Best Movies of 1982

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Best Movies of 1982
Best Movies of 1982
TOP Movies: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Gandhi (1982), Blade Runner (1982), Tootsie (1982), The Thing (1982), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), First Blood (1982), Poltergeist (1982), Rocky III (1982), The King of Comedy (1982), Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), Sophie's Choice (1982), TRON (1982), The Verdict (1982), Missing (1982), 48 Hrs. (1982), Victor Victoria (1982), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), The Snowman (1982), The Secret of NIMH (1982).
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, sad, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: alien, friendship, benign alien, childhood, extraterrestrial, halloween, children, alien contact, empathy, stranded, bicycle, boy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, sesame street, los angeles
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Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, India, USA, South Africa
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: epic, political, inspirational, sexy, factual ...
Plot: idealism, human spirit, leadership, protest, freedom, lawyer, politics, independence, religious intolerance, peace, justice, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, year 1948, 19th century ...
Place: india, south africa, england, africa, vatican ...
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Blade Runner (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, futuristic, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: cyberpunk, distopia, existentialism, future dystopia, artificial intelligence, androids, a.i., cyborgs, police detective, female android, fugitives, killer robot ...
Time: future, 2010s, year 2019, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Tootsie (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When struggling, out of work actor Michael Dorsey secretly adopts a female alter ego -- Dorothy Michaels -- in order to land a part in a daytime drama, he unwittingly becomes a feminist icon and ends up in a romantic pickle.
Style: feel good, witty, humorous, touching, funny ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, chick flick, date night
Plot: cross dressing, gender bending, love, love triangle, actress, romance, actor, transvestite, double life, man dressed as a woman, relationships, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: new york, california, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Thing (1982)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, alien, survival, isolation, supernatural, snow, paranoia, alien encounter, creature, fear, space and aliens, scientist ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: antarctica, south pole
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An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Zack Mayo is a young man who has signed up for Navy Flight School. He is a Navy brat who has a bad attitude problem. Sgt. Foley is there to train and evaluate him and will clearly find Zack wanting. Zack meets Paula, a girl who has little beyond ...
Style: sexy, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night, boys' night
Plot: officers and cadets, navy, military life, military, u.s. navy, romance, unwanted pregnancy, love story, love, love of one's life, u.s. military, military officer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, washington state, the philippines, manila philippines
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First Blood (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When former Green Beret John Rambo is harassed by local law enforcement and arrested for vagrancy, the Vietnam vet snaps, runs for the hills and rat-a-tat-tats his way into the action-movie hall of fame. Hounded by a relentless sheriff, Rambo ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, vietnam war, gunfight, tough heroes, manhunt, soldier, lone wolves, small town, ex military, vietnam veteran, police brutality, loner ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, washington state, usa, arizona
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Poltergeist (1982)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspense, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, poltergeist, psychic, suburban life, child in peril, haunted, nightmare, parallel world, good versus evil, missing child ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Admiral James T. Kirk is feeling old; the prospect of accompanying his old ship the Enterprise on a two week cadet cruise is not making him feel any younger. But the training cruise becomes a life or death struggle when Khan escapes from years of ...
Style: saga, epic, cerebral, exciting, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: revenge, alien, self sacrifice, midlife crisis, spacecraft, star trek, teleportation, planet, death, brainwashing, birthday, cheating ...
Time: future, 23rd century
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Rocky III (1982)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter ...
Style: inspirational, captivating, suspenseful, feel good, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing
Plot: boxing, boxer, sport, fight, underdog, comeback, revenge, fame, coach, training, world champion, defeat ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: philadelphia, los angeles, pennsylvania, new york, russia ...
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The King of Comedy (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.
Style: cynical, tragicomedy, funny, biting, stylized ...
Plot: character study, obsession, desire for fame, ambition, dark humor, delusion, artists and showbiz, showbiz, satire, television, nervous breakdown, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.
Style: psychedelic, experimental, disturbing, surreal, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rock, music, rock and roll, drugs, hallucination, drug addiction, surrealism, loss of father, corporal punishment, hippie, rock music, rebellion ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: england, europe, london, los angeles
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Sophie's Choice (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Stingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sad, depressing ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, against humanity, nazi, concentration camp, mental illness, wartime life, tragedy, male female relationship, loneliness, relationships, obsession ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: poland, new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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TRON (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: As Kevin Flynn searches for proof that he invented a hit video game, he is "digitalized" by a laser and finds himself inside The Grid, where programs suffer under the tyrannical rule of the Master Control Program. With the help of TRON, a ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, surreal, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Audience: kids, teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: virtual reality, cyberpunk, computer, cyberspace, hacker, artificial intelligence, alternate reality, distopia, video game, computer game, computer hacker, adventure ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century
Place: los angeles, pentagon
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The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, atmospheric, suspense, intense ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, redemption, lawyer, character study, legal action, justice, fighting the system, court, legal, investigation, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, new york
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Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he ...
