1981 Movies
Das Boot

Das Boot

Das Boot
IMDb: 8.4
149 min

A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat…

Genre: Drama, History, War
Excalibur (1981)

Excalibur (1981)

Excalibur (1981)
IMDb: 7.4
140 min

A surreal adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur”, chronicling Arthur Pendragon’s conception, his rise to the throne, the search by his Knights of the Round Table for the…

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Evilspeak (1981)

Evilspeak (1981)

Evilspeak (1981)
IMDb: 5.7
97 min

Bullied by classmates, a pudgy military-school student fights back by computer with the devil.

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Genre: Horror
Centrespread (1981)

Centrespread (1981)

Centrespread (1981)
IMDb: 4.4
82 min

The story of a photographer’s struggle in the glamorous world of nude modelling.

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Diva (1981)

Diva (1981)

Diva (1981)
IMDb: 7.1
117 min

Jules, a young Parisian postman, secretly records a concert performance given by the opera singer Cynthia Hawkins, whom he idolises. The following day, Jules runs into a woman who is…

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Strange Behavior (1981)

Strange Behavior (1981)

Strange Behavior (1981)
IMDb: 5.7
87 min

A scientist is experimenting with teenagers and turning them into murderers.

All Night Long (1981)

All Night Long (1981)

All Night Long (1981)
IMDb: 5.6
87 min

Executive George Dupler loses his temper and is demoted to the night manager at a 24 hour drugstore. After he suggests to his teenage son Freddie that he stop having…

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Genre: Comedy, Romance
Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)

Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)

Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)
IMDb: 6.1
97 min

In nineteenth century Oklahoma, two teen girls, fans of stories about outlaws, are on a quest to meet and join up with them. They find a shadow of a former…

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Genre: Western
Dead & Buried (1981)

Dead & Buried (1981)

Dead & Buried (1981)
IMDb: 6.6
94 min

After a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses appear to be coming back to life and living normally as locals in the…

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Genre: Horror, Mystery
Endless Love (1981)

Endless Love (1981)

Endless Love (1981)
IMDb: 4.9
116 min

Two young kids fall in love with each other. But the passion is too consuming for the parents of Jade. The parents try to stop them from seeing each other….

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Genre: Drama, Romance
Mary Millington’s World Striptease Extravaganza (1981)

Mary Millington’s World Striptease Extravaganza (1981)

Mary Millington’s World Striptease Extravaganza (1981)
IMDb: 3.5
46 min

As a ‘tribute’ to the late Mary Millington, a bunch of would-be strippers compete in London to become the ‘World’s Best’. Blue comedian Bernie Winters punctuates the action with a…

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Genre: Action
For Your Eyes Only (1981)

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

For Your Eyes Only (1981)
IMDb: 6.8
127 min

A British spy ship has sunk and on board was a hi-tech encryption device. James Bond is sent to find the device that holds British launching instructions before the enemy…

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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
IMDb: 6.1
87 min

Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, it seems Jason Voorhees and his demented mother are in the past. Paul opens up a new camp close to…

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Genre: Horror, Thriller
Gallipoli (1981)

Gallipoli (1981)

Gallipoli (1981)
IMDb: 7.4
110 min

As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank—both agile runners—become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves…

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Game of Death II (1980)

Game of Death II (1980)

Game of Death II (1980)
IMDb: 5.2
96 min

In this dark tale of revenge, Bruce Lee “returns” as Billy Lo, whose best friend Chin Ku dies of a sudden illness. But suspicion of foul play arises when a…

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Genre: Action, Drama
Ghost Story (1981)

Ghost Story (1981)

Ghost Story (1981)
IMDb: 6.3
110 min

Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley’s twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins…

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Graduation Day (1981)

Graduation Day (1981)

Graduation Day (1981)
IMDb: 4.8
96 min

After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask…

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Halloween II (1981)

Halloween II (1981)

Halloween II (1981)
IMDb: 6.5
92 min

After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers has followed Laurie to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where…

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Genre: Horror, Thriller
Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
IMDb: 6.1
110 min

Virginia is proud that she belongs to a clique. The best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a grueling set of murders take place and her…

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Hard Country (1981)

Hard Country (1981)

Hard Country (1981)
IMDb: 5.9
104 min

Ambitious young Jodie wants more out of life than the small Texas country town she lives in has to offer. Jodie realizes that in order to pursue her dreams she…

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Genre: Drama
Heartbeeps (1981)

Heartbeeps (1981)

Heartbeeps (1981)
IMDb: 4.2
78 min

Domestic robots fall in love and run off together.

