8 of the Best Action Movies from the 80’s

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The ’80s were a time of great prosperity it was also a time of great action movies. The ’80s gave us Rocky, Rambo, Indiana Jones, some of the most iconic figures in modern cinema history. There is nothing better than enjoying a classic movie on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Here are 8 of our favourite action movies, we still watch on a regular basis.

8 best action movies of the ’80s

Black Rain

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Once upon a time, Michael Douglas was one cool son of a bitch, well he’s still a little cool. This is a classic movie made in 1989, buddy cop with Andy Garcia. They bust a Yakazu boss and have to take him back to Japan, lose him then tear up Japan trying to find him again.

Indiana Jones and Raiders of the lost ark

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The first and without a doubt the best in the series, Harrison Ford takes on the Nazi war machine while trying to track down the Ark of the Covenant.

Rambo – First Blood

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Sly Stallone at his best as Rambo, caught just trying to find a way at home. There is nothing like watching Rambo cut his way through hundreds of local police and national guard.

Red Heat

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A classic Arnie movie, about a soviet cop that goes to New York to track down a soviet criminal, Jim Belushi is the New York cop that partners with him.

Lethal Weapon

Lethal weapon

A classic Mel Gibson movie before he went crazy, plays a crazy cop (irony much). He partners with Danny Glover tracking down a drug smuggler. Classic 80’s action all the way.

Beverly Hills Cop

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Eddie Murphy at his peak plays a Detroit cop that goes to Beverly Hills to track down his friends murderer Its a great blend of action and comedy.


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1987 action classic, set in the near future, Peter Weller plays a cop that is nearly killed in the line of duty. He is taken in by a special department and turned into a Cyborg. In turn, he seeks revenge on the criminals that tried to kill him.

Lone Wolf McQuade

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Chuck Norris has to make the list. As a Texas ranger that goes after gun smugglers, it ranks as one the best Chuck Norris movies from the ’80s. Well, this one and maybe Missing in Action.

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