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Top Movies of 1981

The best movies of 1981 are calculated by community movie ratings and members' "Top Movies List". The top films from the year 1981 are updated daily.

 

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Thief
Thief 2.91/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Crime/Thriller
MPAA rating: R
Director: Michael Mann
Actors: Tuesday Weld, James Caan, James Belushi
Plot: A safe cracker is trying to begin a normal life when the mob comes calling for one last job as he scrambles to protect the ones he loves.

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Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire 2.83/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Sport/Historical
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Hugh Hudson
Actors: Ian Holm, Nigel Havers, Nicholas Farrell
Plot: During the 1924 Olympics a Jewish boy and a Christian boy compete heavily.

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Lion of the Desert
Lion of the Desert 3.00/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Biography/Drama
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Moustapha Akkad
Actors: Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Irene Papas
Plot: General Rodolfo Graziani is assigned directly by Benito Mussolini to subdue the Arabs in Libya. But early victory is out of his hands as Omar Mukhtar and his army of Bedouins win battle after battle. But the cruel Graziani sets upon a plan to target the civilian population: the aged, the women and the children in order to get Mukhtar to surrender.

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Excalibur
Excalibur 2.80/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Adventure/Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: John Boorman
Actors: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Gabriel Byrne
Plot: The legendary sword Excalibur is plunged into stone and only the chosen King can remove it. A squire named Arthur removes it and the tales of Camelot, Merlin and Lancelot begin in the time of knights and magic.

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Arthur (1981)
Arthur (1981) 2.79/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Romance
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Steve Gordon
Actors: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud
Plot: Happy drunk Arthur is given an ultimatum - if he want to keep the family fortune he stands to inherit, he must marry Susan, a woman who has means but who Arthur feels nothing for. When he meets an ordinary women he actually falls in love with, he must decide if she's worth more to him than his lifestyle.

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Blow Out (1981)
Blow Out (1981) 2.81/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Crime/Mystery
MPAA rating: R
Director: Brian De Palma
Actors: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow
Plot: A sound technician inadvertently records a car crash one evening while sampling noises. As he listens to the recording, he realizes that it wasn't an accident.

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Over the Edge
Over the Edge 2.89/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Actors: Matt Dillon, Vincent Spano, Michael Eric Kramer
Plot: In New Grenada, a desert community, the adults look to attract industry to their town while completely neglecting their children. With only a Rec center (that closes at 6 pm), the kids are soon taking part in petty crime to pass the time. When a cop shoots a teen brandishing an unloaded gun - the town gathers to discuss their children's lawlessness, only to find the kids have had enough.

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Superman II
Superman II 2.71/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Action/Adventure
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Richard Lester & Richard Donner
Actors: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty
Plot: The Man of Steel has found love in Lois Lane, but he must make the ultimate sacrifice and give up his powers if he wants to truly be with her. Unfortunately a trio of Kryptonian criminals have landed on earth and teamed up with Lex Luther to rule the planet.

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Mommie Dearest
Mommie Dearest 2.75/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Biography/Drama
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Frank Perry
Actors: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest
Plot: Based on the book about Joan Crawford, written by her adopted daughter Christine, the perfect Hollywood life presented by the family is just a facade.

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Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure aka Friend is a Treasure, A ( Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro )
Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure aka Friend is a Treasure, A ( Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro ) 3.25/4 Add to movie list

Language: Italian
Genre: Adventure/Comedy
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Actors: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, John Fujioka
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