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5 Of the Best Action Films From the 80s That You Must Watch with Your Friends

by Julie

Are you into action movies? Let us make it more specific, have you watched action movies from the 80s? Well, if you have not, you are missing out on a lot of fun and adventure. And if you are lost and do not know where to begin, fret not, because we have already made a list of the best ones for you.

This post talks about what made the 80s action movies so special along with some much watch blockbusters

Action films in the 80s were known for being visual spectacles. The 1970s saw the abandonment of New Hollywood movies in favor of action-oriented movies due to a desire for style over substance.

Action Films From the 80s

A good action movie from the 1980s had three qualities: big explosions, over-the-top violence, and quips. The Box office was dominated by actors such as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Cannot wait to watch a few? Neither can we. So, let us get started?

But wait, before we start, let us see if your internet connection is appropriate. Because we are sure you do not want the screen freezing in the middle of an important scene because all these movies are available online. And if you looking for suggestions already, Spectrum is a really good choice.

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Below are the top 5 movies to watch this weekend.

Road House 

Despite its cult status, this Patrick Swayze film was not a box office hit. VHS and cable television gave this beloved ’80s movie a second life, where it became a fan favorite and laid the groundwork for all of the ’90s jump-kick TV shows and movies.

By filtering most of the action through bar fights, Road House sets itself apart from other martial arts films. The scene where the main lead rips out a man’s throat was just spectacular. If you are a fan of action, this movie has to be your first choice for sure.

Beverly Hills Cop 

The 1980s were not just filled with action movies; Eddie Murphy dominated the decade. Just a few years after appearing on Saturday Night Live, he became a big movie star.

The 80s action classic 48 Hours marked his first film role. With his second action film, Murphy really rose to the top of the 80s action heroes list. Yes, we are talking about Beneverly Hills Cop.

This 1984 film stars Murphy as Axel Foley, who is tasked with solving the murder of his best friend. The comedy timing of Murphy and the outstanding action sequences helped Beverly Hills Cop to become a blockbuster.

The original plan for this film was for Sylvester Stallone to make a straight drama, but it is what it is. And we love the way the final product turned out.

 First Blood 

The movie First Blood depicts Rambo as a symbol of American militarism’s worst excesses as well as the country’s schizophrenic attitude toward Vietnam veterans. The 1982 film is one of the earliest representations of police abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In the movie, a group of overzealous cops hunts down Rambo a war veteran severely disturbed by the time he had to spend in Vietnam.

Sylvester Stallone displays both heroism and vulnerability in the best possible way in this blockbuster. We find it difficult to imagine the ending of this movie. Not to mention the scene where we see how the army trains soldiers to use million-dollar equipment, but neglects to provide them with assistance when they return from war.

Despite Hollywood’s later attempts to twist Rambo’s character to the point where he barely resembles the original, this remains some of the best 1980s filmmaking.

Top Gun

Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott, was a movie that oozed coolness upon its release and it is true that one cannot just watch it once. You would definitely want to watch it over and over.

Tom Cruise began his action career with Top Gun, following up on hit films like Legend and Risky Business. 

In the movie, air to air dogfight action becomes even more dangerous than the usual training exercises when Cruise assumes the role of the cool and reckless Navy pilot. Despite the movie’s spectacular aerial shots, Berlin’s hit song “Take My Breath Away” was the only element of the film to win an Oscar.

Police Story

Who does not recall this amazing movie of Jackie Chan? His combination of farce comedy, perfectly choreographed kung-fu fights and death-defying stunts, all conducted by him, made Jackie Chan an international superstar during the 1980s.

In Police Story, one of his standout films, he enacted some of the most impressive action sequences ever seen, including a thrilling car chase through an incredibly destructive neighborhood, and a dramatic final fight inside a mall.

Wrapping Up

80s action movies are definitely a must-watch. However, choosing the best ones can be a little frustrating. You can use this post in that regard. Let us know which movie did you end up watching in the comments below.

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