80's Action Movies: Best and Worst

by joe_538 | created - 26 Apr 2013 | updated - 31 Aug 2015 | Public

Action movies from 1980 - 1989 arranged by year. Buddy cops, one man armies, vigilantes, sci-fi/action, rescue missions to Vietnam, and old fashioned adventures. Schwarzenegger and Stallone enter the picture.

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1. Battle Creek Brawl (1980)

R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.8
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A young Asian American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fight competition.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Jackie Chan, Kristine DeBell, José Ferrer, Mako

Votes: 3,993

2. Border Cop (1980)

R | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

4.6
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US Border Patrol agent Frank Cooper is keeping a fine balance between doing his duty and empathizing with illegal Mexican border jumpers in 1970s California.

Director: Christopher Leitch | Stars: Telly Savalas, Danny De La Paz, Eddie Albert, Michael V. Gazzo

Votes: 230

3. Contraband (1980)

Unrated | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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Cigarette smugglers in Naples run into problems with cocaine operations being set up by a rival smuggler. Full of violence, including a women's face being burned off with a blow torch and a... See full summary »

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Fabio Testi, Ivana Monti, Marcel Bozzuffi, Saverio Marconi

Votes: 1,303

4. Defiance (1980)

PG | 103 min | Action, Drama, Crime

6.2
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Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman and though he tries to avoid the... See full summary »

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Danny Aiello, Rudy Ramos

Votes: 788

5. The Dogs of War (1980)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Colin Blakely, Hugh Millais

Votes: 6,668

6. The Exterminator (1980)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.7
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A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a great war zone and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.

Director: James Glickenhaus | Stars: Robert Ginty, Samantha Eggar, Christopher George, Steve James

Votes: 4,101

7. The Hunter (1980)

PG | 97 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

6.4
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The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Kathryn Harrold, LeVar Burton

Votes: 3,879

8. Night of the Juggler (1980)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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A tough, New York City ex-cop relentlessly searches for his kidnapped teenage daughter whom is held by a twisted psycho after mistaking her for the daughter of a wealthy businessman.

Directors: Robert Butler, Sidney J. Furie | Stars: James Brolin, Cliff Gorman, Richard S. Castellano, Linda Miller

Votes: 535

9. The Octagon (1980)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Romance

5.1
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A martial artist must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.

Director: Eric Karson | Stars: Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef, Art Hindle

Votes: 4,111 | Gross: $18.97M

10. Ruckus (1980)

PG | 93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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Kyle Hanson is a Vietnam veteran whose traumatic war-time experiences have left him unable to rejoin mainstream society. When Kyle, unkempt and in dirty fatigues, stops in a small town for ... See full summary »

Director: Max Kleven | Stars: Dirk Benedict, Linda Blair, Richard Farnsworth, Matt Clark

Votes: 496

11. Shi di chu ma (1980)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace, on the condition that he must find his errant brother. Much ... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Pai Wei, Biao Yuen, Lily Li

Votes: 5,296

12. Death Hunt (1981)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.0
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In 1931 Canada, Yukon trapper Johnson has a feud with a dog owner who later retaliates by publicly accusing Johnson of murder and thus triggering a police manhunt in the wilderness.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Andrew Stevens, Carl Weathers

Votes: 5,634

13. Enter the Ninja (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.1
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After just completing his training at a ninja school, an army vet travels to the Phillippines and finds himself battling a land grabber who wants his war-buddy's property. He must also ... See full summary »

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Franco Nero, Susan George, Shô Kosugi, Christopher George

Votes: 3,320

14. Escape from New York (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7.2
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76 Metascore

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 102,541 | Gross: $25.24M

I included a handful of sci-fi movies

15. An Eye for an Eye (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.5
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Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Chuck Norris, Christopher Lee, Richard Roundtree, Matt Clark

Votes: 2,900 | Gross: $7.68M

16. Firecracker (1981)

R | 77 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.8
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Femme fatale martial arts expert teaches the mafia a lesson.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Jillian Kesner, Darby Hinton, Rey Malonzo, Ken Metcalfe

Votes: 335

17. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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54 Metascore

Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson

Votes: 78,401 | Gross: $62.30M

18. The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.6
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76 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 145,877 | Gross: $12.47M

Sci-Fi/Action.

