Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1983. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1983. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1983 Sci-Fi Movies List
PG | 1h 54min | 114min | 03 Jun 1983Score: 8.03/10
Director: John Badham
Starring: Michael Madsen, Michael Ensign, James Tolkan, William H. Macy, Alan Blumenfeld
Synopsis: A young computer whiz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing ?
Tagline: The only winning move is not to play.
The Dead Zone (1983)
R | 1h 43min | 103min | 21 Oct 1983Score: 7.81/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Christopher Walken, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen, Anthony Zerbe, Nicholas Campbell
Synopsis: Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems...
Tagline: He can see the future. But can he escape it?
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
PG | 2h 11min | 131min | 25 May 1983Score: 7.37/10
Director: Richard Marquand
Starring: Deep Roy, Frank Oz, Kiran Shah, Warwick Davis, Debbie Lee Carrington
Synopsis: Luke Skywalker battles horrible Jabba the Hut and cruel Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo and Princess Leia reaffirm their love and team with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, the Ewoks and the androids C-3PO and R2-D2 to aid in the disruption of the Dark Side and the defeat of the evil emperor.
Tagline: Coming May 25, 1983 to your galaxy. [Second Advance poster]
R | 1h 27min | 87min | 04 Feb 1983Score: 7.07/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: David Cronenberg, James Woods, Peter Dvorsky, Kay Hawtrey, Leslie Carlson
Synopsis: Max Renn is the President of Channel 83 Civic-TV, a small television station on the UHF dial. He defends his programming of largely X-rated shows - which depict graphic sex and extreme violence - as a pure matter of economic survival as a small station. Behind closed doors in specific company, he would admit that he enjoys such programming, but as President will stay away from associated activities that may be dangerous for him in its purchase. His current girlfriend, radio personality Nicki Brand, who he met on a television talk show, is sexually aroused by light mutilation on her…
Tagline: From David Cronenberg, Creator of 'Scanners'.
The Man with Two Brains (1983)
R | 1h 33min | 93min | 03 Jun 1983Score: 6.7/10
Director: Carl Reiner
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, David Warner, George Fisher, Earl Boen, Francis X. McCarthy
Synopsis: Recently widowed Doctor Michael Hfuhruhurr, the world's greatest neurosurgeon, injures Dolores Benedict in a car accident. He operates on her and saves her life using a technique of his own invention: cranial screw-top brain entry. As Benedict recovers, Hfuhruhurr falls in love with her and they are soon married. However, Benedict is only interested in Hfuhruhurr's money and Hfuhruhurr still yearns for his previous wife. They travel to Vienna to attend a medical conference where Hfuhruhurr finally divorces Dolores, meets a mysterious Doctor Alfred Necessiter and becomes entangled in a series of murders committed by The Elevator Killer.
Tagline: Steve Martin Is A World Famous Surgeon. He Invented Screw Top, Zip Lock Brain Surgery. Trust Him.
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
R | 1h 41min | 101min | 24 Jun 1983Score: 6.13/10
Directors: Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, George Miller, John Landis
Starring: Dick Miller, John Larroquette, Steven Williams, Larry Cedar, Dan Aykroyd
Synopsis: Four directors collaborated to remake four episodes of the popular television series 'The Twilight Zone' for this movie. The episodes are updated slightly and in color (the television show was in black-and-white), but very true to the originals, where eerie and disturbing situations gradually spin out of control.
Tagline: On June 24th, four acclaimed directors, George Miller, John Landis, Joe Dante and Steven Spielberg take you to another dimension.
Strange Invaders (1983)
PG | 1h 32min | 92min | 16 Sep 1983Score: 5.9/10
Director: Michael Laughlin
Starring: Kenneth Tobey, Louise Fletcher, Jack Kehler, Wallace Shawn, Diana Scarwid
Synopsis: Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the Newmans. He meets aliens; but when he contacts the FBI, they don't believe him. He tells his story to a tabloid; and suddenly, he is chased by the aliens.
Tagline: Of all the worlds in all the galaxies...why did they pick this one?
The Lift (1983)
R | 1h 35min | 95min | 04 Jul 1985Score: 5.34/10
Director: Dick Maas
Starring: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Cor Witschge, Ad Noyons, Huub Stapel, Paul Gieske
Synopsis: A lift begins displaying some erratic behavior, like trapping some party goers and nearly suffocating them, and decapitating a security guard. Felix, the technician from the lift company, can't find anything wrong with the circuitry. When he and a nosy reporter begin asking questions of the lift company's electronics partner (Rising Sun Electronics) his boss puts him on a leave of absence. A subsequent visit to a professor leads them to believe that some evil experiments are being conducted with MICROCHIPS.
