From Jack Cates and Reggie Hammond attempting to catch two serial killers to young Elliott befriending an alien to aspiring comic artist Rupert Pupkin attempting to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol – 1982 saw directors venturing into a variety of themes, concepts and ideas. While some flicks broke into the box offices, others earned the critical hurrah.
For this list, I have taken into account films on the basis of the writing, direction, acting and artistic creativity. Some brought in new life into established genres and some spawned innovative creativity. However, despite their visual, aesthetic and conceptual differences, every film on this list made 1982 a memorable year for cinema with their artistic and technical chef-d’oeuvre. Honourable mentions – ‘The Thing’ (1982), ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ (1982), ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ (1982) – these movies were brilliant in their own right, but the movies on this list are hallmarked as the defining movies of 1981. So, without further ado, here’s a list of top movies of 1981.
12. Tex (1982)
A coming-of-age adventure film, ‘Tex’ follows the story of two teenage brothers Tex and Mason, and their arduous journey of making it on their own when their mother dies and their father walks out on them. Directed by Tim Hunter, the film is adapted from American author, S. E. Hinton’s book of the same name. Starring Matt Dillon and Jim Metzler as the McCormick brothers, the film showcases their gruelling journey in life and society, while indulging deep into their relationship as adrenaline pumped up young adults. With an unpretentious screenplay co-written by Ron Miller, Charles S. Haas and Tim Hunter and earnest performances by the lead cast, ‘Tex’ received positive reviews from critics, with several lauding the modest and sincere presentation of the youth and their innate difficulties and journeys in life.
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11. 48 Hrs. (1982)