Best Adventure 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.

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
3.

The Blue Lagoon

4.9
5.8/10 IMDB

Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline and Richard make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. But will they ever see civilization again?

Starring: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels, Jeffrey Kleiser, Gus Mercurio, Elva Josephson, Glenn Kohan, Bradley Pryce, Chad Timmerman ..
Directed by: Randal Kleiser
Release date: 1980-07-05
4.

Any Which Way You Can

4.5
6.2/10 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
5.

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

4.5
6.1/10 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
6.

Shogun

4.1
7.9/10 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
Best Adventure Movies of 1980 : Shogun
7.

Shogun

3.9
8.1/10 IMDB

An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

Release date: 1980-09-15
8.

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
Best Adventure Movies of 1980 : The Earthling
9.

The Earthling

3.6
7.0/10 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 man 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 ..
Directed by: Peter Collinson
Release date: 1980-07-24
10.

North Sea Hijack

3.4
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

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