Temporal Top Ten – 1981

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Number of movies seen from this year – 74
Number of movies reviewed – 53 (including 2 Encore Reviews)


My list for 1981 includes a very eclectic group of movies which range from comedy cult classics to Blockbuster action/adventure to strong dramas to a bunch of movies that I’d be surprised if most of you have heard of or even seen.

My #1 and #2 were easy choices because of the fact that they are both unbelievable movies in their respective genres and both would gave been worthy enough to win that year.

#3, #5-#6 are the movies I mentioned earlier about being amazing but quite obscure. I am actually trying to find copies of them in order to rewatch and review them properly. I suspect #6 will be very difficult to find, but I haven’t given up hope yet.

#4 is a powerful movie that shows the amazing talent of 3 young up and coming actors who would help change Hollywood elitism, 1 won an Oscar the previous year, another would go on to win 2 Oscars and the 3rd is still seeking his first win despite numerous nominations and being known as a superstar

#7 and #10 are both cult classic comedies that continue to be funny no matter how many times one views them.

#8 is a great police thriller with an all-star cast

And finally #9 is the eventual Oscar Best Picture Winner of the year. It does have a great epic feel to it, but I’m still a bit baffled as to how it won being that there were much stronger candidates that year.

My Top Tenstripes

10. Stripeschariots

9. Chariots of Firefort apache

8. Fort Apache: The Bronxhistory of the world

7. History of the World Part Iskokie

6. Skokiemasada

5. Masadataps

4. Tapsthe wave

3. The Waveon golden pond

2. On Golden Pondraiders

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1981


  1. Absence of Malice
  2. An American Werewolf in London
  3. Arthur
  4. Berlin Tunnel 21
  5. Bill
  6. Blow Out
  7. Body Heat
  8. The Brady Girls Get Married
  9. Buddy Buddy
  10. Bustin’ Loose
  11. The Cannonball Run
  12. Carbon Copy
  13. Chariots of Fire
  14. The Chosen
  15. Clash of the Titans
  16. Condorman
  17. Continental Divide
  18. Das Boot
  19. Death Hunt
  20. The Devil and Max Devlin
  21. Dragonslayer
  22. Escape from New York
  23. Escape to Victory (aka Victory)
  24. Evil Dead, The
  25. Excalibur
  26. An Eye for an Eye
  27. Eye of the Needle
  28. Eyewitness
  29. First Monday in October
  30. For Your Eyes Only
  31. Fort Apache, The Bronx
  32. The Four Seasons
  33. The Fox and the Hound
  34. Going Ape!
  35. The Great Muppet Caper
  36. Hard Country
  37. Harry’s War
  38. History of the World, Part I
  39. Honky Tonk Freeway
  40. The Howling
  41. Inchon
  42. The Incredible Shrinking Woman
  43. The Legend of the Lone Ranger
  44. Loveless, The
  45. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
  46. Man Who Saw Tomorrow, The
  47. Masada
  48. Modern Romance
  49. Mommie Dearest
  50. Neighbors
  51. Nighthawks
  52. The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
  53. On Golden Pond
  54. Only When I Laugh
  55. Outland
  56. Pennies from Heaven
  57. Prince of the City
  58. The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper
  59. Raggedy Man
  60. Ragtime
  61. Raiders of the Lost Ark   Encore Review Encore Review 2
  62. Reds
  63. S.O.B.
  64. Saturday the 14th
  65. Sharky’s Machine
  66. Skokie
  67. Southern Comfort
  68. Stripes
  69. Taps
  70. Thief
  71. Time Bandits
  72. Under the Rainbow
  73. The Wave
  74. Whose Life Is It Anyway?



10 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1981

  1. You’re right; I’ve never even heard of 3, 5, & 6, but I’d be interested to see them too. 1 and 2 are no-brainers, always wonderful, but I thought Chariots of Fire was still worthy of Best Picture. My VC really loves Continental Divide and The Four Seasons too.


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  3. Great list as always and the obvious number 1 choice but there are also so many I haven’t heard of – The Wave, Taps and Masada? Might have to try to give them a look.


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