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Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot (1981)
IMDb: 8.3
150 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...

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Genre: Drama, History, War
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Christiane F. (1981)

Christiane F. (1981)

Christiane F. (1981)
IMDb: 7.6
131 min

This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a...

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Genre: Drama
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Possession (1981)

Possession (1981)

Possession (1981)
IMDb: 7.4
123 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: Horror
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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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Genre: Adventure, Drama
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The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
IMDb: 7.2
95 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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Pennies from Heaven (1981)

Pennies from Heaven (1981)

Pennies from Heaven (1981)
IMDb: 6.5
108 min

A musical set in the great Busby Berkeley style. In Chicago during the depression, sheet music salesman, Arthur Parker, is trying to sell his products, but it’s not easy to...

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Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
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S.O.B. (1981)

S.O.B. (1981)

S.O.B. (1981)
IMDb: 6.4
121 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
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True Confessions (1981)

True Confessions (1981)

True Confessions (1981)
IMDb: 6.3
108 min

A cop clashes with his priest brother while investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute

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Genre: Crime, Drama
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The Prowler (1981)

The Prowler (1981)

The Prowler (1981)
IMDb: 6.1
89 min

A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college...

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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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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
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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
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Condorman (1981)

Condorman (1981)

Condorman (1981)
IMDb: 5.8
90 min

Comic artist and writer Woody performs a simple courier operation for his friend Harry who works for the CIA. But when he successfully fends off hostile agents, he earns the...

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Bloody Birthday (1981)

Bloody Birthday (1981)

Bloody Birthday (1981)
IMDb: 5.8
85 min

In 1970, three children are born at the height of a total eclipse. Due to the sun and moon blocking Saturn, which controls emotions, they have become heartless killers ten...

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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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Genre: Comedy, Horror
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Enter the Ninja (1981)

Enter the Ninja (1981)

Enter the Ninja (1981)
IMDb: 5.3
100 min

After completing his training of ninjutsu within Japan, an American Angolan Bush War veteran by the name of Cole visits his war buddy Frank Landers and his newly wed wife...

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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
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Hill Street Blues (1981)

Hill Street Blues (1981)

Hill Street Blues (1981)
IMDb: 8.1
60 min

A realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives at an urban police station.

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Genre: Drama
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Modern Problems (1981)

Modern Problems (1981)

Modern Problems (1981)
IMDb: 5.1
89 min

Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fielder, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses to not...

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The Greatest American Hero (1981)

The Greatest American Hero (1981)

The Greatest American Hero (1981)
IMDb: 7.4
60 min

The chronicles of  teacher Ralph Hinkley’s adventures after a group of aliens gives him a red suit that gives him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately, Ralph, who hates wearing the suit, immediately...

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The Smurfs (1981)

The Smurfs (1981)

The Smurfs (1981)
IMDb: 7.2
11 min

Classic Saturday-morning cartoon series featuring magical blue elf-like creatures called Smurfs. The Smurfs, named for their personalities, inhabit a village of mushroom houses in an enchanted forest. These loveable creatures...

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The Fall Guy (1981)

The Fall Guy (1981)

The Fall Guy (1981)
IMDb: 7.1
60 min

Hollywood stuntman Colt Seavers picks up some extra pocket money by using his rough-and-tumble skills to track and capture bail jumpers.

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Simon & Simon (1981)

Simon & Simon (1981)

Simon & Simon (1981)
IMDb: 7.1
60 min

Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24, 1981 to January 21, 1989. The series was broadcast on CBS and starred Gerald McRaney...

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Genre: Drama
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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
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My Dinner with Andre (1981)

My Dinner with Andre (1981)

My Dinner with Andre (1981)
IMDb: 7.8
110 min

Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant.

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Genre: Comedy, Drama
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On Golden Pond (1981)

On Golden Pond (1981)

On Golden Pond (1981)
IMDb: 7.6
109 min

For Norman and Ethel Thayer, this summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of...

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Genre: Drama
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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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The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead (1981)
IMDb: 7.5
85 min

When a group of college students finds a mysterious book and recording in the old wilderness cabin they’ve rented for the weekend, they unwittingly unleash a demonic force from the...

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Genre: Horror
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An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London (1981)
IMDb: 7.5
97 min

Two American tourists in England are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

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Genre: Horror
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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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Blow Out (1981)

Blow Out (1981)

Blow Out (1981)
IMDb: 7.4
108 min

Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected...

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Gallipoli (1981)

Gallipoli (1981)

Gallipoli (1981)
IMDb: 7.4
112 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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Body Heat (1981)

Body Heat (1981)

Body Heat (1981)
IMDb: 7.4
113 min

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

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Thief (1981)

Thief (1981)

Thief (1981)
IMDb: 7.4
123 min

Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete...

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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
82 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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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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Escape from New York (1981)

Escape from New York (1981)

Escape from New York (1981)
IMDb: 7.2
99 min

In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country’s worst criminals are left to form their own...

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Chariots of Fire (1981)

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Chariots of Fire (1981)
IMDb: 7.2
123 min

In the class-obsessed and religiously divided UK of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell, a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries...

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Genre: Drama, History
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Southern Comfort (1981)

Southern Comfort (1981)

Southern Comfort (1981)
IMDb: 7.2
105 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
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Time Bandits (1981)

Time Bandits (1981)

Time Bandits (1981)
IMDb: 7.0
116 min

Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they’ve purloined a map charting all of...

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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: Action, Comedy
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