Best Action Movies of 1983

1.

Return of the Jedi

6.8
8.3/10 IMDB

Luke Skywalker leads a mission to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt, while the Emperor seeks to destroy the Rebellion once and for all with a second dreaded Death Star.

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid ..
Directed by: Richard Marquand
Release date: 1983-05-25
2.

Scarface

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

Starring: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Miriam Colon, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin, Ángel Salazar ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1983-12-09
3.

WarGames

5.8
7.1/10 IMDB

High School student David Lightman has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a confrontation of global proportions. Together with his girlfriend and a wizardly computer genius, David must race against time to outwit his opponent and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Barry Corbin, Juanin Clay, Kent Williams, Dennis Lipscomb, Joe Dorsey, Irving Metzman ..
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1983-06-03
4.

Octopussy

5.3
6.5/10 IMDB

James Bond is sent to investigate after a fellow “00” agent is found dead with a priceless Fabergé egg. Bond follows the mystery and uncovers a smuggling scandal and a Russian General who wants to provoke a new World War.

Starring: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi, Steven Berkoff, David Meyer, Tony Meyer, Desmond Llewelyn, Robert Brown ..
Directed by: John Glen
Release date: 1983-06-05
5.

Rumble Fish

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug, struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

Starring: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Diana Scarwid, Vincent Spano, Nicolas Cage, Chris Penn, Laurence Fishburne, William Smith ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1983-10-20
6.

Never Say Never Again

5.0
6.1/10 IMDB

James Bond returns as the secret agent 007 to battle the evil organization SPECTRE. Bond must defeat Largo, who has stolen two atomic warheads for nuclear blackmail. But Bond has an ally in Largo's girlfriend, the willowy Domino, who falls for Bond and seeks revenge.

Starring: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Edward Fox, Barbara Carrera, Max von Sydow, Bernie Casey, Alec McCowen, Pamela Salem, Rowan Atkinson ..
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Release date: 1983-10-07
7.

Sudden Impact

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

When a young rape victim takes justice into her own hands and becomes a serial killer, it's up to Dirty Harry Callahan, on suspension from the SFPD, to bring her to justice.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Paul Drake, Audrie Neenan, Jack Thibeau, Michael Currie, Albert Popwell, Mark Keyloun ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1983-12-07
Best Action Movies of 1983 : V
8.

V

4.7
7.9/10 IMDB

Aliens pretending to be friendly come to Earth and are received openly. The aliens have masqueraded themselves to look just like humans. When it is discovered that the aliens' planet is dying and that they have come to rape the Earth of its natural resources, the war for Earth begins.

Release date: 1983-05-01
9.

Lone Wolf McQuade

4.7
6.3/10 IMDB

The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably culminates in a martial arts showdown between the drug lord and the ranger, and involving the woman they both love.

Starring: Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Barbara Carrera, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Dana Kimmell, Robert Beltran, L. Q. Jones, R. G. Armstrong, Jorge Cervera Jr., Sharon Farrell ..
Directed by: Steve Carver
Release date: 1983-04-15
10.

Blue Thunder

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Los Angeles, California. Officer Murphy, a veteran Metropolitan Police helicopter pilot suffering from severe trauma due to his harsh experiences during the Vietnam War, and Lymangood, his resourceful new partner, are tasked with testing an advanced and heavily armed experimental chopper known as Blue Thunder.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Daniel Stern, Paul Roebling, David Sheiner, Malcolm McDowell, Joe Santos, Ed Bernard, James Murtaugh ..
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1983-02-05
11.

Uncommon Valor

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese...

Starring: Gene Hackman, Fred Ward, Robert Stack, Patrick Swayze, Harold Sylvester, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, Tim Thomerson, Todd Allen, Reb Brown, Alice Lau Nga-Lai ..
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Release date: 1983-12-16
12.

Krull

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.

Starring: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Francesca Annis, Alun Armstrong, David Battley, Bernard Bresslaw, Liam Neeson, John Welsh, Graham McGrath, Tony Church ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1983-07-29
13.

Superman III

4.3
5.0/10 IMDB

Aiming to defeat the Man of Steel, wealthy executive Ross Webster hires bumbling but brilliant Gus Gorman to develop synthetic kryptonite, which yields some unexpected psychological effects in the third installment of the 1980s Superman franchise. Between rekindling romance with his high school sweetheart and saving himself, Superman must contend with a powerful supercomputer.

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O'Toole, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson, Robert Vaughn, Margot Kidder, Gavan O'Herlihy ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1983-06-17
Best Action Movies of 1983 : Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
14.

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors

4.2
8.1/10 IMDB

Many incarnations of the Doctors and their old companions are taken out of time and deposited in the Death Zone on Gallifrey. There, they must battle the Master, Daleks, Cybermen and Yeti in order to reach the Dark Tower and discover the Tomb of Rassilon.

Starring: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Richard Hurndall, Tom Baker, William Hartnell, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson ..
Directed by: Peter Moffatt
Release date: 1983-11-25
15.

The Star Chamber

4.0
6.3/10 IMDB

As violence escalates in Los Angeles and heinous murders are committed, Steven Hardin, a young judge of the California Supreme Court, must struggle with his tortured conscience and growing despair as he watches helplessly as the ruthless criminals brought before his court go free because clever lawyers find obscure loopholes in the law.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Sharon Gless, Michael Ensign, James B. Sikking, Joe Regalbuto, Don Calfa, John DiSanti, DeWayne Jessie ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1983-08-05
Best Action Movies of 1983 : The Crimson Permanent Assurance
16.

The Crimson Permanent Assurance

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

A group of down-and-out accountants mutiny against their bosses and sail their office building onto the high seas in search of a pirate's life.

Starring: Sydney Arnold, Guy Bertrand, Andrew Bicknell, Ross Davidson, Myrtle Devenish, Tim Douglas, Matt Frewer, Billy John, Russell Kilmister, Peter Mantle ..
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 1983-03-31
17.

Never Cry Wolf

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

A scientific researcher, sent on a government study: The Lupus Project, must investigate the possible "menace" of wolves in the north. To do so, he must survive in the wilderness for six months on his own. In the course of these events, he learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the wolf species. Based on the book and true story by Farley Mowat.

Starring: Charles Martin Smith, Zachary Ittimangnaq, Samson Jorah, Hugh Webster, Brian Dennehy ..
Directed by: Carroll Ballard
Release date: 1983-10-07
18.

Breathless

3.8
5.9/10 IMDB

Jesse has to get out of Las Vegas quickly, and steals a car to drive to L.A. On the way he shoots a police man. When he makes it to L.A. he stays with Monica, a girl he has only known for a few days. As the film progresses, the police get closer to him, and the crimes escalate.

Starring: Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky, Art Metrano, John P. Ryan, William Tepper, Robert Dunn, Garry Goodrow, Lisa Jane Persky, James Hong, Waldemar Kalinowski ..
Directed by: Jim McBride
Release date: 1983-05-13
19.

The Osterman Weekend

3.7
5.8/10 IMDB

The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a conspiracy that threatens national security.

Starring: Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper, Chris Sarandon, Meg Foster, Helen Shaver, Burt Lancaster, Cassie Yates, Sandy McPeak ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1983-10-14
Best Action Movies of 1983 : G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
20.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

3.7
8.0/10 IMDB

A Real American Hero is the first G.I. Joe miniseries, in it the G.I. Joe Special Missions Force must contend with COBRA who, after the successful theft of a special broadcast satellite now threaten the world with a teleportation machine called the M.A.S.S. Device. G.I. Joe tracks down the original designer who advises that the only way to counter the weapon is to build a M.A.S.S. Device of their own. However to power the device properly three rare catalytic elements are needed. Now it's a race around the world and against the clock as G.I. Joe and COBRA go M.A.S.S. to M.A.S.S.

Starring: Michael Bell, B. J. Ward, Christopher Collins, Arthur Burghardt, Morgan Lofting, Michael Bell, Michael Bell, Michael Bell, Arthur Burghardt, Christopher Collins ..
Directed by: Dan Thompson
Release date: 1983-09-12
21.

Vigilante

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

New York City factory worker Eddie Marino is a solid citizen and regular guy, until the day a sadistic street gang brutally assaults his wife and murders his child. When a corrupt judge sets the thugs free, Eddie goes berserk and vows revenge.

Starring: Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright, Rutanya Alda, Don Blakely, Joseph Carberry, Willie Colón, Joe Spinell, Carol Lynley, Nick Barbaro ..
Directed by: William Lustig
Release date: 1983-01-04
22.

