56th Academy Awards (1983)

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1. Terms of Endearment (1983)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Votes: 47,587 | Gross: $108.42M

Winner - Best Picture Winner - Best Director for James L. Brooks Winner - Best Actress for Shirley MacLaine Nominated - Best Actress for Debra Winger Winner - Best Supporting Actor for Jack Nicholson Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for John Lithgow Winner - Best Adapted Screenplay for James L. Brooks Nominated - Best Film Editing for Richard Marks Nominated - Best Original Score for Michael Gore Nominated - Best Sound Mixing Nominated - Best Art Direction

2. The Big Chill (1983)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt

Votes: 29,074 | Gross: $56.20M

Nominated - Best Picture Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Glenn Close Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek

3. The Dresser (1983)

PG | 118 min | Drama

An effeminate personal assistant of a deteriorating veteran actor struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Edward Fox, Zena Walker

Votes: 4,192 | Gross: $5.31M

Nominated - Best Picture Nominated - Best Director for Peter Yates Nominated - Best Actor for Tom Courtenay Nominated - Best Actor for Albert Finney Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay for Ronald Harwood

4. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

91 Metascore

The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 50,596 | Gross: $21.50M

Nominated - Best Picture Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for Sam Shepard Winner - Best Film Editing for Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Stewart and Tom Rolf Winner - Best Original Score for Bill Conti Winner - Best Sound Mixing Winner - Best Sound Editing for Jay Boekelheide Nominated - Best Art Direction Nominated - Best Cinematography for Caleb Deschanel

5. Tender Mercies (1983)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Music

A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley

Votes: 8,177 | Gross: $8.44M

Nominated - Best Picture Nominated - Best Director for Bruce Beresford Winner - Best Actor for Robert Duvall Winner - Best Original Screenplay for Horton Foote Nominated - Best Original Song for "Over You"

6. Fanny and Alexander (1982)

R | 188 min | Drama

100 Metascore

Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Kristina Adolphson, Börje Ahlstedt

Votes: 50,246 | Gross: $4.97M

Nominated - Best Director for Ingmar Bergman Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Ingmar Bergman Winner - Best Foreign Language Film (Sweden) Winner - Best Costume Design for Marik Vos-Lundh Winner - Best Art Direction Winner - Best Cinematography for Sven Nykvist

7. Silkwood (1983)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 16,150 | Gross: $35.62M

Nominated - Best Director for Mike Nichols Nominated - Best Actress for Meryl Streep Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Cher Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen Nominated - Best Film Editing for Sam O'Steen

8. Educating Rita (1983)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

In London, twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins a literature course in an open ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman

Votes: 10,944 | Gross: $14.65M

Nominated - Best Actor for Michael Caine Nominated - Best Actress for Julie Walters Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay for Willy Russell

9. Reuben, Reuben (1983)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A drunken Scottish poet, who has not written a word in years, feels compelled to regain control of his life and work after meeting a beautiful young woman.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: Tom Conti, Kelly McGillis, Roberts Blossom, Joel Fabiani

Votes: 870

Nominated - Best Actor for Tom Conti Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay for Julius J. Epstein

10. Testament (1983)

PG | 90 min | Drama

The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.

Director: Lynne Littman | Stars: Jane Alexander, William Devane, Rossie Harris, Roxana Zal

Votes: 5,107 | Gross: $2.04M

Nominated - Best Actress for Jane Alexander

11. To Be or Not to Be (1983)

PG | 107 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

At the onset of WW2, a Polish actor's family and the Polish Resistance help the troupe of a theatre escape Poland and the invading Nazis.

