The Ultimate List of 90 Best Action Movies From the 90s

It’s hard to beat the 90s when it comes to good old action movies. In fact, some of the best action movies ever were made in this decade. Not only that, the biggest action movie stars of all time had their peak and made their best movies in the 90s.

Schwarzenegger made Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall and True Lies; Jean-Claude Van Damme made Universal Soldier, Timecop and Hard Target; Nicolas Cage made Con Air, The Rock and Face/Off; Bruce Willis made The Fifth Element and two Die Hard sequels; Stallone made Demolition Man and The Specialist. Mel Gibson made two Lethal Weapon sequels and Payback; Kurt Russell made Tombstone, Stargate and Soldier; Steven Seagal made Marked for Death, Out for Justice and Under Siege.The list goes on and on.

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Some of the most popular action movie series started in the 90s, films like Blade, The Matrix, Mission: Impossible, Rush Hour as well as the restart of Star Wars series with Episode I prequel. Other action movie series, started in the 80s, continued in the 90s. Besides the ones mentioned above (Die Hard, Terminator, Lethal Weapon), we had 3 Batman movies, two Police Story movies, Beverly Hills Cop III as well as the continuation of the James Bond movie series.

We also shouldn’t forget actions like The Fugitive, Speed, Desperado, Point Break, Passenger 57, Léon: The Professional and many others. There are also some hidden gems that you want to watch, like Stone Cold, Rapid Fire or American Yakuza.

Now, without further ado, here is our full list of 90 best action movies from the 90s (ordered by release date):

1. Total Recall (1990)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Based on: Short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick
Writers: Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povill, and Gary Goldman
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside
IMDb rating: 7.5 with 296,000 votes
Box office: $261 million

The year is 2084 and false memories can be implanted. Construction worker Douglas Quaid will learn that his life is a lie and he will learn that he is actually a secret agent on Mars. Remake of the movie was released in 2012, although being not as nearly successful as the original.

2. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: John McTiernan
Based on: Novel “The Hunt for Red October” by Tom Clancy
Writer: Larry Ferguson
Starring: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn
IMDb rating: 7.6 with 175,000 votes
Box office: $200 million

In 1984, during the Cold War, the best submarine from Soviet Union under command of Captain Marko Ramius is heading for the U.S. C.I.A. analyst Jack Ryan is the only one who knows that it is not an attack, but a defection.

3. Die Hard 2 (1990)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Renny Harlin
Based on: Novel “58 Minutes” by Walter Wager
Writers: Steven E. de Souza, Doug Richardson
Starring: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia
IMDb rating: 7.2 with 330,000 votes
Box office: $240 million

Two years after he took down the terrorists in Nakatomi Tower, John McClane must now fight the terrorists who have seized control of the airport and save his wife again.

4. Young Guns II (1990)

Subgenre: Western action
Director: Geoff Murphy
Writer: John Fusco
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, William Petersen
IMDb rating: 6.5 with 30,000 votes
Box office: $44 million

The film follows the life of Billy the Kid, narrated to journalist by aging Brushy Bill Roberts who claims that he is a famous gunfighter.

5. Revenge (1990)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Tony Scott
Based on: Novela “Revenge” by Jim Harrison
Writers: Jim Harrison, Jeffrey Alan Fiskin
Starring: Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe
IMDb rating: 6.3 with 16,000 votes
Box office: $15 million

After retiring from the Navy, Michael “Jay” Cochran decides to visit a wealthy friend in Mexico. He falls in love with his friend’s wife and they have an affair. The consequences will be cruel and unforeseen.

6. La Femme Nikita (1990)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Starring: Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana
IMDb rating: 7.3 with 66,000 votes
Box office: $39 million

When a pharmacy robbing is gone bad and a policeman is murdered, a teenage girl is sentenced to life in prison. But instead of serving the sentence, she becomes part of a secret government program where she is trained to become an assassin.

7. Predator 2 (1990)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Starring: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Kevin Peter Hall
IMDb rating: 6.3 with 143,000 votes
Box office: $57 million

An advanced alien hunter who collects trophies from his victims is in the city this time. And a veteran police officer is determined to track him down.

