Temporal Top Ten – 1981

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Number of movies seen from this year – 81
Number of movies reviewed – 69 (including 6 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.

Update 1 Feb 2021 – S.O.B. is now #7, pushing all subsequent films down one slot.

My Top Tenstripes

Honorable Mention – Stripeschariots

10. Chariots of Firefort apache

9. Fort Apache: The Bronxhistory of the world

8. History of the World Part I
7. S.O.B.

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. American Werewolf in London, An
  3. Arthur
  4. Berlin Tunnel 21
  5. Bill
  6. Blow Out
  7. Body Heat
  8. Brady Girls Get Married, The
  9. Buddy Buddy
  10. Bustin’ Loose
  11. Cannonball Run, The
  12. Carbon Copy
  13. Chariots of Fire  Encore Review
  14. Chosen, The
  15. Clash of the Titans
  16. Condorman
  17. Continental Divide
  18. Cutter’s Way
  19. Das Boot
  20. Death Hunt
  21. Devil and Max Devlin, The
  22. Dragonslayer
  23. Escape from New York
  24. Escape to Victory (aka Victory)
  25. Evil Dead, The
  26. Excalibur
  27. Eye for an Eye, An
  28. Eye of the Needle
  29. Eyewitness
  30. First Monday in October
  31. For Your Eyes Only
  32. Fort Apache, The Bronx
  33. Four Seasons, The
  34. Fox and the Hound, The
  35. French Lieutenant’s Woman, The
  36. Friday the 13th Part II
  37. Going Ape!
  38. Great Muppet Caper, The
  39. Hard Country
  40. Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island, The
  41. Harry’s War
  42. History of the World, Part I
  43. Honky Tonk Freeway
  44. Howling, The
  45. Inchon
  46. Incredible Shrinking Woman, The
  47. Just Before Dawn
  48. Legend of the Lone Ranger, The
  49. Loveless, The
  50. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
  51. Man Who Saw Tomorrow, The
  52. Masada
  53. Modern Romance
  54. Mommie Dearest
  55. Neighbors
  56. Nighthawks
  57. Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, The
  58. On Golden Pond      Encore Review
  59. Only When I Laugh
  60. Outland
  61. Pennies from Heaven
  62. Piranha II: The Spawning
  63. Prince of the City
  64. Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, The
  65. Raggedy Man
  66. Ragtime
  67. Raiders of the Lost Ark   Encore Review Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3
  68. Reds
  69. S.O.B.
  70. Saturday the 14th
  71. Sharky’s Machine
  72. Skokie
  73. Southern Comfort
  74. Stripes
  75. Taps
  76. Thief
  77. Threshold
  78. Time Bandits       Encore Review
  79. Under the Rainbow
  80. Wave, The
  81. 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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