Style: thought provoking, political, emotional, talky, disturbing ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dictatorship, politics, political conspiracy, military coup, conspiracy, military, missing person, corruption, character study, journalist, political intrigue, violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, south america, latin america, iraq, argentina ...
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48 Hrs. (1982)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.
Style: humorous, exciting, buddy movie, funny, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: buddy cop, prison, tough cop, police investigation, crimes, revenge, police officer killed, partners against crime, reluctant partners, law enforcement, partner, tough guy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles
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Victor Victoria (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.
Style: sexy, touching, witty, stylized, clever ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: gay, cross dressing, gender bending, woman dressed as man, music, nightclub, gender disguise, lgbt, farce, singer, jazz, romance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1934
Place: paris france, chicago illinois, france, europe
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, ...
Style: humorous, teen sex comedy, feel good, sexy, funny ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: high school, coming of age, teenager, unwanted pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, loss of virginity, friendship, first sex, shopping mall, female nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, southern california
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The Snowman (1982)
Genre: Animation, Short, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 26 min.
Story: A young boy makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, which comes to life at midnight and takes the boy on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
Style: christmas special, touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: christmas, imaginary kingdom, holiday, northern lights, winter, new year, little boy, fish out of water, friendship, wish come true, hopes, youth ...
Time: 20th century
Place: england, brighton
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The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A widowed field mouse must move her family -- including an ailing son -- to escape a farmer's plow. Aided by a crow and a pack of superintelligent, escaped lab rats, the brave mother struggles to transplant her home to firmer ground.
Style: fairy tale, touching, atmospheric, feel good, witty ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: mouse, rat, adventure, heroic mission, friendship, lifesaver, secret, widow, against the odds, cat, laboratory, rescue ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A film adaptation of the classic sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. A horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood ...
Style: dark fantasy, epic, stylized, exciting, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sword and sorcery, barbarian, cult, snake, slavery, good versus evil, warlord, sword fight, mythology, medieval, gladiator, magic ...
Time: 80s, stone age, prehistoric times
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The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Australian journalist Guy Hamilton travels to Indonesia to cover civil strife in 1965. There, on the eve of an attempted coup, he befriends a Chinese Australian photographer with a deep connection to and vast knowledge of the Indonesian people and ...
Style: political, thought provoking, sexy, atmospheric, dramatic ...
Plot: journalism, embassy, politics, journalist, diplomat, civil war, romance, revolution, photographer, newspaper, poverty, communism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: indonesia, australia, the philippines, asia, southeast asia
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The World According to Garp (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an opportune time, and finds herself as a magnet for all ...
Style: humorous, clever, touching, sad, ironic ...
Plot: writers, transsexual, single mother, dysfunctional family, psychology, coming of age, writer's life, lgbtq, lgbt, female nudity, death, dark humor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york
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Annie (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An orphan in a facility run by the mean Miss Hannigan, Annie believes that her parents left her there by mistake. When a rich man named Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home to promote his image, Annie is ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, preschoolers, teens ...
Plot: orphan, little girl, adoption, dancing, childhood, coming of age, family, child, winter, chase, children, runaway ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, washington d.c., liverpool ...
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Creepshow (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A. Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.
Style: scary, suspenseful, macabre, bloody, slasher ...
Audience: teens
Plot: zombie, monster, revenge, death, halloween, murder, cult, buried alive, dark humor, violence, torture, voodoo ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future, 19th century, 1830s
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Diner (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in 1959, Diner shows how five young men resist their adulthood and seek refuge in their beloved Diner. The mundane, childish, and titillating details of their lives are shared. But the golden moments pass, and the men shoulder their ...
Style: humorous, melancholic, sentimental, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, date night
Plot: friendship, diner, gambling debt, christmas, adolescence vs adulthood, adulthood, love and romance, twentysomething life, introspection, couples, youth, buddies ...
Time: 50s, year 1959, 20th century
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, new jersey
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Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.
Style: philosophical, disturbing, art house, thought provoking, surreal ...
Plot: christmas, brother sister relationship, abusive stepfather, ghost, childhood, emotional abuse, child abuse, grief, bishop, domestic violence, coming of age, children ...
Time: turn of the century, victorian era, 20th century, 90s, 1910s
Place: sweden, tokyo, eastern europe, scandinavia
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The Dark Crystal (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal and restore order to his world, before the grotesque race of Skeksis find and use the crystal for evil.
Style: dark fantasy, fairy tale, light, exciting, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: fantasy world, puppetry, good versus evil, adventure, mission, crystal, magic, puppet, wizards, monster, sword and sorcery, medieval ...
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Musical, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Times are hard in 1846 London and one must make do. Nellie Lovett adds something extra to the meat pies she peddles on Fleet Street. The secret ingredient: freshly murdered victims of her partner in crime, barber Sweeney Todd. Composer/lyricist ...
Style: gothic, tense, scary, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murderous pair, dark humor, live performance, murder, revenge, hairdresser, cannibal, music, cannibalism, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: london
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