Best Crime Movies of 1981

1.

Blow Out

6.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.

Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden, Curt May, John Aquino, John McMartin, Deborah Everton, J. Patrick McNamara ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1981-07-24
2.

Thief

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he signs on with a top gangster for a big score.

Starring: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi, Robert Prosky, Tom Signorelli, Dennis Farina, Nick Nickeas, W.R. Brown, Norm Tobin ..
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 1981-03-27
3.

Body Heat

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, Mickey Rourke, Kim Zimmer, Thom Sharp, Larry Marko, Carola McGuinness ..
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
Release date: 1981-08-28
4.

The Great Muppet Caper

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Kermit and Fozzie are newspaper reporters sent to London to interview Lady Holiday, a wealthy fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace is stolen. Kermit meets and falls in love with her secretary, Miss Piggy. The jewel thieves strike again, and this time frame Miss Piggy. It's up to Kermit and Muppets to bring the real culprits to justice.

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg, John Cleese, Robert Morley, Peter Ustinov ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1981-06-26
5.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner, Anjelica Huston, John P. Ryan, William Traylor, Jon Van Ness, Brian Farrell, Albert Henderson ..
Directed by: Bob Rafelson
Release date: 1981-03-20
6.

Ms .45

4.8
6.8/10 IMDB

A shy and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day. She wanders the New York streets at night in a sexy black dress with her attacker's gun strapped to her garter belt, blowing away any man who tries to pick her up.

Starring: Zoë Lund, Albert Sinkys, Darlene Stuto, Abel Ferrara, Bogey, Helen McGara, Nike Zachmanoglou, Peter Yellen, Editta Sherman, Stephen Singer ..
Directed by: Abel Ferrara
Release date: 1981-04-24
7.

Outland

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

An honest marshal in a corrupt mining colony on Io, Jupiter's sunless third moon, is determined to confront a violent drug ring even though it may cost him his life. After his wife angrily deserts him, he waits alone for the arrival of killers hired by the company to eliminate him.

Starring: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Boyle, James B. Sikking, Clarke Peters, Marc Boyle, Kika Markham, Nicholas Barnes, Steven Berkoff, Norman Chancer ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1981-05-22
8.

Prince of the City

4.7
7.4/10 IMDB

New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy within the force to smuggle drugs to street informants

Starring: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett, Carmine Caridi, Kenny Marino, Tony Page, Norman Parker, Paul Roebling, Bob Balaban ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1981-08-19
9.

Nighthawks

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

An international terrorist has New York in a grip of panic and it's up to Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva to take him down.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta, Nigel Davenport, Hilarie Thompson, Joe Spinell, Walter Mathews, E. Brian Dean ..
Directed by: Bruce Malmuth
Release date: 1981-03-17
10.

Cutter's Way

4.2
6.8/10 IMDB

Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Ann Dusenberry, Stephen Elliott, Arthur Rosenberg, Nina van Pallandt, Patricia Donahue, Geraldine Baron, Katherine Pass ..
Directed by: Ivan Passer
Release date: 1981-03-19
11.

The Killing of America

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary of the decline of America. Featuring footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more.

Starring: Chuck Riley, Ed Dorris, Thomas Noguchi, Sirhan Sirhan, Wayne Henley, Ed Kemper, Ted Bundy, Susan Atkins, David Berkowitz, Charles Manson ..
Directed by: Sheldon Renan, Leonard Schrader
Release date: 1981-09-05
12.

True Confessions

3.9
6.3/10 IMDB

A cop clashes with his priest brother while investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute

Starring: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning, Kenneth McMillan, Ed Flanders, Cyril Cusack, Burgess Meredith, Rose Gregorio, Dan Hedaya, Gwen Van Dam ..
Directed by: Ulu Grosbard
Release date: 1981-09-25
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Cover Girl
13.

Cover Girl

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Beautiful newcomer Cheryl Hanson, and a host of your favorite cover girls and centerspreads from the steaming pages of the world's hottest magazines. Expose their erotic talents in this sizzling adult extravaganza.

Starring: Cheryl Hansson, Nicole Black, Phaery Burd, Kathy Harcourt, Blair Harris, Michael Morrison, John Leslie, Misty Regan, Herschel Savage, Joey Silvera ..
Directed by: Alex de Renzy
Release date: 1981-01-01
14.

Fort Apache, the Bronx

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really seems like an outpost in enemy's country. The story follows officer Murphy, who seems to be a tuff cynic, but in truth he's a moralist with a sense for justice.

Starring: Paul Newman, Ken Wahl, Danny Aiello, Ed Asner, Rachel Ticotin, Pam Grier, Kathleen Beller, Tito Goya, Miguel Piñero, Jaime Tirelli ..
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Release date: 1981-02-06
15.

Sharky's Machine

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

Police officer Tom Sharky gets busted back to working vice, where he happens upon a scandalous conspiracy involving a local politician. Sharky's new 'machine' gathers evidence while Sharky falls in love with a woman he has never met.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward, Henry Silva, Brian Keith, Vittorio Gassman, Charles Durning, Earl Holliman, Bernie Casey, Richard Libertini, Darryl Hickman ..
Directed by: Burt Reynolds
Release date: 1981-12-18
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : The Munsters' Revenge
16.

The Munsters' Revenge

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

The film begins with the Munster family making a visit to the wax museum. They take a picture of themselves standing next to their wax replicas. When the family leaves, the statues in the museum mysteriously come to life and begin wreaking havoc across the city. Herman and Grandpa are then arrested for various crimes they did not commit and try to clear their names in time for the Halloween celebration at the Munster home.

Starring: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, K.C. Martel, Jo McDonnell, Bob Hastings, Herb Voland, Charles Macaulay, Colby Chester, Joseph Ruskin ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1981-01-01
17.

An Eye for an Eye

3.0
5.5/10 IMDB

Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail of drug traffickers into unexpected high places.

Starring: Chuck Norris, Christopher Lee, Richard Roundtree, Matt Clark, Mako, Maggie Cooper, Rosalind Chao, Professor Toru Tanaka, Stuart Pankin, Terry Kiser ..
Directed by: Steve Carver
Release date: 1981-08-14
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Rise and Fall of Idi Amin
18.

Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

3.0
6.0/10 IMDB

The chronicle of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and his tyranic rule from 1971 to his overthrow in 1979.

Starring: Joseph Olita, Thomas Baptiste, Leonard Trolley, Geoffrey Keen, Louis Mahoney, André Maranne, Denis Hills, Tony Sibbald, Norbert Okare, Ka Vundla ..
Directed by: Sharad Patel
Release date: 1981-07-16
19.

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper

3.0
5.5/10 IMDB

A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains. Has Cooper succeeded in following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite the best efforts of a dogged cop?

Starring: Robert Duvall, Treat Williams, Kathryn Harrold, Ed Flanders, Paul Gleason, R. G. Armstrong, Dorothy Fielding, Howard K. Smith, John Richard Petersen, Karen Newhouse ..
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Release date: 1981-11-13
20.

Hellinger's Law

2.8
5.7/10 IMDB

A flamboyant criminal lawyer named Nick Hellinger takes on the case of a syndicate's accountant (actually a Justice Department agent who has infiltrated the mob) accused of murdering a local TV newscaster.

Starring: Sean Penn, Telly Savalas, M. Emmet Walsh, Rod Taylor, Ja'net DuBois, Melinda Dillon, Roy Poole, James Sutorius, Tom McFadden, Lisa Blake Richards ..
Directed by: Leo Penn
Release date: 1981-03-10
21.

Enter the Ninja

2.8
5.1/10 IMDB

After completing his training of ninjutsu within Japan, an American Angolan Bush War veteran by the name of Cole visits his war buddy Frank Landers and his newly wed wife Mary Ann Landers, who are the owners of a large piece of farming land in the Philippines. Cole soon finds that the Landers are being repeatedly harassed by a CEO named Charles Venarius.

Starring: Franco Nero, Susan George, Christopher George, Sho Kosugi, Alex Courtney, Will Hare, Zachi Noy, Constantine Gregory, Dale Ishimoto, Joonee Gamboa ..
Directed by: Menahem Golan
Release date: 1981-07-17
22.

The Amateur

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

A researcher for the CIA who convinces his superiors to send him to the eastern bloc in order to avenge the murder of his wife by enemy agents discovers a web of deception underneath his wife's death.

Starring: John Savage, Christopher Plummer, Marthe Keller, Arthur Hill, Nicholas Campbell, George Coe, John Marley, Jan Rubeš, Ed Lauter, Miguel Fernandes ..
Directed by: Charles Jarrott
Release date: 1981-12-11
23.

Recluse

2.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A reconstruction of the possible events that might have led up to the real-life tragic case of the Luxton family who lived at West Chapple Farm, Winkleigh, Devon. Brothers and sister Robert, Alan and Frances Luxton had lived in the farm for many years. On 23 September 1975 their bodies were found with shotgun wounds outside their farmhouse.

Starring: Maurice Denham, Derek Smith, Anne Tirard ..
Directed by: Bob Bentley
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : A Gun in the House
24.

A Gun in the House

2.7
5.6/10 IMDB

A district attorney prosecutes a young wife and mother for shooting and killing an intruder.

Starring: Sally Struthers, David Ackroyd, Dick Anthony Williams ..
Directed by: Ivan Nagy
Release date: 1981-02-11
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Terror Among Us
25.

Terror Among Us

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

A police sergeant and a parole officer endeavor to stop a rapist-on-parole before he can follow through his threats on five women whom testifed against him years earlier.

Starring: Don Meredith, Sarah Purcell, Jennifer Salt, Kim Lankford, Rod McCary, Sharon Spelman, Elta Blake, Pat Klous, Jim Antonio, Virginia Paris ..
Directed by: Paul Krasny
Release date: 1981-01-12
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : The Orchard End Murder
26.

The Orchard End Murder

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

Charthurst Green, Kent, 1966. Pauline Cox accompanies Mike Robins to a village cricket match in which he is playing, but becomes bored and wanders away. She fetches up at the local railway station, where she is first entertained to tea by the garrulous, hunchbacked station master, then upset by the intrusion of the latter's assistant Ewen, who proceeds to kill a rabbit in her presence. Making her way back to the match, Pauline is waylaid by the simple-minded Ewen as she crosses an apple orchard; when his advances become violent, she tries to fight him off and he strangles her. The station master helps in covering up the murder, burying the corpse in the orchard.

Starring: Tracy Hyde, Clive Mantle, Bill Wallis, Mark Hardy, Raymond Adamson, Jessie Evans, David Wilkinson, Jeremy Watt, Geoffrey Frederick, Alan Neame ..
Directed by: Christian Marnham
Release date: 1981-11-01
27.

The One-Armed Executioner

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

An Interpol agent is out for revenge against the gangsters that cut off his arm and killed his bride. This tragedy left him deeply depressed, and his battle with depression has to be won first before he can be thoroughly trained in martial arts. After his training, Ortega hunts down his adversaries for a final reckoning.

Starring: Franco Guerrero, Jody Kay, Nigel Hogge, Peter Cooper, Joseph Zucchero, Leopoldo Salcedo, Mike Cohen, Joe Cunanan, Jim Gaines, Odette Khan ..
Directed by: Bobby A. Suarez
Release date: 1981-11-09
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Fast Money
28.

Fast Money

2.7
5.6/10 IMDB

Three buddies after 'Fast Money' try flying drugs into the U.S. from Mexico. When they meet with unexpected dangers, the trip turns turbulent.

Starring: Sammy Allred, D. Dryden Arnsberger, Sonny Carl Davis, Lou Perryman, Eric Henshaw ..
Directed by: Douglas Holloway
Release date: 1981-11-06
29.

Loophole

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

When architect Stephen Booker loses his partnership, he finds jobs hard to come by, and with money in short supply, he unwittingly becomes involved in a daring scheme to rob one of London's biggest bank vaults.

