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 Colón, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin, Ángel Salazar ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1983-12-08
2.

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 and Wally Schirra.

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
3.

The Outsiders

5.2
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
4.

Terms of Endearment

5.2
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
5.

Rumble Fish

5.2
7.2/10 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
6.

Silkwood

5.1
7.2/10 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
7.

Local Hero

5.1
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
8.

The Big Chill

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

A couple's marital troubles are put on hold while they host an unhappy reunion of former college pals gathered for the funeral of one of their own, a suicide victim named Alex. As the weekend unfolds, the friends catch up with each other, play the music of their youth, reminisce, smoke marijuana, and pair off with each other.

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: 1983-09-09
9.

The Day After

5.0
7.1/10 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
10.

Gorky Park

4.8
6.8/10 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

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