Best Action Movies of 1980

1.

The Empire Strikes Back

7.1
8.7/10 IMDB

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz, James Earl Jones ..
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Release date: 1980-05-20
2.

Raging Bull

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Mario Gallo, John Turturro, Joseph Bono, Frank Adonis ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1980-11-14
3.

Superman II

5.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Three escaped criminals from the planet Krypton test the Man of Steel's mettle. Led by General Zod, the Kryptonians take control of the White House and partner with Lex Luthor to destroy Superman and rule the world. But Superman, who attempts to make himself human in order to get closer to Lois, realizes he has a responsibility to save the planet.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglas, Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Susannah York, Clifton James ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1980-12-04
4.

Used Cars

4.8
6.8/10 IMDB

When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Frank McRae, Gerrit Graham, Deborah Harmon, Joe Flaherty, Michael McKean, Mildred Brion, David L. Lander, Michael Talbott ..
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 1980-07-11
5.

The Final Countdown

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

During routine manoeuvres near Hawaii in 1980, the aircraft-carrier USS Nimitz is caught in a strange vortex-like storm, throwing the ship back in time to 1941—mere hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, Ron O'Neal, Charles Durning, Victor Mohica, James Coleman, Soon-Tek Oh, Alvin Ing ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1980-01-31
6.

Any Which Way You Can

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Philo takes part in a bare knuckle fight - as he does - to make some more money than he can earn from his car repair business. He decides to retire from fighting, but when the Mafia come along and arrange another fight, he is pushed into it. A motorcycle gang and an orangutan called Clyde all add to the 'fun'.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Harry Guardino, Ruth Gordon, William Smith, Michael Cavanaugh, Barry Corbin, Roy Jenson, Al Ruscio ..
Directed by: Buddy Van Horn
Release date: 1980-12-17
7.

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

Perennially stoned Cheech and Chong tear through the city of Los Angeles, causing trouble wherever they go. After Cheech loses his job, the two pot enthusiasts head to the welfare offices where Cheech's girlfriend, Donna, works. Instead of collecting unemployment, they find themselves thrown back on the streets, searching for a way to earn new income. But when Cheech's cousin, "Red" Mendoza, arrives, things get even crazier.

Starring: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Evelyn Guerrero, Betty Kennedy, Paul Reubens, Cassandra Peterson, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Shelby Chong, Edie McClurg ..
Directed by: Tommy Chong
Release date: 1980-07-18
8.

Gloria

4.5
7.2/10 IMDB

When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.

Starring: Gena Rowlands, Julie Carmen, John Adames, Buck Henry, Lupe Garnica, Jessica Castillo, Tom Noonan, Ronald Maccone, Lawrence Tierney, John P. Finnegan ..
Directed by: John Cassavetes
Release date: 1980-10-01
9.

Bronco Billy

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

An idealistic, modern-day cowboy struggles to keep his Wild West show afloat in the face of hard luck and waning interest.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers, Bill McKinney, Sam Bottoms, Dan Vadis, Sierra Pecheur, Walter Barnes, Woodrow Parfrey ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1980-06-11
10.

Shogun

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

In the 16th Century, a Dutch ship sails the Pacific from the Americas in order to escape the Spanish. Blackthorn is the pilot of the ship and the first to realize the possibilities of Japan. Japan is a feudal society which has a strong presence of the Portugese. A struggle is in the final stages for who will be the Shogun, the leader who, under the emperor, governs the land. Toranaga sees in Blackthorn things he can use to at least survive the struggle to come, and if both play their hands correctly, become Shogun.

Starring: Richard Chamberlain, Toshir? Mifune, Yoko Shimada, Alan Badel, Damien Thomas, Michael Hordern, Frankie Sakai, Vladek Sheybal, Yûki Meguro, John Rhys-Davies ..
Directed by: Jerry London
Release date: 1980-11-08

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