent to reorganize one of them... (100 mins.)
Director: Gus Trikonis
 
69.
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
 
70.
Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)
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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
 
71.
Time Bandits (1981)
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A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. (116 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
72.
Under the Rainbow (1981)
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A visiting dignitary, a CIA agent, a Nazi spy, Japanese tourists, an assassin and a group of "midget" actors from The Wizard of Oz all check into an elite Los Angeles hotel called Under the Rainbow. (98 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
 
73.
Wolfen (1981)
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A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks. (115 mins.)
 
74.
Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981)
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Mexico, 1840s. When the new Spanish Governor begins to grind the peasants under his heel, wealthy landowner... (93 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak