Best Drama Movies of 1982

1.

Blade Runner

6.6

In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 1982-06-25
2.

Gandhi

6.4

In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of 'passive resistance', endeavouring to win freedom for his people without resorting to bloodshed.

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Release date: 1982-11-30
3.

Rocky III

5.6

Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter rival Apollo Creed for a rematch with Lang.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Release date: 1982-05-28
4.

The Verdict

5.6

Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties willing to settle out of court. Blundering his way through the preliminaries, he suddenly realizes that perhaps after all the case should go to court; to punish the guilty, to get a decent settlement for his clients, and to restore his standing as a lawyer.

Starring: Paul Newman, Jack Warden, James Mason, Charlotte Rampling, Milo O'Shea
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1982-12-08
5.

Missing

5.5

Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he uncovers a trail of cover-ups that implicate the US State department which supports the right-wing dictatorship.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, John Shea, Melanie Mayron, Charles Cioffi
Directed by: Costa-Gavras
Release date: 1982-02-12
6.

The King of Comedy

5.5

Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard, Ed Herlihy
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1982-12-18
7.

Sophie's Choice

5.5

Stingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz. In the present, Sophie and Nathan's relationship increasingly unravels as Stingo grows closer to Sophie and Nathan's fragile mental state becomes ever more apparent.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin, Stephen D. Newman
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Release date: 1982-12-08
8.

The Secret of NIMH

5.5

A widowed field mouse must move her family -- including an ailing son -- to escape a farmer's plow. Aided by a crow and a pack of superintelligent, escaped lab rats, the brave mother struggles to transplant her home to firmer ground.

Starring: Derek Jacobi, Elizabeth Hartman, Arthur Malet, Dom DeLuise, Hermione Baddeley
Directed by: Don Bluth
Release date: 1982-06-17
9.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

5.2

Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope.

Starring: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Brian Backer
Directed by: Amy Heckerling
Release date: 1982-08-13
10.

The Year of Living Dangerously

5.1

Australian journalist Guy Hamilton travels to Indonesia to cover civil strife in 1965. There, on the eve of an attempted coup, he befriends a Chinese Australian photographer with a deep connection to and vast knowledge of the Indonesian people and also falls in love with a British national.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt, Michael Murphy, Bill Kerr
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1982-12-17
11.

Evil Under the Sun

5.1

Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.

Starring: Peter Ustinov, Jane Birkin, Nicholas Clay, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1982-03-05
12.

An Officer and a Gentleman

5.0

Zack Mayo is a young man who has signed up for Navy Flight School. He is a Navy brat who has a bad attitude problem. Sgt. Foley is there to train and evaluate him and will clearly find Zack wanting. Zack meets Paula, a girl who has little beyond family and must decide what it is he wants to do with his life.

Starring: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett, Jr., David Keith, Robert Loggia
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
Release date: 1982-07-28
13.

48 Hrs.

4.9

A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.

Starring: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae, James Remar
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1982-12-07
14.

Annie

4.8

An orphan in a facility run by the mean Miss Hannigan, Annie believes that her parents left her there by mistake. When a rich man named Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home to promote his image, Annie is selected. While Annie gets accustomed to living in Warbucks' mansion, she still longs to meet her parents. So Warbucks announces a search for them and a reward, which brings out many frauds.

Starring: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1982-06-18
15.

Deathtrap

4.3

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.

Starring: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon, Irene Worth, Henry Jones
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1982-03-19
16.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

4.2
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Times are hard in 1846 London and one must make do. Nellie Lovett adds something extra to the meat pies she peddles on Fleet Street. The secret ingredient: freshly murdered victims of her partner in crime, barber Sweeney Todd. Composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim refashions a macabre tale into a musical masterwork in this dazzling performance of the 1979 Broadway hit originally staged by Harold Prince. In her Tony-winning role, Angela Lansbury plays Nellie. George Hearn turns his stage role of twisted Sweeney into an Emmy-winning triumph. The score coils around itself in every-tightening spirals. The lines ripple with black humor and madness. Enter Sweeney's tonsorial parlor. Attend the tale.
Starring: Angela Lansbury, George Hearn, Edmund Lyndeck, Cris Groenendaal, Calvin Remsberg
Directed by: Terry Hughes
Release date: 1982-09-12
17.

The Plague Dogs

4.1

The Plague Dogs is a 1982 animated film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Richard Adams. The story is centred on two dogs named Rowf and Snitter, who escape from a research laboratory in Great Britain. In the process of telling the story, the film highlights the cruelty of performing vivisection and animal research for its own sake.

Starring: John Hurt, Christopher Benjamin, James Bolam, Nigel Hawthorne, Warren Mitchell
Directed by: Martin Rosen
Release date: 1982-10-21
18.

Frances

4.0
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The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.
Starring: Jessica Lange, Kim Stanley, Sam Shepard, Bart Burns, Sarah Cunningham
Directed by: Graeme Clifford
Release date: 1982-12-03
19.

The Scarlet Pimpernel

3.9
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During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while posing as the foppish Sir Percy Blakeney in society. Percy falls for and marries the beautiful actress Marguerite St. Just, but she is involved with Chauvelin and Robespierre, and Percy's marriage to her may endanger the Pimpernel's plans to save the little Dauphin
Starring: Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, Ian McKellen, James Villiers, Eleanor David
Directed by: Clive Donner
Release date: 1982-11-09
20.

The Man from Snowy River

3.9

Jim Craig has lived his first 18 years in the mountains of Australia on his father's farm. The death of his father forces him to go to the low lands to earn enough money to get the farm back on its feet. Kirk Douglas plays two roles as twin brothers who haven't spoken for years, one of whom was Jim's father's best friend and the other of whom is the father of the girl he wants to marry.

Starring: Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan, Kirk Douglas, Tommy Dysart, Bruce Kerr
Directed by: George T. Miller
Release date: 1982-03-02

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