Best Drama Movies of 1983

1.

Scarface

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

Starring: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Miriam Colon, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin, Ángel Salazar ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1983-12-09
2.

The Outsiders

5.9
7.1/10 IMDB

When two poor Greasers, Johnny and Ponyboy, are assaulted by a vicious gang, the Socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.

Starring: Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Glenn Withrow, Diane Lane, Leif Garrett ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1983-03-25
3.

WarGames

5.8
7.1/10 IMDB

High School student David Lightman has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a confrontation of global proportions. Together with his girlfriend and a wizardly computer genius, David must race against time to outwit his opponent and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Barry Corbin, Juanin Clay, Kent Williams, Dennis Lipscomb, Joe Dorsey, Irving Metzman ..
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1983-06-03
4.

The Right Stuff

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow 'boy scout' of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper.

Starring: Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Barbara Hershey, Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Jeff Goldblum ..
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1983-10-20
5.

Risky Business

5.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Meet Joel Goodson, an industrious, college-bound 17-year-old and a responsible, trustworthy son. However, when his parents go away and leave him home alone in the wealthy Chicago suburbs with the Porsche at his disposal he quickly decides he has been good for too long and it is time to enjoy himself. After an unfortunate incident with the Porsche Joel must raise some cash, in a risky way.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Sean Penn, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur, Curtis Armstrong, Bronson Pinchot, Shera Danese, Raphael Sbarge, Janet Carroll ..
Directed by: Paul Brickman
Release date: 1983-08-05
6.

Terms of Endearment

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

Aurora, a finicky woman, is in search of true love while her daughter faces marital issues. Together, they help each other deal with problems and find reasons to live a joyful life.

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow, Lisa Hart Carroll, Betty King, Huckleberry Fox, Troy Bishop ..
Directed by: James L. Brooks
Release date: 1983-11-20
7.

Flashdance

5.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Alex Owens, a teen juggling between two odd jobs, aspires to become a successful ballet dancer. Nick, who is her boss and lover, supports and encourages her to fulfil her dream.

Starring: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Kyle T. Heffner, Sunny Johnson, Philip Bruns, Micole Mercurio, Cynthia Rhodes, Lee Ving, Ron Karabatsos ..
Directed by: Adrian Lyne
Release date: 1983-04-14
8.

Bad Boys

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a rite of passage and respect is measured in vengeance.

Starring: Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Jim Moody, Eric Gurry, Esai Morales, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown, Robert Lee Rush, John Zenda, Tony Mockus Jr. ..
Directed by: Rick Rosenthal
Release date: 1983-03-25
9.

Silkwood

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson, Fred Ward, Diana Scarwid, Ron Silver, Charles Hallahan, Josef Sommer, Sudie Bond ..
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Release date: 1983-12-14
10.

Rumble Fish

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug, struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

Starring: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Diana Scarwid, Vincent Spano, Nicolas Cage, Chris Penn, Laurence Fishburne, William Smith ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1983-10-20
11.

Educating Rita

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Rita, a witty 26-year-old hairdresser, wants to 'discover' herself, so she joins the Open University where she meets the disillusioned professor of literature, Dr. Frank Bryant. His marriage has failed, his new girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend and he can't get through the day without downing a bottle or two of whisky. What Frank needs is a challenge... and along comes Rita.

Starring: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman, Jeananne Crowley, Malcolm Douglas, Godfrey Quigley, Dearbhla Molloy, Kim Fortune, Philip Hurd-Wood ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1983-06-16
12.

Local Hero

5.0
7.3/10 IMDB

An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay, Denis Lawson, Norman Chancer, Peter Capaldi, Alex Norton, Jenny Seagrove, Jennifer Black, Christopher Rozycki ..
Directed by: Bill Forsyth
Release date: 1983-02-17
13.

The Big Chill

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Seven old college friends gather for a weekend reunion after the funeral of one of their own.

Starring: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, JoBeth Williams, Don Galloway, James Gillis ..
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
Release date: 1983-09-30
14.

The Day After

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

In the mid-1980s, the U.S. is poised on the brink of nuclear war. This shadow looms over the residents of a small town in Kansas as they continue their daily lives. Dr. Russell Oakes maintains his busy schedule at the hospital, Denise Dahlberg prepares for her upcoming wedding, and Stephen Klein is deep in his graduate studies. When the unthinkable happens and the bombs come down, the town's residents are thrust into the horrors of nuclear winter.