Nate and Hayes

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Nathaniel Williamsen is taken to an island mission with his fiancee Sophie. Their ship, the Rona, is captained by the roguish Bully Hayes, who also takes a liking to Sophie. When Sophie is kidnapped by slave trader Ben Pease "Nate" teams with Hayes in order to find her.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O'Keefe, Jenny Seagrove, Max Phipps, Grant Tilly, Peter Rowley, William Johnson, Mark Hadlow, Kate Harcourt, Reg Ruka ..
Directed by: Ferdinand Fairfax
Release date: 1983-11-18
23.

Revenge of the Ninja

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds out that his friend has betrayed him, Cho must prepare for the greatest battle he has ever been involved in.

Starring: Sho Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye, Arthur Roberts, Mario Gallo, Grace Oshita, Ashley Ferrare, Kane Kosugi, John LaMotta, Mel Hampton ..
Directed by: Sam Firstenberg
Release date: 1983-09-07
Best Action Movies of 1983 : All the King's Men
24.

All the King's Men

3.3
7.3/10 IMDB

It's the 10th century BC, the emperor (Tien Feng) is not well, and the medicines he is receiving from con artist "Immortal Li" are in reality only making him worse. There is a man in a nearby kingdom, "Divine Physician" Chang Po-chao, whom it's said could cure his epilepsy, but the only way to bribe the head of the border guard is with a new work by painter Wei Yu-pi. He, meanwhile, wishes to be paid in jade, in fact with a specific piece, which requires a thief. But Ting Yu-yu, the best in the area, claims to be retired, though his daughter Li-ting (Cheng Pei-pei) seems enthusiastic. And for the sake of secrecy, the archivists originally sent to recruit Chang don't even know it's on behalf of the emperor!

Starring: Fu-chuang Chang, Chieh Chang, Chiu Ming Chen, Cheng Pei-Pei, Tien Feng, Chen Hui-Lou, Ben Ko Chu, Chiang Han, Hsieh Han, Ming Lei ..
Directed by: King Hu
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1983 : Terrahawks: Expect the Unexpected
25.

Terrahawks: Expect the Unexpected

3.2
7.1/10 IMDB

The first four episodes of Gerry Anderson's 1980s Supermarionation series. In 'Expect the Unexpected (Part 1)' Queen Zelda attacks and destroys a NASA Mars expedition. 'Expect the Unexpected (Part 2)' sees Zelda offer to make peace with the Terrahawks. 'Thunder Roar' finds the Terrahawks battling the mighty Sram, Lord of Felony. 'Close Call' has an investigative reporter threatens to expose the Terrahawks on worldwide television.

Starring: Jeremy Hitchen, Denise Bryer, Windsor Davies, Ben Stevens, Anne Ridler, Moya Ruskin ..
Directed by: Desmond Saunders
Release date: 1983-11-15
26.

Eureka

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

An Alaskan gold prospector lives in luxury with his family on an island which gangsters want.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Mickey Rourke, Ed Lauter, Joe Pesci, Helena Kallianiotes, Corin Redgrave, Joe Spinell, Frank Pesce ..
Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
Release date: 1983-05-01
27.

Eddie Macon's Run

3.2
5.6/10 IMDB

Eddie Macon is running from a nightmare... running to a dream... running for his life and his time is running out. He's escaped a Texas prison for the second time (risking life imprisonment if caught) to make it back to his wife and son. Relentlessly pursued by ruthless truant officer, Carl Marzack, who feels he must prove he can still 'get his man' by returning Macon to jail at any cost.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, John Schneider, Leah Ayres, Lee Purcell, Tom Noonan, Jay O. Sanders, Matthew Meece, Nesbitt Blaisdell, John Goodman, Lou Hancock ..
Directed by: Jeff Kanew
Release date: 1983-03-23
Best Action Movies of 1983 : China Lake
28.

China Lake

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

China Lake tells the story of motorcycle cop Donnelly, a man who spends his vacation time driving around on his Harley in the desert highways still dressed in his uniform. Clearly halfway through this short we learn that Donnelly is deeply disturbed and psychopathic after coming across a few people that have upset him in his twisted ideal of what is right and wrong.

Starring: Charles Napier, William Sanderson, Mickey Jones, Gilmer McCormick ..
Directed by: Robert Harmon
Release date: 1983-04-06
29.

Ultraman II: The Further Adventures of Ultraman

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

When, prehistoric monsters attack the earth, Commander Adams is asked to head up a paramilitary scientific team, which he agrees on the condition that he is provided with the general's new high-tech space craft. Glen, the creator of the craft, insists on being part of the team, as does a bumbling fool named Marconi. Biologist Lieutenant Ann Johnson comes on as a surprise to these two chauvinists, and finally, Lieutenant Harris, who has been appointed the host of Ultraman, joins the team upon his arrivial.

Starring: Barbara Goodson, Gary Morgan, Steven Kramer, Michael Dobson, Tom Wyner ..
Directed by: Hiroshi Jinsenji, Tom Weiner
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1983 : The Honorary Consul
30.

The Honorary Consul

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Set in a small politically unstable Latin American country, the story follows the half English and half Latino Dr. Eduardo Plarr, who left his home to find a better life. Along the way he meets an array of people, including British Consul Charley Fortnum, a representative in Latin America who is trying to keep Revolution from occurring. He is also a remorseful alcoholic. Another person the doctor meets is Clara, whom he immediately falls in love with, but there is a problem: Clara is Charley's wife.

Starring: Richard Gere, Bob Hoskins, Elpidia Carrillo, Joaquim de Almeida, A Martinez, Michael Caine ..
Directed by: John Mackenzie
Release date: 1983-09-30
31.

NWA Starrcade 1983

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

The first ever Starrcade features Ric Flair battling Harley Race in a Steel Cage Match for NWA World Heavyweight Championship. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper takes on Greg Valentine in a brutal Dog Collar Match. Plus, Abdullah the Butcher, Wahoo McDaniel, Ricky Steamboat, The Brisco Brothers, and more!

Starring: Harley Race, Ric Flair, Rick Blood Sr., Steve Romero, Fred Brisco, Floyd Brisco, Roddy Piper, John Wisniski Jr., Bob Orton, Jr., James Fanning ..
Release date: 1983-11-24
Best Action Movies of 1983 : The Secret Adversary
32.

The Secret Adversary

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

After a chance meeting and an indiscreet conversation, childhood friends Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley become involved in a convoluted intrigue led by a mysterious man known simply as Mr. Brown.

Starring: James Warwick, Francesca Annis, Honor Blackman, George Baker, Alec McCowen, Gavan O'Herlihy, Peter Barkworth, Toria Fuller, John Fraser, George Baker ..
Directed by: Tony Wharmby
Release date: 1983-10-09
Best Action Movies of 1983 : Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse
33.

Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

In this animated tale, detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate a cursed family.

Starring: Peter O'Toole ..
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1983 : The Big Score
34.

The Big Score

2.8
4.9/10 IMDB

A narcotics detective, played by Fred Williamson, lets nothing stand in the way of his bringing down a major drug dealer. After a bust gone awry, he's accused of stealing a lost briefcase filled with money and both the mob and the police are looking for him. A ruthless hit man, played by Bruce Glover, will stop at nothing to get what his boss wants; the money!

Starring: Fred Williamson, John Saxon, Richard Roundtree, Michael Dante, Bruce Glover, Joe Spinell, Ed Lauter, D'Urville Martin, Tony King, Nancy Wilson ..
Directed by: Fred Williamson
Release date: 1983-03-17
35.

Sahara

2.8
4.8/10 IMDB

After her father dies, young Dale takes his place in a trans-African auto race, but ends up being abducted by a desert sheik.

Starring: Brooke Shields, Lambert Wilson, Horst Buchholz, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey, Cliff Potts, Perry Lang, John Mills, Tuvia Tavi, Steve Forrest ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1983-12-01
36.

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3

2.7
3.5/10 IMDB

The Enos duo convince Cletus, aka The Bandit, to come out of hiding and help them promote their new restaurant. With a little coaxing, he agrees, producing an almost-creaky Trigger as his mode of transport. But his nemesis, Sheriff Buford T. Justice, is on the hunt, forcing Cletus and Trigger to hit the road. Can they steer clear of the vengeful sheriff?

Starring: Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick, Colleen Camp, Burt Reynolds, Ray Bouchard, Mike Henry, Faith Minton, Ava Cadell ..
Directed by: Dick Lowry
Release date: 1983-08-12
37.

