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Top Films by Year (1980-1983)

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1980

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Raging Bull* Martin Scorsese 25
2 The Empire Strikes Back Irvin Kershner 43
3 The Shining Stanley Kubrick 46
4 Airplane! Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker 158
5 The Blues Brothers John Landis 316
6 The Elephant Man* David Lynch 385
7 Caddyshack Harold Ramis 434
8 The Long Good Friday John Mackenzie 490
9 Atlantic City* Louis Malle 606
10 The Big Red One Samuel Fuller 658
11 Ordinary People** Robert Redford 781
12 Heaven's Gate Michael Cimino 961
13 Friday the 13th Sean S. Cunningham 976
14 Kagemusha Akira Kurosawa 997
15 Berlin Alexanderplatz Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1072
16 Superman II Richard Lester 1287
17 'Breaker' Morant Bruce Beresford 1304
18 Coal Miner's Daughter* Michael Apted 1453
19 Cannibal Holocaust Ruggero Deodato 1459
20 Dressed to Kill Brian De Palma 1626
21 Flash Gordon Mike Hodges 1641
22 Mon oncle d'Amérique Alain Resnais 1718
23 Fame Alan Parker 1756
24 Altered States Ken Russell 1779
25 Gloria John Cassavetes 1801
26 Nine to Five Colin Higgins 1807
27 The Stunt Man Richard Rush 1843
28 The Fog John Carpenter 1912
29 The Last Metro François Truffaut 1967
30 The Changeling Peter Medak 1990
31 Stardust Memories Woody Allen 2032
32 American Gigolo Paul Schrader 2037
33 The Gods Must Be Crazy Jamie Uys 2259
34 Stir Crazy Sidney Poitier 2328
35 Cruising William Friedkin 2353
36 Melvin and Howard Jonathan Demme 2361
37 The Long Riders Walter Hill 2393

1981

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Raiders of the Lost Ark* Steven Spielberg 31
2 Das Boot Wolfgang Petersen 248
3 The Evil Dead Sam Raimi 322
4 The Road Warrior George Miller 342
5 Chariots of Fire** Hugh Hudson 396
6 An American Werewolf in London John Landis 397
7 Gregory's Girl Bill Forsyth 601
8 Body Heat Lawrence Kasdan 754
9 Reds* Warren Beatty 784
10 Escape from New York John Carpenter 801
11 Time Bandits Terry Gilliam 841
12 Gallipoli Peter Weir 955
13 Diva Jean-Jacques Beineix 1025
14 Blow Out Brian De Palma 1193
15 Mephisto István Szabó 1299
16 Arthur Steve Gordon 1408
17 On Golden Pond* Mark Rydell 1417
18 Excalibur John Boorman 1438
19 Pixote Hector Babenco 1503
20 My Dinner with Andre Louis Malle 1520
21 Victory John Huston 1686
22 Possession Andrzej Zulawski 1784
23 Stripes Ivan Reitman 1785
24 Scanners David Cronenberg 1804
25 The Beyond Lucio Fulci 1921
26 Clash of the Titans Desmond Davis 1998
27 Mommie Dearest Frank Perry 2048
28 The Howling Joe Dante 2113
29 The Postman Always Rings Twice Bob Rafelson 2215
30 Cutter's Way Ivan Passer 2263
31 The French Lieutenant's Woman Karel Reisz 2269
32 The Decline of Western Civilization Penelope Spheeris 2310

1982

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Blade Runner Ridley Scott 12
2 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial* Steven Spielberg 26
3 The Thing John Carpenter 129
4 Fanny and Alexander Ingmar Bergman 212
5 Tootsie* Sydney Pollack 303
6 Gandhi** Richard Attenborough 405
7 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan Nicholas Meyer 414
8 Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog 419
9 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Amy Heckerling 467
10 The King of Comedy Martin Scorsese 505
11 Koyaanisqatsi Godfrey Reggio 564
12 Poltergeist Tobe Hooper 584
13 Tron Steven Lisberger 727
14 Diner Barry Levinson 868
15 The Verdict* Sidney Lumet 895
16 Sophie's Choice Alan J. Pakula 928
17 The Draughtsman's Contract Peter Greenaway 968
18 First Blood Ted Kotcheff 1199
19 Victor/Victoria Blake Edwards 1264
20 An Officer and a Gentleman Taylor Hackford 1277
21 Pink Floyd the Wall Alan Parker 1325
22 Burden of Dreams Les Blank 1350
23 The Secret of NIMH Don Bluth 1405
24 Conan the Barbarian John Milius 1451
25 The Year of Living Dangerously Peter Weir 1513
26 My Favorite Year Richard Benjamin 1682
27 Personal Best Robert Towne 2021
28 Yol Serif Gören and Yilmaz Güney 2038
29 Rocky III Sylvester Stallone 2044
30 The Dark Crystal Jim Henson and Frank Oz 2115
31 Missing* Costa-Gavras 2185
32 Annie John Huston 2305
33 The World According to Garp George Roy Hill 2311
34 Veronika Voss Rainer Werner Fassbinder 2382
35 48 Hrs. Walter Hill 2385

1983

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Scarface Brian De Palma 183
2 Return of the Jedi Richard Marquand 264
3 Videodrome David Cronenberg 410
4 The Right Stuff* Philip Kaufman 521
5 Sans soleil Chris Marker 550
6 A Christmas Story Bob Clark 579
7 Local Hero Bill Forsyth 586
8 Terms of Endearment** James L. Brooks 602
9 Trading Places John Landis 786
10 Nostalgia Andrei Tarkovsky 808
11 Zelig Woody Allen 909
12 Risky Business Paul Brickman 1065
13 À nos amours Maurice Pialat 1206
14 L'Argent Robert Bresson 1354
15 The Big Chill* Lawrence Kasdan 1396
16 National Lampoon's Vacation Harold Ramis 1402
17 Silkwood Mike Nichols 1430
18 The Ballad of Narayama Shohei Imamura 1463
19 Rumble Fish Francis Ford Coppola 1596
20 The Hunger Tony Scott 1675
21 The Outsiders Francis Ford Coppola 1691
22 Flashdance Adrian Lyne 1827
23 El Norte Gregory Nava 1857
24 Tender Mercies* Bruce Beresford 1863
25 The Dead Zone David Cronenberg 1920
26 Yentl Barbra Streisand 1930
27 The Man with Two Brains Carl Reiner 1978
28 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones 2020
29 Wild Style Charlie Ahearn 2317
30 El Sur Víctor Erice 2337

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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