Best Thriller 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.

Blow Out

6.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.

Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden, Curt May, John Aquino, John McMartin, Deborah Everton, J. Patrick McNamara ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1981-07-24
3.

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
4.

Halloween II

5.4
6.5/10 IMDB

After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers has followed Laurie to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where she's been admitted for Myers' attempt on her life. The institution proves to be particularly suited to serial killers, however, as Myers cuts, stabs and slashes his way through hospital staff to reach his favorite victim.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer, Lance Guest, Pamela Susan Shoop, Hunter von Leer, Dick Warlock, Leo Rossi, Gloria Gifford ..
Directed by: Rick Rosenthal
Release date: 1981-10-30
5.

Thief

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he signs on with a top gangster for a big score.

Starring: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi, Robert Prosky, Tom Signorelli, Dennis Farina, Nick Nickeas, W.R. Brown, Norm Tobin ..
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 1981-03-27
6.

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
7.

Eye of the Needle

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Great Britain, 1944, during World War II. Relentlessly pursued by several MI5 agents, Henry Faber the Needle, a ruthless German spy in possession of vital information about D-Day, takes refuge on Storm Island, an inhospitable, sparsely inhabited island off the coast of northern Scotland.

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.

Southern Comfort

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam experience.

Starring: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales, T.K. Carter, Lewis Smith, Les Lannom, Peter Coyote, Alan Autry, Brion James ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1981-09-21
9.

Friday the 13th Part 2

5.0
6.0/10 IMDB

Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, it seems Jason Voorhees and his demented mother are in the past. Paul opens up a new camp close to the infamous site, ignoring warnings to stay away, and a sexually-charged group of counselors follow -- including child psychologist major Ginny. But Jason has been hiding out all this time, and now he's ready for revenge.

Starring: Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Stuart Charno, Warrington Gillette, Walt Gorney, Marta Kober, Tom McBride, Bill Randolph ..
Directed by: Steve Miner
Release date: 1981-05-01
10.

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
11.

Ms .45

4.8
6.8/10 IMDB

A shy and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day. She wanders the New York streets at night in a sexy black dress with her attacker's gun strapped to her garter belt, blowing away any man who tries to pick her up.

Starring: Zoë Lund, Albert Sinkys, Darlene Stuto, Abel Ferrara, Bogey, Helen McGara, Nike Zachmanoglou, Peter Yellen, Editta Sherman, Stephen Singer ..
Directed by: Abel Ferrara
Release date: 1981-04-24
12.

Prince of the City

4.7
7.4/10 IMDB

New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy within the force to smuggle drugs to street informants

Starring: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett, Carmine Caridi, Kenny Marino, Tony Page, Norman Parker, Paul Roebling, Bob Balaban ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1981-08-19
13.

Nighthawks

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

An international terrorist has New York in a grip of panic and it's up to Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva to take him down.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta, Nigel Davenport, Hilarie Thompson, Joe Spinell, Walter Mathews, E. Brian Dean ..
Directed by: Bruce Malmuth
Release date: 1981-03-17
14.

My Bloody Valentine

4.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Twenty years ago in the sleepy mining town of Valentine Bluffs, a fatal mining disaster occurred on Valentine's Day while some of the crew was decorating for a party. The sole survivor of the accident killed the remaining crewmembers and warned the town not to celebrate Valentine's Day again. When a group of teenagers decides to defy that order, a murderous maniac in mining gear begins dispatching townsfolk in bloody and creative ways.

Starring: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Keith Knight, Cynthia Dale, Alf Humphreys, Helene Udy, Rob Stein, Thomas Kovacs, Terry Waterland ..
Directed by: George Mihalka
Release date: 1981-02-11
15.

The Prowler

4.3
5.9/10 IMDB

A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

Starring: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney, Farley Granger, Cindy Weintraub, Lisa Dunsheath, David Sederholm, Bill Nunnery, Thom Bray, Diane Rode ..
Directed by: Joseph Zito
Release date: 1981-11-06
16.

