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List Rules 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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Die Hard 1988

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593 153
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509 159
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461 168
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First Blood 1982 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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623 120
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Predator 1987

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530 126
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Aliens 1986

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499 134
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430 146
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388 160
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RoboCop 1987 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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468 140
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403 185
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340 127
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349 160
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373 123
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Commando 1985

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369 120
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357 162
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Top Gun 1986

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284 135
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292 94
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332 75
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289 130
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Platoon 1986

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300 172
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210 65
Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies

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264 98
The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies

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326 116
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Big Trouble in Little China 1986 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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280 111
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Road House 1989

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292 130
Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies
slaft added Rocky IV 1985

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260 119
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153 85
The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies

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236 122
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200 77
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198 129
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199 67
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243 120
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Bloodsport 1988

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268 92
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191 104
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Highlander 1986

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126 57
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Rocky II 1979

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200 96
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Red Dawn 1984

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158 76
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Rocky III 1982

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161 127
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207 97
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123 101
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167 127
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161 138
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Rambo III 1988

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101 58
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159 120
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They Live 1988

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105 41
Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies
NoEscape459 added Blade Runner 1982