Top 20

1981

(NB: If the picture of a poster is missing, it is because I do not own anything on the title yet)

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark ($209,500,000)

1981

US (designed by Richard Amsel)

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Dir: Steven Spielberg - Prod: George Lucas - Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina

2. On Golden Pond ($119,285,432)

1981

US Post-Academy Awards (designed by Bill Gold)

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Dir: Mark Rydell - Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman, William Lanteau

3. Superman 2 ($108,185,706)

1981

US

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Dir: Richard Lester, Richard Donner - Cast: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas

4. Arthur ($95,461,682)

1981

US International

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Dir: Steve Gordon - Cast: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jill Eikenberry, Stephen Elliott, Ted Ross, Barney Martin, Thomas Barbour, Anne De Salvo, Marjorie Barnes

5. Stripes ($85,297,000)

1981

US International

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Dir: Ivan Reitman - Cast: Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles, Sean Young, John Candy, John Larroquette, John Voldstad, John Diehl

6. The Cannonball Run ($72,179,579)

1981

US (designed by Drew Struzan)

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Dir: Hal Needham - Cast: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Elam, Adrienne Barbeau, Terry Bradshaw, Jackie Chan

7. Chariots of Fire (Academy Awards Winner) ($58,972,904)

1981

US

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Dir: Hugh Hudson - Cast: Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers, Ian Charleson, Ben Cross, Daniel Gerroll, Ian Holm, John Gielgud

8. For Your Eyes Only ($54,812,802)

1981

US (designed by Bill Gold)

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Dir: John Glen - Cast: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Julian Glover, Cassandra Harris

9. The Four Seasons ($50,427,646)

1981

Dir: Herbert Ross - Cast: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Laughlin, Elizabeth Gorcey, Frances Lee McCain

10. Time Bandits ($42,365,581)

1981

US

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Dir: Terry Gilliam - Cast: John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, David Warner, Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker

11. Clash of the Titans ($41,092,328)

1981

US

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Dir: Desmond Davis - Cast: Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Claire Bloom, Ursula Andress, Burgess Meredith, Harry Hamlin, Sian Phillips, Judi Bowker

12. Absence of Malice ($40,716,963)

1981

US

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Dir: Sydney Pollack - Cast: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon, Luther Adler, Barry Primus, Josef Sommer, John Harkins, Don Hood, Wilford Brimley

13. Reds ($40,382,659)

1981

US

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Dir: Warren Beatty - Cast: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Maureen Stapleton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Paul Sorvino

14. The Fox and the Hound ($39,900,000)

1981

US

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Dir: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Art Stevens - Voices: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson, Sandy Duncan, Jeanette Nolan, Pat Buttram, John Fiedler, John McIntire

15. Tarzan, The Ape Man ($36,565,280 )

1981

US

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Dir: John Derek - Cast: Bo Derek, Richard Harris, John Phillip Law, Miles O'Keeffe, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Akushula Selayah, Steven Strong, Laurie Main, Harold Ayer

16. Taps ($35,856,053)

1981

US

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Dir: Harold Becker - Cast: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise, Brendan Ward, Evan Handler, John P. Navin Jr., Billy Van Zandt

17. Sharky's Machine ($35,610,100)

1981

US

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Dir: Burt Reynolds - Cast: Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning, Vittorio Gassman, Brian Keith, Bernie Casey, Rachel Ward, Darryl Hickman, Earl Holliman, Henry Silva, Richard Libertini, John Fiedler

18. Excalibur ($34,967,437)

1981

US

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Dir: John Boorman - Cast: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson, Robert Addie, Gabriel Byrne, Keith Buckley, Katrine Boorman

19. History of the World, Part I ($31,672,907)

1981

US

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Dir: Mel Brooks - Cast: Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, Ron Carey, Gregory Hines, Pamela Stephenson

20. Bustin' Loose ($31,261,269)

1981

US

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Dir: Oz Scott - Cast: Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, Ángel Ramírez, Jimmy Hughes, Edwin DeLeon, Edwin Kinter, Tami Luchow, Janet Wong