10 gloriously cheesy 80s action movies (10 Photos)

There were a great deal of close calls, but this is the list of action movies from the 80s that are so bad it’s hard to hate them. But please feel free to let me know what you think the list is missing.

UPDATE: There seems to be some confusion. I love these movies, just so we’re crystal clear.

What would be on your list??

  • nothingtoseehere

    Running Man, Robocop and Bloodsport are NOT Cheesy!!! They are the most awesome action flicks of my childhood!

    • fuck obama

      this new format sucks BTW………………

    • Jason

      That's what I'm saying.

    • nemesis

      Agreed on the first two. Never saw bloodsport.

  • Speedy

    #4 #6 #9 and #10 were great movies!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sticky fingers

      Road house was great. I didn't find any cheesyness.

    • MacnCheese


  • The Dude

    This list should be retitled "The Most Awesome Movies of the 80's"

    • Grifo

      Agreed, these are American Icons of great film making

    • Charlie Cheen

      I agree! Every single movie is a great watch, some more than others though. And I think Running Man should be #1, it's one of my all time favorites!

    • The Brit

      Absolutely! Yes, special effects were pretty lame, but damn, I grew up with these movies! And I will STILL watch them through when they are shown on cable today. How many people will watch Avatar in 25yrs time and still think it's the shit????

  • McLovin' It

    chive… you've gone mad. all of these movies were brilliant, accurate representations of the world as we (I) currently see it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OperationMerryGoRound Kevin Membrino

    Funnest thing, The Octagon is on tv right now lol

  • Lil Jon

    It's funny how Stallone finds himself in so many of these turkeys.

  • Matt

    Bloodsport was the bomb-diggety.

  • yoo

    "pain don't hurt"

    • jared

      love road house

  • BAMFinater

    #5 demands an appology

    • George

      you have 10 seconds to comply…

      • Killin Time @ Work

        Dead or Alive you're coming with me

        • Jason

          I can only thumb this up once, that was the first thing that came to mind!

          • The Brit

            Your move, creep

  • yoo

    roadhouse was the shiiiiiit, it has it all: boobs, bar fights, explosions, monster trucks, polar bears…

    • Jay

      watch that, its the monster truck scene.

      Best part: Fat guy in the red shirt swinging his hat near the end of the clip.

    • kevin

      overt homo-eroticism…

    • Chivemaster

      Exactly what I was going to say! You are 100% correct. But I also have to mention ripping a man's throat out with your bare hands.

  • myname

    #8 was my favorite movie growing up.

    • guest

      remember when i told you i'd kill you last…

      • The Real D. Nozzle

        I lied.

      • Keyser Soze

        i lied….. awesome. I know every line, probably seen it 20 times.

      • chrisdg74

        I lied.

      • Jamesa86

        I lied

        • http://www.facebook.com/tylermars.design Tyler Mars

          anyone else wanna fuckin' chime in?

    • SweetAwesomeness

      "Let off some steam Bennett" man that move had some cheezy 1 liners….but still great!!!

      and im sorry but Tango and Cash was a fucking epic move (at the time)

    • Edge

      I watched that this weekend!

    • jason in pc

      best scene in any movie ever, arnold walking down the side of a mountain a big ass tree on his one shoulder. it was a real trrr too!

  • davistar

    Octagon is the only one I have not seen and all the others ROCKED (except the Seagal flick)

  • Rainier


  • Fritz

    #7 dumbest F'N movie ever.

    "When I turn my hat around I become a machine…like a truck" (in a Sly voice)

    as cheesy as it gets!!

    • Brad

      his kid was a wimp!

    • Cqcumber

      i love this movie when i was a kid, it's so cool when he said the line mentioned above.

  • http://thechive.com/ mattythegooch

    Is RAD considered an "action" movie??

    Big Trouble in Little China!!

    • Cru Jones

      Rad = Hell Yes

      • http://thechive.com/ mattythegooch

        Rad = Hell Track

    • aosux

      I have been looking for RAD for about 2 years. I am going to have to buy it off the internet one of these days if I don't find it somewhere.

    • Josh

      These two should be up here…..I can't remember how many times I've seen both

    • skippy

      I didn't think about rad, and I was going to say big trouble in little china. Also no Rad is not an action movie, but it is def. cheesy enough

  • Mr. Pinchy

    Dear Chive,
    For the first time in months I'm devastated and outraged by your claim. All of these are classics and demand to be treated as such. Please apologize 🙂

  • GTO

    take it back Bob; these are all classics.

  • Ebert

    Yeah, WTH chive did you have a stroke today?
    Not only does the new format blow chunks, but you keep putting trannys and cellulite butts everywhere!
    Also, I think this gallery is fine, these movies were hella awesome, but cheezy none the less.

    Step it up Chive, I'm here for hot chicks and awesome movies, not guys dressed like chicks.

    • boo

      overcompensating with that rage huh?

  • Jake

    This is a new low for the Chive…. I have been with you since the beginning. I don't submit anymore as all the shit I submitted never got picked but am a loyal viewer. Commando was a childhood iconic movie. A few of the others were fantastic movies from my childhood as well. I never would have thought you guys would call these "gloriously cheesy." I'm disappointed.

    • Josh

      Try watching that movie now though…..pretty cheesy looking just like the rest of these. They were greats during their time

  • Shoestring

    Where is "They Live"? Also Robocop is awesome. Siskel and Ebert both agreed.

    • the desman

      I was thiking the same think about "They Live"

  • EJK

    Hey I liked #5 Robocop and #1 Running Man however stupid they were.

    and Big Trouble in Little China is my favorite cheesy 80's action movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/5dobermans Beth Vogel

    House. Road House.


    • Rich


    • Laurie

      Be nice…until it's time to not be nice. I remember that, and I never even saw the whole movie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tekrebel Charlie Makarov

    All these movies > Twilight

    • JKnights

      A 0:05 video clip of a monkey taking a poo > Twilight

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1666982036 Holly Sands

    Anything with Van Damme in it is pure gold.

  • Jiv

    Big Trouble in Little China 😉

    • Popsicle Pete

      Dammit, I was going to say that one. Nice call dude.

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