Top 10 Adventure 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 movie adventures released from 1980-1990. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. Willow (1988) 50% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A dwarf farmer’s children discover a baby, so he consults with the high wizard. He’s charged with protecting the baby from an evil queen.

Rating: PG
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis

9. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) 85% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Indiana Jones arrives in India, where he’s asked by a small village to retrieve a mystical stone from an evil cult using their children as slave labor.

Rating: PG
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kate Capshaw

8. The Blues Brothers (1980) 85% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Fresh out of prison, Jake and his brother Elwood set out to reunite the band and play a gig to raise $5000 and save their boarding school from foreclosure.

Rating: R
Director: John Landis
Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway

7. The Beastmaster (1982) 42% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Dar’s adopted father is murdered by savage barbarians, so he sets out for revenge along with the animals he befriends due to his ability to talk to them.

Rating: PG
Director: Don Coscarelli
Starring: Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn

6. The Jewel of the Nile (1985) 48% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Jack and Joan are bored with each other, so Joan takes a trip to the Nile, where she’s kidnapped. Now Jack must rescue her while discovering the secret of the jewel.

Rating: PG
Director: Lewis Teague
Starring: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

5. Spies Like Us (1985) 33% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Two low-level government employees think they’re spies on a top-secret CIA mission, when they’re actually expendable decoys who must fend for themselves in Pakistan.

Rating: PG
Director: John Landis
Starring: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest

4. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) 95% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A Bushman discovers a Coke bottle, and his village worships it until he decides to return it to the God from which it came.

Rating: PG
Director: Jamie Uys
Starring: N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo

3. Crocodile Dundee (1986) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes

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An Australian crocodile hunter rescues an American journalist from a crocodile attack, so she brings him to New York City, where he’s a bit out of place, having grown up in the outback.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Peter Faiman
Starring: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon

2. The Great Outdoors (1988) 40% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Chet takes his family from Chicago to Wisconsin for a summer vacation, which is ruined by his snooty brother-in-law and a series of disasters.

Rating: PG
Director: Howard Deutch
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy

1. Masters of the Universe (1987) 17% at Rotten Tomatoes

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He-Man and his friends use a Cosmic Key to escape Eternia for Earth, but they’re soon tracked down by Skeletor and his evil Army of minions and mercenaries.

Rating: PG
Director: Gary Goddard
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster



Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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