Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981

1.

Dark Night of the Scarecrow

4.1
6.7/10 IMDB

Bubba, an intellectually disabled man, is falsely accused of attacking a young girl. Disguised as a scarecrow, he hides in a cornfield, only to be hunted down and shot by four vigilante men. After they are acquitted due to lack of evidence, the men find themselves being stalked one by one.

Starring: Larry Drake, Charles Durning, Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones, Lane Smith, Tonya Crowe, Jocelyn Brando, Tom Taylor, Richard McKenzie, Ivy Jones ..
Directed by: Frank De Felitta
Release date: 1981-10-24
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Pee-wee Herman Show
2.

The Pee-wee Herman Show

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

An adult-oriented version of what would eventually become an award-winning children's classic. This version of the show features Pee-wee's playhouse and many of the characters of the later series, but with adult and sexual overtones and jokes including "mirror shoes" and others.

Starring: Paul Reubens, Phil Hartman, Lynne Marie Stewart, John Paragon, Edie McClurg, John Moody, Tito Larriva, Nicole Panter, Monica Ganas, Brian Seff ..
Directed by: Paul Reubens, Marty Callner
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Vincent
3.

Vincent

3.8
8.2/10 IMDB

A one-man filmed play of Leonard Nimoy's adaptation of "Van Gogh" (1979) by Phillip Stephens.

Starring: Leonard Nimoy ..
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy
Release date: 1981-02-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Shogun
4.

Shogun

3.8
7.8/10 IMDB

An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

Starring: Orson Welles, Richard Chamberlain, Toshir? Mifune, Yoko Shimada, Frankie Sakai, Alan Badel ..
Directed by: Jerry London
Release date: 1981-06-17
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Wave
5.

The Wave

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A teacher conducts an experiment in an American high school where students learn how easy it is to be seduced by the same social forces which led to the horrors of Nazi Germany. Based on a true story.

Starring: Bruce Davison, Lori Lethin, John Putch, Johnny Doran, Pasha Gray, Wesley Pfenning, Marc Copage, Robert DeLapp, Matthew Dunn, Frank Lloyd ..
Directed by: Alexander Grasshoff
Release date: 1981-10-04
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Family Reunion
6.

Family Reunion

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Elizabeth Winfield is a retired teacher, who desperately tries to keep her family together. While she's traveling through the country and meeting her relatives, back in her hometown, a group of shopping mall developers are planning to take over her family land in order to begin their ambitious project. Now she needs to find ways to stop this construction in time before the town's annual festivities.

Starring: Bette Davis, John Shea, David Huddleston, Roberts Blossom, Kathryn Walker, David Rounds, J. Ashley Hyman, Roy Dotrice, Roberta Wallach, Jeff McCracken ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1981-10-11
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Winter's Tale
7.

The Winter's Tale

3.5
7.3/10 IMDB

The jealous King Leontes falsely accuse his wife Hermione of infidelity with his best friend, and she dies. Leontes exiles his newborn daughter Perdita, who is raised by shepherds for sixteen years and falls in love with the son of Leontes' friend. When Perdita returns home, a statue of Hermione "comes to life", and everyone is reconciled.

Starring: Jeremy Kemp, Robert Stephens, Anna Calder-Marshall, Margaret Tyzack, David Burke, John Welsh, Cyril Luckham, Rikki Fulton, John Benfield, Jeremy Dimmick ..
Directed by: Jane Howell
Release date: 1981-02-08
8.

The Bunker

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Richard Jordan, Cliff Gorman, James Naughton, Martin Jarvis, Michael Kitchen, Andrew Ray, Piper Laurie, Susan Blakely, Michael Lonsdale ..
Directed by: George Schaefer
Release date: 1981-04-15
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Trolls and the Christmas Express
9.

The Trolls and the Christmas Express

3.4
7.2/10 IMDB

The Trolls and the Christmas Express is an animated classic about six roguish trolls who are determined to sabotage Christmas by infiltrating Santa's village disguised as elves. After a week of wreaking havoc but still not completely ruining Christmas, they are about to give up when they get a devilishly clever idea. On the day before Christmas Eve they get the reindeer dancing and singing songs all night long. The poor reindeer are so tired the next day that they cannot find the energy to pull Santa's sleigh. Christmas looks like it has finally been ruined - but everyone knows you can't stop Christmas! The elves quickly devise a plan to link the train from Santa's village with tracks that travel all over the world. Santa can deliver the toys using the Christmas Express.