Chained Heat

2.7
5.0/10 IMDB

Linda Blair plays Carol, a young woman who must serve 18 months in prison after driving drunk and killing a man. The prison turns out to be brimming with decadence, corruption and sleaze, where the other female inmates are sadistic crack-selling lesbian rapists and the guards and warden are no better.

Starring: Linda Blair, John Vernon, Sybil Danning, Tamara Dobson, Stella Stevens, Henry Silva, Sharon Hughes, Kendal Kaldwell, Robert Miano, Dee Biederbeck ..
Directed by: Paul Nicholas
Release date: 1983-05-27
38.

Deathstalker

2.7
4.5/10 IMDB

The warrior Deathstalker is tasked by an old witch lady to obtain and unite the three powers of creation - a chalice, an amulet, and a sword - lest the evil magician Munkar get them and use them for nefarious purposes. After obtaining the sword, Deathstalker joins with other travelers going to the Big Tournament to determine the strongest warrior. The false king holds the true princess in captivity, and plots to have Deathstalker killed, and Deathstalker must fight to free the princess.

Starring: Rick Hill, Barbi Benton, Richard Brooker, Lana Clarkson, Víctor Bó, Bernard Erhard, Augusto Larreta, Verónica Llinás, Marcos Woinsky, Adrián De Piero ..
Directed by: James Sbardellati
Release date: 1983-09-02
39.

Siege

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

During a police strike in Nova Scotia's capital city, a gang of hoodlums end up unintentionally causing the owner of a gay bar to be killed. This escalates into a string of murders with a lone survivor trying to not be next.

Starring: Tom Nardini, Brenda Bazinet, Daryl Haney, Terry-David Després, Jack Blum, Keith Knight, Doug Lennox, Jeff Pustil, Dennis O'Connor, Fred Wadden ..
Directed by: Paul Donovan, Maura O'Connell
Release date: 1983-01-01
40.

Little Dragon Maiden

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

When Hong Kong's new wave, gravity-defying action-look hit the scene in the early 1980's, so did a new wave of actors; Canto-pop stars. Little Dragon Maiden intelligently mixed the old with the new to create pure golden magic as kung-fu fighting veterans Chen Kuan-tai and Lo Lieh joined relative newcomer Leslie Cheung in a far-out, costume-action love story that really cooks. Cheung garnered international recognition in John Woo's A Better Tomorrow.

Starring: Leslie Cheung, Yung Jing-Jing, Chen Kuan-Tai, Leanne Lau Suet-Wa, Tanny Tien-Ni, Lung Tien-Hsiang, Ku Kuan-Chung, Ku Feng, Lo Lieh, Sun Chien ..
Directed by: Hua Shan
Release date: 1983-02-12
Best Action Movies of 1983 : Handgun
41.

Handgun

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Shortly after moving to Dallas, a young woman is raped at gunpoint. Her intense anger drives her to seek revenge, and she becomes a hunter on a vengeance mission.

Starring: Karen Young, Clayton Day, Suzie Humphreys, Helena Humann, Ben Jones, Jane Abbott, Jane Simoneau, Peggy Akin, Joe Bowman, John Tufts Jr. ..
Directed by: Tony Garnett
Release date: 1983-05-12
Best Action Movies of 1983 : The One-Armed Executioner
42.

The One-Armed Executioner

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

An Interpol agent is out for revenge against the gangsters that cut off his arm and killed his bride. This tragedy left him deeply depressed, and his battle with depression has to be won first before he can be thoroughly trained in martial arts. After his training, Ortega hunts down his adversaries for a final reckoning.

Starring: Franco Guerrero, Jody Kay, Nigel Hogge ..
Directed by: Bobby A. Suarez
Release date: 1983-04-01
43.

Stroker Ace

2.6
4.8/10 IMDB

Stroker Ace, a champion NASCAR driver, is standing at the top of his career, but is getting fed up with having to do as he's told. In between rebelling against his sponsor (a fried chicken chain)'s promotion gimmicks (like making him dress up in giant chicken suit) he spends the rest of the movie trying to bed the buxom Pembrook.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jim Nabors, Parker Stevenson, Loni Anderson, John Byner, Frank O. Hill, Cassandra Peterson, Bubba Smith, Dale Earnhardt ..
Directed by: Hal Needham
Release date: 1983-07-01
44.