Starring: Jason Robards, John Cullum, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Lithgow, Bibi Besch, Lori Lethin, Amy Madigan, William Allen Young, Jeff East ..
Directed by: Nicholas Meyer
Release date: 1983-11-28
15.

Mr. Mom

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Jack and Caroline are a couple making a decent living When Jack suddenly loses his job. They agree that he should stay at home and look after the house while Caroline works. It's just that he's never done it before, and really doesn't have a clue...

Starring: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Frederick Koehler, Taliesin Jaffe, Courtney-Jane White, Martin Mull, Ann Jillian, Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Lloyd, Tom Leopold ..
Directed by: Stan Dragoti
Release date: 1983-07-22
16.

The Hunger

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Miriam promises her lovers the gift of eternal life, but John, her companion for centuries, suddenly discovers that he is getting old minute by minute, so he looks for Dr. Sarah Roberts, a researcher on the mechanisms of aging, and asks her for help.

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Cliff DeYoung, Beth Ehlers, Dan Hedaya, Rufus Collins, Suzanne Bertish, James Aubrey, Ann Magnuson ..
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 1983-04-29
17.

Gorky Park

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Police Inspector Renko tries to solve the case of three bodies found in Moscow's Gorky Park but finds his attempts to solve the crime impeded by his superiors. Working on his own, Renko seeks out more information and stumbles across a conspiracy involving the highest levels of the government.

Starring: William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Joanna Pacula, Michael Elphick, Ian McDiarmid, Rikki Fulton, Richard Griffiths, Alexei Sayle, Ian Bannen ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1983-12-15
18.

Yentl

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Rebbe Mendel is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl, despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture. When Yentl's father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith -- so she disguises herself as a male, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving, Nehemiah Persoff, Steven Hill, Miriam Margolyes, Ian Sears, Allan Corduner, Lynda Baron, David de Keyser ..
Directed by: Barbra Streisand
Release date: 1983-11-18
Best Drama Movies of 1983 : V
19.

V

4.7
7.9/10 IMDB

Aliens pretending to be friendly come to Earth and are received openly. The aliens have masqueraded themselves to look just like humans. When it is discovered that the aliens' planet is dying and that they have come to rape the Earth of its natural resources, the war for Earth begins.

Release date: 1983-05-01
Best Drama Movies of 1983 : Twilight Zone: The Movie
20.

Twilight Zone: The Movie

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

An anthology film, presenting remakes of four episodes of the popular television series "The Twilight Zone," featuring the segments "Time Out," "Kick the Can," "It's a Good Life" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow, John Lithgow, Kathleen Quinlan, Bill Quinn, Scatman Crothers, Jeremy Licht, Donna Dixon, Bill Mumy ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg, George Miller, Joe Dante, John Landis
Release date: 1983-06-24
21.

Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

4.6
8.8/10 IMDB

This feature-length film is the last episode of the long-running television series M*A*S*H, which follows an army surgical team during the Korean War. After years of serving together, the close-knit unit is about to be disbanded. Capt. "Hawkeye" Pierce (Alan Alda) is recovering from a nervous breakdown, while his friends, like easygoing Capt. B.J. Hunnicut (Mike Farrell) and uptight Maj. Charles Winchester (David Ogden Stiers), deal with the impending change in their own ways.

Starring: Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr, William Christopher, Allan Arbus, Rosalind Chao, Kellye Nakahara ..
Directed by: Alan Alda
Release date: 1983-02-28
22.

Blue Thunder

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Los Angeles, California. Officer Murphy, a veteran Metropolitan Police helicopter pilot suffering from severe trauma due to his harsh experiences during the Vietnam War, and Lymangood, his resourceful new partner, are tasked with testing an advanced and heavily armed experimental chopper known as Blue Thunder.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Daniel Stern, Paul Roebling, David Sheiner, Malcolm McDowell, Joe Santos, Ed Bernard, James Murtaugh ..
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1983-02-05
23.

Uncommon Valor

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese...

Starring: Gene Hackman, Fred Ward, Robert Stack, Patrick Swayze, Harold Sylvester, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, Tim Thomerson, Todd Allen, Reb Brown, Alice Lau Nga-Lai ..
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Release date: 1983-12-16
24.

Tender Mercies

4.5
7.4/10 IMDB

Alchoholic former country singer Mac Sledge makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to resume his career.

Starring: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley, Ellen Barkin, Allan Hubbard, Lenny Von Dohlen, Paul Gleason, Michael Crabtree, Norman Bennett ..
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Release date: 1983-04-02
25.

