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, suspense, realistic, rough, suspenseful and cult film films and TV shows about / with flashback, murder, death, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, telephone call, blood, hospital, friendship and telephone plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance 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: The Traitor (2019), Madman (1981), Shadow (1982), Pain & Glory (2019), Day of Resurrection (1980), 1981 (2009), Joker (2019), The Old Man & the Gun (2018), Stray Cats (2005), Freaks and Geeks (1999).

List of year 1981 movies

Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later (2017)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The campers and counselors of Camp Firewood meet ten years after their last day at camp.
Style: absurd, gross out humor, idiotic, twists and turns, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parody, summer camp, absurd humor, friendship, murder, misfit, secrets, youth, conspiracy, party, danger, stereotypes ...
Time: year 1991, year 1981
Place: usa
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 7.1
 7K
The Traitor (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Brazil
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Palermo, Sicily, 1980. Mafia member Tommaso Buscetta decides to move to Brazil with his family fleeing the constant war between the different clans of the criminal organization. But when, after living several misfortunes, he is forced to return to ...
Style: realistic, captivating, intense, suspense, factual
Plot: mafia, cosa nostra, informant, assassination attempt, judge, assassination, trial, death threat, murder, italian history, organized crime, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 2000s, 80s, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: sicily, italy, rome italy, europe, sicily italy ...
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 5.3
 5K
Madman (1981)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: At a summer camp for youths, cocky pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer "Madman Marz". Suddenly, counselors are being maimed and slaughtered in various ways by the backwoodsman who has returned when his name was called.
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, psychotronic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, summer camp, stalking, wilderness, murder, slasher, camp counselor, psychopath, teenage life, danger, psycho, slasher killer ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1981
Place: new york
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 7.1
 20K
Shadow (1982)
Genre: 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, axe, woman in danger, stalking, psychopath, american abroad, writer's life, mystery, investigation ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, new york state, rhode island ...
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 7.6
 44K
Pain & Glory (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Salvador Mallo, a filmmaker in the twilight of his career, reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.
Style: touching, sincere, disturbing, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: gay, filmmaker, movie business, introspection, actor, artistic creation, homosexuality, mother son relationship, desire, stage, cinema, sexual awakening ...
Time: 50s, year 1981, year 1985, 1950s, 2010s
Place: spain, madrid
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Day of Resurrection (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, Canada
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Scientists in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure to a military virus that was released in a plane crash and has wiped out the rest of the world.
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chaos, catastrophe, nuclear holocaust, race against time, genetic engineering, air disaster, experiment gone awry, survival, apocalypse, supernatural, save the world, forces of nature ...
Time: 80s, year 1988, year 1983, year 1982, year 1981
Place: antarctica, japan, paris france, italy, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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 7.2
 2K
1981 (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Filmmaker Ricardo Trogi recalls the events surrounding his family moving to a new neighborhood when he was 11-years-old.
Style: sentimental, semi serious, emotional, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: working class, family relations, family life, social differences, misfit, youth, cons and scams, physical appearance, husband wife relationship, friendship, boy, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 12th century, 1890s, year 1942 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal, montreal quebec, italy
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 8.5
 833K
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: thought provoking, suspense, bleak, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: mental illness, insanity, psychological trauma, villain, psycho, social decay, social problems, mental patient, evil clown, clown, murder, social problem ...
Time: 80s, year 1981, 20th century, 2010s
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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Follows the counselors and campers on their first day at Camp Firewood in the summer of 1981.
Style: feel good, sentimental, not serious, humorous, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, camp, camp counselor, rivalry, parody, youth, friends, summer camp, friendship, silly humor, buddies, counselor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: usa, maine
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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: suspenseful, tense, exciting, humorous
Plot: heist, prison escape, bank robber, investigation, bank robbery, smiling, fbi, false name, bank, police detective, crimes, love ...
Time: 80s, year 1942, year 1944, 20th century, year 1956 ...
Place: texas, oklahoma, california, missouri, st. louis missouri ...
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 5.2
 37
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: writers, cologne, pickpocket, gay man has sex with a woman, novelist, advertising, homosexual, parody, female executive, cold war, cemetery, cat ...
Time: year 1981, 80s, year 1983
Place: germany, west germany, europe
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Freaks and Geeks (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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: semi serious, humorous, captivating, light, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: weed, high school, teenage life, teacher, slacker, friendship, freak, social misfits, social relations, teenage love, nerd, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1981
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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 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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gang, kidnapping, vengeance, poverty, sexism, bandit, guerilla warfare, militant, crimes, village life, rape, assassination ...
Time: 80s, 1960s, 70s, 60s, year 1983 ...
Place: india, asia
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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Liverpool, 1978: What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme-fatale, the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame, and her young lover, British actor Peter Turner, quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner ...
Style: touching, captivating, melancholic, thought provoking
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, terminal illness, femme fatale, breast cancer, dying, promise, lie, doctor, theatre audience, mother daughter relationship, cancer, actress ...