The Return of Captain Invincible

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

In WWII, Captain Invincible used his superpowers against the Nazis and was hailed as a hero. But when he was accused of treason, he retired to Australia in disgrace. Cut to the present, when a US super secret super weapon is stolen and he's asked to come back to the States in order to help stop evil and restore his sterling reputation. Unfortunately, Captain Invincible is a drunk now...

Starring: Alan Arkin, Christopher Lee, Kate Fitzpatrick, Michael Pate, Graham Kennedy, Bill Hunter, Max Phipps, David Argue, Gus Mercurio, Noel Ferrier ..
Directed by: Philippe Mora
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1983 : The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair
45.

The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

When THRUSH steals a nuclear weapon and demands a ransom delivered by Napoleon Solo, UNCLE recalls him and his partner to duty.

Starring: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Patrick Macnee, George Lazenby, Tom Mason, Gayle Hunnicutt, Geoffrey Lewis, Anthony Zerbe, Keenan Wynn, Simon Williams ..
Directed by: Ray Austin
Release date: 1983-04-05
46.

Hercules

2.5
4.0/10 IMDB

Hercules, a semi-divine being, squares off against King Minos, who is attempting to use science to gain power and take over the world. With the help of a benevolent sorceress, Circe, Hercules tries to save his beloved Cassiopeia from being sacrificed by Minos, and struggles against laser-breathing creatures and an evil sorceress.

Starring: Lou Ferrigno, Sybil Danning, Brad Harris, Bobby Rhodes, Ingrid Anderson, Mirella D'Angelo, Gianni Garko, Delia Boccardo, Claudio Cassinelli, Franco Garofalo ..
Directed by: Luigi Cozzi
Release date: 1983-08-12
47.

Deadline Auto Theft

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

After the attempted theft of his daughter's husband's car, LAPD Captain Gibbs declares war on master car thief Maindrian Pace, whose insurance investigation company provides the perfect front. A South American drug lord pays Pace and his team to steal 48 cars for him, so they set out on the job while the police frantically try to track him down. Their efforts pay off when Pace's boss double-crosses him and tips them off on his next job. Police pursue Pace in "Eleanor", the last of the cars needed to fulfill their contract, through southern California as he tries to get away.

Starring: H.B. Halicki, Hoyt Axton, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda, George Cole, Lang Jeffries, Dan Grimaldi, George Cole ..
Directed by: H.B. Halicki
Release date: 1983-10-28
48.

Space Raiders

2.5
4.5/10 IMDB

A futuristic, sensitive tale of adventure and confrontation when a 10 year old boy is accidentally kidnapped by a spaceship filled with a motley crew of space pirates.

Starring: Vince Edwards, David Mendenhall, Drew Snyder, Patsy Pease, Thom Christopher, Luca Bercovici, Ray Stewart, George Dickerson, Michael Miller, Virginia Kiser ..
Directed by: Howard R. Cohen
Release date: 1983-07-01
Best Action Movies of 1983 : The Night the Bridge Fell Down
49.

The Night the Bridge Fell Down

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

A group of random individuals get stranded on a bridge that begins collapsing at both ends. Not only that, but there's a gun-wielding bank robber using the bridge as his means of escape refusing to let any of the rescuers draw near the survivors. Time is running out ...

Starring: James MacArthur, Desi Arnaz Jr., Char Fontane, Richard Gilliland, Leslie Nielsen, Eve Plumb, Barbara Rush, Gregory Sierra, Francine York, Ted Gehring ..
Directed by: Georg Fenady
Release date: 1983-02-28
Best Action Movies of 1983 : Girls of the White Orchid
50.

Girls of the White Orchid

2.4
5.0/10 IMDB

In Los Angeles, naive and lonely waitress and aspirant singer Carol finds an advertisement for a job opportunity in Tokyo. Traveling to Japan to work at the White Orchid nightclub, she discovers the scheme of prostitution in the club that belongs to Yakuza. Alone, without money and her passport, she is protected by Shiro, but pressed by the managers Madame Mori and her husband Hatanaka to be receptive to client's proposals.

Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ann Jillian, Thomas Byrd, Mako, Carolyn Seymour, Richard Narita, Soon-Tek Oh, Yvonne McCord, Philip Charles MacKenzie, Leslie Wing ..
Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan
Release date: 1983-11-28

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