Best Movies of 1981

1.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

6.8
8.4/10 IMDB

When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey, Wolf Kahler, Anthony Higgins, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina, Vic Tablian ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1981-06-12
2.

Mad Max 2

6.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Max Rockatansky returns as the heroic loner who drives the dusty roads of a postapocalyptic Australian Outback in an unending search for gasoline. Arrayed against him and the other scraggly defendants of a fuel-depot encampment are the bizarre warriors commanded by the charismatic Lord Humungus, a violent leader whose scruples are as barren as the surrounding landscape.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps, Vernon Wells, Kjell Nilsson, Emil Minty, Virginia Hey, William Zappa, Arkie Whiteley ..
Directed by: George Miller
Release date: 1981-12-24
3.

An American Werewolf in London

6.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Two American tourists in England are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Brian Glover, Lila Kaye, David Schofield, Paul Kember, Frank Oz, Don McKillop ..
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 1981-08-21
4.

The Evil Dead

6.1
7.5/10 IMDB

When a group of college students finds a mysterious book and recording in the old wilderness cabin they've rented for the weekend, they unwittingly unleash a demonic force from the surrounding forest.

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly, Sam Raimi, Philip A. Gillis, Dorothy Tapert, Cheryl Guttridge, Barbara Carey ..
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 1981-09-10
5.

The Fox and the Hound

5.9
7.3/10 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
6.

Escape from New York

5.9
7.2/10 IMDB

In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Frank Doubleday, John Strobel ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1981-05-23
Best Movies of 1981 : Lion of the Desert
7.

Lion of the Desert

5.7
8.3/10 IMDB

This movie tells the story of Omar Mukhtar, an Arab Muslim rebel who fought against the Italian conquest of Libya in WWII. It gives western viewers a glimpse into this little-known region and chapter of history, and exposes the savage means by which the conquering army attempted to subdue the natives.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger, Oliver Reed, Irene Papas, Raf Vallone, John Gielgud, Andrew Keir, Gastone Moschin, Stefano Patrizi, Adolfo Lastretti ..
Directed by: Moustapha Akkad
Release date: 1981-04-17
8.

My Dinner with Andre

5.5
7.8/10 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
9.

For Your Eyes Only

5.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A British spy ship has sunk and on board was a hi-tech encryption device. James Bond is sent to find the device that holds British launching instructions before the enemy Soviets get to it first.

Starring: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Chaim Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Julian Glover, Cassandra Harris, Jill Bennett, Michael Gothard, John Wyman, Jack Hedley ..
Directed by: John Glen
Release date: 1981-06-23
10.

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

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