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Posted by Oldirtybearon (5102 posts) 8 months, 6 days ago

Poll: Who's your favourite 80s action hero? (210 votes)

Jean-Claude Van Damme - Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Cyborg 5%
Steven Seagal - Above the Law 0%
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Commando, Red Heat, The Running Man 40%
Sylvester Stallone - Rocky III, Rambo, Tango & Cash 7%
Bruce Willis - Die Hard 15%
Mel Gibson - The Road Warrior, Lethal Weapon 2%
Chuck Norris - I have never seen any of his movies. 1%
Dolph Lundgren - Masters of the Universe, The Punisher 1%
Kurt Russell - Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China 14%
Chow Yun-fat - HARD BOILED 4%
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper - They Live 1%
Carl Weathers - Action Jackson 0%
Christopher Lambert - Highlander III 1%
Other (ironic votes for Reb Brown will not be counted) 2%

I went on a Van Damme kick last night and wound up watching all his best movies from the 80s. This got me thinking about some other 80s action heroes and I figured, why not ask Giant Bomb who their favourite is?

The list is by no means comprehensive. I just picked who came to mind. I debated on adding Jackie Chan to the list, but he's more of a Kung Fu Hero than an action hero, I think. Martial Arts and Action have always been separate genres to me. If you disagree, feel free to vote for him with the Other button.

#1 Edited by Corevi (6795 posts) -

Chow Yun-Fat for being in actually good movies instead of ironically good.

#2 Edited by PandaBear (1479 posts) -

Vote Blank in 2014.

#3 Posted by StraightGrizzly (361 posts) -

Um... the ONLY answer: Robocop.

#4 Posted by JoeyRavn (5108 posts) -

I would have to say either Arnie or Sly due to the sheer number of kick-ass action movies they've been on, but considering that Die Hard is my absolute favorite movie ever, I'll go with quality of quantity and vote for Bruce Willis.

#5 Posted by Shindig (1008 posts) -

Bruce Willis kinda wins as he's the only one who doesn't look like he spent the 80s being punched in the face for several takes.

On the other hand, Arnie has a tank.

#6 Posted by Splodge (2230 posts) -

Gotta be Arnie. Terminator. Das it.

#7 Posted by Morningstar (2308 posts) -

Bruce Willis, since I watched Die Hard 3 just a few days ago =)

#8 Edited by Hayt (434 posts) -

One of the reasons why Arnie is the correct answer

#9 Posted by Vahleticar (189 posts) -

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"

#10 Posted by Jojojimmeny (61 posts) -

@joeyravn: Same here, that's where my vote went.

Arnie and Van Damme are tied for a close second though, they've both been in so many movies that I enjoyed watching, although a lot of those I enjoyed despite (or because of) them being pretty terrible movies.

#11 Edited by TheAcidSkull (938 posts) -


I love this guy, he is awesome!

#12 Posted by Corevi (6795 posts) -
@corruptedevil said:

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.

#13 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11868 posts) -

Even though you picked some not good Arnold movies there for your poll, I gotta go with him because of Predator and The Terminator.

#14 Posted by Vahleticar (189 posts) -

@corruptedevil: I've not seen any '80s John Woo. I might check it out. I saw Hard Target and Face Off, and they aammmhhmm ahh... they're alright but that's '92 and '97.

#15 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5147 posts) -

Willis. Yippee Ki Yay, motherfucka!

#16 Edited by Daneian (1306 posts) -

Are we not counting Harrison Ford? Because Harrison Ford.

#17 Posted by Nach0Sanchez (37 posts) -
#18 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

Mel Gibson only because of the Road Warrior ... my favorite action flick

#19 Edited by PenguinDust (12727 posts) -
#20 Edited by fisk0 (4971 posts) -

I wanted to vote for Dolph Lundgren, but honestly, how can you vote on anyone but Kurt Russel?

#21 Edited by Corevi (6795 posts) -

@vahleticar: I highly recommend A Better Tomorrow and The Killer, preferably subbed.

#22 Edited by Vahleticar (189 posts) -

@corruptedevil: You know what, when I looked at Wikipedia those were the two that caught my eye. Oh right are they in chinese?