Class

4.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Naive Midwestern prep student Jonathan bonds with his more worldly roommate, Skip, who takes the small-town boy under his wing. At Skip's urging, the inexperienced Jonathan is emboldened to seek out older women in the cocktail lounges of nearby Chicago, where he meets and beds the alluring Ellen, who unfortunately turns out to be Skip's mother. The division between the friends is further deepened when a cheating scandal engulfs the school.

Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Cliff Robertson, Stuart Margolin, John Cusack, Alan Ruck, Rodney Pearson, Remak Ramsay, Virginia Madsen ..
Directed by: Lewis John Carlino
Release date: 1983-07-22
26.

All the Right Moves

4.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Sensitive study of a headstrong high school football star who dreams of getting out of his small Western Pennsylvania steel town with a football scholarship. His equally ambitious coach aims at a college position, resulting in a clash which could crush the player's dreams.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson, Charles Cioffi, Gary Graham, Paul Carafotes, Chris Penn, Sandy Faison, James A. Baffico, Mel Winkler ..
Directed by: Michael Chapman
Release date: 1983-10-21
27.

Under Fire

4.2
7.0/10 IMDB

Three U.S. journalists get too close to one another and their work in 1979 Nicaragua.

Starring: Nick Nolte, Ed Harris, Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Alma Martinez, Holly Palance, Ella Laboriel, Hamilton Camp, Enrique Lucero ..
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Release date: 1983-10-21
28.

The Keep

4.2
5.7/10 IMDB

Nazis take over an ancient fortress that contains a mysterious entity that wreaks havoc and death upon them.

Starring: Scott Glenn, Alberta Watson, Jürgen Prochnow, Robert Prosky, Gabriel Byrne, Ian McKellen, William Morgan Sheppard, Michael Carter, Royston Tickner, Wolf Kahler ..
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 1983-12-16
29.

10 to Midnight

4.0
6.3/10 IMDB

Warren Stacy, an office equipment repairman, begins murdering women after they reject his advances. To minimize the evidence, Stacy always kills while naked, wearing nothing but gloves, and further evades the law with his strong alibis. Veteran detective Leo Kessler is convinced of Stacy's guilt and begins using questionable methods to catch him.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Geoffrey Lewis, Gene Davis, Wilford Brimley, Robert F. Lyons, Sydna Scott, Bert Williams, Iva Lane ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1983-03-11
30.

The Star Chamber

4.0
6.3/10 IMDB

As violence escalates in Los Angeles and heinous murders are committed, Steven Hardin, a young judge of the California Supreme Court, must struggle with his tortured conscience and growing despair as he watches helplessly as the ruthless criminals brought before his court go free because clever lawyers find obscure loopholes in the law.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Sharon Gless, Michael Ensign, James B. Sikking, Joe Regalbuto, Don Calfa, John DiSanti, DeWayne Jessie ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1983-08-05
31.

Revenge of the Ninja

4.0
6.0/10 IMDB

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds out that his friend has betrayed him, Cho must prepare for the greatest battle he has ever been involved in.

Starring: Shô Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye, Arthur Roberts, Mario Gallo, Grace Oshita, Ashley Ferrare, Kane Kosugi, John LaMotta, Mel Hampton ..
Directed by: Sam Firstenberg
Release date: 1983-09-07
Best Drama Movies of 1983 : Special Bulletin
32.

Special Bulletin

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A TV reporter and cameraman are taken hostage on a tugboat while covering a workers strike. The demands of the hostage-takers are to collect all the nuclear detonators in the Charleston, SC area so they may be detonated at sea. They threaten to detonate a nuclear device of their own of their demand isnt met.

Starring: Ed Flanders, Kathryn Walker, Roxanne Hart, Christopher Allport, David Clennon, David Rasche, Rosalind Cash, Ebbe Roe Smith, Roberta Maxwell, Robert Kay ..
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 1983-03-20
Best Drama Movies of 1983 : The Winds of War
33.

The Winds of War

3.9
8.1/10 IMDB

In the late 1930s, world politics begin to head in a dangerous direction. In Europe, Germany expands and rearms and proceeds to annex several border countries into the Reich. Meanwhile, Italy attempts to establish a Facist Colonial Empire under Mussolini while the Empire of Japan stands ready for a major war with China. Enter the Henry family, headed by career naval officer Victor "Pug" Henry. "Winds of War" thus follows the exploits of Pug and his children, all of which are set against the backdrop of world events leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Release date: 1983-02-06
Best Drama Movies of 1983 : Little House: Look Back to Yesterday
34.

