Fun Action Movies

by joshuawilliamharris | created - 06 Jan 2012 | updated - 17 Jan 2012 | Public

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1. Total Recall (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.5
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57 Metascore

When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 262,591 | Gross: $119.39M

2. Commando (1985)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells

Votes: 124,617 | Gross: $35.10M

3. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.8
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42 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 319,711 | Gross: $59.74M

4. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

8.2
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70 Metascore

John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 665,196 | Gross: $83.01M

5. Sudden Death (1995)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.7
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A former fireman takes on a group of terrorists holding the Vice President and others hostage during the seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Powers Boothe, Raymond J. Barry, Whittni Wright

Votes: 28,048 | Gross: $20.35M

6. Timecop (1994)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

5.8
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48 Metascore

Max Walker, an officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who's intent on changing the past to control the future.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver, Bruce McGill

Votes: 48,836 | Gross: $44.85M

7. Xin qi long zhu (1991)

86 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

4.1
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An evil alien searches the Earth for seven "Dragon Pearls" which can grant him ultimate power. A gang of misfit adventurers band together to stop him.

Director: Chun-Liang Chen | Stars: Chi-Chiang Chen, Jeannie Hsieh, Tung-Chuen Cheng, San Peng

Votes: 968

8. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.1
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57 Metascore

A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 298,583 | Gross: $13.78M

9. Alien (1979)

R | 116 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

8.5
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83 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 652,728 | Gross: $78.90M

10. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.4
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86 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 554,561 | Gross: $85.16M

11. College Kickboxers (1991)

89 min | Action

4.9
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A college freshman who trains in martial arts is beaten up at work by a racist gang. His co-worker, a Chinese cook, beats the gang up and trains the young man in kung fu. When a tournament ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Sherman | Stars: Ken McLeod, Tak-Wing Tang, Matthew Ray Cohen, Mark Williams

Votes: 151

12. No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

PG | 85 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.6
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Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Jason then must use his newly acquired skills to save Seattle from a crime syndicate, whose top ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Kurt McKinney, Jean-Claude Van Damme, J.W. Fails, Kathie Sileno

Votes: 13,150 | Gross: $4.66M

13. Super Mario Bros. (1993)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

4.0
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Two Brooklyn plumbers, Mario and Luigi, must travel to another dimension to rescue a princess from the evil dictator King Koopa and stop him from taking over the world.

Directors: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton | Stars: Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Samantha Mathis

Votes: 41,421 | Gross: $20.92M

14. Enemy Mine (1985)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually, he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting. They band together ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James, Richard Marcus

Votes: 37,451 | Gross: $4.27M

15. Snake Fist Fighter (1973)

R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

5.4
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Young Jackie was intrigued by Kung-Fu since an early age, but his father strictly forbade its practice. One day, he meets an old beggar who offers to teach Jackie how to fight. Jackie grows... See full summary »

Directors: Mu Chu, Hai-Feng Wei | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Hung Lieh Chen, Dean Shek

Votes: 1,478

16. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)

PG | 90 min | Action, Comedy

7.5
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Jackie Chan is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung-fu school. Jackie Chan can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils. One day an old man helps Jackie train ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 8,869

17. Bloody Monkey Master (1977)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action

6.7
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Iron is the son of a rebel leader, but prefers to spend his days gambling and getting into fights. When his father's group is arrested and executed, Iron is forced to flee and hide in the ... See full summary »

Director: Kuan Tai Chen | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Kuan-Chun Chi, Chia-Lin Sun, Kang Chin

Votes: 316

18. 3 Ninjas Kick Back (1994)

PG | 93 min | Family, Comedy, Action

4.4
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During a championship baseball match, the three brothers hear that their grandfather in Japan is in trouble, and head out to help him, conceding the match. When they arrive in Japan, they ... See full summary »

Director: Charles T. Kanganis | Stars: Victor Wong, Max Elliott Slade, Sean Fox, J. Evan Bonifant

Votes: 7,330 | Gross: $11.78M

19. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.2
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59 Metascore

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 145,159 | Gross: $90.82M

20. Escape from New York (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7.2
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76 Metascore

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 103,152 | Gross: $25.24M

21. Supergirl (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

4.3
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After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Hart Bochner

Votes: 15,680 | Gross: $13.60M

22. Masters of the Universe (1987)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.4
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The heroic warrior He-Man battles against lord Skeletor and his armies of darkness for control of Castle Grayskull.

Director: Gary Goddard | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Billy Barty

Votes: 31,100 | Gross: $17.34M

23. The Running Man (1987)

R | 101 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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45 Metascore

A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown

Votes: 122,818 | Gross: $38.12M

24. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, with which Shredder wants to unleash an army of new mutants.

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Paige Turco, David Warner, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden

Votes: 45,526 | Gross: $78.66M

25. RoboCop (1987)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.5
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67 Metascore

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox

Votes: 200,823 | Gross: $53.42M

26. Surf Ninjas (1993)

PG | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.0
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Two boys learn from a mysterious warrior that they are the heirs to the throne of Patusan and set out to overthrow the current monarchy.

Director: Neal Israel | Stars: Ernie Reyes Sr., Rob Schneider, Ernie Reyes Jr., Nicolas Cowan

Votes: 6,780 | Gross: $4.92M