Best Adventure Movies of 1981

1.

The Fox and the Hound

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and the object of his search is his best friend!

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson, Sandy Duncan, Jeanette Nolan, Pat Buttram, John Fiedler, John McIntire, Richard Bakalyan ..
Directed by: Richard Rich, Ted Berman, Art Stevens
Release date: 1981-07-10
2.

Gallipoli

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank—both agile runners—become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula, a brutal eight-month conflict which pit the British and their allies against the Ottoman Empire and left over 500,000 men dead.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Gerda Nicolson, Harold Hopkins, Bill Hunter, Charles Lathalu Yunipingu, Heath Harris, Ron Graham, Robert Grubb ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1981-08-13
3.

Excalibur

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

A surreal adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur", chronicling Arthur Pendragon's conception, his rise to the throne, the search by his Knights of the Round Table for the Holy Grail, and ultimately his death.

Starring: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson, Corin Redgrave, Patrick Stewart, Keith Buckley, Clive Swift ..
Directed by: John Boorman
Release date: 1981-04-10
4.

Clash of the Titans

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

To win the right to marry his love, the beautiful princess Andromeda, and fulfil his destiny, Perseus must complete various tasks including taming Pegasus, capturing Medusa's head, and battling the Kraken monster.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith, Jack Gwillim, Harry Hamlin, Ursula Andress, Burgess Meredith, Susan Fleetwood, Pat Roach, Judi Bowker ..
Directed by: Desmond Davis
Release date: 1981-03-15
5.

Heavy Metal

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Starring: Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, Joe Flaherty, Harold Ramis, John Candy, Don Francks, Caroline Semple, Richard Romanus, Susan Roman, Harvey Atkin ..
Directed by: Gerald Potterton
Release date: 1981-08-07
Best Adventure Movies of 1981 : A Whale for the Killing
6.

A Whale for the Killing

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A conservationst tries to rescue a whale, which is trapped in a lagoon in New Foundland. Based upon the book by Farley Mowat.

Starring: Peter Strauss, Dee Wallace, Bruce McGill, Richard Widmark, Kathryn Walker, Bill Calvert ..
Directed by: Richard T. Heffron
Release date: 1981-02-01
7.

Sphinx

2.9
5.2/10 IMDB

Egyptologist Erica Baron finds more than she bargained for during her long-planned trip to The Land of the Pharoahs - murder, theft, betrayal, love, and a mummy's curse!

Starring: Lesley-Anne Down, Frank Langella, Maurice Ronet, John Gielgud, Vic Tablian, Martin Benson, John Rhys-Davies, Nadim Sawalha, Saeed Jaffrey, William Hootkins ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1981-02-11
Best Adventure Movies of 1981 : The Island of Adventure
8.

The Island of Adventure

2.7
8.1/10 IMDB

Four British teens on vacation visit an island and discover that a terrorist group is using it as their headquarters.

Starring: Norman Bowler, Wilfrid Brambell, Eleanor Summerfield, Catherine Schell, John Rhys-Davies, Leon Lissek, Paul Williamson, Frank Williams, Peter Forbes-Robertson, Julie Neesam ..
Directed by: Anthony Squire
Release date: 1981-12-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1981 : Goliath Awaits
9.

Goliath Awaits

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

During World War II the passenger liner "Goliath" is sunk by a German submarine. Portions of the ship's hull remain airtight, and some of the passengers and crew survive. Over the decades they build a rigidly regulated society completely isolated from the surface world, until in contemporary times a diving team begins to explore the wreck.

Starring: Mark Harmon, Christopher Lee, Eddie Albert, John Carradine, Alex Cord, Robert Forster, Frank Gorshin, Jean Marsh, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1981-11-11
Best Adventure Movies of 1981 : The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
10.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Mark Twain's classic about how Tom Sawyer's best friend, Huckleberry Finn, runs away from his drunken father and helps the runaway slave Jim to escape.

Starring: Kurt Ida, Dan Monahan, Brock Peters, Lurene Tuttle, Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Jack Kruschen, Elvia Allman, James Griffith, Helen Kleeb ..
Directed by: Jack Hively
Release date: 1981-07-09

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