Director: Alan Johnson | Stars: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Ronny Graham, Estelle Reiner

Votes: 9,185 | Gross: $13.00M

Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for Charles Durning

12. Cross Creek (1983)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Rip Torn, Peter Coyote, Dana Hill

Votes: 1,271 | Gross: $0.20M

Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for Rip Torn Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Alfre Woodard Nominated - Best Original Score for Leonard Rosenman Nominated - Best Costume Design for Joe I. Tompkins

13. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance, War

65 Metascore

A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt, Bembol Roco

Votes: 17,468 | Gross: $10.28M

Winner - Best Supporting Actress for Linda Hunt

14. Yentl (1983)

PG | 133 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Amy Irving, Mandy Patinkin, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 10,901 | Gross: $40.22M

Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Amy Irving Winner - Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score Nominated - Best Original Song for "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" Nominated - Best Original Song for "The Way He Makes Me Feel" Nominated - Best Art Direction

15. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

77 Metascore

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 80,972 | Gross: $79.57M

Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes Nominated - Best Sound Mixing Nominated - Best Cinematography for William A. Fraker

16. Betrayal (1983)

R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller

Pinter's semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman's extramarital affair with her husband's best ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Hodge, Avril Elgar

Votes: 1,293

Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay for Harold Pinter

17. Carmen (I) (1983)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer). Their story then ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Antonio Gades, Laura del Sol, Paco de Lucía, Marisol

Votes: 2,604

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (Spain)

18. Entre Nous (1983)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, War

In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile a wealthy art student loses her first husband to a stray Resistance bullet; at the... See full summary »

Director: Diane Kurys | Stars: Miou-Miou, Isabelle Huppert, Guy Marchand, Jean-Pierre Bacri

Votes: 1,345

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (France)

19. Jób lázadása (1983)

98 min | Drama

Hungary, 1943. An elderly Jewish couple, Job and Roza, adopt an unruly non-Jewish child to whom they intend to pass on their wealth and knowledge before Nazi oppression engulfs Hungary.

Directors: Imre Gyöngyössy, Barna Kabay | Stars: Hédi Temessy, Ferenc Zenthe, Gábor Fehér, Heinrich Starhemberg

Votes: 415

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (Hungary)

20. Le bal (1983)

109 min | History, Musical

The 50 year story of a ballroom in France, from the 1920s. The people who go there is always the same, even the musicians. You can see all kind of people dancing all the fashion dances (... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Étienne Guichard, Régis Bouquet, Francesco De Rosa, Arnault LeCarpentier

Votes: 2,168

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (Algeria)

21. Blue Thunder (1983)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Daniel Stern

Votes: 14,321 | Gross: $42.31M

Nominated - Best Film Editing for Frank Morriss and Edward Abroms

22. Flashdance (1983)

R | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance

39 Metascore

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson

Votes: 41,378 | Gross: $94.90M

Nominated - Best Film Editing for Bud S. Smith and Walt Mulconery Winner - Best Original Song for "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Nominated - Best Film Editing for "Maniac" Nominated - Best Cinematography for Don Peterman

23. He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983)

51 min | Documentary, Family

Jacques d'Amboise, a noted former American ballet star who had dancing roles in such films as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Carousel (1956), and who later became a New York dancing instructor.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Jacques d'Amboise, Judy Collins, Kevin Kline, Lee Norris

Votes: 69

Winner - Best Documentary Feature

24. Children of Darkness (1983)

57 min | Documentary

A significant number of American children and teenagers - from all social backgrounds - suffer from mental disorders, schizophrenia, autism and emotional problems, leading them to isolation... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Thomas, Richard Kotuk, John Brooks, Billy Calhoun

Votes: 267

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

25. First Contact (1982)

58 min | Documentary

This documentary presents footage of the first contact between the highland tribes of Papua New Guinea, and European explorers. In the 1930s three Australian's, Michael, Daniel and James ... See full summary »

Directors: Robin Anderson, Bob Connolly | Stars: Richard Oxenburgh, Daniel Leahy, Mick Leahy, James Taylor

Votes: 167

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

26. The Profession of Arms (1983)

57 min | Documentary

Professional soldiers from six different nations discuss their combat experiences, job demands, and the effects of new technology.

Directors: Michael Bryans, Tina Viljoen | Star: Gwynne Dyer

Votes: 18

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

27. Seeing Red (1983)

100 min | Documentary, History

A unique documentary that looks at the political activities of the American Communist Party in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Directors: Jim Klein, Julia Reichert | Stars: Oscar Hunter, Rose Podmaka, Sylvia Woods, Howard 'Stretch' Johnson

Votes: 96

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

28. Flamenco at 5:15 (1983)

29 min | Documentary, Short

For a few weeks each year, in the depths of winter, senior students at the National Ballet School of Canada are treated to a style of dance that is unlike any other - flamenco.