Starring: Roger Miller, Hans Conried, Len Carlson, Billie Mae Richards, Carl Banas, Paul Soles ..
Directed by: John R. Gaug
Release date: 1981-11-26
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend
10.

Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend

3.3
7.7/10 IMDB

A lonely, gay, middle-aged artist shares his Manhattan brownstone with a young lady in a platonic relationship, and when she becomes pregnant by a married man, he decides to raise her child as his own.

Starring: Tony Randall, David Huffman, Tom Villard, Lorna Patterson, Kaleena Kiff, Ann Weldon, John Lupton, Betty Carvalho, Tom Fuccello, Daniel Grace ..
Directed by: Russ Mayberry
Release date: 1981-10-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Muscle Market
11.

The Muscle Market

3.3
8.7/10 IMDB

Danny Duggan runs a failing building contractors, and resorts to sub-gangster thuggery to keep the business afloat. However, with the bottom falling out of the building game, Duggan finds that playing at gangster is only fun when you're on the winning side.

Starring: Pete Postlethwaite, Pip Donaghy, Terence Rigby, Alison Steadman, Paul Jesson, Mitzi Mueller, Ken Sharrock, Paul Harman, Roger Phillips, Ronald Forfar ..
Directed by: Alan Dossor
Release date: 1981-01-13
12.

The Marva Collins Story

3.3
7.7/10 IMDB

Cicely Tyson was Emmy-nominated as Outstanding Actress for her portrait of a Chicago schoolteacher whose remarkable achievements with black children labelled "unteachable" were spotlighted in a 1979 "60 Minutes" segment about how she became disillusioned with the traditional school system and decided to work outside of it, transforming her students into young scholars through her unique teaching style.

Starring: Cicely Tyson, Morgan Freeman, Rodrick F. Wimberly, Mashaune Hardy, Brett Bouldin, Samuel Muhammad Jr., Dianne Kirksey, Steven Williams, Frankie Hill, Charlie Brown ..
Directed by: Peter Levin
Release date: 1981-12-01
13.

The Five of Me

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Henry Hawksworth (David Birney) is a man menaced by a multiple personality. There is Dana, the conservative family man; Johnny, violent and sociopathic; Peter, creative and childish; and Phil, protective and unemotional. "Dana" falls in love with Ann (Dee Wallace) and marries her. Following a crime, "Johnny" is arrested and tried. In court, Henry's multiple personalities are painfully revealed.

Starring: David Birney, Dee Wallace, Mitchell Ryan, John McLiam, James Whitmore Jr., Ben Piazza, Judith Chapman, Robert L. Gibson, Herb Armstrong, Liam Sullivan ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1981-05-12
14.

A Long Way Home

3.2
7.0/10 IMDB

A married teenager sets out to find his long-lost brother and sister years after all three had been placed with different families following their abandonment by their migrant worker parents. Luckily, he finds a compassionate social worker who, at first reluctantly, decides to help him cut through the bureaucratic red tape.

Starring: Timothy Hutton, Brenda Vaccaro, Rosanna Arquette, Paul Regina, John Lehne, George Dzundza, Bonnie Bartlett, Wil Wheaton, Lauren Peterson, Floyd Levine ..
Directed by: Robert Markowitz
Release date: 1981-12-06
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Leave 'Em Laughing
15.

Leave 'Em Laughing

3.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Real-life clown Jack Thum, along with his devoted wife, Shirlee, cared for dozens of homeless children — 37 of them over the years — in the Chicago area, all of whom come back to visit when they discover he's terminally ill.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Anne Jackson, Allen Garfield, Elisha Cook Jr., Michael LeClair, William Windom, Red Buttons, Carol Ann Susi, Bruce French, De'voreaux White ..
Directed by: Jackie Cooper
Release date: 1981-04-29
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Making of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
16.

