After catching Commando on Spike this weekend I decided it was probably time for me to run through my top 10 favorite action movies of the 1980’s. Now, seeing as how I was born in 1982, I was pretty young when a lot of these came out so my recollection of how “good” they were is probably a bit skewed. I feel that most of them still hold up today, but only if you’re in the mood for a cheesy action movie… don’t expect oscar worthy cinema here. I’ve done a bit of research on other sites trying to get an idea of what other people thought were the best action movies of the 80’s and a lot of them included movies that I didn’t necessarily consider “action”… especially in the 80’s when the action movie was king. So you won’t find things like Empire Strikes Back or any of the Indiana Jones movies on my list as I don’t really consider them in the same vein as things like Commando and Rambo… So with that said let’s get to the list, and as always feel free to rip apart the list in the comments, but be sure to let me know why something should or shouldn’t be on the list. There were a lot of action movies in the 80’s and I have no doubt that I must have missed something, so let me know…

10. Lethal Weapon
(1987)
(imdb)

lethal weapon

9. The Road Warrior
(imdb)

road warrior

8. Rocky IV
(1985)
(imdb)

rocky iv

7. Top Gun
(1986)
(imdb)

top gun

6. First Blood
(1982)
(imdb)

first blood

5 – 1 after the jump

5. Robocop
(1987)
(imdb)

robocop

4. Predator
(1987)
(imdb)

predator

3. Commando
(1985)
(imdb)

commando

2. The Terminator
(1984)
(imdb)

terminator

1. Die Hard
(1988
) (imdb)

die hard

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)

Beverly Hills Cop
(1984)
(imdb)

beverly hills cop

Big Trouble in Little China
(1986)
(imdb)

big trouble in little china

Cobra
(1986)
(imdb)

cobra

Iron Eagle
(1986)
(imdb)

iron eagle

Road House
(1989)
(imdb)

road house

Tango and Cash
(1989)
(imdb)

tango & cash

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  • Bigjollyal

    Total recall should have at least been in the honorable mentions… =(

  • Bigjollyal

    oh S*%^t sorry I forgot Total recall was in the 90’s, my bad! good list by the way!

    • AC Slater

      Don’t worry, if I make a list for the 90’s Total Recall will be on it.