Feature Film, Released between 1981-01-01 and 1981-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

8.4
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85 Metascore

Archaeology professor Indiana Jones ventures to seize a biblical artefact known as the Ark of the Covenant. While doing so, he puts up a fight against Renee and a troop of Nazis.

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

Votes: 953,807 | Gross: $248.16M

2. Endless Love (1981)

R | 116 min | Drama, Romance

4.9
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30 Metascore

David and Jade are high-school sweethearts and happy in love. But when Jades grades starts to drop her father forbid the young couple to see each other. Mad with frustration and desire ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight, Don Murray

Votes: 8,615 | Gross: $31.18M

3. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

7.4
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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: 207,517 | Gross: $2.40M

4. 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: 35,693 | Gross: $24.06M

5. Porky's (1981)

R | 94 min | Comedy

6.2
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40 Metascore

In 1954, a group of Florida high-school guys try to help their buddy lose his virginity, which leads them to seek revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff brother for harassing them.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson

Votes: 42,861 | Gross: $111.29M

6. The Boat (1981)

R | 149 min | Drama, War

8.4
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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: 249,192 | Gross: $11.49M

7. Excalibur (1981)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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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: 61,905 | Gross: $34.97M

8. Mommie Dearest (1981)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

6.6
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55 Metascore

The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 16,358 | Gross: $19.03M

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: 179,671 | Gross: $12.47M

10. Escape from New York (1981)

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

7.1
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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: 141,368 | Gross: $25.24M

11. Heavy Metal (1981)

R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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51 Metascore

A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Directors: Gerald Potterton, John Bruno, John Halas, Julian Harris, Jimmy T. Murakami, Barrie Nelson, Paul Sabella, Jack Stokes, Pino Van Lamsweerde, Harold Whitaker | Stars: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks

Votes: 35,148

12. Possession (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror

7.3
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75 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: 31,860 | Gross: $1.11M

13. Thief (1981)

R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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78 Metascore

An ace safe cracker wants to do one last big heist for the mob before going straight.

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

Votes: 31,944 | Gross: $11.49M

14. 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: 52,914 | Gross: $13.75M

15. 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: 105,367 | Gross: $30.57M

16. Stripes (1981)

R | 106 min | Comedy, War

6.8
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68 Metascore

Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates

Votes: 73,882 | Gross: $85.30M

17. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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54 Metascore

James Bond is assigned to find a missing British vessel, equipped with a weapons encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson

Votes: 101,229 | Gross: $62.30M

18. Clash of the Titans (1981)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.9
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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: 44,508 | Gross: $41.09M

19. Taps (I) (1981)

PG | 126 min | Drama

6.7
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49 Metascore

Military cadets take extreme measures to ensure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox, Sean Penn

Votes: 18,641 | Gross: $35.86M

20. The Cannonball Run (1981)

PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

6.2
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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: 36,543 | Gross: $72.18M

21. Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)

Approved | 115 min | Adventure, Drama

3.4
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24 Metascore

While on an African expedition with her father, Jane Parker meets Tarzan, and the two become fascinated by each other.

Director: John Derek | Stars: Bo Derek, Richard Harris, Miles O'Keeffe, John Phillip Law

Votes: 5,827 | Gross: $36.57M

22. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.1
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78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, are driven to win in the 1924 Olympics as they wrestle with issues of pride and conscience.

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

Votes: 60,322 | Gross: $58.97M

23. Time Bandits (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

6.9
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79 Metascore

A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, John Cleese, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 63,676 | Gross: $42.37M

24. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.0
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26 Metascore

Five years after the events of the first film, a summer camp next to the infamous Camp Crystal Lake is preparing to open, but the legend of Jason is weighing heavy on the proceedings.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King

Votes: 68,018 | Gross: $21.72M

25. Arthur (1981)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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69 Metascore

Alcoholic billionaire playboy Arthur Bach must marry a woman he does not love, or he will be cut off from his $750,000,000 fortune. But when Arthur falls in love with a poor waitress, he must decide if he wants to choose love or money.

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

Votes: 28,806 | Gross: $95.46M

26. Halloween II (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.5
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40 Metascore

While Dr. Loomis hunts for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, and The Shape is not far behind her.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer

Votes: 89,039 | Gross: $25.53M

27. Butterfly (1981)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

4.7
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In 1937 Nevada, silver mine caretaker Jess Tyler is reunited with his teenage daughter Kady who will do anything to persuade Jess to let her have claim to the mine.