Director: Cynthia Scott | Stars: Susana Robledo, Antonio Robledo, Rita Bozi, Catherine Hader

Votes: 115

Winner - Best Documentary Short

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

30. Sewing Woman (1982)

14 min | Documentary, Short

Sewing Woman chronicles the bittersweet journey of one woman's determination to survive: from an arranged marriage in old China to working class comforts in modern America. Produced over 18... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dong | Star: Lisa Lu

Votes: 20

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

31. Spaces: The Architecture of Paul Rudolph (1983)

29 min | Documentary, Short

This documentary recreates a genuine sense of the personal presense of the late modern architect, Paul Rudolph, and the ambience of his studio. Mr. Rudolph was widely recognized within the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Bob Eisenhardt | Star: Cliff Robertson

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

32. Ihr zent frei (1983)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Five former U.S. Servicemen and a prison camp survivor give accounts of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in 1945.

Directors: Dea Brokman, Ilene Landis

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

33. Boys and Girls (1983)

22 min | Short

A girl growing up on a fox farm in rural Canada must deal with the gender roles she is expected to conform to by her loving - yet unobservant parents.

Director: Don McBrearty | Stars: Megan Follows, David Fox, Clare Coulter, Ian Heath

Votes: 45

Winner - Best Live Action Short

Nominated - Best Live Action Short

35. Overnight Sensation (1984)

TV-PG | 28 min | Short, Drama

After housewife Eve Peregrine writes a sudden hit novel, her husband George, a successful fashion photographer, finds it difficult to deal with the attention being showered on her. His ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Bloom | Stars: Louise Fletcher, Robert Loggia, Shari Belafonte

Votes: 23

Nominated - Best Live Action Short

36. Sundae in New York (1983)

4 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A character closely resembling then-mayor Ed Koch sings a variation on the "Theme from 'New York, New York'" in an entirely clay-animated film depicting a variety of locations and ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy Picker | Star: Scott Record

Votes: 372

Winner - Best Animated Short

37. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Director: Burny Mattinson | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 8,300 | Gross: $21.00M

Nominated - Best Animated Short

Nominated - Best Animated Short

39. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 827,717 | Gross: $309.13M

Nominated - Best Original Score for John Williams Nominated - Best Sound Mixing Nominated - Best Sound Editing for Ben Burtt Nominated - Best Art Direction

40. Under Fire (1983)

R | 128 min | Drama, War

Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Nick Nolte, Ed Harris, Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy

Votes: 6,070 | Gross: $5.70M

Nominated - Best Original Score for Jerry Goldsmith

41. The Sting II (1983)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Crime

A team of cons is planning a new scam involving betting on a boxing match but one of its past victims aims to exact revenge by eliminating the whole group.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Mac Davis, Teri Garr, Karl Malden

Votes: 1,823 | Gross: $6.35M

Nominated - Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score

42. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 118,730 | Gross: $90.40M

Nominated - Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score

43. Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Bruce Barlow, Leo Rossi

Votes: 1,122 | Gross: $0.27M

Nominated - Best Costume Design for William Ware Theiss

44. The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)

122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army.

Director: Daniel Vigne | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Maurice Barrier, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu

Votes: 3,607 | Gross: $2.38M

Nominated - Best Costume Design for Anne-Marie Marchand

45. Zelig (1983)

PG | 79 min | Comedy

"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Patrick Horgan, John Buckwalter

Votes: 36,191 | Gross: $11.80M

Nominated - Best Costume Design for Santo Loquasto Nominated - Best Cinematography for Gordon Willis

46. Never Cry Wolf (1983)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama

A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Charles Martin Smith, Brian Dennehy, Zachary Ittimangnaq, Samson Jorah

Votes: 6,892 | Gross: $29.60M

Nominated - Best Sound Mixing



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