Tagline: Take the Stairs, Take the Stairs. For God's Sake, Take the Stairs!!!
The Deadly Spawn (1983)
R | 1h 21min | 81min | 22 Apr 1983Score: 5.29/10
Director: Douglas McKeown
Starring: Gabriel Bartalos, Skip Williamson, Susan Harris, Elizabeth Marner-Brooks, Diane Stevens
Synopsis: Two campers in the New Jersey woods have their outdoor fun interrupted by the arrival of a meteorite crashing nearby. They go to investigate the crater, but are suddenly attacked and devoured by alien parasites who have hitched a ride to Earth. After finishing off the campers, the hungry space monsters head for a nearby town, where they make their domain in the basement of an old house soon begin polishing off one hapless inhabitant after another. Four young teenagers, plus one pre-teen boy, try to find a way to stop the angry space monsters before they reproduce and literally…
Tagline: They Came To Earth To Feed On Human Flesh!
Escape from the Bronx (1983)
R | 1h 29min | 89min | 02 Sep 1983Score: 4.35/10
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Starring: Edward Mannix, Ted Rusoff, Pat Starke, Frank von Kuegelgen, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
Synopsis: A vicious corporation tries to kill and starve the last remaining habitants of the Bronx in order to build their own high-rise developments. A lone long-haired, hot-tempered warrior, Trash, is his only obstacle. Trash, a psychopathic bomb-maker and his equally psychopathic preschool son and an annoying activist help him out by kidnapping "the President" (of the corporation), a Richard Dreyfuss look-alike. Henry Silva plays another psychopath, this one on the side of the corporations. A favorite movie of Mystery Science Theater 3000 series.
Tagline: The first to die were the lucky ones!
R | 1h 39min | 99min | 09 Sep 1983Score: 4.3/10
Director: Joseph Sargent
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright, Gary Carlos Cervantes, James Tolkan, Billy Jayne
Synopsis: A collection of short stories. In one a woman who leaves her house late at night to drive to the store while a killer is loose encounters some problems. In the second an arcade whiz kid's obsession with a game leads to deadly consequences. In the third a small town priest loses his faith and decides to leave town, but in the desert is stalked by a mysterious black pick-up truck. In the final story, a family's problem with a rat is larger than they think.
Tagline: Just shut your eyes . . . and scream.
Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983)
PG | 1h 24min | 84min | 19 Aug 1983Score: 4.17/10
Director: Charles Band
Starring: Michael Cassidy, Richard Moll, Kelly Preston, Tim Thomerson, Anthony Cecere
Synopsis: A seeker named Dogen rescues Dhyana after her father is murdered by the evil Jared-Syn. To avenge her father's death, Dogen must find Jared-Syn's hideout in the mysterious "Lost City", but the only person who knows where it is an aging, burned-out seeker named Rhodes. Along the way, they will need to do battle against the hunter Baal and his Cyclopean minions for engaging Jared-Syn in a final encounter.
Tagline: The Destruction of Jared-Syn
Superman III (1983)
PG | 2h 05min | 125min | 17 Jun 1983Score: 3.9/10
Director: Richard Lester
Starring: Frank Oz, Tina Simmons, Margot Kidder, Derek Lyons, Shane Rimmer
Synopsis: Wealthy businessman Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn)discovers the hidden talents of Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), a mischievous computer genius. Ross decides to abuse his talents, in a way to help Webster with his plans for economic control. When the man of steel interferes, something must be done about Supes. When Gus' synthetic Kryptonite fails to kill Superman, it turns him in an evil incarnation of his former self. The tar-laced Kryptonite pits man against himself, setting up the Clark vs. Superman battle.
Tagline: If the world's most powerful computer can control even Superman...no one on earth is safe.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)
PG | 1h 30min | 90min | 20 May 1983Score: 3.6/10
Director: Lamont Johnson
Starring: Michael Ironside, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, Molly Ringwald, Andrea Marcovicci
Synopsis: Three women make an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only Earthling left from a medical expedition. Combining their talents, they try to rescue the women.
Tagline: Journey with Wolff and Niki, an interstellar adventurer and young rebel. On a mission to rescue three stranded women from a planet no one has warned them about. Because no one has ever returned.
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