8. Lionheart (1990)

Director: Sheldon Lettich
Writers: S.N. Warren, Sheldon Lettich, Jean-Claude Van Damme
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard
IMDb rating: 6.2 with 32,000 votes
Box office: $24 million

After his brother is seriously injured, a legionnaire paratrooper escapes the French Foreign Legion to see his dying sibling. In order to make money for his brother’s family, he starts to compete in underground street fights.

9. Marked for Death (1990)

Director: Dwight H. Little
Writers: Michael Grais, Mark Victor
Starring: Steven Seagal, Joanna Pacula, Basil Wallace
IMDb rating: 6.0 with 19,000 votes
Box office: $58 million

Steven Seagal is a retired DEA agent John Hatcher who returns to his hometown only to find out that it’s been taken over by dangerous Jamaican drug dealers. After he gets into a shootout against a drug kingpin, he will be marked for death.

10. The Rookie (1990)

Subgenre: Buddy cop action
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Boaz Yakin, Scott Spiegel
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia
IMDb rating: 5.9 with 25,000 votes
Box office: $22 million

After losing his partner during an encounter with a crime lord, a veteran cop has been taken off the case. Against the orders, he still continues to pursue the criminal, but his new partner is a rookie.

11. Point Break (1991)

Subgenre: Action-crime
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writers: Rick King, W. Peter Iliff
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey
IMDb rating: 7.3 with 154,000 votes
Box office: $83 million

An undercover FBI agent must infiltrate a group of surfers who are actually bank robbers. In order to do that he needs to learn to surf first. He will find himself drawn to surfers’ adrenaline lifestyle and develop a complex relationship with the group’s leader.

12. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action
Director: James Cameron
Writers: James Cameron, William Wisher
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
IMDb rating: 8.5 with 976,000 votes
Box office: $520 million

Terminator, identical to the one that hunted Sara Connor 10 years ago, is back with a new mission. This time he is sent back in time to protect John Connor, the future resistance leader, from the more advanced Terminator who is sent to kill him.

13. The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Subgenre: Buddy action-comedy
Director: Tony Scott
Writers: Shane Black, Shane Black, Greg Hicks
Starring: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field
IMDb rating: 7.0 with 91,000 votes
Box office: $114 million

A former secret service agent, now private investigator Joe, gets a gig to act as bodyguard for a stripper. When the girl is murdered by a hitmen, Joe is determined to find out who is responsible. He will team up with an ex-quarterback and stripper’s boyfriend Dix. Crime will lead them to a crooked politician.

14. Out for Justice (1991)

Director: John Flynn
Writer: R. Lance Hill (as David Lee Henry)
Starring: Steven Seagal, William Forsythe, Jerry Orbach, Gina Gershon
IMDb rating: 6.1 with 21,000 votes
Box office: $40 million

When his partner is killed by a psychotic mafia enforcer, a veteran detective will unleash an all-out war against him. The case will become his personal vendetta.

15. Stone Cold (1991)

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Writer: Walter Doniger
Starring: Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe
IMDb rating: 6.0 with 7,000 votes
Box office: $9 million

A tough Alabama cop is on suspension for a few weeks because his methods toward handling criminals are excessive. When summoned by the FBI, he will be blackmailed to go undercover, otherwise his suspension will turn into months without pay. The goal is to infiltrate a violent biker gang and take them down.

16. Suburban Commando (1991)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action, Action-comedy
Director: Burt Kennedy
Writer: Frank A. Cappello (as Frank Cappello)
Starring: Hulk Hogan, Christopher Lloyd, Shelley Duvall
IMDb rating: 4.5 with 9,000 votes
Box office: $8 million

An interstellar warrior from a distant world is on a mission to capture an evil General. After a fight with the enemy, his ship is damaged and he ends up on Earth. Until the ship is fixed, he must try to fit in and try to act as a local.

