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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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619 165
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538 171
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492 175
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First Blood 1982 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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663 130
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Predator 1987

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558 136
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Aliens 1986

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527 143
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452 155
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407 167
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RoboCop 1987 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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488 147
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421 196
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359 138
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361 172
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Batman 1989 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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392 130
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Commando 1985

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387 124
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374 167
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Top Gun 1986

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301 142
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351 82
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300 139
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Platoon 1986

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302 106
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310 178
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223 74
Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies

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345 124
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Big Trouble in Little China 1986 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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291 116
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Road House 1989

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271 110
The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies

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308 134
Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies
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277 125
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161 95
The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies

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206 136
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229 111
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205 110
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Highlander 1986

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211 73
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259 128
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Bloodsport 1988

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283 98
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140 63
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Rocky II 1979

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170 83
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Rocky III 1982

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210 104
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Red Dawn 1984

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168 136
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215 103
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179 127
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129 111
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176 135
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173 145
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Rambo III 1988

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112 64
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120 48
Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s Action Movies
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166 128
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They Live 1988