Feature Film, Released between 1981-01-01 and 1981-12-31, Rating Count at least 300, English (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)



1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

8.4
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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: 871,276 | Gross: $248.16M

2. 681 AD: The Glory of Khan (1981)

95 min | Action, Drama, History

8.2
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In 651, Khan Kubrat died and the Khazars accelerated their raids upon Great Bulgaria. His five sons split the Bulgarian tribe and each led his to find new land where they could live in ... See full summary »

Director: Ludmil Staikov | Stars: Stoyko Peev, Antony Genov, Vania Tzvetkova, Vassil Mihajlov

Votes: 401

3. Teddy Bear (1981)

111 min | Comedy

8.2
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The main character is the manager of a sport club, nicknamed "Teddy Bear" by his friends and acquaintances. One day he is detained at the border just as his sport team is off to a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanislaw Bareja | Stars: Stanislaw Tym, Barbara Burska, Christine Paul, Krzysztof Kowalewski

Votes: 5,250

4. The Promising Boy (1981)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.9
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A normal boy receives a blow to the head which sets him off to do rebellious acts.

Director: Milos 'Misa' Radivojevic | Stars: Aleksandar Bercek, Dara Dzokic, Rade Markovic, Dusica Zegarac

Votes: 1,387

5. Les Plouffe (1981)

227 min | Drama

7.8
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The lives of the average Quebecois Plouffe family during the final years of the depression and through World War II.

Director: Gilles Carle | Stars: Gabriel Arcand, Rémi Laurent, Pierre Curzi, Juliette Huot

Votes: 423

6. My Dinner with Andre (1981)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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83 Metascore

Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Jean Lenauer, Roy Butler

Votes: 17,960 | Gross: $5.25M

7. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

7.8
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In early-1930s Germany, a passionate stage actor finds himself before a dilemma: renounce his apolitical stance and comply with the Reich's doctrine, or face oblivion. But, Faustian bargains never end well. What is the price of success?

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 9,319

8. On Golden Pond (1981)

PG | 109 min | Drama

7.6
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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: 27,212 | Gross: $119.29M

9. The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.6
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77 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline-rich community escape a horde of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 164,467 | Gross: $12.47M

10. The Aviator's Wife (1981)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A young student is devastated when he finds that his girlfriend is cheating on him. In order to find out why she did it, he decides to spy on her and her lover.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Philippe Marlaud, Marie Rivière, Anne-Laure Meury, Mathieu Carrière

Votes: 3,131

11. Pruncul, petrolul si Ardelenii (1981)

104 min | Comedy, Western

7.5
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The three Brad brothers want to return to Romania, but one of them gets married and they buy a farm. Unfortunately for them, the neighbors are Hungarian, and they become enemies.

Director: Dan Pita | Stars: Ilarion Ciobanu, Ovidiu Iuliu Moldovan, Mircea Diaconu, Jean Constantin

Votes: 412

12. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

7.5
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71 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 184,427 | Gross: $2.40M

13. The Fantastic Adventures of Unico (1981)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.5
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A story about how joy and happiness can be the most powerful weapon ever. A young unicorn is ordered to be taken from his home by the gods. They are envious of little Unico's power to bring... See full summary »

Directors: Toshio Hirata, Osamu Tezuka | Stars: Katsue Miwa, Ryouko Kitamiya, Kazuko Sugiyama, Junko Hori

Votes: 723

14. Prince of the City (1981)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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81 Metascore

A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption, and soon realises he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett

Votes: 7,126 | Gross: $8.12M

15. Lola (1981)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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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.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf, Matthias Fuchs

Votes: 5,173

16. Kopaszkutya (1981)

85 min | Drama, Musical

7.5
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A Hungarian band plays American rock & roll and blues hits with great enthusiasm and passion, but success seems to avoid them. TV and radio don't play their songs, sometimes even their ... See full synopsis »

Director: György Szomjas | Stars: Gyula Deák Bill, László Földes, József Körös, István Mareczky

Votes: 501

17. Coup de Torchon (1981)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A pathetic police chief, humiliated by everyone around him, suddenly wants a clean slate in life - and resorts to drastic means to do so.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 4,912

18. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

7.5
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55 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 90,845 | Gross: $30.57M

19. 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)

122 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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After the marriage of her niece, Rosemary, Anglo-Indian school-teacher Violet Stoneham lives a lonely life in her single room flat located at 36 Chowringhee Lane in Calcutta, with only a ... See full summary »

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Jennifer Kendal, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Debashree Roy, Geoffrey Kendal

Votes: 379

20. Bolero (1981)

173 min | Drama, Music

7.4
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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: 2,380

21. Thief (1981)

R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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78 Metascore

Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who has other plans for him.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi

Votes: 24,639 | Gross: $11.49M

22. Possession (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror

7.4
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72 Metascore

A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent

Votes: 24,449 | Gross: $1.11M

23. Gallipoli (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.4
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 36,417 | Gross: $5.73M

24. Excalibur (1981)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.4
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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: 56,633 | Gross: $34.97M

25. La Chevre (1981)

91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.4
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A daughter of a millionaire, distinguish by incredible bad luck, goes missing. The idea how to find her is either insane or brilliant - to send after her an equally unlucky person.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Corynne Charbit

Votes: 7,910

26. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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77 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 30,468 | Gross: $24.06M

27. Blow Out (1981)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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86 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 43,560 | Gross: $13.75M

28. Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

R | 119 min | Drama

7.3
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Ken Harrison is an artist who makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk, and he wants to die. In hospital he ... See full summary »

Director: John Badham | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes, Christine Lahti, Bob Balaban

Votes: 2,597 | Gross: $8.21M

29. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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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: 20,550 | Gross: $40.38M

30. Ragtime (1981)

PG | 155 min | Drama

7.3
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57 Metascore

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.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: James Cagney, Elizabeth McGovern, Howard E. Rollins Jr., Brad Dourif

Votes: 8,663 | Gross: $21.02M

31. The Fox and the Hound (1981)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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65 Metascore

A little fox named Tod, and Copper, a hound puppy, vow to be best buddies forever. But as Copper grows into a hunting dog, their unlikely friendship faces the ultimate test.

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

Votes: 83,495 | Gross: $63.46M

32. The Woman Next Door (1981)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Henri Garcin, Michèle Baumgartner

Votes: 7,072

33. American Pop (1981)

R | 96 min | Animation, Drama, History

7.3
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57 Metascore

The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Mews Small, Ron Thompson, Jerry Holland, Lisa Jane Persky

Votes: 4,250 | Gross: $6.00M

34. Light Years Away (1981)

105 min | Drama

7.3
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A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds.

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Trevor Howard, Mick Ford, Bernice Stegers, Henri Virlojeux

Votes: 444

35. Southern Comfort (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Thriller

7.2
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63 Metascore

During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales

Votes: 16,185 | Gross: $5.00M

36. The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981)

G | 79 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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Bugs Bunny hosts an award show featuring several classic Looney Toon shorts.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg, June Foray, Ralph James

Votes: 2,031

37. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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In 1938, a German singer falls in love with a Jewish composer in Zurich, who helps Jews flee Nazi Germany. She wants to help but is forced back to Germany. Her song "Lili Marleen" becomes a hit with soldiers and the Nazi top.

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

Votes: 3,537

38. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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70 Metascore

Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 13,525 | Gross: $31.21M

39. Escape from New York (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.2
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76 Metascore

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 123,816 | Gross: $25.24M

40. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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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: 53,971 | Gross: $58.97M

41. Polyester (1981)

R | 86 min | Comedy

7.1
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72 Metascore

A suburban housewife's world falls apart when she finds that her pornographer husband is serially unfaithful to her, her daughter is pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, David Samson

Votes: 7,020

42. Circle of Deceit (1981)

R | 108 min | Drama, War

7.1
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Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Hanna Schygulla, Jean Carmet, Jerzy Skolimowski

Votes: 752

43. Four Friends (1981)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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This story of four working-class kids in a small industrial town--who go their separate ways after high school in the innocence of 1961 and come together again at the end of the turbulent ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Craig Wasson, Jodi Thelen, Michael Huddleston, Jim Metzler

Votes: 1,690

44. Eye of the Needle (1981)

R | 112 min | Romance, Thriller, War

7.1
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61 Metascore

A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Stephen MacKenna, Philip Martin Brown

Votes: 9,468 | Gross: $17.58M

45. Diva (1981)

R | 117 min | Music, Thriller

7.1
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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 twist their way through an intricate and stylish French-language thriller.

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix | Stars: Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer, Thuy An Luu

Votes: 11,733 | Gross: $0.11M

46. The Chosen (1981)

PG | 108 min | Drama

7.1
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In 1944, in Brooklyn, two Jewish kids become friends. One is from a very conservative family, and the other is more liberal. The issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations and the formation of Israel cause constant friction.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Rod Steiger, Robby Benson, Barry Miller

Votes: 1,820

47. Adieu, Galaxy Express 999: Last Stop Andromeda (1981)

TV-14 | 135 min | Animation, Action, Drama

7.0
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It's been three years since the destruction of planet La Maetel, but the Machine Empire is as great of a threat as ever. Teen Tetsuro, now a rebel fighter, learns that Galaxy Express 999 is returning and that Maetel is on it.

Director: Rintaro | Stars: Saffron Henderson, Masako Nozawa, Kathleen Barr, Masako Ikeda

Votes: 435

48. Modern Romance (1981)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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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.

Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Tyann Means, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 3,258 | Gross: $2.86M

49. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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64 Metascore

A movie is being made of a story, set in nineteenth century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married, but who falls in love with outcast Sarah, whose melancholy makes... See full summary »

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

Votes: 11,943 | Gross: $22.60M

50. Documenteur (1981)

65 min | Drama

7.0
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A young French woman, separated from her lover, tries to find a lodging in L.A. for herself and her son.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Sabine Mamou, Mathieu Demy, Lisa Blok-Linson, Tina Odom

Votes: 541


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