Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981

1.

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 : Family Reunion
2.

Family Reunion

3.8
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 : Vincent
3.

Vincent

3.8
8.1/10 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 plays a mental game with some of his students. Based on a true story.

Starring: Bruce Davison, Lori Lethin, John Putch, Johnny Doran ..
Directed by: Alexander Grasshoff
Release date: 1981-10-04
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Winter's Tale
6.

The Winter's Tale

3.5
7.3/10 IMDB

King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events that lead to death, a ferocious bear, an infant left in the snow, young love, and a statue coming to life.

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
7.

The Bunker

3.5
6.8/10 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
8.

The Trolls and the Christmas Express

3.4
7.1/10 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 : The Muscle Market
9.

The Muscle Market

3.3
8.6/10 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
10.

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
11.

The Five of Me

3.3
6.3/10 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
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Making of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
12.

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
13.

A Long Way Home

3.2
7.0/10 IMDB

Many years after being abandoned by his parents, Donald sets out in search of his siblings. His biggest challenge is cutting through layers of bureaucratic red tape. He happens upon a helpful counselor who offers her assistance in locating his missing brother and sister. Written by Fryingham

Starring: Timothy Hutton, Brenda Vaccaro, Rosanna Arquette, Paul Regina, John Lehne, George Dzundza, Bonnie Bartlett, Wil Wheaton, Lauren Peterson ..
Directed by: Robert Markowitz
Release date: 1981-12-06
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Munsters' Revenge
14.

The Munsters' Revenge

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

The film begins with the Munster family making a visit to the wax museum. They take a picture of themselves standing next to their wax replicas. When the family leaves, the statues in the museum mysteriously come to life and begin wreaking havoc across the city. Herman and Grandpa are then arrested for various crimes they did not commit and try to clear their names in time for the Halloween celebration at the Munster home.

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: 1981-01-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Killjoy
15.

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
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark
16.

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 : All the Way Home
17.

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
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Bill
18.

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 for the first time in his life.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Dennis Quaid, Largo Woodruff ..
Directed by: Anthony Page
Release date: 1981-12-22
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
19.

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 ..
Directed by: Steve Gethers
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Muppets Go to the Movies
20.

The Muppets Go to the Movies

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

The Muppets Go to the Movies aired on ABC on May 20, 1981 to help promote The Great Muppet Caper. The special was taped between March 9 and 17, 1981. In this one-hour special, 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 : The Children Nobody Wanted
21.

The Children Nobody Wanted

3.0
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 ..
Directed by: Richard Michaels
Release date: 1981-12-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Dial M for Murder
22.

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
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : A Whale for the Killing
23.

A Whale for the Killing

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

A conservationst tries to rescue a whale trapped in a lagoon in Newfoundland. Based on the book by Canadian author Farley Mowat.

Starring: Peter Strauss, Dee Wallace, Bruce McGill, Richard Widmark, Kathryn Walker, Bill Calvert ..
Directed by: Richard T. Heffron
Release date: 1981-02-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City
24.

Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City

2.9
7.4/10 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
25.

Kiss Me, Petruchio

2.9
7.9/10 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
26.

Fire on the Mountain

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Fire on the Mountain is a 1981 made-for-television movie adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel, Fire on the Mountain, directed by Donald Wrye and starring Buddy Ebsen as John Vogelin, Ron Howard as Lee Mackie and Michael Conrad as Col. Desalius. The hero of the movie is Vogelin, a New Mexico rancher whose land adjoins the White Sands Missile Range and is about to be condemned by the United States Air Force to use his land to expand a bombing range. He is the last holdout among the several people whose land the Air Force wants, and he refuses to move. A young land developer, Mackie, is sent to vacate the rancher, but soon he joins in defying the military. Soon it boils down to a battle of wills between Vogelin and the equally bullheaded army officer Colonel Desalius.

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
27.

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
28.

Hellinger's Law

2.8
5.7/10 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 : Skokie
29.

Skokie

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

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

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 : Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy
30.

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

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, star pitcher in the Negro Leagues, and later in the major leagues. Traces his life from his troubled youth, including his life in a detention school for Negroes, to his highs and lows in baseball, and in his personal life.

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 : The Princess and the Cabbie
31.

The Princess and the Cabbie

2.8
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 : Murder in Texas
32.

Murder in Texas

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Based on a true story, this film tells of a plastic surgeon who was suspected of causing the death of his first wife, the daughter of a wealthy member of Houston society. The doctor then marries his mistress, whom he had been keeping during his marriage. His former father-in-law, convinced that his daughter was murdered, determines to see the doctor punished.

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 : Going Gently
33.

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
34.

No Place to Hide

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

After the death of her rich father, Amy Manning lives happily with her stepmother. But recently she's been seeing a man in black following her, waiting for her in her car, wanting to kill her. The police can't help her. But who is this man in black? Is it the young man she's started dating? Or the psychologist her mother told her to visit? Or is she really insane...?

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 : Child Bride of Short Creek
35.

Child Bride of Short Creek

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Partially based on the true events surrounding a rural religious cult in the American Midwest, and how the members' children suffered for their parents' fanaticism.

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 : Splendor in the Grass
36.

Splendor in the Grass

2.8
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
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Berenstain Bears' Easter Surprise
37.

The Berenstain Bears' Easter Surprise

2.7
7.7/10 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
38.

Coward of the County

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

A life-long 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 ..
Directed by: Dick Lowry
Release date: 1981-10-07
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Terror Among Us
39.

Terror Among Us

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

A police sergeant and a parole officer endeavor to stop a rapist-on-parole before he can follow through his threats on five women whom testifed against him years earlier.

Starring: Don Meredith, Sarah Purcell, Jennifer Salt, Kim Lankford, Rod McCary, Sharon Spelman, Elta Blake, Pat Klous, Jim Antonio, Virginia Paris ..
Directed by: Paul Krasny
Release date: 1981-01-12
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Fallen Angel
40.

Fallen Angel

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Twelve year old Jennifer is unhappy with her widowed mom's relationship with a family friend. Feeling lonely, she readily accepts the friendship of an adult man named Howie and joins the softball team he coaches. Soon, Howie is convincing Jennifer to pose for photographs which become more and more revealing. Howie turns out to be a pedophile who works in child pornography and he plans to make Jennifer a "star". Will Jennifer's mother be able to help her daughter before it's too late?

Starring: Melinda Dillon, Richard Masur, Dana Hill, Ronny Cox, David Hayward, Virginia Kiser, Shelby Leverington, Adam Gunn, Ronald G. Joseph, David Rode ..
Directed by: Robert Michael Lewis
Release date: 1981-02-24
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey
41.

Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey is a 1981 American documentary film about the Mariel boatlift, which was first broadcast on PBS the week of June 1, 1981. Written by John Brousek, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Directed by: Jim Burroughs
Release date: 1981-12-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Lily: Sold Out
42.

Lily: Sold Out

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

After taking her successful Broadway show to Las Vegas, Lily Tomlin is faced with a tough decision: soften her act for mass appeal, or keep her material the way she originally intended?

Starring: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Paul Anka, Harvey Lembeck, Liberace, Melanie Mayron, Audrey Meadows, Dolly Parton, Joan Rivers, Alex Rocco ..
Directed by: Tony Charmoli, Bill Davis
Release date: 1981-02-02
43.

Word of Honor

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A reporter refuses to reveal his source in the case of the murder of a young girl. As a result, he and his family are shunned by the residents of the small town in which they live. Virtually no one comes to his daughter's wedding, and at his office, the police search his desk, and his boss threatens to fire him.

Starring: Karl Malden, Rue McClanahan, Ron Silver, Largo Woodruff, Alexa Kenin, Jacqueline Brookes, Jeffrey DeMunn, Henderson Forsythe, John Marley, John Malkovich ..
Directed by: Mel Damski
Release date: 1981-01-06
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold
44.

The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Sent in search of a Christmas tree, cabin boy Dinty Doyle lands on a mysterious, uncharted Irish island where he accidentally releases a bad-tempered banshee from her pine tree prison. Leprechaun Blarney Kilakilarney knows that in order to survive, the banshee will try to swipe his clan's pot of Christmas gold. With some magical assistance from Lord Patrick, the king of the wee folk, Dinty and Blarney make a plan to outwit the gold-hungry hag before Christmas morning dawns.

Starring: Art Carney, Peggy Cass, Frankie Moronski, Bob McFadden, Ken Jennings, Gerry Matthews, Christine Mitchell, Glynis Bieg, Aidan Nicolle ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1981-12-23
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Pride of Jesse Hallam
45.

The Pride of Jesse Hallam

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Jesse Hallum sells the family farm to see that his daughter receives the medical care she needs at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The big city challenges him, though, especially when his illiteracy is exposed.

Starring: Johnny Cash, Brenda Vaccaro, Ben Marley, Eli Wallach, Guy Boyd, Earl Poole Ball, Chrystal Smith, Linda Bennett, Viola Borden, Michael Burnham ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1981-03-03
46.

Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective

2.6
7.0/10 IMDB

When D. C. Dangerous Davies, not held in high regard by his superiors, is assigned to find a notorious criminal kingpin, he uncovers the details of 15-year-old cold case.

Starring: Bernard Cribbins, Bill Maynard, Joss Ackland, Bernard Lee, John Leyton, Maureen Lipman, Patsy Rowlands, Colin Baker, David Auker, Marianne Stone ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1981-01-04
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge
47.

Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge

2.6
4.9/10 IMDB

Two episodes of the TV series "Spider Man" edited together and released as a feature.

Starring: Nicholas Hammond, Robert F. Simon, Rosalind Chao, Myron Healey, Chip Fields, Ellen Bry, Hagan Beggs, Richard Erdman, John Milford, Benson Fong ..
Directed by: Don McDougall
Release date: 1981-06-25
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
48.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Mark Twain's classic about how Tom Sawyer's best friend, Huckleberry Finn, runs away from his drunken father and helps the runaway slave Jim to escape.

Starring: Kurt Ida, Dan Monahan, Brock Peters, Lurene Tuttle, Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Jack Kruschen, Elvia Allman, James Griffith, Helen Kleeb ..
Directed by: Jack Hively
Release date: 1981-07-09
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Killing of Randy Webster
49.

The Killing of Randy Webster

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A young man is shot and killed in an altercation with Houston police. His father doesn't believe the police version of the incident and starts digging around on his own.

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, James Whitmore Jr., Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gary McCleery, Nancy Malone, Barry Corbin, Sean Penn, Chris Mulkey, Sondra Blake ..
Directed by: Sam Wanamaker
Release date: 1981-03-11
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Killing at Hell's Gate
50.

Killing at Hell's Gate

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

A rafting party is terrorised during a trip down the river.

Starring: Robert Urich, Deborah Raffin, Lee Purcell, Joel Higgins, George DiCenzo, Paul Burke, Mitch Carter, Brion James, John Randolph, Curt Hanson ..
Directed by: Jerry Jameson
Release date: 1981-10-31

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