Starring: Albert Finney, Martin Sheen, Susannah York, Jonathan Pryce, Colin Blakely, Robert Morley, Alfred Lynch, Tony Doyle, Christopher Guard, Gwyneth Powell ..
Directed by: John Quested
Release date: 1981-06-25
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Joe Dancer II: The Monkey Mission
30.

Joe Dancer II: The Monkey Mission

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Robert Blake's second (of three) "Joe Dancer" movies has the hard-boiled private investigator teaming up with a chimp named Gregor, his trainer (who also happens to be an expert thief), and an electronics genius of questionable repute to steal back a priceless vase looted from a family collection during World War II.

Starring: Robert Blake, John Fiedler, Sondra Blake, Mitchell Ryan ..
Directed by: Burt Brinckerhoff
Release date: 1981-03-23
31.

Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective

2.6
7.0/10 IMDB

When D. C. Dangerous Davies, not held in high regard by his superiors, is assigned to find a notorious criminal kingpin, he uncovers the details of 15-year-old cold case.

Starring: Bernard Cribbins, Bill Maynard, Joss Ackland, Bernard Lee, John Leyton, Maureen Lipman, Patsy Rowlands, Colin Baker, David Auker, Marianne Stone ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1981-01-04
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Strike Back
32.

Strike Back

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Dave knows what it is to suffer. Especially when he takes the rap for a gang of motorbike thieves and ends up in jail. All for the love of Corinna, his beautiful girlfriend. Refused parole and nearly insane with frustration he makes a violent escape to be with her and strike back.

Starring: Dave Balko, Blixa Bargeld, Rolf Eden, Otto Sander, Hanns Zischler, Brigitte Wöllner, Uschi Zech, Dan van Husen, Rainer Laupichler, Claus-Dieter Reents ..
Directed by: Carl Schenkel
Release date: 1981-09-10
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Never So Deep
33.

Never So Deep

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Magazine mogul, Hugh Heffer, sends private eye Ginger Trueheart on a sex-sizzling search through San Francisco's infamous "Tenderloin" district. It seems that Mr. Heffer is looking for a missing enchantress who is "the best in the world".

Starring: Loni Sanders, Tara Aire, Mike Ranger, Paul Thomas, Lynx Canon, Sonya Summers, Richard Pacheco, Maria Tortuga, Mike Horner, Lysa Thatcher ..
Directed by: Gerard Damiano
Release date: 1981-09-17
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Hoodwink
34.

Hoodwink

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Hoodwink is based on the true story of an Australian con artist who briefly won the hearts of the media (if not the authorities). John Hargreaves stars as a criminal serving time in a New South Wales prison. He's not partial to the physical labor required of the convicts, so he hits upon a labor-saving plan. Hargreaves pretends to be totally blind, thus lightening his work load....and carries off the hoax for years.

Starring: John Hargreaves, Judy Davis, Paul Chubb, Max Cullen, Wendy Strehlow, Wendy Hughes, Colin Friels, Geoffrey Rush, Kim Deacon, Dennis Miller ..
Directed by: Claude Whatham
Release date: 1981-11-05
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Couples and Robbers
35.

Couples and Robbers

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Couples and Robbers is a 1981 English language comedy/crime film written and directed by Clare Peploe, starring Frances Low, Rik Mayall and Peter Eyre. Two couples -- one with all the riches that dreams are made of, the other with only dreams and schemes -- are brought together by the plotting of the poorer couple. A pair of newlyweds wander through the city streets, bickering about their poverty, until they are distracted by the opulent home of a lawyer. Impulsively, the couple makes off with the lawyer's vehicle for one night of extravagant indulgence. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

Starring: Frances Low, Rik Mayall, Peter Eyre, Frank Grimes ..
Directed by: Clare Peploe
Release date: 1981-10-07
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Amanda by Night
36.