Time: 70s, year 1981, 80s, year 1979
Place: liverpool, california, new york, england, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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 6.3
 17K
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, rough, exciting, brutal
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug cartel, cocaine, latinx lead, journalist, husband wife relationship, murder, drugs, assassination, minister, lovers, lover ...
Time: 80s, 90s, year 1982, year 1993, 1990s ...
Place: colombia, panama, latin america, florida, south america
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18 Years Old and Rising (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Primo is an ordinary middle-class youngster studying for his baccalaureate, who gets side-tracked when he falls in love with a rich girl. They soon learn they have to deal with her condescending friends who look down upon this upstart.
Style: semi serious, sentimental, sincere, humorous, realistic
Plot: teenage life, teenage love, youth, love and romance, parents and children, fall in love, hidden identity, social differences, wooing, society, dishonesty, unrequited love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 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, factual, realistic, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, illness, supportive spouse, husband wife relationship, polio, adaptation, human spirit, priest, photograph, thunder, costume party ...
Time: year 1981, year 1960, year 1958, year 1965, year 1971 ...
Place: africa, spain, germany, 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, immortality, love, romance, love story, loneliness, impossible love, miraculous event, immortal, destiny, single mother, aging ...
Time: 20th century, year 2014, year 1956, year 1954, year 1981 ...
Place: san francisco, california, arizona, oregon, 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, realistic, sentimental, serious, touching
Audience: date night
Plot: anorexia, friendship, pop music, music band, music, musician's life, friends, self discovery, love and romance, lifestyle, depression, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1969, year 1981
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, edinburgh scotland
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Enon opetukset (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 108 min.
Plot: uncle, alcoholic, coffin, family relations, alcohol abuse, manhood, alcohol
Time: year 1981, year 1997
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Kill Your Friends (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the late 1990s, a drug-addled nihilist resorts to murder to climb the ladder of the London music industry.
Style: rough, suspense, tense, disturbing, dark humor
Plot: killer, music industry, murder, music business, psychopath, criminal, ambition, secret, rivalry, criminal as protagonist, plan gone wrong, employer employee relationship ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1981, year 1997, year 1996 ...
Place: europe, new york, austin texas, england, london
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The Final Terror (1983)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A group of friends and their girlfriends head out for what is expected to be a vacation of hiking, camping and a good time, but when a backwoods mama finds them on her turf, it becomes anything but a vacation.
Style: suspenseful, rough, suspense, scary, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, fugitives, psychopath, stalking, wilderness, in the woods, serial killer, youth, deadly, slasher, gory, camp ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: california, southern california
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 244K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, surprise ending, stylized, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time paradox, time machine, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, sent to the past, mysterious character, terrorism, mission, transsexual, special agents ...
Time: 20th century, year 1970, year 1985, year 1964, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, new york, cleveland ohio
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 6.2
 123
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, friendship, adultery, infidelity, love triangle, extramarital affair, battle, liar, military, friend, husband wife relationship, lie ...
Time: year 1981
Place: yugoslavia, former yugoslavia, croatia, serbia
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Bollenti spiriti (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Giovanni is a rich Italian aristocrat. He inherit a castle occupied by the ghost of an ancestor. Part of the inheritance is of a young beautiful blonde tourist, far relative of Giovanni. The two have to pay a ticket to the ghost to be free to own ...
Style: sex comedy
Plot: castle, ghost, mistaken identity, sleeping pill, piano, misunderstanding, piano playing, dinner, playing piano, manhole, sex, legs ...
Time: year 1981, 20th century, twentieth century, 80s
Place: italy
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I Dream of My Friends (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four episodes, four instances from a man’s life covering 25 years, from 1965 in Germany to 1990 in Athens. The episodes seem to be irrelevant to one another, yet they all focus on male powerplay, reveal the self-consciousness and moderation of the ...
Plot: drunkenness, jazz music, frustration, bartender, greek, hotel owner, truck driver, jazz, death, bathroom, drink, wedding ...
Time: 1960s, 1990s, 60s, year 1981, year 1990 ...
Place: greece, berlin germany, yugoslavia, former yugoslavia
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman ...
Style: comic, exciting, suspense, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhuman powers, superhero, good versus evil, justice, batman, save the world, imaginary, dark hero, flying man, heroes, weapons, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1918, year 1981, 2010s
Place: usa, u.s. capitol building, washington d.c., tijuana mexico, africa
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 6.9
 164K
Black Mass (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, brutality, corruption, crime, violence, fbi, murder, organized crime, arms dealing, crimes, illness, gangster ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 2011, year 1975 ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, santa monica california, miami ...
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Seventeen Years (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, Italy, Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Is a simple family drama that evolves into a moving study of immutable family ties and is also a scathing indictment of the political and penal system in China.
Style: serious, tense, realistic
Plot: family relations, prison, murder, dysfunctional family, new year, society, rebelliousness, reunion, single parent, youth, on the road, family in crisis ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, year 1981
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