Year 1981 movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant year 1981 movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, rough, melancholic, cult film and talky films and TV shows about / with storytelling, brutality, murder, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, mentor, adaptation, nudity (full frontal - brief), violence and husband wife relationship plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
year 1981
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year 1981 movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as year 1981: Shadow (1982), Joker (2019), The Old Man & the Gun (2018), Stray Cats (2005), Freaks and Geeks (1999), Bandit Queen (1994), Loving Pablo (2017), Breathe (2017), The Age of Adaline (2015), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

List of year 1981 movies

Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later (2017)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: The campers and counselors of Camp Firewood meet ten years after their last day at camp.
Style: absurd, gross out humor, idiotic, sitcom, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parody, summer camp, absurd humor, friendship, conspiracy, misfit, murder, youth, secrets, party, beach, danger ...
Time: year 1981, year 1991
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 20K
Shadow (1982)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, tense, psychological, scary ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, chase, writers, stalking, woman in danger, psychopath, axe, american abroad, writer's life, mystery, investigation ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, new york state, new york ...
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 885K
Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: suspense, thought provoking, atmospheric, bleak, cynical ...
Plot: mental illness, insanity, psychological trauma, villain, psycho, social decay, social problems, mental patient, evil clown, bad attitude, clown, murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 2010s, year 1981
Is relevant ?
The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are a detective, who becomes ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, exciting, humorous, tense
Plot: heist, prison escape, criminal, bank robber, old man, evidence, secret, chase, lie, prison, pursuit, investigation ...
Time: 80s, year 1960, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century ...
Place: texas, usa, san francisco, oklahoma, montana ...
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Stray Cats (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Philippines
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Two bestfriends, a gay man and a woman, are always unlucky in finding love.
Plot: novelist, gay man has sex with a woman, advertising, cold war, cologne, writers, female executive, cat, advertising agency, pickpocket, gay, cemetery ...
Time: year 1981, year 1983, 80s
Place: europe, west germany, germany
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Freaks and Geeks (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: High school mathlete Lindsay Weir rebels and begins hanging out with a crowd of burnouts (the "freaks"), while her brother Sam Weir navigates a different part of the social universe with his nerdy friends (the "geeks").
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, light, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: weed, teenage life, nerd, slacker, high school, friendship, social misfits, social relations, teacher, brother sister relationship, suburbs, cheerleader ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1980
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 4K
Bandit Queen (1994)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, India
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Born a lower-caste girl in rural India's patriarchal society, "married" at 11, repeatedly raped and brutalized, Phooland Devi finds freedom only as an avenging warrior, the eponymous Bandit Queen. Devi becomes a kind a bloody Robin ...
Style: disturbing, rough, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gang, kidnapping, vengeance, poverty, sexism, militant, bandit, guerilla warfare, village life, crimes, rape, assassination ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s, 1960s, year 1983 ...
Place: india, asia
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 6.3
 18K
Loving Pablo (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, Bulgaria
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The film chronicles the rise and fall of the world's most feared drug lord Pablo Escobar and his volatile love affair with Colombia's most famous journalist Virginia Vallejo throughout a reign of terror that tore a country apart.
Style: factual, serious, exciting, rough, brutal
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug cartel, cocaine, latinx lead, journalist, murder, husband wife relationship, drugs, assassination, minister, lovers, congress ...
Time: 80s, 90s, year 1989, year 1981, year 1984 ...
Place: colombia, latin america, south america, panama, florida
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 18K
Breathe (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.
Style: based on true events, realistic, factual, compassionate, sad ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, husband wife relationship, illness, supportive spouse, polio, adaptation, human spirit, promise, prison, costume, caregiver ...
Time: year 1965, year 1973, year 1971, year 1981, year 1970 ...
Place: germany, spain, africa, england, kenya
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The Age of Adaline (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After 29-year-old Adaline recovers from a nearly lethal accident, she inexplicably stops growing older. As the years stretch on and on, Adaline keeps her secret to herself until she meets a man who changes her life.
Style: romantic, touching, emotional, dramatic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, love, immortality, romance, love story, loneliness, impossible love, miraculous event, immortal, destiny, life & death, supernatural ...
Time: 20th century, year 1954, year 1952, year 1981, year 1937 ...
Place: san francisco, california, oregon, arizona, england
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: nightmare, slasher, supernatural, fear, disfigurement, nightmare comes true, teenage life, back from the dead, teenager, high school, sleeping, serial killer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: usa
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God Help the Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a group.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: date night
Plot: anorexia, friendship, pop music, music, music band, musician's life, friends, self discovery, lifestyle, love and romance, depression, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1969, year 1981
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, edinburgh scotland
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Deserter (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: During the Yugoslav break-up, Federal Army officer is fed up with war and takes some leave in Belgrade. However, it turns out that he is less haunted by war horrors than with some sentimental skeletons in the closet. He meets his former comrade and ...
Plot: officer, husband wife relationship, buddy, liar, dead woman, death of girl, friend, battle, death, court martial, adultery, deserter ...
Time: year 1981
Place: yugoslavia, former yugoslavia, serbia, croatia
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The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A crazed killer stalks college students who gave up their vacation to clean a deserted dormitory.