Roadgames

4.2
6.6/10 IMDB

A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer who uses a young female hitchhiker as bait to lure victims on a desolate Australian highway.

Starring: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward, Grant Page, Thaddeus Smith, Steve Millichamp, John Murphy, Bill Stacey, Robert Thompson, Angelica La Bozzetta ..
Directed by: Richard Franklin
Release date: 1981-02-27
17.

Cutter's Way

4.2
6.8/10 IMDB

Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Ann Dusenberry, Stephen Elliott, Arthur Rosenberg, Nina van Pallandt, Patricia Donahue, Geraldine Baron, Katherine Pass ..
Directed by: Ivan Passer
Release date: 1981-03-19
18.

Omen III: The Final Conflict

4.1
5.5/10 IMDB

Damien Thorn has helped rescue the world from a recession, appearing to be a benign corporate benefactor. When he then becomes U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Damien fulfills a terrifying biblical prophecy. He also faces his own potential demise as an astronomical event brings about the second coming of Christ.

Starring: Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon, Lisa Harrow, Barnaby Holm, Mason Adams, Leueen Willoughby, Marc Boyle, Milos Kirek, Robert Arden ..
Directed by: Graham Baker
Release date: 1981-03-20
19.

Ghost Story

3.9
6.3/10 IMDB

Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman, Craig Wasson, Patricia Neal, Alice Krige, Jacqueline Brookes, Brad Sullivan, Kurt Johnson ..
Directed by: John Irvin
Release date: 1981-12-18
20.

Happy Birthday to Me

3.8
6.0/10 IMDB

Virginia is proud that she belongs to a clique. The best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a gruesome set of murders take place and her friends are the ones who are falling prey. Could it be her? She suffers from blackouts due to a freak accident one year earlier. We soon learn the truth behind her accident and what is going on...

Starring: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker, Frances Hyland, Tracey E. Bregman, Jack Blum, Matt Craven, Lenore Zann, David Eisner ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1981-05-15
21.

The Hand

3.7
5.5/10 IMDB

Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him.

Starring: Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci, Annie McEnroe, Bruce McGill, Viveca Lindfors, Rosemary Murphy, Mara Hobel, Pat Corley, Nicholas Hormann, Ed Marshall ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 1981-04-24
22.

Smash Palace

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with cars. When Al finds her in the arms of another man, he takes his daughter, Georgie and heads for the bush, desperately hoping to hold on to the only family he has left.

Starring: Bruno Lawrence, Anna Maria Monticelli, Greer Robson, Keith Aberdein, Desmond Kelly, Lynne Robson, Margaret Umbers, Sean Duffy, Bryan Johnson, Terence Donovan ..
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Release date: 1981-05-01
23.

Hell Night

3.5
5.6/10 IMDB

Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion where they get killed off one by one by the monstrous surviving members of a family massacre years earlier for trespassing on their living grounds.

Starring: Linda Blair, Vincent Van Patten, Peter Barton, Suki Goodwin, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neumann, Jimmy Sturtevant, Hal Ralston, Carey Fox, Ron Gans ..
Directed by: Tom DeSimone
Release date: 1981-08-28
24.

Sharky's Machine

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

Police officer Tom Sharky gets busted back to working vice, where he happens upon a scandalous conspiracy involving a local politician. Sharky's new 'machine' gathers evidence while Sharky falls in love with a woman he has never met.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward, Henry Silva, Brian Keith, Vittorio Gassman, Charles Durning, Earl Holliman, Bernie Casey, Richard Libertini, Darryl Hickman ..
Directed by: Burt Reynolds
Release date: 1981-12-18
25.

Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

Rejected by her lover, the only man left in Cheryl's life is the orphaned nephew she has raised as her own son. She'll stop at nothing to keep Billy with her. When her plans misfire, she is swept up into an insane frenzy that means death to anyone who comes between her and her obsession. But the investigating detective is convinced that Billy is the real killer - and determined to prove it. Madness and fanaticism work together to drag all concerned into a terrifying vortex of blood-letting that adds a nightmarish twist to the classic Oedipus story.

