30) Hard Target (1993)

Director: John Woo

Writer: Chuck Pfarrer

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler

Action Sub-genre: Man is the Deadliest Prey, Shoot ’em Up

Synopsis: “A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.”


29) American Ninja (1985)

Director: Sam Firstenberg

Writers: Paul De Mielche, Avi Kleinberger, Gideon Amir

Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson

Action Sub-genre: Ninja, Martial Arts

Synopsis: “American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.”

Celebrating Cannon Films’ Greatest Action Movie – American Ninja (1985)

28) Hard to Kill (1990)

Director: Bruce Malmuth

Writer: Steven McKay

Stars: Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, William Sadler

Action Sub-genre: Cop, Revenge

Synopsis: “Left for dead with his wife killed in their house, L.A. Detective Mason Storm will have to make a quick recovery, expose those behind the murder and take revenge.”


27) The Terminator (1984)

Director: James Cameron

Writers: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd, William Wisher

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn

Action Sub-genre: Sci-Fi, Cyborg, Thriller

Synopsis: “A seemingly indestructible android is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.”

The Terminator Was Almost Completely Different and Had a Totally Lame Ending

26) Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990)

Director: Aaron Norris

Writers: James Bruner, Menahem Golan, Lee Reynolds

Stars: Chuck Norris, John P. Ryan, Billy Drago

Action Sub-genre: Special Forces

Synopsis: “When DEA agents are taken captive by a ruthless South American kingpin, the Delta Force is reunited to rescue them in this sequel to the 1986 film.”


25) Lethal Weapon (1987)

Director: Richard Donner

Writer: Shane Black

Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey

Action Sub-genre: Buddy Cop, Comedy

Synopsis: “Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.”

COPYCATS! Lethal Weapon (1987) vs. L.A. Vice (1989)

24) The King of the Kickboxers (1990)

Director: Lucas Lowe

Writers: Keith W. Strandberg, See-Yuen Ng

Stars: Loren Avedon, Billy Blanks, Don Stroud

Action Sub-genre: Martial Arts, Cop, Revenge

Synopsis: “A cop goes undercover in Thailand to avenge his brother’s death in this martial arts film.”

Loren Avedon Proves he is the King of the Kickboxers (1990)

23) Dirty Harry (1971)

Director: Don Siegel

Writers: Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink, Dean Riesner

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino

Action Sub-genre: Cop

Synopsis: “When a mad man calling himself ‘the Scorpio Killer’ menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.”

An Ultimate Ranking of the Dirty Harry Movies

22) Mad Max (1979)

Director: George Miller

Writers: James McCausland, George Miller

Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Action Sub-genre: Wasteland

Synopsis: “In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.”


21) First Blood (1982)

Director: Ted Kotcheff

Writers: Michael Kozoll , William Sackheim, Sylvester Stallone, David Morrell

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna

Action Sub-genre: Revenge

Synopsis: “Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.”

Rambo: A Love Letter to Sylvester Stallone’s ‘First Blood’


  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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