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List of years in film
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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.)

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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

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Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Chariots of Fire – Enigma, The Ladd Company/Warner Bros.
Best Director: Warren BeattyReds
Best Actor: Henry FondaOn Golden Pond
Best Actress: Katharine HepburnOn Golden Pond
Best Supporting Actor: John GielgudArthur
Best Supporting Actress: Maureen StapletonReds
Best Foreign Language Film: Mephisto, directed by Istvan Szabo, Hungary

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: On Golden Pond
Best Actor: Henry FondaOn Golden Pond
Best Actress: Meryl StreepThe French Lieutenant's Woman
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Arthur
Best Actor: Dudley MooreArthur
Best Actress: Bernadette PetersPennies from Heaven
Other
Best Director: Warren BeattyReds
Best Foreign Film: Chariots of Fire, United Kingdom

Golden Raspberry Awards:

Worst Picture: Mommie Dearest
Worst Director: Michael CiminoHeaven's Gate
Worst Actor: Klinton SpilsburyThe Legend of the Lone Ranger
Worst Actress: Bo DerekTarzan, the Ape Man; Faye DunawayMommie Dearest
Worst Supporting Actor: Steve ForrestMommie Dearest
Worst Supporting Actress: Diana ScarwidMommie Dearest

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza), 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

Romance films released in 1981

  1. Modern Romance

Births

Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 10 Richard Boone 63 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
11 Beulah Bondi 91 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
16 Bernard Lee 73 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
February 1 Wanda Hendrix 52 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
4 Mario Camerini 85 Italy Director, Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
21 Ron Grainer 58 Australia Composer Script error: No such module "list".
22 Curtis Bernhardt 81 Germany Director Script error: No such module "list".
28 Virginia Huston 55 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
March 4 Torin Thatcher 76 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
5 Brenda de Banzie 71 UK Actress Script error: No such module "list".
14 Eleanor Perry 66 USA Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
15 René Clair 82 France Director, Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
April 7 Norman Taurog 82 USA Director, Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
14 Sergio Amidei 76 Italy Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
26 Herb Voland 62 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
26 Jim Davis 71 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
May 9 Margaret Lindsay 70 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
18 Arthur O'Connell 73 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
18 Richard Hale 88 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
22 Boris Sagal 57 Russia Director Script error: No such module "list".
23 George Jessel 83 USA Producer, Actor Script error: No such module "list".
June 12 Evalyn Knapp 74 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
22 Lola Lane 75 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
July 1 George Voskovec 76 Czech Republic Actor Script error: No such module "list".
3 Ross Martin 61 Poland Actor Script error: No such module "list".
27 William Wyler 79 Germany Director, Producer Script error: No such module "list".
August 1 Paddy Chayefsky 58 USA Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
4 Melvyn Douglas 80 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
12 Shirley Grey 79 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
18 Anita Loos 93 USA Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
30 Vera-Ellen 60 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
September 1 Ann Harding 79 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
11 Frank McHugh 83 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
23 Chief Dan George 82 Canada Actor Script error: No such module "list".
24 Patsy Kelly 71 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
27 Robert Montgomery 77 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
October 5 Gloria Grahame 54 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
24 Edith Head 83 USA Costume Designer Script error: No such module "list".
26 Glenn Anders 92 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
November 12 William Holden 63 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
16 Morgan Conway 78 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
21 Ejner Federspiel 85 Denmark Actor Script error: No such module "list".
21 Harry von Zell 75 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
25 Jack Albertson 74 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
27 Lotte Lenya 83 Austria Actress Script error: No such module "list".
29 Natalie Wood 43 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
December 5 Charles Barton 79 USA Director Script error: No such module "list".
17 Ada Kramm 82 Norway Actress Script error: No such module "list".
27 Hoagy Carmichael 82 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
28 Allan Dwan 96 Canada Director Script error: No such module "list".

Film debuts

See also

References

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