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Best Films of 1981

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People who added this item 82 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 4.9
Endless Love (1981)
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People who added this item 268 Average listal rating (163 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
Wires hangers!
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I love Morrison and The Doors, but this was sort of a mess. Unless there was just something I didn't get...
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People who added this item 496 Average listal rating (311 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Heavy Metal (1981)
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People who added this item 652 Average listal rating (427 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Excalibur (1981)
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Fine acting from Irons and Streep, but the direction is mediocre and story kind of dull.
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People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Ragtime (1981)
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People who added this item 2047 Average listal rating (1380 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Evil Dead (1983)
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People who added this item 317 Average listal rating (193 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Gallipoli (1981)
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People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
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People who added this item 656 Average listal rating (443 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1
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People who added this item 197 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
Based off the poster and it being Jarmusch's debut I expected more. I like the approach and the scenarios; but ultimately the stories and people are just not interesting enough and the filmmaking doesn't help their cause, as unique, for the time, as it was.
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People who added this item 304 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
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People who added this item 611 Average listal rating (419 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
A weaker Bond entry - not Roger Moore's finest hour, but still entertaining in that way that Bond typically is.
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People who added this item 730 Average listal rating (479 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Scanners (1981)
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People who added this item 496 Average listal rating (347 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
There are as many stupid moments as funny moments, where, up to this point, Mel Brooks typically has a bit more funny than stupid.
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People who added this item 213 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Atlantic City (1980)
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People who added this item 1399 Average listal rating (948 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
A low budget sic-fi dystopian picture. The acting is rough but the story intriguing.
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People who added this item 374 Average listal rating (275 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.3
The Rat Pack and cars, apparently back when the speed limit was 55.
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People who added this item 108 Average listal rating (65 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
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People who added this item 119 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
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People who added this item 509 Average listal rating (353 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
A cult B-Movie classic. A guilty pleasure, perhaps.
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People who added this item 383 Average listal rating (219 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Body Heat (1981)
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People who added this item 497 Average listal rating (296 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Starts with the famed running on the beach, sort of straight forward dialogue-heavy scenes from there on out, amid impressive production elements.
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People who added this item 308 Average listal rating (191 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6


Two of the greats team up for their career finales and it's lovely and entertaining enough.
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People who added this item 136 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Taps (1981)
Cruise shows how crazy he is even at a young age. The mostly-young cast does a great job in this not-exactly-for-kids-movie about kids
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People who added this item 1367 Average listal rating (890 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
A satire on the werewolf genre. The ending is great.
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People who added this item 276 Average listal rating (173 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Thief (1981)
Michael Mann'es excellent feature debut and possibly Caan's best performance

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People who added this item 546 Average listal rating (361 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
Blow Out (1981)
This might actually be Travolta's best work here. I am surprised it's not mentioned more. He is actually really good in it and the movie is actually really good.
I honestly did not see this movie for so long because with a title like "Blow Out" I thought he was playing a hairdresser (Ha!) and the poster I first saw didn't tell me much to the contrary.
I also, for some reason, didn't realize De Palma directed it. Not sure how I missed that!
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People who added this item 1134 Average listal rating (657 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Das Boot (1981)
Claustrophobia has never looked so good.
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People who added this item 772 Average listal rating (488 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Time Bandits (1981)
I laughed through this entire ridiculous movie.
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People who added this item 273 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Arthur (1981)
I don't understand the attraction of Liza, but Moore is an awesome drunk.
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People who added this item 297 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Reds (1981)
Beatty, Nicholson, Keaton, communism. This is an impressive epic. I loved watching it, however I wasn't too keen on following a man with such blind idealistic dreams.

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People who added this item 110 Average listal rating (67 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
An intro that possibly inspired "Lord of War" and one that most definitely inspired the entire "Nothing But the Truth". Newman is brilliant, as usual.

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People who added this item 282 Average listal rating (180 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
I though this was coolest movie ever as a kid.

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People who added this item 619 Average listal rating (434 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Stripes (1981)
Murray proved he could lead a film to great success, the first of many more...

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People who added this item 1553 Average listal rating (942 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
The damn movie makes me tear every damn time, I don't get it.

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People who added this item 5194 Average listal rating (3572 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
Probably the greatest action adventure of all time, especially since it spawned three sequels and tons of copycats.

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This list was created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz


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