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A list of the best movies of 1983, from highly anticipated sequels like "Return of the Jedi" to instant classics like "A Christmas Story." The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters, and 1983 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 edges of their seats, and 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 the top 1983 films.
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Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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95 23
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Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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74 20
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A Christmas Story Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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73 15
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Vacation Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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65 18
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Trading Places Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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59 17
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WarGames Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy

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64 21
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Risky Business Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay

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53 19
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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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46 19
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The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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41 12
The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
looksharp added The Right Stuff Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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Mr. Mom Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Teri Garr

12
38 18
Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Terms of Endearment Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow

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42 23
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Christine Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

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43 24
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Never Say Never Again Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Rowan Atkinson

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37 18
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Sudden Impact Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Sondra Locke

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34 16
Twilight Zone: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Twilight Zone: The Movie Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

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Eddie and the Cruisers Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin, Joe Pantoliano

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30 23
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Strange Brew Max von Sydow, Rick Moranis, Mel Blanc

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44 29
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Octopussy Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan

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36 26
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Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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30 20
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Easy Money Joe Pesci, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey Jones

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38 25
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The Man with Two Brains Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, Sissy Spacek

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42 28
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Cujo Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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20 13
The King of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
The King of Comedy Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Martin Scorsese

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19 16
Tender Mercies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Tender Mercies Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley

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15 6
Zelig is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
looksharp added Zelig Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Caitlin O'Heaney

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23 19
All the Right Moves is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
All the Right Moves Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson

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23 17
Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Silkwood Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell

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27 23
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Class Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Jacqueline Bissett

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Valley Girl Nicolas Cage, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp

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30 26
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Bad Boys Sean Penn, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown

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20 15
The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
The Big Chill Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum

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21 13
Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
looksharp added Rumble Fish Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

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18 18
Videodrome is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Videodrome Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

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3 4
Educating Rita is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Dimos Dicoudis added Educating Rita Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Maureen Lipman

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7 6
The Hunger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Dimos Dicoudis added The Hunger David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon

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14 17
Local Hero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
looksharp added Local Hero Burt Lancaster, Peter Capaldi, Peter Riegert

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17 13
Blue Thunder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Blue Thunder Malcolm McDowell, Roy Scheider, Warren Oates

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5 4
Brainstorm is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Dimos Dicoudis added Brainstorm Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher

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22 25
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Private School Phoebe Cates, Betsy Russell, Sylvia Kristel

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21 24
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Uncommon Valor Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Michael Dudikoff

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17 23
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Star 80 Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts, Cliff Robertson

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12 18
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The Lords of Discipline Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Judge Reinhold

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14 22
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Never Cry Wolf Brian Dennehy, Charles Martin Smith, Tom Dahlgren

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The Survivors is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Dimos Dicoudis added The Survivors Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jerry Reed

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Curse of the Pink Panther Roger Moore, David Niven, Bill Nighy

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21 22
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The Dead Zone Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

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12 22
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Doctor Detroit Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Fran Drescher

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15 27
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D.C. Cab Bill Maher, Gary Busey, Mr. T

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6 3
Something Wicked This Way Come... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1983
Dimos Dicoudis added Something Wicked This Way Comes Pam Grier, Jason Robards Jr., Diane Ladd