50 Nostalgic Action Movies From My Childhood - 1980-1993by Jeppe_Kleyngeld | created - 05 Feb 2014 | updated - 05 Feb 2014 | Public
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1. Lethal Weapon (1987)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.
Votes: 234,386 | Gross: $65.21M
2. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.
Votes: 160,425 | Gross: $147.25M
3. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.
Votes: 155,921 | Gross: $144.73M
5. Last Action Hero (1993)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
With the help of a magic ticket, a young movie fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action movie character.
Votes: 135,569 | Gross: $50.02M
7. Hard to Kill (1990)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Left for dead with his wife killed in their house, L.A. Detective Mason Storm will have to make a quick recovery, expose those behind the murder and take revenge.
Votes: 27,182 | Gross: $47.41M
8. Marked for Death (1990)
R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A retired DEA agent is out to hunt down and take out a Jamaican drug posse that has targeted he and his family for murder.
Votes: 19,603 | Gross: $46.04M
9. Out for Justice (1991)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The gruesome murder of a Brooklyn Detective will turn the case into a personal vendetta when the deceased's best friend and fellow officer will unleash an all-out attack against a psychotic Mafia enforcer's brutal gang.
Votes: 21,277 | Gross: $39.67M
10. Under Siege (1992)
R | 103 min | Action, Thriller
An ex-Navy Seal turned cook is the only person who can stop a group of terrorists when they seize control of a U.S. battleship.
Votes: 75,735 | Gross: $83.36M
11. American Ninja (1985)
R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.
Votes: 13,769 | Gross: $10.50M
12. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)
R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors.
Votes: 7,989 | Gross: $4.00M
14. American Samurai (1992)
R | 94 min | Action
An American reporter teams up with a martial arts expert, whose half-brother is a "yakuza" - Japanese mafia - drug dealer to battle swordsmen from around the world in a Turkish arena.
15. Renegades (1989)
R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An undercover cop forms an alliance with a Native American to help him hunt down the criminals who stole an ancient Lakota tribal lance.
Votes: 3,163 | Gross: $9.02M
16. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.
Votes: 161,462 | Gross: $234.76M
17. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.
Votes: 106,182 | Gross: $153.67M
18. Missing in Action (1984)
R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 13,696 | Gross: $22.81M
19. Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 7,546 | Gross: $10.80M
20. Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990)
R | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
When DEA agents are taken captive by a ruthless South American kingpin, the Delta Force is reunited to rescue them in this sequel to the 1986 film.
Votes: 6,701 | Gross: $6.70M
21. The Hard Way (1991)
R | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
An action movie star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York City policeman, who finds him superficial and irritating.
Votes: 18,329 | Gross: $25.90M
23. Another Stakeout (1993)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Crime
Two immature detectives are joined by a pesky assistant district attorney in staking out a lakeside home where a Mafia trial witness is believed to be heading.
Votes: 13,023 | Gross: $20.21M
24. Action Jackson (1988)
R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.
Votes: 10,004 | Gross: $20.26M
26. Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
R | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two L.A. cops with opposing views on what is the best way to uphold the law have to work together to bring down the Yakuza, while trying to protect a beautiful woman.
Votes: 16,315 | Gross: $2.28M
27. Rapid Fire (1992)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When student Jake Lo witnesses a killing, he finds himself caught between two feuding drug lords. Betrayed and set up by the federal agents, the only person he can trust is Ryan, a Chicago cop who reminds Jake of his deceased father.
Votes: 8,280 | Gross: $14.36M
28. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Rambo returns to the jungles of Vietnam on a mission to infiltrate an enemy base-camp and rescue the American POWs still held captive there.
Votes: 153,097 | Gross: $150.42M
29. Rambo III (1988)
R | 102 min | Action, Adventure
Rambo mounts a one-man mission to rescue his friend Colonel Trautman from the clutches of the formidable invading Soviet forces in Afghanistan.
Votes: 120,835 | Gross: $53.72M
31. Another 48 Hrs. (1990)
R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jack Cates once again enlists the aid of ex-con Reggie Hammond - this time to take down The Iceman, a ruthless drug lord operating in the San Francisco bay area.
Votes: 37,976 | Gross: $80.82M
33. Gunmen (1993)
R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
USD400,000,000 is stolen and a drug lord wants it back. The killed thief's brother is broken out of prison by a DEA bounty hunter to help find the money boat. The body count continues in Latin America.
Votes: 3,281 | Gross: $3.41M
34. Passenger 57 (1992)
R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
An airline security expert must take action when he finds himself trapped on a passenger jet when terrorists seize control of it.
Votes: 44,542 | Gross: $44.07M
35. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 775,905 | Gross: $83.01M
36. Die Hard 2 (1990)
R | 124 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.
Votes: 333,002 | Gross: $117.54M
37. The Last Boy Scout (1991)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A private detective's protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim's boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.
Votes: 92,050 | Gross: $59.51M
40. Navy Seals (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A battle-hardened SEAL Team sets off on a mission to destroy a shipment of US-built Stinger missiles that have fallen into terrorist hands.
Votes: 15,647 | Gross: $25.07M
41. Cliffhanger (1993)
R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being searched for by various groups throughout the Rocky Mountains.
Votes: 118,613 | Gross: $84.05M
42. Tango & Cash (1989)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all.
Votes: 95,092 | Gross: $63.41M
44. Lionheart (1990)
R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An Ex-French Soldier begins participating in underground street fights in order to make money for his brother's family.
Votes: 32,611 | Gross: $24.08M
45. Double Impact (1991)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime
Twin brothers are separated when their parents are murdered but 25 years later they re-unite in order to avenge their parents' death.
Votes: 37,687 | Gross: $30.10M
46. Hard Target (1993)
R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama