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A list of the best movies of 1983, from highly anticipated sequels like "Return of the Jedi" to instant classics like "A Christmas Story." The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters, and 1983 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies, and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on this list of the top 1983 films.
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Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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A Christmas Story Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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Vacation Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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Trading Places Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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WarGames Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy

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Risky Business Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay

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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
The Right Stuff Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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Mr. Mom Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Teri Garr

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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Terms of Endearment Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow

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Christine Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

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Twilight Zone: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Twilight Zone: The Movie Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

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Eddie and the Cruisers Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin, Joe Pantoliano

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Easy Money Joe Pesci, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey Jones

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Sudden Impact Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Sondra Locke

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Octopussy Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan

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Never Say Never Again Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Rowan Atkinson

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The Man with Two Brains Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, Sissy Spacek

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Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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Cujo Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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The King of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
The King of Comedy Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Martin Scorsese

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Tender Mercies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Tender Mercies Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley

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Strange Brew Max von Sydow, Rick Moranis, Mel Blanc

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Bad Boys Sean Penn, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown

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Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Silkwood Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell

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All the Right Moves is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
All the Right Moves Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson

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Zelig is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Zelig Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Caitlin O'Heaney

Famous People Named Beth Famous People You Didn't Know Were Methodist

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Class Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Jacqueline Bissett

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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
The Big Chill Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum

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Valley Girl Nicolas Cage, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp

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Local Hero is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Local Hero Burt Lancaster, Peter Capaldi, Peter Riegert

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Videodrome is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Videodrome Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

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Private School Phoebe Cates, Betsy Russell, Sylvia Kristel

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Star 80 Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts, Cliff Robertson

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Uncommon Valor Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Michael Dudikoff

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Educating Rita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Educating Rita Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Maureen Lipman

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Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Rumble Fish Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

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The Survivors is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
The Survivors Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jerry Reed

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The Lords of Discipline Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Judge Reinhold

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Strange Invaders is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Strange Invaders Wallace Shawn, Louise Fletcher, Nancy Allen

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Curse of the Pink Panther Roger Moore, David Niven, Bill Nighy

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Doctor Detroit Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Fran Drescher

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To Be or Not to Be is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
To Be or Not to Be Christopher Lloyd, Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft

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Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed

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Never Cry Wolf Brian Dennehy, Charles Martin Smith, Tom Dahlgren

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Blue Thunder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Blue Thunder Malcolm McDowell, Roy Scheider, Warren Oates

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The Dead Zone Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

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Brainstorm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Brainstorm Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher