Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981

1.

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
2.

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
3.

Clash of the Titans

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

To win the right to marry his love, the beautiful princess Andromeda, and fulfil his destiny, Perseus must complete various tasks including taming Pegasus, capturing Medusa's head, and battling the Kraken monster.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith, Jack Gwillim, Harry Hamlin, Ursula Andress, Burgess Meredith, Susan Fleetwood, Pat Roach, Judi Bowker ..
Directed by: Desmond Davis
Release date: 1981-06-12
4.

Time Bandits

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon, Robin Hood and King Agamemnon before the Supreme Being catches up with them.

Starring: Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Mike Edmonds, Malcolm Dixon, Tiny Ross, Jack Purvis, Ian Holm, John Cleese, Sean Connery ..
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 1981-07-13
5.

Scanners

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them.

Starring: Stephen Lack, Jennifer O'Neill, Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane, Robert A. Silverman, Lee Broker, Mavor Moore, Adam Ludwig, Murray Cruchley ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1981-01-14
6.

Heavy Metal

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

The embodiment of ultimate evil, a glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with bizarre stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Starring: Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, Joe Flaherty, Harold Ramis, John Candy, Don Francks, Caroline Semple, Richard Romanus, Susan Roman, Harvey Atkin ..
Directed by: Gerald Potterton, Pino Van Lamsweerde, John Bruno, Jimmy T. Murakami, John Halas, Paul Sabella, Harold Whitaker, Jack Stokes, Barrie Nelson, Julian Harris
Release date: 1981-08-07
7.

Outland

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

An honest marshal in a corrupt mining colony on Io, Jupiter's sunless third moon, is determined to confront a violent drug ring even though it may cost him his life. After his wife angrily deserts him, he waits alone for the arrival of killers hired by the company to eliminate him.

Starring: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Boyle, James B. Sikking, Clarke Peters, Marc Boyle, Kika Markham, Nicholas Barnes, Steven Berkoff, Norman Chancer ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1981-05-22
8.

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

4.0
8.0/10 IMDB

An Earth Man and his alien friend escape an exploding Earth, and set forth on an odd adventure across the universe with a known fugitive. Based on the book by Douglas Adams, the dialog follows the book closely. This was originally a 6-part series from the BBC

Starring: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, David Dixon, Sandra Dickinson, Mark Wing-Davey ..
Directed by: Alan J.W. Bell
Release date: 1981-02-09
9.

Bloody Birthday

3.6
5.7/10 IMDB

In 1970, three children are born at the height of a total eclipse. Due to the sun and moon blocking Saturn, which controls emotions, they have become heartless killers ten years later, and are able to escape detection because of their youthful and innocent facades. A boy and his teenage sister become endangered when they stumble onto the bloody truth.

Starring: Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, Julie Brown, Susan Strasberg, José Ferrer, Joe Penny, Bert Kramer, Elizabeth Hoy, Billy Jayne, K. C. Martel ..
Directed by: Ed Hunt
Release date: 1981-04-28
10.

Looker

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts investigating. What he uncovers are the mysterious - and perhaps murderous - activities of a high-tech computer company called Digital Matrix.

Starring: Albert Finney, James Coburn, Susan Dey, Leigh Taylor-Young, Dorian Harewood, Tim Rossovich, Darryl Hickman, Kathryn Witt, Terri Welles, Michael Hawkins ..
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Release date: 1981-10-30

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