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The Best Movies of 1982

Updated September 4, 2020 15.1k votes 953 voters 16.9k 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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  • The Dark Crystal1
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    The Dark Crystal

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Released1982

    Directed byFrank Oz, Jim Henson

    The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz.... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Thing2
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written... more on Wikipedia
  • First Blood3
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    First Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy

    Released1982

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas4
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    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds

    Released1982

    Directed byColin Higgins

    This film is a 1982 American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin... more on Wikipedia

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  • Porky's5
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    Porky's

    Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras

    Released1982

    Directed byBob Clark

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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial6
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Victor Victoria7
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    Victor Victoria

    Julie Andrews, James Garner

    Released1982

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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  • The King of Comedy8
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    The King of Comedy

    Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis

    Released1982

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The King of Comedy is an American black comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan9
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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a 1982 sci-fi film written by Jack B. Sowards and Nicholas... more on Wikipedia

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  • Frances10
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    Frances

    Kevin Costner, Jessica Lange

    Released1982

    Directed byGraeme Clifford

    Frances is a 1982 American biographical film starring Jessica Lange as actress Frances Farmer.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Creepshow11
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    Creepshow

    Stephen King, Ed Harris

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film with elements of black comedy directed by George A.... more on Wikipedia
  • Swamp Thing12
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    Swamp Thing

    Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan

    Released1982

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • Poltergeist13
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    Poltergeist

    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams

    Released1982

    Directed byTobe Hooper

    Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural thriller film, directed by Tobe Hooper and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch14
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    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins

    Released1982

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a 1982 American science fiction horror film. The film is... more on Wikipedia
  • My Favorite Year15
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    My Favorite Year

    Peter O'Toole, Gloria Stuart

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

    My Favorite Year is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin and written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 48 Hrs.16
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    48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte

    Released1982

    Directed byWalter Hill

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  • Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales17

    Released1982

    Directed byRobert McKimson, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones

    Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales is a 1982 Looney Tunes film with a compilation of... more on Wikipedia
  • Conan the Barbarian18
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    Conan the Barbarian

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 sword and sorcery/adventure film directed and co-written by John... more on Wikipedia
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High19
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by... more on Wikipedia
  • Death Wish II20
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    Death Wish II

    Laurence Fishburne, Charles Bronson

    Released1982

    Directed byMichael Winner

    Death Wish II is a 1982 crime thriller action film directed by Michael Winner. It is the first... more on Wikipedia
  • Tootsie21
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    Tootsie

    Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1982

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a talented but volatile... more on Wikipedia
  • Rocky III22
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    Rocky III

    Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire

    Released1982

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Rocky III is a 1982 American sports drama film directed by Sylvester Stallone, and the third... more on Wikipedia

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  • Airplane II: The Sequel23
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    Airplane II: The Sequel

    William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1982

    Directed byKen Finkleman

    Airplane II: The Sequel is a 1982 sequel to the 1980 American comedy film Airplane!. First... more on Wikipedia
  • An Officer and a Gentleman24
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    An Officer and a Gentleman

    Richard Gere, Debra Winger

    Released1982

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American drama film that tells the story of a U.S. Navy... more on Wikipedia

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  • Tron25
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    Tron

    Jeff Bridges, David Warner

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Lisberger

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