Best Sci-Fi Movies of 1981: Unwrapped Official Best 1981 Sci-Fi Films

Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies Ranked 1981 You Must Watch

Unwrapped’s Offical 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of 1981 list is finally here (I know it’s been too long). At Unwrapped, we have had the entire team, which part of the employment criteria is a love of movies, make a list of The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of 1981. We then put our heads together for over six months and have come up with what I believe are the most significant, most watchable Sci-Fi Movies of 1981. Ultimately this is my opinion, and I am open to feedback; however, I am pretty sure any true movie fan will agree with me. (Yes, that’s designed to irritate you, so you comment.)

Best Sci-Fi Movies of 1981

To the Stars by Hard Ways

To the Stars by Hard Ways (1981)

2h 28min | Sci-Fi | November 1982 (USA)

IMDb Rating: 5.9/10


Outland (1981)

R | 1h 49min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 22 May 1981 (USA)

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

Strange Behavior

Strange Behavior (1981)

R | 1h 27min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 13 November 1981 (USA)

IMDb Rating: 5.7/10

The Cabbage Soup

The Cabbage Soup (1981)

1h 38min | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 2 December 1981 (France)

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10


Heartbeeps (1981)

PG | 1h 18min | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 18 December 1981 (USA)

IMDb Rating: 4.3/10

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 1h 36min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 21 May 1982 (USA)

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Modern Problems

Modern Problems (1981)

PG | 1h 33min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 25 December 1981 (USA)

IMDb Rating: 5.1/10


Inseminoid (1981)

R | 1h 33min | Horror, Sci-Fi | November 1982 (USA)

IMDb Rating: 3.9/10

The Incredible Shrinking Woman

The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

PG | 1h 28min | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 30 January 1981 (USA)

IMDb Rating: 5.5/10

Escape from New York

Escape from New York (1981)

R | 1h 39min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 10 July 1981 (USA)

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of 1981

So there you have it, these are my 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of 1981. I hope you enjoyed the list and look forward to hearing from you and seeing your favourite movies from this year. I hope there are some I have not seen as I love a hidden gem.

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Best Sci-Fi Movies of 1980: Unwrapped Official Best 1980 Sci-Fi Films

Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson Passion for adventure and sharing his life long journey with as many others as possible. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." HENRY S. HASKINS

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