JTB Brion James - 100 Classic Movies (Action/Comedy/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror)

by johntbakken | created - 16 Nov 2017 | updated - 16 Nov 2017 | Public

Brion Howard James was born February 20, 1945 and sadly passed away August 7, 1999 and was an American character actor. Probably best known for his portrayal of Leon Kowalski in Blade Runner, James portrayed a variety of colorful roles in popular films such as Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs., Another 48 Hrs., Tango & Cash, Red Heat, The Player and The Fifth Element.

James' commanding screen presence and formidable physique at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall usually resulted in his casting as a heavy, appearing more frequently in lower-budget horror and action films and TV shows throughout the 1980s and 1990's. James appeared in more than 100 films before he died of a heart attack, aged 54.

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1. Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)

G | 117 min | Adventure, Family, Western

In 1869 Kentucky, a young boy and his friends set out to find a treasure chest hidden by his late father in the Florida Everglades during the Civil War.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Robert Foxworth, Joan Hackett, Peter Ustinov, Vic Morrow

Votes: 369

2. Blue Sunshine (1977)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

A bizarre series of murders begins in Los Angeles, where people start going bald and then become homicidal maniacs. But could the blame rest on a particularly dangerous form of LSD called Blue Sunshine the murderers took ten years before?

Director: Jeff Lieberman | Stars: Zalman King, Deborah Winters, Mark Goddard, Robert Walden

Votes: 2,161

3. Corvette Summer (1978)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

A high school grad and a hooker-in-training try to track down his stolen Corvette.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Mark Hamill, Annie Potts, Eugene Roche, William Bryant

Votes: 2,406 | Gross: $15.50M

4. Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978 TV Movie)

PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror, Music

KISS, a rock band made up of superheroes, battles an evil inventor who has plans for destruction at a California amusement park.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley

Votes: 2,531

5. Wholly Moses! (1980)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Harvey and Zoey, two tourists travelling through Israel, discover an ancient scroll describing the life of Herschel, the man who was almost Moses. Herschel receives the command from God to ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Weis | Stars: Dudley Moore, Laraine Newman, James Coco, Paul Sand

Votes: 1,615 | Gross: $14.16M

6. Southern Comfort (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Thriller

63 Metascore

During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales

Votes: 13,859 | Gross: $5.00M

7. Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. (1981)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

In a small Southern town, the local Sheriff tries to keep everything peaceful and under control.

Director: Theodore J. Flicker | Stars: Ben Johnson, Dub Taylor, Ann Wedgeworth, Lois Nettleton

Votes: 207

8. Killing at Hell's Gate (1981 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Thriller

A rafting party is terrorised during a trip down the river. The villains are local woodcutters, disgruntled by the fact that their factory is to be closed down.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Robert Urich, Deborah Raffin, Lee Purcell, Joel Higgins

Votes: 71

9. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

PG | 106 min | Western

After he is accused of murdering a lawman in 1901 Texas, a Mexican-American farmer flees and manages to elude a large posse for two weeks before he is finally captured.

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower, Bruce McGill

Votes: 200

10. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 607,960 | Gross: $27.00M

11. Hear No Evil (1982 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A cop becomes deaf in a fight, tries to break up a drug ring run by bikers.

Director: Harry Falk | Stars: Gil Gerard, Bernie Casey, Wings Hauser, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 39

12. 48 Hrs. (1982)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae

Votes: 61,296 | Gross: $78.87M

13. Kenny Rogers as The Gambler: The Adventure Continues (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 195 min | Western

Brady Hawkes, Billy Montana, and Jeremiah Hawkes are on a train bound for a huge gambling event when the train is taken over by a gang of vicious killers in search of money. As ransom, the ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Kenny Rogers, Bruce Boxleitner, Linda Evans, Johnny Crawford

Votes: 197

14. A Breed Apart (1984)

R | 95 min | Drama, Action

A conservationist and a widow meet a mountain climber hired to steal bald-eagle eggs.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Powers Boothe, Kathleen Turner, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 1,094

15. Crimewave (1985)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

34 Metascore

A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them, his wife, and a nerd framed for the murder, who tells the story in flashback from the electric chair.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Louise Lasser, Brion James, Paul L. Smith, Sheree J. Wilson

Votes: 4,641 | Gross: $0.00M

16. Flesh+Blood (1985)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

In medieval Europe, a young girl from a noble family is obsessed with her captors-commoners.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson, Jack Thompson

Votes: 14,622 | Gross: $0.10M

17. Silverado (1985)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover

Votes: 32,725 | Gross: $33.20M

18. Enemy Mine (1985)

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

During a long space war, the lives of two wounded enemies becomes dependent on their ability to forgive and to trust.

