15 Action Films From The 1980s You Must Watch

Honestly... can ANYTHING top the finale to Commando?

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The 1980s had some of the best films of all time, with timeless classics like Star Wars and Indian Jones. But if it was just pure action you were after, then they also had you covered. Super muscular men with an unholy amount of firepower blowing everything into smithereens was a winning formula of the time, and it was easy to see why.

Sure, some of the storylines were a little strange. Hell, some of them were downright ludicrous.

But you were not there for the story. You were there for the incredible practical effects, the insane stunts and fight scenes, the slow motion camera shots and the bad guys getting their just desserts while the protagonist lets out a witty one-liner. But with some of these films now being over a few decades old, it is possible that there are some people out there who have never seen some of them.

So if you happen to have your own backlog of films you have yet to watch - and you're in the mood for the action genre - get ready to add a few more to the list.

15. For Your Eyes Only - 1981

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This list kicks things off with one of the most iconic characters in movie history. Bond. James Bond.

This was Roger Moore’s fifth outing as the MI6 agent and it turned out to be one of his most successful, as it generated over $195 million at the box office and became the second highest grossing Bond film after its predecessor, Moonraker.

For Your Eyes Only marked the return to a more grounded, realistic approach to the Bond narratives as 007 must locate a missile command system while fighting off the interests of two rival businessmen and aid a woman seeking to avenge the murder of her parents.

As for the action, it has everything you could ask for from a Bond film. Car chases. Beautiful and exotic locations. New and ingenious gadgets. A deadly advisory that puts Bond’s skills to the test, and a climactic final act where our hero breaks into the villain's main stronghold and emerges victorious.

It is a very satisfying film that will give fans of the Bond series a major nostalgia kick, while also giving newcomers the perfect idea of what to expect from future James Bond films.


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