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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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  • 1
    The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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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    First Blood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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 Thing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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

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    The Best Little Whorehouse in  is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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's is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Porky's

    Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras

    Released1982

    Directed byBob Clark

    Porky's is a 1981 Canadian-American comedy film about the escapades of teenagers at the... more on Wikipedia
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    Victor Victoria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Victor Victoria

    Julie Andrews, James Garner

    Released1982

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Victor Victoria is a 1982 film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Julie Andrews,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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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  • 8
    The King of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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
  • 9
    Frances is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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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    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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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  • 11
    Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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
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    My Favorite Year is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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
  • 13
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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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    Halloween III: Season of the W is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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
  • 15
    Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 R is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1982

    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
  • 16
    Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    Swamp Thing

    Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan

    Released1982

    Directed byWes Craven

    Swamp Thing is a 1982 American science fiction superhero film written and directed by Wes... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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
  • 18
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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
  • 19
    48 Hrs. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte

    Released1982

    Directed byWalter Hill

    48 Hrs. is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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 Sequel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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
  • 22
    Death Wish II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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

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    Tootsie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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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
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    The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    The Secret of NIMH

    Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton

    Released1982

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    An Officer and a Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1982
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    An Officer and a Gentleman

    Richard Gere, Debra Winger

    Released1982

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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