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The 10 Best Action Movies of the 90s

Long before the days when CGI dominated the action landscape, the 1990s was a time of great storytelling alongside great technical action movies.

Nicolas Cage in Con Air via JoBlo Movies YouTube

There were tons of stars like Nicolas Cage and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, who knew what audiences wanted and consistently delivered. In fact, the era spawned so many awe-inspiring films that they remain classics to this day.

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10) Heat

Source: Heat, Warner Bros.

Heat is one of the best crime and heist thrillers out there, but that doesn’t make it any less of a successful action movie. It even has one of the best action shootout scenes ever as the robbers trade gunfire with cops on the streets of LA.

The film succeeds by taking a theme, that is, crime negatively affects everyone, and stunningly applying it to each character. It also does this while boasting an incredible cast that provides suspense.

9) Confrontation

Source: Face Off, Touchstone Pictures

The 90s were notorious for taking ridiculous premises and playing them completely seriously. There’s simply no other way to describe the idea of ​​John Travolta and Nicolas Cage swapping faces to become both bad guys and good guys in the same movie.

Confrontation so successfully dramatizes the type of action that it’s hard to think of a movie that more embraces its absurdity. Yet somehow the film takes its premise so seriously that the action works to create an incredible film.

8) The Rock

Source: The Rock, Hollywood Pictures

It seems unlikely that Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage make a great action pair. The idea of ​​them being a lab rat and an aged spy, however, was a brilliant plot. It also allowed Cage to show his more goofy and quirky side.

This alone does not The rock great, though. There are also the bad guys, who are disgruntled soldiers, and the setting of Alcatraz that makes the movie really special.

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7) Air Force One

Source: Air Force One: Sony Pictures

Harrison Ford was just beginning to show his age when Air Force One was made. Luckily, that made him the perfect choice to play a president who’s also an action hero. More than that, however, he’s also a fallible hero who gets hurt and shows compassion.

Air Force One is filled with tons of memorable lines and great action scenes aboard America’s most famous airplane. That’s not even taking into account that Gary Oldman is still perfect as a villain.

6) True lies

Source: True Lies, 20th Century Fox

real lies is the perfect blend of action and comedy that Arnold Schwarzenegger can pull off so well. The film is about a spy who must hide his life of espionage from his family.

Of course, things go awry when the two worlds collide. Schwarzenegger’s star was just beginning to rise when the film was released, but it’s obvious to anyone who’s seen it that he’s an action hero with big things ahead of him.

5) Con Air

Source: Con Air, Touchstone Pictures

In the 90s, Nicolas Cage couldn’t be wrong, and it doesn’t get any better than Air conditioning. It also helps that it had a great cast with Dave Chappelle, Steve Buscemi, John Malkovich, and more.

The story is about a group of convicts who hijack a transportation plan. The film is so brutal in action and dialogue that it is a pleasure to watch from beginning to end. It also doesn’t hurt that the climax goes from the air to the road with a high-speed chase through the streets of Las Vegas.

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4) Independence Day

Source: Independence Day, 20th Century Fox

It’s hard to think of a bigger special effects show in the 90s than independence day. This is in addition to an excellent cast that has teamed up with Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.

When making an alien movie, it can be either a small-scale invasion or a large force of war. independence day opted for the latter and did not disappoint, especially as he blew up the White House in what has since become a hugely iconic scene.

3) Die hard with a vengeance

Source: Die Hard With A Vengeance: 20th Century Fox

die hard is an absolute 80s classic, but arguably this 90s sequel may have even topped it. It pairs Bruce Willis with a hilarious Samuel L Jackson in an action thriller that spans all of New York City.

Jeremy Irons also plays an incredible villain tied to the first movie. He’s hilarious, charismatic and plays against John McClane to perfection.

2) Demolisher

It’s great when an absolutely ridiculous sci-fi premise sets up an amazing action movie, and that’s exactly what the wrecker did. Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes are at the top of their game throughout this film.

More than a good action movie, however, the wrecker is also terrific for its social commentary. The futuristic setting it sets is eerily prescient of our world today, which is odd considering how crazy the action is.

1) Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Source: Terminator 2, Tri-Star Pictures

The Terminator was an undeniably successful action flick, so it’s kind of crazy to think its sequel topped it by such a wide margin. This movie set the bar extremely high from its opening scenes and didn’t let up until the very end.

One of the biggest twists is that it turned Arnold Schwarzenegger’s creepy villain into a very charismatic hero. The franchise has continued to do great things since then, and arguably none of it would exist without this classic sequel.

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