Tuesday, May 17, 2011

PTU Top Ten 80's Action Movies



If you don't know who those guys are in the picture, you may not like any of the films listed here. After some lengthy discussion today, this is a fairly good representation of the broader PTU but I'm sure that not all of us would agree on the same list. Sadly, there are some of us that haven't even seen some of the best movies of our generation.

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Since it would take up too much space and I'm lazy, only the top five movies will have a photo to jog your memory.

10) Delta Force: Never really liked Chuck Norris, but you have to include this movie in the top 10 list. He was better in Delta Force then he ever was hawking workout equipment.

9) Bloodsport: Karate Kid for adults. KUMITE!, KUMITE!

8) Robocop: As many other on PTU have pointed out, lots of crazy ways for things to blow up and people to die. Plus a crazy robot cop is kind of cool. Maybe Detroit would still be around if he was real.

7) Deathwish: I realize this is technically a 70's movie, although many of the sequels came out in the 80's. It still does a great job of representing what most of NYC was like for the 80's anyway. Also, Charles Bronson is pretty bad ass in this movie.

6) Raiders of the Lost Ark: How did this franchise turn into Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when it used to be this good?

5) Rambo First Blood: The cinematic genius embedded below needs no explanation.


4) Lethal Weapon: Classic buddy cop movie 1980's action style. Features Mel Gibson before he turned crazy.


3) Die Hard: Someone at PTU who will remain anonymous has admitted to never watching Die Hard. If you don't watch it soon, it means you are definitely a commie.


2) Terminator 2 (as Blacky pointed out, technically early 90's): This movie had crazy special effects for the time, a decent plot, lots of explosions and chase scenes, and Arnold before he got mixed up in politics. It was a simpler time....




1) Predator: Some may dispute my choice of Predator as the #1 1980's action movie, and certainly the choice is subjective. But keep the following in mind:
-Movie had crazy aliens that looked like bug face things
-Tactical nuclear weapons explosions
-Choppers
-Crazy fall into body of water from great heights
-Not one, but TWO future governors
-Once again Arnold makes an appearance before he fathered children with the maid


28 comments:

  1. Terminator 2 came out in 1991.

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  2. Close enough, early 90's still count.

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  3. Commando has to be on this list. There was a scene when Arnold jumps out of a plane, no chute, and bounces back completely in tact. There is also a scene when he breaks into some random store, gets crazy explosives and guns and puts them in a shopping cart. He even shoots a rocket launcher.

    And screw Indiana Jones. I have never once been able to sit through that entire movie.

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  4. What about The Road Warrior? Much more of an action flick than Leathal Weapon and an amazing movie all around.

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  5. I guess you can make the argument on a technicality that Commando could replace T2. Commando almost was on here...

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  6. I considered it, but didn't think it was top 10 material. Definitely top 15.

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  7. Snoot, What about Total Recall? This is one of my personal favorites. It did come out in 1990 but since you include T2....

    Honorable mentions for Above the Law and Over the Top.

    As a semi-serious joke....Roadhouse. It's still hard to take Swayze serious even though this is an entertaining movie.

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  8. The 80's had so many great movies like this it is hard to keep it to ten.

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  9. Where's Snooty Beer of the Week? The weekend's fast approaching, and I need to figure out what I'm drinking.

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  10. This list is full of Fail. 2 of the 10 are not even from the 80s and there's no Steven Segal!

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  11. Steven Seagal only made one movie in the 80's "Above the Law" Not his best work

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  12. @baparis - Would you agree that most inner city Latino kids born in the 80's would not consider putting Indiana Jones on this list?

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  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teSmRfAtDOU

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  14. Best Trailer ever. Also most people don't know that "According to an interview with director John McTiernan, the "hole in the jungle" appearance of the Predator was played by Jean-Claude Van Damme in a "blue screen" (actually red) suit."

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  15. I'm not a Segal fan...there was only room for either Chuck Norris or Segal, and Chuck won.

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  16. Despite some's leanings against Segal, his box office profit in the 80s has spoken for itself. His 1 movie of the 80s set off a chain of events the likes the shoulder padded world had never seen.

    And in regards to Indiana Jones movies:
    I only became aware of this franchise when it was played on WPIX-11 during late Saturday afternoons (Big Apple Movie of The Week).

    And even then I remained disinterested. That's saying a lot considering the programming alternatives of the day (Matlock, Murder She Wrote, etc.) I say scratch it.

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  17. It seems like other then bottle and myself, there isn't a lot of love for Indiana Jones. I guess I can see that just because of the corny factor.

    Segal may have had an impact, but personally I always liked Van Damme better. Segal vs. Van Damme on both acting and fighting skills, go.

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  18. I guess I'd have to go with Van Damme on the 80s action trifecta: One-Liners, High Jumps, and Montages

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  19. I see a recurring theme in what type of people like Indiana Jones.

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  20. This is fully entertainment movies.

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  22. Thanks,this was true entertainment movie....

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