19. Nighthawks (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.4
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56 Metascore

Conservative street cop DaSilva reluctantly agrees to terminate an international terrorist who has demanded media attention. But DaSilva's "at-home" tactics are very much put to the challenge.

Directors: Bruce Malmuth, Gary Nelson | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner

Votes: 13,787 | Gross: $14.91M

20. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

8.5
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85 Metascore

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 738,331 | Gross: $248.16M

21. Sharky's Machine (1981)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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58 Metascore

Tom Sharky is demoted to vice after a bust goes terribly wrong. He and his team stumble across a mob murder tied to prostitution and government.

Director: Burt Reynolds | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward, Vittorio Gassman, Brian Keith

Votes: 4,281 | Gross: $35.61M

22. Southern Comfort (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Thriller

7.2
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During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales

Votes: 13,208 | Gross: $5.00M

23. Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981)

PG | 91 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

5.7
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In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from ww-ii. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter,... See full summary »

Director: David Hemmings | Stars: Ken Wahl, Lesley Ann Warren, Donald Pleasence, George Peppard

Votes: 695

24. 48 Hrs. (1982)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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71 Metascore

A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae

Votes: 58,390 | Gross: $78.87M

25. The Challenge (1982)

R | 108 min | Action, Drama

6.3
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A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Scott Glenn, Toshirô Mifune, Donna Kei Benz, Atsuo Nakamura

Votes: 1,521 | Gross: $3.53M

26. Death Wish II (1982)

X | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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11 Metascore

Architect Paul Kersey once again becomes a vigilante when he tries to find the five street punks who murdered his daughter and housekeeper, this time on the dark streets of Los Angeles.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Vincent Gardenia, J.D. Cannon

Votes: 11,533 | Gross: $16.10M

27. Dragon Strike (1982)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

6.6
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The adventures of a restless martial arts student called Dragon, who, while constantly pursuing a girl, gets involved in the affairs of a gang of thieves.

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Mars, Michael Wai-Man Chan, Shirley Yim

Votes: 2,748

28. Fighting Back (I) (1982)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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It's a hard crime story about a Philadelphia shop owner who has enough of the criminals' violences and ravages. He organizes a patrol of civil people. It all starts to go wrong because his ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Tom Skerritt, Patti LuPone, Michael Sarrazin, Yaphet Kotto

Votes: 378 | Gross: $3.34M

29. The Final Option (1982)

R | 125 min | Action, Thriller

6.3
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A trooper with the British Special Air Service (SAS) infiltrates a radical political group who are planning a terrorist operation against American dignitaries. A glamourized look at the ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Sharp | Stars: Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Richard Widmark, Edward Woodward

Votes: 2,351 | Gross: $2.67M

30. Firefox (1982)

PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

5.9
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A pilot is sent into the Soviet Union on a mission to steal a prototype jet fighter that can be partially controlled by a neuralink

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Freddie Jones, David Huffman, Warren Clarke

Votes: 21,622 | Gross: $46.71M

31. First Blood (1982)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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62 Metascore

Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, Bill McKinney

Votes: 188,421 | Gross: $47.21M

32. Forced Vengeance (1982)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.6
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A casino security guard is forced into violence from when the Hong Kong mob threatens his friends.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Chuck Norris, Mary Louise Weller, Camila Griggs, Michael Cavanaugh

Votes: 2,268 | Gross: $6.66M

33. Hit Man (1982)

100 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.1
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A Spanish police chief hires an undercover agent (a Jewish mercenary(?)) to infiltrate a gang of heroin smugglers. The mercenary is code-named Eagle because of a tattoo. Infiltrating the ... See full summary »

Director: José Antonio de la Loma | Stars: Jorge Rivero, Maud Adams, Max von Sydow, George Peppard

Votes: 65

34. I, the Jury (1982)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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An old friend of a private detective is murdered. The detective, Mike Hammer, will make every effort to find out the killer. At each step he does, there is someone taking advantage of his ... See full summary »

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Armand Assante, Barbara Carrera, Laurene Landon, Alan King

Votes: 1,174 | Gross: $1.52M

35. One Down, Two to go (1982)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

4.6
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A pair of tough cops go after the mob who jinxed the martial arts tournament and injured their buddy.

