1001 USA Movies (Part 01. Action, Adventures)

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1. 48 Hrs. (1982)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae

Votes: 63,312 | Gross: $78.87M

2. F.T.W. (1994)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Frank T. Wells has just been released from prison after serving a term for manslaughter. Frank's a reasonably honest man and a good rodeo rider. When he meets up with Scarlett, a bank ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Karbelnikoff | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Aaron Neville, Peter Berg, Lori Singer

Votes: 673

3. 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: 12,628 | Gross: $10.50M

4. American Cop (1995 TV Movie)

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

An LA cop on vacation in Russia is mistaken for a US federal agent and gets pulled into involvement with the Russian Mafia.

Director: Wayne Crawford | Stars: Sergei Pankratyev, Daniel Quinn, Vladimir Shpudejko, William Katt

Votes: 88

5. American Yakuza (1993)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An American FBI agent is lured away by the Japanese Mafia--the Yakuza--in this action film.

Director: Frank A. Cappello | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Ryo Ishibashi, Michael Nouri, Franklyn Ajaye

Votes: 2,134

6. Angel of Destruction (1994)

R | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

When a controversial rock star is stalked by a psychotic fan, undercover cop Brit Alwood is called in to help. But when Brit's kid sister Jo finds out about the crime, she sets out for ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Philip Moore | Stars: Maria Ford, Charlie Spradling, Jessica Mark, Antonio Bacci

Votes: 250

7. Arctic Blue (1993)

R | 95 min | Action, Thriller

A man from L.A. gets a job as ecologist in Alaska's wilderness. He takes part in arresting and transporting a trapper wanted for murder. But the trapper Ben (Rutger Hauer) and his friends will do anything to free Ben.

Director: Peter Masterson | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Dylan Walsh, Rya Kihlstedt, Johnny Cuthbert

Votes: 861

8. The Ice Runner (1992)

R | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

US-agent West travels to Moscow for the CIA in order to buy Russian weapons and to send them to the rebels in Afghanistan. When West gets caught he hides his identity and receives 15 years ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Samson | Stars: Edward Albert, Olga Kabo, Victor Wong, Evgeniy Lazarev

Votes: 170

9. No Mercy (1986)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A Chicago detective, seeking to avenge his partner's death, travels to New Orleans, where he unexpectedly becomes involved in a cat and mouse game of survival.

Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Jeroen Krabbé, George Dzundza

Votes: 6,252 | Gross: $12.30M

10. 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: 27,931 | Gross: $16.21M

11. Fearless Tiger (1991 Video)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama

A man's brother dies of an overdose from a new and potent drug introduced by a drug gang. He puts off his wedding to a beautiful model and postpones taking over the family business while he... See full summary »

Director: Ron Hulme | Stars: Jalal Merhi, Monika Schnarre, Lazar Rockwood, Jamie Farr

Votes: 193

12. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Votes: 830,947 | Gross: $2.83M

13. Coogan's Bluff (1968)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

An Arizona deputy sheriff is sent to New York City to escort an escaped fugitive back for trial.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Susan Clark, Tisha Sterling

Votes: 14,242

14. Next of Kin (1989)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

53 Metascore

Truman, a Chicago cop, sets out to find the killer of his brother. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, Helen Hunt

Votes: 8,548 | Gross: $15.94M

15. The Enforcer (1976)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

Dirty Harry must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with a rookie female partner that he's not too excited to be working with.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Harry Guardino, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 38,198 | Gross: $46.20M

16. Sidekicks (1992)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A bullied teen who fantasizes about being Chuck Norris' sidekick trains in martial arts to fulfill his dreams.

Director: Aaron Norris | Stars: Chuck Norris, Beau Bridges, Jonathan Brandis, Mako

Votes: 7,410 | Gross: $17.18M

17. On Deadly Ground (1994)

R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

33 Metascore

A mystical martial artist/environmental Agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.

Director: Steven Seagal | Stars: Steven Seagal, Michael Caine, Joan Chen, John C. McGinley

Votes: 20,861 | Gross: $38.59M

18. Under Siege (1992)

R | 103 min | Action, Thriller

58 Metascore

An ex-Navy Seal turned cook is the only person who can stop a group of terrorists when they seize control of a U.S. battleship.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Steven Seagal, Gary Busey, Tommy Lee Jones, Erika Eleniak

Votes: 71,211 | Gross: $83.36M

19. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

R | 100 min | Action, Thriller

52 Metascore

Casey Ryback hops on a Colorado to LA train to start a vacation with his niece. Early into the trip, terrorists board the train and use it as a mobile HQ to hijack a top secret destructive US satellite.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Steven Seagal, Eric Bogosian, Everett McGill, Katherine Heigl

Votes: 41,312 | Gross: $50.02M

20. Stringer (1992)

R | 85 min | Thriller

Frank Simmonetti is working as a "stringer", a photo journalist taking all the pictures he wants to. His assistants can't work with him for a long time, except the ex-cop Jack who lives in ... See full summary »

Director: Michael DeLuise | Stars: Tim Thomerson, Anthony Finetti, Laura Reed, Sally Kirkland

Votes: 37

21. In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King (1995)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

Al is hired by an acquaintance who happens to be the local mob boss to track down his own brother who's wanted by the mafia for the murder of an important gangster figure. Is blood thicker than water?

Director: Nick Vallelonga | Stars: Michael Biehn, William Petersen, Leo Rossi, Paul Winfield

Votes: 234

22. Wind (I) (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

Will Parker, played by Matthew Modine, loses the Americas Cup, the worlds biggest sailing prize, to the Australians and decides to form his own syndicate to win it back.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Matthew Modine, Jennifer Grey, Cliff Robertson, Jack Thompson

Votes: 2,306 | Gross: $5.52M

23. No Contest (1995)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Andrew Dice Clay takes over a hotel during a beauty pageant taking several pageant contestants hostage since one of them is a rich senator's daughter.

Director: Paul Lynch | Stars: Shannon Tweed, Robert Davi, Andrew Dice Clay, Roddy Piper

Votes: 739

24. Out for Justice (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

38 Metascore

The gruesome murder of a Brooklyn Detective will turn the case into a personal vendetta when the deceased's best friend and fellow officer will unleash an all-out attack against a psychotic Mafia enforcer's brutal gang.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Steven Seagal, William Forsythe, Jerry Orbach, Jo Champa

Votes: 19,968 | Gross: $39.67M

25. Skins (1994)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A married couple is separated because of the husband's drinking. They are reunited to seek justice when their homosexual son is murdered by Neo- Nazi skinheads.

Director: Wings Hauser | Stars: Wings Hauser, Linda Blair, Cole Hauser, Talbert Morton

Votes: 122

26. Warriors (1994)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama

A government-trained killing machine must turn his lethal skills against his top-secret squad's AWOL leader

Director: Shimon Dotan | Stars: Gary Busey, Michael Paré, Wendii Fulford, Catherine MacKenzie

Votes: 510

27. Da Vinci's War (1993)

R | 94 min | Action

A traumatized war vet hunts for his sister's killer with the help of his war buddies. Turns out the assassin has government connections, but so do the vets.

Director: Raymond Martino | Stars: Michael Nouri, Joey Travolta, Vanity, James Russo

Votes: 88

28. Private Wars (1993 Video)

R | 88 min | Action

A wealthy businessman is trying to "convince" the inhabitants of an old neighborhood to abandon their homes in order to build a huge business center there. To achieve his goals, he bribes ... See full summary »

Director: John Weidner | Stars: Steve Railsback, Michael Champion, Dan Tullis Jr., Holly Floria

Votes: 126

29. In Pursuit of Honor (1995 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Western

In 1932, a modernizing U.S. Army orders the Cavalry to destroy its horses but some sympathetic cavalrymen, defying orders, steal the horses in order to save them from destruction, to the dismay of the top Army-brass.

Director: Ken Olin | Stars: Don Johnson, Craig Sheffer, Gabrielle Anwar, Bob Gunton

Votes: 1,046

30. Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon (1993)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Adventure

Outlaw Joam Garral makes a clandestine journey down the crocodile and piranha infested Amazon river to attend his daughter's marriage. Not only must he brave the dangers of the Amazonian ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Llosa | Stars: Daphne Zuniga, Tom Verica, Barry Bostwick, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 169

31. 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

32. Hostile Intentions (1995)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Three young American women have a wild drunken fling south of the border. They find some rough folks to party with at a Mexican mansion, a Mexican jail and the U.S.-Mexican border.