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

Votes: 39,108 | Gross: $4.27M

19. Armed and Dangerous (1986)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

17 Metascore

A fired cop and useless lawyer sign up as security guards and find they've joined a corrupt union.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: John Candy, Meg Ryan, Eugene Levy, Robert Loggia

Votes: 9,638 | Gross: $15.95M

20. Love Among Thieves (1987 TV Movie)

100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Romantic mystery-heist story about a baroness and concert pianist who is forced to steal some priceless Faberge eggs and deliver them to ransom her kidnapped fiancé in Latin America.

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Robert Wagner, Patrick Bauchau, Jerry Orbach

Votes: 354

21. Steel Dawn (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.

Director: Lance Hool | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, Anthony Zerbe, Christopher Neame

Votes: 4,158 | Gross: $0.56M

22. Cherry 2000 (1987)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In 2017, a successful businessman travels to the ends of the earth to find that the perfect woman is always under his nose. He hires a sexy renegade tracker to find an exact duplicate of his android wife.

Director: Steve De Jarnatt | Stars: Melanie Griffith, David Andrews, Pamela Gidley, Jennifer Balgobin

Votes: 7,817

23. Dead Man Walking (1988)

R | 90 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After Leila, his boss's daughter, is kidnapped by psychopathic plague victim Decker, chauffeur Chazz teams up with plague-infected mercenary Luger to penetrate the toxic & off-limits Plague Zone and bring her back alive.

Director: Gregory Dark | Stars: Wings Hauser, Brion James, Pamela Ludwig, Leland Crooke

Votes: 287

24. D.O.A. (1988)

R | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller

A college professor's day: his top student allegedly commits suicide, his wife presents him with divorce papers and he overnights in a freshman girl's dorm. The next day: more murders around him. Will he find the killer in time?

Directors: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Charlotte Rampling, Daniel Stern

Votes: 8,750 | Gross: $12.71M

25. The Wrong Guys (1988)

PG | 86 min | Comedy

Five former cub scouts have a reunion and go camping on the mountain they never conquered. High jinks ensue due to their childhood enemies and a group of escaped convicts who mistake them ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Bilson | Stars: Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, Richard Belzer, Franklyn Ajaye

Votes: 668 | Gross: $1.15M

26. Red Heat (1988)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O'Ross

Votes: 57,372 | Gross: $34.99M

27. Red Scorpion (1988)

R | 105 min | Action, Adventure

A Soviet Special Forces soldier is sent on a mission to infiltrate an African rebel army and assassinate its leader, but the war machine they trained starts to think for himself.

Director: Joseph Zito | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, M. Emmet Walsh, Al White, T.P. McKenna

Votes: 7,454 | Gross: $4.19M

28. Death Street USA (1988)

R | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Horror

Scientists poison the water supply of a small town, turning the residents into homicidal maniacs who kill each other and anybody who passes through.

Director: Nico Mastorakis | Stars: Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, George Kennedy, Kimberly Beck

Votes: 725

29. The Horror Show (1989)

R | 95 min | Horror

Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" and watches the electric chair execution from the audience. But killing Max Jenke only elevated him to another level of ... See full summary »

Directors: James Isaac, David Blyth | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Rita Taggart, Dedee Pfeiffer

Votes: 2,892 | Gross: $1.74M

30. Mutator (1989)

R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A beast gets loose in a laboratory, killing all in it's way. A former scientist, now working as a custodian tries to stop it.

Director: John R. Bowey | Stars: Brion James, Carolyn Ann Clark, Milton Raphael Murill, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 147

31. Circles in a Forest (1989)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Saul Barnard grew up in a family of woodcutters. The woodcutters are scared of the elephants in the forest, but there's one elephant that never seems to threaten Saul. Tired of being ... See full summary »

Director: Regardt van den Bergh | Stars: Ian Bannen, Arnold Vosloo, Judi Trott, Brion James

Votes: 59

32. Tango & Cash (1989)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all.

Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance

Votes: 86,413 | Gross: $63.41M

33. Enid Is Sleeping (1990)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime

Enid is horrible, her husband and younger sister are having an affair. When Enid walks in on them 'enjoying' themselves, she is furious. A fight develops and Enid is hit over the head with ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Phillips | Stars: Elizabeth Perkins, Judge Reinhold, Jeffrey Jones, Maureen Mueller

Votes: 357

34. Street Asylum (1990)

R | 94 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

John Miller is an politician wanting to become mayor. He founds a group called S.Q.U.A.D. whose mission is to get rid of all street scum by any means necessary.

Director: Gregory Dark | Stars: Wings Hauser, Alex Cord, G. Gordon Liddy, Roberta Vasquez

Votes: 97

35. Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

23 Metascore

Jack Cates once again enlists the aid of ex-con Reggie Hammond--this time, to take down The Iceman, a ruthless drug lord operating in the San Francisco bay area.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Kevin Tighe

Votes: 34,509 | Gross: $80.82M

36. Mom (1991)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror

An L.A. man is shocked to discover that his loving and caring elderly mother has become a vicious werewolf.

Director: Patrick Rand | Stars: Mark Thomas Miller, Jeanne Bates, Brion James, Mary Beth McDonough

Votes: 472

37. Ultimate Desires (1991)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

Samantha Stewart is a successful public defender whose life gets turned upside-down one night when a prostitute named Vicki gets thrown out of a limo at Samantha's feet. Vicki slips a ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd A. Simandl | Stars: Tracy Scoggins, Marc Singer, Brion James, Marc Baur

Votes: 95

38. The Player (1992)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected, but which one?

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 48,257 | Gross: $21.71M

39. Nemesis (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Alex, a burned out LA cyborg cop, is forced by commissioner Farnsworth to find his former cyborg partner and lover Jared who's about to deliver sensitive data to cyborg terrorists who wish to wage war against humans. Is he being played?

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Olivier Gruner, Tim Thomerson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Merle Kennedy

Votes: 4,273 | Gross: $2.00M

40. Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story (1992 TV Movie)

95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

This film is based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos a prostitute-turned-serial killer who preyed mostly on truck drivers.

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Jean Smart, Park Overall, Tim Grimm, Ernie Lively

Votes: 161

41. Frogtown II (1992)

PG-13 | 90 min | Sci-Fi, Action

In the sequel to Hell Comes to Frogtown, the Mutant-Frog leader of Frogtown kidnaps a professor and forces him to make a serum that will turn everyone into Frogs, they also kidnap some ... See full summary »

Director: Donald G. Jackson | Stars: Robert Z'Dar, Denice Duff, Kelsey, Mike Nyman

Votes: 258

42. Rio Diablo (1993 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 92 min | Western

A groom and a bounty hunter go after his kidnapped bride.

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: Kenny Rogers, Travis Tritt, Naomi Judd, Brion James

Votes: 217

43. Time Runner (1993)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

During the unstoppable alien invasion of 2022, one man flees through a wormhole to 1992 in hope of changing the future. But attempt after attempt is made by someone there to catch and kill him.

Director: Michael Mazo | Stars: Mark Hamill, Rae Dawn Chong, Brion James, Mark Baur

Votes: 783

44. Showdown (I) (1993)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action

Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose... See full summary »

Director: Robert Radler | Stars: Billy Blanks, Kenn Scott, Christine Taylor, John Asher

Votes: 732

45. Brain Smasher... A Love Story (1993 Video)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Sam Crain, a professional model, is asked by her sister to smuggle a package from Europe to Portland Oregon, where she discovers that her sister is battling Chinese Shaolin Monks (not ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Andrew Dice Clay, Teri Hatcher, Yuji Okumoto, Deborah Van Valkenburgh

Votes: 1,738

46. Striking Distance (1993)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted then to river duty, the killer taunts Tom.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 37,196 | Gross: $23.80M

47. Precious Victims (1993 TV Movie)

93 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

Paula and Robert Sims are desperate: their 12 day old baby has been kidnapped. Since there's no trace of the kidnappers, they address the public for help. Their daughter is found dead ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Park Overall, Robby Benson, Frederic Forrest, Brion James

Votes: 101

48. The Dark (1993)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Something is alive beneath the surface of the graveyard. Something with the power to destroy and the power to heal. One man, a cop, is determined to kill this mysterious creature. Another, ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Pryce | Stars: Stephen McHattie, Scott Wickware, Brion James, Desmond Campbell

Votes: 692

49. Cabin Boy (1994)

PG-13 | 80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance