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The following is an overview of events in 1981 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1981 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1981[1]
Rank Title Distributor Domestic gross
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark Paramount $212,222,025
2. On Golden Pond Universal $119,285,432
3. Superman II Warner Bros. $108,185,706
4. Arthur Orion Pictures / Warner Bros. $95,461,682
5. Stripes Columbia $85,297,000
6. The Cannonball Run 20th Century Fox $72,179,579
7. Chariots of Fire Warner Bros. $58,972,904
8. For Your Eyes Only United Artists $54,812,802
9. The Four Seasons Universal $50,427,646
10. Time Bandits Embassy Pictures $42,365,581

Events

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Chariots of Fire - Enigma, The Ladd Company/Warner Bros.
Best Director: Warren Beatty - Reds
Best Actor: Henry Fonda - On Golden Pond
Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn - On Golden Pond
Best Supporting Actor: John Gielgud - Arthur
Best Supporting Actress: Maureen Stapleton - Reds
Best Foreign Language Film: Mephisto, directed by Istvan Szabo, Hungary

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: On Golden Pond
Best Actor: Henry Fonda - On Golden Pond
Best Actress: Meryl Streep - The French Lieutenant's Woman
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Arthur
Best Actor: Dudley Moore - Arthur
Best Actress: Bernadette Peters - Pennies from Heaven
Other
Best Director: Warren Beatty - Reds
Best Foreign Film: Chariots of Fire, United Kingdom

Golden Raspberry Awards:

Worst Picture: Mommie Dearest
Worst Director: Michael Cimino - Heaven's Gate
Worst Actor: Klinton Spilsbury - The Legend of the Lone Ranger
Worst Actress: Bo Derek - Tarzan, the Ape Man; Faye Dunaway - Mommie Dearest
Worst Supporting Actor: Steve Forrest - Mommie Dearest
Worst Supporting Actress: Diana Scarwid - Mommie Dearest

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Man of Iron (Cz?owiek z ?elaza), directed by Andrzej Wajda, Poland

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Marianne and Juliane (Die Bleierne Zeit), directed by Margarethe von Trotta, W. Germany

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Faster, Faster (Deprisa, deprisa / Vivre vite), directed by Carlos Saura, Spain / France

Notable films released in 1981

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1981 Wide-release movies

January-March

April-June

July-September

October-December

Births

Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 10 Richard Boone 63 USA Actor
10 Katharine Alexander 82 USA Actress
11 Beulah Bondi 91 USA Actress
12 Isobel Elsom 87 UK Actress
16 Bernard Lee 73 UK Actor
February 1 Wanda Hendrix 52 USA Actress
2 Louise Lorraine 76 USA Actress
4 Mario Camerini 85 Italy Director, Screenwriter
11 Ketti Frings 71 USA Screenwriter
12 Jean Dixon 84 USA Actress
21 Ron Grainer 58 Australia Composer
22 Curtis Bernhardt 81 Germany Director
28 Virginia Huston 55 USA Actress
March 4 Torin Thatcher 76 UK Actor
5 Brenda de Banzie 71 UK Actress
14 Eleanor Perry 66 USA Screenwriter
15 René Clair 82 France Director, Screenwriter
17 Dorothy Dwan 74 USA Actress
April 7 Norman Taurog 82 USA Director, Screenwriter
14 Sergio Amidei 76 Italy Screenwriter
26 Madge Evans 71 USA Actress
26 Herb Voland 62 USA Actor
26 Jim Davis 71 USA Actor
May 9 Margaret Lindsay 70 USA Actress
18 Arthur O'Connell 73 USA Actor
18 Richard Hale 88 USA Actor
22 Boris Sagal 57 Russia Director
23 George Jessel 83 USA Producer, Actor
June 5 Miguel Torres 81 Mexico Director
9 Russell Hayden 68 USA Actor
12 Eleanor Hunt 71 USA Actress
12 Evalyn Knapp 74 USA Actress
19 Alfred Santell 85 USA Director
22 Lola Lane 75 USA Actress
23 Zarah Leander 74 Sweden Actress
July 1 George Voskovec 76 Czech Republic Actor
2 Edward Killy 78 USA Director
3 Ross Martin 61 Poland Actor
27 William Wyler 79 Germany Director, Producer
August 1 Paddy Chayefsky 58 USA Screenwriter
4 Melvyn Douglas 80 USA Actor
12 Shirley Grey 79 USA Actress
18 Anita Loos 93 USA Screenwriter
19 Jessie Matthews 74 UK Actress, Singer
30 Vera-Ellen 60 USA Actress, Dancer
September 1 Ann Harding 79 USA Actress
6 Maria Palmer 64 Austria Actress
11 Frank McHugh 83 USA Actor
15 Sara Haden 81 USA Actress
23 Chief Dan George 82 Canada Actor
24 Patsy Kelly 71 USA Actress
27 Robert Montgomery 77 USA Actor, Director
October 4 Dorothy Dare 70 USA Actress
5 Gloria Grahame 54 USA Actress
19 Nils Asther 84 Denmark Actor
24 Edith Head 83 USA Costume Designer
26 Glenn Anders 92 USA Actor
November 12 William Holden 63 USA Actor
16 Morgan Conway 78 USA Actor
21 Ejner Federspiel 85 Denmark Actor
21 Harry von Zell 75 USA Actor
25 Jack Albertson 74 USA Actor
27 Lotte Lenya 83 Austria Actress
29 Natalie Wood 43 USA Actress
December 5 Charles Barton 79 USA Director
17 Ada Kramm 82 Norway Actress
27 Hoagy Carmichael 82 USA Actor, Composer
28 Allan Dwan 96 Canada Director

Film debuts

See also

References


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