80) On Deadly Ground (1994)

Director: Steven Seagal

Writers: Ed Horowitz, Robin U. Russin

Stars: Steven Seagal, Michael Caine, Joan Chen

Action Sub-genre: Cop, Martial Arts

Synopsis: “A mystical martial artist/environmental Agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.”

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79) Con Air (1997)

Director: Simon West

Writer: Scott Rosenberg

Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich

Action Sub-genre: Thriller, Prison

Synopsis: “A mystical martial artist/environmental Agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.”

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78) Martial Law (1990)

Cynthia Rothrock

Director: Steve Cohen

Writer: Richard Brandes

Stars: Chad McQueen, Cynthia Rothrock, David Carradine

Action Sub-genre: Buddy Cop, Martial Arts

Synopsis: “An undercover cop teams up with a martial-arts expert to stop a gang of drug smugglers and car thieves.”

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77) One Man’s Justice aka “One Tough Bastard” (1996)

Director: Kurt Wimmer

Writer: Steven Selling

Stars: Brian Bosworth, Bruce Payne, Jeff Kober

Action Sub-genre: Cop

Synopsis: “When a man’s wife and family are murdered, he plots revenge only to find out that the killer is under Federal protection and he must exact his own form of justice.”

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76) Cliffhanger (1993)

Director: Renny Harlin

Writers: John Long, Michael France, Sylvester Stallone

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker

Action Sub-genre: Adventure, Thriller

Synopsis: “A botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being searched for by various groups throughout the Rocky Mountains.”

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75) Legionnaire (1998)

Director: Peter MacDonald

Writers: Sheldon Lettich (story & screenplay), Jean-Claude Van Damme (story), Rebecca Morrison (screenplay)

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Steven Berkoff

Action Sub-genre: War, Period Piece, Drama

Synopsis: “Alain is a boxer in 1925 Marseille, France. When he doesn’t take the dive paid to take by a mob boss, he has to split. He joins the Foreign Legion and is sent to Morocco. He makes 3 friends and they watch each other’s backs.”

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74) The Rock (1996)

Director: Michael Bay

Writers: David Weisberg, Douglas Cook, Mark Rosner

Stars: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris

Action Sub-genre: Escape, Prison, Thriller

Synopsis: “A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.”

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73) Licence to Kill (1989)

Director: John Glen

Writers: Michael G. Wilson, Richard Maibaum, Ian Fleming

Stars: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell

Action Sub-genre: Spy, Adventure, Thriller

Synopsis: “James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. Agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.”

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72) Cyborg (1989)

Director: Albert Pyun

Writer: Albert Pyun

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn

Action Sub-genre: Sci-Fi, Wasteland, Martial Arts, Cyborg

Synopsis: “A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.”

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71) Mission Impossible (1996)

Director: Brian De Palma

Writers: Bruce Geller, David Koepp , Steven Zaillian, Robert Towne

Stars: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart

Action Sub-genre: Spy, Thriller

Synopsis: “An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.”

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  1. wow this is one screwed up list, cobra #1 really? this movie never even got a sequel because it was one of stallones worst ever, picking it over terminator and die hard, again WOW

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