Solid Action Movies You Might Not Have Seen

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1. Army of One (1993)

R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A framed prison escapee unknowingly kidnaps a female cop en-route to a rendezvous with the corrupt cop who put him behind bars.

Director: Vic Armstrong | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, George Segal, Kristian Alfonso, Geoffrey Lewis

Votes: 5,038

2. Stone Cold (1991)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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

Director: Craig R. Baxley | Stars: Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe, Arabella Holzbog

Votes: 6,521 | Gross: $9.29M

3. Rapid Fire (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When student Jake Lo witnesses a killing, he finds himself caught between two feuding drug lords. Betrayed and set up by the federal agents, the only person he can trust is Ryan, a Chicago cop who reminds Jake of his deceased father.

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Brandon Lee, Powers Boothe, Nick Mancuso, Raymond J. Barry

Votes: 7,830 | Gross: $14.36M

4. Steele Justice (1987)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Steele is ex-cop and Vietnam vet who is determined to bring down Kwan, former South Vietnamese general and now rich and powerful drug lord.

Director: Robert Boris | Stars: Martin Kove, Sela Ward, Ronny Cox, Bernie Casey

Votes: 475 | Gross: $1.33M

5. Only the Strong (1993)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Drama

Ex-Special Forces soldier Louis Stevens returns to Miami to find his former high school overrun by drugs and violence. A master of the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, Stevens pledges to ... See full summary »

Director: Sheldon Lettich | Stars: Mark Dacascos, Stacey Travis, Geoffrey Lewis, Paco Christian Prieto

Votes: 5,385 | Gross: $3.27M

6. Mean Guns (1997)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

100 people, who have betrayed The Syndicate, are gathered in a prison opening the next day. They are given weapons and 6 hours to kill each other. The 3 remaining share $10,000,000.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Ice-T, Michael Halsey, Deborah Van Valkenburgh

Votes: 4,052

7. Gunmen (1993)

R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Four hundred million dollars are hidden in a boat in some harbor in South America, hidden by Dani Servigo's brother. When his brother gets killed, Dani is a wanted man, by undercover D.E.A.... See full summary »

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Mario Van Peebles, Denis Leary, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 3,132 | Gross: $3.41M

8. No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (1987)

R | 92 min | Adventure, Action

In this sequel, Scott Wylde, an American kickboxer, must go to Cambodia to rescue his Vietnamese girlfriend from Russian and Vietnamese troops.

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Loren Avedon, Max Thayer, Cynthia Rothrock, Patra Wanthivanond

Votes: 1,425 | Gross: $0.11M

9. The Blood of Heroes (1989)

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

In a future, where most of mankind and technology is wiped out, 6 people travel from place to place playing a brutal form of football with a dog skull. They hope one day to play in the league in a city.

Director: David Webb Peoples | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen, Delroy Lindo, Anna Katarina

Votes: 6,017 | Gross: $0.88M

10. Shakedown (1988)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A legal attorney and renegade cop team up to stop a corrupt cop.

Director: James Glickenhaus | Stars: Peter Weller, Sam Elliott, Richard Brooks, Jude Ciccolella

Votes: 2,600 | Gross: $10.07M

11. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The bounty hunter Nick is offered $250,000 by CIA to get the terrorist behind the bombing of an LA movie theater. Nick quit CIA - he couldn't trust them. Can they be trusted now and can he stop the terrorists before...?

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Gene Simmons, Robert Guillaume, Mel Harris

Votes: 4,071 | Gross: $7.56M

12. A Better Tomorrow II (1987)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Lung Ti, Dean Shek

Votes: 8,721

13. Bounty Killer (2013)

R | 92 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

48 Metascore

Bounty killers compete for body count, fame and a fat stack of cash. They're ending the plague of corporate greed and providing the survivors of the apocalypse with retribution. This is the age of the BOUNTY KILLER.

