1981

by bbmtl-21883 | created - 11 May 2017 | updated - 19 Aug 2017 | Public

Movies I've seen in a movie theatre in 1981.

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1. The King and the Mockingbird (1952)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

87 Metascore

A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

Director: Paul Grimault | Stars: Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussières, Agnès Viala

Votes: 3,927 | Gross: $0.03M

2. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 783,389 | Gross: $44.02M

3. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 167,862 | Gross: $57.23M

4. The Rose (1979)

R | 125 min | Drama, Music, Romance

67 Metascore

The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 7,279 | Gross: $29.20M

5. Brubaker (1980)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Morgan Freeman, Jane Alexander

Votes: 14,472 | Gross: $37.12M

6. The Howling (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

68 Metascore

After a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone

Votes: 27,979 | Gross: $17.99M

7. AC/DC: Let There Be Rock (1980)

PG | 95 min | Documentary, Music

Filmed coverage of Australian band AC/DC's '79 appearance in Paris intercut with quasi-fictional interludes.

Directors: Eric Dionysius, Eric Mistler | Stars: AC/DC, Phil Rudd, Bon Scott, Cliff Williams

Votes: 1,018 | Gross: $1.37M

8. The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins

Votes: 26,906

9. Three Brothers (1981)

PG | 113 min | Drama

Three men face their mother's death.

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Michele Placido, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Andréa Ferréol

Votes: 1,278

10. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

In Switzerland, German singer Willie falls in love with Jewish composer, Robert, who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks Willie is a Nazi and may be a ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl-Heinz von Hassel

Votes: 3,300

11. The Elephant Man (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

Votes: 200,569

12. Malevil (1981)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In southern France, in a quite little town, the mayor, who also owns a castle with some cattle, is in the wine cellar with some other people: the pharmacist, the veterinary, and some of his... See full summary »

Director: Christian de Chalonge | Stars: Michel Serrault, Jacques Dutronc, Jacques Villeret, Robert Dhéry

Votes: 546

13. The Under-Gifted (1980)

92 min | Comedy

Baptiste 'Bebel' Lavalle and his classmates in Versailles' private high-school Louis XIV enjoy their carefree life enough to deliberately fail the exams, a national record of zero ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Michel Galabru, Maria Pacôme, Daniel Auteuil, Philippe Taccini

Votes: 2,877

14. Bolero (1981)

173 min | Drama, Music

Trough fabulous music, this movie tracks three generations of musicians and dancers from Russia, Germany, France and the U.S., from before World War II through the war and the Holocaust, to... See full summary »

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Robert Hossein, Nicole Garcia, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 2,209

15. Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

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.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Paul Newman, Edward Asner, Ken Wahl, Danny Aiello

Votes: 5,143 | Gross: $29.20M

16. Soldier Blue (1970)

R | 112 min | Western

After a cavalry patrol is ambushed by the Cheyenne, the two survivors, a soldier and a woman, must reach the safety of the nearest fort.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, John Anderson

Votes: 4,494

17. 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: 53,636 | Gross: $34.97M

18. Clash of the Titans (1981)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family

59 Metascore

Perseus must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith

Votes: 37,678 | Gross: $41.09M

19. Christiane F. (1981)

R | 138 min | Biography, Drama

This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story... See full summary »

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Natja Brunckhorst, Eberhard Auriga, Peggy Bussieck, Lothar Chamski

Votes: 19,541

20. The Cannonball Run (1981)

PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

28 Metascore

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.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 30,600 | Gross: $72.18M

21. Choice of Arms (1981)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama

Two men break out of prison; a rival gang ambushes them. One is mortally wounded and tells the other, Mickey, to take him to the estate of a retired robber, Noel, who lives in comfort with ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Corneau | Stars: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Galabru

Votes: 1,382

22. Les hommes préfèrent les grosses (1981)

86 min | Comedy

Lydie, a physically unattractive young woman, is brutally dumped by her fiance when she had just acquired the lease of an apartment to live with him.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Josiane Balasko, Luis Rego, Dominique Lavanant, Daniel Auteuil

Votes: 429

23. Man of Iron (1981)

PG | 156 min | Drama, History

A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania, Wieslawa Kosmalska

Votes: 2,726

24. Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

A film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel. After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady Chatterly is torn between her love for her husband and her physical desires. With her ... See full summary »

Director: Just Jaeckin | Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Shane Briant, Nicholas Clay, Ann Mitchell

Votes: 2,210

25. The Elephant Man (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

Votes: 200,569

26. America America (1963)

Not Rated | 174 min | Drama

A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to the United States.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Elena Karam, Harry Davis

