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1. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

47 Metascore

John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff

Votes: 139,357 | Gross: $150.42M

2. The Junkman (1982)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Junkman and movie-maker Harlan Hollis struggles to stay alive when a jealous partner in his company hires goons to kill him. Full of amazing car chases, fantastic crashes, and edge-of-your-seat action.

Director: H.B. Halicki | Stars: H.B. Halicki, Christopher Stone, Susan Shaw, Lang Jeffries

Votes: 593

3. Vanishing Point (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When his wife goes into a troubled labor while he is on the road over 1200 miles away James Kowalski, a former race-car driver and Army Ranger, attempts to elude police while trying to get ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Robert Carner | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Christine Elise, Steve Railsback, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 2,493

4. The Cannonball Run (1981)

PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

28 Metascore

A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 30,713 | Gross: $72.18M

5. Mission: Impossible (1996)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

59 Metascore

An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny

Votes: 361,022 | Gross: $180.98M

6. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

72 Metascore

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 724,788 | Gross: $83.01M

7. Cutthroat Island (1995)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

37 Metascore

A female pirate and her companion race against their rivals to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Maury Chaykin

Votes: 24,265 | Gross: $10.02M

8. Assassination (1987)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A presidential bodyguard is assigned to protect an objecting first lady, as repeated attempts are made on her life.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Stephen Elliott, Jan Gan Boyd

Votes: 2,636 | Gross: $6.08M

9. Borderline (1980)

PG | 97 min | Action, Drama

On the U.S.-Mexican border, border cop Jeb Maynard is hunting for a human smuggler responsible for Jeb's partner's murder.

Director: Jerrold Freedman | Stars: Charles Bronson, Bruno Kirby, Bert Remsen, Michael Lerner

Votes: 1,417

10. Blastfighter (1984)

Unrated | 87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A former policeman sets out to unleash violent vengeance upon deer poachers when they rape and kill his long lost daughter.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Michael Sopkiw, Valentina Forte, George Eastman, Stefano Mingardo

Votes: 955

11. The Exterminator (1980)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York City. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York City into a great war zone, and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.

Director: James Glickenhaus | Stars: Robert Ginty, Samantha Eggar, Christopher George, Steve James

Votes: 4,545

12. Megaforce (1982)

PG | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Story about a rapid deployment defense unit that is called into action whenever freedom is threatened.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta, Edward Mulhare

Votes: 3,014 | Gross: $5.68M

13. Invasion U.S.A. (1985)

R | 107 min | Action, Thriller

29 Metascore

A one-man army comes to the rescue of the United States when a spy attempts an invasion.

Director: Joseph Zito | Stars: Chuck Norris, Richard Lynch, Melissa Prophet, Alexander Zale

Votes: 7,911 | Gross: $17.54M

14. Vampires (1998)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

42 Metascore

Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith

Votes: 49,140 | Gross: $20.24M

15. Red Sun Rising (1994)

R | 95 min | Action

Thomas Hoshino (Willson) is a tough Japanese detective, who lost his partner by a deadly Yakuza killer Jaho (Lew). He tracks down the killer and his master to Los Angeles, where he teams up... See full summary »

Director: Francis Megahy | Stars: Don Wilson, Terry Farrell, Mako, Michael Ironside

Votes: 343

16. Future Kick (1991)

R | 76 min | Action, Sci-Fi

On Earth in the future, Don "The Dragon" Wilson takes on a sinister corporation that trades in black market human body parts. He single handedly manages to restore law and order in a motion... See full summary »

Director: Damian Klaus | Stars: Don Wilson, Meg Foster, Chris Penn, Eb Lottimer

Votes: 329

17. Cyber-Tracker 2 (1995 Video)

R | 97 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A Secret Service agent (Wilson) battles an arms dealer who is creating a cyborg army.

Director: Richard Pepin | Stars: Don Wilson, Stacie Foster, Tony Burton, Jim Maniaci

Votes: 499

18. Out for Blood (1992)

R | 90 min | Action

A lawyer's family is murdered by drug smugglers, and he is beaten and left for dead, but survives although in a coma. When he awakes he only has a partial memory of what happened. In order ... See full summary »

Director: Richard W. Munchkin | Stars: Don Wilson, Shari Shattuck, Michael DeLano, Ron Steelman

Votes: 298

19. Inferno (1997)

R | 82 min | Action

An Interpol agent travels to India to find the terrorist who killed his partner.

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Don Wilson, Evan Lurie, Deepti Bhatnagar, Rick Hill

Votes: 430

20. Ronin (1998)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

67 Metascore

A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 162,180 | Gross: $41.62M

21. An Eye for an Eye (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Chuck Norris, Christopher Lee, Richard Roundtree, Matt Clark

Votes: 3,233 | Gross: $7.68M

22. Back in Business (1997)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure

An ex-cop gets pulled back in an undercover mission for the FBI by his former partner. The mission is to catch drug runners, but it is also sting operation against dirty cops, some of whom ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Brian Bosworth, Joe Torry, Dara Tomanovich, Alan Scarfe

Votes: 306

23. One Tough Bastard (1996)

R | 100 min | Action, Thriller

When a man's wife and family are murdered, he plots revenge only to find out that the killer is under Federal protection and he must exact his own form of justice.

Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Brian Bosworth, Bruce Payne, Jeff Kober, DeJuan Guy

Votes: 974

24. 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: 6,371 | Gross: $9.29M

25. Firestorm (1998)

R | 89 min | Thriller, Action

Firefighter Jesse Graves has to save ornithologist Jennifer and other people caught in a forest fire, which was set up by the lawyer of convicted killer Earl Shaye, who escaped from the ... See full summary »

Director: Dean Semler | Stars: Howie Long, Scott Glenn, William Forsythe, Suzy Amis

Votes: 3,510 | Gross: $8.04M

26. Virus (I) (1996)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Thriller

A United States Presidential bodyguard risks everything to save the day when a truck chock full of biological weapons contrives to crash in a National Park.

Director: Allan A. Goldstein | Stars: Brian Bosworth, Leah Pinsent, David Fox, Daniel Kash

Votes: 476

27. Midnight Heat (1996 TV Movie)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller, Drama

John Gray, a mild-mannered banker, gets hit by a car and loses most of his memory. When he gets out of the hospital, he has flashbacks which do not fit with his current life. After a ... See full summary »

Director: Allan A. Goldstein | Stars: Brian Bosworth, Brad Dourif, Claire Yarlett, Marta DuBois

Votes: 297

28. Shoot to Kill (1988)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An F.B.I. Agent teams up with a tracker to pursue a murderer after he vanishes into the mountains and infiltrates a hiking group.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley, Clancy Brown

Votes: 10,758 | Gross: $29.30M

29. Dead Bang (1989)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A cop is gunned down on Xmas eve. Jerry Beck, the homicide cop given the job of hunting the killer, investigates some leads which bring him into contact with a group of white supremacy ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller, William Forsythe, Bob Balaban

Votes: 3,001 | Gross: $8.13M

30. Sniper (1993)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller, War

A US Marine sniper is partnered with a SWAT member to take out rebel leaders in the jungles of Panama.

Director: Luis Llosa | Stars: Tom Berenger, Billy Zane, J.T. Walsh, Aden Young

Votes: 21,581 | Gross: $18.99M

31. 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: 7,735 | Gross: $4.19M

32. The Saint (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

50 Metascore

Simon Templar (The Saint), is a thief for hire, whose latest job to steal the secret process for cold fusion puts him at odds with a traitor bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds its secret.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija, Valeriy Nikolaev

Votes: 58,346 | Gross: $61.36M

33. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer

Votes: 26,220 | Gross: $17.31M

34. The River Wild (1994)

PG-13 | 111 min | Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, Joseph Mazzello

Votes: 38,484 | Gross: $46.82M

35. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror

48 Metascore

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino

Votes: 262,649 | Gross: $25.75M

36. El Mariachi (1992)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez, Jaime de Hoyos, Peter Marquardt

Votes: 59,437 | Gross: $2.04M

37. Dark Angel (1990)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Horror

A Renegade Cop is forced to work with an FBI Agent in order to bring down a group of Drug Dealers with sinister plans.

Director: Craig R. Baxley | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley, Matthias Hues

Votes: 9,304 | Gross: $4.35M

38. The Rock (1996)

R | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer

Votes: 294,475 | Gross: $134.07M

39. Face/Off (1997)

R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.

Director: John Woo | Stars: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 327,585 | Gross: $112.23M

40. Black Mask (1996)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau, Karen Mok, Françoise Yip

Votes: 10,480 | Gross: $12.49M

41. Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997)

Not Rated | 102 min | Action, Adventure, History

Following an ambush in his visit to America, Wong Fei-hung becomes separated from his fellow travelers and suffers memory loss.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Xin Xin Xiong, Kwok-Pong Chan

Votes: 3,230

42. My Father is a Hero (1995)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An undercover cop struggling to provide for his son and ailing wife, must infiltrate a ruthless gang. But things turn sour when another cop blows his cover and he quickly finds himself battling for his life and the lives of his family.

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Anita Mui, Mo Tse, Rongguang Yu

Votes: 4,562

43. Hitman (1998)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two hitmen, one a novice and the other a veteran with poor luck, band together to find the "King of Killers" for whom there is a large reward.

Director: Wei Tung | Stars: Jet Li, Eric Tsang, Simon Yam, Gigi Leung

Votes: 4,559

44. The New Legend of Shaolin (1994)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A young father and his infant son are beset by forces of evil and corruption. They wander China, upholding their sense of honor and protecting the weak. When they are forced into combat, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Corey Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Deannie Ip, Mo Tse

Votes: 4,974