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The Best Movies of 1982  

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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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Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors
This film is a 1982 American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin Higgins. It is an adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical of the same name and stars Dolly Parton and ...more
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Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle
Porky's is a 1981 Canadian-American comedy film about the escapades of teenagers at the fictional Angel Beach High School in Florida in 1954. Released in the United States in 1982 with an R ...more
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William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen, Sonny Bono
Airplane II: The Sequel is a 1982 sequel to the 1980 American comedy film Airplane!. First released on December 10, 1982, the film was written and directed by Ken Finkleman and stars Robert ...more
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Gene Cross
Live on the Sunset Strip is a comedy album by Richard Pryor. Recorded in 1982, the film was the most financially lucrative of the comedian's concert films. The material includes Pryor's frank ...more
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Frances is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Kevin Costner, Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston
Frances is a 1982 American biographical film starring Jessica Lange as actress Frances Farmer. Kim Stanley and Sam Shepard appeared in supporting roles. The film chronicles Farmer's life from ...more
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Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn, Janet Jones
The Beastmaster is a 1982 fantasy film directed by Don Coscarelli and starring Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, John Amos and Rip Torn. The film was marketed with the tagline "Born with the ...more
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Halloween III: Season of the W... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Dan O'Herlihy
Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a 1982 American science fiction horror film. The film is the third installment in the Halloween franchise and notable for being the only entry in the series ...more
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Kevin Costner, Shannen Doherty, Michael Keaton
Night Shift is a 1982 American comedy film, one of former actor Ron Howard's earliest directorial efforts. It stars Howard's Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler along with Michael Keaton, in his ...more
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Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 R... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Mel Blanc, June Foray, Lennie Weinrib
Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales is a 1982 Looney Tunes film with a compilation of classic Warner Bros. cartoon shorts and animated bridging sequences, hosted by Bugs Bunny. The ...more
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Fanny and Alexander is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
sebbzor added Lena Olin, Peter Stormare, Erland Josephson
Fanny and Alexander is a 1982 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. The plot focuses on two siblings and their large family in Uppsala, Sweden in the 1900s. It was ...more
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The Year of Living Dangerously is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Dimos Dicoudis added Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt
The Year of Living Dangerously is a 1982 drama film directed by Peter Weir and adapted from the novel The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher Koch. The story is about a love affair set in ...more
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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
looksharp added Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Cary Grant
This film is a 1982 comedy-mystery film directed by Carl Reiner. Starring Steve Martin and Rachel Ward, the film is both a parody of, and an homage to, film noir and the pulp detective movies of ...more
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The World According to Garp is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
looksharp added Robin Williams, Glenn Close, John Lithgow
The World According to Garp is 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Robin Williams in the title role. It is based on the novel of the same title by John ...more
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Monty Python Live at the Holly... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Dimos Dicoudis added John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a 1982 concert film in which the Monty Python comedy troupe perform many of their greatest sketches at the Hollywood Bowl. The show also included ...more
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Betsy Palmer, Steve Miner, Richard Brooker
Friday the 13th Part III is a 1982 slasher film and the third entry in the Friday the 13th franchise, directed by Steve Miner. Originally released in 3-D, it is the first film to feature ...more
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Fitzcarraldo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Claudia Cardinale, Klaus Kinski, Milton Nascimento
Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 West German adventure-drama film written and directed by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski as the title character. It portrays would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney ...more
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Heidi's Song is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Dimos Dicoudis added Sammy Davis, Jr., Lorne Greene ... Marshall Cole
Heidi's Song is a 1982 American animated musical feature film produced by Hanna-Barbera. The film is based on the novel Heidi by Johanna Spyri. Among the voice cast of the film are Lorne Greene ...more
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Class of 1984 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Michael J. Fox, Roddy McDowall, Perry King
Class of 1984 is a 1982 Canadian action-thriller movie about a newly hired music teacher at a troubled inner city school, where students have to pass through a metal detector due to problems ...more
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Missing is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron
Missing is a 1982 American drama film directed by Costa-Gavras, starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea, and Charles Cioffi. It is based on the true story of American ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Nigel Hawthorne, John Ratzenberger
Firefox is a 1982 U.S. action film produced, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. It is based upon the 1977 novel of the same name by Craig Thomas. Though the film was set in Russia forcing ...more
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Julie Andrews, Peter Sellers, David Niven
Trail of the Pink Panther is a 1982 comedy film starring Peter Sellers. It was the seventh film in The Pink Panther series, and the last in which Sellers appeared as Inspector Clouseau. His ...more
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Laurence Fishburne, Charles Bronson, Henny Youngman
Death Wish II is a 1982 crime thriller action film directed by Michael Winner. It is the first of four sequels to the 1974 film Death Wish. In Death Wish II, architect Paul Kersey moves to Los ...more
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Cat People is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Annette O'Toole
Cat People is a 1982 American horror film directed by Paul Schrader and starring Nastassja Kinski. Jerry Bruckheimer served as executive producer. While the film has all the elements of a horror ...more
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Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Wilfrid Hyde-White
The Toy is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason, with Ned Beatty, Scott Schwartz, Teresa Ganzel, and Virginia Capers in ...more
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Bill Freehan, Jerry Butler, Frank Henenlotter
Basket Case is a 1982 American horror comedy film written and directed by Frank Henenlotter. It has two sequels, Basket Case 2 and Basket Case 3: The Progeny by the same director. It is notable ...more