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The following is an overview of events in 1980 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 1980 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1980[1]
Rank Title Distributor Box-office gross
1 The Empire Strikes Back Fox $181,379,640[2]
2 9 to 5 $103,290,500
3 Stir Crazy Columbia $101,300,000
4 Airplane! Paramount $83,453,539
5 Any Which Way You Can Warner Bros. $70,687,344
6 Private Benjamin $69,847,348
7 Coal Miner's Daughter Universal $67,182,787
8 Smokey and the Bandit II $66,132,626
9 The Blue Lagoon Columbia $58,853,106
10 The Blues Brothers Universal $57,229,890

Worldwide gross revenue[edit]

The following table lists known worldwide gross revenue figures for several high-grossing films that originally released in 1980. Note that this list is incomplete and is therefore not representative of the highest-grossing films worldwide in 1980.

Title Gross Source Country
The Empire Strikes Back $538,375,067 [3] United States
The Gods Must Be Crazy $200,000,000 [4] South Africa
Airplane! $158,000,000 [5] United States
The Blues Brothers $115,229,890 [6]

Events[edit]

Awards[edit]

Category/Organization 38th Golden Globe Awards
January 31, 1981
34th BAFTA Awards
March 22, 1981
53rd Academy Awards
March 31, 1981
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Ordinary People Coal Miner's Daughter The Elephant Man Ordinary People
Best Director Robert Redford
Ordinary People
Akira Kurosawa
Kagemusha
Robert Redford
Ordinary People
Best Actor Robert De Niro
Raging Bull
Ray Sharkey
The Idolmaker
John Hurt
The Elephant Man
Robert De Niro
Raging Bull
Best Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Ordinary People
Sissy Spacek
Coal Miner's Daughter
Judy Davis
My Brilliant Career
Sissy Spacek
Coal Miner's Daughter
Best Supporting Actor Timothy Hutton
Ordinary People
N/A Timothy Hutton
Ordinary People
Best Supporting Actress Mary Steenburgen
Melvin and Howard
N/A Mary Steenburgen
Melvin and Howard
Best Screenplay, Adapted William Peter Blatty
The Ninth Configuration
Jerzy Kosinski
Being There
Alvin Sargent
Ordinary People
Best Screenplay, Original Bo Goldman
Melvin and Howard
Best Original Score Dominic Frontiere
The Stunt Man
John Williams
The Empire Strikes Back
Michael Gore
Fame
Best Original Song "Fame"
Fame
N/A "Fame"
Fame
Best Foreign Language Film Tess N/A Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

All That Jazz, directed by Bob Fosse, United States
Kagemusha, 影武者 (Shadow Warrior), directed by Akira Kurosawa, Japan

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Atlantic City, directed by Louis Malle, US / Canada / France
Gloria, directed by John Cassavetes, United States

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Heartland, directed by Richard Pearce, United States
Palermo or Wolfsburg (Palermo oder Wolfsburg), directed by Werner Schroeter, West Germany

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1980 Wide-release movies[edit]

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January–March[edit]

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18 Cardiac Arrest Film Ventures International Murray Mintz (director/screenplay); Max Gail, Garry Goodrow, Mike Paul Chan, Ray Reinhardt, Robert Behling, Susan O'Connell, Fred Ward Slasher, Thriller Live action
Just Tell Me What You Want Warner Bros. Sidney Lumet (director); Jay Presson Allen (screenplay); Ali MacGraw, Alan King, Peter Weller, Myrna Loy, Dina Merrill, Keenan Wynn, Tony Roberts, Judy Kaye, Joseph Maher Comedy Live action
Windows United Artists / Mike Lobell Productions Gordon Willis (director); Barry Siegel (screenplay); Talia Shire, Joseph Cortese, Elizabeth Ashley, Kay Medford, Michael Lipton, Ron Ryan, Michael Gorrin, Russell Horton, Rick Petrucelli, Tony DiBenedetto, Marty Greene, Gerry Vichi Thriller Live action
22 In Search of Historic Jesus Sunn Classic Pictures Henning Schellerup (director); Jack Jacobs, Lee Roddy, Charles E. Sellier Jr., Robert Starling, Malvin Wald (screenplay); John Rubinstein, Brad Crandall Documentary Live action
23 Caboblanco AVCO Embassy Pictures J. Lee Thompson (director); Morton S. Fine, Milton S. Gelman (screenplay); Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Dominique Sanda, Fernando Rey, Denny Miller, Simon MacCorkindale, Camilla Sparv, Gilbert Roland, Clifton James Drama Live action
30 To All a Goodnight Intercontinental Releasing Corporation / Four Features Partners David Hess (director); Alex Rebar (screenplay); Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile, William Lauer, Judith Bridges, Katherine Herrington, Buck West, Sam Shamshak, Angela Bath, Denise Stearns, Solomon Trager, Jeff Butts, Dan Stryker Slasher Live action
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1 American Gigolo Paramount Pictures Paul Schrader (director/screenplay); Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Nina van Pallandt, Tom Stewart, Robert Wightman, David Cryer, Brian Davies, Richard Derr, Bill Duke, Héctor Elizondo, Frances Bergen, Carol Bruce, K Callan, Patricia Carr, Carole Cook, MacDonald Carey, William Dozier Neo-Noir, Crime, Drama Live action
Fatso 20th Century Fox / Brooksfilms Anne Bancroft (director/screenplay); Dom DeLuise, Anne Bancroft, Candice Azzara, Ron Carey, David Comfort, Richard Karron, Michael Lombard, Ralph Manza, Estelle Reiner, Natasha Ryan, Sal Viscuso, Paul Zegler, Father Bob Curtis Comedy, Drama Live action
Simon Orion Pictures Marshall Brickman (director/screenplay); Alan Arkin, Madeline Kahn, Austin Pendleton, Judy Graubart, William Finley, Wallace Shawn, Jayant, Max Wright, Fred Gwynne, Adolph Green, Keith Szarabajka, Ann Risley, Rex Robbins, David Warrilow, Louise Lasser, Dick Cavett, Pierre Epstein, Roy Cooper, Hetty Galen Comedy Live action
8 2001: A Space Odyssey (re-release) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Stanley Kubrick (director/screenplay); Arthur C. Clarke (screenplay); Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty, Sean Sullivan, Douglas Rain, Edward Bishop, Penny Brahms, Alan Gifford, Ann Gillis, Vivian Kubrick, Kenneth Kendall, Frank Miller, Edwina Carroll, Heather Downham, Maggie d'Abo, Chela Matthison, Judy Keirn Epic, Sci-Fi Live action
Hero at Large United Artists Martin Davidson (director); AJ Carothers (screenplay); John Ritter, Anne Archer, Bert Convy, Kevin McCarthy, Harry Bellaver, Leonard Harris, Kevin Bacon, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Robin Sherwood, Penny Crone, Jane Hallaren Superhero, Comedy Live action
The Fog AVCO Embassy Pictures John Carpenter (director/screenplay); Debra Hill (screenplay); Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Houseman, Janet Leigh, Hal Holbrook, Tom Atkins, Nancy Loomis, Charles Cyphers, George Buck Flower, Darwin Joston, Rob Bottin, John Carpenter, Ty Mitchell, James Canning, John F. Goff, Regina Waldon Horror Live action
The Last Married Couple in America Universal Pictures Gilbert Cates (director); John Herman Shaner (screenplay); George Segal, Natalie Wood, Richard Benjamin, Valerie Harper, Dom DeLuise, Bob Dishy, Arlene Golonka, Allan Arbus, Priscilla Barnes, Catherine Hickland, Sondra Currie, Oliver Clark Comedy Live action
Midnight Madness Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution Michael Nankin, David Wechter (directors/screenplay); David Naughton, Michael J. Fox, Stephen Furst, Maggie Roswell, Eddie Deezen, Dirk Blocker, Patricia Alice Albrecht, Andy Tennant, Irene Tedrow, John Fiedler, Charlie Brill, Loretta Tupper, Marvin Kaplan, Georgia Schmidt, Paul Reubens, John Voldstad, Emily Greer, Debra Clinger, Brad Wilkin, Alan Solomon, Debi Richter, Kirsten Baker, Ceil Gabot, Tony Salome Comedy Live action
The Young Master Golden Harvest / Media Asia Group Jackie Chan (director/screenplay); Edward Tang, Lau Tin-chi, Tung Lu (screenplay); Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Fung Fung, Shih Kien, Tien Feng, Lee Hoi-sang, Lily Li, Hwang In-Shik, Fung Hak-kun, Wei Pai, Fan Mei, Yue Tau-ean, Bruce Tang Yim-chan Action, Martial Arts Live action
15 Caligula Produzioni Atlas Consorziate (P.A.C.) / Analysis Film Releasing Corporation Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione (directors/screenplay); Malcolm McDowell (screenplay); Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Guido Mannari, Patrick Allen, Giancarlo Badessi, Adriana Asti, Leopoldo Trieste, Paolo Bonacelli, Joss Ackland, John Steiner, Mirella D'Angelo, Richard Parets, Osiride Pevarello, Anneka Di Lorenzo, Bruno Brive, Paula Mitchell, Donato Placido, Lori Wagner, Valerie Rae Clark, Susanne Saxon, Jane Hargrave, Carolyn Patsis, Bonnie Dee Wilson Historical, Drama Live action
Cruising United Artists / Lorimar Film Entertainment William Friedkin (director/screenplay); Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox, Don Scardino, Joe Spinell, Jay Acovone, Randy Jurgensen, Barton Heyman, Gene Davis, Arnaldo Santana, Larry Atlas, Allan Miller, Sonny Grosso, Edward O'Neill, Michael Aronin, James Remar, William Russ, Mike Starr, Leo Burmester, Henry Judd Baker, Steve Inwood, Keith Prentice, Leland Starnes, Powers Boothe Crime, Thriller Live action
Mad Max Warner Bros. / Roadshow Film Distributors / Kennedy Miller Productions George Miller (director/screenplay); James McCausland (screenplay); Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Roger Ward, Geoff Parry, Jonathan Hardy, Brendan Heath, Sheila Florence, John Ley, Steve Millichamp, Vincent Gil, Lulu Pinkus, Reg Evans, Karen Moregold Action, Thriller Live action
Saturn 3 ITC Film Distribution Stanley Donen (director); Martin Amis (screenplay); Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel, Roy Dotrice, Ed Bishop Sci-Fi Live action
25 Scruples CBS / Warner Bros. Television Distribution Alan J. Levi (director); James Lee (teleplay); Lindsay Wagner, Barry Bostwick, Marie-France Pisier, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Kim Cattrall, Gene Tierney, Nick Mancuso, Gavin MacLeod, Connie Stevens, Robert Reed, Gary Graham Romance, Drama Live action
29 Good Riddance Pan-Canadian Film Distributors Francis Mankiewicz (director); Réjean Ducharme (screenplay); Charlotte Laurier, Marie Tifo, Germain Houde, Louise Marleau, Roger Lebel, Gilbert Sicotte, Serge Thériault, Jean Pierre Bergeron, Leo Ilial Drama Live action
Don't Answer the Phone Crown International Pictures Robert Hammer (director/screenplay); Michael D. Castle (screenplay); James Westmoreland, Denise Galik, Nicholas Worth, Ben Frank, Flo Garrish, Stan Haze, Gary Allen, Michael D. Castle, Pamela Jean Bryant Horror Live action
Foxes United Artists / PolyGram Pictures / Casablanca Records & Filmworks Adrian Lyne (director); Gerald Ayres (screenplay); Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Sally Kellerman, Randy Quaid, Cherie Currie, Lois Smith, Laura Dern, Robert Romanus, Adam Faith, Marilyn Kagan, Kandice Stroh Coming-of-Age, Drama Live action
The Ninth Configuration Warner Bros. / United Film Distribution William Peter Blatty (director/screenplay); Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand, George DiCenzo, Moses Gunn, Robert Loggia, Joe Spinell, Alejandro Rey, Tom Atkins, Steve Sandor, Richard Lynch, William Peter Blatty Drama Live action
S*H*E Nb Productions Robert Michael Lewis (director); Richard Maibaum (screenplay); Cornelia Sharpe, Omar Sharif, Robert Lansing, Anita Ekberg, Fabio Testi, William Traylor, Isabella Rye, Tom Christopher, Mario Colli, Claudio Ruffini, Geoffrey Copleston, Fortunato Arena, Gino Marturano, Emilio Messina, Rory Maclean, Fritz Hammer Spy Live action
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7 Coal Miner's Daughter Universal Pictures Michael Apted (director); Tom Rickman (screenplay); Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo, Levon Helm, William Sanderson, Grant Turner, Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Bob Elkins, Phyllis Boyens, Bob Hannah Biography, Musical Live action
Lady and the Tramp (re-release) Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Film Distribution Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske (directors); Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Bill Thompson, Dallas McKennon, Bill Baucom, Verna Felton, Peggy Lee, George Givot, Lee Millar, Stan Freberg, Alan Reed, Thurl Ravenscroft, The Mellomen Musical, Romance Animation
Permanent Vacation Cinesthesia Jim Jarmusch (director/screenplay); Richard Boes, Ruth Bolton, Sara Driver, María Duval, Frankie Faison, Jane Fire, Suzanne Fletcher, Leila Gastil, Chris Hameon, John Lurie, Eric Mitchell, Chris Parker, Lisa Rosen, Felice Rosser, Evelyn Smith, Charlie Spademan Comedy, Drama Live action
14 Defiance American International Pictures John Flynn (director); Thomas Michael Donnelly, Mark Tulin (screenplay); Jan-Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Art Carney, Danny Aiello, Rudy Ramos, Lenny Montana, Joseph Campanella, Santos Morales, Frank Pesce, Fernando López Action, Neo-Noir, Crime Live action
A Small Circle of Friends United Artists Rob Cohen (director); Tim Zinnemann (screenplay); Brad Davis, Karen Allen, Jameson Parker, Shelley Long, Peter Mark Drama Live action
15 Breaker Morant Roadshow Film Distributors Bruce Beresford (director/screenplay); Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens (screenplay); Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Terence Donovan, Ray Meagher, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Rod Mullinar, Frank Wilson, David Wenham, Alan Cassell, Vincent Ball, Chris Haywood, Russell Kiefel, Rob Steele, Chris Smith, Frank Wilson, Bruno Knez War, Drama Live action
21 Forbidden Zone The Samuel Goldwyn Company Richard Elfman (director/screenplay); Matthew Bright, Nick James, Nick L. Martinson (screenplay); Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Danny Elfman, Gisele Lindley, Jan Stuart Schwartz, Virginia Rose, Ugh-Fudge Bwana, Phil Gordon, Hyman Diamond, Toshiro Boloney, Viva, Joe Spinell, The Kipper Kids, Kedric Wolfe, Herman Bernstein, Richard Elfman Musical, Fantasy, Comedy Live action
Little Darlings Paramount Pictures Ronald F. Maxwell (director); Kimi Peck, Dalene Young (screenplay); Tatum O'Neal, Kristy McNichol, Armand Assante, Matt Dillon, Maggie Blye, Nicolas Coster, Marianne Gordon, Krista Errickson, Alexa Kenin, Cynthia Nixon, Mary Betten, Abby Bluestone, Troas Hayes, Simone Schachter, Jenn Thompson Teen, Comedy, Drama Live action
Little Miss Marker Universal Pictures Walter Bernstein (director/screenplay); Damon Runyon (screenplay); Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Bob Newhart, Sara Stimson, Brian Dennehy, Kenneth McMillan, Lee Grant, Andrew Rubin, Ralph Manza Comedy, Drama Live action
Nijinsky Paramount Pictures / Hera Productions Herbert Ross (director); Hugh Wheeler, Romola Nijinsky, Vaslav Nijinsky (screenplay); Alan Bates, Leslie Browne, George de la Peña, Alan Badel, Colin Blakely, Carla Fracci, Ronald Pickup, Vernon Dobtcheff, Frederick Jaeger, Janet Suzman, Siân Phillips, Ronald Lacey, Jeremy Irons, Anton Dolin, Hetty Baynes Biography Live action
28 The Changeling Pan-Canadian Film Distributors / Chessman Park Productions Peter Medak (director); William Gray, Diana Maddox (screenplay); George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, John Colicos, Jean Marsh, Helen Burns, Madeleine Sherwood, Barry Morse, Helen Burns, Frances Hyland, Eric Christmas, Roberta Maxwell, J. Kenneth Campbell, Janne Mortil, Terence Kelly, Antonia Rey, Louis Zorich, Bernard Behrens, James B. Douglas, Michelle Martin, Voldi Way Horror Live action
Gilda Live Warner Bros. Mike Nichols (director); Anne Beatts, Lorne Michaels, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Don Novello, Michael O'Donoghue, Gilda Radner, Paul Shaffer, Rosie Shuster, Alan Zweibel (screenplay); Gilda Radner Comedy, Documentary Live action
Serial Paramount Pictures Bill Persky (director); Rich Eustis, Michael Elias (screenplay); Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Jennifer McAllister, Sally Kellerman, Bill Macy, Pamela Bellwood, Peter Bonerz, Christopher Lee, Sam Chew Jr., Nita Talbot, Barbara Rhoades, Stacey Nelkin, Tom Smothers, Clark Brandon, Robin Sherwood, Anthony Battaglia, Ann Weldon, Patch Mackenzie, Paul Rossilli Comedy Live action
Tom Horn Warner Bros. / First Artists / Solar Productions William Wiard (director); Thomas McGuane, Bud Shrake (screenplay); Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth, Billy Green Bush, Slim Pickens, Elisha Cook, Roy Jenson, James Kline, Geoffrey Lewis, Harry Northup, Steve Oliver, Bill Thurman, Bobby Bass, Mickey Jones, Mel Novak, Chuck Hayward, Clark Coleman, Drummond Barclay, Peter Canon, Bert Williams Western Live action
When Time Ran Out Warner Bros. James Goldstone (director); Carl Foreman, Stirling Silliphant (screenplay); Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, Edward Albert, Red Buttons, Barbara Carrera, Valentina Cortese, Veronica Hamel, Alex Karras, Burgess Meredith, Ernest Borgnine, James Franciscus, John Considine, Sheila Allen, Pat Morita, Lonny Chapman, Sandy Kenyon, Ava Readdy, Glynn Rubin Disaster Live action

