1986-87-88...the height of the "Action Movie"?

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  1. Bat Attack Mirth

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    You had Aliens in 1986, Predator in 1987, and Die Hard in 1988. Anyone else (besides myself) think this was the peak of the "80's" action flick? or even the genre itself?
     
  2. Drizzle You'll get your rent when Ditkovich is in the MCU!

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    You forgot "Robocop". Include that and you're on the money. Maybe if you want to look back even further, "The Terminator" could be included as well.
     
  3. Lord Blackbolt Registered

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    What about Rambo and Commando.
     
  4. Drizzle You'll get your rent when Ditkovich is in the MCU!

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    Yeah, "Rambo: First Blood Part II" also fits the bill. I've never seen "Commando".
     
  5. Lord Blackbolt Registered

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    It's basically....Predator...without the Predator
     
  6. Mr.E.Nygma Registered

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    Die Hard is the best, hands down. Aliens and The Terminator are quite honorable, but not as much as Die Hard, I would give it the peak of the Action Movies from the 80s, because it settled a pattern and a genre for many other movies after
     
  7. co2 Registered

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    Are we forgetting one Dr. Jones?

    and how about The Road Warrior?..greatest stunt movie ever!
     
  8. Spider-Vader Mercin' & Workin'

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    Indy was released in '81, '84 & '89.
    The 80's had the best action movies.
     
  9. Drizzle You'll get your rent when Ditkovich is in the MCU!

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    I always saw Indy's movies as part of the "adventure" genre more than the "action" genre. Those movies weren't as hardcore as "Die Hard" or "Aliens".
     
  10. Catman Registered

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    The ENTIRE decade was good.

    1980
    The Blues Brothers - Admit it, man. Those car chases were awesome. :up:

    1981
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    For Your Eyes Only
    Escape From New York
    The Road Warrior

    1982
    48 HRS
    First Blood
    Conan

    1983
    Octopussy
    Sudden Impact
    Never Say Never Again :o
    Scarface :huh:

    1984
    Beverly Hills Cop
    Temple of Doom
    Red Dawn
    Terminator
    City Heat (Clint Eastwood AND Burt Reynolds :wow: )
    Missing In Action

    1985
    Rambo: First Blood, Part II (I hate it, but most people like it)
    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
    Commando
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    Code of Silence

    1986
    Top Gun
    Aliens
    Cobra
    Heartbreak Ridge
    Running Scared

    1987
    Beverly Hills Cop II
    Lethal Weapon
    Predator
    Robocop

    1988
    Die Hard
    Midnight Run (VERY underrated movie)
    Action Jackson
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    1989
    Batman
    Last Crusade
    Lethal Weapon 2
    Tango & Cash :o
    Black Rain
    K-9 :o :o
    Road House
     
  11. LuiECuomo Registered

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    Don't forget "The Living Daylights" (1987) and "Licence to Kill!" (1989)
     
  12. Gilpesh Registered

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    Yeah. The 80's pretty much killed the Action Movie for the rest of time... that is unless someone can find a way to make a great action movie that doesn't rely on all the tricks setup in the 80's or just throwing twists around.
     
  13. Catman Registered

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    Meh.
     
  14. Warhammer Half Monk, Half Hitman

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    One could say that the late 80's were the peak of the "action movie...of the 80's." However, it is not the peak of the "action movie." We have many years to come, and since 1990, we have had great action movies every single year. The genre has yet to peak, and I doubt it will ever peak. Action-Adventure will not peak like, let's say, the horror genre has.
     
  15. Kevin Roegele Do you mind if I don't?

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    There is far more action in any of the Indy movies than there is in Aliens or Die Hard.
     
  16. Kevin Roegele Do you mind if I don't?

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    If you watch Escape from New York, there is hardly any action in it at all.
     
  17. The Kid AMERICA FTW

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    Yeah I believe the action genre reached its peak with Ahnuld's success. The absolute peak being T2 then it all went to ****, rose again with the matrix but then every movie just tried to be another matrix and now we have some kind of cgi artificial action films we have now that seem like cartoons.
     
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    I have to agree with that part of it. CGI has allowed us to realise the comic book action which we all like so much. Formerly it could not have been realised to the level it does now.
    But I really think CGI has made action films a little less interesting, because like you said, we know we are watching a cartoon. I watched The Road Warrior recently, and my jaw was still on the floor at the level of stuntwork and effort that went into that...and that kind of thing will never see the light of day again.
     
  19. JackBauer Registered

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    apparently you haven't watched Casino Royale or the Bourne trilogy
     
  20. Warhammer Half Monk, Half Hitman

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    CGI or not, it is still an action movie. CGI has allowed for things that could never be achieved using stunt and wire work. Film will continue to evolve. Before the 80's, stunts and explosions were the new thing, too, and you had people who were opposed to it. I see it as history repeating itself. I have yet to see the majority of action films have so much CGI in it that it is viewed as merely a cartoon. It seems like hyperbole to me.

    That's just me, of course.
     
  21. Jick Auxiliary Assistant

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    it was really a great time.
    so many movies I like...
     
  22. Gilpesh Registered

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    Those aren't strictly action though. And there's no complete and total failure of logic where one man takes on a whole army, in the open, with one gun.
     
  23. Warhammer Half Monk, Half Hitman

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    If Casino Royale and the Bourne movies aren't considered action films, then Aliens, Lethal Weapon, (etc.) aren't either.
     
  24. Hunter Rider Ronin

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    I agree with Hammertime.

    "I ain't got time to bleed" - pretty much distills the mindset of the 80's action movie into one line. :up:
     
  25. The Man Registered

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    What about all the Hong Kong action films by Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and John Woo?
     

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