Best Actors of the 80s


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1Tom CruiseTom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards.

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

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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

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3Michael J. FoxMichael Andrew Fox, OC, known as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and activist.

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

I absolutely adored him in back to the future trilogy.

Michael played in back to the future the best time travel movie of all time

Michael was the best. Period.

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4Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, former professional bodybuilder and former politician.

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 FordHarrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones film series.

Um Han Solo and Indiana Jones Starwars and Indian Jones ran the late seventies through eighties - wert225

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Blade Runner (1982), Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Witness (1985), Mosquito Coast (1986), Working Girl (1988), Frantic (1988), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

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7Matt Dillon

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

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8Michael 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

Eddie Murphy should also come long before Biehn.

Charlie Sheen should come long before Biehn.

9Emilio Estevez

His best performance was The Breakfast Club by far

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10Rob LoweRobert Hepler "Rob" Lowe is an American actor. He garnered fame after appearing in such films as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, About Last Night..., St.

He was really beautiful. And talented - rambocrazyhorse

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11Jack NicholsonJohn Joseph "Jack" Nicholson is an American actor and filmmaker, having performed for nearly 60 years.

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!

It's not from the 80s but his best movie was definitely A Few Good Men

12Bill MurrayWilliam James "Bill" Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live, for which he earned his first Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy films, including Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Scrooged, What more.

Ghostbusters 1984 stripes 1981 caddyshack 1980

13C. Thomas Howell

Tommy makes everyone's day and have worked so hard to get where he is. I love him so much

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14Josh Brolin
15River Phoenix

He is very underrated but he should be remembered in today's society, by many. Not only were his natural acting abilities inspiring, but the way he cared about everything. He was very environmentally friendly, a strict and committed vegan, and even in the 80s/90s he was supportive of homosexuals. I love him so much and words can't describe how inspiring he is to me and many other people. RIP, sweet River Jude Phoenix.

By far one of the most talented actors of his generation. Stand by me, Running on empty, The mosquito coast, Explorers... To name a few of his films. Stand by me is his best. Such a gifted actor and amazing person. I miss him.

He was a beautiful person and an amazing actor for someone his age. He really understood the art of acting and how to bring himself into character. I miss him.

By far THE best actor of the 80s. River was a beautiful man with a beautiful soul. I still watch all of his films now. RIP

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16Michael DouglasMichael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, 1944) is an American actor and producer. His career includes a diverse range of films in both independent and blockbuster genres, for which he has received a number of accolades both competitive and honorary.

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

17Kurt 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

18Andrew McCarthy

The boy next door.. Saint Elmo fire

19Corey Haim

I still love him in this generation! You're missed dearly, Corey Ian Haim xx

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

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20Robert 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?

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Top Remixes

1. Tom Cruise
2. Al Pacino
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger
1. Michael Biehn
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
3. Sylvester Stallone
1. Matt Dillon
2. Tom Cruise
3. Emilio Estevez



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