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

8.5
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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: 791,192 | Gross: $248.16M

2. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

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: 204,116 | Gross: $11.49M

3. 681 - Velichieto na hana (1981)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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Synopsis: In 651 C.E. 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 ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 379

4. Mis (1981)

111 min | Comedy

8.3
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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: 4,340

5. Decko koji obecava (1981)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.0
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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: 1,192

6. Les Plouffe (1981)

227 min | Drama

7.9
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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: 397

7. My Dinner with Andre (1981)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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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: 15,045 | Gross: $5.25M

8. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

7.8
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A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 8,391

9. On Golden Pond (1981)

PG | 109 min | Drama

7.7
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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: 24,827 | Gross: $119.29M

10. The Aviator's Wife (1981)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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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: 2,491

11. Pruncul, petrolul si Ardelenii (1981)

104 min | Comedy, Western

7.6
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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: 381

12. Unico (1981)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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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: 632

13. Prince of the City (1981)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.

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

Votes: 6,185 | Gross: $8.12M

14. The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 94 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: 152,253 | Gross: $12.47M

15. Lola (1981)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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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: 4,409

16. Coup de Torchon (1981)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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A worn-out, ineffective police chief humiliated by everyone around him decides one day to improve his life, by any means.

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

Votes: 4,391

17. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

7.6
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60 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: 79,839 | Gross: $30.57M

18. 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)

122 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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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: 334

19. 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: 166,376 | Gross: $2.40M

20. This Is Elvis (1981)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Music

7.5
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The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled in home movies, concert footage, and dramatizations. Subjects include early performances, army service, Ed Sullivan Show appearance, marriage, 1968 comeback, health decline and death.

Directors: Malcolm Leo, Andrew Solt | Stars: Elvis Presley, David Scott, Paul Boensch III, Johnny Harra

Votes: 1,005 | Gross: $2.03M

21. 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: 448

22. Gallipoli (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.5
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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: 33,510 | Gross: $5.73M

23. 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: 2,146

24. 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: 20,895 | Gross: $11.49M

25. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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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: 18,789 | Gross: $40.38M

26. Possession (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror

7.4
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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: 19,357 | Gross: $1.11M

27. 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: 52,658 | Gross: $34.97M

28. La chèvre (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: 6,870

29. 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: 27,176 | Gross: $24.06M

30. Blow Out (1981)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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85 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: 36,031 | Gross: $13.75M

31. 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: 2,424 | Gross: $8.21M

32. 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: 7,714 | Gross: $21.02M

33. The Fox and the Hound (1981)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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65 Metascore

Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies.

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

Votes: 74,925 | Gross: $63.46M

34. Diva (1981)

R | 117 min | Thriller

7.3
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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 these characters 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: 10,673 | Gross: $0.11M

35. 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: 411

36. Downtown 81 (1981)

Unrated | 72 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.2
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52 Metascore

The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets ... See full summary »

Director: Edo Bertoglio | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, John Lurie, Richard Weigand, Cyndy Schneidau

Votes: 981 | Gross: $0.10M

37. 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: 14,040 | Gross: $5.00M

38. 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: 1,849

39. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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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: 3,238

40. 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: 11,878 | Gross: $31.21M

41. Circle of Deceit (1981)

R | 108 min | Drama, War

7.2
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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: 662

42. The Four Seasons (1981)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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55 Metascore

Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.

Director: Alan Alda | Stars: Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Len Cariou, Sandy Dennis

Votes: 3,611 | Gross: $50.43M

43. Escape from New York (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, 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: 109,661 | Gross: $25.24M

44. 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: 48,219 | Gross: $58.97M

45. American Pop (1981)

R | 96 min | Animation, Drama, History

7.2
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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: 3,776 | Gross: $6.00M

46. Ticket to Heaven (1981)

PG | 108 min | Drama

7.1
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David is a young man seduced by a religious cult that uses starvation, exhaustion, and brainwashing to mold recruits into money hustling disciples of a messiah-like leader. Chronicles ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph L. Thomas | Stars: Nick Mancuso, Saul Rubinek, Meg Foster, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 658

47. Smash Palace (1981)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Anna Maria Monticelli, Greer Robson-Kirk, Keith Aberdein

Votes: 761

48. 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: 1,577

49. Eye of the Needle (1981)

R | 112 min | Romance, Thriller, War

7.1
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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: 8,360 | Gross: $17.58M

50. Documenteur (1981)

65 min | Drama

7.1
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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: 356


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