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1. Marianne & Juliane (1981)

106 min | Drama

Two sisters both fight for women's rights. Juliane is a journalist and Marianne a terrorist. When Marianne is jailed, Juliane feels obligated to help her despite their differing views on how to live.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rüdiger Vogler, Doris Schade

Votes: 1,771

2. Merry-Go-Round (1981)

Not Rated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Elizabeth sends telegrams to her old boyfriend Ben in NYC and to her younger sister Leo in Rome to join her in Paris, where she is selling her dead father's estate. When Ben and Leo arrive, a mysterious adventure begins.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Maria Schneider, Joe Dallesandro, Danièle Gégauff, Sylvie Matton

Votes: 408

3. Francisca (1981)

166 min | Biography, Drama

The life of a young man, son of an English officer who lets himself become a prisoner of love resulting in fatalism and disgrace.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Teresa Menezes, Diogo Dória, Mário Barroso, Francisco Brás

Votes: 318

4. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Wife and husband, both actors, play a couple in love from the Victorian era. Soon they begin to feel that fiction interweaves into reality.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Emily Morgan

Votes: 11,451 | Gross: $22.60M

5. Deprisa, Deprisa (1981)

99 min | Crime, Drama

Angela begins to hang around with Pablo and his gang of young robbers.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Berta Socuéllamos, Jose Antonio Valdelomar González, Jesús Arias, José María Hervás Roldán

Votes: 998

6. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 86,930 | Gross: $30.57M

7. Time Bandits (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, John Cleese, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 55,719 | Gross: $42.37M

8. Gallipoli (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 35,279 | Gross: $5.73M

9. Man of Iron (1981)

PG | 156 min | Drama, History

A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania, Wieslawa Kosmalska

Votes: 2,887

10. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 220,618 | Gross: $11.49M

11. The Aviator's Wife (1981)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young student is devastated when he finds that his girlfriend is cheating on him. In order to find out why she did it, he decides to spy on her and her lover.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Philippe Marlaud, Marie Rivière, Anne-Laure Meury, Mathieu Carrière

Votes: 2,726

12. Pixote (1981)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino

Votes: 6,230

13. Thief (1981)

R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who has other plans for him.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi

Votes: 23,139 | Gross: $11.49M

14. Le Pont du Nord (1981)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

Young unhinged female ex-con with a motorcycle helps a sickly young homeless woman in red discover what the map of Paris she took from her gangster boyfriend leads to.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Bulle Ogier, Pascale Ogier, Pierre Clémenti, Jean-François Stévenin

Votes: 881 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Possession (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror

72 Metascore

A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent

Votes: 22,543 | Gross: $1.11M

16. Escape from New York (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 118,312 | Gross: $25.24M

17. Fruits of Passion (1981)

R | 83 min | Drama

A girl loves an older man. He demands that she goes in a brothel, as evidence that she loves him.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Isabelle Illiers, Klaus Kinski, Arielle Dombasle, Pîtâ

Votes: 854

18. Rasputin (1981)

104 min | Biography, Drama, History

Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Petrenko, Anatoliy Romashin, Velta Line, Alisa Freyndlikh

Votes: 1,181

19. Blow Out (1981)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 40,883 | Gross: $13.75M

20. Why Not? (1981)

151 min | Drama

Near the turbulent end of the Edo era, a man returning to Japan after exile in America searches for his wife and becomes swept up in the current of revolution in this incisive period drama from the great Shohei Imamura.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Shigeru Izumiya, Kaori Momoi, Masao Kusakari, Ken Ogata

Votes: 502

21. Blood Wedding (1981)

Not Rated | 67 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Group of dancers put Lorca's 'Blood Wedding' on stage, the tragic play about a married man who is still in love with his ex girlfriend, and tries to get back to her despite her planned wedding.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Antonio Gades, Cristina Hoyos, Juan Antonio Jiménez, Carmen Villena

Votes: 1,514

22. Kobieta samotna (1987 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama

A story of a middle-aged woman, Irena, living alone on the outskirts of Wroclaw with her 8-year old son. They live in a drab apartment. She is a mail carrier and her son is her only pride ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Maria Chwalibóg, Boguslaw Linda, Pawel Witczak, Danuta Balicka

Votes: 363

23. My Dinner with Andre (1981)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Jean Lenauer, Roy Butler

Votes: 16,527 | Gross: $5.25M

24. Ragtime (1981)

PG | 155 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: James Cagney, Elizabeth McGovern, Howard E. Rollins Jr., Brad Dourif

Votes: 8,403 | Gross: $21.02M

25. One from the Heart (1981)

R | 107 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

57 Metascore

A couple has a fight after living together 5 years in Las Vegas. They go out and celebrate 4th of July, each with a new partner. Breakup?

