10 Most Memorable Action Movies of the 1980s

7º – Bloodsport (Newt Arnold, 1988)The film that leveraged Jean-Claude Van Damme’s career could not stay off this list. ‘Bloodsport’ tells the story of an American fighter who travels to Hong Kong to enter a secret martial arts tournament. Here, we will have one of the greatest martial arts films ever conceived, with perfect performances of fighting scenes, a dynamic plot, a scary antagonist and a leading actor in the role of his life.


6º – Police Story (Jackie Chan, 1985)We will follow the frantic search of a Hong Kong policeman for justice, fighting against everything that lies ahead. ‘Police Story’ is a pearl of Hong Kong’s action cinema, drawing on a good story, frenetic (and truly memorable) action scenes and a Jackie Chan at his best.


5º – Lethal Weapon (Richard Donner, 1987)A veteran policeman, about to retire, has to agree to make an unlikely duo with another fellow professional, a young man with a suicidal behaviour. The film will focus on the various adventures the two will go through in the cases they are charged with investigating. A memorable work from the 1980s, ‘Lethal Weapon’ ends up combining action and comedy, providing the viewer with an amusing and always dynamic film.


4º – Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter, 1986)A tough trucker ends up in another world’s mess by mere chance, having to face a gang with paranormal powers to recover his truck and a kidnapped girl. Pearl of the 1980s, ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ is a delightful film. Its plot, which follows a more unpretentious pattern of history, manages to entertain and amuse the viewer every minute.

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