April–June[edit]

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1 The Baltimore Bullet AVCO Embassy Pictures Robert Ellis Miller (director); John Brascia, Robert Vincent O'Neil (screenplay); James Coburn, Omar Sharif, Bruce Boxleitner, Ronee Blakley, Jack O'Halloran, Calvin Lockhart, Michael Lerner, Rockne Tarkington, Paul Barselou Comedy Live action
7 Health 20th Century Fox / Lion's Gate Films Robert Altman (director/screenplay); Frank Barhydt, Paul Dooley (screenplay); Carol Burnett, Glenda Jackson, James Garner, Lauren Bacall, Paul Dooley, Henry Gibson, Alfre Woodard, Donald Moffat, Dick Cavett, Dinah Shore, Nancy Foster, Nathalie Blossom, Julie Janney, Patty Katz, Diane Shaffer Comedy Live action
North Sea Hijack Universal/CIC Andrew V. McLaglen (director); Jack Davies (screenplay); Roger Moore, Lea Brodie, James Mason, Anthony Perkins, Michael Parks, David Hedison, Jack Watson, George Baker, Jeremy Clyde, David Wood, Faith Brook, Anthony Pullen Shaw, Philip O'Brien, John Westbrook, Jennifer Hilary, John Lee Action Live action
10 Bad Timing World Northal Nicolas Roeg (director); Yale Udoff (screenplay); Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Massey, Dana Gillespie, William Hootkins, Eugene Lipinski, Ania Marson, Lex van Delden, Gertan Klauber, George Roubicek, Robert Walker, Stefan Gryff, Sevilla Delofski Drama Live action
Home Movies United Artists Brian De Palma (director); Kim Ambler, Dana Edelman, Robert Harders, Stephen Le May, Charlie Loventhal, Gloria Norris (screenplay); Kirk Douglas, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Vincent Gardenia, Gerrit Graham, Theresa Saldana Comedy Live action
17 The Private Eyes New World Pictures / The Private Eyes Partners Limited Lang Elliott (director); Tim Conway, John Myhers (screenplay); Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Trisha Noble, John Fujioka, Bernard Fox, Grace Zabriskie, Stan Ross, Irwin Keyes, Suzy Mandel Comedy, Mystery Live action
Stalker Goskino / Mosfilm Andrei Tarkovsky (director/screenplay); Boris Strugatsky, Arkady Strugatsky (screenplay); Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko, Alisa Freindlich, Sergei Yakovlev, Natasha Abramova, Faime Jurno, E. Kostin, Raymo Rendi, Vladimir Zamansky Sci-Fi, Art, Drama Live action
The Watcher in the Woods Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution John Hough (director); Brian Clemens, Harry Spalding, Rosemary Anne Sisson (screenplay); Bette Davis, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Ian Bannen, Richard Pasco, Frances Cuka, Benedict Taylor, Eleanor Summerfield, Georgina Hale, Katharine Levy Horror Live action
24 Death Watch Quartet Films / SELTA Films / Little Bear / Sara Films / Gaumont / Antenne 2 / TV 13 Munich Bertrand Tavernier (director/screenplay); David Rayfiel (screenplay); Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Max von Sydow, Harry Dean Stanton, Thérèse Liotard, William Russell, Vadim Glowna, Caroline Langrishe, Bernhard Wicki, Robbie Coltrane Sci-Fi Live action
25 Heart Beat Warner Bros. John Byrum (director/screenplay); Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, John Heard, Ray Sharkey, Ann Dusenberry, Margaret Fairchild, John Larroquette, David Lynch, Tony Bill, Don Brodie Romance, Drama Live action
Where the Buffalo Roam Universal Pictures Art Linson (director); John Kaye (screenplay); Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby, René Auberjonois, R.G. Armstrong, Mark Metcalf, Craig T. Nelson, Brian Cummings Biography, Comedy Live action
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1 Gorp American International Pictures Joseph Ruben (director); Jeffrey Konvitz, A. Martin Zweiback (screenplay); Michael Lembeck, Dennis Quaid, Fran Drescher, Rosanna Arquette, Philip Casnoff, Lisa Shure, David Huddleston, Robert Trebor, Lou Wagner, Julius Harris Comedy Live action
9 Friday the 13th Paramount Pictures Sean S. Cunningham (director); Victor Miller (screenplay); Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon, Rex Everhart, Ronn Carroll, Walt Gorney, Ari Lehman, Peter Brouwer, Willie Adams, Debra S. Hayes, Sally Anne Golden Slasher Live action
The Nude Bomb Universal Pictures Clive Donner (director); Bill Dana, Arne Sultan, Leonard Stern (screenplay); Don Adams, Sylvia Kristel, Rhonda Fleming, Dana Elcar, Pamela Hensley, Andrea Howard, Norman Lloyd, Vittorio Gassman, Earl Maynard, Robert Karvelas, Gary Imhoff, Sarah Rush, Joey Forman, Robert Ball, Walter Brooke, Richard Sanders, Vito Scotti, Bill Dana, Thomas Hill Spy, Comedy Live action
Out of the Blue Les Productions Karim Dennis Hopper (director); Leonard Yakir, Gary Jules Juvenat (screenplay); Linda Manz, Dennis Hopper, Sharon Farrell, Don Gordon, Raymond Burr, Eric Allen, Fiona Brody, David Crowley, Joan Hoffman, Carl Nelson, Francis Ann Pettit, Glen Pfeifer, Jim Byrnes, Pointed Sticks Drama Live action
11 The Return of the King ABC / Topcraft / Rankin/Bass Productions Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. (directors); Romeo Muller (screenplay); Orson Bean, John Huston, William Conrad, Roddy McDowall, Theodore Bikel, Paul Frees, Nellie Bellflower, Brother Theodore, Casey Kasem, Sonny Melendrez, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Glenn Yarbrough Musical, Fantasy Animation
16 Fame United Artists Alan Parker (director); Christopher Gore (screenplay); Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Antonia Franceschi, Boyd Gaines, Albert Hague, Tresa Hughes, Steve Inwood, Paul McCrane, Anne Meara, Joanna Merlin, Barry Miller, Jim Moody, Gene Anthony Ray, Maureen Teefy, Debbie Allen, Richard Belzer, Bill Britten, Isaac Mizrahi, Sal Piro, Michael DeLorenzo, Meg Tilly Teen, Drama Live action
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle Virgin Films Julien Temple (director/screenplay); Malcolm McLaren, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten, Ronnie Biggs, Mary Millington, Irene Handl, Liz Fraser, Jess Conrad, Helen of Troy, Tenpole Tudor, James Aubrey, Johnny Shannon, Judy Croll, Peter Dean, Dave Dee, Alan Jones Mockumentary Live action
Humanoids from the Deep New World Pictures Barbara Peeters (director); Frederick James (screenplay); Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow, Lynn Schiller, Anthony Pena, Denise Galik, David Strassman, Greg Travis, Linda Shayne, Cindy Weintraub, Meegan King, Breck Costin, Hoke Howell, Don Maxwell, Lisa Glaser, Julie Kestel, Bruce Monette, Shawn Erler Sci-Fi Live action
The Long Riders United Artists / Huka Productions Walter Hill (director); Bill Bryden, Steven Phillip Smith, Stacy Keach, James Keach (screenplay); David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, James Keach, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Christopher Guest, Nicholas Guest, Savannah Smith Boucher, James Whitmore Jr., Kevin Brophy, Harry Carey Jr., Shelby Leverington, Felice Orlandi, Pamela Reed, Lin Shaye, James Remar, Ever Carradine, Kalen Keach Western Live action
21 The Empire Strikes Back 20th Century Fox / Lucasfilm Irvin Kershner (director); Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay); Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Jeremy Bulloch, John Hollis, Jack Purvis, Clive Revill, Kenneth Colley, Julian Glover, Michael Sheard, Michael Culver, Bruce Boa, Christopher Malcolm, Denis Lawson, Richard Oldfield, John Morton, Ian Liston, John Ratzenberger, Brigitte Kahn, Bob Anderson, Richard Bonehill, Tony Clarkin, Peter Diamond, Marjorie Eaton, Mike Edmonds, Stuart Fell, Joe Johnston, Ralph McQuarrie, Treat Williams, Jason Wingreen Sci-Fi, Fantasy Live action
23 Carny United Artists / Lorimar Film Entertainment Robert Kaylor (director/screenplay); Phoebe Kaylor, Robbie Robertson, Thomas Baum (screenplay); Gary Busey, Jodie Foster, Robbie Robertson, Meg Foster, Kenneth McMillan, Elisha Cook Jr., Tim Thomerson, Teddy Wilson, John Lehne, Bill McKinney, Bert Remsen, Woodrow Parfrey, Alan Braunstein, Tina Andrews, Craig Wasson, Fred Ward, Johann Petursson Drama Live action
Die Laughing Orion Pictures Jeff Werner (director); Jerry Segal, Robby Benson, Scott Parker (screenplay); Robby Benson, Linda Grovenor, Charles Durning, Elsa Lanchester, Bud Cort, Rita Taggart, Larry Hankin, Sam Krachmalnick, Peter Coyote, Charles Fleischer, Carel Struycken, Maurice Argent, Rhoda Gemignani, O-Lan Jones, Marty Zagon, Michael David Lee, Charles Harwood, Melanie Henderson, Chuck Dorsett, John Bracci, John Tim Burrus, Roger Johnson, John E. Tidwell, Cynthia Brian Comedy, Drama Live action
The Gong Show Movie Universal Pictures Chuck Barris (director/screenplay); Robert Downey (screenplay); Chuck Barris, Robin Altman, James B. Douglas, Mabel King, Jaye P. Morgan, Rip Taylor Comedy Live action