Starring: Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell, Bo Svenson, Julia Duffy, Marcia Lewis, Steve Eastin, Britt Leach, Caskey Swaim, Cooper Neal, Bill Paxton ..
Directed by: William Asher
Release date: 1981-11-20
26.

Deadly Blessing

3.4
5.5/10 IMDB

After her husband dies of mysterious circumstances, a widow becomes increasingly paranoid of the neighboring religious community that may have diabolical plans for her.

Starring: Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner, Jeff East, Ernest Borgnine, Lois Nettleton, Michael Berryman, Colleen Riley, Douglas Barr, Lisa Hartman ..
Directed by: Wes Craven
Release date: 1981-08-14
Best Thriller Movies of 1981 : Early Warning
27.

Early Warning

3.4
5.2/10 IMDB

A Christian woman wants a newspaper man to publish a story about a One World Foundation being set up whose only goal is to control the world. She wants him to warn people that this is coming and explain how it ties into the end times spoken about in the Bible. The newsman is opposed to such an idea until he sees the woman being pursued by the Foundation. As this adventure unfolds, the newspaper man begins to realize that what the woman is saying could be true. This evangelistic, classic end times film presents the truth about Jesus Christ and has interesting insight into what might be coming in the last days.

Starring: Delana Michaels, Christopher Wynne, Joe Chapman, Alvy Moore, Bill Sax, George Buck Flower, Gregg Palmer ..
Directed by: David R. Elliott
Release date: 1981-07-07
28.

Looker

3.4
6.0/10 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
29.

Roar

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Roar follows a family who are attacked by various African animals at the secluded home of their keeper.

Starring: Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, Jerry Marshall, Kyalo Mativo, Rick Glassey, Steve Miller, Noel Marshall, John Marshall, Zakes Mokae, Will Hutchins ..
Directed by: Noel Marshall
Release date: 1981-11-12
30.

Eyes of a Stranger

3.3
5.9/10 IMDB

A TV newswoman (Lauren Tewes) catches a pervert (John DiSanti) watching her sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who cannot see, hear or speak.

Starring: Lauren Tewes, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John DiSanti, Peter DuPre, Gwen Lewis, Robert Small, Kitty Lunn, Timothy Hawkins, Ted Richert, Toni Crabtree ..
Directed by: Ken Wiederhorn
Release date: 1981-02-11
31.

Just Before Dawn

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

In the Oregon mountains, a pair of hunters encounter a machete-wielding killer in an abandoned church. Meanwhile, five campers arrive to examine some property one of them has inherited but are warned by the forest ranger not to venture forth. Soon after they set up camp, they begin hearing strange noises, encounter a mysterious singing girl and start disappearing one by one.

Starring: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon, Gregg Henry, Deborah Benson, Ralph Seymour, Katie Powell, John Hunsaker, Charles Bartlett, Jamie Rose ..
Directed by: Jeff Lieberman
Release date: 1981-10-14
Best Thriller Movies of 1981 : Madman
32.

Madman

3.2
5.1/10 IMDB

At a summer camp for youths, cocky pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer "Madman Marz". Suddenly, counselors are being maimed and slaughtered in various ways by the backwoodsman who has returned when his name was called.

Starring: Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones, Jan Claire, Alexander Murphy Jr., Jimmy Steele, Carl Fredericks, Michael Sullivan, Paul Ehlers ..
Directed by: Joe Giannone
Release date: 1981-10-30
Best Thriller Movies of 1981 : Killjoy
33.

Killjoy

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Story of a young woman's murder and the people who become involved with it.

Starring: Kim Basinger, Robert Culp, John Rubinstein, Stephen Macht, Nancy Marchand, Ann Dusenberry, Ann Wedgeworth, Helene Winston, Francine Verrett, Terry Burns ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1981-08-24
34.

