The Best '80s Action Movies

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List Criteria: Vote up your favorite action films that were released in the 1980s.

A list of the best '80s action movies arguably represents a list of the greatest action movies of all time. The Terminator, Die Hard, and Raiders of the Lost Ark were all released in the 1980s, after all. Those three films are just the tip of the iceberg. You also have Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop, Aliens, and many more good 1980s action movies. What do you think are the top '80s action movies? Vote up your favorites from the list of 1980s action films below.

With all of these amazing choices, it may be tough to narrow down the very best '80s action movies. What do you believe defines the greatest action movies of the '80s? Should they be non-stop action from start to finish like Commando or can they build tension slowly like Predator? Are the top '80s action movies ultra-violent like RoboCop or do you prefer something a bit goofier like Big Trouble in Little China? Good 1980s action films can even be more serious-minded fare like Platoon or Ran. You get to decide the best and the rest with your votes.

This '80s action movie list is sure to start some heated debates, so get voting! And if we somehow missed a great 1980s action movie, don't hesitate to add it to the list!
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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies

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    Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies

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    Ghostbusters II is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies


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    Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies


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    Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies


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