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
Best Action Movies of 1980 : The Gods Must Be Crazy
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.

Gloria

5.1
7.1/10 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
7.

The Long Riders

4.9
6.9/10 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
8.

The Final Countdown

4.8
6.6/10 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
9.

Used Cars

4.8
6.7/10 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
10.

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
11.

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
12.

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

4.4
6.0/10 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
13.

Any Which Way You Can

4.4
6.1/10 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
14.

Hopscotch

4.4
7.1/10 IMDB

When CIA operative Miles Kendig deliberately lets KGB agent Yaskov get away, his boss threatens to retire him. Kendig beats him to it, however, destroying his own records and traveling to Austria where he begins work on a memoir that will expose all his former agency's covert practices. The CIA catches wind of the book and sends other agents after him, initiating a frenetic game of cat and mouse that spans the globe.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty, Herbert Lom, David Matthau, George Baker, Ivor Roberts, Severn Darden, Lucy Saroyan ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1980-09-26
15.

The Stunt Man

4.3
7.0/10 IMDB

While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The mixture of real danger and fantasy of the movie is an interesting twist for the viewer as the two blend in individual scenes.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Allen Garfield, Alex Rocco, Sharon Farrell, Adam Roarke, Philip Bruns, John Garwood, Jim Hess ..
Directed by: Richard Rush
Release date: 1980-06-27
16.

Shogun

4.1
7.8/10 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
17.

Smokey and the Bandit II

4.0
5.2/10 IMDB

The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise, Paul Williams, Sally Field, Pat McCormick, David Huddleston, Mike Henry, John Anderson ..
Directed by: Hal Needham
Release date: 1980-08-15
18.

Popeye

3.9
5.3/10 IMDB

Popeye is a super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who's searching for his father. During a storm that wrecks his ship, Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive. Before he can win her heart, he must first contend with Olive's fiancé, Bluto.

Starring: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley, Richard Libertini, Donald Moffat, Donovan Scott, Roberta Maxwell, Bill Irwin, Linda Hunt ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1980-12-12
19.

The Big Brawl

3.8
5.7/10 IMDB

A young Asian American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fight competition.

Starring: Jackie Chan, José Ferrer, Kristine DeBell, Mako, Ron Max, David Sheiner, Rosalind Chao, Lenny Montana, Pat E. Johnson, Mary Ellen O'Neill ..
Directed by: Robert Clouse
Release date: 1980-09-10
20.

The Earthling

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, a man returns home to Australia to die in the wildness. His plans become complicated when he meets a young boy and decides to take him under his wing.

Starring: William Holden, Ricky Schroder, Jack Thompson, Olivia Hamnett, Alwyn Kurts, Pat Evison, Redmond Phillips, Ray Barrett, Tony Barry, Allan Penney ..
Directed by: Peter Collinson
Release date: 1980-07-24
21.

Battle Beyond the Stars

3.5
5.5/10 IMDB

A young farmer assembles a band of diverse mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet from an evil tyrant.

Starring: Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, John Saxon, George Peppard, Darlanne Fluegel, Julia Duffy, Sybil Danning, Sam Jaffe, Morgan Woodward, Earl Boen ..
Directed by: Jimmy T. Murakami
Release date: 1980-09-08
22.

Tom Horn

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A renowned former army scout is hired by ranchers to hunt down rustlers but finds himself on trial for the murder of a boy when he carries out his job too well. Tom Horn finds that the simple skills he knows are of no help in dealing with the ambitions of ranchers and corrupt officials as progress marches over him and the old west.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth, Billy Green Bush, Slim Pickens, Peter Canon, Elisha Cook Jr., Roy Jenson, James Kline, Geoffrey Lewis ..
Directed by: William Wiard
Release date: 1980-03-28
23.

Hero at Large

3.5
5.9/10 IMDB

An idealistic but struggling actor finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger, a superhero character of a film he is hired to to promote. He decides to dabble at being a superhero only to find that it is more difficult and dangerous than he ever imagined.

Starring: John Ritter, Anne Archer, Bert Convy, Kevin McCarthy, Kevin Bacon, Harry Bellaver, Anita Dangler, Jane Hallaren, Leonard Harris, Rick Podell ..
Directed by: Martin Davidson
Release date: 1980-02-08
24.

North Sea Hijack

3.5
6.3/10 IMDB

When terrorists take over two oil rigs, and threaten to blow them up if their demands are not met, an eccentric anti-terrorism expert volunteers his unique commando unit to stop them.