Amanda by Night

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Amanda Heather is a high-class call girl trying to go straight. A last "favor" for a former pimp/lover results in the death of one of Amanda's young prostitute friends and she is inexorably drawn into a spiral of brutality, corruption, violent sensuality, and ever-building tension as the murderer stalks her. Amanda's emotions are brought to the boiling point by the persistent, tormenting questions of detective Ambrose Harte as he struggles to solve the murders and free Amanda from the treacherous web of lust that is her "working" life.

Starring: Veronica Hart, John Alderman, Robert Kerman, Samantha Fox, Jamie Gillis, Ron Jeremy, Lisa De Leeuw, Lee Caroll, Pat Manning, Jon Martin ..
Directed by: Gary Graver
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Joe Dancer: The Big Black Pill
37.

Joe Dancer: The Big Black Pill

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

The first of three private-eye movies created by Robert Blake about rugged Joe Dancer as the forerunner to a prospective but unrealized series after the retirement of his "Baretta" character. In the initial outing, Blake, as Dancer, follows a trail of bodies through a maze of corruption involving a politically ambitious Beverly Hills family. Blake's wife, Sondra, was cast as Dancer's wheelchair-bound girl Friday.

Starring: Robert Blake, JoBeth Williams, Wilford Brimley ..
Directed by: Reza Badiyi
Release date: 1981-01-29
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Une sale affaire
38.

Une sale affaire

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Novak is a police inspector to whom any means is fair in getting evidence on criminals - especially drug dealers. He is after a drug ring that includes a city official and desperately needs evidence to bring the corrupt politician to trial, and to close down the ring. To that end, he involves Helene, the politician's secretary, causing her intensive emotional stress as he destroys her home life and unintentionally costs the life of her sister. By the time events have completed their course, the inspector has a chance to help Helene back to normalcy, and to reflect on the ultimate worth of his methods.

Starring: Marlène Jobert, Victor Lanoux, Patrick Bouchitey, Agnès Château, Etienne Chicot ..
Directed by: Alain Bonnot
Release date: 1981-02-25
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge
39.

Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge

2.2
4.8/10 IMDB

Two episodes of the TV series "Spider Man" edited together and released as a feature.

Starring: Nicholas Hammond, Robert F. Simon, Rosalind Chao, Myron Healey, Chip Fields, Ellen Bry, Hagan Beggs, Richard Erdman, John Milford, Benson Fong ..
Directed by: Don McDougall
Release date: 1981-06-25
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Escape from DS-3
40.

Escape from DS-3

2.0
4.0/10 IMDB

Prisoners of Detention Satellite 3 plan an impossible escape.

Starring: Bubba Smith, Jackson Bostwick, Cameron Mitchell Jr., David Chandler ..
Directed by: Robert Emenegger, Allan Sandler
Release date: 1981-06-12
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Going Ape!
41.

Going Ape!

1.8
3.9/10 IMDB

When his father - who owned a circus - dies, Oscar inherits 5 million dollars - and 3 orang outangs. However there's a condition connected to the money: if he gives away the apes or just one gets sick or dies during the next 3 years, the zoologic society will get all the money. So he not only has to deal with 3 apes and an annoyed girlfriend, but also with a greedy zoologic society's president.

Starring: Tony Danza, Jessica Walter, Stacey Nelkin, Danny DeVito, Merie Earle, Art Metrano, Frank Sivero, Rick Hurst, Howard Mann, Joseph Maher ..
Directed by: Jeremy Joe Kronsberg
Release date: 1981-04-10
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Boni and Klayd
42.

Boni and Klayd

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A 1981 Filipino parody film starring Redford White and Pia Moran.

Starring: Redford White, Pia Moran, Panchito, Chichay, Cachupoy, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Renato Del Prado, Bing Angeles, Maning Bato, Bing Angeles ..
Directed by: Angel Labra
Release date: 1981-08-08
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Side Show
43.

Side Show

1.6
6.7/10 IMDB

A teenage boy runs away from home. He joins the circus but finds out that it's not all what it's cracked up to be. But then the boy becomes a witness to a murder, and he must try to stay out of the killer's way.