17. Batman Returns (1992)

Subgenre: Superhero
Director: Tim Burton
Based on: DC Comics character Batman
Writers: Bob Kane, Daniel Waters, Sam Hamm
Starring: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken
IMDb rating: 7.0 with 269,000 votes
Box office: $283 million

After he stopped the Joker, Batman must face a new threat – a deformed man from the sewers called Penguin. A corrupt tycoon who wants to take control of the city will team up with Penguin, but Batman is not alone. A mysterious vigilante Catwoman will emerge.

18. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Subgenre: Action-adventure
Director: Michael Mann
Based on: Novel “The Last of the Mohicans” by James Fenimore Cooper
Writers: John L. Balderston, Paul Perez, Daniel Moore, Philip Dunne, Michael Mann, Christopher Crowe
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means
IMDb rating: 7.7 with 146,000 votes
Box office: $75 million

In the battle for colonies between British and French soldiers, native Americans are forced to take sides. The last members of a dying Mohicans tribe refuse to fight for either side, but they find themselves in a crossfire when they rescue the daughters of a British colonel from a group of Indians.

19. Under Siege (1992)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Andrew Davis
Writer: J.F. Lawton
Starring: Steven Seagal, Gary Busey, Tommy Lee Jones
IMDb rating: 6.5 with 75,000 votes
Box office: $157 million

A former Navy seal turned cook is on a battleship taken by terrorists. They plan to sell the nuclear arsenal, but they don’t know one tough man stands in their way.

20. Universal Soldier (1992)

Subgenre: Military science fiction-action
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writers: Richard Rothstein, Christopher Leitch, Dean Devlin
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker
IMDb rating: 6.0 with 81,000 votes
Box office: $80 million

A team of soldiers who were killed in the Vietnam War are brought back to life in a secret experiment. They are now superhuman warriors. When a reporter discovers this secret, she becomes hunted by these soldiers, but one of them starts to have flashbacks from the war, and decides to help her.

21. Passenger 57 (1992)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Stewart Raffill , Dan Gordon, David Loughery
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Bruce Payne, Tom Sizemore, Elizabeth Hurley
IMDb rating: 5.9 with 44,000 votes
Box office: $44 million

A group of terrorists has taken over a plane, but what they don’t know is that the man in seat 57 is an airline security expert John Cutter who will mess up their plans.

22. Rapid Fire (1992)

Director: Dwight H. Little
Writers: Cindy Cirile, Alan B. McElroy
Starring: Brandon Lee, Powers Boothe, Nick Mancuso
IMDb rating: 6.3 with 8,000 votes
Box office: $14 million

After he witnessed a mafia murder, a student becomes a target. He is placed in protective custody, but the corrupt federal agents reveal the safe house to the bad guys. There is only one man that he can trust, Lieutenant Ryan, who has been pursuing the same people for 10 years.

23. Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)

Director: Stanley Tong
Writers: Edward Tang, Fibe Ma, Lee Wai Yee
Starring: Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung
IMDb rating: 6.9 with 19,000 votes
Box office: $16 million

A Hong Kong supercop with martial arts skills is sent to take down a drug lord and break up his smuggling ring. He must infiltrate the gang, gain the boss’s trust, and when the time comes, with the help of a female college Interpol inspector, take the drug lord down.

24. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Subgenre: Buddy cop action-comedy
Director: Richard Donner
Writers: Jeffrey Boam, Robert Mark Kamen, Shane Black
Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo
IMDb rating: 6.7 with 155,000 votes
Box office: $322 million

In part three, two veteran cops must track one of their own. A crooked LAPD officer has stolen guns and ammunition from the police depot and has been selling them to street gangs.

25. Jurassic Park (1993)

Subgenre: Action-adventure, Science fiction-action
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Michael Crichton, David Koepp
Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
IMDb rating: 8.1 with 848,000 votes
Box office: $1,033 billion

Funded by a billionaire, a group of scientists manages to create a theme park full of living dinosaurs from their prehistoric DNA. The park is supposed to be supersafe, but when a critical security system is shut down, the dinosaurs become free and start to hunt.

26. The Fugitive (1993)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Andrew Davis
Writers: Jeb Stuart, David Twohy, Roy Huggins
Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore
IMDb rating: 7.8 with 263,000 votes
Box office: $369 million

Dr Kimble is unjustly accused of murdering his wife, and sentenced to death. While being transported to prison, the bus he is on crashes and Kimble uses this situation to escape. He needs to find the real killer and clear his name. Meanwhile, he is being hunted by the police and US Marshals.