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, psychopath, serial killer, violence, stalking, college life, school, crimes, supernatural, slasher, who done it, frame up ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
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Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, funny, harsh ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: summer camp, lifeguard, rescue, looking for sex, love triangle, farce, teenage love, workplace romance, love and romance, danger, save the day, opposites attract ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: italy, maine
Is relevant ?
 4.8
 921
Wacko (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Cops try to track down the infamous "Lawnmower Killer"
Style: humorous, semi serious, dark humor, psychotronic, horror spoof ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parody, small town, murder, high school, slasher, slasher spoof, graphic violence, small town life, silly humor, gory, crimes, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: usa
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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, neo noir, plot twist, heist, crimes, interrogation, manipulations, manipulation, dishonesty, criminal, theft, mysterious character ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s, year 1981
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, los angeles, hungary, turkey
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 10K
The Connection (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Newly transferred to the bustling port city of Marseille to assist with a crackdown on organized crime, energetic young magistrate Pierre Michel is given a rapid-fire tutorial on the ins and outs of an out-of-control drug trade. Pierre's wildly ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough, based on true events ...
Plot: judge, tough law enforcer, drug dealing, violence, corruption, husband wife relationship, justice, mafia, graphic violence, law enforcement, crimes, fighting crime ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1981
Place: marseille, france, new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 5.6
 4K
Pony Rides (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: New Orleans, 1981. Sonny Phillips, just discharged from the Army, returns home. The only life he's known is as a gigolo, working for his mother, but he wants to leave that behind. However, the job his Army buddy promised doesn't ...
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: pimp, gigolo, prostitute, haunted by the past, older woman younger man relationship, parents and children, military life, family life, society, ex soldier, homosexual, brothel madam ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
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 6.9
 34K
Private Parts (1997)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The auto-biographical story of Howard Stern, the radio-rebel who is now also a TV-personality, an author and a movie star.
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, touching, controversial ...
Audience: student film, teens
Plot: radio, radio show, lifestyle, ambition, anti conformity, rebelliousness, workplace, society, rise to the top, satire, media, radio dj ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s ...
Place: new york, washington d.c., usa, detroit
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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: pedophilia, child abuse, homosexual rape, child molestation, sexual abuse, homosexual, male rape, man boy relationship, gay teenager, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, gay ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1981, 1990s ...
Place: usa, new york, kansas
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Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jim Carrey stars as Tom Popper, a successful businessman who’s clueless when it comes to the really important things in life...until he inherits six “adorable” penguins, each with its own unique personality. Soon Tom’s rambunctious roommates ...
Style: humorous, not serious, entertaining, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: animal life, pets, penguins, inheritance, family relations, bird, animal training, parents and children, birds, unlikely friendships, family, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1980, year 1978, year 1981 ...
Place: new york, usa, antarctica, manhattan new york city
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Mao's Last Dancer (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he ...
Style: uplifting, serious, emotional, touching, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ballet, against the odds, ambition, dancer, communism, immigrants, promise, human spirit, follow your dream, self fulfillment, dance school, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1973, year 1986 ...
Place: texas, china, usa, asia, houston texas ...
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Love & Basketball (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, intense, contemplative ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: basketball, friendship, high school, career change, against the odds, sport, true love, human spirit, lifestyle, romance, teenage love, follow your dream ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, 90s, year 1993 ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa, barcelona spain, barcelona ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 65K
Hunger (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sincere, serious, rough ...
Plot: prisoner, prison, ira, suffering, prison life, humiliation, protest, hunger, police brutality, dying, fighting the system, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, 70s
Place: northern ireland, ireland, europe, belfast
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Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: 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 friends are the ones who are falling prey. Could it be her? She suffers from blackouts ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, psychological, twist ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, murder, psychopath, school, college, gory, vengeance, deadly, danger, youth, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: usa, virginia, tokyo
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Deadly Blessing (1981)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After her husband dies of mysterious circumstances, a widow becomes increasingly paranoid of the neighboring religious community that may have diabolical plans for her.
Style: serious, scary, psychological, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: murder, supernatural, voyeur, psychopath, woman in danger, occult, serial killer, supernatural ability, crimes, mind game, danger, tractor ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: pennsylvania
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 544
Adam (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After their child is abducted, John and Reve Walsh are trying to find him. But, shortly after that, Adam is found dead.
Plot: child murder, missing child, child abduction, pedophile, law enforcement, abduction, u.s. senator, injury, suburbs, sexual predator, sadist, missing person ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: florida
Is relevant ?
 6.0
 15K
200 Cigarettes (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A collection of twentysomethings try to cope with relationships, loneliness, desire and their individual neuroses.
Style: feel good, talky, humorous, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, best friends, new year's eve, couples, love and romance, romance, nightlife, hopes, singleness, twentysomething life, looking for love, sexual dysfunction ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1982
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
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Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.
Style: stylized, realistic, factual, entertaining, serious ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, pianist, aids, celebrity, showbiz, destructive relationship, couples, age difference, lifestyle, surgery, foster parent ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s ...
Place: las vegas, usa, southern california, california
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