Starring: Roger Moore, Anthony Perkins, James Mason, David Hedison, Michael Parks, Jack Watson, David Wood, Jeremy Clyde, George Baker, Faith Brook ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1980-02-18
25.

Defiance

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman and though he tries to avoid the gang and his neighbors, it does not work. Soon he is battling the Souls and not only changing their attitudes, but the attitudes of his previously intimidated neighbors as well.

Starring: Jan-Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Danny Aiello, Rudy Ramos, Frank Pesce, Lenny Montana, Art Carney, Santos Morales, Tony Sirico, Don Blakely ..
Directed by: John Flynn
Release date: 1980-03-14
26.

The Sea Wolves

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

This true story follows the exploits of a top-secret British military mission to destroy Nazi radio ships in a neutral harbor during WWII. The daring plan is led by British Intelligence officers Col. Lewis Pugh (Gregory Peck) and Capt. Gavin Stewart (Roger Moore). Since the ships are in neutral territory the British Military command, while encouraging the scheme, must deny any knowledge of it if it fails. Pugh and Stewart enlist the aid of retired officer Col. Bill Grice (David Niven) and some of his former soldiers. On the pretext of being on a fishing expedition, these seemingly drunken old men in civilian clothing must board and destroy 3 Nazi ships, whose radio transmissions have resulted in Nazi submarines sinking allied ships. While Stewart arranges a diversion onshore, Pugh and Grice carry out the dangerous raid on and destruction of the Nazi ships.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard, Barbara Kellerman, Patrick Macnee, Kenneth Griffith, Patrick Allen, Wolf Kahler, Robert Hoffmann ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1980-07-03
Best Action Movies of 1980 : Waikiki
27.

Waikiki

3.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A policewoman and two reckless private investigators team up to catch a serial killer in Hawaii.

Starring: Dack Rambo, Steve Marachuk, Donna Mills, Cal Bellini, Darren McGavin, Robert F. Lyons, Mark Slade, Branscombe Richmond, Betty Carvalho, Tanya Roberts ..
Directed by: Ron Satlof
Release date: 1980-04-21
28.

The Mountain Men

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

The story concerns two grizzled mountain men -- Bill Tyler and Henry Frapp -- during the dying days of the fur-trapping era. The plot begins when Running Moon runs away from her abusive husband Heavy Eagle and comes across the two seedy fur trappers. The mountain men take her in, unaware that Heavy Eagle has dispatched an army of Indian braves to reclaim her.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, Victoria Racimo, Stephen Macht, Seymour Cassel, David Ackroyd, Cal Bellini, John Glover, William Lucking, Ken Ruta ..
Directed by: Richard Lang
Release date: 1980-06-01
29.

The Hunter

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

During his long career, bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson has caught over 5,000 criminals. Now, while he is working on apprehending fugitives in Illinois, Texas and Nebraska, he himself is being hunted by a psychotic killer.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Kathryn Harrold, LeVar Burton, Ben Johnson, Richard Venture, Tracey Walter, Thomas Rosales Jr., Teddy Wilson, Bill Hart ..
Directed by: Buzz Kulik
Release date: 1980-08-01
30.

The Dogs of War

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Winston Ntshona, JoBeth Williams, Alan Beckwith, Colin Blakely, Jean-François Stévenin, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Ed O'Neill, Jean-Pierre Kalfon ..
Directed by: John Irvin
Release date: 1980-12-17
31.

Borderline

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

Jeb Maynard is a patrolman guarding the U.S.-Mexican border, whose partner and buddy Scooter has just been murdered. Maynard knows that a smuggler of illegal aliens is responsible for Scooter's death, but the feds insist that drug dealers committed the crime.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Bruno Kirby, Bert Remsen, Michael Lerner, Kenneth McMillan, Ed Harris, Karmin Murcelo, Enrique Castillo, Wilford Brimley, Norman Alden ..
Directed by: Jerrold Freedman
Release date: 1980-12-19
32.

Stryker's War

3.1
8.0/10 IMDB

A wounded Vietnam Vet and his pal's save a small town from a crazed cult leader and his maniac killer gang

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Josh Becker, Ted Raimi, Scott Spiegel ..
Directed by: Josh Becker
Release date: 1980-07-04
Best Action Movies of 1980 : Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story
33.

Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Filmed on location at Alcatraz Island, this two-part "whole story" actually concentrates on a handful of the denizens behind the cold grey walls of "The Rock". Michael Beck plays the real-life Clarence Carnes, an Oklahoma Choctaw Indian said to be the youngest man ever incarcerated in the notorious maximum security prison. Serving a 99-year sentence for a gas station holdup and murder, Carnes makes periodic attempts to escape, the final attempt being the most violent. Many of the subordinate characters are fictional (as are most of the details concerning Carnes' escape efforts); the one exception is Robert Stroud, the "Birdman of Alcatraz", here portrayed by Art Carney as a gentle, kindly philosopher. Telly Savalas, a costar of the Burt Lancaster vehicle Birdman of Alcatraz, also guest starred in the 1980 film. Originally titled Alcatraz and Clarence Carnes, this made-for-TV movie wavers between gritty realism and "I'm bustin' outta here!" artifice.

Starring: Michael Beck, Art Carney, Alex Karras, Telly Savalas, Will Sampson, Ronny Cox, Richard Lynch, Robert Davi, John Amos, James MacArthur ..
Directed by: Paul Krasny
Release date: 1980-11-05
Best Action Movies of 1980 : Blade on the Feather
34.

Blade on the Feather

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

A reclusive, elderly author is visited by a young admirer … but both men are more than they claim to be.

Starring: Kika Markham, Phoebe Nicholls, Donald Pleasence, Tom Conti, Denholm Elliott ..
Directed by: Richard Loncraine
Release date: 1980-10-19
35.

The Exterminator

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

When a man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York, he transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a war zone.

Starring: Christopher George, Samantha Eggar, Robert Ginty, Steve James, Tony DiBenedetto, Dick Boccelli, Patrick Farrelly, Michele Harrell, David Lipman, Cindy Wilks ..
Directed by: James Glickenhaus
Release date: 1980-09-10
36.

Raise the Titanic

3.0
5.1/10 IMDB

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the Titanic.

Starring: M. Emmet Walsh, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer, Alec Guinness, Bo Brundin, Jason Robards, Michael Ensign, Maurice Kowalewski, J.D. Cannon ..
Directed by: Jerry Jameson
Release date: 1980-08-01
37.

The Island

3.0
5.3/10 IMDB

David Nau leads a band of modern day pirates who raid yachts and sail boats of people on vacation in the Caribbean. When reporter Blair Maynard and his son arrive to investigate the mystery of the disappearing boats, Nau and his band of raiders decide to induct them into their tribe.

Starring: Michael Caine, David Warner, Angela Punch McGregor, Frank Middlemass, Don Henderson, Dudley Sutton, Colin Jeavons, Zakes Mokae, Jeffrey Frank, John O'Leary ..
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
Release date: 1980-06-13
38.

Hangar 18

2.9
5.3/10 IMDB

During a Space Shuttle mission a satellite rams a unidentified flying object. The UFO afterwards performs an emergency landing in the deserts of Arizona. However the White House denies its existence because of the near presidential elections. The UFO is brought to the secret Hangar 18 and the accident is blamed on the incompetence of the astronauts Bancroff and Price. But the two fight against this and try to hunt down the UFO.

Starring: Darren McGavin, Robert Vaughn, Gary Collins, James Hampton, Philip Abbott, Joseph Campanella, Pamela Bellwood, Tom Hallick, Steven Keats, William Schallert ..
Directed by: James L. Conway
Release date: 1980-07-01
39.

Aguila

2.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Daniel Aguila's son recounts memories of the Philippines as he searches for his father.

Starring: Fernando Poe Jr., Amalia Fuentes, Christopher de Leon, Elizabeth Oropesa, Jay Ilagan, Charo Santos-Concio, Chanda Romero, Daria Ramirez, Celia Rodriguez, Eddie Garcia ..
Directed by: Eddie Romero
Release date: 1980-02-14
Best Action Movies of 1980 : Stir
40.

Stir

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.

Starring: Bryan Brown, Max Phipps, Dennis Miller, Gary Waddell, Phil Motherwell, Michael Gow, Edward Robshaw, Tex Morton, Ray Marshall ..
Directed by: Stephen Wallace
Release date: 1980-05-11
41.

Mother's Day

2.9
5.3/10 IMDB

Three girls discover that two men are willing to do anything to impress Mother and what impresses Mother is watching her sons commit acts of rape and murder. Now these women are prisoners and lowered to pawns in the game of checkers between two dim wits and their Maniac Mommy and the question becomes, can any of them escape, alive?

Starring: Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Tiana Pierce, Frederick Coffin, Michael McCleery, Beatrice Pons, Robert Collins, Peter Fox, Robert Collins, Beatrice Pons ..
Directed by: Charles Kaufman
Release date: 1980-09-19
42.

