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The Best Movies of 1982

Updated September 4, 2020 14.8k votes 930 voters 16.1k views

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1982.

A list of the best movies of 1982, from teen comedies like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" to horror films like "Poltergeist." The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters, and 1982 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 edge of their seats, and they 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 top 1982 films.
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    Tron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Tron

    Jeff Bridges, David Warner

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Lisberger

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    Diner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Diner

    Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon

    Released1982

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Diner is a 1982 American comedy-drama written and directed by Barry Levinson. The film is... more on Wikipedia
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    Richard Pryor: Live on the Sun is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1982

    Released1982

    Directed byJoe Layton

    Live on the Sunset Strip is a comedy album by Richard Pryor. Recorded in 1982, the film was... more on Wikipedia
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    Monty Python Live at the Holly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1982

    Directed byIan MacNaughton, Terry Hughes

    Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a 1982 concert film in which the Monty Python... more on Wikipedia
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    The Verdict is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    The Verdict

    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman

    Released1982

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    The Verdict is a 1982 courtroom drama film that tells the story of a down-on-his-luck... more on Wikipedia

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    Sophie's Choice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Sophie's Choice

    Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    Sophie's Choice is a 1982 American drama film directed by Alan J. Pakula, who adapted William... more on Wikipedia

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    Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Night Shift

    Kevin Costner, Shannen Doherty

    Released1982

    Directed byRon Howard

    Night Shift is a 1982 American comedy film, one of former actor Ron Howard's earliest... more on Wikipedia
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    Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    Zapped! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Zapped!

    Heather Thomas, Scott Baio

    Released1982

    Directed byRobert J. Rosenthal

    Zapped! is a 1982 American comedy teen film directed by Robert J. Rosenthal and co-written... more on Wikipedia

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    The Beastmaster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    The Beastmaster

    Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn

    Released1982

    Directed byDon Coscarelli

    The Beastmaster is a 1982 fantasy film directed by Don Coscarelli and starring Marc Singer,... more on Wikipedia

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    The World According to Garp is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    The World According to Garp

    Robin Williams, Glenn Close

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    The World According to Garp is 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by George Roy Hill and... more on Wikipedia

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    Heidi's Song is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Heidi's Song

    Sammy Davis, Jr.

    Released1982

    Directed byRobert Taylor

    Heidi's Song is a 1982 American animated musical feature film produced by Hanna-Barbera. The... more on Wikipedia

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    National Lampoon's Class Reuni is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    National Lampoon's Class Reunion

    Chuck Berry, Michael Lerner

    Released1982

    Directed byMichael Miller

    Class Reunion is a 1982 comedy horror film produced by National Lampoon as the third film from... more on Wikipedia
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    Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Das Boot

    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer

    Released1981

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin

    Released1982

    Directed byCarl Reiner

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    Missing is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Missing

    Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek

    Released1982

    Directed byCosta-Gavras

    Missing is a 1982 American drama film directed by Costa-Gavras, starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy... more on Wikipedia

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    The Toy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    The Toy

    Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    The Year of Living Dangerously is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    The Year of Living Dangerously

    Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1982

    Directed byPeter Weir

    The Year of Living Dangerously is a 1982 drama film directed by Peter Weir and adapted from... more on Wikipedia
  • 44
    The Man from Snowy River is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    The Man from Snowy River

    Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge T. Miller

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    Savannah Smiles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Savannah Smiles

    Pat Morita, Peter Graves

    Released1982

    Directed byPierre De Moro

    Savannah Smiles is a 1982 family film starring Bridgette Andersen, Donovan Scott, Mark Miller,... more on Wikipedia
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    Trail of the Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Trail of the Pink Panther

    Julie Andrews, Peter Sellers

    Released1982

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Trail of the Pink Panther is a 1982 comedy film starring Peter Sellers. It was the seventh... more on Wikipedia

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    Fitzcarraldo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Fitzcarraldo

    Claudia Cardinale, Klaus Kinski

    Released1982

    Directed byWerner Herzog

    Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 West German adventure-drama film written and directed by Werner Herzog... more on Wikipedia

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    Class of 1984 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Class of 1984

    Michael J. Fox, Roddy McDowall

    Released1982

    Directed byMark L. Lester

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    Fanny and Alexander is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Fanny and Alexander

    Lena Olin, Peter Stormare

    Released1982

    Directed byIngmar Bergman

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    Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D

    Betsy Palmer, Steve Miner

    Released1982

    Directed bySteve Miner

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