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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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Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted Kotcheff, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood veteran. ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1982

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone ...more

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 1982

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a 1982 sci-fi film written by Jack B. Sowards and Nicholas Meyer adn directed by Nicholas Meyer.

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Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

Released: 1982

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural thriller film, directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the first and most successful entry in the Poltergeist ...more

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Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis

Released: 1982

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Milius

Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 sword and sorcery/adventure film directed and co-written by John Milius. It is based on stories by Robert E. Howard, a pulp fiction writer of the 1930s, about the ...more

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Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

Rocky III is a 1982 American sports drama film directed by Sylvester Stallone, and the third film in the series. After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky (Stallone) ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Annette O'Toole

Released: 1982

Directed by: Walter Hill

48 Hrs. is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy as a cop and convict, respectively, who team up to catch a cop-killer. The title ...more

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The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Lisa Maxwell

Released: 1982

Directed by: Frank Oz, Jim Henson

The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The plot revolves around Jen, an elflike 'Gelfling' on a quest to restore balance to his alien world ...more

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Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett

Released: 1982

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American drama film that tells the story of a U.S. Navy aviation officer candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who is the ...more

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Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Lisberger

Tron is a 1982 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Lisberger, based on a story by Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird, and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars ...more

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Sophie's Choice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol

Released: 1982

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

Sophie's Choice is a 1982 American drama film directed by Alan J. Pakula, who adapted William Styron's novel of the same name. Meryl Streep stars as Sophie, a Polish immigrant who shares a ...more

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The Verdict is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling

Released: 1982

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

The Verdict is a 1982 courtroom drama film that tells the story of a down-on-his-luck alcoholic lawyer who takes a medical malpractice case to improve his own situation, but discovers along the ...more

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Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Derek Jacobi

Released: 1982

Directed by: Don Bluth

The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 children's novel Mrs. ...more

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Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

Released: 1982

Directed by: George A. Romero

Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film with elements of black comedy directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The film's ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne ...more

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#206 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #149 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #27 of 135 The Scariest Animal Movies Ever Made

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Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin

Released: 1982

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Diner is a 1982 American comedy-drama written and directed by Barry Levinson. The film is Levinson's screen directing debut, and the first of Levinson's four "Baltimore Films" set in ...more

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Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

Released: 1982

Directed by: Alan Parker

Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was screened at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.

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The King of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1982

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The King of Comedy is an American black comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul D. Zimmerman, the film focuses on themes including ...more

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Victor Victoria is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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Julie Andrews, James Garner, Alex Karras

Released: 1982

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Victor Victoria is a 1982 film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras, and John Rhys-Davies. The film was ...more

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Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors

Released: 1982

Directed by: Colin Higgins

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

Released: 1982

Directed by: Bob Clark

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

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ken Finkleman

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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