Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Director John Carpenter owned a certain corner of '80s genre films. Escape from New York, The Thing, Christine, Starman, Prince of Darkness, and They Live are all essential documents. Big Trouble in Little China, his rollicking adventure film starring Kurt Russell, is more of a bizarre, ambitious attempt to wrap a bunch of his idiosyncratic interests (serialized adventure stories, monster horror films, kung-fu cinema, Howard Hawks-style romantic comedy) into one sprawling artistic statement. Sadly, it flopped, but its brilliant action scenes (and possibly problematic, stereotype-driven comedy) will live forever.