Director: Fred Williamson | Stars: Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Jim Kelly, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 400

1982, Not 1976.

36. Silent Rage (1982)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Horror

5.5
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A sheriff tries to stop the killing spree of a mute maniacal murderer who, as the result of years of medical experimentation, has the ability to self-heal.

Director: Michael Miller | Stars: Chuck Norris, Ron Silver, Steven Keats, Toni Kalem

Votes: 3,877 | Gross: $10.49M

37. The Soldier (1982)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

5.2
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Terrorists take over a plutonium bomb and threaten to detonate it in a Saudi Arabian oil field. A special anti-terrorist unit is sent in to stop them.

Director: James Glickenhaus | Stars: Ken Wahl, Alberta Watson, Jeremiah Sullivan, William Prince

Votes: 826 | Gross: $6.33M

38. 10 to Midnight (1983)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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A LAPD detective is on the trail of a very handsome young man who had been seducing and slashing many young women to death.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Gene Davis

Votes: 4,995 | Gross: $7.10M

39. Blue Thunder (1983)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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66 Metascore

The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Daniel Stern

Votes: 13,609 | Gross: $42.31M

40. Deadly Force (1983)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.5
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Stoney Cooper, a former Los Angeles police officer, is at a low point in his life. Kicked off the force because of his anti-authority attitude, he now ekes out a living as a freelancer in ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Aaron | Stars: Wings Hauser, Joyce Ingalls, Paul Shenar, Al Ruscio

Votes: 179 | Gross: $1.71M

41. Eddie Macon's Run (1983)

PG | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.6
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A young man, harshly sentenced for a few minor infractions, escapes from a prison in Huntsville Texas and flees to Laredo, Texas, where he hopes to cross into Mexico for a reunion with his wife and small son.

Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Schneider, Lee Purcell, Lisa Dunsheath

Votes: 802 | Gross: $1.26M

42. Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)

PG | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Barbara Carrera, Leon Isaac Kennedy

Votes: 8,831 | Gross: $12.23M

43. Never Say Never Again (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.2
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68 Metascore

A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow

Votes: 52,653 | Gross: $55.50M

44. Octopussy (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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63 Metascore

A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn

Votes: 80,955 | Gross: $67.90M

45. Project A (1983)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Comedy

7.4
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Fighting against pirates in "old Hong Kong". Chinese costume drama with plenty of over-the-top tongue in cheek action and music.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen, Dick Wei

Votes: 12,017

46. The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair (1983 TV Movie)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.6
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When THRUSH steals a nuclear weapon and demands a ransom delivered by Napoleon Solo, UNCLE recalls him and his partner to duty.

Director: Ray Austin | Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Patrick Macnee, Tom Mason

Votes: 523

47. Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds... See full summary »

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Shô Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye, Arthur Roberts

Votes: 3,541 | Gross: $10.33M

48. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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65 Metascore

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 603,820 | Gross: $45.60M

49. Sudden Impact (1983)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 34,258 | Gross: $67.64M

50. Uncommon Valor (1983)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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38 Metascore

Ten years after his son went MIA in Vietnam, U.S.Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in POW camps in Laos.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Robert Stack, Fred Ward

Votes: 7,672 | Gross: $30.50M

51. Vigilante (1982)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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When his wife and son are brutalized by thugs and a corrupt criminal justice system puts the perpetrators back on the street, a New York City factory worker turns vigilante to find some measure of bloody justice.

