Best Actors of the 80s


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1Tom Cruise

Endless Love (1981), Taps (1981), The Outsiders (1983), Losin' It (1983), Risky Business (1983), All the Right Moves (1983), Legend (1985), Top Gun (1986), The Color of Money (1986), Cocktail (1988), Rain Man (1988), Born on the Fourth of July (1989). - Alexandr

I love the color of money and top gun. He's a great actor, one of the best all time. - jwileson

I guess for me the best movie would be Endless Love

Still is the best actor

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2Sylvester Stallone

Nighthawks (1981), Victory (1981), Rocky I (1982), First Blood (1982), Rhinestone (1984), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rocky IV (1985), Cobra (1986), Over the Top (1987), Rambo I (1988), Tango & Cash (1989), Lock Up (1989). - Alexandr

Nothing beats rambo amazing

Best. Action. Hero. Ever

3Michael J. Fox

Ok. This is the best actor of the 80s. He worked so hard to get to where he was! And he made it. Now, you probably don't know, but he was in America for a little, starving! He needed to get on Family Ties, and he did! He knew he had what it took! And he's hot not to mention

Michael j fox in the 80s was HOT!
He should be number #| who ever made him number 3 is an jerk.

I absolutely adored him in back to the future trilogy.

Michael was the best. Period.

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4Arnold Schwarzenegger

Conan the Barbarian (1982), The Terminator (1984), Commando (1985), Predator (1987).

Above average:
Raw Deal (1986), The Running Man (1987), Red Heat (1988), Twins (1988)

He build the road that others just used to get to the top.

Conan the Barbarian (1982), Conan the Destroyer (1984), The Terminator (1984), Red Sonja (1985), Commando (1985), Raw Deal (1986), Predator (1987), The Running Man (1987), Red Heat (1988), Twins (1988). - Alexandr

With the two terminator movies he achieved the superstar level - MatrixGuy

I love his movies especially Predator

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5Al Pacino

Cruising (1980), Author! Author! (1982), Scarface (1983), Revolution (1985), Sea of Love (1989). - Alexandr

6Harrison Ford

Indiana Jones! Enough said.

7Michael Biehn

Hog Wild (1980), The Fan (1981), The Lords of Discipline (1983), The Terminator (1984), Deadly Intentions (1985), Aliens (1986), Rampage (1987), The Seventh Sign (1988), In a Shallow Grave (1988), The Abyss (1989). - Alexandr

8Matt Dillon

He is a very awesome actor... Still today. I loved when he played Dally in

9Emilio Estevez
10Jack Nicholson

The Shining (1980), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Reds (1981), The Border (1982), Terms of Endearment (1983), Prizzi's Honor (1985), Heartburn (1986), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Broadcast News (1987), Ironweed (1987), Batman (1989). - Alexandr

I love jack nicholson! was the best then and is the best now! ANGER MANAGEMENT! I love that movie and all the others but I love jack nichoolson!

The Contenders

11Michael Douglas

It's My Turn (1980), The Star Chamber (1983), Romancing the Stone (1984), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), A Chorus Line (1985), Fatal Attraction (1987), Wall Street (1987), Black Rain (1989), The War of the Roses (1989). - Alexandr

12Bill Murray

Ghostbusters 1984 stripes 1981 caddyshack 1980

13Josh Brolin
14Kurt Russell

Used Cars (1980), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Silkwood (1983), Swing Shift (1984), The Mean Season (1985), The Best of Times (1986), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Overboard (1987), Tequila Sunrise (1988), Winter People (1989), Tango & Cash (1989). - Alexandr

used cars comedy
the thing horror
tango and cash action
silkwood drama
swing shift romance
big trouble in little china fantasy adventure
Kurt Russell has done it all
i know DARK BLUE was not made in the 80s but it was his best performance to date and oscar worthy

15Rob Lowe

He was really beautiful. And talented - rambocrazyhorse

16Robert De Niro

Raging Bull (1980), True Confessions (1981), The King of Comedy (1982), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Falling in Love (1984), Brazil (1985), The Mission (1986), Angel Heart (1987), The Untouchables (1987), Midnight Run (1988), Jacknife (1989), We're No Angels (1989). - Alexandr

raging bull. no more need be said

Once upon a time in America, Raging bull, The Untouchables, what more do you want?

17Andrew McCarthy

The boy next door.. Saint Elmo fire

18Mel Gibson

Gallipoli (1981), Mad Max 2 (1981), Attack Force Z (1982), The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), The Bounty (1984), The River (1984), Mrs. Soffel (1984), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), Lethal Weapon (1987), Tequila Sunrise (1988), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). - Alexandr

19C. Thomas Howell
20Corey Haim

Best actor of the 80s hands down.

Big movies big fan base!
Had it all in the 80's! Possibly too much! Rip lost boy!

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2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
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