Best Action Movies of 1981

1.

Escape from New York

5.9
7.2/10 IMDB

In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, the authorities turn to a former soldier and current convict to rescue him.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Frank Doubleday, John Strobel ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1981-05-22
2.

Southern Comfort

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam experience.

Starring: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales, T. K. Carter, Lewis Smith, Les Lannom, Peter Coyote, Alan Autry, Brion James ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1981-09-25
3.

Nighthawks

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

An international terrorist has New York in a grip of panic and it's up to Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva to take him down.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta, Nigel Davenport, Hilary Thompson, Joe Spinell, Walter Mathews, E. Brian Dean ..
Directed by: Bruce Malmuth
Release date: 1981-03-17
4.

The Cannonball Run

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A cross-country road race is based on an actual event, the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, organized by Brock Yates to protest the 55 mph speed limit then in effect in the U.S. The Cannonball was named for Erwin G. "Cannonball" Baker, who in the roaring 20's rode his motorcycle across the country. Many of the characters are based on ruses developed by real Cannonball racers over the several years that the event was run.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin, Dom DeLuise, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Elam, Terry Bradshaw, Jackie Chan, Bert Convy ..
Directed by: Hal Needham
Release date: 1981-06-19
Best Action Movies of 1981 : Masada
5.

Masada

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada.

Release date: 1981-04-05
Best Action Movies of 1981 : Iancu Jianu, Tax Collector
6.

Iancu Jianu, Tax Collector

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

The movie details the struggle of Iancu Jianu as he's torn between joining the struggle of the poor peasants from which he came from and being on the other side of the law working for the rich.

Starring: Adrian Pintea, Mihai Mereu??, Stela Furcovici, M?rioara Sterian, Radu Beligan, Emanoil Petru?, Ion Marinescu, George Constantin, Mihai P?l?descu, Jean Constantin ..
Directed by: Dinu Cocea
Release date: 1981-02-09
7.

The Amateur

2.9
5.8/10 IMDB

A researcher for the CIA who convinces his superiors to send him to the eastern bloc in order to avenge the murder of his wife by enemy agents discovers a web of deception underneath his wife's death.

Starring: John Savage, Christopher Plummer, Marthe Keller, Arthur Hill, Nicholas Campbell, George Coe, John Marley, Jan Rubeš, Ed Lauter, Miguel Fernandes ..
Directed by: Charles Jarrott
Release date: 1981-12-11
Best Action Movies of 1981 : Gold Constables
8.

Gold Constables

2.8
5.7/10 IMDB

A large quantity of gold is stolen from the government, so undercover martial arts constables do there detective work to find out the culprits and the whereabouts of the bullion. Awesome fight scenes, choreographed by Hwang Kwo Chu, with a lot of innovative weapon work.

Starring: Carter Wong, Lo Lieh, Nancy Yen Nan-See, Lung Fei, Sit Hon, Ma Cheung, Miao Tian, Cheung Yee-Kwai ..
Directed by: Chung Wang
Release date: 1981-05-15
Best Action Movies of 1981 : Fast Money
9.

Fast Money

2.7
5.3/10 IMDB

Three buddies after 'Fast Money' try flying drugs into the U.S. from Mexico. When they meet with unexpected dangers, the trip turns turbulent.

Starring: Sammy Allred, D. Dryden Arnsberger, Sonny Carl Davis, Lou Perryman, Eric Henshaw ..
Directed by: Douglas Holloway
Release date: 1981-11-06
Best Action Movies of 1981 : 30 Segundos para Morir
10.

30 Segundos para Morir

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Three brothers smuggle arms and drugs from Mexico into the US.

Starring: Mario Almada, Fernando Almada, Ruben Benavides, Rubén Benavides, Luciana, Noé Murayama, Gloria Benavides, Henry Cantu, Jorge Carretero, Katty del Rio ..
Directed by: Rubén Benavides
Release date: 1981-02-26

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