Director: Henry Saine | Stars: Matthew Marsden, Kristanna Loken, Christian Pitre, Barak Hardley

Votes: 6,585

14. 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: 4,672 | Gross: $2.00M

15. Tiger on Beat (1988)

TV-MA | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A seasoned cop and his rookie partner are a pair of mismatched partners in this Hong Kong action-comedy in the style of 'Lethal Weapon'. The wacky twosome are up in arms as they try to solve the murder of a heroin trafficker.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Nina Li Chi, Conan Lee, Norman Chu

Votes: 1,437

16. The Challenge (1982)

R | 108 min | Action, Drama

A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Scott Glenn, Toshirô Mifune, Donna Kei Benz, Atsuo Nakamura

Votes: 1,796 | Gross: $3.53M

17. Exterminator 2 (1984)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The flamethrower-wielding vigilante John Eastland returns to rid New York of a drug lord and his gang.

Director: Mark Buntzman | Stars: Robert Ginty, Mario Van Peebles, Deborah Geffner, Frankie Faison

Votes: 1,779 | Gross: $3.74M

18. Escape from the Bronx (1983)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A rag-tag group of people must fight extermination squads amid their ruined city.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Mark Gregory, Henry Silva, Valeria D'Obici, Giancarlo Prete

Votes: 2,023 | Gross: $1.41M

19. 1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a post-apocalyptic New York City, a policeman infiltrates the Bronx, which has become a battleground for several murderous street gangs.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Mark Gregory, Fred Williamson, Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly

Votes: 2,701

20. 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: 7,920 | Gross: $4.19M

21. Raw Deal (1986)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

44 Metascore

A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief's son is killed by them.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar

Votes: 28,740 | Gross: $16.21M

22. Rolling Thunder (1977)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

A returning war veteran loses his family to a violent home invasion and decides to seek and retaliate against those responsible.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, James Best

Votes: 6,927

23. The Street Fighter (1974)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Goichi Yamada, Yutaka Nakajima, Chiyoko Kazama

Votes: 4,310

24. War Dog (1987)

95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Charles Stewart (Earle) is a Vietnam vet who wants answers about his brother Rick's death. He teams up with Dean Daniels (Ernblad), a reporter interested in missing Vietnam soldiers. It ... See full summary »

Directors: Björn Carlström, Daniel Hübenbecher | Stars: Timothy Earle, Gunnar Ernblad, Bengt Fridh, David Gillies

Votes: 170

25. American Ninja (1985)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

20 Metascore

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

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson, Guich Koock

Votes: 13,031 | Gross: $10.50M

26. Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds... See full summary »

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Shô Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye, Arthur Roberts

Votes: 4,096 | Gross: $10.33M

27. Pray for Death (1985)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Norman Burton

Votes: 1,573

28. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu

Votes: 13,597

29. Crying Freeman (1995)

102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A woman sees an assassin outside San Francisco killing yakuza men and later in Vancouver. She's been told that he leaves no witness. Will she be his next victim or...?

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Julie Condra, Kevan Ohtsji, Mark Dacascos, Debbie Podowski

Votes: 11,199

30. Quiet Cool (1986)

R | 80 min | Action

Joe Dylanne is a plainclothes NYC cop with a badge... and a robust personality. He always resorts to unconventional methods in order to capture the city's slickest criminals. When Dylanne ... See full summary »

Director: Clay Borris | Stars: James Remar, Daphne Ashbrook, Adam Coleman Howard, Jared Martin

Votes: 598 | Gross: $1.90M

31. Action U.S.A. (1989)

89 min | Action

After her boyfriend is murdered by the gangsters whose diamonds he stole, a girl is protected by two FBI agents who plan to keep her from sharing the same fate.

Director: John Stewart | Stars: Gregory Scott Cummins, William Hubbard Knight, Barri Murphy, William Smith

Votes: 148

32. Dobermann (1997)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Dobermann is the world's most ruthless bank robber and with his gang rob bank after bank, now in Paris. What can the police do but to let the mad, morally bankrupt police commissioner loose on him?

Director: Jan Kounen | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Tchéky Karyo, Monica Bellucci, Antoine Basler

Votes: 16,171

33. Mercenary (1996 Video)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Jonas Ambler is a rich businessman who's wife is killed by kidnappers. So he decides to get even. He hires a mercenary to find and kill the kidnappers. There's only one catch, he wants to ... See full summary »

Director: Avi Nesher | Stars: Olivier Gruner, John Ritter, Robert Culp, Ed Lauter

Votes: 398



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