The Making of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

3.2
7.7/10 IMDB

One of the first 'Making of...' movies to become a hit in its own right.

Starring: Scott Beach, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Frank Marshall, Howard G. Kazanjian, Karen Allen, John Rhys-Davies, Harrison Ford ..
Directed by: Phillip Schuman
Release date: 1981-11-28
17.

The Munsters' Revenge

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

The lovable Munster family finds their placid world turned into turmoil by the diabolical Dr. Diablo, the mastermind of an art heist using monster robots, including clones of Herman and Grandpa.

Starring: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, K.C. Martel, Jo McDonnell, Bob Hastings, Herb Voland, Charles Macaulay, Colby Chester, Joseph Ruskin ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1981-02-27
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark
18.

Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark

3.1
8.1/10 IMDB

A documentary hosted by Harrison Ford about the stunts of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.'

Starring: Karen Allen, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Terry Leonard, Glenn Randall Jr. ..
Directed by: Robert Guenette
Release date: 1981-10-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Killjoy
19.

Killjoy

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

A romantic rivalry leads to an innocent woman's murder. Or is it a hoax crime, part of a cunning deception? At City General Hospital, two young doctors engage in a move-and-countermove rivalry over Laury Medford. It may be more than Laury's beauty that motivates the men. Her father is the hospital's chairman of the board. Marrying her would be an inside track to the chief of staff post. Meanwhile, a senior hospital staffer, who is the mother of one of the two doctors, plots to enhance her son's chances, a mysterious outsider who says he knew the dead woman tails the two men, and Laury may be more than she appears. Murder? Hoax? The answer isn't revealed till the final freeze-frame.

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
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : All the Way Home
20.

All the Way Home

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

A wife and mother in 1915 Tennessee copes with the loss of her husband and the necessity of raising their children alone.

Starring: Sally Field, William Hurt, Ned Beatty, Ellen Corby, Ann Doran, Betty Garrett, Murray Hamilton, Polly Holliday, Michael Horton, Jeremy Licht ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1981-12-21
21.

The Miracle of Kathy Miller

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

With the support of her parents, an Arizona adolescent overcomes severe injuries to run in a 10K race.

Starring: Sharon Gless, Frank Converse, Helen Hunt, Bill Beyers, John de Lancie, Michele Greene, William Forsythe, Mary Ann Chinn, David Hooks, Louise Lewis ..
Directed by: Robert Michael Lewis
Release date: 1981-10-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Muppets Go to the Movies
22.

The Muppets Go to the Movies

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

In this one-hour special taped between March 9-17, 1981, Lily Tomlin and Dudley Moore join the Muppets in a tribute to film classics. Kermit the Frog hosts the program, which begins with an all-cast rendition of "Hey a Movie!" from The Great Muppet Caper.

Starring: Dudley Moore, Lily Tomlin, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson ..
Directed by: Peter Harris
Release date: 1981-05-20
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Bill
23.

Bill

3.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Bill, an intellectually disabled man, ventures out into the world for the first time, having spent most of his life in a dreary inner city institution. He is taken in by a kind family and learns what it means to love and be loved for the first time in his life.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Dennis Quaid, Largo Woodruff, Anna Maria Horsford, Harry Goz, Kathleen Maguire, William J. Daprato, Raymond Serra, Jenny Rebecca Dweir, Breon Gorman ..
Directed by: Anthony Page
Release date: 1981-12-22
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Princess and the Cabbie
24.

The Princess and the Cabbie

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A young woman works to overcome her dyslexia with the help of a good-hearted cab driver.

Starring: Valerie Bertinelli, Robert Desiderio, Cynthia Harris, Peter Donat, Shelley Long, Ellen Geer, Harry Moses, William Browder, Al Cingolani, Dolores Dorn ..
Directed by: Glenn Jordan
Release date: 1981-11-03
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
25.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

3.0
6.0/10 IMDB

Biography of the former first lady, focusing on her years as a photojournalist and leading up to her marriage to John F. Kennedy and their moving into the White House.

Starring: Jaclyn Smith, James Franciscus, Rod Taylor, Stephen Elliott, Claudette Nevins, Donald Moffat, Dolph Sweet, Joseph Chapman, Heather Hobbs, James F. Kelly ..
Directed by: Steve Gethers
Release date: 1981-10-14
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Child Bride of Short Creek
26.

Child Bride of Short Creek

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

A dramatization of the true account of a fundamentalist sect in Arizona that practices polygamy, and a returning Korean War veteran's rebellion against his father when he learns that the latter plans to increase his stable of wives by adding the 15-year-old girl with whom his son is romantically involved.

Starring: Diane Lane, Helen Hunt, Christopher Atkins, Conrad Bain, Dee Wallace, Kiel Martin, Warren Vanders, Joan Shawlee, Babetta Dick, Melinda Almquist ..
Directed by: Robert Michael Lewis
Release date: 1981-12-07
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Madame X
27.

Madame X

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Thrown out of her home by a jealous husband, a woman sinks into degradation. Twenty years later, she is charged with killing a man bent on harming her daughter. The daughter, unaware of who the woman is, takes the assignment to defend her in court.

Starring: Tuesday Weld, Len Cariou, Jeremy Brett, Eleanor Parker, Martina Deignan, Robert Hooks, Jerry Stiller, Robin Strand, Granville Van Dusen, Tony Plana ..
Directed by: Robert Ellis Miller
Release date: 1981-03-16
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : A Whale for the Killing
28.

A Whale for the Killing

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

A conservationst, stranded with his family at a Newfoundland coastal resort, flies in the face of custom and fights an entire community to prevent a trapped whale's slaughter with only the support of his wife and one of the locals.

Starring: Peter Strauss, Dee Wallace, Bruce McGill, Richard Widmark, Kathryn Walker, Bill Calvert, Ken James, David Ferry, David Hollander, Larry Reynolds ..
Directed by: Richard T. Heffron
Release date: 1981-02-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Children Nobody Wanted
29.

The Children Nobody Wanted

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

True story of Tom Butterfield and his crusade to provide family life for homeless children, becoming not only the first bachelor caretaker, but the youngest single adult to become a legal foster parent in the state of Missouri.

Starring: Fredric Lehne, Michelle Pfeiffer, Barbara Barrie, Matt Clark, Noble Willingham, Jerry Hardin, F. William Parker, Earl Boen, Megan Mullally, Anne Haney ..
Directed by: Richard Michaels
Release date: 1981-12-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City
30.

Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City

2.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City chronicles Strawberry Shortcake's trip to Big Apple City, so she can compete in a baking contest at "the little theater off Times Pear". Strawberry's journey, however, is in jeopardy due to the constant interference of the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak, who is her only competition in the bake-off. The Pieman counts on his kohlrabi cookies and a little trickery to beat Strawberry and her famous shortcake.

Starring: Russi Taylor, Robert Ridgely, Diana McCannon, Bob Holt, Romeo Muller, Julie McWhirter, Joan Gerber ..
Directed by: Hal Silvermintz
Release date: 1981-04-10
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Kiss Me, Petruchio
31.

Kiss Me, Petruchio

2.9
8.0/10 IMDB

A documentary about the 1978 stage production of The Taming of the Shrew by the New York City Shakespeare company at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Includes scenes from the production, interviews with Meryl Streep (Kate) and Raul Julia (Petruchio) as well as an introduction by producer Joseph Papp and audience commentary.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Raúl Juliá, John Bottoms, Joel Brooks, Max Gulak, Joseph Papp, Larry Pine, Deborah Rush ..
Directed by: Christopher Dixon
Release date: 1981-01-07
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Berlin Tunnel 21
32.

Berlin Tunnel 21

2.9
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, Nicholas Farrell ..
Directed by: Richard Michaels
Release date: 1981-03-25
33.

Fire on the Mountain

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

A young real estate developer returns to his hometown to make a land killing but soon takes up the cause of a crusty old-timer in his struggles with the government which wants his ranch for an Army missile base.

Starring: Buddy Ebsen, Ron Howard, Julie Carmen, Rossie Harris, Ed Brodow, Michael Conrad, Gary Graham, Will Hare, Xander Berkeley, Derrel Maury ..
Directed by: Donald Wrye
Release date: 1981-11-23
34.

