Best most potent award winning movies from 1981

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1 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.

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1981-06-12 | Adventure / Action

Cast

Harrison Ford, Karen Allen

Rating

rating icon 7.928
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #65 for
    Treasure Hunt
  2. Ranked #68 for
    swashbuckler
  3. Ranked #80 for
    great sound effects

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2 Das Boot (1981)

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 and themselves to their limits.

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1981-09-17 | Drama / History

Cast

Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer

Rating

rating icon 8.1
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #125 for
    realistic portrayal
  2. Ranked #168 for
    Survival Movie
  3. Ranked #236 for
    history buff

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3 Gallipoli (1981)

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 part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula, a brutal eight-month conflict which pit the British and their allies against the Ottoman Empire and left over 500,000 men dead.

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1981-08-13 | War / History

Cast

Mel Gibson, Mark Lee

Rating

rating icon 7.054
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #64 for
    sad
  2. Ranked #124 for
    jingoistic
  3. Ranked #145 for
    Aerial Combat

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4 Reds (1981)

An account of the revolutionary years of the legendary American journalist John Reed, who shared his adventurous professional life with his radical commitment to the socialist revolution in Russia, his dream of spreading its principles among the members of the American working class, and his troubled romantic relationship with the writer Louise Bryant.

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1981-12-25 | Drama / History

Cast

Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton

Rating

rating icon 6.885
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #45 for
    Oscar nomination deserving
  2. Ranked #118 for
    remarkable
  3. Ranked #131 for
    barn-burner

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5 Scanners (1981)

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, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them.

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1981-01-14 | Science Fiction / Horror

Cast

Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack

Rating

rating icon 6.732
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #134 for
    cult-favorite
  2. Ranked #187 for
    eschatological
  3. Ranked #196 for
    mind bending

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6 Chariots of Fire (1981)

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 in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart in his single-minded quest.

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1981-05-15 | Drama / History

Cast

Ben Cross, Ian Charleson

Rating

rating icon 6.798
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #24 for
    extraordinary
  2. Ranked #48 for
    remarkable
  3. Ranked #93 for
    deservedly won awards

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7 On Golden Pond (1981)

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 love and overcome the generational friction that has existed for years.

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1981-12-04 | Drama / Romance

Cast

Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda

Rating

rating icon 7.246
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #7 for
    cantankerous
  2. Ranked #69 for
    Oscar-worthy performance
  3. Ranked #96 for
    sabbatical

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8 Excalibur (1981)

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 Holy Grail, and ultimately his death.

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1981-04-10 | Adventure / Fantasy

Cast

Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren

Rating

rating icon 6.947
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #9 for
    arthurian
  2. Ranked #24 for
    chivalry
  3. Ranked #126 for
    fairytale-like

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9 The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

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 serious relationships, but the passionate nature of the script leads to an off-camera love affair as well. While attempting to maintain their composure and professionalism, Anna and Mike struggle to come to terms with their infidelity.

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1981-08-28 | Drama / Romance

Cast

Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons

Rating

rating icon 6.43
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #49 for
    Multiple POV
  2. Ranked #93 for
    juxtaposition
  3. Ranked #101 for
    naturalist

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10 Thief (1981)

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 with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he signs on with a top gangster for a big score.

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1981-03-27 | Crime / Thriller

Cast

James Caan, Tuesday Weld

Rating

rating icon 7.151
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #16 for
    neon-drenched
  2. Ranked #42 for
    propulsive
  3. Ranked #78 for
    True Crime

Trailer

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