Best Science Fiction Movies of 1983

1.

Videodrome

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon "Videodrome," a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. However, after his girlfriend auditions for the show and never returns, Max investigates the truth behind Videodrome and discovers that the graphic violence may not be as fake as he thought.

Starring: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Debbie Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman, Julie Khaner, Reiner Schwarz, David Bolt, Lally Cadeau ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1983-02-04
2.

The Dead Zone

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen Dewhurst, Nicholas Campbell, William B. Davis, Sean Sullivan ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1983-10-21
3.

WarGames

5.2
7.1/10 IMDB

High School student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) 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 (Ally Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (John Wood), 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 Day After

5.0
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
5.

Twilight Zone: The Movie

4.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Four directors collaborated to remake four episodes of the popular television series 'The Twilight Zone' for this movie. The episodes are updated slightly and in color (the television show was in black-and-white), but very true to the originals, where eerie and disturbing situations gradually spin out of control. "A Quality of Mercy", "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
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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
7.

Brainstorm

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Two brilliant research scientists have invented a device capable of recording and playing back sensory experiences only to have devastating results when one of them records their own death.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson, Jason Lively, Alan Fudge, Jordan Christopher, Donald Hotton, Lana Clarkson ..
Directed by: Douglas Trumbull
Release date: 1983-09-30
8.

Blue Thunder

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Officer Frank Murphy, an experienced LAPD helicopter pilot, is given command of the advanced new "Blue Thunder" chopper. But he begins to wonder why the LAPD would need a helicopter so powerful and why it is such a secret.

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
9.

The Man with Two Brains

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

A story about a brain surgeon who tries to end his unhappy marriage to spend more time with a disembodied brain.

Starring: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict, Richard Brestoff, Randi Brooks, James Cromwell, George Furth, Peter Hobbs, Earl Boen ..
Directed by: Carl Reiner
Release date: 1983-06-10
10.

Krull

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.

Starring: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Francesca Annis, Alun Armstrong, David Battley, Bernard Bresslaw, Liam Neeson, John Welsh, Graham McGrath, Tony Church ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1983-07-29

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