My Top 20 by Year - 1983

by miran_kor | created - 24 Feb 2014 | updated - 09 May 2017 | Public

Under construction and always in progress.

The Best films from this year (according to IMDb) I've seen (so far).

Out of 161 films 'seen' (ie rated at IMDb). (May 2017)


  • Features, shorts, docs and TV movies eligible ("A film is a film is a film.").
  • TV mini-series are NOT (unless stated otherwise).
  • My humble rates added (for films with the same rate just once or twice though).
  • Films with the same rate are ordered arbitrarily. Feel free to re-order them at your will.
  • When I saw more than 20 excellent films (9/10 or above in my book) from a certain year I'll try and list them ALL. That would make some lists much longer but all the excellentia deserves to be mentioned.

Cinema = cinema (big screen) viewing TV = TV viewing PC = download OL = online viewing VHS = VHS viewing

Yet to see (among many):

L'argent (Bresson, 1983) El sur (The South, Erice, 1983) Pauline à la plage (Pauline at the Beach, Rohmer, 1983) El Norte (The North, Nava, 1983) Vivement dimanche! (Confidentially Yours, Truffaut, 1983) La belle captive (The Beautiful Prisoner, Robbe-Grillet, 1983) Hai tan de yi tian (That Day, on the Beach; Yang, 1983) The Terence Davies Trilogy (Davies, 1983) Tsisperi mtebi anu daujerebeli ambavi (Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story; Shengelaia, 1983) My Brother’s Wedding (Burnett, 1983) Tempo di viaggio (Voyage in Time, T. Guerra/Tarkovsky, 1983, TV, doc) Proshchanie (Farewell, Klimov, 1983) Slow Moves (Jost, 1983) Colpire al cuore (Blow to the Heart, Amelio, 1983) La ville des pirates (City of Pirates, Ruiz, 1983) Jukkai no mosquito (Mosquito on the Tenth Floor, Sai, 1983) Yôkirô (The Geisha, Gosha, 1983) Eréndira (R. Guerra, 1983) Faunovo velmi pozdní odpoledne (The Very Late Afternoon of a Faun, Chytilová, 1983) Rue cases nègres (Sugar Cane Alley, Palcy, 1983) Les trois couronnes du matelot (Three Crowns of the Sailor, Ruiz, 1983) Les années 80 (The Eighties, Akerman, 1983, doc) Kutya éji dala (The Dog's Night Song, Bódy, 1983) Adj király katonát (The Princess, Erdöss, 1983) Un jeu brutal (A Brutal Game, Brisseau, 1983) Tchao pantin (So Long, Stooge; Berri, 1983) Gabriela, Cravo e Canela (Gabriela, Barreto, 1983)

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1. Nostalgia (1983)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

A Russian poet and his interpreter travel to Italy to research the life of an 18th-century composer.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano, Patrizia Terreno

Votes: 17,034 | Gross: $0.01M

TV. 10/10.

2. Danton (1983)

PG | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre's incitement, has begun a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Wojciech Pszoniak, Anne Alvaro, Roland Blanche

Votes: 5,259


3. 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: 35,574 | Gross: $11.80M


4. Duvar (1983)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

Teens in a Turkish prison struggle to survive under hideous conditions. Made by dying Yilmaz Guney in France, after he escaped from a Turkish prison, enabling him to accept his award at ... See full summary »

Director: Yilmaz Güney | Stars: Tuncel Kurtiz, Ayse Emel Mesci Kuray, Malik Berrichi, Nicolas Hossein

Votes: 3,167


5. Konflikt (1983)

7 min | Animation, Short, War

Film characters are ordinary matches. Quarrel that flared up over a trifle turns into a real battle, in which both hostile parties perished.

Director: Garri Bardin

Votes: 267


6. Narcissus (1983)

Not Rated | 22 min | Musical, Short

A balletic interpretation of the Greek myth in which dancers enact the tragedy of the beautiful youth who condemns himself to a trapped existence through excessive self-love.

Director: Norman McLaren | Stars: Jean-Louis Morin, Sylvie Kinal, Sylvain Lafortune

Votes: 129


7. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)

PG | 13 min | Short, Horror, Music

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Vincent Price, Cynthia Garris

Votes: 13,098

TV. 10/10.

