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The Best '80s Biker Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite biker films that were released in the 1980s.

This list of 1980s biker movies proves that in the '80s, biker movies still had some gas left in the tank. Popular in every decade dating at least back to the 1950s, biker movies managed to capture both the desire to live life as an outsider and the fear of outsiders in one genre. Below you’ll find a 1980s biker film list full of two-wheeled gems that beat Sons of Anarchy to the punch by decades.
  

If you're riding with the top '80s biker movies, then you're definitely riding with Any Which Way You Can starring Clint Eastwood in one of his few action-comedies. Also on the road are Chopper Chicks in Zombietown starring Billy Bob Thornton, and Knightriders in which horror maestro George Romero tries his hand and something a little less gory. And don’t miss Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish, in which Matt Dillon lives in the shadow of his older brother Motorcycle Boy.


So, which of the films on this list of the best 1980s biker films really rev your engine? Vote up the movies that are fully loaded road hogs and downvote the films that should've stayed in the '80s. Add any great movies we may have missed. If you're a biker and a cinephile, rerank to create your own '80s biker movie list!

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Cher, Laura Dern, Sam Elliott
Mask is a 1985 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Cher, Sam Elliott, and Eric Stoltz. Dennis Burkley and Laura Dern are featured in supporting roles. Cher received the ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell, Ruth Gordon
Any Which Way You Can is a 1980 American action comedy film, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith, and Ruth Gordon. It is directed by Buddy Van Horn. The film is ...more
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Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane
Rumble Fish is an American 1983 drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on the novel Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film centers on the ...more
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Billy Bob Thornton, Jamie Rose, Martha Quinn
Chopper Chicks In Zombietown is a 1989 comedy horror film written and directed by Dan Hoskins. It was released by Troma and features early roles by Billy Bob Thornton and Hal Sparks before they ...more
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Stephen King, Ed Harris, Tom Savini
Knightriders, also known as George A. Romero's Knightriders, is a 1981 American drama film written and directed by George A. Romero and starring Ed Harris, Gary Lahti, Tom Savini, Amy Ingersoll, ...more
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Matt Dillon, Jennifer Beals, Joan Cusack
My Bodyguard is a 1980 comedy-drama film released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Tony Bill, and written by Alan Ormsby. The film stars Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Martin Mull, ...more
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Easy Wheels Ben Stein, Eileen Davidson, Barry Livingston
Easy Wheels was written by Ivan Raimi and his brother Sam Raimi, and directed by David O'Malley. It was produced between Evil Dead II and Darkman, and released in 1989. It is an intentional ...more
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Sam Kinison, George Kennedy, Karen Black
Savage Dawn is a 1985 action and drama film. The film was directed by Simon Nuchtern, the film stars Lance Henriksen, George Kennedy, Karen Black, and William Forsythe
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Peter Coyote, Fred Ward, Ed Lauter
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, directed by William Dear, is a 1982 time travel-influenced action film starring Fred Ward as Lyle Swann, a cross country dirt bike racer. The movie was ...more
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Willem Dafoe, J. Don Ferguson, Robert Gordon
The Loveless is a 1982 drama outlaw biker film written and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and Monty Montgomery. It is an independent film and stars Willem Dafoe and musician Robert Gordon, who also ...more
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Gary Busey, Yaphet Kotto, William Smith
Eye of the Tiger is a 1986 action/drama film, starring Gary Busey, Yaphet Kotto, Denise Galik, Seymour Cassel, William Smith and Judith Barsi. The movie was directed by Richard C. Sarafian.
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Fabian, Marvin Miller, Jon Cedar
Kiss Daddy Goodbye is a 1981 horror film written by Alain Silver, Patrick Regan, Ronald Abrams, Mary Stewart and directed by Patrick Regan.
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Tony Doyle, Niall Tóibín, Joe Lynch
Eat the Peach is a 1986 British-Irish comedy film, directed by Peter Ormrod. The title derives from the T.S.Eliot poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. It was written by Peter Ormrod with ...more
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Crazy Thunder Road Nenji Kobayashi, Tatsuo Yamada, Koji Nanjo
Crazy Thunder Road is a 1980 Japanese punk-action-biker film written and directed by Sōgo Ishii. Ishii made the film as his graduation project whilst studying at Nihon University and was ...more
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Barry Bostwick, Persis Khambatta, Henry Silva
Megaforce, is an action film made in 1982 directed by former stuntman Hal Needham. The film starred Barry Bostwick, Persis Khambatta, Michael Beck, Edward Mulhare, George Furth, Evan C. Kim, ...more
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Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk
Spetters is a Dutch film released in 1980, directed by Paul Verhoeven. Spetters led to protests about the manner in which Verhoeven portrayed gays, Christians, the police, and the press. ...more
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David Essex
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Silver Dream Racer is a motor-racing film starring British pop star David Essex and Beau Bridges. The film was produced, written and directed by David Wickes. It would become the last film to be ...more
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Survival Zone Gary Lockwood, Camilla Sparv, Morgan Stevens
Survival Zone is a South African post-apocalyptic action-thriller from 1983.
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Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Grey, Aidan Quinn
Reckless is a 1984 love story shot in the Appalachian Mountains and Rust Belt of Steubenville, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and Mingo Junction, Ohio. Starring Daryl Hannah and Aidan Quinn. ...more