Director: Matt Cimber | Stars: Stacy Keach, Pia Zadora, Orson Welles, Lois Nettleton

Votes: 1,406

28. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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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: 23,813 | Gross: $12.38M

29. The Howling (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.5
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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: 35,795 | Gross: $17.99M

30. History of the World: Part I (1981)

R | 92 min | Comedy, History, Musical

6.8
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47 Metascore

Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn

Votes: 49,703 | Gross: $31.67M

31. The Burning (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.3
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42 Metascore

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua

Votes: 19,090

32. Scanners (1981)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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60 Metascore

A scientist trains a man with an advanced telepathic ability called "scanning", to stop a dangerous Scanner with extraordinary psychic powers from waging war against non scanners.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane

Votes: 55,101 | Gross: $14.23M

33. The Fox and the Hound (1981)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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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: 92,954 | Gross: $63.46M

34. Dragonslayer (1981)

PG | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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68 Metascore

A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam

Votes: 18,071 | Gross: $14.11M

35. 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: 31,529 | Gross: $119.29M

36. Christiane F. (1981)

R | 138 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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A teen girl in 1970's Berlin becomes addicted to heroin. Everything in her life slowly begins to distort and disappear as she befriends a small crew of junkies and falls in love with a drug-abusing male prostitute.

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

Votes: 25,341

37. Private Lessons (1981)

R | 87 min | Comedy

5.1
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34 Metascore

An immigrant housemaid seduces a 15-year-old boy and later fakes her own death as part of his chauffeur's blackmail plot. Troubles arise when the two start to fall in love.

Director: Alan Myerson | Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Howard Hesseman, Eric Brown, Patrick Piccininni

Votes: 3,837 | Gross: $26.28M

38. Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

5.1
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After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady Chatterly is torn between her love for her husband and her physical desires. With her husband's consent, she seeks out other means of fulfilling her needs.

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

Votes: 2,876

39. Quest for Fire (1981)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.3
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79 Metascore

This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong

Votes: 22,357 | Gross: $20.96M

40. My Dinner with Andre (1981)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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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: 21,654 | Gross: $5.25M

41. Deadly Blessing (1981)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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56 Metascore

After her husband dies under mysterious circumstances, a widow becomes increasingly paranoid of the neighboring religious community that may have diabolical plans for her.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner, Jeff East

Votes: 6,095 | Gross: $8.28M

42. Cannibal Ferox (1981)

93 min | Adventure, Horror

5.1
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Three friends set out to disprove cannibalism on a trip to the Amazonian jungle, where they meet two men trying to escape a vicious cannibal tribe.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle, Danilo Mattei, Zora Kerova

Votes: 9,974

43. The Final Conflict (1981)

R | 108 min | Horror

5.5
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34 Metascore

The now adult Antichrist plots to eliminate his future divine opponent while a cabal of monks plot to stop him.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon, Lisa Harrow

Votes: 20,416 | Gross: $20.47M

44. 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: 39,723 | Gross: $5.73M

45. True Confessions (1981)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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68 Metascore

A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical Los Angeles homicide detective who is investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute.

Director: Ulu Grosbard | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning, Kenneth McMillan

Votes: 8,193 | Gross: $10.20M

46. Outland (1981)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

6.6
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48 Metascore

A federal marshal stationed at a mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy. He gets no help from the workers or authorities when he finds himself marked for murder.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Boyle, James Sikking

Votes: 29,909 | Gross: $17.37M

47. Caveman (1981)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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55 Metascore

A caveman seeks revenge on a much larger competitor for the hand of a beautiful cavewoman.

Director: Carl Gottlieb | Stars: Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long, Jack Gilford

Votes: 7,945 | Gross: $15.97M

48. 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: 22,965 | Gross: $40.38M

49. Student Bodies (1981)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

5.4
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41 Metascore

A serial killer with his signature heavy breathing proceeds to systematically kill the students and teachers of Lamab high school.

Directors: Mickey Rose, Michael Ritchie | Stars: Kristen Riter, Matthew Goldsby, Jerry Belson, Joe Flood

Votes: 4,867 | Gross: $5.17M

50. Galaxy of Terror (1981)

R | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

5.0
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38 Metascore

A ragtag spaceship crew sent on a rescue mission encounter a formidable enemy, their worst fears projected by their own imaginations.

Director: Bruce D. Clark | Stars: Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston, Bernard Behrens

Votes: 7,832


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