1980 Action Movies

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

  • 94%
  • PG
  • 124 min
  • Action

After receiving a vision from Obi-Wan Kenobi and fleeing the ice world of Hoth with his friends after an Imperial attack, Luke Skywalker travels to the marsh planet of Dagobah, where he is instructed in the ways of the Force by the legendary Jedi master Yoda. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Princess Leia make their way to planet Bespin, where they are greeted by Han's old friend, a shifty gambler named Lando Calrissian. Ambushed by the Empire shortly after their arrival, Han and his friends are...

The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers

  • 87%
  • R
  • 133 min
  • Action

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit the old home where they were raised by nuns. They learn the church stopped its support and will sell the place to the education authority, and the only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The brothers want to help and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from god" they seem to...

Flash Gordon (1980)

Flash Gordon

  • 82%
  • PG
  • 111 min
  • Action

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyrant, Ming the Merciless, to save Earth.

Gloria (1980)

Gloria

  • 95%
  • PG
  • 123 min
  • Crime

A former gun-moll becomes the reluctant protector of a child her mobster cronies are trying to kill.

Popeye (1980)

Popeye

  • 59%
  • PG
  • 114 min
  • Adventure

The comic strip and animated sailor hero comes to life in this meticulous live action production that looks at the origins of Popeye and his battle against arch-rival Bluto. Nearly all the characters from the strip are reproduced here.

Cruising (1980)

Cruising

  • 50%
  • R
  • 102 min
  • Crime

A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S&M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from his department, he has to learn and practice the complex rules and signals of this little society.

The Big Red One (1980)

The Big Red One

  • 91%
  • PG
  • 113 min
  • Action

A veteran sergeant of the World War I leads a squad in World War II, always in the company of the survivor Pvt. Griff, the writer Pvt. Zab, the Sicilian Pvt. Vinci and Pvt. Johnson in Vichy French Africa, Sicily, D-Day at Omaha Beach, Belgium and France, ending in a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia where they face the true horror of war.

Superman II (1980)

Superman II

  • 88%
  • PG
  • 127 min
  • Action

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Heaven's Gate (1980)

Heaven's Gate

  • 47%
  • R
  • 149 min
  • Action

Michael Cimino's bleak anti-western based on events in 1890s Wyoming. Sheriff James Averill attempts to protect immigrant farmers from wealthy cattle interests, and also clashes with a hired gun, Nathan Champion, over the woman they both love, Ella Watson. Both men find themselves questioning their roles in the furious conflict between wealthy landowners and European immigrants attempting to build new lives on the American frontier, which culminates in a brutal pitched battle.

The Final Countdown (1980)

The Final Countdown

  • 40%
  • PG
  • 103 min
  • Action

In 1980, the US Navy's most powerful warship, the USS Nimitz, is caught in a storm during routine manoeuvres in the Pacific. Enveloped by a strange green light, the ship passes through a vortex and when they emerge, their communications have been cut off. The ship's Captain (Kirk Douglas) sends out a patrol and the F-14 pilots are shocked to encounter vintage Japanese warplanes.

Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

Battle Beyond the Stars

  • 45%
  • PG
  • 104 min
  • Action

A farm-boy sets out to recruit mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet, which is under threat of invasion by an evil tyrant and his armada. Roger Corman's post Star Wars take on The Seven Samurai.

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

The Gods Must Be Crazy

  • 95%
  • PG
  • 109 min
  • Action

Misery is brought to a small group of Sho in the Kalahari desert in the form of a cola bottle. In his quest to throw the evil object over the edge of the earth, Xixo encounters Western "civilization," a haphazard doctor and a tyranical despot.

Used Cars (1980)

Used Cars

  • 76%
  • R
  • 113 min
  • Comedy

When elderly Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden), owner of the struggling New Deal Used Car lot dies of a heart attack, hot-shot salesman (and aspiring senator) Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell), decides to save the property from falling into the hands of Luke's ruthless younger brother and used-car rival Roy L. Fuchs (also Warden).

Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)

Cheech and Chong's Next Movie

    • R
    • 99 min
    • Comedy

    Cheech must deal with losing his job, his angry neighbor, and trying to score with sexy Donna. Meanwhile, Chong meets Cheech's cousin Red and the two have a wild time in Hollywood with a big bag of buds and a cool Ferrari. Along the way they meet everyone from Pee Wee Herman to really cool aliens.

    Any Which Way You Can (1980)

    Any Which Way You Can

    • 20%
    • PG
    • 116 min
    • Action

    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'.

    Kagemusha (1980)

    Kagemusha

      • PG
      • 180 min
      • Drama

      When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.

      Raise the Titanic (1980)

      Raise the Titanic

      • 50%
      • PG
      • 115 min
      • Action

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

      The Dogs of War (1980)

      The Dogs of War

      • 67%
      • R
      • 102 min
      • Action

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

      The Long Good Friday (1980)

      The Long Good Friday

      • 95%
      • R
      • 114 min
      • Crime

      Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his action, and Harold wants to know who they are. He finds out soon enough, and bloody mayhem ensues.

      North Sea Hijack

        • PG
        • 100 min
        • Action

        Two North Sea oil rigs are taken over by terrorists. Ffolkes (Roger Moore) and his specially trained commando unit is brought in to resolve the situation.