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Genre: Comedy, Family
Heavy Metal (1981)

Heavy Metal (1981)

Heavy Metal (1981)
IMDb: 6.7
86 min

A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

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Hell Night (1981)

Hell Night (1981)

Hell Night (1981)
IMDb: 5.8
101 min

Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion where they get killed off one by one by the monstrous surviving members of a family…

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Genre: Horror, Thriller
History of the World: Part I (1981)

History of the World: Part I (1981)

History of the World: Part I (1981)
IMDb: 6.9
92 min

An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.

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Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)

Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)

Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
IMDb: 5.0
107 min

Ticlaw, a small town in Florida, has only one attraction: a safari park. The government constructs a freeway that passes near Ticlaw, but decides not to put an exit into…

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Genre: Action, Comedy
Inseminoid (1981)

Inseminoid (1981)

Inseminoid (1981)
IMDb: 3.9
93 min

A crew of interplanetary archaeologists is threatened when an alien creature impregnates one of their members, causing her to turn homicidal and murder them one by one.

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It’s Magic, Charlie Brown (1981)

It’s Magic, Charlie Brown (1981)

It’s Magic, Charlie Brown (1981)
IMDb: 7.3
24 min

Charlie Brown suggests Snoopy go down to the library and take out some books. Snoopy gets there and finds only one book he likes; a book on magic. Upon learning…

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Genre: Animation, Family
Jaws of Satan (1981)

Jaws of Satan (1981)

Jaws of Satan (1981)
IMDb: 4.0
92 min

A preacher whose ancestors were Druids battles Satan, who has taken the form of a huge snake.

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Genre: Horror
Knightriders (1981)

Knightriders (1981)

Knightriders (1981)
IMDb: 6.3
146 min

George Romero’s unusual story of a modern-day Renaissance troupe whose participants follow a medieval code of honor.

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Genre: Action, Drama
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981)
IMDb: 5.1
104 min

A film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s novel. After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady Chatterly is torn between her love for her husband and her physical desires. With…

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Genre: Drama, Romance
Lady Stay Dead (1981)

Lady Stay Dead (1981)

Lady Stay Dead (1981)
IMDb: 5.3
92 min

Millionairess actress-singer Marie Coleby (Deborah Coulls) lives in a luxurious villa on a deserted beach. One afternoon following a TV commercial shoot at the villa she incites gardener Gordon Mason…

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Lady Street Fighter (1981)

Lady Street Fighter (1981)

Lady Street Fighter (1981)
IMDb: 3.4
73 min

Exotic Eastern European beauty, Linda Allen, flies in to Los Angeles to track down the evil mobsters who tortured and murdered her sister. Meanwhile, the mobsters are trying to find…

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Loophole (1981)

Loophole (1981)

Loophole (1981)
IMDb: 6.0
105 min

When architect Stephen Booker loses his partnership, he finds jobs hard to come by, and with money in short supply, he unwittingly becomes involved in a daring scheme to rob…

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Mad Foxes (1981)

Mad Foxes (1981)

Mad Foxes (1981)
IMDb: 5.3
80 min

A man seeks revenge after a biker gang murders his family.

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Genre: Action, Thriller
Mad Max 2 (1981)

Mad Max 2 (1981)

Mad Max 2 (1981)
IMDb: 7.6
96 min

Max Rockatansky returns as the heroic loner who drives the dusty roads of a postapocalyptic Australian Outback in an unending search for gasoline. Arrayed against him and the other scraggly…

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Mephisto (1981)

Mephisto (1981)

Mephisto (1981)
IMDb: 7.8
144 min

A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his…

Genre: Drama
Modern Romance (1981)

Modern Romance (1981)

Modern Romance (1981)
IMDb: 7.0
93 min

A film editor breaks up with his girlfriend, unsure if he is in love.

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Genre: Comedy, Romance
Ms .45 (1981)

Ms .45 (1981)

Ms .45 (1981)
IMDb: 6.8
80 min

A shy and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day. She wanders the New York streets at night in a sexy black dress with…

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
My Bloody Valentine (1981)

My Bloody Valentine (1981)

My Bloody Valentine (1981)
IMDb: 6.3
90 min

Twenty years ago in the sleepy mining town of Valentine Bluffs, a fatal mining disaster occurred on Valentine’s Day while some of the crew was decorating for a party. The…

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Neighbors (1981)

Neighbors (1981)

Neighbors (1981)
IMDb: 5.6
94 min

One man’s quiet suburban life takes a sickening lurch for the worse when a young couple move into the deserted house next door. From the word go it is obvious…

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Genre: Comedy
Night of the Werewolf (1981)

Night of the Werewolf (1981)

Night of the Werewolf (1981)
IMDb: 6.0
92 min

An evil witch brings back to life the infamous Elizabeth Bathory, who was executed several hundred years previously for murdering young women and bathing in their blood.

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Genre: Horror
Night School (1981)

Night School (1981)

Night School (1981)
IMDb: 5.5
88 min

A Boston police detective investigates a series of gruesome decapitations of various college coeds commited by a helmeted, black-leather clad serial killer which leads him to suspect a well known…

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Nighthawks (1981)

Nighthawks (1981)

Nighthawks (1981)
IMDb: 6.4
99 min

An international terrorist has New York in a grip of panic and it’s up to Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva to take him down.

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Nightmare (1981)

Nightmare (1981)

Nightmare (1981)
IMDb: 5.7
97 min

A drug-treated schizophrenic plagued by horrible nightmares escapes from the hospital and goes on a killing spree.

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Genre: Horror
Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)

Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)

Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)
IMDb: 5.6
108 min

Damien Thorn (Sam Neill) has helped rescue the world from a recession, appearing to be a benign corporate benefactor. When he then becomes U.S. Ambassador to England, Damien fulfills a…

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Genre: Horror
Outland (1981)

Outland (1981)

Outland (1981)
IMDb: 6.6
109 min

An honest marshal in a corrupt mining colony on Io, Jupiter’s sunless third moon, is determined to confront a violent drug ring even though it may cost him his life….

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Polyester (1981)

Polyester (1981)

Polyester (1981)
IMDb: 7.0
86 min

A suburban housewife’s world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he’s serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who’s…

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Genre: Comedy
Porno Holocaust (1981)

Porno Holocaust (1981)

Porno Holocaust (1981)
IMDb: 3.3
113 min

A group of castaways wash ashore on a deserted island in this Italian sex/gore movie. They are unaware that a sex-crazed radioactive monster is also on the island. He attacks…

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Genre: Horror
Possession (1981)

Possession (1981)

Possession (1981)
IMDb: 7.4
124 min

A young woman left her family for an unspecified reason. The husband determines to find out the truth and starts following his wife. At first, he suspects that a man…

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Genre: Drama, Horror
Private Lessons (1981)

Private Lessons (1981)

Private Lessons (1981)
IMDb: 5.2
87 min

Phillip Filmore is a naive, 15-year-old, preoccupied with sex, who develops a crush on Nicole Mallow, the new 30-something, French housekeeper and sitter to look after him when Phillip’s father…

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Genre: Comedy, Romance
Puberty Blues (1981)

Puberty Blues (1981)

Puberty Blues (1981)
IMDb: 5.8
87 min

The mating rituals of two teenage surf chicks from the southern suburbs of Sydney.Meet Sue, a teenage Australian girl in the late 70s, whose life mainly consists of doing what…

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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Quest for Fire (1981)

Quest for Fire (1981)

Quest for Fire (1981)
IMDb: 7.3
100 min

A colossal adventure odyssey that turns back the hands of time to the very beginning of man’s existence. 80,000 years ago, when man roamed the earth, he was exposed to…

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Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981)

Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981)

Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981)
IMDb: 5.7
91 min

In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from WW2. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and…

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Ragtime (1981)

Ragtime (1981)

Ragtime (1981)
IMDb: 7.3
155 min

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…

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Genre: Drama
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark
IMDb: 8.4
115 min

When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant,…

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Genre: Action, Adventure
Reds (1981)

Reds (1981)

Reds (1981)
IMDb: 7.3
195 min

An account of the revolutionary years of the legendary American journalist John Reed (1887-1920), who shared his adventurous professional life with his radical commitment to the socialist revolution in Russia,…

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Roadgames (1981)

Roadgames (1981)

Roadgames (1981)
IMDb: 6.6
101 min

A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer who uses a young female hitchhiker as bait to lure victims on a desolate Australian highway.

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Roar (1981)

Roar (1981)

Roar (1981)
IMDb: 6.2
102 min

Roar follows a family who are attacked by various African animals at the secluded home of their keeper.

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S.O.B. (1981)

S.O.B. (1981)

S.O.B. (1981)
IMDb: 6.4
122 min

A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production, where its family-friendly star takes her top off.

