Temporal Top Ten – 1981

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Number of movies seen from this year – 83
Number of movies reviewed – 71 (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. Cagney & Lacey: Pilot
  12. Cannonball Run, The
  13. Carbon Copy
  14. Chariots of Fire  Encore Review
  15. Chosen, The
  16. Clash of the Titans
  17. Condorman
  18. Continental Divide
  19. Cutter’s Way
  20. Das Boot
  21. Death Hunt
  22. Devil and Max Devlin, The
  23. Dragonslayer
  24. Endless Love
  25. Escape from New York
  26. Escape to Victory (aka Victory)
  27. Evil Dead, The
  28. Excalibur
  29. Eye for an Eye, An
  30. Eye of the Needle
  31. Eyewitness
  32. First Monday in October
  33. For Your Eyes Only
  34. Fort Apache, The Bronx
  35. Four Seasons, The
  36. Fox and the Hound, The
  37. French Lieutenant’s Woman, The
  38. Friday the 13th Part II
  39. Going Ape!
  40. Great Muppet Caper, The
  41. Hard Country
  42. Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island, The
  43. Harry’s War
  44. History of the World, Part I
  45. Honky Tonk Freeway
  46. Howling, The
  47. Inchon
  48. Incredible Shrinking Woman, The
  49. Just Before Dawn
  50. Legend of the Lone Ranger, The
  51. Loveless, The
  52. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
  53. Man Who Saw Tomorrow, The
  54. Masada
  55. Modern Romance
  56. Mommie Dearest
  57. Neighbors
  58. Nighthawks
  59. Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, The
  60. On Golden Pond      Encore Review
  61. Only When I Laugh
  62. Outland
  63. Pennies from Heaven
  64. Piranha II: The Spawning
  65. Prince of the City
  66. Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, The
  67. Raggedy Man
  68. Ragtime
  69. Raiders of the Lost Ark   Encore Review Encore Review 2  Encore Review 3
  70. Reds
  71. S.O.B.
  72. Saturday the 14th
  73. Sharky’s Machine
  74. Skokie
  75. Southern Comfort
  76. Stripes
  77. Taps
  78. Thief
  79. Threshold
  80. Time Bandits       Encore Review
  81. Under the Rainbow
  82. Wave, The
  83. 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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