Starring: Lance Kerwin, Connie Stevens, William Windom, Barbara Rhoades, Albert Paulsen, Calvin Levels, Anthony Franciosa, Red Buttons, William Conrad, Rex Williams' Elephants ..
Directed by: William Conrad
Release date: 1981-06-04
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Prisoner of Pleasure
44.

Prisoner of Pleasure

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A housewife who's into swinging is kidnapped and finds herself being subjected to some heavy-duty B&D and S&M. She also finds that she is starting to like it.

Starring: Patrice Trudeau, Jeanne Silver, Elizabeth Gray, Fran Hancock, Dave Ruby, George Payne, Ashley Moore, Rod Pierce, Frank Sirocco, Carter Stevens ..
Directed by: Shaun Costello
Release date: 1981-07-31
45.

Gangster Wars

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

The film tells the story of three teenagers, based on real life gangsters Charles "Lucky" Luciano (Michael Nouri), Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (Joe Penny) and Michael Lasker (Brian Benben) (a fictional character who was most likely modeled after Meyer Lansky), growing up in New York's ghettos during the early 1900s to their rise though organized crime.

Starring: Michael Nouri, Joe Penny, Brian Benben, Richard S. Castellano, Louis Giambalvo, George DiCenzo, Joseph Mascolo, Jonathan Banks, Robert F. Lyons, Madeleine Stowe ..
Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
Release date: 1981-04-09
46.

The People vs. Jean Harris

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A re-enactment of the trial of the mistress of the Scarsdale Diet doctor for his March 1980 murder, with excerpts from the transcript of the proceedings serving as the script.

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Martin Balsam, Richard Dysart, Peter Coyote, Priscilla Morrill, Al Ruscio, Milton Selzer, Alan Manson, Sarah Marshall, Alvin Ing ..
Directed by: George Schaefer
Release date: 1981-05-07
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Our Family Business
47.

Our Family Business

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A syndicate mob boss doesn't realize that his eldest son, Gep, has been informing to the police on the family's dealings in exchange for protection, while Gep's younger brother, Phil, a bank vice president, tries to separate himself from the family's business.

Starring: Sam Wanamaker, Ted Danson, David Morse, Vera Miles, Ray Milland, Steve Peck, Deborah Carney, Christopher Mayer, James O'Sullivan, Ayn Ruymen ..
Directed by: Robert L. Collins
Release date: 1981-09-20
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : The Other Victim
48.

The Other Victim

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

After his wife is raped, a man struggles to find ways to express the anger and helplessness which the crime has instilled in him.

Starring: William Devane, Jennifer O'Neill, James Blendick, Charles Hallahan, Todd Susman, Mary Beth McDonough, John Crawford, Bruce Kirby, Janet MacLachlan, John Shepherd ..
Directed by: Noel Black
Release date: 1981-11-04
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : The Velvet Edge
49.

The Velvet Edge

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Sergei has organized a group sex party during which one woman is hooked up to a thrusting vibrator and another experiences anal sex against her will. Sergei tells the story of his grandfather in the 1930's and what amounts to two Bonnie's and two Clyde's who discover each other in a holdup and merge forces. In the process though, they are temporarily enjoying an idyllic love life in the backwoods. But one of them irritates a Mexican who shoots up the guys and beats the females. A rough rarity!

Starring: Jennifer West, Matt Savage, Donna Hart, Turk Lyon, Debbie Sands, Mike Ranger, Matt Savage ..
Directed by: Eddy DeWitt
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Sizzle
50.

Sizzle

1.3
5.8/10 IMDB

Crime drama set in Prohibition era Chicago. John Forsythe plays a cold-hearted gangster who succumbs to the innocent charms and curvaceous body of a small-town girl played by Loni Anderson.

Starring: Loni Anderson, Leslie Uggams, Roy Thinnes, Richard Lynch, Michael Goodwin, Phyllis Davis, Michael V. Gazzo, John Forsythe, Richard Bright, Martine Bartlett ..
Directed by: Don Medford
Release date: 1981-11-29

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