If you enjoyed the film Road House, congratulations, your taste in action movies from the 1980s was on point. That said, if someone felt the need to criticize you for it, then that’s their problem. Even though the 1980s were a strange decade for movies in some ways, the action was simply spectacular.
It was of the hard-hitting, no-nonsense variety, and it didn’t require all the flashy, spinning kicks to make its point, even if some did. Because computer-generated imagery (CGI) was not as popular or had not yet taken over the industry, it was mostly men (and women) fighting it out to settle their differences and put an end to the conflict for good.
Many people regarded Road House as a leader in terms of action and plot, despite the fact that it was straightforward and didn’t present many obstacles. That was part of the appeal, because all you had to do was sit there and watch. Despite what some may think, going to the movies is all about relaxing, unwinding, and enjoying yourself while you’re there. The chances are that something is not as straightforward as it should be if you have to consider an action movie and what it is hiding.
If you want to jump out of your seat, watch an action movie with mind-blowing revelations and plot twists. However, in the 1980s, these films were not always popular with moviegoers. It meant you wanted a movie that wouldn’t make you think and would just show you what was happening instead of hiding a lot until the end. Some films, such as Road House, were direct and to the point, with little in the way of subtext.
One reason they were so well-liked was because of this.
To know for sure whether Frank Dux is telling the truth about his role in Kumite or about being trained by Senzo Tanaka when he was younger would require being there at the time. Nevertheless, the story he told was the inspiration for the film. Forcing an active duty soldier into going AWOL to compete in the Kumite would have been a grave offense. The United States Military might not have treated it as kindly as it did on screen, but it was still an impressive movie because it starred one of Jean Claude Van Damme’s best roles ever.
2. Lethal Weapon
What possible reason do you have to say no to this? As a result, nothing in Lethal Weapon had to be made up in order to be entertaining. With Danny Glover as his partner, Mel Gibson never tried to persuade anyone that he wasn’t just an actor. Their relationship progresses from being reluctant partners to a friendship by the film’s end. Three sequels and a TV show followed, proving they must have had chemistry together.
3. Above the Law
Steven Seagal is frequently depicted acting outside the bounds of the law, breaking bones and crippling his victims in the process. Over the years, he’s been outspoken about his abilities and skill set, even going so far as to criticize other martial artists and argue that their styles are ineffective in comparison to his. While his films have remained excellent over the years, many have begun to doubt his claims about his fighting prowess.
4. Mad Max: The Road Warrior
As far as films go, this one is pretty gritty. Nobody is spared in this game; even the main character takes his fair share of beatings and has to fight just as hard as the others. It didn’t take Mel Gibson long to make this role his own as he transformed into the mysterious Max, the reluctant hero who didn’t want anything to do with anyone else after the world ended. Of course, if someone refuses to be a part of society, society usually finds a way to use them.
5. Over the Top
This film was underappreciated when it was released and it continues to be underappreciated today. Not as action-packed as the others, but the overall message is probably more positive than in a lot of the others movies in comparison Lincoln Hawk is a man who travels the country in order to provide for his son and stay alive. Things tend to get a little muddled when he tries to reconnect with his son after a long absence. While fighting to keep his son close, he discovers a new sense of purpose and motivation to fight for what’s right so he can support his family and himself as well.