Top 10 Action Movies Released from 1980-1990

We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 action movies released from 1980-1990. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. Lethal Weapon (1987) 83% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Veteran cop Murtaugh is teamed with Riggs, an officer with a death wish, with a mission to take down a drug smuggling ring.

Rating: R
Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Danny Glover, Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

9. First Blood (1982) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Vietnam Special Forces vet John J. Rambo is tracked through the woods of Hope, Washington by a group of sheriffs looking to kill him.

Rating: R
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna

8. The Terminator (1984) 100% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A killer android from 2029 is sent back in time to 1984 to assassinate the woman who gives birth to the leader of the human resistance.

Rating: R
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn

7. Big Trouble in Little China (1986) 82% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A truck driver tears through San Francisco’s Chinatown searching for his friend’s fiance, who’s been kidnapped by a street gang at the orders of an evil sorcerer.

Rating: PG-13
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun

6. 48 Hrs. (1982) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A cop paroles a convict for 48 hours to help him track down a cop killer who’s searching for his hidden stash of money.

Rating: R
Director: Walter Hill
Starring: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O’Toole

5. The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes

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The best assassin in the world suddenly finds a contract on himself and must fight his way through super-powered assassins from the CIA, FBI, and the Pentagon.

Rating: NR
Director: Osamu Dezaki
Starring: Tetsuro Sagawa, Goro Naya, Toshiko Fujita

4. Bloodsport (1988) 33% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A soldier leaves the army to participate in the ultimate martial arts tournament, where the fighters must compete to the death.

Rating: R
Director: Newt Arnold
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres

3. Tron (1982) 70% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A computer hacker gets sucked into a video game and must team with a security program to fight his way through a series of brutal competitions.

Rating: PG
Director: Steven Lisberger
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner

2. The Running Man (1987) 63% at Rotten Tomatoes

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In the year 2017, the biggest game show in the world pits convicted criminals in a fight for their lives against bounty hunters set on killing them.

Rating: R
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jesse Ventura

1. Commando (1985) 70% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A retired special agent is forced back into action when an enemy gang kidnaps his daughter.

Rating: R
Director: Mark L. Lester
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Alyssa Milano



Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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