Best Action Movies of 1984

1.

The Terminator

6.4
8.0/10 IMDB

In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical hegemony. Meanwhile, the human-resistance movement dispatches a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. Can he stop the virtually indestructible killing machine?

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen, Bess Motta, Earl Boen, Rick Rossovich, Bill Paxton, Brian Thompson ..
Directed by: James Cameron
Release date: 1984-10-26
2.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

6.1
7.5/10 IMDB

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees – and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Philip Stone, Roy Chiao, David Yip, Ric Young, Chua Kah Joo ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1984-05-23
3.

Beverly Hills Cop

6.0
7.3/10 IMDB

The heat is on in this fast paced action-comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street smart Detroit cop tracking down his best friend's killer in Beverly Hills. Axel quickly learns that his wild style doesn't fit in with the Beverly Hills Police Department, which assigns two officers (Judge Reinhold & John Ashton) to make sure things don't get out of hand. Dragging the stuffy detectives along for the ride, Axel smashes through a huge culture clash in his hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice. Featuring cameos by Paul Reiser, Bronson Pinchot and Damon Wayans, Beverly Hills Cop is an exhilarating, sidesplitting adventure.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Paul Reiser, Gilbert R. Hill, Lisa Eilbacher, Steven Berkoff, James Russo, Jonathan Banks ..
Directed by: Martin Brest
Release date: 1984-11-30
4.

The Karate Kid

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

After some violent confrontations with his new classmates, Daniel LaRusso learns karate from Japanese handyman Mr. Miyagi, in order to defend himself.

Starring: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, Randee Heller, William Zabka, Chad McQueen, Ron Thomas, Rob Garrison, Tony O'Dell ..
Directed by: John G. Avildsen
Release date: 1984-06-22
5.

Romancing the Stone

5.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Though she can spin wild tales of passionate romance, novelist Joan Wilder has no life of her own. Then one day adventure comes her way in the form of a mysterious package. It turns out that the parcel is the ransom she'll need to free her abducted sister, so Joan flies to South America to hand it over. But she gets on the wrong bus and winds up hopelessly stranded in the jungle.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Ron Silver, Manuel Ojeda, Zack Norman, Holland Taylor, Mary Ellen Trainor, William H. Burton Jr., Kymberly Herrin ..
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 1984-03-30
6.

Dune

5.3
6.5/10 IMDB

In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune—the only place where the time-travel substance 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.

Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Francesca Annis, Jürgen Prochnow, Kenneth McMillan, Freddie Jones, Patrick Stewart, Richard Jordan, Siân Phillips, Sting, Brad Dourif ..
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1984-12-14
7.

The Bounty

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get his loyalists safely to East Timor in a tiny lifeboat.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bernard Hill, Phil Davis, Liam Neeson, Wi Kuki Kaa, Tevaite Vernette ..
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Release date: 1984-05-04
8.

Streets of Fire

5.0
6.7/10 IMDB

Raven Shaddock and his gang of merciless biker friends kidnap rock singer Ellen Aim. Ellen's former lover, soldier-for-hire Tom Cody, happens to be passing through town on a visit. In an attempt to save his star act, Ellen's manager hires Tom to rescue her. Along with a former soldier, they battle through dangerous cityscapes, determined to get Ellen back.

Starring: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan, Willem Dafoe, Bill Paxton, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Richard Lawson, Rick Rossovich, Lee Ving ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1984-06-01
9.

Conan the Destroyer

4.9
5.9/10 IMDB

Conan is commissioned by the evil queen Taramis to safely escort a teen princess and her powerful bodyguard to a far away castle to retrieve the magic Horn of Dagon. Unknown to Conan, the queen plans to sacrifice the princess when she returns and inherit her kingdom after the bodyguard kills Conan. The queen's plans fail to take into consideration Conan's strength and cunning and the abilities of his sidekicks: the eccentric wizard Akiro, the wild woman Zula, and the inept Malak. Together the hero and his allies must defeat both mortal and supernatural foes in this voyage to sword-and-sorcery land.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Tracey Walter, Mako, Sarah Douglas, Olivia d'Abo, Pat Roach, Jeff Corey, Sven-Ole Thorsen ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1984-06-29
10.

The Last Starfighter

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best Starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

Starring: Lance Guest, Catherine Mary Stewart, Suzanne Snyder, Barbara Bosson, John O'Leary, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Preston, Kay E. Kuter, Norman Snow, Dan Mason ..
Directed by: Nick Castle
Release date: 1984-07-13

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