Best Crime Movies of 1981

1.

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, James Belushi, Robert Prosky, Tom Signorelli, Dennis Farina, Nick Nickeas, W.R. Brown, Norm Tobin ..
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 1981-03-27
2.

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
3.

The Great Muppet Caper

5.1
7.2/10 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
4.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

4.7
6.6/10 IMDB

This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder.

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
5.

Nighthawks

4.7
6.4/10 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, Hilary Thompson, Joe Spinell, Walter Mathews, E. Brian Dean ..
Directed by: Bruce Malmuth
Release date: 1981-03-17
6.

Ms .45

4.1
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 ..
Directed by: Abel Ferrara
Release date: 1981-04-24
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7.

The Killing of America

4.0
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 ..
Directed by: Sheldon Renan, Leonard Schrader
Release date: 1981-09-05
8.

Prince of the City

3.9
7.5/10 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.

Cutter's Way

3.6
6.9/10 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
10.

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

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