27. Tombstone (1993)

Subgenre: Western action
Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre (uncredited)
Writer: Kevin Jarre
Starring: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott
IMDb rating: 7.8 with 123,000 votes
Box office: $56 million

Former lawman Wyatt Earp moves to Tombstone with his brothers. Their plan is to settle down and lead a profitable and peaceful life. When a group of outlaws start to cause more and more problems, it becomes clear that confrontation with the Earps and their friend Doc Holiday is inevitable.

28. Last Action Hero (1993)

Subgenre: Fantasy action-comedy
Director: John McTiernan
Writers: Zak Penn, Adam Leff, Shane Black, David Arnott
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney
IMDb rating: 6.4 with 134,000 votes
Box office: $137 million

A young movie fan gets a magical ticket from his friend. The ticket allows him to transport into the fictional world of his favorite action hero. The problem is that the ticket works both ways. The bad guys from the movie can also escape into the real world. The boy and the action hero must now fight the bad guys in a world where good guys don’t always win.

29. Demolition Man (1993)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action
Director: Marco Brambilla
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Robert Reneau, Daniel Waters
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock
IMDb rating: 6.7 with 156,000 votes
Box office: $159 million

After being wrongfully accused of playing a part in the death of hostages, police officer Spartan is sentenced to be frozen for several decades, together with the criminal who set him up. When they wake up in 2032, the world is completely different and the two, the police officer and the criminal, will face each other again.

30. The Three Musketeers (1993)

Subgenre: Action-adventure
Director: Stephen Herek
Based on: Novel “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas
Writer: David Loughery
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell
IMDb rating: 6.4 with 50,000 votes
Box office: $54 million

The three of the best disbanded Musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, together with young D’Artagnan, who wants to be a Musketeer, are on the quest to save the king from the evil Cardinal.

31. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

Subgenre: Martial arts
Director: Rob Cohen
Based on: Biography “Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew” by Linda Lee Cadwell
Writers: Edward Khmara, John Raffo, Rob Cohen
Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner
IMDb rating: 7.0 with 27,000 votes
Box office: $63 million

The film follows the life of the martial arts legend Bruce Lee, from his early days in Hong Kong to the relocation to the US and his acting career. Besides fighting different martial arts masters, he also had to fight some inner, personal demons.

32. In the Line of Fire (1993)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Writer: Jeff Maguire
Starring: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo
IMDb rating: 7.2 with 91,000 votes
Box office: $177 million

Veteran Secret Service agent Frank is haunted by his past, when he failed to save president John F. Kennedy. Now, thirty years later, he needs to protect the current president from an obsessed former CIA agent who plans to kill him.

33. Hard Target (1993)

Director: John Woo
Writer: Chuck Pfarrer
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler
IMDb rating: 6.2 with 44,000 votes
Box office: $74 million

When an out-of-work drifter saves a woman from a group of thugs, he will be offered a job to help find her father. They will discover that the man has been killed in an arranged hunting of homeless men organized by a ruthless businessman.

34. American Yakuza (1993)

Director: Action-crime
Writer: Frank A. Cappello
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Ryo Ishibashi, Michael Nouri
IMDb rating: 5.7 with 2,000 votes

Nick is an undercover FBI agent assigned to infiltrate the Yakuza criminal organization. While pretending to be a forklift operator, he saves the life of a Yakuza boss in America in order to be accepted within the Yakuza ranks. But when Italian Mafia organises a massive attack on Yakuza, and the FBI let them do the dirty work, Nick decides to help his goddaugther’s Japanese family.

35. Léon: The Professional (1994)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman
IMDb rating: 8.5 with 1,009,000 votes
Box office: $46 million

Leon is a professional hitman and Matilda is a 12-year-old girl living next door to him with her family. When a corrupt DEA agent kills her entire family, Matilda will turn to Leon for help. She will become his protégée and learn the hitman’s trade so she can take her revenge.