The Nude Bomb

2.9
5.1/10 IMDB

When KAOS develops a bomb that can dissolve all clothing, Maxwell Smart is brought in to foil the evil plot.

Starring: Don Adams, Sylvia Kristel, Rhonda Fleming, Dana Elcar, Andrea Howard, Pamela Hensley, Norman Lloyd, Bill Dana, Vittorio Gassman, Joey Forman ..
Directed by: Clive Donner
Release date: 1980-05-09
43.

The Chain Reaction

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

Contaminated by a nuclear-plant spill, an Australian worker hides with a woman and tries to warn the public.

Starring: Steve Bisley, Arna-Maria Winchester, Ross Thompson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Ralph Cotterill, Richard Moir, Tim Burns, Lorna Lesley, Patrick Ward, Laurie Moran ..
Directed by: Ian Barry
Release date: 1980-09-25
44.

When Time Ran Out...

2.9
4.5/10 IMDB

An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.

Starring: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, James Franciscus, Ernest Borgnine, Edward Albert, Red Buttons, Barbara Carrera, Valentina Cortese, Veronica Hamel ..
Directed by: James Goldstone
Release date: 1980-03-28
Best Action Movies of 1980 : A Brotherhood of Heroes
45.

A Brotherhood of Heroes

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

AKA Happy Hero - Follow the exciting action as 3 young men uncover the corrupted actions of the superintendents only to find further perils. Action packed martial arts flick.

Starring: Ling Yun, Hwa Ling ..
Directed by: Tsai Yang-Ming
Release date: 1980-07-05
46.

The Pilot

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Mike Hagan is a pilot in passenger service and candidate for the honor "Best Pilot of the Year". Nobody knows that he's got private sorrows - he's an alcoholic. A stewardess notices his regular visits of the toilet and reports it.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Diane Baker, Frank Converse, Milo O’Shea, Dana Andrews, Gordon MacRae, Edward Binns, Jennifer Houlton, Kitty Sullivan, Leigh Court ..
Directed by: Cliff Robertson
Release date: 1980-11-26
47.

The Octagon

2.8
5.0/10 IMDB

Scott James, a veteran martial arts expert, is recruited as the protector of the wealthy and beautiful Justine after she becomes the target of a ninja clan. When Scott finds out that his ruthless arch-nemesis, McCarn , is involved with the stealthy and dangerous criminals, he is eager to settle old scores. Soon Scott is facing off against McCarn and the entire ninja horde in an effort to take them all down.

Starring: Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef, Art Hindle, Carol Bagdasarian, Tadashi Yamashita, Kim Lankford, Larry D. Mann, Richard Norton, Yuki Shimoda ..
Directed by: Eric Karson
Release date: 1980-08-14
Best Action Movies of 1980 : The Return of Frank Cannon
48.

The Return of Frank Cannon

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Private detective Frank Cannon comes out of retirement to investigate the murder of an ex-girlfriend's husband.

Starring: William Conrad, Diana Muldaur, Ed Nelson, Joanna Pettet, Arthur Hill, William Smithers ..
Directed by: Corey Allen
Release date: 1980-11-01
49.

Hawk the Slayer

2.7
5.3/10 IMDB

Hawk the Slayer, after seeing both his father and bride die at the hands of his malevolent brother, Voltan, sets out for revenge and the chance to live up to his title. Tooling himself up with the "mind-sword" and recruiting a motley band of warriors: a giant, a dwarf, a one-armed man with a machine-crossbow and an elf with the fastest bow in the land; Hawk leads the battle against Voltan to free the land from the forces of evil and avenge his loved ones.

Starring: Jack Palance, John Terry, Bernard Bresslaw, Ray Charleson, Peter O'Farrell, William Morgan Sheppard, Patricia Quinn, Cheryl Campbell, Annette Crosbie, Catriona MacColl ..
Directed by: Terry Marcel
Release date: 1980-08-27
Best Action Movies of 1980 : The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog
50.

The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog

2.7
4.6/10 IMDB

The story of a champion Eskimo sled dog, named Kavik, who survives a plane crash in the wilds of Alaska and is found and cared for by a young boy, named Andy Evans, who brings Kavik back to his small hometown. But the dog's owner, George Hunter, takes Kavik back to his home in Colorado where the dog escapes and embarks on a 2,000-mile odyssey in search of Andy

Starring: Ronny Cox, Linda Sorensen, Andrew Ian McMillan, John Candy, Chris Wiggins, John Ireland, Iréna Mayeska, Murray Westgate, John Yesno, Cec Linder ..
Directed by: Peter Carter
Release date: 1980-01-01

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