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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Saturday the 14th (1981)

Saturday the 14th (1981)

Saturday the 14th (1981)
IMDb: 4.7
75 min

After his family moves to a new house, a young boy discovers a mysterious book that details a curse hanging over the date of Saturday the 14th. Opening the book…

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Scanners (1981)

Scanners (1981)

Scanners (1981)
IMDb: 6.8
103 min

After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers,…

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Sharky’s Machine (1981)

Sharky’s Machine (1981)

Sharky’s Machine (1981)
IMDb: 6.4
122 min

Police officer Tom Sharky gets busted back to working vice, where he happens upon a scandalous conspiracy involving a local politician. Sharky’s new ‘machine’ gathers evidence while Sharky falls in…

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Southern Comfort (1981)

Southern Comfort (1981)

Southern Comfort (1981)
IMDb: 7.2
106 min

A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live…

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Genre: Action, Thriller
Stripes (1981)

Stripes (1981)

Stripes (1981)
IMDb: 6.9
106 min

John Winger, an indolent sad sack in his 30s, impulsively joins the U.S. Army after losing his job, his girlfriend and his apartment.

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Genre: Comedy, War
Student Bodies (1981)

Student Bodies (1981)

Student Bodies (1981)
IMDb: 5.6
86 min

This zany send-up of teen slasher flicks features a maniacal psycho known as the Breather (played by Jerry Belson), who stalks –and murders– promiscuous students at a suburban high school….

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Taps (1981)

Taps (1981)

Taps (1981)
IMDb: 6.8
126 min

Military cadets take extreme measures to insure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

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Genre: Drama
The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond (1981)
IMDb: 6.8
87 min

A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural “accidents”, she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

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Genre: Horror
The Burning (1981)

The Burning (1981)

The Burning (1981)
IMDb: 6.4
91 min

A caretaker at a summer camp is burned when a prank goes tragically wrong. After several years of intensive treatment at hospital, he is released back into society, albeit missing…

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Genre: Horror
The Cannonball Run (1981)

The Cannonball Run (1981)

The Cannonball Run (1981)
IMDb: 6.3
95 min

A cross-country road race is based on an actual event, the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, organized by Brock Yates to protest the 55 mph speed…

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Genre: Action, Comedy, Sport
The Fan (1981)

The Fan (1981)

The Fan (1981)
IMDb: 5.7
95 min

A record store clerk is an obsessed fan of an actress of stage and screen. However, when faced with rejection, the fan strikes out in increasingly violent ways.

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The Fox and the Hound (1981)

The Fox and the Hound (1981)

The Fox and the Hound (1981)
IMDb: 7.3
83 min

When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of…

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)
IMDb: 7.0
124 min

In this story-within-a-story, Anna is an actress starring opposite Mike in a period piece about the forbidden love between their respective characters, Sarah and Charles. Both actors are involved in…

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Genre: Drama, Romance
The Funhouse (1981)

The Funhouse (1981)

The Funhouse (1981)
IMDb: 5.9
96 min

Rebellious teen Amy defies her parents by going to a trashy carnival that has pulled into town. In tow are her boyfriend, Buzz, and their friends Liz and Richie. Thinking…

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Genre: Horror
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
IMDb: 7.2
97 min

Kermit and Fozzie are newspaper reporters sent to London to interview Lady Holiday, a wealthy fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace is stolen. Kermit meets and falls in love with…

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The Howling (1981)

The Howling (1981)

The Howling (1981)
IMDb: 6.6
91 min

After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a newswoman is sent to a rehabilitation center whose inhabitants may not be what they seem.

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Genre: Horror
The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)
IMDb: 5.5
88 min

After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention…

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The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)
IMDb: 5.1
98 min

When the young Texas Ranger, John Reid, is the sole survivor of an ambush arranged by the militaristic outlaw leader, Butch Cavendich, he is rescued by an old childhood Comanche…

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The Monster Club (1981)

The Monster Club (1981)

The Monster Club (1981)
IMDb: 5.9
104 min

A writer of horror stories is invited to a “monster club” by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three gruesome stories are told to him; between each story some musicians play…

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Genre: Comedy, Horror
The Nesting (1981)

The Nesting (1981)

The Nesting (1981)
IMDb: 4.8
103 min

A writer suffering from agoraphobia rents an isolated house so she can concentrate on her writing. She doesn’t know that the house is a former brothel, and is inhabited by…

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Genre: Horror
The Pit (1981)

The Pit (1981)

The Pit (1981)
IMDb: 5.9
96 min

Twelve year-old Jamie Benjamin is a solitary misunderstood boy in his preteens. His classmates pick on him, his neighbors think he’s weird and his parents ignore him. But now Jamie…

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Genre: Horror, Mystery