The Shining Warner Bros. Stanley Kubrick (director/screenplay); Diane Johnson (screenplay); Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel, Anne Jackson, Tony Burton, Barry Dennen, Lia Beldam, Billie Gibson, Lisa and Louise Burns Horror Live action
30 Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!) Paramount Pictures / Bill Melendez Productions / Lee Mendelson Film Productions / United Feature Syndicate Bill Melendez, Phil Roman (directors); Charles M. Schulz (screenplay); Arrin Skelley, Daniel Anderson, Patricia Patts, Casey Carlson, Annalisa Bortolin, Laura Planting, Bill Melendez, Pascale De Barolet, Roseline Rubens, Debbie Muller, Scott Beach Comedy Animation
The Hollywood Knights Columbia Pictures / PolyGram Pictures / Casablanca Filmworks Floyd Mutrux (director/screenplay); Robert Wuhl, Tony Danza, Fran Drescher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stuart Pankin, Debra Feuer, Leigh French, Glenn Withrow, Gary Graham, Sandy Helberg, Gailard Sartain, Richard Schaal, Randy Gornel, James Jeter, P.R. Paul, Julius Averitt, Carol Ann Williams Teen, Comedy Live action
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1 The Mountain Men Columbia Pictures / Polyc International BV Richard Lang (director); Fraser Clarke Heston (screenplay); Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, Stephen Macht, John Glover, Seymour Cassel, Bill Lucking, Victor Jory, Michael Greene, Victoria Racimo, David Ackroyd, Cal Bellini, Ken Ruta Adventure, Western Live action
4 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood Cannon Films / Golan-Globus Productions Alan Roberts (director); Devin Goldenberg (screenplay); Martine Beswick, Adam West, Phil Silvers, Chris Lemmon, Edie Adams, Richard Deacon, Dick Miller, Charles Green, Lisa London, Tanya Boyd, Susan Kiger, Lindsay Bloom, Army Archerd, Kim Hopkins Comedy Live action
6 Galaxina Crown International Pictures William Sachs (director/screenplay); Stephen Macht, Avery Schreiber, James David Hinton, Dorothy Stratten, Lionel Mark Smith, Tad Horino, Percy Rodrigues, George Mather, Susan Kiger, Rhonda Shear, Ronald J. Knight, Herb Kaplowitz, Nancy McCauley, Fred D. Scott Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy Live action
Up the Academy Warner Bros. Robert Downey Sr. (director); Tom Patchett, Jay Tarses (screenplay); Wendell Brown, Tommy Citera, Ron Leibman, Harry Teinowitz, Hutch Parker, Ralph Macchio, Tom Poston, King Coleman, Barbara Bach, Ian Wolfe, Antonio Fargas, Stacey Nelkin, Leonard Frey, Robert Downey Jr. Comedy Live action
Urban Cowboy Paramount Pictures James Bridges (director/screenplay); Aaron Latham (screenplay); John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn, Barry Corbin, Madolyn Smith, Brooke Alderson, Cooper Huckabee, James Gammon, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Daniels, Tamara Champlin, Jerry Hall, Ellen March, Jessie La Rive, Howard Henson, Connie Hanson, Becky Conway, Cyndy Hall Romance, Western Live action
11 Bronco Billy Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood (director); Dennis Hackin (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers, Bill McKinney, Sam Bottoms, Dan Vadis, Sierra Pecheur, Walter Barnes, Woodrow Parfrey, Beverlee McKinsey, Doug McGrath, Hank Worden, Tessa Richarde, William Prince Western Live action
13 The Children World Northal Max Kalmanowicz (director); Carlton J. Albright, Edward Terry (screenplay); Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers, Gale Garnett, Shannon Bolin, Peter Maloney, Tracy Griswold, Joy Glaccum, Jeptha Evans, Clara Evans, Sarah Albright, Nathanael Albright, Julie Carrier, Michelle Le Mothe, Edward Terry, Jessie Abrams, Rita Montone, John P. Codiglia, Martin Brennan, J.D. Clarke, James Klawin, Arthur Chase, Suzanne Barnes, Diane Deckard, David Platt, Michael Carrier, June Berry, Ray Delmolino, X. Ben Fakackt Horror Live action
The Island Universal Pictures / Zanuck/Brown Company Michael Ritchie (director); Peter Benchley (screenplay); Michael Caine, David Warner, Angela Punch McGregor, Frank Middlemass, Don Henderson, Dudley Sutton, Colin Jeavons, Jeffrey Frank, Zakes Mokae, Brad Sullivan, Reg Evans Action, Adventure, Thriller Live action
Roadie United Artists Alan Rudolph (director/screenplay); Big Boy Medlin, Michael Ventura, Zalman King (screenplay); Meat Loaf, Kaki Hunter, Art Carney, Gailard Sartain, Don Cornelius, Rhonda Bates, Joe Spano, Allan Graf, Merle Kilgore, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Alice Cooper, Blondie, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams Jr., Larry Lindsey, Marcy Hanson, Carole McClellan, Ray Benson, Joe Gannon, Jesse Frederick, Richard Marion, Sonny Davis, Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys, Rick Crow and Asleep at the Wheel, Eric Gardner Musical, Comedy Live action
Wholly Moses! Columbia Pictures Gary Weis (director); Guy Thomas (screenplay); Dudley Moore, Laraine Newman, James Coco, Paul Sand, Jack Gilford, Dom DeLuise, John Houseman, Madeline Kahn, David L. Lander, Richard Pryor, John Ritter, Richard B. Shull, Tanya Boyd, Ruth Manning, Walker Edmiston Comedy, Parody, Spoof Live action
19 Animalympics NBC / Lisberger Studios Steven Lisberger (director/screenplay); Michael Fremer (screenplay); Billy Crystal, Gilda Radner, Harry Shearer, Michael Fremer Comedy Animation
Rough Cut Paramount Pictures Don Siegel (director); Larry Gelbart (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Lesley-Anne Down, David Niven, Timothy West, Patrick Magee, Al Matthews, Susan Littler, Joss Ackland, Isabel Dean, Wolf Kahler, Andrew Ray, Julian Holloway, Douglas Wilmer, Geoffrey Russell, Ronald Hines, David Howey, Frank Mills, Roland Culver, Alan Webb, Cassandra Harris, Sue Lloyd, Cyril Appleton Heist Live action
20 The Blues Brothers Universal Pictures John Landis (director/screenplay); Dan Aykroyd (screenplay); John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Henry Gibson, John Candy, John Lee Hooker, Kathleen Freeman, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Frank Oz, Jeff Morris, Charles Napier, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Bishop, Steven Williams, Armand Cerami, John Landis, Joe Walsh, Ben Piazza, Cindy Fisher, Paul Reubens, Rosie Shuster, Chaka Khan, Gary McLarty, Pinetop Perkins, Mr. T, Carolyn Franklin, De'voreaux White, James Avery, Lou Berryman, Luis Contreras, Raven De La Croix, Ralph Foody, Leonard R. Garner Jr., Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Murphy Dunne, Willie "Too Big" Hall, Tom "Bones" Malone, "Blue Lou" Marini, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, "Mr. Fabulous" Alan Rubin Musical, Comedy Live action
Brubaker 20th Century Fox Stuart Rosenberg (director); W.D. Richter (screenplay); Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Alexander, Murray Hamilton, David Keith, Morgan Freeman, Matt Clark, Tim McIntire, Richard Ward, M. Emmet Walsh, Albert Salmi, Linda Haynes, Everett McGill, Val Avery, Ronald C. Frazier, David D. Harris, Joe Spinell, Wilford Brimley, Nathan George, William Newman, John McMartin, Nicolas Cage Drama Live action
Can't Stop the Music Associated Film Distribution / EMI Films Nancy Walker (director); Allan Carr, Bronte Woodard (screenplay); Steve Guttenberg, Valerie Perrine, Bruce Jenner, Paul Sand, Tammy Grimes, Village People, June Havoc, Barbara Rush, Altovise Davis, Marilyn Sokol, Russell Nype, Jack Weston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Dick Patterson Musical, Comedy Live action
25 Herbie Goes Bananas Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution Vincent McEveety (director); Don Tait (screenplay); Cloris Leachman, Charles Martin Smith, Stephan W. Burns, John Vernon, Elyssa Davalos, Joaquin Garay III, Harvey Korman, Richard Jaeckel, Alex Rocco, Fritz Feld, Vito Scotti, Jose Gonzales-Gonzales, Allan Hunt, Iris Adrian, Jack Perkins, Alma Beltran, Don Diamond, Buddy Joe Hooker, Steve Boyum, Ceil Cabot, Dante D'Andre, Jeff Ramsey Comedy, Adventure Live action
The Last Flight of Noah's Ark Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution Charles Jarrott (director); Steven W. Carabatsos, Sandy Glass, George Arthur Bloom (screenplay); Elliott Gould, Geneviève Bujold, Ricky Schroder, Vincent Gardenia, Tammy Lauren, John Fujioka, Yuki Shimoda, Dana Elcar, John P. Ryan, Peter Renaday, Ruth Manning, Arthur Adams, Austin Willis, Bob Whiting Family, Adventure Live action
The Stunt Man 20th Century Fox / Melvin Simon Productions Richard Rush (director/screenplay); Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay); Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Allen Garfield, Alex Rocco, Sharon Farrell, Adam Roarke, Philip Bruns, Charles Bail, James Avery, Gregg Berger Action, Comedy Live action