Hellinger's Law

2.9
5.9/10 IMDB

A flamboyant criminal lawyer named Nick Hellinger takes on the case of a syndicate's accountant (actually a Justice Department agent who has infiltrated the mob) accused of murdering a local TV newscaster.

Starring: Sean Penn, Telly Savalas, M. Emmet Walsh, Rod Taylor, Ja'net DuBois, Melinda Dillon, Roy Poole, James Sutorius, Tom McFadden, Lisa Blake Richards ..
Directed by: Leo Penn
Release date: 1981-03-10
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Kent State
35.

Kent State

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Dramatization of the four days of events leading up to the historic tragedy at Kent State University in May 1970, during the confrontation between National Guardsmen and students staging antiwar demonstrations.

Starring: Jane Fleiss, Charley Lang, Talia Balsam, Keith Gordon, Jeff McCracken, Mark Chamberlin, Ann Gillespie, Roxanne Hart, Peter Miner, Michael Higgins ..
Directed by: James Goldstone
Release date: 1981-02-08
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Of Mice and Men
36.

Of Mice and Men

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

George and Lenny travel through the Depression-era west working at odd jobs, hoping to make enough money to buy their own farm. George must always watch over his intellectually disabled friend, and keep him out of danger, both to himself and to others. After they take a new job at a ranch, Lenny gets into far more trouble than George can talk his way out of, leaving George to decide whether to help him, or leave him to his fate.

Starring: Robert Blake, Randy Quaid, Lew Ayres, Mitchell Ryan, Ted Neeley, Cassie Yates, Pat Hingle, Whitman Mayo, Dennis Fimple, Pat Corley ..
Directed by: Reza Badiyi
Release date: 1981-11-29
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Skokie
37.

Skokie

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A dramatization of the controversial trial concerning the right for Neo-Nazis to march in the predominantly Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois.

Starring: Brian Dennehy, Eli Wallach, Danny Kaye, Carl Reiner, George Dzundza, Lee Strasberg, Kim Hunter, John Rubinstein, Ed Flanders, Michele Shay ..
Directed by: Herbert Wise
Release date: 1981-11-17
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Murder in Texas
38.

Murder in Texas

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Dramatization of the sensational Texas court case of the late '60s involving a noted Houston plastic surgeon accused of doing away with his socially prominent first wife in order to marry someone else.

Starring: Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Farrah Fawcett, Andy Griffith, G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin, Pamela Myers, Craig T. Nelson, Royce Wallace, Dimitra Arliss ..
Directed by: William Hale
Release date: 1981-05-03
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Callie & Son
39.

Callie & Son

2.8
5.4/10 IMDB

A fictional drama, covering a 30-year period, about a poverty-stricken teenager forced to give up her illegitimate son at birth, and the climb to wealth and power as the wife of a newspaper publisher who helps her locate her son, in whose future she becomes obsessed.

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Lindsay Wagner, Dabney Coleman, Jameson Parker, James Sloyan, Joy Garrett, John Harkins, Andrew Prine, Richard McKenzie, Macon McCalman ..
Directed by: Waris Hussein
Release date: 1981-10-13
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy
40.

Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

The story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, the legendary pitcher, from his barnstorming days in the 1920s, hoping to break into organized "negro" baseball, to his emergence at age 43 in the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians the year after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.

Starring: Louis Gossett Jr., Beverly Todd, Cleavon Little, Ernie Barnes, Clifton Davis, Hal Williams, Taylor Lacher, John Beradino, Jim Davis, Ossie Davis ..
Directed by: Richard A. Colla
Release date: 1981-05-31
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Going Gently
41.

Going Gently

2.8
8.0/10 IMDB

Play about two elderly cancer patients suffering in hospital.

Starring: Judi Dench, Norman Wisdom, Fulton Mackay, Stephanie Cole, Margaret Whiting ..
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 1981-06-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : No Place to Hide
42.

No Place to Hide

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

A young art student frantically tries to prove that she is being stalked by a mysterious man who has threatened her life, and finds her sanity questioned by her stepmother, the family attorney, and even a psychiatrist.