The Fan

3.1
5.7/10 IMDB

A record store clerk is an obsessed fan of an actress of stage and screen. However, when faced with rejection, the fan strikes out in increasingly violent ways.

Starring: Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Maureen Stapleton, Hector Elizondo, Michael Biehn, Anna Maria Horsford, Kurt Johnson, Griffin Dunne, Dwight Schultz, Dana Delany ..
Directed by: Ed Bianchi
Release date: 1981-05-15
35.

Eyewitness

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

Daryll Deever is a janitor in an office building in New York, and a big fan of TV news reporter, Tony Sokolow. When a rich man is murdered in Daryll's building, Tony comes to cover the story and Daryll introduces himself to her. Thinking he may know something about the crime, Tony pursues him, and in order to keep seeing her, he pretends that he does. As the two of them play this game, the killers are watching, assuming that Daryll and Tony both know more about the crime than they do.

Starring: William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Plummer, James Woods, Irene Worth, Kenneth McMillan, Pamela Reed, Albert Paulsen, Steven Hill, Morgan Freeman ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1981-02-13
Best Thriller Movies of 1981 : Berlin Tunnel 21
36.

Berlin Tunnel 21

3.1
6.8/10 IMDB

In Berlin in 1961, an American soldier and a German engineer join forces to build a tunnel under the Berlin Wall in order to smuggle out refugees, including the soldier's East German girlfriend.

Starring: Robert Freitag, Horst Buchholz, Jacques Breuer, Richard Thomas, José Ferrer, Ute Christensen, Uwe Paulsen, Eva Ingeborg Scholz, Pasqual Breuer ..
Directed by: Richard Michaels
Release date: 1981-01-01
37.

Venom

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

International terrorists attempt to kidnap a wealthy couple's child. Their plan comes unstuck when a deadly Black Mamba, sent by mistake instead of a harmless snake, escapes and the terrorists and several hostages are trapped in the boy's London home.

Starring: Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson, Sarah Miles, Sterling Hayden, Cornelia Sharpe, Lance Holcomb, Susan George, Michael Gough, Mike Gwilym ..
Directed by: Piers Haggard
Release date: 1981-11-28
38.

The Pit

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Twelve year-old Jamie Benjamin is a solitary misunderstood boy in his preteens. His classmates pick on him, his neighbors think he's weird and his parents ignore him. But now Jamie has a secret weapon: deep in the woods he has discovered a deep pit full of man-eating creatures he calls Trogs... and it isn't long before he gets an idea for getting revenge and feeding the Trogs in the process!

Starring: Sammy Snyders, Jeannie Elias, Sonja Smits, Laura Press, Laura Hollingsworth, Richard Alden, Andrea Swartz, John Auten, Paul Grisham, Wendy Schmidt ..
Directed by: Lew Lehman
Release date: 1981-10-23
39.

Rollover

3.0
5.4/10 IMDB

An Arab oil organization devises a plan to wreck the world economy in order to cause anarchy and chaos.

Starring: Jane Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Hume Cronyn, Josef Sommer, Bob Gunton, Ron Frazier, Jodi Long, Marvin Chatinover, Ira Wheeler, Ahmed Boulane ..
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Release date: 1981-10-11
Best Thriller Movies of 1981 : Rise and Fall of Idi Amin
40.

Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

3.0
6.0/10 IMDB

The chronicle of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and his tyranic rule from 1971 to his overthrow in 1979.

Starring: Joseph Olita, Thomas Baptiste, Leonard Trolley, Geoffrey Keen, Louis Mahoney, André Maranne, Denis Hills, Tony Sibbald, Norbert Okare, Ka Vundla ..
Directed by: Sharad Patel
Release date: 1981-07-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1981 : Stonebridge Park
41.

Stonebridge Park

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A film in two parts. In the first part, the narrator describes the events that led to his impulsive decision to rob his former employer. The camera meanwhile walks about above the nearby road junction, surveying the distracted environment. In the second part, he recounts the anatomy of his panic following the crime, while the walking camera reconstructs his escape route. A final caption reports what happened after that.

