Best Action Movies Ever That Rocked The Box Office
“Get off your high horse Kapitan and let’s talk business. You have my key, and I need it quite badly…” these words sound normal but not when Victor Rostavili said them in Red Heat. It is the scene where the Chicago cop played by James Belushi goes berserk after he is told by the drug lord Victor, to kiss his mother’s behind! Red Heat is one of Schwarzenegger’s best movies ever alongside Commando and the rest.
As more and more action films go into production, there are those old classics that we wouldn’t mind watching over and over again like Star Wars or Leon among others. Do you have a favorite list of action movies? Which is your most favorite top ten? Here are the movies that touched the heart of every action movie fan and rocked the box office.
Enter The Dragon (1973)
Lee, Williams and Roper enter a martial arts tournament on an island. Lee is there as a police informant to investigate Han’s involvement in drugs. Roper and Williams are old time buddies ex-soldiers who are in different problems with the Mafia and the Law.
Director: Robert Clouse
Stars: Brice Lee, Jim Kelly, John Saxon, Bolo Yeung
Hard Boiled (1992)
Inspector ‘Tequila’ Yuen loses his partner in a gunfight against a gang of gun smugglers. He with the help of an undercover cop must get to the boss and stop the whole band.
Director: John Woo
Stars: Chow Yun‑fat, Teresa Mo, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Philip Chan
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
John and Jane Smith are married, but each has a secret that could kill their partner. Both working as assassins for rival organizations, they are sent to eliminate the same target and later to kill each other!
Director: Doug Liman
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Adam Brody
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Dr. Indiana Jones is an expert in cultism, and the US government sends him to retrieve the sacred “Ark of the Covenant” but Hitler also wants it. It’s a race that leaves several dead and the action piping hot!
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Harrison Ford, Frank Marshall, Paul Freeman, Karen Allen
The Fugitive (1993)
Richard Kimble is a man on the run from the law for allegedly killing his wife. He has to stay away from the police and find the real killers to set the record straight.
Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Harrison Ford, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, Tommy Lee Jones
Jurassic Park (1993)
Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler are paleontologists who are selected to join a group touring a dinosaur park on an island run by a billionaire named John Hammond. Together with Ian, a mathematician, they must stay alive and make out of an island full of humongous and fierce predators when some of them escape from their enclosures.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Sam Neill, Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Con Air (1997)
Cameron Poe is heading back home to his wife after being paroled, but the only way to get there is to fly in the “Jailbird”, a prison transport airplane carrying the most dangerous criminals including the Virus, who is not intending to get to his destination.
Director: Simon West
Stars: Nicholas Cage, Monica Potter, John Cusack, Ving Rhames, John Malkovich, Mykelti Williamson
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
Lu escapes a brutal Manchu attack in a school where Ho Kuang-Han and other anti-Ching rebels hide disguising themselves as school masters. Lu vows to learn martial arts and have his revenge.
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Norman Chu, Chia-Hui Liu, Chia Yung Liu, John Cheung
Two friends, Judah Ben-Hur (a Jewish prince) and Messala (a Roman governor) meet after a long time, but their friendship is about to become rocky thanks to their political ideologies. Messala as the new governor throws Ben-Hur and his family in jail for a crime they did not commit, but Ben-Hur is not going down without a fight!
Director: William Wyler
Stars: Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman is dealing with his ghosts from the past and is falling in love with the beautiful Chase Meridan, a psychologist. However, the Riddler and Two-Face are causing trouble all over Gotham and Batman has to rise above his tormenting past to save the future with the help of the young Robin.
Director: Joel Schumacher
Casts: Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones
Frank Dux has gone AWOL from the U.S. Army to fight in a clandestine underworld tournament hosted in Hong Kong known as the “Kumite.” Will he survive to see his new found love Janice Kent ever again or even go back to the army?
Director: Newt Arnold
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Leah Ayres, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung, Donald Gibb
Thracian Spartacus is a slave sold to Batitus, who trains Gladiators to entertain people in the arena. After learning how to fight, he turns on his masters and recruits other slaves from different towns in a mission to get back home.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov
Ellen Ripley has been in a cryogenic slumber for 57 years before her ship is rescued by space marines. Ellen is enlisted by the “Company” to lead the great soldiers into a war they are not sure they can win. The aliens are a new adversary and no one even knew how to prepare for this.
Director: James Cameron
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Leon is a hitman for the mob, and he lives a quiet life tending to his plants until his 12-year-old neighbor Mathilda comes knocking after her parents are killed by a corrupt DEA. She wants revenge, and the reluctant Leon is the only person who can help.
Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello
Hanna is a Lieutenant, who has his family problems with a mentally sick stepdaughter and a cheating wife, but he must learn how to put that in the background to track down a mastermind criminal Neil McCauley.
Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Robert De Niro, Natalie Portman, Val Kilmer, Al Pacino, Diane Venora
Selene and the vampire clan have been in a battle with the werewolves (Lycans) led by Lucian for years, and a doctor Michael Corvin is suddenly caught in the middle.
Director: Len Wiseman
Stars: Scott Speedman, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Shane Brolly
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Morton the rail baron sends his henchman Frank to scare McBain from his land because it has water and he wants it. Frank mistakenly kills McBain and blames it on Cheyenne, a notorious bandit. Will Jill (McBain’s wife) and the mysterious Harmonica (a gunslinger) find justice for McBain?
Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Charles Bronson, Gabriele Ferzetti, Frank Wolff, Jason Robards, Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Joan Wilder, a romance novelist, receives a treasure map from her sister’s late husband. Things turn upside down when her sister is kidnapped in Columbia, and she has to deliver the plan. Will she get to her sister in time? Will Jack (a mercenary) help her out of the Columbian jungle and come out with both gems?
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito, Kathleen Turner, Zack Norman, Mary Ellen Trainor
Some politicians have been trapped in Guatemala, and it’s up to a CIA agent George and Dutch with his team of fierce soldiers of fortune to rescue them. They are not ready for what they find in the thick Central American jungle but its hunting and killing them one by one.
Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall
The French Connection (1971)
Detective Doyle is popularly known as “Popeye” by his colleagues in New York, and he teams up with his partner to bring down a French drugs smuggler dealing in heroin.
Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Gene Hackman, Eddie Egan, Roy Scheider, Sonny Grosso, Fernando Rey
True Lies (1994)
Harry Tasker is a spy who has his family believing that he works as a salesperson. He’s on a mission to retrieve nuclear warheads from a jihadist named Aziz. Harry must save his marriage when he learns of his wife’s intention to have an affair, but first he must the world.
Director: James Cameron
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Art Malik, Jamie Lee Curtis
Chev Chelios wakes up one morning to a phone call informing him that he’s been poisoned as punishment for letting his target walk and the only way to stay alive is to keep adrenaline rushing through a body. Will the deadly hitman maintain his plan of going straight or find the antidote in time?
Directors: Brian Taylor, Mark Neveldine
Stars: Jason Statham, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam, Efren Ramirez
Star Wars (1977)
Luke Skywalker teams up with a rebel captain of the “Millenium Falcon” and two droids (C-3PO and R2-D2) to save Princess Leia from the brutal Darth Vader. They join the Rebel Alliance to restore justice in the Galaxy.
Director: George Lucas
Stars: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones, Peter Mayhew
Die Hard (1988)
John McClaine is a cop from New York, and he has just arrived in town for Christmas eager to see his wife Holly and their two daughters. Things go terribly wrong at a holiday party where his wife works, and he is the only one around to stop the terrorists and free the hostages who include his wife.
Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Reginald VelJohnson, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
A young man believes kung fu is the solution to all life’s problems. He teams up with six former kung fu masters to form a soccer team in a bid to win the $1 M prize. Soccer is about to receive a thunderous kick!
Director: Stephen Chow
Stars: Stephen Chow, Kan-Cheung Tsang, Wei Lu, Chi Keung Fung, Min Hun Fung, Marc Handler
Dog Soldiers (2002)
A small troop of British soldiers goes training in the Highlands of Scotland during the night, but this go awry when a team of special ops they were supposed to meet is brutally killed by a group of werewolves. Now they have to survive until morning trapped in a farmhouse.
Director: Neil Marshall
Stars: Emma Cleasby, Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Liam Cunningham, Darren Morfitt
Last Action Hero (1993)
Danny Madigan spends most of his time watching his favorite movies featuring Jack Slater, a super-cop in L.A. but a magic ticket sucks him into the film world, and he teams up with his hero to stop the nasty villain known only as Benedict.
Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O’Brien, Robert Prosky, Charles Dance, Art Carney
James Bond is after Alec Trevelyan (agent 006) a former MI6 agent believed to be dead and his ally the beautiful but deadly Xena Onatopp who have taken control of a space weapon known as “Golden Eye” that could destroy the world in one short blast.
Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Sean Bean
Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
El Mariachi is back in town and this time a CIA agent called Sands has asked him to stop Barillo the cartel kingpin from assassinating the Mexican president. That is not the only reason El Mariachi is after Barillo. The guitar case has some sweet music for the drug lord.
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek
The A-Team (2010)
Hannibal Smith is a man who likes it when plans play out successfully. Smith and his team of elite soldiers are framed for murdering their commanding officer and are sent to different jails until a CIA agent breaks them out to go after the real culprits. All this time a female intelligence officer in the military is in hot pursuit, and she has a score to settle with one of Smith’s men.
Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley, Bradley Cooper,
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Capt. Duke Hauser is sent on a mission together with his partner Ridcord to deliver nanometer warheads that eat metal. They are attacked by a terrorist group known as Cobra but there’s a twist, McCullen, who controls MARS (the weapons’ manufacturer) is secretly in cohorts with Cobra.
Director: Stephen Sommers
Stars: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Leo Howard, Christopher Eccleston, Sienna Miller, Karolina Kurkova
Detroit is a violent city, and the police force has been privatized by an evil corporation called OCP (Omni Consumer Products). Officer Alex Murphy is sent to into a dangerous gun fight so that his terminally wounded body can be used for the Robocop prototype that has not been tested yet, but OCP is in for a surprise.
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Peter Weller, Kurtwood Smith, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox
Red Heat (1988)
Ivan Danko is in Chicago in pursuit of a drug kingpin who killed his partner before fleeing from Moscow. Now Danko has to team up with a local cop to go after the ruthless Victor.
Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed O’Ross, James Belushi, Laurence Fishburne, Peter Boyle