Director: Catherine Cyran | Stars: Tia Carrere, Rigg Kennedy, Lisa Dean Ryan, Tricia Leigh Fisher

Votes: 205

33. Extreme Prejudice (1987)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A Texas Ranger and a ruthless narcotics kingpin - they were childhood friends, now they are adversaries...

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Michael Ironside, Maria Conchita Alonso

Votes: 5,524 | Gross: $11.31M

34. Direct Hit (1994 Video)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

Veteran hit-man Hatch wants to retire, but they have one, final, important job for him. Even though he's cold-blooded, he realizes he feels compassion for Savannah and tries to figure out a... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Merhi, Paul G. Volk | Stars: William Forsythe, Jo Champa, Richard Norton, John Aprea

Votes: 230

35. Extreme Justice (1993)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A rogue cop joins an elite L.A.P.D. unit who secretly operate as a vigilante death squad, but soon begins to question their methods.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Glenn, Chelsea Field, Yaphet Kotto

Votes: 1,065

36. Bad Blood (1994)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

A trucker (Lamas) has to come home to help fight mobsters after his brother who embezzled $5,000,000 from them.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Frankie Thorn, Hank Cheyne, Joe Son

Votes: 432

37. Mobsters (1991)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama

From start to finish, it's a story of friendship between 4 street-wise males who don't mind using violence to achieve the lives that they want. They trust no one but each other which is vital to their success as mobsters.

Director: Michael Karbelnikoff | Stars: Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Rodney Eastman, Costas Mandylor

Votes: 7,861 | Gross: $20.25M

38. Nails (1992 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Cop breaks all the rules to go after a gang of drug dealers.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Anne Archer, Tomas Milian, Keith David

Votes: 347

39. Top Dog (1995)

PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

With his cop companion shot and killed by terrorists, Reno The Dog pairs up with tough cop Jake in thwarting the criminal organization.

Director: Aaron Norris | Stars: Chuck Norris, Michele Lamar Richards, Erik von Detten, Carmine Caridi

Votes: 2,922 | Gross: $5.09M

41. Eye of the Stranger (1993)

R | 96 min | Drama

A stranger comes into town and causes a stir when he stands up for the townfolk, in the face of the intimidation tactics from Mayor Howard Baines. The scheming mayor wants to buy up all the... See full summary »

Director: David Heavener | Stars: David Heavener, Martin Landau, Sally Kirkland, Don Swayze

Votes: 66

42. Year of the Dragon (1985)

R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane, Leonard Termo

Votes: 12,786 | Gross: $18.70M

43. Blue Thunder (1983)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Daniel Stern

Votes: 15,297 | Gross: $42.31M

44. Bitter Harvest (1993)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

Two attractive strangers invade the life of a reclusive farmboy who recently inherited his father's estate.

Director: Duane Clark | Stars: Patsy Kensit, Stephen Baldwin, Jennifer Rubin, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 618

45. Thunder in Paradise (1993 Video)

PG | 104 min | Adventure

Terry "Hulk" Hogan stars as R. J. "Hurricane" Spencer who is an ex-Navy S. E. A. L. and confirmed bachelor struggling to make ends meet. In order to save his superboat THUNDER (and ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Schwartz | Stars: Hulk Hogan, Felicity Waterman, Carol Alt, Robin Weisman

Votes: 1,081

46. Thunder in Paradise II (1994 Video)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure

Kelly is whisked off into Prince Aramour's harem and given to his enemy as tribute in this romantic tale of capture and rescue.

Director: Douglas Schwartz | Stars: Hulk Hogan, Chris Lemmon, Carol Alt, Ashley Gorrell

Votes: 419

47. Thunder in Paradise 3 (1995 Video)

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

Spencer and Bru break into his HQ and capture notorious drug lord Manuel Santiago of a DEA Agent. Santiago's angered assistant, Mason Lee, takes the school hostage where Kelly is teaching ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Schwartz | Stars: Hulk Hogan, Chris Lemmon, Carol Alt, Ashley Gorrell

Votes: 349