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.

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
6.

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
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

3.8
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
16.

The Munsters' Revenge

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

The lovable Munster family finds their placid world turned into turmoil by the diabolical Dr. Diablo, the mastermind of an art heist using monster robots, including clones of Herman and Grandpa.

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: 1981-02-27
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

2.9
5.8/10 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
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Murder in Texas
21.

Murder in Texas

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Dramatization of the sensational Texas court case of the late '60s involving a noted Houston plastic surgeon accused of doing away with his socially prominent first wife in order to marry someone else.

Starring: Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Farrah Fawcett, Andy Griffith, G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin, Pamela Myers, Craig T. Nelson, Royce Wallace, Dimitra Arliss ..
Directed by: William Hale
Release date: 1981-05-03
22.

Enter the Ninja

2.8
5.2/10 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, Shô Kosugi, Alex Courtney, Will Hare, Zachi Noy, Constantine Gregory, Dale Ishimoto, Joonee Gamboa ..
Directed by: Menahem Golan
Release date: 1981-07-17
23.

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
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Joe Dancer II: The Monkey Mission
24.

Joe Dancer II: The Monkey Mission

2.8
6.3/10 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, Sondra Blake, Keenan Wynn, Mitchell Ryan, Logan Ramsey, Alan Napier, Elizabeth Halliday ..
Directed by: Burt Brinckerhoff
Release date: 1981-03-23
25.

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 : The Orchard End Murder
26.

The Orchard End Murder

2.7
5.9/10 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 : Amanda by Night
28.

Amanda by Night

2.7
6.2/10 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 : Fast Money
29.

Fast Money

2.7
5.9/10 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
30.

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 : Terror Among Us
31.

Terror Among Us

2.6
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
32.

Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge

2.6
4.8/10 IMDB

Spider-Man goes to China to help an official accused of World War II treachery. 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
33.

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 : Never So Deep
34.

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
35.

Hoodwink

2.6
6.2/10 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
36.

Couples and Robbers

2.6
6.0/10 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 : The Gentleman Bandit
37.

The Gentleman Bandit

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Based on the real-life ordeal of Baltimore priest Bernard Pagano, who was accused of several armed robberies in the late Seventies.

Starring: Ralph Waite, Jerry Zaks, Julie Bovasso, Joe Grifasi, Charley Lang, Estelle Parsons, Tom Aldredge, Arthur French, Ed Van Nuys, Joe Ponazecki ..
Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan
Release date: 1981-05-06
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : A Gun in the House
38.

A Gun in the House

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

A woman who uses a handgun to defend herself and shoots a man who is assaulting her in her home is doggedly prosecuted by the district attorney, bent on making an example of her case.

Starring: Sally Struthers, David Ackroyd, Dick Anthony Williams, Joel Bailey, Frank Koppala, Jeffrey Tambor, Allan Rich, Belita Moreno, Melissa Francis, Valorie Armstrong ..
Directed by: Ivan Nagy
Release date: 1981-02-11
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Joe Dancer: The Big Black Pill
39.

Joe Dancer: The Big Black Pill

2.5
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.

Starring: Robert Blake, JoBeth Williams, Wilford Brimley, Neva Patterson, James Gammon, Veronica Cartwright, Carol Wayne, Edward Winter, Phillip R. Allen, Sondra Blake ..
Directed by: Reza Badiyi
Release date: 1981-01-29
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Margin for Murder
40.

Margin for Murder

2.4
5.0/10 IMDB

Mickey Spillane's hard-hitting '50s private eye, Mike Hammer, returns to television in the guise of Kevin Dobson to track down the killer of his best friend who was driving Hammer's car. Joining in the hunt are the detective's Girl Friday, the ever-hopeful Velda, and his cop friend, Pat Chambers.

Starring: Kevin Dobson, Charles Hallahan, Cindy Pickett, Donna Dixon, Asher Brauner, Floyd Levine, John Considine, Renata Vanni, Aarika Wells, Charlie Picerni ..
Directed by: Daniel Haller
Release date: 1981-10-15
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Une sale affaire
41.

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 : Escape from DS-3
42.

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 : Lunch Wagon
43.

Lunch Wagon

2.0
4.7/10 IMDB

Three women start a lunch wagon business but run into stiff resistance from a competitor.

Starring: Rosanne Katon, Pamela Jean Bryant, Candy Moore, Rick Podell, James Van Patten, Chuck McCann, Rose Marie, Michael Tucci, Louisa Moritz, Vic Dunlop ..
Directed by: Ernest Pintoff
Release date: 1981-09-01
44.

Lady Street Fighter

1.9
3.4/10 IMDB

Exotic Eastern European beauty, Linda Allen, flies in to Los Angeles to track down the evil mobsters who tortured and murdered her sister. Meanwhile, the mobsters are trying to find a tape with information that would be incriminating to them. Linda's investigation deals with a pimp who may be the murderer she is after, and a helpful FBI agent who may not be the crime hunter he pretends to be. Cunning and deadly she is, but will she be up to the tangled web of corruption, violence, and death she falls into?

Starring: Renee Harmon, Jody McCrea, Trace Carradine, Liz Renay, Tony Romano, Bob Morris, Steve Sexton, Stephen Machey, Robin Hood, Elisa M. Kipp ..
Directed by: James Bryan
Release date: 1981-02-27
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Born to Be Sold
45.

Born to Be Sold

1.8
5.1/10 IMDB

A social worker tries to break up a ring of crooks who buy newborn babies from teenaged mothers and sell them to couples who can't obtain them through legal adoption channels.

Starring: Lynda Carter, Harold Gould, Philip Sterling, Dean Stockwell, Sharon Farrell, Lloyd Haynes, Ed Nelson, Joy Garrett, Claire Malis, Donna Wilkes ..
Directed by: Burt Brinckerhoff
Release date: 1981-11-02
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Going Ape!
46.

Going Ape!

1.8
4.0/10 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 : Side Show
47.

Side Show

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A teenage boy who runs off to join the circus as a side show puppeteer stumbles onto the dark secrets of the fellow performers.

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: 1981-06-05
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Boni and Klayd
48.

Boni and Klayd

1.6
6.7/10 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 : Inmates: A Love Story
49.

Inmates: A Love Story

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Accountant Roy is sentenced to prison because he cooked up balances. He hopes that his companions, who profited from his cheat, will help him to a revision of his judgment. Meanwhile he has to adapt to a life in jail - which works out quite well, especially when he meets the self-conscious convicted thief Jane and falls in love. He starts to woo her. But then, while working in the prison's accounting department, he discovers that the prisoners' accounts are not properly kept. The director tries to keep him in her prison as long as possible.

Starring: Kate Jackson, Perry King, Pamela Reed, Paul Koslo, Fay Hauser, Penelope Allen, Craig T. Nelson, Tony King, Paul Lieber, Judith Chapman ..
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1981-02-13
Best Crime Movies of 1981 : Gangster Wars
50.

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

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