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright, Rutanya Alda

Votes: 2,123

52. Young Warriors (1983)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.7
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A young woman is gang raped and murdered in a California college town, sparking her brother Kevin to take up arms by night with a gang of like-minded vigilantes from his fraternity, ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence David Foldes | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Richard Roundtree, Lynda Day George, James Van Patten

Votes: 382 | Gross: $0.24M

53. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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64 Metascore

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher

Votes: 138,784 | Gross: $234.76M

54. Blastfighter (1984)

Unrated | 87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.7
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A former policeman sets out to unleash violent vengeance upon deer poachers when they rape and kill his long lost daughter.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Michael Sopkiw, Valentina Forte, George Eastman, Stefano Mingardo

Votes: 771

55. City Heat (1984)

PG | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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A slick private eye and tough police lieutenant--once partners, now bitter enemies--reluctantly team up to investigate a murder.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Jane Alexander, Madeline Kahn

Votes: 7,592 | Gross: $38.35M

56. Geheimcode Wildgänse (1984)

R | 101 min | Action

5.2
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Commander Robin Wesley, leader of a group of mercenaries, go to the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia to overthrow the dictator, who is a major manufacturer and dealer of the world's opium.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Lewis Collins, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Klaus Kinski

Votes: 769

57. The Evil That Men Do (1984)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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A professional killer comes out of retirement to investigate and avenge the brutal murder of an old friend.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Theresa Saldana, Joseph Maher, José Ferrer

Votes: 2,568 | Gross: $13.10M

58. Exterminator 2 (1984)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.0
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The flamethrower-wielding vigilante John Eastland returns to rid New York of a drug lord and his gang.

Director: Mark Buntzman | Stars: Robert Ginty, Mario Van Peebles, Deborah Geffner, Frankie Faison

Votes: 1,549 | Gross: $3.74M

59. L'ultimo guerriero (1984)

95 min | Action, Sci-Fi

4.0
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After a nuclear holocaust, as the rest of society regresses to primitivism, a small, "elite" group that has managed to escape radioactive contamination takes it upon itself to exterminate ... See full summary »

Director: Romolo Guerrieri | Stars: William Mang, Marina Costa, Harrison Muller, Woody Strode

Votes: 156

60. Hell Riders (1984)

90 min | Action, Drama

3.4
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A woman whose car breaks down in the desert finds her way to an abandoned town, where she is menaced by a gang of psycho bikers.

Director: James Bryan | Stars: Tina Louise, Adam West, Ross Alexander, Tania Anatole

Votes: 92

Cars don't start when the Hell Riders are around

61. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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57 Metascore

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 369,710 | Gross: $179.87M

62. Lassiter (1984)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.9
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A handsome jewel thief is arrested and in order to avoid prison, must break into the heavily guarded German Emabassy to steal millions in gems.

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Tom Selleck, Jane Seymour, Lauren Hutton, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 1,723 | Gross: $17.50M

63. Missing in Action (1984)

R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.4
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Colonel Braddock launches a mission deep into the jungles of Vietnam to find the POW camp that he escaped from and free the Americans still held captive there.

Director: Joseph Zito | Stars: Chuck Norris, M. Emmet Walsh, David Tress, Lenore Kasdorf

Votes: 11,654 | Gross: $22.81M

64. Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

R | 92 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

5.1
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An evil ninja attempts to avenge his death from beyond the grave, by possessing an innocent woman's body.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Shô Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey, Jordan Bennett, David Chung

Votes: 2,946 | Gross: $7.61M

65. The Panther Squad (1984)

R | 77 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

3.6
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A squad of female mercenaries take on an organization called Space Clean, which is dedicated to stopping space exploration.

Director: Pierre Chevalier | Stars: Sybil Danning, Jack Taylor, Karin Schubert, Jean-René Gossart

Votes: 111

66. Red Dawn (1984)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Drama

6.4
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55 Metascore

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen

Votes: 44,724 | Gross: $38.38M

67. Romancing the Stone (1984)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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63 Metascore

A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman

Votes: 70,266 | Gross: $76.57M

68. Savage Streets (1984)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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A teenage vigilante seeks revenge on a group of violent thugs who raped her handicapped sister and killed her best friend.