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2 Airplane! Paramount Pictures / Howard W. Koch Productions Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker (directors/screenplay); Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Lorna Patterson, Stephen Stucker, Frank Ashmore, Jonathan Banks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Barbara Billingsley, Lee Bryant, Nicholas Pryor, Joyce Bulifant, Maureen McGovern, Kenneth Tobey, Barbara Stuart, Rossie Harris, Al White, David Leisure, Jason Wingreen, Jill Whelan, Ethel Merman, Jimmie Walker, James Hong, Howard Jarvis, Michael Laurence, Craig Berenson, Marcy Goldman, Norman Alexander Gibbs, David Hollander, Michelle Stacy, Lee Terri Comedy Live action
Alligator Group 1 Films Lewis Teague (director); John Sayles (screenplay); Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael Gazzo, Dean Jagger, Sidney Lassick, Jack Carter, Perry Lang, Henry Silva, Bart Braverman, Royce D. Applegate, Jim Boeke, Peter Miller, Pat Petersen, Kendall Carly Browne, Micol, Angel Tompkins, Sue Lyon, Dick Richards, Michael Mazurki, Kane Hodder Horror Live action
Jane Austen in Manhattan Contemporary Films James Ivory (director); Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay); Anne Baxter, Robert Powell, Michael Wager, Sean Young, Charles McCaughan, Tim Choate, John Guerrasio, Iman, Katrina Hodiak, Kurt Johnson, Philip Lenkowsky, Nancy New Romance, Drama Live action
The Sea Wolves Paramount Pictures / Rank Film Distributors Andrew V. McLaglen (director); Reginald Rose (screenplay); Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard, Barbara Kellerman, Patrick Macnee, Kenneth Griffith, Patrick Allen, Wolf Kahler, Robert Hoffmann, Dan van Husen, George Mikell, Jürgen Andersen, Bernard Archard, Martin Benson, Faith Brook, Allan Cuthbertson, Edward Dentith, Clifford Earl, Rusi Ghandhi, Percy Herbert, Patrick Holt, Donald Houston, Glyn Houston, Victor Langley, Terence Longdon, Michael Medwin, W. Morgan Sheppard, John Standing, Graham Stark, Keith Stevenson, Jack Watson, Moray Watson, Brook Williams, Marc Zuber, Mohan Agashe War Live action
5 The Blue Lagoon Columbia Pictures Randal Kleiser (director); Douglas Day Stewart (screenplay); Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels, Alan Hopgood, Gus Mercurio, Elva Josephson, Glenn Kohan, Bradley Pryce, Chad Timmermans Romance, Survival, Drama Live action
11 How to Beat the High Cost of Living American International Pictures Robert Scheerer (director); Robert Kaufman, Leonora Thung (screenplay); Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James, Jessica Lange, Dabney Coleman, Richard Benjamin, Fred Willard, Eddie Albert, Cathryn Damon, Ronnie Schell, Michael Bell, Sybil Danning, Al Checco, Susan Tolsky, Art Metrano, Garrett Morris Crime, Comedy Live action
Oh! Heavenly Dog 20th Century Fox Joe Camp (director/screenplay); Rod Browning (screenplay); Chevy Chase, Benji, Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif, Robert Morley, Stuart Germain, Alan Sues, John Stride, Donnelly Rhodes, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Richard Vernon, Frank Williams, Susan Kellermann, Lorenzo Music, Harry Hill, Kay Tremblay, Albin Pahernik, Margierite Corriveau, Gerald Iles, Jérôme Tiberghien Comedy, Drama Live action
Used Cars Columbia Pictures Robert Zemeckis (director/screenplay); Bob Gale (screenplay); Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Deborah Harmon, Frank McRae, Joe Flaherty, David L. Lander, Michael McKean, Michael Talbott, Harry Northup, Alfonso Arau, Cheryl Rixon, Al Lewis, Woodrow Parfrey, Dub Taylor, Wendie Jo Sperber, Marc McClure, Betty Thomas, Dick Miller, Rita Taggart, Terence Knox, Will McMillan Black Comedy Live action
18 The Big Red One United Artists / Lorimar Samuel Fuller (director/screenplay); Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco, Kelly Ward, Siegfried Rauch, Stéphane Audran, Marthe Villalonga, Perry Lang, Matteo Zoffoli Epic, War Live action
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie Universal Pictures Tommy Chong (director/screenplay); Cheech Marin (screenplay); Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Evelyn Guerrero, Edie McClurg, Paul Reubens, Betty Kennedy, Sy Kramer, Rikki Marin, Bob McClurg, John Paragon, Jake Steinfeld, Cassandra Peterson, Rita Wilson, Michael Winslow, John Steadman, Faith Minton, Ben Powers, Carl Weintraub, Lupe M. Ontiveros Comedy Live action
Honeysuckle Rose Warner Bros. Jerry Schatzberg (director); John Binder, Gustaf Molander, Carol Sobieski, Gösta Stevens, William D. Wittliff (screenplay); Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving, Slim Pickens, Joey Floyd, Charles Levin, Mickey Rooney Jr., Lane Smith, Pepe Serna, Priscilla Pointer, Diana Scarwid, Jeannie Seely, Emmylou Harris, Mickey Raphael, Grady Martin, Rex Ludwick, Bee Spears Romance, Drama Live action
The Little Dragons Aurora Film Corporation / Eastwind Productions Curtis Hanson (director); Harvey Applebaum, Louis G. Atlee, Rudolph Borchert, Alan Ormsby (screenplay); Charles Lane, Ann Sothern, Chris Peterson, Pat Petersen, Sally Boyden, Rick Lenz, Sharon Clark, Joe Spinell, John Davis Chandler, Clifford A. Pellow, Stephen Young, Pat E. Johnson, Bong Soo Han, Tony Bill, Spencer Quinn, Topo Swope, Jim Sherwood Action, Adventure Live action
Prom Night AVCO Embassy Pictures Paul Lynch (director); William Gray (screenplay); Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen, Casey Stevens, Eddie Benton, Michael Tough, Robert A. Silverman, Pita Oliver, David Mucci, Mary Beth Rubens, George Touliatos, Melanie Morse, David Bolt, Jeff Wincott, David Gardner, Joy Thompson, Sheldon Rybowski, Antoinette Bower Slasher Live action
24 The Earthling Filmways Pictures Peter Collinson (director); Lanny Cotler (screenplay); William Holden, Ricky Schroder Adventure Live action
25 Caddyshack Orion Pictures Harold Ramis (director/screenplay); Douglas Kenney, Brian Doyle-Murray (screenplay); Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Bill Murray, Sarah Holcomb, Scott Colomby, Cindy Morgan, Dan Resin, Henry Wilcoxon, Elaine Aiken, Albert Salmi, Ann Ryerson, Brian Doyle-Murray, Hamilton Mitchell, Peter Berkrot, John F. Barmon Jr., Lois Kibbee, Brian McConnachie, Scott Powell, Jackie Davis, Thomas A. Carlin, Mel Pape Sports, Comedy Live action
Dressed to Kill Filmways Pictures Brian De Palma (director/screenplay); Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz, David Margulies, Brandon Maggart, William Finley, Ken Baker, Susanna Clemm Thriller Live action
Middle Age Crazy 20th Century Fox / Krofft Entertainment / Canadian Film Development Corporation / Guardian Trust Company / Tormont Films John Trent (director); Carl Kleinschmitt, Jerry Lee Lewis (screenplay); Bruce Dern, Ann-Margret, Graham Jarvis, Deborah Wakeham, Eric Christmas, Helen Hughes, Geoffrey Bowes, Patricia Hamilton, Michael Kane, Diane Dewey, Vivian Reis, Anni Lantuch, Gina Dick, John Facenda Comedy Live action
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The Hunter Paramount Pictures / Rastar Buzz Kulik (director); Ted Leighton, Peter Hyams (screenplay); Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Kathryn Harrold, LeVar Burton, Ben Johnson, Richard Venture, Tracey Walter, Thomas Rosales Jr., Theodore Wilson Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller Live action
I Go Pogo Marc Paul Chinoy (director); Skip Hinnant, Ruth Buzzi, Stan Freberg, Arnold Stang, Jonathan Winters, Jimmy Breslin, Vincent Price Comedy Animation
Loose Shoes National American Films / Brooksfilms Ira Miller (director/screenplay); Royce D. Applegate, Dan Praiser, Charley Smith (screenplay); Royce D. Applegate, Bill Murray, Lewis Arquette, Howard Hesseman, Susan Tyrrell, Ed Lauter, Tom Baker, Buddy Hackett, Sean Frye, Sandy Helberg, Rod McCary, Sid Haig, Larry Hankin, David Downing, Kinky Friedman, Dan McBride, Brad Ashcraft, Dustin Day, Alexander Stowe Comedy Live action
Raise the Titanic Associated Film Distribution / ITC Entertainment Jerry Jameson (director); Adam Kennedy (screenplay); Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer, Dirk Blocker, Alec Guinness, Bo Brundin, M. Emmet Walsh, J.D. Cannon, Norman Bartold, Elya Baskin, Robert Broyles, Paul Carr, Michael C. Gwynne, Harvey Lewis Adventure Live action
8 The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu Orion Pictures / Braun Entertainment Group / Playboy Productions Piers Haggard (director); Rudy Dochtermann, Jim Moloney, Peter Sellers (screenplay); Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren, David Tomlinson, Sid Caesar, Simon Williams, Steve Franken, Stratford Johns, John Le Mesurier, John Sharp, Clive Dunn, Clément Harari, Burt Kwouk, Kwan-Young Lee, John Tan, Philip Tan, Serge Julien, Johns Rajohnson, Katia Tchenko Comedy Live action
Xanadu Universal Pictures Robert Greenwald (director); Richard Christian Danus, Marc Reid Rubel (screenplay); Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, Matt Lattanzi, James Sloyan, Dimitra Arliss, Katie Hanley, Fred McCarren, Ren Woods, Melvin Jones, Ira Newborn, Jo Ann Harris, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Coral Browne, Darcel Wynne, Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones, Miranda Garrison, Sandahl Bergman, Lynne Latham, John "Fee" Waybill, Prairie Prince, Bill Spooner, Vince Welnick, Deborah Jennsen, Alexander Cole, Melinda Phelps, Cherise Bate, Juliette Marshall, Marilyn Tokuda, Yvette Van Voorhees, Teri Beckerman, Rick Anderson, Michael Cotten, Roger Steen, Re Styles Musical, Fantasy Live action
10 Why Would I Lie? United Artists Larry Peerce (director); Peter Stone (screenplay); Treat Williams, Lisa Eichhorn, Gabriel Macht, Susan Heldfond, Anne Byrne, Valerie Curtin, Jocelyn Brando, Nicolas Coster, Severn Darden, Sonny Davis, Mitzi Hoag, Ilene Kristen, Jan D'Arcy, Jane Burkett, Kay Cummings, Mia Bendixsen, Harriet Gibson, Cynthia Hoppenfeld, Natalie Core, Shirley Slater, Marian Gants Comedy, Drama Live action
15 The Kidnapping of the President Crown International Pictures George Mendeluk (director); Richard Murphy, Charles Templeton (screenplay); William Shatner, Hal Holbrook, Van Johnson, Ava Gardner, Miguel Fernandes, Cindy Girling, Elizabeth Shepherd, Michael J. Reynolds, Gary Reineke, Maury Chaykin, Murray Westgate, Ken Anderson, Sully Boyar, Aubert Pallascio, Virginia Podesser Thriller Live action
Smokey and the Bandit II Universal Pictures / Rastar Hal Needham (director); Jerry Belson, Brock Yates (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick, David Huddleston, Mike Henry, John Anderson, Brenda Lee, The Statler Brothers, "Mean Joe" Greene, Mel Tillis, Joe Klecko, Don Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Nancy Lenehan, John Megna, Chuck Yeager, John Robert Nicholson Action, Comedy Live action
Those Lips, Those Eyes United Artists Michael Pressman (director); David Shaber (screenplay); Frank Langella, Glynnis O'Connor, Tom Hulce, Jerry Stiller, Herbert Berghof, Kevin McCarthy, Joseph Maher, George Morfogen Romance Live action
Willie & Phil 20th Century Fox Paul Mazursky (director/screenplay); Michael Ontkean, Margot Kidder, Ray Sharkey, Jan Miner, Tom Brennan, Julie Bovasso, Louis Guss, Kathleen Maguire, Kaki Hunter, Kristine DeBell, Jerry Hall Comedy, Drama Live action
22 The Octagon American Cinema Releasing / American Cinema Productions Eric Karson (director); Leigh Chapman (screenplay); Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef, Tadashi Yamashita, Carol Bagdasarian, Richard Norton, Art Hindle, Kim Lankford, Kurt Grayson, Yuki Shimoda, Jack Carter, Ernie Hudson, Larry D. Mann, Aaron Norris, John Fujioka, Michael Norris, Brian Tochi Action, Martial Arts Live action
29 He Knows You're Alone United Artists Armand Mastroianni (director); Scott Parker (screenplay); Caitlin O'Heaney, Don Scardino, Elizabeth Kemp, Tom Rolfing, Lewis Arlt, Patsy Pease, James Rebhorn, Dana Barron, Tom Hanks, Paul Gleason, James Carroll, Russell Todd Slasher Live action
McVicar Crown International Pictures / The Who Films / Polytel Tom Clegg (director/screenplay); John McVicar (screenplay); Roger Daltrey, Adam Faith, Cheryl Campbell, Billy Murray, Georgina Hale, Steven Berkoff, Brian Hall, Matthew Scurfield, Harry Fielder, Ian Hendry, Malcolm Tierney, Robert Walker Jr., James Marcus, Tony Haygarth, Anthony May, Peter Jonfield, Leonard Gregory, Joe Turner, Jeremy Blake, Anthony Trent, Terence Stuart, Charles Cork, Paul Kernber, Ronald Herdman, Tony Rohr, Michael Feast, Richard Simpson, Ricky Parkinson Drama Live action
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8 Battle Beyond the Stars New World Pictures Jimmy T. Murakami (director); John Sayles (screenplay); Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard, John Saxon, Sybil Danning, Darlanne Fluegel, Sam Jaffe, Jeff Corey, Morgan Woodward, Marta Kristen, Earl Boen, Lynn Carlin, Lara Cody, Julia Duffy, John Gowens, Larry Meyers, Steve Davis Space Opera Live action
Return of the Secaucus 7 Libra Films / Salsipuedes Productions John Sayles (director/screenplay); Bruce MacDonald, Maggie Renzi, David Strathairn, Adam LeFevre, Maggie Cousineau, Gordon Clapp, Jean Passanante, Karen Trott, Mark Arnott, John Sayles, Marisa Smith, Amy Schewel, Carolyn Brooks, Eric Forsythe, Nancy Mette Drama Live action
9 Phobia Paramount Pictures John Huston (director); Peter Bellwood, Lew Lehman, Jimmy Sangster (screenplay); Paul Michael Glaser, Susan Hogan, John Colicos, David Eisner, Lisa Langlois, Alexandra Stewart, Kenneth Welsh, David Bolt, Patricia Collins, Robert O'Ree, Neil Vipond, Marian Waldman Horror, Thriller Live action
10 The Big Brawl Warner Bros. / Golden Harvest Robert Clouse (director/screenplay); Jackie Chan, José Ferrer, Kristine DeBell, Mako, Ron Max, David Sheiner, Rosalind Chao, Lenny Montana, Pat E. Johnson, Hard Boiled Haggerty, Chao-Li Chi, Jocelyn Lew, Peter Marc, Gene LeBell, Larry Drake Martial Arts, Action, Comedy Live action
The Gods Must Be Crazy 20th Century Fox Jamie Uys (director/screenplay); N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Nic de Jager, Ken Gampu, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Pip Freedman, Jamie Uys, Michael Thys, Louw Verwey, Simon Sabela, Fanyana Sidumo, Joe Seakatsie Comedy Live action
19 The Exterminator Amsell Entertainment / AVCO Embassy Pictures / Shapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment / Interstar Pictures James Glickenhaus (director/screenplay); Robert Ginty, Samantha Eggar, Christopher George, Steve James, George Lee Cheung, Toni Di Benedetto, Dick Boccelli, Patrick Farrelly, Michele Harrell, David Lipman, Tom Everett, Ned Eisenberg, Irwin Keyes, Cindy Wilks, Dennis Boutsikaris, Mark Buntzman, Tony Munafo, Roger Grimsby, Judy Licht, Stan Getz, Samuel L. Jackson Action Live action
Melvin and Howard Universal Pictures Jonathan Demme (director); Bo Goldman (screenplay); Paul Le Mat, Mary Steenburgen, Pamela Reed, Jason Robards, Michael J. Pollard, Jack Kehoe, Rick Lenz, Dabney Coleman, Charles Napier, Melvin Dummar Comedy, Drama Live action
Mother's Day United Film Distribution Company / Duty Productions / Saga Films A.B. Charles Kaufman (director/screenplay); Warren Leight (screenplay); Nancy Hendrickson, Rose Ross, Robert Collins, Deborah Luce, Tiana Pierce, Gary Pollard, Michael McCleery, Karl Sandys Slasher Live action
Ordinary People Paramount Pictures / Wildwood Enterprises, Inc. Robert Redford (director); Alvin Sargent (screenplay); Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth McGovern, M. Emmet Walsh, Dinah Manoff, Fredric Lehne, James B. Sikking, Basil Hoffman, Quinn Redeker, Mariclare Costello, Meg Mundy, Elizabeth Hubbard, Adam Baldwin, Richard Whiting, Tim Clarke, Scott Doebler Drama Live action
Super Fuzz Columbia / AVCO Embassy / El Pico S.A. / Trans Cinema TV Sergio Corbucci (director/screenplay); Sabatino Ciuffini (screenplay); Terence Hill, Ernest Borgnine, Joanne Dru, Marc Lawrence, Julie Gordon, Lee Sandman, Sal Borghese, Woody Woodbury Superhero, Comedy Live action
26 Divine Madness Warner Bros. Michael Ritchie (director); Jerry Blatt, Bette Midler, Bruce Vilanch (screenplay); Bette Midler Concert Live action
Hopscotch AVCO Embassy Pictures Ronald Neame (director); Bryan Forbes, Brian Garfield (screenplay); Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty, Herbert Lom, George Baker, Ivor Roberts, Lucy Saroyan, Severn Darden, George Pravda, Mike Gwilym, David Matthau, Terry Beaver, Ray Charleson, Jacquelyn Hyde Spy, Comedy Live action
In God We Tru$t Universal Pictures Marty Feldman (director/screenplay); Chris Allen (screenplay); Marty Feldman, Andy Kaufman, Louise Lasser, Peter Boyle, Richard Pryor, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Severn Darden Comedy Live action
My Bodyguard 20th Century Fox / Melvin Simon Productions Tony Bill (director); Alan Ormsby (screenplay); Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Martin Mull, Ruth Gordon, John Houseman, Craig Richard Nelson, Kathryn Grody, Joan Cusack, George Wendt, Jennifer Beals, Richard Bradley, Tim Reyna, Dean R. Miller, Hank Salas Family, Comedy, Drama Live action
Resurrection Universal Pictures Daniel Petrie (director); Lewis John Carlino (screenplay); Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom, Clifford David, Pamela Payton-Wright, Jeffrey DeMunn, Eva Le Gallienne, Lois Smith, Richard Hamilton, Sylvia Walden, Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood Drama Live action
Stardust Memories United Artists Woody Allen (director/screenplay); Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper, Marie-Christine Barrault, Tony Roberts, Daniel Stern, Amy Wright, Helen Hanft, John Rothman, Anne De Salvo, Leonardo Cimino, Sharon Stone, Jack Rollins, Judith Roberts, Candy Loving, Brent Spiner, Judith Crist, Irwin Keyes, Bonnie Hellman, Cynthia Gibb, Annie Korzen, Largo Woodruff, James Otis, Alice Spivak, Armin Shimerman, Laraine Newman, Louise Lasser, Joe Wilder, Hank Jones, Richie Pratt, Arvell Shaw, Earl Shendell, William Zinsser Comedy, Drama Live action
Without Warning Filmways Pictures / World Amusement Partnership Greydon Clark (director); Lyn Freeman, Daniel Grodnik, Ben Nett, Steve Mathis (screenplay); Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Tarah Nutter, Christopher S. Nelson, Cameron Mitchell, Neville Brand, Ralph Meeker, Darby Hinton, David Caruso, Lynn Thell, Sue Ane Langdon, Larry Storch, Kevin Peter Hall Horror, Sci-Fi Live action

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3 Coast to Coast Paramount Pictures Joseph Sargent (director); Stanley Weiser (screenplay); Dyan Cannon, Robert Blake, Quinn Redeker, Michael Lerner, Maxine Stuart, William Lucking, Rozelle Gayle, George P. Wilbur, Darwin Joston, Dick Durock, Cassandra Peterson, Karen Montgomery, Vicki Frederick, John Roselius Romance, Comedy Live action
The First Deadly Sin Filmways Pictures Brian G. Hutton (director); Mann Rubin (screenplay); Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, James Whitmore, David Dukes, Brenda Vaccaro, Martin Gabel, Anthony Zerbe, George Coe, Joe Spinell, Jeffrey DeMunn, Bruce Willis Crime, Thriller Live action
Gloria Columbia Pictures John Cassavetes (director/screenplay); Gena Rowlands, Julie Carmen, Buck Henry, John Adames, Lupe Garnica, John Finnegan, Tom Noonan, J.C. Quinn, Sonny Landham, Lawrence Tierney Neo-Noir, Crime, Thriller Live action
The Man with Bogart's Face 20th Century Fox / Melvin Simon Productions Robert Day (director); Andrew J. Fenady (screenplay); Robert Sacchi, Franco Nero, Michelle Phillips, Olivia Hussey, Misty Rowe, Victor Buono, Sybil Danning, Herbert Lom, Richard Bakalyan, Gregg Palmer, Jay Robinson, George Raft, Yvonne De Carlo, Mike Mazurki, Henry Wilcoxon, Victor Sen Yung Comedy Live action
Oh, God! Book II Warner Bros. Gilbert Cates (director); Josh Greenfeld, Hal Goldman, Fred S. Fox, Seaman Jacobs, Melissa Miller (screenplay); George Burns, Suzanne Pleshette, David Birney, Louanne Sirota, John Louie, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Conrad Janis, Hans Conried Comedy Live action
One-Trick Pony Warner Bros. Robert M. Young (director); Paul Simon (screenplay); Paul Simon, Blair Brown, Rip Torn, Joan Hackett, Allen Garfield, Mare Winningham, Michael Pearlman, Lou Reed, Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Tony Levin, Richard Tee, Harry Shearer, Daniel Stern, Sam & Dave, The Lovin' Spoonful, Tiny Tim, The B-52's, David Sanborn Music, Drama Live action
Somewhere in Time Universal Pictures / Rastar Jeannot Szwarc (director); Richard Matheson (screenplay); Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright, Bill Irwin, George Voskovec, Susan French, John Alvin, Eddra Gale, Tim Kazurinsky, Richard Matheson, William H. Macy, Sean Hayden, Ali Matheson Romance, Fantasy, Drama Live action
Terror Train 20th Century Fox / Astral Bellevue Pathe / Sandy Howard Productions / Triple T Productions Roger Spottiswoode (director); T.Y. Drake (screenplay); Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Johnson, Hart Bochner, Timothy Webber, Anthony Sherwood, Joy Boushel, D.D. Winters, Howard Busgang, David Copperfield, Sandee Currie, Derek MacKinnon, Elizabeth Cholette, Don Lamoreux, Steve Michaels, Charles Biddle Sr., Thom Haverstock, Greg Swanson Slasher Live action
10 The Elephant Man Paramount Pictures David Lynch (director/screenplay); Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren (screenplay); Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Hannah Gordon, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, Dexter Fletcher, Helen Ryan, John Standing, Lesley Dunlop, Phoebe Nicholls, W. Morgan Sheppard, Kenny Baker, Pat Gorman, Pauline Quirke, Nula Conwell Historical, Drama Live action
It's My Turn Columbia Pictures / Rastar Claudia Weill (director); Eleanor Bergstein (screenplay); Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, Charles Grodin, Beverly Garland, Steven Hill, Jennifer Salt, Dianne Wiest, Daniel Stern Romance, Comedy, Drama Live action
Kagemusha 20th Century Fox / Toho Akira Kurosawa (director/screenplay); Masato Ide (screenplay); Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu, Hideji Ōtaki, Daisuke Ryu, Masayuki Yui, Kaori Momoi, Mitsuko Baisho, Hideo Murota, Takayuki Shiho, Kōji Shimizu, Takashi Shimura, Kamatari Fujiwara, Noburo Shimizu, Sen Yamamoto, Shuhei Sugimori, Elichi Kanakubo, Francis Selleck Period, Drama Live action
Private Benjamin Warner Bros. Howard Zieff (director); Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller (screenplay); Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber, Richard Herd, Sam Wanamaker, Barbara Barrie, Gretchen Wyler, Mary Kay Place, Harry Dean Stanton, Hal Williams, P.J. Soles, Craig T. Nelson, Albert Brooks, Alan Oppenheimer, Toni Kalem, Damita Jo Freeman, Alston Ahern, Lee Wallace, Danny Wells Comedy Live action
Song of the South (re-release) Walt Disney Productions / RKO Radio Pictures Harve Foster, Wilfred Jackson (directors); Morton Grant, Maurice Rapf, Dalton S. Reymond, Bill Peet, George Stallings, Ralph Wright (screenplay); James Baskett, Bobby Driscoll, Luana Patten, Glenn Leedy, Ruth Warrick, Hattie McDaniel, Lucile Watson, Mary Field, Johnny Lee, Nick Stewart, Roy Glenn, Clarence Nash, Erik Rolf, Olivier Urbain, George Nokes, Gene Holland, Helen Crozier, Anita Brown Musical, Drama Live action/Animation
14 Fade to Black Compass International Pictures / American Cinema Releasing Vernon Zimmerman (director/screenplay); Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson, Norman Burton, Morgan Paull, Gwynne Gilford, Eve Brent Ashe, James Luisi, Linda Kerridge, John Steadman, Mickey Rourke, Peter Horton, Melinda O. Fee, Marcie Barkin Horror, Comedy Live action
17 Foolin' Around Columbia Pictures / GCC Productions Richard T. Heffron (director); Michael Kane, David Swift (screenplay); Gary Busey, Annette O'Toole, Eddie Albert, Tony Randall, Cloris Leachman, Michael Talbott, John Calvin, William H. Macy Comedy, Romance, Sports Live action
Loving Couples 20th Century Fox / Time-Life Films Jack Smight (director); Martin Donovan (screenplay); Shirley MacLaine, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon, Stephen Collins, Sally Kellerman, Nan Martin, Anne Bloom, Helena Carroll, Marilyn Chris, Pat Corley, Michael Currie, John de Lancie, Peter Hobbs, Sam Weisman Romance, Comedy Live action
Schizoid Cannon Group / Golan-Globus Productions David Paulsen (director/screenplay); Klaus Kinski, Marianna Hill, Craig Wasson, Donna Wilkes, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Herd, Joe Regalbuto, Flo Gerrish, Kiva Lawrence Slasher Live action
Times Square Associated Film Distribution / EMI Films / Robert Stigwood Organisation Allan Moyle (director); Jacob Brackman (screenplay); Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado, Robin Johnson, Peter Coffield, Herbert Berghof, David Margulies, Anna Maria Horsford, Michael Margotta, J.C. Quinn, Tim Choate, Elizabeth Peña, Steve James, Jay Acovone Drama Live action
18 Motel Hell United Artists Kevin Connor (director); Robert Jaffe, Steven-Charles Jaffe (screenplay); Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod, Wolfman Jack, Elaine Joyce, Monique St. Pierre, Rosanne Katon, John Ratzenberger, Dick Curtis, E. Hampton Beagle, Everett Creach, Michael Melvin, Victoria Hartman, Gwil Richards, Toni Gillman, Marc Silver, Shaylin Hendrixson, Heather Hendrixson Comedy, Horror Live action
31 The Awakening Orion Pictures / EMI Films Mike Newell (director); Chris Bryant, Allan Scott, Clive Exton (screenplay); Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Jill Townsend, Stephanie Zimbalist, Patrick Drury, Bruce Myers, Nadim Sawalha, Ian McDiarmid, Ahmed Osman, Miriam Margoyles, Michael Mellinger, Leonard Maguire, Ishia Bennison, Madhav Sharma, Chris Fairbanks, Michael Halphie Horror Live action
Borderline Associated Film Distribution / ITC Entertainment / Marble Arch Productions Jerrold Freedman (director/screenplay); Steve Kline (screenplay); Charles Bronson, Ed Harris, Bruno Kirby, Wilford Brimley, Michael Lerner, Bert Remsen, Kenneth McMillan, Karmin Murcelo, Norman Alden, John Ashton, Charles Cyphers, Enrique Castillo Action, Crime, Drama Live action
Sunday Lovers United Artists / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Bryan Forbes, Édouard Molinaro, Gene Wilder, Dino Risi (directors); Leslie Bricusse, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Francis Veber, Gene Wilder (screenplay); Gene Wilder, Roger Moore, Kathleen Quinlan, Lino Ventura, Ugo Tognazzi, Priscilla Barnes, Lynn Redgrave, Liù Bosisio, Denholm Elliott, Sylva Koscina, Beba Lončar, Rossana Podestà, Milena Vukotic, Robert Webber, Madeleine Barbulée, Lory Del Santo, Luis Ávalos, Catherine Spaak, Francesco D'Adda, Catherine Salviat, George Hillsden, Adelita Requena, Tommy Duggan, Pierre Douglas, Michèle Montel, Gino Da Ronch, Gianfilippo Carcano, Vittorio Zarfati, María Teresa Lombardo, Dianne Crittenden, Randolph Dobbs Romance, Comedy Live action
Touched by Love Columbia Pictures / Rastar Gus Trikonis (director); Hesper Anderson (screenplay); Diane Lane, Deborah Raffin, Michael Learned, John Amos, Cristina Raines, Mary Wickes, Clu Gulager Drama Live action
Witches' Brew United Artists Richard Shorr (director/screenplay); Syd Dutton (screenplay); Teri Garr, Richard Benjamin, Lana Turner, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Jordan Charney, Angus Scrimm, James Winkler, Bill Sorrells, Kelly Jean Peters, Nathan Roth, Bonnie Gondel Comedy, Horror Live action
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3 The Long Good Friday Paramount Pictures / Black Lion Films / HandMade Films / Calendar Productions John Mackenzie (director); Barrie Keeffe (screenplay); Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Bryan Marshall, Derek Thompson, Eddie Constantine, Dave King, P.H. Moriarty, Paul Freeman, Stephen Davies, Brian Hall, Paul Barber, Pauline Melville, Nigel Humphreys, Karl Howman, Gillian Taylforth, Dexter Fletcher, Pierce Brosnan, Daragh O'Malley, Kevin McNally Gangster Live action
7 The Boogeyman Jerry Gross Organization Ulli Lommel (director/screenplay); Suzanna Love, John Carradine, Ron James, Nicholas Love, Raymond Boyden Horror Live action
Christmas Evil Pan American Pictures / Edward R. Pressman Film Lewis Jackson (director/screenplay); Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick, Mark Chamberlin, Peter Friedman, Patricia Richardson, Mark Margolis, Rutanya Alda, Joe Jamrog, Peter Neuman, Scott McKay, Gus Salud, Wally Moran, Burt Kleiner Slasher Live action
11 Shogun Assassin New World Pictures / Katsu Robert Houston (director/screenplay); David Weisman, Kazuo Koike (screenplay); Tomisaburo Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Akiji Kobayashi, Shin Kishida, Taketoshi Naito, Akihiro Tomikawa, Reiko Kasahara, Minoru Ooki, Shougen Nitta, Tokio Ooki Live action
14 The Idolmaker United Artists Taylor Hackford (director); Edward di Lorenzo (screenplay); Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, Joe Pantoliano, Tovah Feldshuh, Paul Land, Maureen McCormick, Olympia Dukakis, John Aprea Musical, Drama Live action
Raging Bull United Artists Martin Scorsese (director); Paul Schrader, Mardik Martin (screenplay); Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Frank Vincent, Lori Anne Flax, Mario Gallo, Frank Adonis, Joseph Bono, Frank Topham, Charles Scorsese, Geraldine Smith, Candy Moore, James V. Christy, Peter Savage, Don Dunphy, McKenzie Westmore, Gene LeBell, Shay Duffin, Martin Scorsese, John Turturro, Coley Wallace, Johnny Barnes, Bill Hanrahan, Kevin Mahon, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Floyd Anderson, Johnny Turner, Louis Raftis Biography, Sports, Drama Live action
19 Heaven's Gate United Artists / Partisan Productions Michael Cimino (director/screenplay); Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Brad Dourif, Isabelle Huppert, Jeff Bridges, Joseph Cotten, Geoffrey Lewis, Paul Koslo, Richard Masur, Ronnie Hawkins, Terry O'Quinn, Tom Noonan, Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Roseanne Vela, Nicholas Woodeson Epic, Western Live action
21 The Apple The Cannon Group / NF Geria II / Filmgesellschaft mbH Menahem Golan (director/screenplay); Catherine Mary Stewart, Allan Love, Grace Kennedy, George Gilmour, Joss Ackland, Vladek Sheybal, Ray Shell, Miriam Margoyles, Derek Deadman, George S. Clinton, Finola Hughes, Femi Taylor, John Chester, Michael Logan, Francesca Poston, Leslie Meadows, Gunter Notthoff, Clem Davies, Coby Recht, Iris Recht Sci-Fi, Musical, Comedy Live action
Babylon Kino Lorber Repertory / Seventy-Seven / National Film Finance Corporation Franco Rosso (director/screenplay); Martin Stellman (screenplay); Brinsley Forde, Karl Howman, Trevor Laird, T-Bone Wilson, Mel Smith, Stefan Kalipha, Mark Monero, Alan Igbon, King Sounds, Maggie Steed, Mikey Campbell, Angus Zeb, David Gant, Gary Whelan, Vilma Hollingbery, Jah Shaka, Brian Bovell, Victor Romero Evans, David N. Haynes, Archie Pool, Beverly Michaels, Beverley Dublin, Granville Garner, David Cunningham, Cosmo Laidlaw, Yvonne Agard, Donovan Platt, Anthony Trent, Patrick Worrall, Malcolm Frederick, Cynthia Powell, Ann Duncan Drama Live action
Hurray for Betty Boop Paramount Pictures / Fleischer Studios Dave Fleischer (director); Mae Questel Comedy Animation
The Visitor American International Pictures / The International Picture Show Company / Brouwersgracht Investments / Film Ventures International / Swan American Film Giulio Paradisi (director); Luciano Comici, Robert Mundi (screenplay); John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Shelley Winters, Joanne Nail, Sam Peckinpah, Paige Conner, Neal Boortz, Steve Somers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Franco Nero Sci-Fi, Horror Live action
26 Rockshow Miramax Films / MPL Communications Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch, Joe English Concert Live action
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1 A Change of Seasons 20th Century Fox / Film Finance Group / Polyc International BV Richard Lang (director); Erich Segal, Martin Ransohoff, Ronni Kern, Fred Segal (screenplay); Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Hopkins, Bo Derek, Michael Brandon, Mary Beth Hurt, Edward Winter, K Callan, Rod Colbin, Steve Eastin, Billy Beck, Karen Philipp, Paul Bryar Comedy, Drama Live action
3 The Competition Columbia Pictures / Rastar Films Joel Oliansky (director/screenplay); Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, Lee Remick, Sam Wanamaker, Joseph Cali, Gloria Stroock, Priscilla Pointer, James B. Sikking, Ty Henderson, Vicki Kriegler, Adam Stern, Bea Silvern, Philip Sterling, Delia Salvi Drama, Musical Live action
4 Superman II in Australia only opens worldwide on June 19, 1981. Warner Bros. / Dovemead Ltd. / International Film Production Richard Lester (director); Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman (screenplay); Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglas, Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Susannah York, Clifton James, E.G. Marshall, Marc McClure, Terence Stamp Superhero, Action Live action
5 Flash Gordon Universal Pictures / Starling Productions / Famous Films Mike Hodges (director); Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay); Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed, Peter Wyngarde, Mariangela Melato, Richard O'Brien, John Osborne, Philip Stone, John Hallam, Suzanne Danielle, John Morton, William Hootkins, Robbie Coltrane, Peter Duncan, John Hollis, Leon Greene, Tony Scannell, Bogdan Kominowski, George Harris, Deep Roy, Bob Goody, Kenny Baker, Malcolm Dixon Space Opera Live action
6 Popeye Paramount Pictures / Walt Disney Productions / Robert Evan Productions / King Features Syndicate Robert Altman (director); Jules Feiffer (screenplay); Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Paul L. Smith, Paul Dooley, Richard Libertini, Ray Walston, Donald Moffat, Roberta Maxwell, Donovan Scott, Allan F. Nicholls, Bill Irwin, Sharon Kinney, Linda Hunt, Geoff Hoyle, Wayne Robson, Klaus Voormann, Van Dyke Parks, Dennis Franz, Carlos Brown, Jack Mercer, John Wallace, MacIntyre Dixon, Wesley Ivan Hurt, Peter Bray Musical, Comedy Live action
12 Stir Crazy Columbia Pictures Sidney Poitier (director); Bruce Jay Friedman (screenplay); Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams, Miguel Ángel Suárez, Craig T. Nelson, Barry Corbin, Charles Weldon, Nicolas Coster, Joel Brooks, Jonathan Banks, Erland Van Lidth, Cedrick Hardman, Luis Ávalos, Esther Sutherland, Pamela Poitier, Claudia Cron, Grand L. Bush, Lee Purcell, Lewis Van Bergen, Franklin Ajaye, Alvin Ing, Herbert Hirschman, Mickey Jones, Billy Beck Comedy Live action
17 Any Which Way You Can Warner Bros. / The Malpaso Company Buddy Van Horn (director); Stanford Sherman, Jeremy Joe Kronsberg (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Ruth Gordon, William Smith, Barry Corbin, Harry Guardino, Michael Cavanaugh, James Gammon, John Quade, Al Ruscio, Jack Murdock, George Murdock, Dick Durock, Camila Ashlend, Anne Ramsey, Logan Ramsey, Jim Stafford, Michael Talbott, Mark L. Taylor, Jack Thibeau, Charles Walker Action, Comedy Live action
The Dogs of War United Artists John Irvin (director); Gary DeVore, George Malko (screenplay); Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Colin Blakely, Hugh Millais, Paul Freeman, Jean-François Stévenin, JoBeth Williams, Maggie Scott, Robert Urquhart, Winston Ntshona, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Harlan Cary Poe, Ed O'Neill, Shane Rimmer, George Harris, David Schofield, Terence Rigby, Olu Jacobs, Alan Beckwith, Jim Broadbent War Live action
Nightkill Cine Artist Film Ted Post (director); Joan Andre (screenplay); Jaclyn Smith, Mike Connors, James Franciscus, Robert Mitchum, Fritz Weaver, Sybil Danning, Belinda Mayne, Michael Anderson Jr., Tina Menard, Melanie MacQueen Crime, Horror, Thriller Live action
19 9 to 5 20th Century Fox / IPC Films Colin Higgins (director/screenplay); Patricia Resnick (screenplay); Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Elizabeth Wilson, Sterling Hayden, Henry Jones, Lawrence Pressman, Marian Mercer, Renn Woods, Norma Donaldson, Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini, Peggy Pope, Richard Stahl, Ray Vitte Comedy Live action
The Aristocats (re-release) Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution Wolfgang Reitherman (director); Ken Anderson, Larry Clemmons, Eric Cleworth, Vance Gerry, Julius Svendsen, Ralph Thomas, Ralph Wright (screenplay); Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers, Paul Winchell, Lord Tim Hudson, Thurl Ravenscroft, Dean Clark, Liz English, Gary Dubin, Roddy Maude-Roxby, Vito Scotti, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey, Hermione Baddeley, Charles Lane, Nancy Kulp, Monica Evans, Carole Shelley, Bill Thompson, Peter Renaday, Mel Blanc, Ruth Buzzi, Robie Lester Romance, Musical, Comedy Live action
The Formula United Artists / CIP Filmproduktion John G. Avildsen (director); Steve Shagan (screenplay); Marlon Brando, George C. Scott, Marthe Keller, John Gielgud, G.D. Spradlin, Beatrice Straight, Richard Lynch, John van Dreelen, Robin Clarke, Ike Eisenmann, Marshall Thompson, Dieter Schidor, Werner Kreindl, Jan Niklas, Wolfgang Preiss, David Byrd, Ferdy Mayne, Alan North, Calvin Jung, Louis Basile, Gerry Murphy, Craig T. Nelson, Herb Voland Mystery Live action
Inside Moves Associated Film Distribution / ITC Entertainment Richard Donner (director); Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson (screenplay); John Savage, David Morse, Diana Scarwid, Amy Wright, Tony Burton, Bill Henderson, Steve Kahan, Jack O'Leary, Bert Remsen, Harold Russell, Pepe Serna, Harold Sylvester, William Frankfather, Arnold Williams, George Brenlin, Gerri Dean Drama Live action
The Jazz Singer Associated Film Distribution / EMI Films Richard Fleischer (director); Herbert Baker, Stephen H. Foreman (screenplay); Neil Diamond, Laurence Olivier, Lucie Arnaz, Catlin Adams, Franklin Ajaye, Paul Nicholas, Sully Boyar, Mike Kellin, James Booth Musical, Drama Live action
The Mirror Crack'd Columbia-Warner Distributors / EMI Films / GW Films Guy Hamilton (director); Jonathan Hales, Barry Sandler (screenplay); Angela Lansbury, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Rock Hudson, Edward Fox, Geraldine Chaplin, Tony Curtis, Charles Gray, Richard Pearson, Wendy Morgan, Margaret Courtenay, Carolyn Pickles, Charles Lloyd-Pack, Pat Nye, Norman Wooland, Richard Leech, Sam Kydd, Pierce Brosnan, Anthony Steel, Dinah Sheridan, Nigel Stock, Hildegard Neil, John Bennett, Allan Cuthbertson, Marella Oppenheim, Maureen Bennett, Eric Dodson, Thick Wilson, Peter Woodthorpe Mystery Live action
Seems Like Old Times Columbia Pictures / Rastar Jay Sandrich (director); Neil Simon (screenplay); Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, Charles Grodin, Robert Guillaume, Yvonne Wilder, Harold Gould, George Grizzard, T.K. Carter, Judd Omen, Marc Alaimo, Chris Lemmon Comedy Live action
25 Altered States Warner Bros. Ken Russell (director); Sidney Aaron (screenplay); William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid, Thaao Penghlis, Drew Barrymore, Megan Jeffers, Dori Brenner, Peter Brandon, George Gaynes, Jack Murdock, John Larroquette Sci-Fi, Horror Live action
First Family Warner Bros. / F.F. Associates Buck Henry (director/screenplay); Bob Newhart, Madeline Kahn, Gilda Radner, Richard Benjamin, Bob Dishy, Harvey Korman, Fred Willard, Rip Torn, Austin Pendleton, John Hancock, Julius Harris Comedy Live action
Never Never Land Sharp Features Paul Annett (director); Petula Clark, Cathleen Nesbitt, John Castle, Anne Seymour, Heather Miller, Evelyn Laye, Roland Culver Drama Live action

