Best of 1981

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1. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 219,038 | Gross: $11.49M

BEST PICTURE

Nominees: Raiders of the Lost Ark Reds Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Chariots of Fire Gallipoli Arthur

2. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 219,038 | Gross: $11.49M

BEST DIRECTOR - Wolfgang Petersen

Nominees: Warren Beatty - Reds Steven Spielberg - Raiders of the Lost Ark Peter Weir - Gallipoli Hugh Hudson - Chariots of Fire

3. Arthur (1981)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Arthur spends his time with booze and whores. His dad has a wife lined up for him that he keeps rejecting - until it's her or being cut off from $750,000,000. Then he goes shopping where he falls in love with a shoplifter.

Director: Steve Gordon | Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 24,619 | Gross: $95.46M

BEST ACTOR - Dudley Moore

Nominees: Warren Beatty - Reds Jürgen Prochnow - Das Boot Klaus Maria Brandauer - Mephisto Jeremy Irons - The French Lieutenant's Woman

4. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

Votes: 19,650 | Gross: $40.38M

BEST ACTRESS - Diane Keaton

Nominees: Meryl Streep - The French Lieutenant's Woman Katharine Hepburn - On Golden Pond Faye Dunaway - Mommie Dearest Liza Minnelli - Arthur

5. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 51,288 | Gross: $58.97M

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Ian Holm

Nominees: Jack Nicholson - Reds John Gielgud - Arthur Herbert Grönemeyer - Das Boot Doug McKeon - On Golden Pond

6. On Golden Pond (1981)

PG | 109 min | Drama

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon

Votes: 26,194 | Gross: $119.29M

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Jane Fonda

Nominees: Maureen Stapleton - Reds Alice Krige - Chariots of Fire Rutanya Alda - Mommie Dearest Helen Mirren - Excalibur

7. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

Votes: 19,650 | Gross: $40.38M

BEST CASTING

Nominees: On Golden Pond Arthur The French Lieutenant's Woman Chariots of Fire

8. Arthur (1981)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Arthur spends his time with booze and whores. His dad has a wife lined up for him that he keeps rejecting - until it's her or being cut off from $750,000,000. Then he goes shopping where he falls in love with a shoplifter.

Director: Steve Gordon | Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 24,619 | Gross: $95.46M

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Nominees: Reds Chariots of Fire Raiders of the Lost Ark Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

9. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Wife and husband, both actors, play a couple in love from the Victorian era. Soon they begin to feel that fiction interweaves into reality.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Emily Morgan

Votes: 11,347 | Gross: $22.60M

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nominees: Das Boot On Golden Pond Mephisto Mommie Dearest

10. Excalibur (1981)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi

Votes: 55,023 | Gross: $34.97M

BEST TITLES/CREDITS DESIGN

Nominees: Das Boot For Your Eyes Only Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior The French Lieutenant's Woman

11. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 841,240 | Gross: $248.16M

BEST EDITING

Nominees: Reds Das Boot The French Lieutenant's Woman Gallipoli

12. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 219,038 | Gross: $11.49M

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nominees: Reds Raiders of the Lost Ark Excalibur Gallipoli

13. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 841,240 | Gross: $248.16M

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Nominees: Reds The French Lieutenant's Woman Excalibur Chariots of Fire

14. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

Votes: 19,650 | Gross: $40.38M

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Nominees: The French Lieutenant's Woman Excalibur Chariots of Fire Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

15. Excalibur (1981)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi

Votes: 55,023 | Gross: $34.97M

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIR

Nominees: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Raiders of the Lost Ark Mephisto Reds

16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 841,240 | Gross: $248.16M

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Nominees: For Your Eyes Only Das Boot Excalibur

17. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 51,288 | Gross: $58.97M

BEST SCORE

Nominees: Raiders of the Lost Ark Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Das Boot On Golden Pond

18. Excalibur (1981)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi

Votes: 55,023 | Gross: $34.97M

BEST SOUNDTRACK/ADAPTED SCORE

19. Arthur (1981)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Arthur spends his time with booze and whores. His dad has a wife lined up for him that he keeps rejecting - until it's her or being cut off from $750,000,000. Then he goes shopping where he falls in love with a shoplifter.

Director: Steve Gordon | Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 24,619 | Gross: $95.46M

BEST SONG - "The Best That You Can Do"

Nominees: For Your Eyes Only - "For Your Eyes Only" The Fox and the Hound - "Best of Friends"

20. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 219,038 | Gross: $11.49M

BEST SOUND

Nominees: Raiders of the Lost Ark Reds For Your Eyes Only Gallipoli

21. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 841,240 | Gross: $248.16M

BEST SOUND EDITING

Nominees: Das Boot For Your Eyes Only Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Excalibur

22. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 841,240 | Gross: $248.16M

BEST STUNTS

Nominees: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior For Your Eyes Only Das Boot Gallipoli

23. The Fox and the Hound (1981)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

65 Metascore

Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies.

Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Art Stevens | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson

Votes: 80,180 | Gross: $63.46M

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

24. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 219,038 | Gross: $11.49M

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Nominees: Mephisto



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