1981 Action Movies

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • 94%
  • PG
  • 115 min
  • Action

When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.

Stripes (1981)

Stripes

  • 88%
  • R
  • 106 min
  • Comedy

Thanks to a run of bad luck and go-nowhere jobs, John convinces Russell to join the army so they can get in shape, likening it to a health spa. Once in boot camp, wiseguy John tangles with his by-the-book Sgt. and becomes the unofficial leader for his platoon, made up mostly of other misfits and assorted losers. After somehow making it through graduation, they are given a special assignment but, thanks to John's romantic interest in a pretty MPO, the other men wind up behind the Iron Curtain...

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

  • 98%
  • R
  • 95 min
  • Action

Roaming the highways of post-apocalyptic Australia, years after he avenged his wife and son and his partner who were murdered by the motorcycle gang led by the evil Toecutter. Burnt out former Australian policeman Max Rockatansky, now known as "The Road Warrior" searching for sources of fuel, stumbles upon a gasoline refinery home to a community of survivors who are struggling for survival and finds the community is being terrorized by a band of brutal motorcyclists led by The Humangus and his...

Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot

    • R
    • 149 min
    • Action

    In the midst of World War II, as the tide turns against the Axis, a German U-boat crew is sent out to patrol the Atlantic and fire at Allied ships bringing supplies to England. The submarine also carries a press correspondent, there to report from the front lines of nautical warfare. Meanwhile, the crew's captain (J�rgen Prochnow) is becoming disillusioned with the Nazi regime and with war in general. What starts out as a routine mission is soon livened up beyond the crew's expectations...

    Escape From New York (1981)

    Escape From New York

    • 85%
    • R
    • 99 min
    • Action

    In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been turned into the world's largest maximum security prison, a place where the worst of humanity is sent to rot. The U.S. Government finds itself in a major crisis when the president's plane crash lands in New York only days before a vital peace summit between major warring nations is to take place. The president survives the crash, but is taken hostage by the denizens of Manhattan and held for ransom. Only war hero turned felon Snake Plissken can save the...

    The Cannonball Run (1981)

    The Cannonball Run

    • 31%
    • PG
    • 95 min
    • Action

    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.

    For Your Eyes Only (1981)

    For Your Eyes Only

    • 73%
    • PG
    • 127 min
    • Action

    A British spy trawler is accidentally sunk off the coast of a Warsaw pact county. On board is a hi-tech encryption device called an ATAC which the British use to send launch instructions to their Polaris fleet. The British send agent James Bond to investigate but once the Soviets learn of the loss the race is on to recover the device at any cost.

    Nighthawks (1981)

    Nighthawks

    • 73%
    • 99 min
    • Action

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

    Dragonslayer (1981)

    Dragonslayer

    • 81%
    • PG
    • 109 min
    • Action

    The sorcerer and his apprentice Galen are on a mission to kill an evil dragon in order to save the King’s daughter from being sacrificed in accordance to a pact that the King himself made with the dragon to protect his kingdom. A fantasy film from Disney Studios that exhausted all possible visual effects of the time.

    Galaxy of Terror (1981)

    Galaxy of Terror

      • R
      • 81 min
      • Action

      As a lone spaceship proceeds on its long voyage across space, the crew are surprised to encounter a strange pyramid form. Surprise turns to horror as one by one, they discover that their darkest nightmares are all starting to become real. The pyramid has to be behind it all somehow, but how can they save themselves from its influence?

      Diva (1981)

      Diva

      • 96%
      • R
      • 123 min
      • Thriller

      Jules, a young Parisian postman, secretly records a concert performance given by the opera singer Cynthia Hawkins, whom he idolises. The following day, Jules runs into a woman who is being pursued by armed thugs. Before she is killed, the woman slips an audio cassette into his mail bag...

      Thief (1981)

      Thief

      • 95%
      • R
      • 122 min
      • Action

      Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specializing in high-profile diamond jobs. After having spent many years in prison, he has a very concrete picture of what he wants out of life--including a nice home, a wife, and kids. As soon as he is able to assemble the pieces of this collage, by means of his chosen profession, he intends to retire and become a model citizen. In an effort to accelerate this process, he signs on to take down a huge score for a big-time gangster. Unfortunately,...

      Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)

      Tarzan, the Ape Man

      • 11%
      • R
      • 107 min
      • Adventure

      The Tarzan story from Jane's point of view. Jane Parker visits her father in Africa where she joins him on an expedition. A couple of brief encounters with Tarzan establish a (sexual) bond between her and Tarzan. When the expedition is captured by savages, Tarzan comes to the rescue

      Victory (1981)

      Victory

      • 67%
      • PG
      • 116 min
      • Action

      A group of POWs in a German prison camp during World War II play the German National Soccer Team in this powerful film depicting the role of prisoners during wartime.

      Outland (1981)

      Outland

        • R
        • 112 min
        • Action

        The film's protagonist, Federal Marshal O'Niel, is assigned to a one-year tour of duty in Con Am 27, a titanium ore mining outpost on Jupiter's moon Io. When the Marshal investigates the violent deaths of miners he discovers that they have a common factor: the use of a dangerous amphetamine-type drug called "polydichloric euthymol" which enormously increases the miner's productivity but eventually causes psychosis (shown briefly in two grisly incidents). As a result, there has been a large...

        Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981)

        Zorro, the Gay Blade

        • 43%
        • PG
        • 93 min
        • Action

        George Hamilton stars in a dueling dual role as twin sons of the legendary Zorro. Soon after the dashing Don Diego Vega inherits his father's famous sword and costume, a broken ankle prevents the masked avenger from fulfilling his heroic duties. When his flamboyantly fashion-conscious brother assumes the secret identity to continue an ongoing fight for justice, the results are nothing short of hilarious!

        Southern Comfort (1981)

        Southern Comfort

        • 86%
        • R
        • 106 min
        • Adventure

        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.

        Sharky's Machine (1981)

        Sharky's Machine

        • 93%
        • R
        • 122 min
        • Action

        Sharky gets busted back to working vice, where he happens upon a scandalous conspiracy involving a local politician. Accompanied by an all-star jazz soundtrack, Sharky's new "machine" gathers evidence while Sharky falls in love with a woman he has never met.

        Knightriders (1981)

        Knightriders

        • 75%
        • NONE
        • 145 min
        • Action

        A travelling troupe of jousters and performers are slowly cracking under the pressure of hick cops, financial troubles and their failure to live up to their own ideals. The group's leader, King Billy, is increasingly unable to maintain his warrior's rule while the Black Knight is being tempted away to LA and stardom, as they all have to ask why they were here in the first place.

        Eye of the Needle (1981)

        Eye of the Needle

        • 85%
        • 112 min
        • Romance

        A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.