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The Best Movies of 1983
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Movie: Scarface ( 1983 )
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Movie: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi ( 1983 )
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Movie: The Outsiders ( 1983 )
The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.
Movie: Never Say Never Again ( 1983 )
A S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.
Movie: Risky Business ( 1983 )
A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.
Movie: National Lampoon's Vacation ( 1983 )
The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.
Movie: Trading Places ( 1983 )
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Movie: Octopussy ( 1983 )
A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
Movie: Flashdance ( 1983 )
A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.
Movie: WarGames ( 1983 )
A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.
Movie: Terms of Endearment ( 1983 )
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.
Movie: Christine ( 1983 )
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.
Movie: The Dead Zone ( 1983 )
A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.
Movie: The Big Chill ( 1983 )
A group of seven former college friends gather for a week-end reunion at a South Carolina vacation home after the funeral of another of their college friends.
Movie: Sleepaway Camp ( 1983 )
Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.
Movie: The Hunger ( 1983 )
A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.
Movie: Videodrome ( 1983 )
When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.
Movie: Superman III ( 1983 )
Synthetic kryptonite laced with tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.
Movie: The Right Stuff ( 1983 )
The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.
Movie: Twilight Zone: The Movie ( 1983 )
Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.
Movie: The Day After ( 1983 )
The effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.
Movie: Krull ( 1983 )
A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.
Movie: Bad Boys ( 1983 )
Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing a rival's kid brother.
Movie: Nostalgia ( 1983 )
A Russian poet and his interpreter travel to Italy to research the life of an 18th-century composer.
Movie: Private School ( 1983 )
Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's arch rival Jordan also has her eye on Jim, and she is willing to do whatever she can to steal him away. Jim's uber-slob buddy Bubba is going with Betsy, Christine's cynical friend, though he would probably be unfaithful if any other woman were willing to get near him. Bubba and his pals sneak into the girls' school dressed in drag in hopes of reaching the Promised Land (better known as the women's shower room), while Christine and Jim run away together for the weekend, though their escapade isn't as romantic as they had hoped.
Movie: Local Hero ( 1983 )
An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.
Movie: Cujo ( 1983 )
Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.
Movie: Staying Alive ( 1983 )
It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenge yet - succeeding as a dancer on the Broadway stage.
Movie: The Meaning of Life ( 1983 )
The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.
Movie: Jaws 3-D ( 1983 )
The sons of police chief Brody must protect customers at a SeaWorld theme park after a thirty-five-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them.
Movie: Sudden Impact ( 1983 )
A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.
Movie: Rumble Fish ( 1983 )
Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.
Movie: Suburbia ( 1984 )
When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society.
Movie: Fire and Ice ( 1983 )
At the end of the ice age, an evil queen and her son are set on conquering the world using magic and warriors. The lone survivor of a crushed village fights back as does the king of Fire Keep.
Movie: Gorky Park ( 1983 )
A Moscow police officer investigates a vicious triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level international political conspiracy.
Movie: Deathstalker ( 1983 )
The warrior Deathstalker is tasked by an old witch to obtain and unite the three powers of creation - a chalice, an amulet, and a sword - lest the evil magician Munkar get them and use them for nefarious purposes. After obtaining the sword, Deathstalker joins with other travelers going to the Big Tournament to determine the strongest warrior. The false king holds the true princess in captivity, and plots to have Deathstalker killed, and Deathstalker must fight to free the princess.
Movie: Lone Wolf McQuade ( 1983 )
After helping the local police with some horse thieves, a Texas Ranger aims at a drug lord with arms trade as well. They're interested in the same woman and they're both into martial arts.
Movie: Valley Girl ( 1983 )
Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.
Movie: Psycho II ( 1983 )
After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him.
Movie: All the Right Moves ( 1983 )
A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.
Movie: A Christmas Story ( 1983 )
In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.
Movie: Brainstorm ( 1983 )
Researchers develop a system where they can jump into people's minds. But when people involved bring their personal problems into the equation, it becomes dangerous - perhaps deadly.
Movie: Silkwood ( 1984 )
A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.
Movie: Mr. Mom ( 1983 )
After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce, and he becomes a stay-at-home dad, a job he has no clue how to do.
Movie: Breathless ( 1983 )
When Jesse Lujack steals a car in Las Vegas and drives down to LA, his criminal ways only escalate- but when will it end?
Movie: Yentl ( 1984 )
A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.
Movie: Class ( 1983 )
A young man in private school spends one crazy night out, but soon realizes the woman he hooked up with is not who he expected.
Movie: Hercules ( 1983 )
The story of the Greek mythological figure, updated in this 80's version.
Movie: Screwballs ( 1983 )
Frolicking youth comedy about zany high school students set in the 1960s.
Movie: Something Wicked This Way Comes ( 1983 )
In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.
Movie: Uncommon Valor ( 1983 )
Ten years after his son went M.I.A. in Vietnam, U.S. Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in P.O.W. camps in Laos.
Movie: Blue Thunder ( 1983 )
The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.
Movie: BMX Bandits ( 1983 )
Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Nicole Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.
Movie: Strange Brew ( 1983 )
Canada's most famous hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, get jobs at the Elsinore Brewery, only to learn that something is rotten with the state of it.
Movie: Easy Money ( 1983 )
To inherit his mother-in-law's colossal fortune, a hard-living gambling addict must change his unhealthy ways before they get the best of him.
Movie: Eddie and the Cruisers ( 1983 )
A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader - Eddie Wilson - may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band's never-released album.
Movie: The Keep ( 1983 )
Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.
Movie: Yellowbeard ( 1983 )
After serving two decades in prison, Yellowbeard breaks out determined to recover the treasure that he buried so long ago - alongside his son, old crew and the British Navy.
Movie: Stroker Ace ( 1983 )
The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.
Movie: Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 ( 1983 )
Big and Little Enos are opening a sea food restaurant. They bet Sheriff Buford T. Justice that he cannot drive from Miami to the Enos ranch in Texas in a given amount of time. If Buford loses he has to give up his badge.
Movie: The Man with Two Brains ( 1983 )
A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.
Movie: Mortuary ( 1983 )
Convinced that her father's death was not accidental, a beautiful girl decides to investigate to find out the truth, aided by her boyfriend. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where many secrets will be revealed.
Movie: Spring Break ( 1983 )
Two sets of two college guys spend a spring break together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There they have lots of fun in and out of the sun.
Movie: 10 to Midnight ( 1983 )
A LAPD detective is on the trail of a very handsome young man who had been seducing and slashing many young women to death.
Movie: Star 80 ( 1983 )
A successful young model finds trouble when her obsessive manager-turned-husband becomes dangerously jealous. Based on the true story of 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten.
Movie: Losin' It ( 1983 )
Set in 1965, four rowdy teenage guys travel to Tijuana, Mexico for a night of partying when they are joined by a heartbroken housewife who is in town seeking a quick divorce.
Movie: High Road to China ( 1983 )
During WW1, an alcoholic American biplane pilot is hired by the spoiled daughter of an industrialist to find her father who disappeared in Asia.
Movie: Tender Mercies ( 1983 )
A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.
Movie: Two of a Kind ( 1983 )
When God decides to destroy Earth, four angels aim to redeem mankind through a young man and woman with troubles of their own.
Movie: Sahara ( 1983 )
After her father dies, young Dale takes his place in a trans-African auto race, but ends up being abducted by a desert sheik.
Movie: Project A ( 1983 )
Fighting against pirates at the turn of the 20th century, the Hong Kong navy are failing miserably. It's up to Sergeant Lung (Jackie Chan) to take matters into his own hands.
Movie: Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone ( 1983 )
Three women make an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only Earthling left from a medical expedition. Combining their talents, they try to rescue the women.
Movie: Meantime ( 1985 )
When one brother gets a job from their wealthy aunt, the other becomes increasingly jealous.
Movie: Zelig ( 1983 )
"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people.
Movie: Educating Rita ( 1983 )
In London, twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins a literature course in an open university and is tutored by the middle-aged Dr. Frank Bryant, an alcoholic and debauched professor from the upper-class whose life has left him emotionally drained, without self-esteem. Frank lives with Julia, who's also a professor, and have a loveless marriage; Julia has a love affair with the Dean Brian. Rivals humor and determination to improve herself is contagious; she gives motivation to Frank who helps prepare her for the exams to join the university, and be able to leave Denny. Will she succeed in the exams?
Movie: Curtains ( 1983 )
Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.
