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1. Mr. Mom (1983)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce, and he becomes a stay-at-home dad, a job he has no clue how to do.

Director: Stan Dragoti | Stars: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Frederick Koehler, Taliesin Jaffe

Votes: 20,351 | Gross: $64.80M

Husband and wife switch roles.

2. The Man with Two Brains (1983)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict

Votes: 23,487 | Gross: $10.10M

Brain transplant comedy.

3. Uncommon Valor (1983)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

38 Metascore

Ten years after his son went M.I.A. in Vietnam, U.S. Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in P.O.W. camps in Laos.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Robert Stack, Fred Ward

Votes: 8,669 | Gross: $30.50M

Group of Viet Vets re-unite to go back and rescue one of their own left behind.

4. Gorky Park (1983)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

60 Metascore

A Moscow police officer investigates a vicious triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level international political conspiracy.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Ian Bannen

Votes: 12,143 | Gross: $15.90M

Relentless manhunt.

5. Risky Business (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.

Director: Paul Brickman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur

Votes: 77,895 | Gross: $63.50M

Chicago teenager looking for fun.

6. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

77 Metascore

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 87,514 | Gross: $79.57M

Kid finds a back door to military computer, potentially starting WWIII.

7. The Big Chill (1983)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A group of seven former college friends gather for a week-end reunion at a South Carolina vacation home after the funeral of another of their college friends.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt

Votes: 31,712 | Gross: $56.20M

Reunion for seven college friends.

8. The Outsiders (1983)

PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze

Votes: 72,402 | Gross: $25.60M

Gang rivalry.

9. Phar Lap (1983)

PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

The true story of an Australian racehorse that became a champion, with the help of a local stableboy.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Burlinson, Judy Morris, Martin Vaughan, Celia De Burgh

Votes: 1,580

Champion Australian race horse.

10. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy

55 Metascore

The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid

Votes: 92,691 | Gross: $61.40M

Wally World.

11. Terms of Endearment (1983)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Votes: 52,934 | Gross: $108.42M

Very different mother and daughter.

12. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 130,419 | Gross: $90.40M

A snob and a street guy find their roles reversed.

13. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

91 Metascore

The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 54,439 | Gross: $21.50M

Astronauts and test pilots.

14. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 711,427 | Gross: $45.60M

A determined Cuban immigrant makes his mark in 1980 Miami.

15. Star 80 (1983)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

63 Metascore

A successful young model finds trouble when her obsessive manager-turned-husband becomes dangerously jealous. Based on the true story of 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts, Cliff Robertson, Carroll Baker

Votes: 5,554 | Gross: $6.47M

Dorothy Stratton's ascent as it affects those in her inner circle.

16. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 80,160 | Gross: $2.12M

Prophetic story about cable TV programming.

17. The 4th Man (1983)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk, Thom Hoffman, Dolf de Vries

Votes: 6,757

Stylish and shocking noir thriller.

18. Daniel (1983)

R | 130 min | Drama

Daniel Isaacson attempts to determine the true complicity of his parents Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed for espionage in the 1950s.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Mandy Patinkin, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Asner

Votes: 1,111 | Gross: $0.28M

Story of Daniel, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

19. Cross Creek (1983)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Rip Torn, Peter Coyote, Dana Hill

Votes: 1,513 | Gross: $0.20M

Marjorie Kinnan Rowlings moves to Florida and writes "The Yearling".

20. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 127,262 | Gross: $20.61M

A charming innocent nostalgic story that never seems to age.

21. L'Argent (1983)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama

95 Metascore

A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person until carelessness leads to tragedy.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Christian Patey, Sylvie Van den Elsen, Michel Briguet, Vincent Risterucci

Votes: 7,926

A forged 500 franc note passes from person to person until it lands with an innocent person who doesn't see it for what it is. It will have devastating consequences for his life.



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