Most Popular Feature Films Released 1983-01-01 to 1983-12-31


1. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 112,560 | Gross: $19.29M

2. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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53 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 771,842 | Gross: $309.13M

3. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.9
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 48,663 | Gross: $21.50M

4. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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65 Metascore

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 598,741 | Gross: $45.60M

5. The Outsiders (1983)

PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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38 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze

Votes: 62,425 | Gross: $25.60M

6. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy

7.4
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60 Metascore

The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid

Votes: 78,653 | Gross: $61.40M

7. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

7.5
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69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 112,953 | Gross: $90.40M

8. Flashdance (1983)

R | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.1
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39 Metascore

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson

Votes: 39,037 | Gross: $94.90M

9. Christine (1983)

R | 110 min | Horror

6.7
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57 Metascore

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky

Votes: 56,254 | Gross: $21.20M

10. Terms of Endearment (1983)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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79 Metascore

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Votes: 44,675 | Gross: $108.42M

11. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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77 Metascore

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.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 77,360 | Gross: $79.57M

12. Risky Business (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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75 Metascore

A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.

Director: Paul Brickman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur

Votes: 67,188 | Gross: $63.50M

13. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.3
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60 Metascore

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.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 67,641 | Gross: $2.12M

14. The Big Chill (1983)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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62 Metascore

A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt

Votes: 27,759 | Gross: $56.20M

15. Never Say Never Again (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.2
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68 Metascore

A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow

Votes: 52,368 | Gross: $55.50M

16. Octopussy (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn

Votes: 80,422 | Gross: $67.90M

17. Superman III (1983)

PG | 125 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

4.9
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42 Metascore

Synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 54,805 | Gross: $59.95M

18. Staying Alive (1983)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Music, Romance

4.5
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23 Metascore

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.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes, Steve Inwood

Votes: 12,211 | Gross: $64.89M

19. Local Hero (1983)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay, Denis Lawson

Votes: 17,277 | Gross: $5.90M

20. Krull (1983)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.1
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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.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis

Votes: 25,367 | Gross: $16.52M

21. Cujo (1983)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

6.0
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57 Metascore

Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro, Christopher Stone

Votes: 30,835 | Gross: $21.20M

22. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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44 Metascore

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.

Directors: Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow, Doug McGrath

Votes: 28,014 | Gross: $29.50M

23. Mr. Mom (1983)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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50 Metascore

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.

Director: Stan Dragoti | Stars: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Frederick Koehler, Taliesin Jaffe

Votes: 17,546 | Gross: $64.80M

24. Jaws 3-D (1983)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

3.6
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27 Metascore

The sons of police chief Brody must protect civilians at a SeaWorld theme park after a 35-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them.

Director: Joe Alves | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 31,494 | Gross: $45.52M

25. Rumble Fish (1983)

R | 94 min | Drama

7.2
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 26,514 | Gross: $2.49M

26. Valley Girl (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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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.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen

Votes: 10,834 | Gross: $16.80M

27. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R | 84 min | Horror

6.3
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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.

Director: Robert Hiltzik | Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

Votes: 18,856 | Gross: $11.00M

28. Private School (1983)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

5.2
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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 ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Black | Stars: Phoebe Cates, Betsy Russell, Matthew Modine, Michael Zorek

Votes: 4,629 | Gross: $14.05M

29. Bad Boys (1983)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing a rival's kid brother.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Jim Moody, Eric Gurry

Votes: 11,731 | Gross: $9.20M

30. The Meaning of Life (1983)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

7.6
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The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Directors: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 95,325 | Gross: $14.93M

31. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 49,862 | Gross: $20.77M

32. The Hunger (1983)

R | 97 min | Horror

6.7
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A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Cliff De Young

Votes: 19,227 | Gross: $5.98M

33. Sudden Impact (1983)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 34,069 | Gross: $67.64M

34. Fire and Ice (1983)

PG | 81 min | Animation, Fantasy, Adventure

6.6
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In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The only survivor is a young warrior, Larn, who ... See full summary »

Directors: Ralph Bakshi, Tom Tataranowicz | Stars: Randy Norton, Cynthia Leake, Steve Sandor, Sean Hannon

Votes: 7,339 | Gross: $0.76M

35. Psycho II (1983)

R | 113 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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54 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia

Votes: 18,601 | Gross: $34.73M

36. Class (1983)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.9
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33 Metascore

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.

Director: Lewis John Carlino | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Cliff Robertson

Votes: 8,123

37. Hercules (1983)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Fantasy

3.8
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The story of the Greek mythological figure, updated in this 80's version.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Lou Ferrigno, Brad Harris, Sybil Danning, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 2,759 | Gross: $10.68M

38. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

7.3
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 11,929 | Gross: $2.31M

39. All the Right Moves (1983)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

5.9
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62 Metascore

A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 13,273 | Gross: $17.23M

40. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

PG | 95 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, Royal Dano

Votes: 6,995 | Gross: $8.40M

41. Yentl (1983)

PG | 133 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

6.6
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A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Amy Irving, Mandy Patinkin, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 10,308 | Gross: $40.22M

42. Silkwood (1983)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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64 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 15,344 | Gross: $35.62M

43. Nostalgia (1983)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

8.2
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A Russian poet and his interpreter travel to Italy to research the life of an 18th-century composer.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano, Patrizia Terreno

Votes: 15,615 | Gross: $0.01M

44. Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

3.3
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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.

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick

Votes: 6,857 | Gross: $5.68M

45. Strange Brew (1983)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

6.8
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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.

Directors: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas | Stars: Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley

Votes: 13,702

46. Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Music

6.9
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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.

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: Tom Berenger, Michael Paré, Joe Pantoliano, Matthew Laurance

Votes: 5,786 | Gross: $4.79M

47. The Wicked Lady (1983)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Drama

4.1
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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, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Alan Bates, John Gielgud, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 913 | Gross: $0.72M

48. The Keep (1983)

R | 96 min | Horror

5.8
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34 Metascore

Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Scott Glenn, Ian McKellen, Alberta Watson, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 9,075 | Gross: $3.76M

49. Heat and Dust (1983)

R | 133 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Julie Christie, Greta Scacchi, Christopher Cazenove, Julian Glover

Votes: 1,265 | Gross: $0.02M

50. Brainstorm (1983)

PG | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.5
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Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into "higher ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson

Votes: 9,247 | Gross: $8.90M