Best Film of 1981 (ongoing survey)

 
Old 04-25-02, 12:03 AM
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Best Film of 1981 (ongoing survey)

A quick note:
  • Some people are now saying it's before their time, so they haven't seen enough to vote... If you've seen even one film that you really liked from the year, and thus you consider it the best you've seen (even if it's the only one you've seen), go ahead and vote. Heck, I was born in '82, so yeah, it's before my time too, but I've still got a favorite from most years back at least through the 70s, even if I've just seen 2 or 3 from the year.

I know we've got polls like this all the time around here, but I figure this one will be a little more comprehensive and perhaps even informative.

This thread will be for your pick for best film released during 1981 (think Oscar considerations for what's eligible). I'm not making it a poll because whether you like it or not, that would influence some people's choice.

Results will be posted in this thread, and all subsequent threads for each year, and they will be ongoing... so you can still vote here even weeks after other year's polls have begun.

Please start your post with your #1 film from 1981 (try to limit it to one - after all, that's the point - two at the most (I'll split the vote)), and yes, discussions are more than welcome!

Current Leader -- Raiders of the Lost Ark

All Years:
2000 -- Requiem For a Dream*
1999 -- Fight Club*
1998 -- (currently) Saving Private Ryan
1997 -- (currently) Boogie Nights
1996 -- Fargo*
1995 -- (currently) Braveheart
1994 -- Pulp Fiction*
1993 -- Schindler's List*
1992 -- Unforgiven*
1991 -- Silence of the Lambs*
1990 -- Goodfellas*
1989 -- (currently) Do the Right Thing
1988 -- Die Hard*
1987 -- Full Metal Jacket*
1986 -- (currently) Ferris Bueller's Day Off
1985 -- Back to the Future*
1984 -- (currently) Ghostbusters
1983 -- Return of the Jedi*
1982 -- (currently) E.T.
1981 -- Raiders of the Lost Ark*
1980

If you haven't voted on the previous years, feel free to go back and do so.

*Poll closed, winner declared.

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Old 04-25-02, 12:04 AM
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I've only seen 4 films from the year, but my favorite, by a long shot, is:

Body Heat - 10/10

Siskel:
1) Ragtime
2) My Dinner with Andre
3) Raiders of the Lost Ark
4) Mon Oncle d'Amerique
5) Gates of Heaven
6) Bye Bye Brazil
7) Prince of the City
8) Melvin and Howard
9) Body Heat
10) The French Lieutenant's Woman

Ebert:
1) My Dinner with Andre
2) Chariots of Fire
3) Gates of Heaven
4) Raiders of the Lost Ark
5) Heartland
6) Atlantic City
7) Thief
8) Body Heat
9) Tess
10) Reds

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Old 04-25-02, 12:14 AM
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1981

a no brainer...

#1. raiders of the lost ark

02. tess
03. reds
04. modern romance
05. body heat
06. prince of the city
07. who am I this time?
08. diva
09. blow out
10. an american werewolf in london

11. the decline of western civilization
12. christiane f.
13. meantime
14. the woman next door
15. arthur
16. escape from new york
17. superman 2
18. polyester
19. endless love
20. my dinner with andre

of note:
american pop
brooklyn bridge
excalibur
the french lieutenant’s woman
gates of heaven
gregory’s girl
the hand
mon oncle d’amerique
ms. 45
on golden pond
mephisto
pennies from heaven
the postman always rings twice
quartet
southern comfort
taps
time bandits
vernon, florida

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Might as well go ahead and close this... Raiders will win in a landslide.

That said, since these are starting to turn into "my favorite film" from each year instead of "best film" from said year... I'll vote for An American Werewolf In London.

Best film though was Chariots of Fire...
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1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. Time Bandits
3. Chariots of Fire
4. Excalibur
5. Stripes
6. S.O.B.
7. Victory
8. Arthur
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While I am really tempted to vote for Polyester since it is my favorite John Waters film, I'm gonna go with Peter Weir's Gallipoli.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark hands down.
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First line of my fave from that year, "The Decline of Western Civilization."
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Raiders of the Lost Ark...what else?
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Originally posted by Johnny Zhivago


That said, since these are starting to turn into "my favorite film" from each year instead of "best film" from said year...

I agree. I still can't believe Return of the Jedi, the worst of the original trilogy, won for best film of 1983.
My worthless vote goes to Time Bandits, BTW. Nowhere near Gilliam's best but better than the other movies that came out that year, IMO. Runner up would be Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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Chariots of Fire
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