Chow Yun-Fat for being in actually good movies instead of ironically good.
There were some good ones although I'm struggling to name them now.. I think most of those 80's action type movies were "Ironically Good"
Exactly, but a lot of John Woo's movies actually hold up pretty well by modern standards of what an action movie should be without being incredibly corny.
Probably a toss up between Bruce Willis and Kurt Russell. I voted Kurt Russell though because there were fewer sequels among the bitchin' action movies he did in the 80's/early 90's.
- The Thing (1982)
- Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
- Tombstone (1993)
- Escape from New York (1981)
- Stargate (1994)
- Tango and Cash (1989)
Also special props for Captain Ron...(heh-heh, "Pirates of the Caribbean")
It's a super hard decision and it could change any day of the week, but I own more movies starring Stallone than anyone else. I have a deep fondness for the first three Rambo's, Cobra, Tango & Cash, Cliffhanger etc, but catch me on a different day I'll be telling you that The Last Boy Scout or Lethal Weapon 2 is the greatest action movie ever made.
Arnold or Russel for me because of Big Trouble in little trouble for Russel and for Arnold , it's Predator.
Word. I arguably more of a True Lies, Commando and Terminator fan than Predator, but Predator is still awesome. One of Arney's best!
Where's Jeff Speakman?
Can I have Peter Weller because of both Robocop AND Buckaroo Banzai please?
Also Jackie Chan did a lot of work in the 80s, even if you didn't see Police Story, Armour of God or Project A until a lot later. And if you're going to count up to Hard Boiled (1992) you can count Operation Condor and Supercop (Police Story 3) too. You could maybe even squeeze in City Hunter.
I think I gotta go watch Double Impact again. I like the cheesiest Jean-Claude movies the most. Although if you haven't seen JCVD, see it. It's not cheesy at all and it's really different.
Also, it's really crazy you mention Christopher Lambert but mention the awful Highlander 3 but not the good Highlander 1 or his video game appearance as Raiden in Mortal Kombat.
Does Tom Cruise count as an 80s action hero?