The List 31-53
31. Police Story (1985)
Director: Jackie Chan
Staring: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin
An honest Hong Kong cop protecting a Triad boss's girlfriend-turned-informer, finds himself framed for the murder of a dirty cop and going on the run. The movie mixes slapstick with wild stunts and features some painful outtakes during the final credits.
Action, Action: 6/10
32. The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Director: Tony Scott
Staring: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron
Once a first-rate Secret Service agent, Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) is now a gruff private investigator whose latest gig is protecting a pole dancer (Halle Berry). When she's murdered, he grudgingly teams up with her boyfriend, Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans), an ex-quarterback with a gambling problem, and the two go after her killers. Before long, they stumble onto a plot by a well-known football magnate (Noble Willingham) to bribe federal legislators into legalizing sports gambling.
33. Face/Off (1997)
Director: John Woo
Staring: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen
Obsessed with bringing terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) to justice, FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) tracks down Troy, who has boarded a plane in Los Angeles. After the plane crashes and Troy is severely injured, possibly dead, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy's. As Archer tries to use his disguise to elicit information about a bomb from Troy's brother, Troy awakes from a coma and forces the doctor who performed the surgery to give him Archer's face.
34. Shanghai Noon (2000)
Director: Tom Dey
Staring: Jackie Chan. Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu
Bumbling Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) works as an Imperial guard in the Forbidden City of China. When Princess Pei Pei (Lucy Liu) is taken hostage, Wang pursues her captors to the wild frontier land of Nevada, where he meets good-natured thief and occasional cowboy Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson). Using O'Bannon's love of money, Wang convinces him to help recover the princess, and together the two form a curious partnership -- the likes of which the West has never seen.
35. Young Guns (1988)
Director: Christopher Cain
Staring: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, Casey Siemaszko, Terence Stamp, Jack Palance
John Tunstall (Terence Stamp), a distinguished British gentleman, employs downtrodden youths to tend his herd on the New Mexican frontier. When Tunstall is gunned down by the crooked Lawrence G. Murphy (Jack Palance), a ragtag group of cow hands -- including Doc Scurlock (Kiefer Sutherland), Richard Brewer (Charlie Sheen) and young William "Billy the Kid" Bonney (Emilio Estevez) -- ride forth in search of bloody vengeance for the death of their beloved mentor.
36. The Predator (2018)
Director: Shane Black
Staring: Boyd Holbrook, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera
From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. The universe's most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biologist can prevent the end of the human race.
Action, Action: 3.6/10
37. Bloodsport (1988)
Director: Newt Arnold
Staring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung
U.S. soldier Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has come to Hong Kong to be accepted into the Kumite, a highly secret and extremely violent martial-arts competition. While trying to gain access into the underground world of clandestine fighters, he also has to avoid military officers who consider him to be AWOL. After enduring a difficult training and beginning a romance with journalist Janice Kent (Leah Ayres), Frank is given the opportunity to fight. But can he survive?
Action, Action: 5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 4.3/10
38. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Director: Steve Barron
Staring: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais
In New York, mysterious radioactive ooze has mutated four sewer turtles into talking, upright-walking, crime-fighting ninjas. The intrepid heroes -- Michelangelo (Robbie Rist), Donatello (Corey Feldman), Raphael (Josh Pais) and Leonardo (Brian Tochi) -- are trained in the Ninjutsu arts by their rat sensei, Splinter. When a villainous rogue ninja, who is a former pupil of Splinter, arrives and spreads lawlessness throughout the city, it's up to the plucky turtles to stop him.
39. Blade (1998)
Director: Stephen Norrington
Staring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kriss Kristopherson, Donal Logue, Udo Kier
A half-mortal, half-immortal is out to avenge his mother's death and rid the world of vampires. The modern-day technologically advanced vampires he is going after are in search of his special blood type needed to summon an evil god who plays a key role in their plan to execute the human race.
40. Tango and Cash (1989)
Director:Andrei Konchalovsky, Albert Magnoli, Stuart Baird, Peter MacDonald
Staring: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance
Police officers Ray Tango (Sylvester Stallone) and Gabe Cash (Kurt Russell) are narcotics experts working to bring down drug lord Yves Perret (Jack Palance). In an attempt to stymie their efforts, Perret sets up Tango and Cash, making it look as if they've killed an FBI agent. Arrested and put in prison, the two cops formulate an escape plan and, once out, team up with Tango's exotic dancer sister, Katherine (Teri Hatcher), in order to clear their records and take down Perret once and for all.
41. Out For Justice (1991)
Director: John Flynn
Staring: Steven Seagal, William Forsythe, Jerry Orbach
Gino Felino (Steven Seagal) is a Brooklyn police detective whose partner and longtime friend is shot down in the street in front of his wife and children. The culprit is Richie Madano (William Forsythe), a drug lord in the neighborhood who has known Gino since they were kids. With the blessing of his captain (Jerry Orbach), Gino is sent alone into the drug underground to find Richie by any means necessary. Along the way, Gino uncovers secrets about his deceased partner that he never suspected.
Tropes/Quotes: 4.3 /10
Action, Action: 5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 3.6/10
42. Death Wish (1974)
Director: Michael Winner
Staring: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia |
Once a mild-mannered liberal, New York City architect Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) snaps when intruders break into his home, murdering his wife (Hope Lange) and violently raping his daughter. A business trip to Tucson, Ariz., lands him a gift from a client, a revolver he uses to patrol the streets when he returns home. Frustrated that the police cannot find the intruders, he become a vigilante, gunning down any criminal that crosses his path. The public finds this vigilantism heroic.
Action, Action: 5/10
43. Stone Cold (1991)
Director: Craig R. Baxley
Staring: Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe
A street-smart cop goes undercover to infiltrate and bring to justice a ruthless motorcycle gang before they can carry out their plans of tyranny and murder.
Action, Action: 4.3/10
44. Half Past Dead (2002)
Director: Don Micheal Paul
Staring: Steven Seagal, Morris Chestnut, Matt Battglia, Ja Rule
Criminal mastermind Donny/49er One (Morris Chestnut) has set in motion a plan to infiltrate a high-tech prison in order to persuade a death row inmate to reveal the whereabouts of $200 million worth of gold. Undercover FBI agent Sascha (Steven Seagal) must stop him before it's too late.
45. Resident Evil (2002)
Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Staring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey
Based on the popular video game, Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez star as the leaders of a commando team who must break into "the hive," a vast underground genetics laboratory operated by the powerful Umbrella Corporation. There, a deadly virus has been unleashed, killing the lab's personnel and resurrecting them as the evil Un-dead. The team has just three hours to shut down the lab's supercomputer and close the facility before the virus threatens to overrun the Earth.
Action, Action: 4.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 34%
46. Miami Connection (1987)
Director: Richard Park, Y.K. Kim
Staring: Y.K. Kim
Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound embark on a wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice, clamping down on Florida's narcotic trade.
Action, Action: 4.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
47. Cobra (1986)
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Staring: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Brian Thompson
Los Angeles policeman Lt. Marion "Cobra" Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself at the center of a spate of murders carried out by a secret society called New Order: killers who select "weak" members of society for extermination. As the murder rate rises, Cobra takes model Ingrid (Brigitte Nielsen) into protective custody after she witnesses New Order's leader in action. As Cobra falls for Ingrid, they find shelter in a small town, but must soon fight for survival.
48. Universal Soldier (1992)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Staring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker
During the Vietnam War, soldier Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) finds that his superior officer, Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren), has turned violently deranged, and the two fight to the death. After their bodies are retrieved, they are placed into a secret program in which they are reanimated and trained to become unquestioning killing machines. While Devereaux and Scott initially have no memory of their former lives, glimpses of their pasts start to return, rekindling their intense conflict.
49. Den of Thieves (2018)
Director: Christian Gudegast
Staring: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
Nick O'Brien is the hard-drinking leader of the Regulators, an elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Ray Merrimen is the recently paroled leader of the Outlaws, a gang of ex-military men who use their expertise and tactical skills to evade the law. O'Brien, Merrimen and their crews soon find themselves on a direct collision course as the criminals hatch an elaborate plan for a seemingly impossible heist -- the city's Federal Reserve Bank.
Pacing: . 3.3/10
Action, Action: 4.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 39%
50. The Exterminator (1980)
Director: James Glickenhaus
Staring: Robert Ginty, Samantha Eggar, Christopher George
After his war buddy is left paralysed by a New York gang, a Vietnam vet takes his revenge by killing street criminals.
Action, Action: 2/10
51. Ghost Rider
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Staring: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes. Sam Elliott
Years ago, motorcycle stuntman Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) sold his soul to save the life of a loved one. Now, he transforms into a fiery, avenging agent of justice at night wherever evil roams. As the only one who can walk in both worlds, Johnny is charged by Mephistopheles (Donal Logue) himself to destroy Blackheart (Wes Bentley), a demon that wants to overthrow Mephistopheles and create a worse hell than the one that currently exists.
52. Proud Mary (2018)
Director: JBabak Najafi
Staring: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover, Neal McDonough, Xander Berkeley, Margaret Avery
Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.
Action, Action: 1.9/10
53. The Octagon (1980)
Director: Eric Karson
Staring: Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef
Scott James (Chuck Norris), a veteran martial arts expert, is recruited as the protector of the wealthy and beautiful Justine (Karen Carlson) after she becomes the target of a ninja clan. When Scott finds out that his ruthless archnemesis, McCarn (Lee Van Cleef), is involved with the stealthy and dangerous criminals, he is eager to settle old scores. Soon Scott is facing off against McCarn and the entire ninja horde in an effort to take them all down.