10 Best Action Movies Of The 80’s

Thursday, January 27 by Yvonne Glasgow

The 10 best action movies of the 80's kind of tell a story about what movies were like in that decade. They also star some of the best actors and actresses of the 80's. These movies remain the favorites of many people.

  1. The “Empire Strikes Back” is a best action movie of the 80's and came out in 1980. Now known as “Star Wars: Episode V,” in its time it was the second “Star Wars” movie. In this movie, Luke is busy in Jedi training while his friends are being stalked by the dark and sinister Darth Vader.
  2. 1984's “The Terminator” was the first of what would become Arnold Schwarzenegger's best movie series. He is the bad guy in this first one, but he does it so well. The cyborg from the future is on the hunt to find and destroy Sarah Connor.
  3. In 1981, the first “Indiana Jones” movie was brought to the big screen with “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” In this film Harrison Ford, at Indiana Jones, is hired by the United States government to find the Ark of the Covenant.
  4. “Die Hard” was a real edge of your seat thriller when it first came out in 1988. Bruce Willis stars as Officer John McClane, a New York cop. He battles some terrorists out of his home territory in a Los Angeles office building.
  5. “Escape From New York” stars Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken. This 1981 flick was set in the futuristic world of 1997, where Manhattan is now a huge maximum security prison. Plissken, a convict himself, is sent in to save the president who crash landed in the middle of it.
  6. A romantic romp in the world of action adventure, “Top Gun” follows the students of an elite flying school. This '86 film starred Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt and Michael Ironside.
  7. RoboCop” was very futuristic for its time in 1987. This best action movie was about a cop who was injured in the line of duty and rebuilt using robot parts. The new robot cop was meant to keep the streets of Detroit free of crime. It stars Peter Weller and Nancy Allen.
  8. “Lethal Weapon” is a police comedy of sorts starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. This 1987 movie is based around these two cops that just do not want to work together or with anyone else.
  9. Schwarzenegger returns for a second time on this list of best action movies of the 80's with “Predator.” This 1987 science fiction action film is based in the jungles of Central America, where a team of commandos find themselves being attacked by something out of this world.
  10. “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” stars Mel Gibson in one of his most memorable roles, as Mad Max Rockatansky. It is set in a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland. This 1981 classic is definitely a best action movie of the 80's.
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