36. The Crow (1994)

Subgenre: Superhero
Director: Alex Proyas
Based on: Comic book “The Crow” by James O’Barr
Writers: David J. Schow, John Shirley
Starring: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis
IMDb rating: 7.6 with 164,000 votes
Box office: $51 million

A man comes back to life for revenge after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow will guide and lead him to his killers. One by one, thugs will pay for what they did. Their leader Top-Dollar is saved for last.

37. True Lies (1994)

Subgenre: Action-comedy
Director: James Cameron
Based on: French comedy film “La Totale!” by Claude Zidi, Simon Michaël, Didier Kaminka
Writer: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold
IMDb rating: 7.2 with 233,000 votes
Box office: $379 million

Harry lives a double life. At home he is a dull computer salesman, but in fact he is a government spy who fights terrorists. When he discovers that his wife is bored with her life and that she needs more adventure, Harry decides to give her just that.

38. Speed (1994)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Jan de Bont
Writer: Graham Yost
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock
IMDb rating: 7.2 with 323,000 votes
Box office: $350 million

A young S.W.A.T. Officer Jack must prevent a bomb in a bus from exploding by keeping the speed above 50 mph. With the help of a passenger named Annie, he needs to save the people and catch the lunatic who put the bomb there in the first place.

39. Stargate (1994)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writers: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Starring: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson
IMDb rating: 7.1 with 173,000 votes
Box office: $197 million

Strange teleportation device found in Egypt is now stored and monitored in a military facility. A linguist is summoned to decipher the hieroglyph and he will discover that the device opens a portal to an unknown world. Colonel Jonathan O’Neil will lead the team to explore the new world where God of the Sun Ra rules.

40. Street Fighter (1994)

Director: Steven E. de Souza
Based on: Video game “Street Fighter” by Capcom
Writer: Steven E. de Souza
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming-Na Wen, Kylie Minogue
IMDb rating: 4.0 with 65,000 votes
Box office: $99 million

Colonel Guile leads the army to track down evil Dictator M. Bison who wants to conquer the world with his army of supersoldiers. With the help of martial arts heroes, Colonel must destroy Bison’s empire from within.

41. Timecop (1994)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action
Director: Peter Hyams
Based on: Story “Timecop” created by Mike Richardson
Writers: Mike Richardson, Mark Verheiden
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver
IMDb rating: 5.9 with 55,000 votes
Box office: $102 million

Time travel has been perfected and therefore a new agency that regulates time travel is formed. Max Walker, former police officer, and now federal officer for the agency, is sent back in time to prevent his former partner from making money by abusing time travel. What he learns is that his former partner is working for a dirty senator McComb who plans to use time travel to become president.

42. Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

Subgenre: Action-comedy
Director: John Landis
Writers: Danilo Bach, Steven E. de Souza, Daniel Petrie Jr.
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jon Tenney, Joey Travolta
IMDb rating: 5.6 with 75,000 votes
Box office: $119 million

Axel Foley is back in Beverly Hills. This time he follows a trail of criminals who killed his boss. He will team up with his old buddy detective Billy Rosewood. The investigation will lead him to an amusement park called WonderWorld. The problem is that the man responsible for the crime is a respected chief of security and Axel Foley must convince everyone that he is in fact a bad guy.

43. The Specialist (1994)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Luis Llosa
Based on: Series of novels “The Specialist” by John Shirley
Writer: Alexandra Seros
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods
IMDb rating: 5.6 with 62,000 votes
Box office: $170 million

Ray is a former CIA bomb expert who now works as a freelance hitman. A woman will contact him to kill the mafia boss responsible for the death of her family. At first Ray is not interested, but after starting to follow her, he becomes more interested in not just the case, but her too.

44. Fist of Legend (1994)

Subgenre: Martial Arts
Director: Gordon Chan
Writers: Gordon Chan, Kwong-Kim Yip
Starring: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Siu-Ho Chin
IMDb rating: 7.5 with 22,000 votes

Chinese martial artist and student returns to his native Shanghai which is under Japanese military occupation. He will discover that his master has been murdered by the Japanese and that his school is harassed. In a test for honor, he will have a final showdown with the undefeated general Fujita.

45. Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: John McTiernan
Based on: Screenplay “Simon Says” by Jonathan Hensleigh
Writer: Jonathan Hensleigh
Starring: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson
IMDb rating: 7.6 with 358,000 votes
Box office: $366 million

A NYPD officer John McClan and a Harlem store owner will become accidental partners in a race all over New York to figure out puzzles crafted for them by a terrorist Simon Gruber. If they fail, a bomb will explode. Meanwhile, Gruber plans to rob the Federal Reserve.

46. GoldenEye (1995)

Subgenre: Spy film
Director: Martin Campbell
Based on: Novel “James Bond” by Ian Fleming
Writers: Michael France, Jeffrey Caine, Bruce Feirstein
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco
IMDb rating: 7.2 with 235,000 votes
Box office: $352 million

When a powerful satellite weapon “GoldenEye” gets into the wrong hands, only agent 007 can stop those behind it. Besides his need to face the renegade general, he must also go up against his old friend as well as a sexy yet deadly assassin Xenia.

47. Waterworld (1995)

Subgenre: Post-apocalyptic action
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Writers: Peter Rader, David Twohy
Starring: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper
IMDb rating: 6.2 with 177,000 votes
Box office: $264 million

In the future polar ice caps have melted and most of the planet is covered with water. A mutated mariner who usually survives alone, decides to help a woman and a girl while being pursued by a group of outlaws.

48. Batman Forever (1995)

Subgenre: Superhero
Director: Joel Schumacher
Based on: DC Comics character Batman
Writers: Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Akiva Goldsman
Starring: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman
IMDb rating: 5.4 with 232,000 votes
Box office: $337 million

Batman must protect Gotham city from two villains, Two-Face and the Riddler. The first one is a former District Attorney Harvey Dent and the second one is a former Wayne Tech employee. They will join forces against Batman, but the dark knight is not alone. A young acrobat will become his sidekick Robin.

49. Kiss of Death (1995)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Based on: 1947 film noir classic “Kiss of Death” by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer
Writers: Eleazar Lipsky, Richard Price
Starring: David Caruso, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicolas Cage
IMDb rating: 5.9 with 17,000 votes
Box office: $15 million

An ex-con Jimmy is working as an informant for the police trying to take down a mob boss called Little Junior. When Little Junior kills an undercover DEA agent, Jimmy’s tape is used for his arrest. He manages to get out on bail, abducts Jimmy’s daughter and sends a message on her forehead. Realizing that he and his family are not safe anymore, Jimmy confronts Little Junior.

50. Mortal Kombat (1995)

Subgenre: Fantasy martial arts
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Based on: Video game “Mortal Kombat” by Midway Games
Writers: Kevin Droney
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Talisa Soto
IMDb rating: 5.8 with 100,000 votes
Box office: $122 million

Three martial artists (Liu Kang, Johnny Cage and Sonya) led by Raiden are competing in an ancient tournament against an evil sorcerer Shang Tsung. The outcome of the tournament will decide the fate of the world.

51. Bad Boys (1995)

Subgenre: Action-comedy
Director: Michael Bay
Writers: George Gallo, Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Doug Richardson
Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Lisa Boyle
IMDb rating: 6.9 with 236,000 votes
Box office: $141 million

Two Miami detectives have 72 hours to find the heroin stolen from the evidence storage before Internal Affairs shut the precinct down. The matter is additionally complicated by the fact that they need to pretend to be each other in order to convince the witness to a murder to cooperate.

52. Desperado (1995)

Subgenre: Western action
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writers: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida
IMDb rating: 7.2 with 169,000 votes
Box office: $25 million

Gunslinger El Mariachi arrives in town looking for kingpin Bucho who is responsible for his girlfriend’s death. Most of the town works for Bucho, but there is a woman Carolina that is willing to help him survive Bucho’s gang.

