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.

The Blues Brothers

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts his old band back togther to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper, Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Murphy Dunne, Willie Hall ..
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 1980-06-16
4.

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
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5.

The Gods Must Be Crazy

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

A Coca-Cola bottle dropped from an airplane raises havoc among a normally peaceful tribe of African bushmen who believe it to be a utensil of the gods.

Starring: N-Xau, Michael Thys, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Louw Verwey, Nic De Jager, Fanyana H. Sidumo, Joe Seakatsie, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Ken Gampu ..
Directed by: Jamie Uys
Release date: 1980-09-10
6.

The Long Riders

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.

Starring: David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, James Keach, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Kevin Brophy, Harry Carey, Jr., Christopher Guest ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1980-05-16
7.

The Final Countdown

4.9
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
8.

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
9.

Flash Gordon

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A football player and his mates travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

Starring: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Chaim Topol, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed, Peter Wyngarde, Mariangela Melato, John Osborne ..
Directed by: Mike Hodges
Release date: 1980-09-01
10.

Bronco Billy

4.5
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

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