Best Romance Movies of 1981

1.

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
2.

Reds

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

An account of the revolutionary years of the legendary American journalist John Reed (1887-1920), 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 (1885-1936).

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
3.

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
4.

The French Lieutenant's Woman

5.0
7.0/10 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
5.

Arthur

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Arthur is the most quotable drunk millionaire that is likely to ever steal your heart. Dudley Moore portrays Arthur, a thirty year old child who will inherit 750 million dollars 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
6.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

4.7
6.6/10 IMDB

This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder.

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
7.

Eye of the Needle

4.4
7.1/10 IMDB

A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.

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
8.

Four Friends

3.8
7.1/10 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
9.

The Four Seasons

3.7
6.9/10 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
10.

Gregory's Girl

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

In his Scottish New Town home, gangling Gregory and his schoolfriends are starting to find out about girls. He fancies Dorothy, not least because she has got into the football team - and is a better player than him. He finally asks her out, but it is obviously the females in control of matters here, and that very much includes Gregory's younger sister.

Starring: John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Jake D'Arcy, Clare Grogan, Robert Buchanan, Billy Greenlees, Allan Love, Chic Murray, Caroline Guthrie, Allison Forster ..
Directed by: Bill Forsyth
Release date: 1981-04-23

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