For this week's Ranked!, we compiled the twenty greatest movies from 1981. Tell us what you think when you get down to #1. And let us know if you would've ordered them differently.
Here are numbers 11-15:
15. For Your Eyes OnlyThere is absolutely nothing negative you can say about a movie poster that involves ass cheeks and a crossbow, just as there is nothing derogatory you can say about this 007 flick. After suffering through the oddly out-of-place Moonraker in my Bond-watching youth, I felt like For Your Eyes Only was a true return to form. My mother was a certifiable Bond fanatic, having read all the books as a kid and seeing every single one of the films. As I got a little older, I was allowed to come along to watch James globe trot for MI6 and save the world with style. In this installment there is a sunken boat, a Royal Navy situation, a race against the Russians and a formidable femme fatale. Plus it's got one of the best winter chase scenes in Bond history.--Dufmanno
14. The Great Muppet CaperI've always thought The Great Muppet Caper was the best one.
I know that we won't all agree on this. The first movie is sort of the gold standard, for its heartfelt sweetness alone. I get that. But while The Muppet Movie told the origin story of our favorite characters, Caper took our beloved heroes and gave them a supercool story. It dropped them into England (literally – they're thrown out of a plane mid-flight at the start of the film) and put them at the center of a jewelry theft plotline. It took stars like Charles Grodin and Diana Rigg, and placed them next to Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie. Gimmicky, you say? Instant cinematic chemistry, I say. It was fun, and it was action-packed, in a lovable, doofy sort of way. And when my daughter watched it for the first time last Fall, she was enchanted by the mystery, the humor, and the songs.
It's not everyone's favorite muppet movie. But thirty years after its original theatrical release, it's still mine.--Didactic Pirate