60) Death Wish IV: The Crackdown (1987)

Director: J. Lee Thompson

Writers: Brian Garfield, Gail Morgan Hickman

Stars: Charles Bronson, Kay Lenz, John P. Ryan

Action Sub-genre: Vigilante

Synopsis: “Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey takes on the members of a vicious Los Angeles drug cartel to stop the flow of drugs after his girlfriend’s daughter dies from an overdose.”

59) China O’Brien (1990)

Director: Robert Clouse

Writers: Robert Clouse, Sandra Weintraub

Stars: Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke

Action Sub-genre: Cop, Martial Arts

Synopsis: “A police woman, expert and instructor in martial arts, leaves the city to stay with her dad, sheriff in a town with peace and quiet – or so she thinks. She gets plenty opportunities to show her martial arts skills.


58) Universal Soldier (1992)

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER, Jean-Claude Van Damme, 1992. ©TriStar Pictures

Director: Roland Emmerich

Writers: Richard Rothstein, Christopher Leitch, Dean Devlin

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker

Action Sub-genre: Sci-Fi, Cyborg

Synopsis: “Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project – reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.”

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57) Highlander (1986)

Director: Russell Mulcahy

Writers: Gregory Widen, Gregory Widen, Peter Bellwood, Larry Ferguson

Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown

Action Sub-genre: Sword and Sorcery

Synopsis: “An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled “Prize”.

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56) Die Hard 2 (1990)

Director: Renny Harlin

Writers: Walter Wager, Steven E. de Souza, Doug Richardson

Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia

Action Sub-genre: Cop, Die Hard

Synopsis: “John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.”

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55) Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Director: John Milius

Writers: Robert E. Howard, John Milius, Oliver Stone

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

Action Sub-genre: Sword and Sorcery

Synopsis: “A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.”

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54) The Matrix (1999)

Directors: The Wachowskis

Writers: The Wachowskis

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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

Synopsis: “A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.”

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53) Double Impact (1991)

Director: Sheldon Lettich

Writers: Sheldon Lettich (screen story / screenplay), Jean-Claude Van Damme (screen story / screenplay), Steve Meerson (screen story), Peter Krikes (screen story)

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Geoffrey Lewis, Alonna Shaw

Action Sub-genre: Martial Arts, Revenge

Synopsis: “Twin brothers are separated when their parents are murdered but 25 years later they re-unite in order to avenge their parents’ death.”

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52) Total Recall (1990)

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Writers: Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povill, Gary Goldman, Philip K. Dick

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

Action Sub-genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Synopsis: “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?”

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51) Action Jackson (1988)

Director: Craig R. Baxley

Writer: Robert Reneau

Stars: Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, Vanity

Action Sub-genre: Cop, Revenge

Synopsis: “Vengeance drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who’s systematically eliminating his competition.”

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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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