Temporal Top Ten – 1981

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Number of movies seen from this year – 70
Number of movies reviewed – 41 (including 1 Encore Review)


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