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Favorite Drama Films: 1980-1981

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Directed by: Penelope Spherris
Produced by: Penelope Spheeris and Jeff Prettyman
Written by: Penelope Spherris
Cinematography: Steve Conant
Edited by: Steve Mullins

Distributed by: Spherris Films, Inc.
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People who added this item 163 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4
Nighthawks (1981)


Directed by: Bruce Malmuth
Produced by: Franklin R. Levy, Martin Poll, Bill Bsdalto, and Michael Wise
Written by: David Shaber and Paul Sylbert
Cinematography: James A. Contner
Edited by: Christopher Holmes
Music by: Keith Emmerson

Distributed by: Universal Pictures
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People who added this item 213 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Atlantic City (1980)


Directed by: Louis Malle
Produced by: Joseph Beaubien, Joseph Beaubien, Denis Heroux, and John Kemeny
Written by: John Guarre
Cinematography: Richard Ciupka
Edited by: Suzanne Baron
Music by: Michel Legrand

Distributed by: Famous Players Limited and Paramount Pictures
People who added this item 293 Average listal rating (180 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Cruising (1980)


Directed by: William Friedkin
Produced by: Jerry Weintraub
Written by: William Friedkin
Based on the novel by: Gerald Walker
Cinematography: James A. Conter
Edited by: Bud S. Smith and M. Scott Smith
Music by: Jack Nitzsche

Distributed by: United Artists
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People who added this item 204 Average listal rating (105 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Heaven's Gate (1980)


Directed by: Michael Cimino
Produced by: Charles Okun, Denis O'Dell, and Joann Carelli
Written by: Michael Cimino
Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond
Edited by: Lisa Fruchtman, Gerald B. Greenberg, William Reynolds, and Tom Rolf
Music by: David Mansfield

Distributed by: United Artists
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People who added this item 240 Average listal rating (157 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3


Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Produced by: Jacques Dorfmann, John Kemeny, Vera Belmont, Denis Heroux, and Michael Gruskoff
Written by: Gerard Brach
Based on the novel by: J.H. Rosny
Cinematography: Claude Agostini
Edited by: Yves Langlois
Music by: Philipe Sarde

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3


Directed by: Dennis Hopper
Produced by: Jean Gontier, Gary Jules Jouvenant, Paul Lewis, and Leonsrd Yakir
Written by: Dennis Hopper, Gary Jules Jouvenant, Brenda Nielsen, and Leonard Yakir
Cinematography: Marc Champion
Edited by: Doris Dyck
Music by: Tom Lavin

Distributed by: Discovery Films
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People who added this item 1403 Average listal rating (948 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2


Directed by: John Carpenter
Produced by: Debra Hill and Larry Franco
Written by: John Carpenter and Nick Castle
Cinematography: Dean Cundey and Jim Lucas
Edited by: Todd Ramsay
Music by: John Carpenter and Alan Howarth

Distributed by: AVCO Embassy
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People who added this item 733 Average listal rating (479 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Scanners (1981)


Directed by: David Cronenberg
Produced by: Claude Heroux
Written by: David Cronenberg
Cinematography: Mark Irwin
Edited by: Ronald Sanders
Music by: Howard Shore

Released by: AVCO Embassy Films
Agent Kermit D. Fonz's rating:
People who added this item 213 Average listal rating (158 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Outland (1981)


Directed by: Peter Hyman
Produced by: Richard A. Roth and Stanley O'Toole
Written by: Peter Hyman
Cinematography: Stephen Goldblatt
Edited by: Stuart Baird
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith

Music by: Warner Bros.
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People who added this item 127 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7


Directed by: Don Taylor
Produced by: Peter Douglas, Lloyd Kaufman, and Kirk Douglas
Written by: Thomas Hunter, David Ambrose, Peter Powell, and Garry Davis
Cinematography: Victor J. Kemper
Edited by: Robert K. Lambert
Music by: John Scott

Distributed by: United Artist
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People who added this item 545 Average listal rating (360 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
Blow Out (1981)


Directed by: Brian DePalma
Produced by: George Litto and Fred C. Caruso
Written by: Brian DePalma and Bill Mesce, Jr.
Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond (
Edited by: Paul Hirsch
Music by: Pino Donaggio

Distributed by: Orion Pictures
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People who added this item 1310 Average listal rating (805 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8


Directed by: Randal Kleiser
Produced by: Richard Franklin and Randal Kleiser
Based on the novel by: Henry De Vere Stacpoole
Written by: Douglas Day Stewart
Cinematography: Nestor Almendros
Edited by: Robert Gordon
Music by: Basil Poledouris
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People who added this item 119 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5


Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Produced by: Burtt Harris, Raymond Hartwick, and Jay Presson Allen
Written by: Jay Presson Allen and Sidney Lumet
Based on the novel by: Robert Daley
Cinematography: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Edited by: Jack Fitzstephens
Music by: Paul Chihara

Distributed by: Orion Pictures
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People who added this item 114 Average listal rating (72 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Urban Cowboy (1980)


Directed by: James Bridges
Produced by: Irving Azoff, C.O. Erickson, and Robert Evans
Written by: James Bridges and Aaron Latham
Based on the article "The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy" by Aaron Latham
Cinematography: Reynaldo Villalobos
Edited by: David Rawlings
Music by: Ralph Burns

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
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People who added this item 383 Average listal rating (219 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Body Heat (1981)


Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
Produced by: Fred T. Gallo, Robert Grand, and George Lucas
Written by: Lawrence Kasdan
Cinematography: Richard H. Kline
Edited by: Carol Littleton
Music by: John Barry

Distributed by Columbia Pictures
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People who added this item 135 Average listal rating (88 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Taps (1981)


Directed by: Harold Becker
Produced by: Howard Jaffe and Stanley Jaffe
Written by: Darryl Ponicsan, James Lineberger, and Robert Michael Kamen
Based on the novel, "Father Sky" by Devrey Freeman
Cinematography: Owen Roizman
Edited by: Maury Winetrobe
Music by: Maurice Jarre

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
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People who added this item 117 Average listal rating (67 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.3
Ghost Story (1981)


Drected by: John Irvin
Produced by: Burt Weissbourd
Written by: Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by: Peter Straub
Cinematography: Jack Cardiff
Edited by: Tom Rolf
Music by: Philippe Sarde

Distributed by: Universal Pictures
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People who added this item 416 Average listal rating (240 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.2


Directed by: Peter Medak
Produced by: Joel B. Michaels and Garth Drabinski
Written by: Russell Hunter, William Gray, and Diana Maddox
Cinematography: John Coquillon
Edited by: Lou Lombardo and Lilla Pedersen
Music by: Rick Wilkins

Distributed by: Associated Film Distributors
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People who added this item 1559 Average listal rating (946 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3


Directed by: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, and Art Stevens
Produced by: Ron Miller, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Art Stevens Written by: Larry Clemmons, Ted Berman, David Michener, Peter Young, Burny Mattinson, Steve Hulett, Earl Kress, and Vance Gerry
Based on the novel by: Daniel P. Mannix
Edited by: James Koford and Jim Melton
Music by: Buddy Baker
Songs and lyrics by: Richard Rich, Jeffrey C. Patch, Richard O. Johnson, Stan Fidel, and Jim Stafford

Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures
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People who added this item 72 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 6.5


Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell
Produced by: Stephen J. Friedman
Written by: Kimi Peck and Darlene Young
Cinematography: Bedrich Batka
Edited by: Pembroke J. Herring
Music by: Charles Fox

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
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People who added this item 498 Average listal rating (297 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2


Directed by: Hugh Hudson
Produced by: Dodi Fayed, David Puttnam, and Jake Eberts
Written by: Colin Weiland
Cinematography: David Waitkin
Edited by: Terry Rawlins
Music by: Vangelis

Distributed by: Warner Bros.
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People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.3


Directed by: John Irvin
Produced by: Larry De Wayy, Norman Jewison, and Patrick Palmer
Written by: Gary De Vore and George Malko
Based on the novel by: Fredrick Forsyth
Cinematography: Jack Cardiff
Edited by: Antony Gibbs
Music by: Geoffrey Burgon

Distributed by: United Artists
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Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Produced by: George Lucas, Frank Marshall, Howard J. Kazanjian, and Robert Watts
Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas, and Philip Kasdan
Cinematography: Douglas Slocombe
Edited by: Michael Kahn
Music by: John Williams

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilms
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People who added this item 658 Average listal rating (432 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Excalibur (1981)


Directed by: John Boorman
Produced by: John Boorman, Robert A. Eisenstein, and Edgar F. Gross
Written by: John Boorman and Rospo Pallenberg
Based on the novel by, "Le Morte D'Arthur" by: Thomas Malory Cinematography: Alex Thomson
Edited by: John Merritt and Donn Cambern
Music by: Trevor Jones

Distributed by: Warner Bros.
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People who added this item 503 Average listal rating (320 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1


