Which Old-School Action Movies Kick the Most Ass? (PHOTOS)

In honor of 'Bullet in the Head,' Celebuzz looks at the '80s thrillers that still make our pulse pound.


Sylvester Stallone has maintained a remarkable career not just as he's gotten older, but literally out of the process of getting old.

Like 1980s action alums Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, he's embraced his advancing age, bringing the genre -- and the audiences that love it -- along for a familiar but provocatively unique sort of ride: after creating new installments for the two series that helped make him a star, Rocky and Rambo, he created the Expendables franchise, in which he and his contemporaries prove definitively they're not too old to kick ass, even if they are, well, not quite as spry as they used to be.

By all accounts, Stallone's latest, Bullet to the Head, seems to follow this now-proven formula: the film pits the sexagenarian against up-and-coming whippersnapper Jason Momoa in a battle for biggest bad ass, directed by another '80s icon, Walter Hill. But whether the film revives Stallone and the genre in general or turns up dead on arrival, its release inspired Celebuzz to take a look back at some of the great '80s movies that, well, still kick ass even today.

Click here to launch Celebuzz' gallery of 1980s action movies that still kick ass

Truly "great" action movies must hit a few sweet spots in order to hold fans' attention -- they have to feature larger-than-life heroes, inventive stories, and of course, white-knuckle, pulse-pounding set pieces. In fact, many of the movies on our list don't merely possess all three, they literally wrote the book on how to accomplish them in the best possible way.

Which action movies from the 1980s and '90s do you love best? Watch the trailer for Bullet to the Head, and then let us know in the comments section below -- what's your favorite kick-ass movie?

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