Votes: 4,361

27. Dégustation maison (1978)

12 min | Short

Directed by Jacques Tati's daughter Sophie Tatischeff, Dégustation maison is a thirteen-minute comic short shot in a café in Sainte-Sévère-sur-indre, the same town where Tati's Jour de fête... See full summary »

Director: Sophie Tatischeff | Stars: Dominique Lavanant, Dédé, Gilberte Géniat

Votes: 139

28. Tais-toi quand tu parles! (1981)

89 min | Comedy

Just as Giacomo is enjoying his fantasies of being another "Agent 007" in bed with a voluptuous, intelligent co-spy, the dreamer is mistaken for a real spy and shipped off to Tunisia where he has to carry out a true-life mission.

Director: Philippe Clair | Stars: Aldo Maccione, Edwige Fenech, Jacques François, Philippe Clair

Votes: 91

30. Birgit Haas Must Be Killed (1981)

105 min | Drama

"Hangar" is a new agency whose purpose is to carry out missions even too sensitive for the police or intelligence services. In this film, the agency must eliminate a German female terrorist... See full summary »

Director: Laurent Heynemann | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Lisa Kreuzer, Bernard Le Coq

Votes: 157

31. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 543,829 | Gross: $56.95M

32. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner

Votes: 19,891 | Gross: $12.38M

33. 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: 813,956 | Gross: $248.16M

34. L'amour nu (1981)

100 min | Romance

An educated woman ,with good prospects falls in love with an oceanographer .But breast cancer strikes : will she remain a true woman ,in spite of a mastectomy?

Director: Yannick Bellon | Stars: Marlène Jobert, Jean-Michel Folon, Zorica Lozic, Georges Rouquier

Votes: 58

35. Garde à vue (1981)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A police inspector, suspecting an attorney of two child sex murders, has him held for a questioning session that goes on for hours.

Director: Claude Miller | Stars: Lino Ventura, Michel Serrault, Romy Schneider, Guy Marchand

Votes: 3,729

36. High Anxiety (1977)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery

55 Metascore

Mel Brooks' parody of Alfred Hitchcock films.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman

Votes: 18,246 | Gross: $31.06M

37. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, History

96 Metascore

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 80,947 | Gross: $0.06M

Seen on TV.

38. Hu-Man (1975)

93 min | Sci-Fi

An actor is placed in dangerous situations and his fear will be broadcast to the television audience. The audience's emotions will determine whether he is sent into the future or the past.

Director: Jérôme Laperrousaz | Stars: Terence Stamp, Jeanne Moreau, Agnès Stevenin, Frederik van Pallandt

Votes: 56

Seen on TV.

39. The Life and Loves of Beethoven (1936)

116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Lyrical biography of the classical composer, depicted as a romantical hero, an accursed artist.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Harry Baur, Annie Ducaux, Jany Holt, Jean-Louis Barrault

Votes: 225

Seen on TV.

40. We Won't Grow Old Together (1972)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A husband and wife in a loveless marriage struggle to remain ignorant to their failed relationship.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Stars: Marlène Jobert, Jean Yanne, Christine Fabréga, Patricia Pierangeli

Votes: 1,306 | Gross: $0.01M

Seen on TV.

41. The Mouth Agape (1974)

TV-14 | 82 min | Drama

Monique is dying. Around her gather her unfaithful husband, her son, who is like his father, and her daughter-in-law. We observe them playing with life as she dies.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Hubert Deschamps, Philippe Léotard, Monique Mélinand

Votes: 733

Seen on TV.

42. Le parfum de la dame en noir (1949)

100 min | Crime

Mathilde Stangerson just married her fiance, when she heard that Larsan, her cruel former husband, whom she believed to be dead, is actually very much alive. Taking refuge to her castle, ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Daquin | Stars: Serge Reggiani, Hélène Perdrière, Marcel Herrand, Lucien Nat

Votes: 31

Seen on TV.

43. The Nutty Professor (1963)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love.

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman

Votes: 14,242 | Gross: $7.63M

Seen on TV.

44. Confidential Report (1955)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An American adventurer investigates the past of the mysterious tycoon Gregory Arkadin, placing himself in grave danger.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave, Patricia Medina

Votes: 6,889

Seen on TV.

45. Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as a roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400 to 1413.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud

Votes: 6,815 | Gross: $0.12M

Seen on TV.

46. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 43,925

Seen on TV.

47. An Autumn Afternoon (1962)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada, Mariko Okada

Votes: 6,735

Seen on TV.

48. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

Director: Albert Lewin | Stars: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 10,655

Seen on TV.

49. A Scandal in Paris (1946)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Crime, Romance