53. Judge Dredd (1995)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action
Director: Danny Cannon
Based on: Comic book “Judge Dredd” by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra
Writers: Michael De Luca, William Wisher, Steven E. de Souza
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Rob Schneider
IMDb rating: 5.6 with 109,000 votes
Box office: $113 million

In a dystopian future a police officer is also a judge and executioner. Judge Dredd is the most famous judge in Mega-City One. When a news reporter who was critical of Dredd gets murdered, he is framed and convicted. He must clear his name and take down everyone involved.

54. First Knight (1995)

Subgenre: Medieval action-adventure
Director: Jerry Zucker
Writers: Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, William Nicholson
Starring: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond
IMDb rating: 6.0 with 67,000 votes
Box office: $128 million

When a renegade knight Malagant abducts King Arthur’s future wife, a swordsman Lancelot will save her and earn a place among the king’s knights. However, he will start a romance with the same woman he rescued and the two will be charged for treason.

55. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Geoff Murphy
Writers: Richard Hatem, Matt Reeves, J.F. Lawton
Starring: Steven Seagal, Eric Bogosian, Everett McGill
IMDb rating: 5.5 with 43,000 votes
Box office: $105 million

A former Navy Seal is traveling on a train with his niece when the train is suddenly hijacked by terrorists. They plan to take over a destructive satellite using the train as a mobile headquarters. Nobody can’t stop them, but one Navy Seal will.

56. Independence Day (1996)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writers: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Starring: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum
IMDb rating: 7.0 with 521,000 votes
Box office: $817 million

Mysterious aliens with superior technology launch an all out invasion on Earth. When a massive spaceship appears, terror will ensue as beams of fire start to rain down on cities. Human race must strike back at invaders before it’s too late.

57. The Rock (1996)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Michael Bay
Writers: David Weisberg, Douglas Cook, Mark Rosner
Starring: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris
IMDb rating: 7.4 with 307,000 votes
Box office: $335 million

A group of rogue marines led by a renegade general break into Alcatraz, take over tourists as hostages and demand 100 million dollars to be paid as restitution for killed marines. If they don’t get the money, nerve gas will be launched in San Francisco. A former Alcatraz escapee and FBI chemist will lead the counterstrike.

58. Mission: Impossible (1996)

Subgenre: Spy film
Director: Brian De Palma
Based on: TV series “Mission: Impossible” by Bruce Geller
Writers: David Koepp, Steven Zaillian, Robert Towne
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart
IMDb rating: 7.1 with 381,000 votes
Box office: $458 million

Ethan Hunt is a secret agent for the IMF (Impossible Missions Force) who is on the run from government assassins. He is falsely accused of disloyalty. While fleeing he must find and expose the real mole who framed him.

59. Ransom (1996)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Ron Howard
Writers: Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum, Richard Price, Alexander Ignon
Starring: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo
IMDb rating: 6.7 with 117,000 votes
Box office: $309 million

The multi-millionaire’s son is kidnaped and the kidnappers demand ransom. At first he is willing to pay it, but eventually decides to appear on TV and offer a bounty for the kidnappers.

60. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Subgenre: Action-horror
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writers: Robert Kurtzman, Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis
IMDb rating: 7.2 with 282,000 votes
Box office: $59 million

After a bank robbery two fugitive brothers are heading to Mexico. In order to cross the border they kidnap a family with an RV. The five make a stop in a bar which turns out to be a place full of vampires.

61. Escape from L.A. (1996)

Subgenre: Post-apocalyptic action
Director: John Carpenter
Writers: John Carpenter, Nick Castle, Debra Hill, Kurt Russell
Starring: Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach
IMDb rating: 5.8 with 68,000 votes
Box office: $25 million

Los Angeles is separated from the rest of the country by earthquakes and has now become a corrupt penal colony. The president has called a mercenary Snake Plissken to go to LA and retrieve a doomsday device. He has 9 hours to do the job before his body is infected with a deadly virus.

62. Last Man Standing (1996)

Subgenre: Western action
Director: Walter Hill
Writers: Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Walter Hill
Starring: Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, William Sanderson, Christopher Walken
IMDb rating: 6.4 with 53,000 votes
Box office: $47 million

In the days of prohibition a drifting gunslinger finds himself in the middle of the war between two mafia organizations. He sees that as an opportunity to play both sides against each other and make something out of the whole situation.

