When it comes to the 80’s, you don’t have to look very far to find a plethora of sci-fi action movies. Most have been lost to the decade they were made in but some still stand out today as timeless stone-cold classics.
We’ve jumped on Now TV and found what we think are the must watch 80’s sci-fi action movies that everyone who is a sci-fi fan should watch, either again if you saw these the first time around or for the first time ever if you haven’t as these are light years ahead of their time and should be on any sci-fi fans movie bucket list so to quote one of the movies in this list, its time to start running…
The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator helped skyrocket Arnold Schwarzenegger to global superstar status with fantastic performances abound from Linda Hamilton (as Sarah Connor) and Michael Biehn (as Kyle Resse) its an action tour de force all the way through as they fight off a cyborg killing machine that’s been sent back in time to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor before she has her son, John Connor, who in 2029 defeats Skynet, the self-aware A.I. who’s goal is to destroy mankind.
Don’t let the fact that this movie is 34+ years old now put you off. The special effects are great for the time and the future war scenes against Skynet’s Terminators still looks amazing today and without The Terminator there would be no Terminator 2 which is one of the 90’s best movies!
Robocop is one of the all-time greats. Yes, its ultra-violent but scratch beneath the surface and you’ll see far more in this movie than just a sci-fi action movie such as touching on (and feeling like a stark warning) corporate greed and mass consumerism of the 80’s.
Peter Weller is awesome as Robocop and Nancy Allen as his partner shows that women are and should be on equal footing with men which was also way ahead of its time.
The dystopian setting of Old Detroit and the Kurtwood Smith as Clarence Boddiker are the icing on the cake. There are so many classic one liners and memorable scenes in this movie it would take all day to list them. Robocop is definitely one of the defining movies of the 80’s and rightfully so, it’s amazing.
Tron is a movie the whole family can enjoy together, and you’d be forgiven for being shocked that this movie was made all the way back in 1982. The special effects (for its time) were light years ahead anything out there and showed a world inside a computer world that needed saving by the film titles Tron.
Tron introduced the world to light cycles which if that’s its sole legacy (it isn’t by the way) then fine. We can live with that.
The Running Man (1987)
Arnie was in quite a few action movies in the 80’s and 1987 was a good year for him with Predator (currently not on Now TV) coming out and of course, The Running Man which is based on the book of the same name from none other than Stephen King (under his Richard Bachman pseudonym).
The Running Man is set in 2019 and the U.S has become a totalitarian police state and a general dystopian mess so to keep the masses controlled a hit TV show called The Running Man is broadcast that pits criminal contestants against wrestler sized Stalkers who’s job it is to stop them in their pursuit of freedom and prizes galore.
Arnie plays Ben Richards, a wrongly convicted police helicopter pilot who was wrongly accused of massacring civilians during a food riot. He escapes from prison and is finally caught and ends up on The Running Man show where not only must he evade the Stalkers who are out to get him he must also bring down the show itself and its host Killian who was played by the real game show host, Richard Dawson.
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner is without the perfect sci-fi movie, its deep, leaves you pondering long after you’ve watched it and is without a doubt one of cinemas most beloved masterpieces mixing state of the art with art itself.
Harrison Ford stars as Deckard, a Blade Runner who is tasked with ending escaped replicants lives. He goes up against a few escaped military replicants with Rutger Hauer as their defacto leader which culminates into a showdown of epic proportions and quite possibly one of the best monologues in sci-fi, maybe movie history from him too.
Blade Runner movie is dark, intelligent, dystopian and epic in its portrayal of a dark future where the best of mankind is off to the stars leaving a dirty and dangerous world behind.
So there you have, if you looking to have a retro sci-fi movie night and you have Now TV then what are you waiting for, these movies might not be on there forever. Which one is your favourite on the list? Let us know in the comments below.