Movie: The Final Terror ( 1983 )
A group of rangers go camping on unfamiliar forest grounds. All is well until the group members start getting picked off by a cunning, tactical, malevolent, killer in the woods.
Movie: Porky's II: The Next Day ( 1983 )
The naughty high schoolers of Angel Beach High now seek revenge on a group of KKK religious fanatics and corrupt politicians who want to shut down their Shakespeare production after they cast a Seminole transfer student in the lead.
Movie: The Pirates of Penzance ( 1983 )
After a young man leaves a band of pirates, hilarity ensues.
Movie: Joysticks ( 1983 )
When a top local businessman and his two bumbling nephews try to shut down the town's only video arcade, arcade employees and patrons fight back.
Movie: Never Cry Wolf ( 1983 )
A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.
Movie: The Wicked Lady ( 1983 )
Caroline is to be wed to Sir Ralph and invites her sister Barbara to be her bridesmaid. Barbara seduces Ralph, however, and she becomes the new Lady, but despite her new wealthy situation, she gets bored and turns to highway robbery for thrills. While on the road she meets a famous highwayman, and they continue as a team, but some people begin suspecting her identity, and she risks death if she continues her nefarious activities.
Movie: Testament ( 1984 )
The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.
Movie: The Osterman Weekend ( 1983 )
During the Cold War, a controversial television journalist is asked by the C.I.A. to persuade certain acquaintances, who are Soviet Agents of the Omega network, to defect.
Movie: Curse of the Pink Panther ( 1983 )
Ensuing after the events of Clouseau's disappearance, his bosses at the Surete put a computer into service to elect a new shrewd detective, Sleigh, who turns up just as inept as Clouseau.
Movie: Amityville 3-D ( 1983 )
A reporter moves into the ominous Long Island house to debunk the recent supernatural events, and finds himself besieged by the evil manifestations which are connected to a hell-spawn demon lurking in the basement.
Movie: Under Fire ( 1983 )
Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979.
Movie: Chained Heat ( 1983 )
Young Carol Henderson ends up in prison where she must learn how to survive in an environment plagued by violence, murder, rape, racism, drugs and staff corruption and brutality.
Movie: To Be or Not to Be ( 1983 )
At the onset of WW2, a Polish actor's family and the Polish Resistance help the troupe of a theatre escape Poland and the invading Nazis.
Movie: Doctor Detroit ( 1983 )
A timid college professor, conned into posing as a flamboyant pimp, finds himself enjoying his new occupation on the streets.
Movie: Going Berserk ( 1983 )
A drummer/chauffeur engaged to a congressman's daughter encounters a sleazy film director, the leader of an aerobics cult, and other crazed characters during the days leading up to his wedding.
Movie: Still Smokin ( 1983 )
Cheech and Chong fly to the marijuana capital of the world, Amsterdan, for a film festival where they take Dolly Parton and Burt Reynold's place in a limo, suite, press conference and performance. They throw in some sketches as well.
Movie: A Night in Heaven ( 1983 )
A married college professor begins a torrid affair with her failing student, who secretly moonlights as a late-night strip-club dancer.
Movie: D.C. Cab ( 1983 )
The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town with a dream of starting his own cab company but needs to motivate Harold's employees to want to make something out of themselves. It is only when Albert is kidnapped that the cabbies must decide whether or not they are loyal to Albert and his cause.
Movie: House of the Long Shadows ( 1983 )
An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a twenty thousand dollar bet: can he write a classic novel like "Wuthering Heights" in twenty-four hours? Upon his arrival, however, the writer discovers that the manor, thought empty, actually has several, rather odd, inhabitants.
Movie: The Survivors ( 1983 )
Having both lost their jobs, two strangers become unlikely friends after a run in with a would be robber, who is actually a hitman with a grudge against the two.
Movie: Eureka ( 1983 )
In 1925, Arctic prospector Jack McCann becomes a rich man when he strikes gold but 20 years later he faces major personal and family problems.
Movie: The Star Chamber ( 1983 )
Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.
Movie: The Prey ( 1984 )
Six campers jaunt off to North Point, where they're promptly stalked and killed by a ghoulish man who ultimately is just looking for a little love.
Movie: Eyes of Fire ( 1983 )
A preacher is accused of adultery, and he and his followers are chased out of town. They become stranded in an isolated forest, which is haunted by the spirits of long dead Native Americans.
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