Directors: Danny Steinmann, Tom DeSimone | Stars: Linda Blair, John Vernon, Robert Dryer, Johnny Venocur

Votes: 2,691

69. Streets of Fire (1984)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan

Votes: 14,065 | Gross: $8.09M

70. Tank (1984)

PG | 113 min | Action, Drama, Comedy

5.6
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Sergeant Major Zak Carey is serving what is his final tour of duty at an Army base in Clemens, Georgia. Zak doesn't like the way the Army keeps the base and the bar is not what he's ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: James Garner, Shirley Jones, C. Thomas Howell, Mark Herrier

Votes: 3,402 | Gross: $14.13M

71. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.0
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83 Metascore

A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 670,002 | Gross: $38.40M

Sci-Fi/Action

72. Time Bomb (1984 TV Movie)

95 min | Action, Drama

4.6
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A gang of terrorists tries to hijack a truck carrying plutonium.

Director: Paul Krasny | Stars: Morgan Fairchild, Billy Dee Williams, Joseph Bottoms, Merlin Olsen

Votes: 131

73. Toy Soldiers (1984)

R | 91 min | Drama, Action

5.2
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While on a vacation in Central America, some American teenagers are kidnapped by terrorists. A rescue mission is sent after them, but they manage to escape and join up with a mercenary fighting the terrorists.

Director: David Fisher | Stars: Jason Miller, Cleavon Little, Rodolfo de Anda, Terri Garber

Votes: 442

74. Razza violenta (1984)

R | 91 min | Action

4.1
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Mike Martin is an ex CIA agent who goes on a final mission to Thailand to expose a group of KGB infiltrators in the area.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Henry Silva, Harrison Muller, Woody Strode, Carole André

Votes: 95

75. 24 Hours to Midnight (1985)

91 min | Action

3.9
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There are two plots in this movie and oddly enough, they don't intersect. One plot follows the revenge of a martial artist whose husband is killed. The other follows two cops who like to ... See full summary »

Director: Leo Fong | Stars: Juan Chapa, Stephen Moore, Myra, Stack Pierce

Votes: 83

76. American Ninja (1985)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

5.4
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American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson, Guich Koock

Votes: 11,460 | Gross: $10.50M

77. The Annihilators (1985)

R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.7
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Upon his return from Vietnam, an ex-soldier finds his neighborhood has deteriorated badly, and is being terrorized by a vicious street gang. He calls some of his GI buddies, and together they hatch a plan to get rid of the gang.

Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr. | Stars: Jim Antonio, Sid Conrad, Gerrit Graham, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

Votes: 302

78. Cocaine Wars (1985)

R | 82 min | Action, Drama

3.9
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Miami DEA agent Cliff Adams is in South America working undercover for Gonzalo Reyes, the biggest cocaine exporter in South America. Cliff's fiancée, Janet Meade, is a reporter doing a ... See full summary »

Director: Héctor Olivera | Stars: John Schneider, Kathryn Witt, Royal Dano, Federico Luppi

Votes: 130

79. Code of Silence (1985)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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64 Metascore

A Chicago cop is caught in a middle of a gang war while his own comrades shun him because he wants to take an irresponsible cop down.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Chuck Norris, Henry Silva, Bert Remsen, Mike Genovese

Votes: 5,498 | Gross: $20.35M

80. Commando (1985)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells

Votes: 123,923 | Gross: $35.10M

81. Death Wish 3 (1985)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.9
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18 Metascore

Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey arrives back in New York City and is forcibly recruited by a crooked police chief to fight street crime caused by a large gang terrorizing the neighborhoods.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter, Martin Balsam

Votes: 11,277 | Gross: $16.12M

82. Fuk sing go jiu (1985)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Comedy

6.6
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Two Hong-Kong cops are sent to Tokyo to catch an ex-cop who stole a large amount of money in diamonds. After one is captured by the Ninja-gang protecting the rogue cop, the other one gets ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Charlie Chin, Stanley Sui-Fan Fung, Richard Ng

Votes: 3,729

83. Invasion U.S.A. (1985)

R | 107 min | Action, Thriller

5.4
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A one-man army comes to the rescue of the United States when a spy attempts an invasion.