Directed by: Brian De Palma
Produced by: George Litto
Written by: Brian De Palma
Edited by: Gerald B. Greenberg
Cinematography: Ralp B. Bode
Music by: Pino Donaggio

Distributed by: Filmways Pictures
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People who added this item 474 Average listal rating (245 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7


Directed by: Robert Redford
Produced by: Robert L. Schwary
Written by: Alvin Sargent
Based on the novel by: Judith Christ
Cinematography: John Bailey
Edited by: Jeff Kanew

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
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People who added this item 278 Average listal rating (177 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
Thief (1981)


Directed by: Michael Mann
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bonnie Caan, Michael Mann, and Richard Brams
Written by: Michael Mann
Based on the novel "The Home Invaiders" by: Frank Hohimer
Cinematography: Donald E. Thorin
Edited by: Dov Henning
Music by: Tangerine Dream and Craig Safan

Distributed by: MGM/UA
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Directed by: Irvin Kerschner
Produced by: Gary Kurtz, George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Robert Watts, and Howard Kazajian
Written by: George Lucas, Leigh Brackett, and Lawrence Kasden
Based on characters created by: George Lucas
Cinematography: Peter Suschitzky
Edited by: Paul Hirsch
Music by: John Williams

Distributed by: 2Oth Century Fox and Lucasfilms
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People who added this item 2154 Average listal rating (1374 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
Raging Bull (1980)


Directed by: Martin Scorcese
Produced by: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, and Peter Savage
Written by: Paul Schrader and Mardick Martin
Based on the book, "Raging Bull: My Story" by: Jake LaMotta, Joseph Carter, and Peter Savage
Cinematography: Michael Chapman
Edited by: Thelma Schoonmacher

Distributed by: United Artist
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People who added this item 6367 Average listal rating (4407 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
The Shining (1980)


Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Produced by: Stanley Kubrick
Written by: Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson
Based on the novel by: Stephen King
Cinematography: John Alcott
Edited by: Ray Lovejoy
Music by: Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind

Distributed by: Warner Bros.
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People who added this item 608 Average listal rating (416 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8


Directed by: John Glen
Produced by: Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson
Written by: Michael G. Wilson and Richard Maibaum
Based on the novel by: Ian Fleming
Cinematography: Alan Hume
Edited by: John Grover
Music by: Bill Conti
Song and lyrics by: Bill Conti and Mark Leeson

Distributed by: United Artists
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People who added this item 309 Average listal rating (191 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6


Directed by: Mark Rydell
Produced by: Bruce Gilbert
Written by: Ernest Thompson
Based on the play by: Ernest Thompson
Cinematography: Billy Williams
Edited by: Robert L. Wolfe
Music by: David Grusin

Distributed by: ITC Films and Universal Pictures
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People who added this item 545 Average listal rating (300 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9


Directed by: Ken Russell
Produced by: Howard Gottfried and Daniel Melnick
Written by and based on novel by: Paddy Chayefsky
Edited by: Stuart Baird
Cinematography: Jordan S. Cronenweth
Music by: John Corigliano

Distributed by: Warner Bros.
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People who added this item 242 Average listal rating (150 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2


Directed by: Paul Schrader
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer and Freddie Fields
Written by: Paul Schrader
Cinematopgraphy: John Bailey
Edited by: Richard Halsy
Music by: Giogrio Moroder

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
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People who added this item 1323 Average listal rating (907 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6


Directed by: George Miller
Produced by: Byron Kennedy
Written by: Terry Hayes, George Miller, and Brian Hannant
Based on a concept by: George Miller and Bryon Kennedy Cinematography: Dean Semler
Edited by: David Stiven, Michael Balson, and Tim Wellburn
Music by: Brian May

Distributed by: Warner Bros.
Agent Kermit D. Fonz's rating:
People who added this item 353 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.6
Fame (1980)


Directed by: Alan Parker
Written by: Christopher Gore
Produced by: David De Silva and Alan Marshall
Cinematography: Michael Seresis
Edited by: Gerry Hambling
Music by: Michael Gore
Music and lyrics by: Michael Gore, Robert F. Colesberry, Dean Pitchford, and Lesley Gore

Distributed by: MGM/UA
Agent Kermit D. Fonz's rating:
People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 4.9
Endless Love (1981)


Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli
Produced by: Keith Barish and Dyson Lovell
Written by: Judith Rascoe
Based on the novel, by: Scott Spencer
Cinematography: David Watkins
Edited by: David J. Sheridan
Music by: Jonathan Turnick
Music and lyrics by: Lionel Richie

Distributed by: Universal Pictures
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