#23 Posted by JadeGL (1003 posts) -

CTRL + F Ripley = no results


Although Kurt Russell is acceptable to me as an alternative.

#24 Posted by Oldirtybearon (5102 posts) -

@jadegl said:

CTRL + F Ripley = no results


Those were horror movies doe :(

#25 Edited by JadeGL (1003 posts) -

@jadegl said:

CTRL + F Ripley = no results


Those were horror movies doe :(

Second was more action, but I get your point. :D

#26 Posted by wrecks (2391 posts) -


#27 Edited by GunstarRed (5747 posts) -

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.

#28 Posted by Fredchuckdave (6696 posts) -

Arnold by a lot, Kurt Russell is okay, Stallone is pretty good, various others have their highs and lows, but there's only one gigantic motherfucker:

#29 Posted by Capum15 (5075 posts) -

You're Fired.

#30 Posted by Nightriff (6015 posts) -

Arnold easily. Followed by Bruce for Die Hard alone and then....Stallone out of not seeing other movies to put them higher.

#31 Posted by Entreri10 (369 posts) -

I love most of them but Arnold takes the cake easy.

#32 Posted by EdgarAllenPoe69 (59 posts) -

#33 Posted by TheBluthCompany (442 posts) -

@fisk0: Mr Russell offers a rebuttal to the forum.

#34 Edited by Spoonman671 (4916 posts) -

@capum15 said:

You're Fired.

I feel like this movie is really under-appreciated. I don't think I know anybody who really likes it. The bathroom fight and ensuing horse/motorcycle chase early in the movie is just so great.

#35 Posted by Capum15 (5075 posts) -

@spoonman671: I do like the movie but it's been a while since I've seen it so my memory of the whole thing is a bit fuzzy, but damn do I enjoy the hell out of that line.

#36 Posted by Castiel (2887 posts) -

I gotta go with Arnold. Not only is he a real action hero but he is also a real ladies man:

I also use any excuse I can to link to this terrific video.

#37 Posted by ShaggE (7017 posts) -

Arnold. If it weren't for him, we wouldn't have this beautifully stupid video:

#38 Posted by jiggajoe14 (972 posts) -

Arnold for Predator and Terminator. I do want to give an honorable mention to Clint Eastwood since some of the Dirty Harry movies came out during the 80's and I have such a soft spot for them.

#39 Posted by ShadowSwordmaster (548 posts) -

Arnold or Russel for me because of Big Trouble in little trouble for Russel and for Arnold , it's Predator.

#40 Posted by Stonyman65 (2989 posts) -

Kurt Russell because of Big Trouble in Little China (AKA the Greatest Movie Ever Made).

Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold are also great choices, too.

#41 Posted by Stonyman65 (2989 posts) -

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!

#42 Posted by Sinusoidal (2077 posts) -

Arnie without a doubt. Terminator, Predator, Conan, Commando. Relentless awesome!

#43 Posted by Mortuss_Zero (543 posts) -

I voted Arnold for how much I love his cheese, but I'm kinda wishing I'd voted Russell just for Snake Plissken's sake.

#44 Edited by The_Ruiner (1301 posts) -

Kurt Russel's a strong choice...but I gotta go with Doug Quaid...

#45 Posted by Giantstalker (1855 posts) -

Stallone, largely because Expendables' honesty - as an action series - is refreshing in an era where shit like Transformers apparently still reigns king at the box office

#46 Posted by flippyandnod (481 posts) -

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?

#47 Posted by Corevi (6795 posts) -

I like the cheesiest Jean-Claude movies the most.

Then do I have a movie for you.

#48 Edited by charlie_victor_bravo (1176 posts) -

No Patrick Swayze? He was in the Roadhouse!

But, yeah based purely on the 80's material, Arnold wins this one.

#49 Posted by AcidBrandon18 (1056 posts) -

Arnold. It has to be Arnold. With Kurt Russell being a close 2nd.

#50 Posted by hermes (1705 posts) -

Willis for me.

I must be one of the few people that did NOT hate Hudson Hawk...