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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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Prince of the City
Prince of the City 2.75/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: N/A
MPAA rating: R
Director: Sidney Lumet
Actors: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy
Plot: 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.


Absence of Malice
Absence of Malice 2.66/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Sydney Pollack
Actors: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban
Plot: Michael Colin Gallagher is the son of a long dead Mafia boss who is a simple liquor warehouse owner. Frustrated in his attempt to solve a murder of a union head, a prosecutor leaks a false story that Gallagher is a target of the investigation, hoping that he will tell them something for protection. As his life begins to unravel, others are hurt by the story. Megan Carter, the reporter, is in the clear under the Absence of Malice rule in slander and libel cases. Knowing nothing to trade to the prosecutors, Gallagher must regain control of his life on different ground.


My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine 2.64/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Horror
MPAA rating: R
Director: George Mihalka
Actors: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck
Plot: A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.


Taxi to the Toilet ( Taxi zum Klo )
Taxi to the Toilet ( Taxi zum Klo ) 2.92/4 Add to movie list

Language: German
Genre: Comedy
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Frank Ripploh
Actors: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup, Orpha Termin
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Halloween II (1981)
Halloween II (1981) 2.56/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Horror/Thriller
MPAA rating: R
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers
Plot: After surviving her ordeal, Laurie Strode is rushed to the hospital. While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis scour Haddonfield for Michael Myers, the killer has discovered Laurie's whereabouts and turns the hospital into his own killing field.


Outland 2.64/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Crime/Thriller
MPAA rating: R
Director: Peter Hyams
Actors: Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen
Plot: Futuristic "High Noon" in outer space. The marshal of an orbiting space colony must face hired gunslingers to rid miners from a bad mine boss.


The French Lieutenant's Woman
The French Lieutenant's Woman 2.64/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA rating: R
Director: Karel Reisz
Actors: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae
Plot: The lives and loves of an actor and actress echo that of a movie being filmed.


Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears ( Moskva slezam ne verit )
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears ( Moskva slezam ne verit ) 2.86/4 Add to movie list

Language: Russian
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Vladimir Menshov
Actors: Vera Alentova, Irina Muravyova, Aleksey Batalov
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Nighthawks (1981)
Nighthawks (1981) 2.62/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Action/Crime
MPAA rating: R
Director: Bruce Malmuth
Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner
Plot: Two New York cops are tracking an international terrorist, while he changes his target to those cops, who he sees as a nuisance to be dealt with.


Scanners 2.57/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi
MPAA rating: R
Director: David Cronenberg
Actors: Michael Ironside, Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack
Plot: Scanners are powerful psychics able to control the minds of others - to the point of death if necessary. An underground group of scanners seeks control of the world, while a rival group seeks to destroy the movement by using a rogue scanner against his own.

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