Starring: Mariette Hartley, Kathleen Beller, Arlen Dean Snyder, Gary Graham, Keir Dullea, Sandy McPeak, Milton Selzer, Brad M. Bucklin, Anne Gerety, Marc Handler ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1981-03-04
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Joe Dancer II: The Monkey Mission
43.

Joe Dancer II: The Monkey Mission

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Robert Blake's second (of three) "Joe Dancer" movies has the hard-boiled private investigator teaming up with a chimp named Gregor, his trainer (who also happens to be an expert thief), and an electronics genius of questionable repute to steal back a priceless vase looted from a family collection during World War II.

Starring: Robert Blake, John Fiedler, Sondra Blake, Mitchell Ryan, Sondra Blake, Keenan Wynn, Mitchell Ryan, Logan Ramsey, Alan Napier, Elizabeth Halliday ..
Directed by: Burt Brinckerhoff
Release date: 1981-03-23
44.

Freedom

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Talented musician and free spirit Libby chafes under the rule of her divorced journalist mother, so she seeks emancipation from her parents and hits the road, soon joining the ranks of a traveling carnival. She gains the freedom she has longed for but learns some hard lessons along the way.

Starring: Mare Winningham, Jennifer Warren, Tony Bill, Roy Thinnes, Peter Horton, Heather McAdam, Eloy Casados, J. Pat O'Malley, Tara King, Noelle North ..
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1981-05-18
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Miracle on Ice
45.

Miracle on Ice

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

The story of the 1980 United States Olympic hockey players, a group of amateurs from around the country who were whipped into a cohesive unit by controversial coach Herb Brooks to win a gold medal at Lake Placid during the winter games.

Starring: Karl Malden, Andrew Stevens, Steve Guttenberg, Jerry Houser, Allan Miller, Robert F. Lyons, Robert Pierce, Michael Cavanaugh, Lucinda Dooling, Jessica Walter ..
Directed by: Steven Hilliard Stern
Release date: 1981-03-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Berenstain Bears' Easter Surprise
46.

The Berenstain Bears' Easter Surprise

2.7
7.8/10 IMDB

A very inquisitive Brother Bear is wondering why Spring is taking so long to arrive. With Easter approaching and a new arrival to the Bear family on the way, Brother looks for answers, and Mama teaches him the true meaning of Spring.

Starring: Ron McLarty, Pat Lysinger, Bob McFadden, Knowl Johnson, Zachary Danziger ..
Directed by: Al Kouzel, Mordicai Gerstein
Release date: 1981-04-14
47.

Dial M for Murder

2.7
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, Alan Coates, Dwight Schultz, John Touchstone, Leo Lewis ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1981-04-09
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Splendor in the Grass
48.

Splendor in the Grass

2.7
5.6/10 IMDB

Two teenagers, in love in pre-Depression Kansas, cope with parental pressure and the strict sexual mores of the day.

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Melissa Gilbert, Ned Beatty, Cyril O'Reilly, Eva Marie Saint, Richard McKenzie, Todd Elliot, Gail Rice, Macon McCalman, Richard McKenzie ..
Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
Release date: 1981-10-26
49.

Thornwell

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

The story of James Thornwell, whose accusation that the U.S. Army used mind control drugs on him to force him to confess to stealing secret documents while stationed in Orleans, France, in 1961, led Congress to award him $625,000 in damages nearly 20 years later.

Starring: Glynn Turman, Vincent Gardenia, Craig Wasson, Howard Rollins, Michael Alldredge, Todd Susman, Nicholas Kepros, Julius Harris, Paul Lieber, Edward Bell ..
Directed by: Harry Moses
Release date: 1981-01-28
50.

Coward of the County

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

A lifelong yellow-belly who made a deathbed promise to his father to be a pacifist seeks bloody revenge on the men who gang-raped his wife.

Starring: Kenny Rogers, Ana Alicia, Ned Bridges, Mariclare Costello, Fredric Lehne, Largo Woodruff, William Schreiner, Joe Dorsey, Noble Willingham, Frank Koppala ..
Directed by: Dick Lowry
Release date: 1981-10-07

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