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The Best Movies of 1983

Updated September 4, 2020 11.3k votes 691 voters 17.7k views

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1983.

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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  • Vacation1
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    Vacation

    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley

    Released1983

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    National Lampoon's Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 Technicolor comedy...  more

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  • Scarface2
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    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the...  more

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  • Trading Places3
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    Trading Places

    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd...  more
  • A Christmas Story4
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    A Christmas Story

    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

    Released1983

    Directed byBob Clark

    A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and...  more

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  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi5
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed...  more
  • Mr. Mom6
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    Mr. Mom

    Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1983

    Directed byStan Dragoti

    Mr. Mom is a 1983 American comedy film directed by Stan Dragoti and written by John Hughes...  more
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie7
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    Twilight Zone: The Movie

    Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow

    Released1983

    Directed bySteven Spielberg, George Miller, John Landis, Joe Dante

    Twilight Zone: The Movie is a 1983 American anthology science-fiction fantasy horror film...  more

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  • WarGames8
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    WarGames

    Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Badham

    WarGames is a 1983 American science-fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F....  more

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  • The Outsiders9
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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of...  more
  • Risky Business10
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    Risky Business

    Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally

    Released1983

    Directed byPaul Brickman

    Risky Business is a 1983 American romantic comedy film written by Paul Brickman in his...  more

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  • The Dead Zone11
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    The Dead Zone

    Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

    Released1983

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    This film is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay...  more

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  • Easy Money12
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    Easy Money

    Joe Pesci, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1983

    Directed byJames Signorelli

    Easy Money is a 1983 comedy film starring Rodney Dangerfield, Joe Pesci, Geraldine Fitzgerald,...  more

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  • The Right Stuff13
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    The Right Stuff

    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris

    Released1983

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling...  more

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  • Flashdance14
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    Flashdance

    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving

    Released1983

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

    Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first...  more

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  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life15
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    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1983

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, also known as The Meaning of Life, is a 1983 British...  more
  • Christine16
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    Christine

    Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Christine is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by John Carpenter and starring...  more
  • Tender Mercies17
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    Tender Mercies

    Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin

    Released1983

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Tender Mercies is a 1983 American drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by...  more

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  • Blue Thunder18
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    Blue Thunder

    Malcolm McDowell, Roy Scheider

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Blue Thunder is a 1983 action thriller film that features a high-tech helicopter of the same...  more
  • Never Say Never Again19
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    Never Say Never Again

    Sean Connery, Kim Basinger

    Released1983

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

    Never Say Never Again is a 1983 spy film based on the James Bond novel Thunderball, which was...  more
  • Psycho II20
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    Psycho II

    Anthony Perkins, Dennis Franz

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Franklin

    Psycho II is a 1983 American psychological horror slasher film directed by Richard Franklin...  more

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  • Star 8021
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    Star 80

    Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts

    Released1983

    Directed byBob Fosse

    Star 80 is a 1983 American film about the true story of Playboy Playmate of the Year Dorothy...  more
  • Terms of Endearment22
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by...  more

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  • Silkwood23
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    Silkwood

    Meryl Streep, Cher

    Released1983

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Silkwood is a 1983 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Nora Ephron...  more

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  • Strange Brew24
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    Strange Brew

    Max von Sydow, Rick Moranis

    Released1983

    Directed byRick Moranis, Dave Thomas

    Strange Brew is a 1983 Canadian comedy film starring the popular SCTV characters Bob and Doug...  more
  • The Man with Two Brains25
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    The Man with Two Brains

    Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner

    Released1983

    Directed byCarl Reiner

    The Man with Two Brains is a 1983 American science fiction comedy film directed by Carl Reiner...  more

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