8. Rumble Fish (1983)

R | 94 min | Drama

63 Metascore

Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 27,166 | Gross: $2.49M

PC. 9.5/10.

9. Mer dare (1983)

47 min | Documentary

A man paves his own way to his own soul through an intellectual quest, tragedies of nations and personal drama. The road moving through the cosmic distances is a flight into one's internal ... See full summary »

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 245

OL. 9.5/10.

10. 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: 4,125 | Gross: $5.31M

Cinema. 9/10.

11. 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: 2,536


12. Angst (I) (1983)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A troubled man gets released from prison and starts taking out his sadistic fantasies on an unsuspecting family living in a secluded house.

Director: Gerald Kargl | Stars: Erwin Leder, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Silvia Ryder, Karin Springer

Votes: 5,887


13. 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: 2,112


14. One Deadly Summer (1983)

R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery

In spring 1976, a 19-year-old beauty, her German-born mother, and her crippled father move to the town of a firefighter nicknamed Pin-Pon. Everyone notices the provocative Eliane. She ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Becker | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Alain Souchon, Suzanne Flon, Jenny Clève

Votes: 3,573


15. The Meaning of Life (1983)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Directors: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 98,193 | Gross: $14.93M


16. So Is This (1983)

48 min

Experimental short in which sentences are formed by displaying one word at a time and at alternating speeds.

Director: Michael Snow

Votes: 138


17. Poslednja oaza (1983)

91 min | Documentary

A documentary who takes an artistic approach in presenting the untouched environment between the rivers of Danube and Drava in Yugoslavia. This strange world, in which the laws of nature ... See full summary »

Director: Petar Lalovic | Star: Zoran Radmilovic

Votes: 171


18. The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejô

Votes: 5,798


19. The Planets (1983 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

Based on the famous Gustav Holst musical suite, this musical film takes watchers on a magnificent journey of the planets of the Solar System.

Director: Ken Russell

Votes: 79


20. Moznosti dialogu (1983)

12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Three surreal depictions of failures of communication that occur on all levels of human society.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 3,172

Orig. title: Možnosti dialogu.


21. Drill (1983)

5 min | Short

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Director: Takashi Ito

Votes: 49


22. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 7,864 | Gross: $0.03M


23. Kako sam sistematski unisten od idiota (1983)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

The film follows a life of a homeless, but very well read, Marxist who is coping with Che's death and wishes to live a life of revolutions and workers' uprisings. He is a hypochondriac, ... See full summary »

Director: Slobodan Sijan | Stars: Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic, Svetislav 'Bule' Goncic, Rados Terzic, Jelisaveta 'Seka' Sablic

Votes: 714

Orig. title: Kako sam sistematski uništen od idiota.


25. Trije prispevki k slovenski blaznosti (1983)

100 min

Omnibus consisting of three segments. The first story is about a fight between the boy's parents, after which he ends up in a correctional hall, and then in jail. The second story is about ... See full summary »

Directors: Boris Jurjasevic, Zare Luznik, Mitja Milavec | Stars: Peter Bostjancic, Stefka Drolc, Simona Gruden, Vladislava Milosavljevic


26. Holtpont (1982)

4 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Ferenc Rofusz

Votes: 24


27. Czarny kapturek (1983)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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Director: Piotr Dumala

Votes: 97


28. Syntagma (1983)

18 min | Short

The body and specifically the "woman's body" is often used as a focus for questions of origin, subject-object relations, political resistance and sexuality. Valie Export's notion of "body ... See full summary »

Director: Valie Export | Star: Irmilin Hofer

Votes: 45


29. The Great Cognito (1983)

4 min | Animation, Short

In clay animation, the impersonator known as The Greath Cognito literally transforms into countless faces of famous people.

Director: Will Vinton | Stars: John Morrison, Tim Conner, Brian Bressler, Frank Jeffords

Votes: 225


30. In the White City (1983)

108 min | Drama

A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship "a floating factory of crazy people." He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Teresa Madruga, Julia Vonderlinn, José Carvalho

Votes: 802

PC. 9/10.