Director: Joseph Zito | Stars: Chuck Norris, Richard Lynch, Melissa Prophet, Alexander Zale

Votes: 6,999 | Gross: $17.54M

84. The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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When Joan Wilder is abducted while on a trip along the Nile, her boyfriend, Jack Colton, and pal Ralph rush to rescue her and retrieve a fabled jewel.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Spiros Focás

Votes: 43,194 | Gross: $75.97M

85. KGB: The Secret War (1985)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama

3.6
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Add a Plot

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Michael Billington, Denise DuBarry, Michael Ansara, Walter Gotell

Votes: 85

86. The Last Dragon (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight a martial arts expert corrupted ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Taimak, Vanity, Christopher Murney, Julius Carry

Votes: 10,396 | Gross: $25.75M

87. The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama

6.6
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A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Keith Gordon, Richard Bradford

Votes: 7,284 | Gross: $3.10M

88. Malibu Express (1985)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

4.3
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A smooth-talking private eye is assigned the task of investigating who is behind the hi-tech computer technology leaks to the Russians.

Director: Andy Sidaris | Stars: Darby Hinton, Sybil Danning, Art Metrano, Shelley Taylor Morgan

Votes: 1,210

89. Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.2
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Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.

Director: Lance Hool | Stars: Chuck Norris, Soon-Tek Oh, Steven Williams, Bennett Ohta

Votes: 6,307 | Gross: $10.80M

90. Nine Deaths of the Ninja (1985)

R | 94 min | Action, Thriller

3.4
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Two anti-terrorist agents are assigned to free a busload of American schoolchildren in the Philippines who are taken hostage by terrorists.

Director: Emmett Alston | Stars: Shô Kosugi, Brent Huff, Emilia Crow, Blackie Dammett

Votes: 970

91. Police Story (1985)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his good name when the drug lords he is after frame him for the murder of a dirty cop.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Kwok-Hung Lam

Votes: 21,824

92. Pray for Death (1985)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.8
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After a peace loving Japanese immigrant and his family become victims of a crime syndicate, a master ninja emerges.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Norman Burton

Votes: 1,333

93. The Protector (1985)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.7
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Two New York cops, Billy Wong and Danny Garoni, head to Hong Kong after the daughter of a rich businessman is kidnapped by the drug lord, Mr. Ko.

Director: James Glickenhaus | Stars: Jackie Chan, Danny Aiello, Sandy Alexander, Victor Arnold

Votes: 3,231 | Gross: $0.98M

94. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.4
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John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff

Votes: 128,552 | Gross: $150.42M

95. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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An officially "dead" cop is trained to become an extraordinarily unique assassin in service of the US president.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Wilford Brimley, J.A. Preston

Votes: 9,429

96. Runaway Train (1985)

R | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner

Votes: 22,672 | Gross: $7.94M

97. Shaker Run (1985)

91 min | Action, Drama

5.6
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With the accidental discovery of a lethal bio-agent at her research facility, Dr. Christine Ruben decides to double cross her own government by stealing the deadly formula to keep it out of... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Morrison | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Leif Garrett, Lisa Harrow, Shane Briant

Votes: 188

98. Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except (1985)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Thriller, Adventure

6.0
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Jack Stryker took two bullets in the leg in Vietnam and was carried back by one of his men. When he returns he tries to live a peaceful life in his cabin and resume dating his girlfriend, ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Becker | Stars: Robert Rickman, John Manfredi, Timothy Patrick Quill, Sam Raimi

Votes: 638

99. Target (1985)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.0
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When American Donna Lloyd is kidnapped during a trip to Europe, her son Chris and her husband Walter start searching for her.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Gene Hackman, Matt Dillon, Gayle Hunnicutt, Randy Moore

Votes: 3,356

100. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer

Votes: 23,679 | Gross: $17.31M