Best Drama Movies of 1981

1.

The Fox and the Hound

5.9
7.2/10 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.

My Dinner with Andre

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant.

Starring: Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, Jean Lenauer, Roy Butler ..
Directed by: Louis Malle
Release date: 1981-10-11
3.

On Golden Pond

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

For Norman and Ethel Thayer, this summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of love and overcome the generational friction that has existed for years.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman, William Lanteau, Christopher Rydell ..
Directed by: Mark Rydell
Release date: 1981-12-01
4.

Blow Out

5.4
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
5.

Gallipoli

5.3
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
6.

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
7.

Reds

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

An account of the revolutionary years of the legendary American journalist John Reed, who shared his adventurous professional life with his radical commitment to the socialist revolution in Russia, his dream of spreading its principles among the members of the American working class, and his troubled romantic relationship with the writer Louise Bryant.

Starring: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jack Nicholson, Jerzy Kosi?ski, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Nicolas Coster, M. Emmet Walsh, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Warren Beatty
Release date: 1981-12-25
8.

Chariots of Fire

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

In the class-obsessed and religiously divided UK of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell, a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart in his single-minded quest.

Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige, Nigel Havers, Ian Holm, Nicholas Farrell, Daniel Gerroll, John Gielgud, Lindsay Anderson ..
Directed by: Hugh Hudson
Release date: 1981-05-15
9.

Eye of the Needle

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Great Britain, 1944, during World War II. Relentlessly pursued by several MI5 agents, Henry Faber the Needle, a ruthless German spy in possession of vital information about D-Day, takes refuge on Storm Island, an inhospitable, sparsely inhabited island off the coast of northern Scotland.

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Stephen MacKenna, Christopher Cazenove, Philip Martin Brown, Ian Bannen, George Belbin, Faith Brook, Barbara Graley, George Lee ..
Directed by: Richard Marquand
Release date: 1981-07-24
10.

Absence of Malice

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Megan Carter is a reporter duped into running an untrue story on Michael Gallagher, a suspected racketeer. He has an alibi for the time his crime was allegedly committed—but it involves an innocent party. When he tells Carter the truth and the newspaper runs it, tragedy follows, forcing Carter to face up to the responsibilities of her job when she is confronted by Gallagher.

Starring: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon, Luther Adler, Barry Primus, Josef Sommer, John Harkins, Don Hood, Wilford Brimley ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1981-11-19
11.

Taps

5.0
6.7/10 IMDB

Military cadets take extreme measures to ensure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

Starring: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise, Brendan Ward, Evan Handler, John P. Navin, Jr., Billy Van Zandt, Giancarlo Esposito ..
Directed by: Harold Becker
Release date: 1981-12-20
12.

Escape to Victory

4.9
6.6/10 IMDB

A group of POWs in a German prison camp during World War II play the German National Soccer Team in this powerful film depicting the role of prisoners during wartime.

Starring: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Max von Sydow, Pelé, Carole Laure, Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles, Paul Van Himst, Kazimierz Deyna, Hallvar Thorensen ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1981-06-17
13.

Arthur

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Arthur is a 30-year-old child who will inherit $750 million if he complies with his family's demands and marries the woman of their choosing.

Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jill Eikenberry, Stephen Elliott, Ted Ross, Thomas Barbour, Anne De Salvo, Lawrence Tierney ..
Directed by: Steve Gordon
Release date: 1981-07-17
14.

The French Lieutenant's Woman

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

In this story-within-a-story, Anna is an actress starring opposite Mike in a period piece about the forbidden love between their respective characters, Sarah and Charles. Both actors are involved in serious relationships, but the passionate nature of the script leads to an off-camera love affair as well. While attempting to maintain their composure and professionalism, Anna and Mike struggle to come to terms with their infidelity.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Emily Morgan, Charlotte Mitchell, Lynsey Baxter, Penelope Wilton, Jean Faulds, Peter Vaughan ..
Directed by: Karel Reisz
Release date: 1981-08-28
15.

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
16.

Mommie Dearest

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

In this biographical film, glamorous yet lonely star Joan Crawford takes in two orphans, and at first their unconventional family seems happy. But after Joan's attempts at romantic fulfillment go sour and she is fired from her contract with MGM studios, her callous and abusive behavior towards her daughter Christina becomes even more pronounced. Christina leaves home and takes her first acting role, only to find her mother's presence still overshadowing her.

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva, Mara Hobel, Harry Goz, Michael Edwards, Jocelyn Brando, Priscilla Pointer, Joe Abdullah ..
Directed by: Frank Perry
Release date: 1981-09-18
17.

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
18.

Ragtime

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.

Starring: James Cagney, Brad Dourif, Moses Gunn, Elizabeth McGovern, Kenneth McMillan, Pat O’Brien, Donald O'Connor, James Olson, Mandy Patinkin, Howard Rollins ..
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1981-11-20
19.

Omen III: The Final Conflict

4.2
5.5/10 IMDB

Damien Thorn has helped rescue the world from a recession, appearing to be a benign corporate benefactor. When he then becomes U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Damien fulfills a terrifying biblical prophecy. He also faces his own potential demise as an astronomical event brings about the second coming of Christ.

Starring: Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon, Lisa Harrow, Barnaby Holm, Mason Adams, Leueen Willoughby, Marc Boyle, Milos Kirek, Robert Arden ..
Directed by: Graham Baker
Release date: 1981-03-20
Best Drama Movies of 1981 : Masada
20.

Masada

4.1
7.8/10 IMDB

After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada.

Release date: 1981-04-05
21.

Prince of the City

4.0
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
22.

Wolfen

4.0
6.3/10 IMDB

A city cop is assigned to solve a bizarre set of violent murders where it appears that the victims were killed by animals. In his pursuit he learns of an Indian legend about wolf spirits.

Starring: Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Edward James Olmos, Gregory Hines, Tom Noonan, Dick O'Neill, Dehl Berti, Peter Michael Goetz, Sam Gray, Reginald VelJohnson ..
Directed by: Michael Wadleigh
Release date: 1981-07-24
23.

This Is Elvis

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Though several actors portray Elvis Presley at different stages of his life, this documentary is comprised mostly of actual performance footage and interviews with Elvis, his fans and those close to him. This biographical docu-drama features rare footage of Elvis and dramatically recreated scenes from Elvis' life.

Starring: Elvis Presley, David Scott, Paul Boensch III, Johnny Harra, Linda Thompson ..
Directed by: Malcolm Leo, Andrew Solt
Release date: 1981-04-03
24.

American Pop

3.9
7.1/10 IMDB

The history of American popular music runs parallel with the history of a Russian Jewish immigrant family, with each male descendant possessing different musical abilities.

Starring: Ron Thompson, Lisa Jane Persky, Jeffrey Lippa, Frank De Kova, Roz Kelly, Mews Small, Elsa Raven, Vincent Schiavelli, Richard Moll, Lynda Wiesmeier ..
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Release date: 1981-02-13
Best Drama Movies of 1981 : Family Reunion
25.

Family Reunion

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Elizabeth Winfield is a retired teacher, who desperately tries to keep her family together. While she's traveling through the country and meeting her relatives, back in her hometown, a group of shopping mall developers are planning to take over her family land in order to begin their ambitious project. Now she needs to find ways to stop this construction in time before the town's annual festivities.

Starring: Bette Davis, John Shea, David Huddleston, Roberts Blossom, Kathryn Walker, David Rounds, J. Ashley Hyman, Roy Dotrice, Roberta Wallach, Jeff McCracken ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1981-10-11
26.

Ghost Story

3.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman, Craig Wasson, Patricia Neal, Alice Krige, Jacqueline Brookes, Brad Sullivan, Kurt Johnson ..
Directed by: John Irvin
Release date: 1981-12-18
27.

The Chosen

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a secular father, raised to question everything around him, including his religion. A moving coming of age story.

Starring: Robby Benson, Barry Miller, Maximilian Schell, Rod Steiger, Hildy Brooks, Kaethe Fine, Ron Rifkin, Robert John Burke, Lonny Price, Evan Handler ..
Directed by: Jeremy Kagan
Release date: 1981-08-20
28.

Happy Birthday to Me

3.8
6.0/10 IMDB

Virginia is proud that she belongs to a clique. The best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a grueling set of murders take place and her friends are the ones who are falling prey. Could it be her? She suffers from blackouts due to a freak accident one year earlier. We soon learn the truth behind her accident and what is going on...

Starring: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker, Frances Hyland, Tracey E. Bregman, Jack Blum, Matt Craven, Lenore Zann, David Eisner ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1981-05-15
Best Drama Movies of 1981 : The Wave
29.

The Wave

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A teacher plays a mental game with some of his students. Based on a true story.

Starring: Bruce Davison, Lori Lethin, John Putch, Johnny Doran ..
Directed by: Alexander Grasshoff
Release date: 1981-10-04
30.

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Ken Harrison is an artist that lives to make sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk and move his head, and he wants to die. Whilst he is in hospital he makes friends with some of the staff, and they support him when he goes to trial to be allowed to die.

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes, Christine Lahti, Bob Balaban, Kenneth McMillan, J.J. Johnston, Thomas Carter, Alba Oms, Janet Eilber, Kathryn Grody ..
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1981-12-02
31.

Four Friends

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A young immigrant comes to America in the 60s and is caught up in the counterculture movement which tests his bonds of friendship and love.

Starring: Craig Wasson, Jodi Thelen, Michael Huddleston, Jim Metzler, Scott Hardt, Elizabeth Lawrence, Miklos Simon, Michael Kovacs, Beatrice Fredman, Pier Calabria ..
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Release date: 1981-12-11
Best Drama Movies of 1981 : Taboo
32.

Taboo

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

When Barbara Scott's husband leaves her, blaming her frigidity for destroying their marriage, she's left alone, without a source of income, and charged with taking care of their teenage son, Paul. Feeling vulnerable, she turns to her friend Gina who opens Barbara's eyes to the secret world of suburban swingers. But as erotic tension grows, Barbara begins to fantasize about her handsome son...

Starring: Kay Parker, Mike Ranger, Dorothy LeMay, Juliet Anderson, Miko Yani, Tawny Pearl, Jesse Adams, Don Fernando, Lee LeMay, Turk Lyon ..
Directed by: Kirdy Stevens
Release date: 1981-11-07
33.

Modern Romance

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A film editor breaks up with his girlfriend, unsure if he is in love.

Starring: Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Bruno Kirby, James L. Brooks, Jane Hallaren, Bob Einstein, Albert Henderson, Meadowlark Lemon, George Kennedy, Tyann Means ..
Directed by: Albert Brooks
Release date: 1981-03-13
34.

The Four Seasons

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.

Starring: Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Len Cariou, Sandy Dennis, Rita Moreno, Jack Weston, Bess Armstrong, Elizabeth Alda, Beatrice Alda, Robert Hitt ..
Directed by: Alan Alda
Release date: 1981-05-22
35.

Cutter's Way

3.6
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
36.

First Monday in October

3.6
6.4/10 IMDB

For the first time in history a woman is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she becomes a friendly rival to a liberal associate.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Jill Clayburgh, Barnard Hughes, Jan Sterling, James Stephens, Joshua Bryant, Wiley Harker, F.J. O'Neil, Charles Lampkin, Lew Palter ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1981-08-21
Best Drama Movies of 1981 : The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
37.

The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

3.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Hosted by Orson Welles, this documentary utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage, TV news clips and interviews to ask: Did 16th century French astrologer and physician Nostradamus actually predict such events as the fall of King Louis XVI, the rise of Napoleon, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? And are there prophecies that have yet to come true?

Starring: Orson Welles, Ray Laska, David Burke, Paul Valentine, Ross Evans, Philip L. Clarke, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret ..
Directed by: Robert Guenette
Release date: 1981-01-09
Best Drama Movies of 1981 : The Winter's Tale
38.

The Winter's Tale

3.5
7.3/10 IMDB

King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events that lead to death, a ferocious bear, an infant left in the snow, young love, and a statue coming to life.

Starring: Jeremy Kemp, Robert Stephens, Anna Calder-Marshall, Margaret Tyzack, David Burke, John Welsh, Cyril Luckham, Rikki Fulton, John Benfield, Jeremy Dimmick ..
Directed by: Jane Howell
Release date: 1981-02-08
39.

Posledniy pobeg

3.5
7.7/10 IMDB

The hero of the film Scrubs – a war veteran who works in a school for troubled teens. On the day of release from the special school his favorite pupil Victor waited in vain for his mother – she did not come for her son, and went out to meet the swimming man, Vitina stepfather. Then the teacher took home Vitya – Aleksey Ivanovich. But when Victor saw the house merry company, his resentment prevailed, and the stubborn kid runs away from the bush, and the caretaker does not do anything but go in search of the fugitive

Starring: Mikhail Ulyanov, Aleksey Serebryakov, Irina Kupchenko, Leonid Dyachkov, Valeri Gatayev, Yevgeniya Khanayeva, Viktor Pavlov, Lyubov Sokolova, Natalya Nazarova ..
Directed by: Leonid Menaker
Release date: 1981-08-08
40.

Pennies from Heaven

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher.

Starring: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jessica Harper, Vernel Bagneris, John McMartin, John Karlen, Tommy Rall, Christopher Walken, Francis X. McCarthy, M.C. Gainey ..
Directed by: Herbert Ross
Release date: 1981-12-11
41.

Smash Palace

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with cars. When Al finds her in the arms of another man, he takes his daughter, Georgie and heads for the bush, desperately hoping to hold on to the only family he has left.

Starring: Bruno Lawrence, Anna Maria Monticelli, Greer Robson, Keith Aberdein, Desmond Kelly, Lynne Robson, Margaret Umbers, Sean Duffy, Bryan Johnson, Terence Donovan ..
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Release date: 1981-05-01
42.

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
43.

The Bunker

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Richard Jordan, Cliff Gorman, James Naughton, Martin Jarvis, Michael Kitchen, Andrew Ray, Piper Laurie, Susan Blakely, Michael Lonsdale ..
Directed by: George Schaefer
Release date: 1981-04-15
44.

Sharky's Machine

3.5
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
45.

Zoot Suit

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Part fact and part fiction, Zoot Suit is the film version of Luis Valdez's critically acclaimed play, based on the actual Sleepy Lagoon murder case and the zoot suit riots of 1940s Los Angeles. Henry Reyna is the leader of a group of Mexican-Americans being sent to San Quentin without substantial evidence for the death of a man at Sleepy Lagoon. As part of the defense committee, Alice Bloomfield and George Shearer fight the blatant miscarriage of justice for the freedom of Henry and his friends.

Starring: Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman, Tyne Daly, John Anderson, Abel Franco, Mike Gomez, Alma Martinez, Lupe Ontiveros, Ed Peck, Robert Phalen ..
Directed by: Luis Valdez
Release date: 1981-10-02
46.

...All the Marbles

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

A two-bit promoter tries to take a women's wrestling team to the top.

Starring: Peter Falk, Vicki Frederick, Laurene Landon, Burt Young, Tracy Reed, Ursaline Bryant, Claudette Nevins, Richard Jaeckel, John Hancock, Lenny Montana ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1981-03-01
47.

Endless Love

3.4
4.9/10 IMDB

Two young kids fall in love with each other. But the passion is too consuming for the parents of Jade. The parents try to stop them from seeing each other. But when this doesn't work, David burns down the house and is sent away. This doesn't stop him from seeing her. When he gets out he goes to look for her. But the passion for his first love is too strong and she has to leave.

Starring: Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight, Don Murray, Richard Kiley, Beatrice Straight, Penelope Milford, James Spader, Ian Ziering, Jami Gertz ..
Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli
Release date: 1981-07-17
Best Drama Movies of 1981 : Purlie
48.

Purlie

3.4
8.8/10 IMDB

Based on Davis' 1961 play Purlie Victorious (which was later translated into the 1963 film Gone Are the Days! and which included all of the original Broadway cast, including Ruby Dee, Alan Alda, Beah Richards, and Godfrey Cambridge), Purlie is a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Philip Rose, and Peter Udell, lyrics by Udell, and music by Gary Geld. It won two Tony Awards and was also nominated for Best Musical. This 1981 television adaptation is directed by Rudi Goldman and stars Broadway cast members Guillaume, Moore, Hemsley, and Hopkins, with Brandon Maggart as Cotchipee, Clarice Taylor as Idilla, and Don Scardino as Charlie. The production won a CableACE Award.

Starring: Robert Guillaume, Melba Moore, Sherman Hemsley, Clarice Taylor, Don Scardino, Linda Hopkins, Rhetta Hughes, Brandon Maggart, Loretta Abbott, Brenda Braxton ..
Directed by: Rudi Goldman
Release date: 1981-10-12
Best Drama Movies of 1981 : The Muscle Market
49.

The Muscle Market

3.3
8.7/10 IMDB

Danny Duggan runs a failing building contractors, and resorts to sub-gangster thuggery to keep the business afloat. However, with the bottom falling out of the building game, Duggan finds that playing at gangster is only fun when you're on the winning side.

Starring: Pete Postlethwaite, Pip Donaghy, Terence Rigby, Alison Steadman, Paul Jesson, Mitzi Mueller, Ken Sharrock, Paul Harman, Roger Phillips, Ronald Forfar ..
Directed by: Alan Dossor
Release date: 1981-01-13
Best Drama Movies of 1981 : Fast Cars Fast Women
50.

Fast Cars Fast Women

3.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Molly Davis is a race car sponsor. Her newly hired driver is Christy Hollis, a woman who has no problem seducing a traffic cop to take her from behind, only to get a ticket anyway. Molly's other driver is Casey, Christy's occasional lover, who likes to seduce Molly's racing mechanic. Molly's previous driver, the mechanic's sister, died after rival sponsor Orson McKnight of McKnight Tires sent his helper Dutch to tamper with her car. While Molly and Casey fool around in Molly's shower, the mechanic's foiling of another car tampering gets him sent to the hospital. Molly repays him for it right in his hospital bed.

Starring: Kay Parker, Carolyn Jackson, Kevin James, Al Chiurrizzi, Ron Jeremy, Sylvia Benedict, Rocky Balboa, William Margold, Dave Thomas ..
Directed by: Scott McHaley
Release date: 1981-08-12

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