In the 90s going backward, action movies were the beginning and the end.
There are movies we just couldn’t get enough of. And the guys starring in these movies were our childhood heroes. I am talking Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis and others.
Here are action movies that rocked back in the day.
You had no childhood if you didn’t watch this movie where a retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter. It probably had too many unrealistic occurrences but it was super fun to watch. Schwarenneger could take on an army of over 200 people single handed and shoot them all down.
2. Rambo First Blood.
Stallone stars as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood Vietnam veteran who must rely on his combat and survival senses in the forest to fight against the abusive law enforcement of a small town. Watching all those police officers get killed like flies is adrenaline triggering. What a blockbuster this was.
3. Missing In Action.
Who could hate Chuck Norris? He was a real badass. In this movie. Colonel Braddock (Norris) launches a mission deep into the jungles of Vietnam to find the camp that he escaped from and free the Americans that are still held captive there.
4. Die Hard.
It follows off-duty NYPD officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) as he takes on a group of highly organized criminals led by Hans Gruber, who perform a heist in a Los Angeles skyscraper under the guise of a terrorist attack using hostages, including McClane’s wife Holly to keep the police at bay.
5. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Probably the best Terminator movie ever. It is the sequel to the 1984 film The Terminator, and the second installment in the Terminator franchise. Judgment Day follows Sarah Connor and her ten-year-old son John as they are pursued by a new, more advanced Terminator sent back in time to kill John Connor and prevent him from becoming the leader of the human resistance. A second, less advanced Terminator (Schwarzenegger) is also sent back in time to protect John.
6. Con Air.
Nicholas Cage was the star of this one but the movies had a lineup of other stars as well such as John Cusack and Ving Rhames. In it, the newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the other prisoners seize control. What follows is high-value action that makes you want to re-watch the movie after the credits start rolling.
7. Hard Target.
Jean-Claude Van Damme was a darling to many back in the day. He has many great movies but this was one of his best. In Hard target, 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.
8. Air Force One.
How often do you see a President as an action hero? In this movie, hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States (Harrison Ford) and his family, but he – an ex-soldier – works from hiding to defeat them.
9. Passenger 57.
This movie saw Wesley Snipes at his best. In it. Snipes faces of against international psychopath terrorist Charles Rane, known as “The Rane of Terror” who is caught by the FBI and local authorities just as he is about to receive plastic surgery to alter his features to evade the law.
10. Enter The Dragon.
It starred the one and only Bruce Lee and is often considered one of the greatest martial arts films of all time. In it, Lee, a highly skilled Shaolin martial artist from Hong Kong is approached by a British intelligence agent investigating suspected crime lord Han (Shih Kien). Lee is persuaded to attend a high-profile martial arts competition on Han’s private island in order to gather evidence that will prove his involvement in drug trafficking and prostitution.