1981 in film

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The following is an overview of events in 1981 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

The top ten 1981 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1981[1]
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark Paramount Pictures / Lucasfilm $212,222,025
2. On Golden Pond Universal Pictures / ITC $119,285,432
3. Superman II Warner Bros. $108,185,706
4. Arthur Orion Pictures / Warner Bros. $95,461,682
5. Stripes Columbia Pictures $85,297,000
6. The Cannonball Run 20th Century Fox / Golden Harvest $72,179,579
7. Chariots of Fire Warner Bros. / Ladd $58,972,904
8. For Your Eyes Only United Artists $54,812,802
9. The Four Seasons Universal Pictures $50,427,646
10. Time Bandits Embassy Pictures $42,365,581

Events[edit]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Chariots of Fire - Enigma, The Ladd Company/Warner Bros.
Best Director: Warren Beatty - Reds
Best Actor: Henry Fonda - On Golden Pond
Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn - On Golden Pond
Best Supporting Actor: John Gielgud - Arthur
Best Supporting Actress: Maureen Stapleton - Reds
Best Foreign Language Film: Mephisto, directed by Istvan Szabo, Hungary

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: On Golden Pond
Best Actor: Henry Fonda - On Golden Pond
Best Actress: Meryl Streep - The French Lieutenant's Woman
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Arthur
Best Actor: Dudley Moore - Arthur
Best Actress: Bernadette Peters - Pennies from Heaven
Other
Best Director: Warren Beatty - Reds
Best Foreign Film: Chariots of Fire, United Kingdom

Golden Raspberry Awards:

Worst Picture: Mommie Dearest
Worst Director: Michael Cimino - Heaven's Gate
Worst Actor: Klinton Spilsbury - The Legend of the Lone Ranger
Worst Actress: Bo Derek - Tarzan, the Ape Man; Faye Dunaway - Mommie Dearest
Worst Supporting Actor: Steve Forrest - Mommie Dearest
Worst Supporting Actress: Diana Scarwid - Mommie Dearest

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza), directed by Andrzej Wajda, Poland

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Marianne and Juliane (Die Bleierne Zeit), directed by Margarethe von Trotta, W. Germany

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Faster, Faster (Deprisa, deprisa / Vivre vite), directed by Carlos Saura, Spain / France

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1981 Wide-release movies[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014.