Temporal Top Ten – 1983


top ten

Number of movies seen from this year – 104
Number of movies reviewed – 112 (including 16 Encore Reviews)

My #1 for this year is a true no-brainer for me because out of the thousands of films that I’ve seen in my lifetime, this is the one that I have seen the most time (probably over 50 times).

As a 9 and 10 year old when this was in the theater, I saw it at least 14 times on the big screen.

Of the 5 Best Picture nominees that year, 3 made my list and they scored very high positions (#2, #3 and #5)

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Tender Mercies and have yet to see The Dresser (maybe one day)

My #4 is the latest addition to my repertoire of this list although I had heard of it for years.

#6, #7 and #10 are all classic comedies that are always funny no matter how many times you watch them.

Rounding out my list are a popular gangster flick and a Disney version of a classic tale.

Update 4 Jun 2017 – From Star Wars to Jedi is added at #8 bumping every subsequent film down one notch


My Top Ten

 christmas story

Honorable Mention –  A Christmas Storymickey

10. Mickey’s Christmas Carolscarface

9. Scarface

8. From Star Wars to Jedi trading places

7. Trading Placesto-be-or-not-to-be6. To Be or Not To Be

big chill

5. The Big Chillkennedy

4. Kennedyterms of endearment

3. Terms of Endearmentright stuff

2. The Right Stuffjedi

1. Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1983

  1. All the Right Moves
  2. BMX Bandits
  3. Bad Boys
  4. Betrayal
  5. Big Chill, The
  6. Bill Cosby: Himself
  7. Bill: On His Own
  8. The Black Stallion Returns
  9. Blue Thunder
  10. Brainstorm
  11. Breathless
  12. Christine
  13. Christmas Story, A
  14. Class
  15. Closer Look, A: Inside HBO’s City
  16. Cross Creek
  17. Curse of the Pink Panther
  18. Cujo
  19. D.C. Cab
  20. Daffy Duck’s Fantastic Island
  21. Daniel
  22. Dead Zone, The
  23. Deal of the Century
  24. Doctor Detroit
  25. Dresser, The
  26. Easy Money
  27. Eddie and the Cruisers
  28. Educating Rita
  29. Flashdance
  30. From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga
  31. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
  32. Gorky Park
  33. High Road to China
  34. The Hunger
  35. I Am the Cheese
  36. Jaws 3-D
  37. Joysticks
  38. Kennedy
  39. Krull
  40. Local Hero
  41. Lone Wolf McQuade
  42. Lords of Discipline, The
  43. Losin’ It
  44. The Man Who Loved Women
  45. The Man with Two Brains
  46. Max Dugan Returns
  47. The Meaning of Life
  48. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  49. Mr. Mom
  50. My Tutor
  51. National Lampoon’s Vacation    Encore Review
  52. Never Cry Wolf
  53. Never Say Never Again
  54. A Night in Heaven
  55. Octopussy          Encore Review
  56. The Osterman Weekend
  57. Outsiders, The
  58. The Pirates of Penzance
  59. Porky’s II: The Next Day
  60. Private School
  61. Right of Way
  62. Right Stuff, The  Encore Review
  63. Risky Business Encore Review
  64. Romantic Comedy
  65. Rumble Fish
  66. Running Brave
  67. Savage Island (Nate and Hayes)
  68. Scarface
  69. Silkwood
  70. Smokey and the Bandit Part 3
  71. Something Wicked This Way Comes
  72. Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
  73. Special Bulletin
  74. Spring Break
  75. The Star Chamber
  76. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi   Encore Review  Encore Review 2 Encore Review 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  77. Staying Alive
  78. The Sting II
  79. Strange Brew
  80. Strange Invaders
  81. Stroker Ace
  82. Sudden Impact
  83. Superman III
  84. Survivors, The
  85. Tender Mercies
  86. Terms of Endearment
  87. Terry Fox Story, The
  88. Testament
  89. To Be or Not to Be
  90. Tough Enough
  91. Trading Places      Encore Review
  92. Trenchcoat
  93. Twilight Zone: The Movie
  94. Two of a Kind
  95. Uncommon Valor
  96. Under Fire
  97. Valley Girl
  98. WarGames     Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  99. The Wind in the Willows
  100. Winds of War, The
  101. Without a Trace
  102. Yellowbeard
  103. Yentl
  104. Zelig


7 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1983

  1. Some excellent choices. 1, 2, 6, and 9 are among my favorites, though I also really like Yentl, WarGames, and Octopussy. Oh, and Cross Creek. Haven’t even heard of 10 though; is it good?


    • Haven’t seen Yentl in a long time, but I had trouble with a lot of the way it portrayed Jews. Probably should rewatch it.

      Wargames just missed the cut and as much as I loved Octopussy, it isn’t top ten material.

      Gotta rewatch Cross Creek one of these days because I dont remember it at all


    • I understand where ur coming from. Its usually all a numbers game based on when we were born. Which is why I probably will never be able to justify doing this prior to 1980 (I was born in 74) yes. #1 is awesome!

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