Directed by: Patrick Keiller
Release date: 1981-01-01
42.

Night School

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

A Boston police detective investigates a series of gruesome decapitations of various college coeds, committed by a helmeted, black-leather clad serial killer.

Starring: Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward, Drew Snyder, Joseph R. Sicari, Nicholas Cairis, Karen MacDonald, Annette Miller, Bill McCann, Margo Skinner, Elizabeth Barnitz ..
Directed by: Ken Hughes
Release date: 1981-01-07
43.

Sphinx

3.0
5.1/10 IMDB

Egyptologist Erica Baron finds more than she bargained for during her long-planned trip to The Land of the Pharoahs - murder, theft, betrayal, love, and a mummy's curse!

Starring: Lesley-Anne Down, Frank Langella, Maurice Ronet, John Gielgud, Vic Tablian, Martin Benson, John Rhys-Davies, Nadim Sawalha, Saeed Jaffrey, William Hootkins ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1981-02-11
44.

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper

3.0
5.5/10 IMDB

A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains. Has Cooper succeeded in following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite the best efforts of a dogged cop?

Starring: Robert Duvall, Treat Williams, Kathryn Harrold, Ed Flanders, Paul Gleason, R. G. Armstrong, Dorothy Fielding, Howard K. Smith, John Richard Petersen, Karen Newhouse ..
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Release date: 1981-11-13
45.

High Risk

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

Four American friends, badly needing money, decide to make a commando-like raid into a South American drug lord's compound.

Starring: James Brolin, Anthony Quinn, James Coburn, Ernest Borgnine, Bruce Davison, Cleavon Little, Chick Vennera, Lindsay Wagner ..
Directed by: Stewart Raffill
Release date: 1981-01-01
46.

Strange Behavior

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

When the teenagers in a small Illinois town start getting murdered, the police chief makes a connection to the mysterious scientific experiments being done at the local university and must stop them before his own son is dragged into the deadly scheme.

Starring: Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Dan Shor, Fiona Lewis, Arthur Dignam, Dey Young, Marc McClure, Scott Brady, Charles Lane, Elizabeth Cheshire ..
Directed by: Michael Laughlin
Release date: 1981-10-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1981 : Dial M for Murder
47.

Dial M for Murder

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

A London businessman concocts an intricate plan to murder his unfaithful wife for her money.

Starring: Angie Dickinson, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quayle, Michael Parks, Ron Moody, Gerry Gibson ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1981-04-08
48.

The Killing of Angel Street

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Jessica Simmonds returns from overseas to find her retired professor father in a bitter public fight to save the historic Sydney waterfront houses on Angel Street. After her father's mysterious death, she joins forces with local residents and a union leader against corrupt forces. Based on the real life mysterious disappearance of Juanita Nielsen.

Starring: Elizabeth Alexander, John Hargreaves, Reg Lye, David Downer, Caz Lederman, Alexander Archdale, Gordon McDougall, Norman Kaye, Allen Bickford, Ric Herbert ..
Directed by: Donald Crombie
Release date: 1981-10-01
49.

The Chelsea Murders

2.9
5.5/10 IMDB

When a barmaid and part-time model becomes a murderer's third victim in Chelsea, the only apparent links are to a local reporter, Mary, and three art graduates financing a film with local part-time jobs.

Directed by: Derek Bennett
Release date: 1981-12-30
50.

St. Helens

2.9
6.1/10 IMDB

The movie begins with the volcano's awakening on March 20 and ends with its eruption on May 18, 1980.

Starring: David Huffman, Cassie Yates, Albert Salmi, Art Carney, Bill McKinney, BJ Davis, Ron O'Neal, Henry Darrow, Tim Thomerson, Nehemiah Persoff ..
Directed by: Ernest Pintoff
Release date: 1981-09-01

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