70) Surviving the Game (1994)

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

Writer: Eric Bernt

Stars: Rutger Hauer, Ice-T, Charles S. Dutton

Action Sub-genre: Man is the Deadliest Prey, Adventure, Thriller

Synopsis: “A homeless man is hired as a survival guide for a group of wealthy businessmen on a hunting trip in the mountains, unaware that they are killers who hunt humans for sport, and that he is their new prey.”

Man is The Best Prey in Surviving The Game (1994)

69) Excessive Force (1993)

Director: Jon Hess

Writer: Thomas Ian Griffith

Stars: Thomas Ian Griffith, James Earl Jones, Lance Henriksen

Action Sub-genre: Cop, Thriller

Synopsis: “Chicago PD detective Terry McCain is mercilessly efficient against serious criminals, therefore hated. After a major coup, his personal love-ones are targeted, a rookie partner is bomb-murdered. Realizing there must be an accomplice within the force, he goes undercover. Slowly it becomes clear he’s up against a monster-conspiracy, with branches in all power houses.”

“Action has a new name!” A Review of Excessive Force (1993)

68) Timecop (1994)

TIMECOP, Jean-Claude Van Damme, 1994. ©MCA Universal Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Director: Peter Hyams

Writers: Mark Verheiden, Mike Richardson

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver

Action Sub-genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Synopsis: “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.”

Timecop: When Van Damme Did Action Sci-Fi Right

67) 48 Hrs. (1982)

Director: Walter Hill

Writers: Roger Spottiswoode, Walter Hill , Larry Gross, Steven E. de Souza

Stars: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O’Toole

Action Sub-genre: Buddy Cop, Comedy

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

Hollywood is Remaking Buddy Cop Classic 48 Hrs. (1982)

66) Pray for Death (1985)

Director: Gordon Hessler

Writer: James Booth

Stars: Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz

Action Sub-genre: Ninja, Martial Arts

Synopsis: “After a peace loving Japanese immigrant and his family become victims of a crime syndicate, a master ninja emerges.”

Why ‘Pray for Death’ (1985) is the Ultimate Ninja Movie

65) Stone Cold (1991)

Director: Craig R. Baxley

Writer: Walter Doniger

Stars: Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe

Action Sub-genre: Cop

Synopsis: “A tough Alabama cop is blackmailed by the FBI into going undercover in a violent Mississippi biker gang.”

Stone Cold: When Brian “The Boz” Bosworth Became an Action Star

64) The Raid (2011)

Director: Gareth Evans

Writer: Gareth Evans

Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy

Action Sub-genre: Shoot ’em Up, Martial Arts

Synopsis: “A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.”

The Raid Remake: Director Joe Carnahan Reveals Key Plot Details

63) Tango & Cash (1989)

Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli

Writer: Randy Feldman

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher

Action Sub-genre: Buddy Cop

Synopsis: “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.”

 

62) Good Guys Wear Black (1978)

Director: Ted Post

Writers: Bruce Cohn, Mark Medoff

Stars: Chuck Norris, Anne Archer, James Franciscus

Action Sub-genre: Vigilante, Revenge, Thriller, Special Forces

Synopsis: “An ex-US Army commando must find the reason why his comrades from his unit are being systematically murdered before he is next.

61) The Running Man (1987)

Director: Paul Michael Glaser

Writers: Stephen King (novel), Steven E. de Souza (screenplay)

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto

Action Sub-genre: Sci-Fi, Man is the Deadliest Prey

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

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