Births[edit]

Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 14 Robert Ardrey 71 US Screenwriter
17 Barbara Britton 60 US Actress
22 Iris Meredith 64 US Actress
24 Lil Dagover 92 Germany Actress
24 James Poe 58 US Screenwriter
26 Dolly Rudeman 77 Netherlands Film poster designer
27 Peppino De Filippo 76 Italy Actor
28 Erle C. Kenton 83 US Director
29 Jimmy Durante 86 US Actor, Singer
February 1 Romolo Valli 54 Italy Actor
4 David Whitaker 52 UK Writer
9 Renée Houston 77 UK Actress, Writer
13 David Janssen 48 US Actor
18 Gale Robbins 58 US Actress, Singer
26 Mario Mattoli 81 Italy Director, Screenwriter
27 George Tobias 78 US Actor
March 5 Jay Silverheels 67 US Actor
8 Frank McDonald 80 US Director
27 Steve Fisher 67 US Screenwriter
28 Dick Haymes 61 US Actor, Singer
30 David Sharpe 70 US Stuntman, Actor
April 9 Kathleen Burke 66 US Actress
10 Kay Medford 65 US Actress
11 Charlotte Henry 66 US Actress
15 Raymond Bailey 75 US Actor
16 Harry Hutchinson 87 Ireland Actor Blowup
17 Alf Sjöberg 76 Sweden Director
19 Tony Beckley 50 UK Actor
25 Mario Bava 65 Italy Director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer
26 Cicely Courtneidge 87 UK Actress, Singer
29 William Clemens 74 US Director
29 Alfred Hitchcock 80 UK Director, Producer
May 1 Henry Levin 70 US Director
1 Gene Markey 84 US Screenwriter
2 George Pal 72 Hungary Producer
4 Kay Hammond 71 UK Actress
12 Lillian Roth 69 US Actress, Writer
14 Hugh Griffith 67 Wales Actor
16 José Calvo 64 Spain Actor
June 4 Gloria Saunders 52 US Actress
12 Milburn Stone 75 US Actor
18 Terence Fisher 76 UK Director
22 Monang Carvajal 82 Philippines Actress
23 John Laurie 83 UK Actor
23 Odile Versois 50 France Actress
28 Jose Iturbi 84 Spain Conductor, Actor
July 6 Gail Patrick 69 US Producer, Actress
7 Reginald Gardiner 77 UK Actor
7 Dore Schary 74 US Producer, Screenwriter, Studio Executive
11 Peggy Knudsen 57 US Actress
24 Peter Sellers 54 UK Actor
30 Charles McGraw 66 US Actor
31 Bobby Van 51 US Actor, Dancer
August 1 Strother Martin 61 US Actor
7 Norman Atkyns 74 UK Actor Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
9 Elliot Nugent 83 US Director
14 Dorothy Stratten 20 US Actress
25 Gower Champion 59 US Actor, Dancer, Director
September 3 Barbara O'Neil 70 US Actress
4 Duncan Renaldo 76 US Actor
5 Barbara Loden 48 US Actress, Director
24 Theodor Luts 84 Brazil Cinematographer, Director Substitute Wife
25 Lewis Milestone 84 Russia Director
October 6 Hattie Jacques 58 UK Actress
28 Leon Janney 63 Mexico Actor
November 4 Noel Langley 68 South Africa Screenwriter
7 Emilio Cigoli 70 Italy Actor
7 Steve McQueen 50 Mexico Actor, Producer
9 Carmel Myers 81 US Actress
15 Bill Lee 64 US Actor, Singer
22 Mae West 87 US Actress, Writer
24 George Raft 79 US Actor
26 Rachel Roberts 53 US Actress
December 8 John Lennon 40 US Actor, Musician, Producer
16 Peter Collinson 44 US Director, Producer, Writer
18 Gabrielle Robinne 94 France Actress The Assassination of the Duke of Guise
20 Ben Sharpsteen 85 US Director, Producer
21 Marc Connelly 90 US Actor
23 Memmo Carotenuto 72 Italy Actor
28 Sam Levene 75 US Actor
31 Raoul Walsh 93 US Director, Writer, Actor

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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