REWIND & RANK: TOP 10 Movies 1983

RANKING THE YEAR’S BEST: FROM OSCAR MOVIES TO BLOCKBUSTERS

Walk down memory lane… And let the movie nerd debate begin.

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Let’s REWIND to the year 1983.

These are personal TOP 10s ranking Oscar-nominated movies right alongside popcorn-munching blockbusters, indie films, b-movies, and cult classics. You never know, you might even uncover a hidden gem or two.

1983 saw the birth of some big stars with some big hits on the comedy front. The blockbuster era was launching into full effect. The #1 movie at the box office was STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI with $252.5 million (domestic – not adjusted for inflation).
There were also box office bombs like terrible sequels JAWS 3D and PSYCHO 2, along with mega-flop THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

Lest we forget, 1983 was also the year of Stephen King with several feature film adaptations from the master of horror. The 80s made King the best-selling legend we know today.

My TOP 10 is followed by HONORABLE MENTIONS.

Let’s dig in…


THE TOP 10

10. VIDEODROME

David Cronenberg’s mind f*ck is old school cult classic. James Woods surfs channels discovering brutally disturbing underground television stations. Slowly, the two worlds blend in a techno-thriller created long before the internet and the dark web.

9. THE OUTSIDERS

That’s So 80s! The retro brat pack stars in Francis Ford Coppolla’s tale of youth violence and gangs of the 1950s. Stars the likes of Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, C. Thomas Howell, and Ralph Macchio.

8. TRADING PLACES

Eddie Murphy burst onto the scene with fellow SNL-er Dan Aykroyd in this rags-to-riches comedy about characters swapping places from rich to poor. This con man cult classic laugher also stars Jamie Lee Curtis (with one of the best nude scenes of the decade).

7. MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE

This comedic troupe have several laugh-out-loud classic films. This is one of their best. Skit-based, there is a variety of humour to enjoy.

6. THE RIGHT STUFF

Compelling tale of the fighter pilots who tested out the latest jets in preparation for NASA’s astronaut program. Stars the likes of Sam Shepard and Dennis Quaid.

5. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION

The first of the Chevy Chase mega-comedies. R-rated and tons of fun with a high joke-per-minute counter.

4. THE BIG CHILL

A really intriguing premise sees friends reunite after years of separation. Incredible character piece with one of the best soundtracks ever. Stars the likes of Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, JoBeth Williams, Tom Berenger, Meg Tilly, and William Hurt.

3. SCARFACE

This much beloved mega-cult classic stars Al Pacino as a Cuban born gangster on the rise in Miami. Violent and over-the-top study of how the American Dream corrupts from stylish master director Brian DePalma and a screenplay by Oliver Stone.

2. A CHRISTMAS STORY

The best Christmas movie ever is a classic narrated tale about a boy in the 50s. A variety of comedy ensures every part of the audience can relate to something. Absurd at its worst, heart-warming at its best, this the ultimate cult classic holiday flick. Infinitely quotable.

1. STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI

One of the best STAR WARS movies of course comes from the Original Trilogy. Focused on pure entertainment and popcorn munching fun, the final chapter also satisfied on an emotional level with the overall story arc concluding. George Lucas once again (like with EMPIRE) focuses on producing, leaving the writing and directing to other creative talents. Imagine if Lucas returned to the Prequels in this capacity instead? Would we have a (rumored) Steven Spielberg version of STAR WARS? What could have been, eh? Nothing beats the original trilogy. Everything fans came to love was fully exploited in JEDI. STAR WARS is the rare cinematic magic that transports each viewer to a new land to tell a familiar story… executed perfectly and scored magnificently by legendary composer John Williams.


HONORABLE MENTIONS

listed alphabetically

BAD BOYS / CHAINED HEAT / CHRISTINE / CUJO / DC CAB / THE DEAD ZONE / FLASHDANCE / KRULL / MR. MOM / NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN / OCTOPUSSY / PORKY’S 2 / RUMBLE FISH / SLEEPAWAY CAMP / STRANGE BREW / SUPERMAN 3 / TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE / WARGAMES


my must-watch list

notable films i need to watch

ALL THE RIGHT MOVES / BLUE THUNDER / THE HUNGER / NEVER CRY WOLF / RISKY BUSINESS / SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES / THE STAR CHAMBER / STAR 80 / STAYING ALIVE / SUDDEN IMPACT / TERMS OF ENDEARMENT / YENTL


What do you think?

Stay tuned for Rewind & Rank: 2004.


 

12 thoughts on “REWIND & RANK: TOP 10 Movies 1983

  1. Got to check out a lot of the same movies you plan to watch. 1983 is an interesting year. The best movies from it don’t necessarily grab me the same way and I’ll tell you something that is nice about it. There’s a lot of adult films with big budgets that did big box office alongside the flicks for the kids. That’s pretty admirable. I have seen Blue Thunder, I think you’ll enjoy it for what it is.

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    1. Great point. I think the 80s were feeling the effects of the 70s, and I’m not talking about the ‘special’ kind. After the indie boom of complicated moral subject matter the decade before, it was proven that adult audiences were craving entertainment too. Movies didn’t need to please everyone – they could aim their focus on particular niches or demographics. At least, this is what I deduce. 😉 Thanks again for chiming in, Lloyd.

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      1. Star Wars changed everything. The Godfather, The Conversation, Taxi Drver, The Deer Hunter, Five Easy Pieces, Altman, etc, Those were the hits before. Jaws was the first one but it was based on a novel and a horror film. Star Wars was different and slowly Terms of Endearment and Platoon would give way to The Hurt Locker making $9million and winning Best Picture and Avatar making a billion and not winning. In 1972 we could have it both with The Godfather. And I think to some extent that’s what I think about the 1980s, we still had these prestige films that made big bucks and there’s crowdpleasers that were pretty damn good movies but that just might be perspective. There’s always been crowd pleasers and ‘important films’ and both always striving to good at what they intend to achieve. I mean don’t forget while those Oscar winners made serious dime, the real stars of that decade were Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds and the Academy weren’t giving them awards.

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      2. I wonder how much VHS factored in? In the 80s, we could watch movies at home, including so-called guilty pleasures. Once we got used to renting those, we started to see them in the theater too – minus any snarky looks hehehe 😉

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