Little House: Look Back to Yesterday

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Albert Quinn Ingalls wants to be a doctor. But soon he discovers that he is fatally ill. He decides to spend the rest of his life in Walnut Grove. Meanwhile children from school are preparing for their traditional climbing of the mountain.

Starring: Melissa Gilbert, Dean Butler, Richard Bull, Victor French, Jonathan Gilbert, Allison Balson, Leslie Landon, Henry Brandon, Michael Landon, Matthew Labyorteaux ..
Directed by: Victor French
Release date: 1983-12-12
35.

Never Cry Wolf

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

A scientific researcher, sent on a government study: The Lupus Project, must investigate the possible "menace" of wolves in the north. To do so, he must survive in the wilderness for six months on his own. In the course of these events, he learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the wolf species. Based on the book and true story by Farley Mowat.

Starring: Charles Martin Smith, Zachary Ittimangnaq, Samson Jorah, Hugh Webster, Brian Dennehy ..
Directed by: Carroll Ballard
Release date: 1983-10-07
36.

Staying Alive

3.8
4.7/10 IMDB

It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenger yet - making it as a dancer on the Broadway stage.

Starring: John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes, Steve Inwood, Julie Bovasso, Steve Bickford, Patrick Brady, Norma Donaldson, Jesse Doran, Joyce Hyser ..
Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Release date: 1983-07-11
Best Drama Movies of 1983 : The Dresser
37.

The Dresser

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. The pathos of his backstage efforts rival the pathos in the story of Lear and the Fool that is being presented on-stage, as the situation comes to a crisis.

Starring: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Zena Walker, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gough, Edward Fox, Cathryn Harrison, Ann Way, Kathy Staff, Betty Marsden ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1983-12-06
38.

Phar Lap

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Phar Lap, the big bold chestnut reigned as the king of the turf in the depression that gripped Australia of the 1930s. From his humble beginnings the New Zealand bred horse raced on to become the hero of a nation.

Starring: Tom Burlinson, Richard Morgan, Judy Morris, Martin Vaughan, Celia De Burgh, Ron Leibman, Vincent Ball, John Stanton, Peter Whitford, Robert Grubb ..
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Release date: 1983-08-11
39.

Breathless

3.8
5.9/10 IMDB

Jesse has to get out of Las Vegas quickly and steals a car to drive to L.A. On the way, he shoots a police officer. When he makes it to L.A. he stays with Monica, a girl he has only known for a few days. As the film progresses, the police get closer to him, and the crimes escalate.

Starring: Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky, Art Metrano, John P. Ryan, William Tepper, Robert Dunn, Garry Goodrow, Lisa Jane Persky, James Hong, Waldemar Kalinowski ..
Directed by: Jim McBride
Release date: 1983-05-13
Best Drama Movies of 1983 : The Scarlet and the Black
40.

The Scarlet and the Black

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty is a Vatican official in 1943-45 who has been hiding downed pilots, escaped prisoners of war, and Italian resistance families. His diplomatic status in a Catholic country prevents Colonel Kappler from openly arresting him, but O'Flaherty's activities become so large that the Nazi's decide to assassinate him the next time he leaves the Vatican. O'Flaherty continues his work in a variety of disguises. Based on a true story. Written by John Vogel

Starring: Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer, Kenneth Colley, Barbara Bouchet, Olga Karlatos, John Gielgud, Raf Vallone, Walter Gotell, Julian Holloway, Michael Byrne ..
Directed by: Jerry London
Release date: 1983-02-02
41.

Eddie and the Cruisers

3.8
6.9/10 IMDB

A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader — Eddie Wilson — may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band's never-released album.

Starring: Tom Berenger, Michael Paré, Joe Pantoliano, Ellen Barkin, Matthew Laurance, Helen Schneider, David Wilson, Michael 'Tunes' Antunes, Kenny Vance, John Stockwell ..
Directed by: Martin Davidson
Release date: 1983-09-23
42.

Testament

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

It is just another day in the small town of Hamlin until something disastrous happens. Suddenly, news breaks that a series of nuclear warheads has been dropped along the Eastern Seaboard and, more locally, in California. As people begin coping with the devastating aftermath of the attacks — many suffer radiation poisoning — the Wetherly family tries to survive.

Starring: Jane Alexander, William Devane, Kevin Costner, Ross Harris, Roxana Zal, Lukas Haas, Philip Anglim, Lilia Skala, Leon Ames, Lurene Tuttle ..
Directed by: Lynne Littman
Release date: 1983-11-04
Best Drama Movies of 1983 : The Last Leaf
43.

The Last Leaf

3.7
8.3/10 IMDB

An Easter Parable: As lingering pneumonia takes her will to live, a young girl decides that she will die when the last leaf drops from a dying vine outside her window. Her neighbor, an elderly artist frustrated by his inability to paint what is in his heart, follows the example of the Savior and makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her life. In doing so, he creates the masterpiece he has been struggling to paint.

Starring: Hermione Baddeley, Pat Billingsley, Art Carney, Jane Kaczmarek ..
Directed by: David Anspaugh
Release date: 1983-04-01
Best Drama Movies of 1983 : Betrayal
44.

Betrayal

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Pinter's semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman's extramarital affair with her husband's best friend; the entire story is told from the husband's point of view, with the scenes in precise reverse chronological order. Written by Dan Hartung

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Hodge, Avril Elgar, Caspar Norman ..
Directed by: David Hugh Jones
Release date: 1983-02-19
45.

Meantime

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A working-class family in London's East End is struggling to stay afloat during the recession under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's premiership. Only the mother Mavis is working; father Frank and the couple's two sons Colin, a timid, chronically shy individual and Mark, an outspoken, headstrong young man, are on the dole. This situation is contrasted by the presence of Mavis's sister Barbara, and her husband John, whose financial and social loftiness appears to be a comfortable facade over the unspoken soreness of a lackluster marriage.

Starring: Phil Daniels, Tim Roth, Jeffrey Robert, Pam Ferris, Gary Oldman, Marion Bailey, Alfred Molina, Tilly Vosburgh, Paul Daley, Leila Bertrand ..
Directed by: Mike Leigh
Release date: 1983-10-16
46.

The Osterman Weekend

3.7
5.8/10 IMDB

The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a conspiracy that threatens national security.

Starring: Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper, Chris Sarandon, Meg Foster, Helen Shaver, Burt Lancaster, Cassie Yates, Sandy McPeak ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1983-10-14
47.

Star 80

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen. Under his guidance Dorothy grows to fame as a Playboy Playmate. But when Dorothy begins pursuing an acting career, the jealous Paul finds himself elbowed out of the picture by more famous men.

Starring: Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts, Cliff Robertson, Carroll Baker, Roger Rees, David Clennon, Josh Mostel, Lisa Gordon, Sidney Miller, Kathryn Witt ..
Directed by: Bob Fosse
Release date: 1983-11-10
Best Drama Movies of 1983 : Reuben, Reuben
48.

Reuben, Reuben

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Based on a novel by Peter De Vries. Story of an alcoholic, lecherous Scottish poet on a tour of New England Universities, where he goes from one bed and bottle to another.

Starring: Tom Conti, Kelly McGillis, Roberts Blossom, Joel Fabiani, Cynthia Harris, Lois Smith, Jack Davidson, Ed Grady ..
Directed by: Robert Ellis Miller
Release date: 1983-12-19
Best Drama Movies of 1983 : Lianna
49.

Lianna

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Lianna's life is a succession of domestic errands and boring faculty parties, however her heaviest cross to bear is dealing with her waning marriage to Dick. In order to find intellectual stimulus, Lianna takes a college extension child-psychology course taught by Ruth. When Lianna catches Dick having an affair with a young coed, she finds comfort and eventually true love in the arms of Ruth. However, this comes with a price as everything in her life is turned upside down.

Starring: Linda Griffiths, Jane Hallaren, Jon DeVries, Jo Henderson, Jessica Wight MacDonald, Jesse Solomon, John Sayles, Stephen Mendillo, Betsy Julia Robinson, Nancy Mette ..
Directed by: John Sayles
Release date: 1983-01-19
50.

Utu

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty. The warrior Te Wheke fights for the British until betrayal leads him to seek utu (revenge). The settler Williamson in turn seeks revenge after Te Wheke attacks his homestead. Meanwhile Wiremu, an officer for the British, seems to think that resistance is futile.

Starring: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Tim Elliott, Kelly Johnson, Wi Kuki Kaa, Ilona Rodgers, Merata Mita, Faenza Reuben, John Bach, Tom Poata ..
Directed by: Geoff Murphy
Release date: 1983-01-01

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