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski

Votes: 4,926 | Gross: $0.64M

26. Prince of the City (1981)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption, and soon realises he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett

Votes: 6,785 | Gross: $8.12M

27. Lola (1981)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

In post-war West Germany, the charming Von Bohm is appointed a city's new Building Commissioner. His morality is tested when he unknowingly falls in love with a brothel worker, Lola, the paid mistress of a corrupt property developer.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf, Matthias Fuchs

Votes: 4,845

28. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

In early-1930s Germany, a passionate stage actor finds himself before a dilemma: renounce his apolitical stance and comply with the Reich's doctrine, or face oblivion. But, Faustian bargains never end well. What is the price of success?

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 8,956

29. Passion of Love (1981)

117 min | Drama, Romance

In the 1860s, Giorgio (Giraudeau), a young Italian soldier, is sent to a remote post, far away from his lover, Clara (Antonelli). He is lodged in the house of the colonel (Girotti). He ... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Valeria D'Obici, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Massimo Girotti

Votes: 765

30. Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

An Italian businessman decides whether to pay a ransom for his abducted son or not.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Anouk Aimée, Laura Morante, Victor Cavallo

Votes: 786

31. The Territory (1981)

100 min | Drama, Horror

A small group of well-to-do vacationers go on a hiking trip into the woods. Foolishly unprepared to deal with Mother Nature and their situation, they wander around lost for days and weeks, ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Geoffrey Carey, John Paul Getty III, Jeffrey Kime, Camila Mora-Scheihing

Votes: 190

32. Victory (1981)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Sport, War

57 Metascore

As allied P.O.W.s prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pelé, Bobby Moore

Votes: 26,241 | Gross: $10.85M

33. Buddy Buddy (1981)

R | 96 min | Comedy

During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paula Prentiss, Klaus Kinski

Votes: 4,163 | Gross: $7.26M

34. The Funhouse (1981)

R | 96 min | Horror

56 Metascore

Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Jeanne Austin, Jack McDermott

Votes: 11,527 | Gross: $7.89M

35. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

In 1938, a German singer falls in love with a Jewish composer in Zurich, who helps Jews flee Nazi Germany. She wants to help but is forced back to Germany. Her song "Lili Marleen" becomes a hit with soldiers and the Nazi top.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl-Heinz von Hassel

Votes: 3,431

36. Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and gets attracted by the world of small-time criminals. They hire him to hide a young ... See full summary »

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Slavko Stimac, Slobodan Aligrudic, Ljiljana Blagojevic, Mira Banjac

Votes: 5,426

37. Christiane F. (1981)

R | 138 min | Biography, Drama

A teen girl in 1970's Berlin becomes addicted to heroin. Everything in her life slowly begins to distort and disappear as she befriends a small crew of junkies and falls in love with a drug-abusing male prostitute.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Natja Brunckhorst, Eberhard Auriga, Peggy Bussieck, Lothar Chamski

Votes: 20,540

38. Montenegro (1981)

R | 96 min | Drama, Comedy

A bored wealthy housewife on the verge of insanity cuts loose with some lively Yugoslavian immigrants who delight in their bohemian lifestyle.

Director: Dusan Makavejev | Stars: Susan Anspach, Erland Josephson, Per Oscarsson, Marianne Jacobi

Votes: 1,813

39. Carnival Scenes (1982)

119 min | Comedy, Drama

A small world of bourgeois intrigues and frivolities lived with intensity by its own protagonists: Pampon's lover, Didina is in love with the barber Nae, who is Mitza's lover, while she is ... See full summary »

Director: Lucian Pintilie | Stars: Victor Rebengiuc, Mariana Mihut, Petrica Gheorghiu, Tora Vasilescu

Votes: 749

40. Ms .45 (1981)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Zoë Lund, Bogey, Albert Sinkys, Darlene Stuto

Votes: 7,911



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