Temporal Top Ten – 1981

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Number of movies seen from this year – 79
Number of movies reviewed – 61 (including 4 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. Cutter’s Way
  19. Das Boot
  20. Death Hunt
  21. The Devil and Max Devlin
  22. Dragonslayer
  23. Escape from New York
  24. Escape to Victory (aka Victory)
  25. Evil Dead, The
  26. Excalibur
  27. An Eye for an Eye
  28. Eye of the Needle
  29. Eyewitness
  30. First Monday in October
  31. For Your Eyes Only
  32. Fort Apache, The Bronx
  33. The Four Seasons
  34. The Fox and the Hound
  35. The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  36. Going Ape!
  37. The Great Muppet Caper
  38. Hard Country
  39. Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island, The
  40. Harry’s War
  41. History of the World, Part I
  42. Honky Tonk Freeway
  43. The Howling
  44. Inchon
  45. The Incredible Shrinking Woman
  46. The Legend of the Lone Ranger
  47. Loveless, The
  48. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
  49. Man Who Saw Tomorrow, The
  50. Masada
  51. Modern Romance
  52. Mommie Dearest
  53. Neighbors
  54. Nighthawks
  55. The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
  56. On Golden Pond      Encore Review
  57. Only When I Laugh
  58. Outland
  59. Pennies from Heaven
  60. Piranha II: The Spawning
  61. Prince of the City
  62. The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper
  63. Raggedy Man
  64. Ragtime
  65. Raiders of the Lost Ark   Encore Review Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3
  66. Reds
  67. S.O.B.
  68. Saturday the 14th
  69. Sharky’s Machine
  70. Skokie
  71. Southern Comfort
  72. Stripes
  73. Taps
  74. Thief
  75. Threshold
  76. Time Bandits
  77. Under the Rainbow
  78. The Wave
  79. 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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