1983: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 1983.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.


  1. Zelig
  2. Tender Mercies
  3. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
  4. Koyaanisqatsi – Life Out of Balance
  5. Never Cry Wolf
  6. A Christmas Story
  7. The Right Stuff
  8. The Big Chill
  9. Local Hero
  10. Scarface
  11. The Hunger
  12. Vacation
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 1983
A Love in Germany
A nos amours (Maurice Pialat)
A Season in Hakkari (Erden Kiral)
Beauty and the Beast (Nils Malmros)
Betrayal (David Jones)
Breathless (Jim McBride)
Careful, He Might Hear You (Carl Schultz)
Christine (John Carpenter)
City of Pirates (Raul Ruiz)
Confidentially Yours (Francois Truffaut)
Cracking Up (Jerry Lewis)
Danton (Andrzej Wajda)
Dark Habits (Pedro Almodovar)
Educating Rita
El Norte
El Sur (Victor Erice)
Entre Nous (Diane Kurys)
Eureka (Nicolas Roeg)
Exposed (James Toback)
Farewell to Matyora (Elem Klimov)
First Name: Carmen (Jean-Luc Godard)
Heat and Dust
In the White City (Alain Tanner)
Khandhar (The Ruins) (Mrinal Sen)
L’Argent (Robert Bresson)
Life is a Bed of Roses (Alain Resnais)
Lovesick (Marshall Brickman)
Loving Walter (Stephen Frears)
Meantime (Mike Leigh)
My Brother’s Wedding (Charles Burnett)
Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky)
Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer)
Reuben, Reuben
Risky Business (Paul Brickman)
Rumble Fish
Sans Soleil
Sheer Madness (Margarethe von Trotta)
Sudden Impact (Clint Eastwood)
Sugar Cane Alley
Tchao Pantin (Claude Berri)
Terms of Endearment
The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura)
The Black Stallion Returns
The Dresser
The Fourth Man
The Geisha (Hideo Gosha)
The Keep (Michael Mann)
The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese)
The Makioka Sisters (Kon Ichikawa)
The Osterman Weekend (Sam Peckinpah)
The Ploughman’s Lunch
The Wall (Yilmaz Guney)
Three Crowns of the Sailor (Raul Ruiz)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (Joe Dante)
Under Fire
Videodrome (David Cronenberg)
Vigilante (William Lustig)
Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (Tsui Hark)
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.