63. Maximum Risk (1996)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Ringo Lam
Writers: Larry Ferguson
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, Jean-Hugues Anglade
IMDb rating: 5.5 with 20,000 votes
Box office: $52 million

Alain Moreau is a cop who accidentally finds out that he had a twin brother who just got killed. In order to reveal the truth, he starts to pretend that he is his brother Mikhail. Soon he will learn that Mikhail was in a mob.

64. Police Story 4: First Strike (1996)

Subgenre: Action-comedy
Director: Stanley Tong
Writers: Greg Mellott, Elliot Tong, Stanley Tong, Nick Tramontane
Starring: Jackie Chan, Jackson Lou, Annie Wu
IMDb rating: 6.6 with 19,000 votes
Box office: $15 million

Jackie is a Hong Kong police officer who is assigned by the CIA to work on a nuclear smuggling case. Things will become more complicated when he learns that he is a pawn in a bigger game.

65. The Fifth Element (1997)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action
Director: Luc Besson
Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman
IMDb rating: 7.7 with 426,000 votes
Box office: $264 million

Two hundred years in the future, the planet is threatened by the arrival of Evil. There are fifth elements that can save humanity: earth, fire, water, air and a Supreme Being. A former major, now a taxicab driver, will be caught in the middle of this battle once he realizes that the woman who fell into his cab is the fifth element.

66. Con Air (1997)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Simon West
Writer: Scott Rosenberg
Starring: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich
IMDb rating: 6.9 with 272,000 votes
Box office: $224 million

After serving a sentence for killing a man while defending his wife, a former U.S. ranger is on his way home. When his transport, a plane full of prisoners, is taken over by criminal Cyrus, ranger Poe could be the one to help Marshall Vince to resolve the matter.

67. Starship Troopers (1997)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Based on: Novel “Starship Troopers” by Robert A. Heinlein
Writer: Edward Neumeier
Starring: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer
IMDb rating: 7.2 with 265,000 votes
Box office: $121 million

In a militaristic future, humans will wage a war against insectoid species known as Bugs. Johnny Rico has joined the military after high school for the love of his girlfriend. He will eventually move up through the ranks and become one of the saviours of the human race.

68. Men in Black (1997)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action comedy
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Based on: Comic book “The Men in Black” by Lowell Cunningham
Writer: Ed Solomon
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino
IMDb rating: 7.3 with 508,000 votes
Box office: $589 million

Kay and Jay are the agents of a top secret organization named Man in Black. Their job is to supervise alien lifeforms on Earth and keep their existence a secret from the general public. They must stop a deadly plot planned by intergalactic terrorists.

69. G.I. Jane (1997)

Subgenre: Action drama
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Danielle Alexandra, David Twohy
Starring: Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft
IMDb rating: 5.9 with 72,000 votes
Box office: $48 million

After pressuring the Navy for not having women, Senator Lillian managed to strike a deal. If a female trainee manages to go through the test program, doors will be opened for all women. LT. Jordan O’Neill is chosen for the program and now everyone, even the Senator behind her, expects that she will fail. Nevertheless, LT. Jordan will surprise them all.

70. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Subgenre: Spy film
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Based on: Novel “James Bond” by Ian Fleming
Writer: Bruce Feirstein
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh
IMDb rating: 6.5 with 178,000 votes
Box office: $333 million

A media mogul Carvel wants to completely control media coverage in the whole world. To achieve that he is ready to initiate a war between China and the U.K. The man who must stop him is James Bond.

71. Face/Off (1997)

Director: John Woo
Writers: Mike Werb, Michael Colleary
Starring: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen
IMDb rating: 7.3 with 344,000 votes
Box office: $246 million

FBI agent Archer needs to find a biological weapon placed in the city by his sworn enemy Castor Troy. In order to do this, he undergoes surgery to assume the physical appearance of his enemy. Things get wrong when terrorist Troy finds the same doctor and assumes the identity of the FBI agent.

72. Spawn (1997)

Subgenre: Superhero
Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé
Based on: Comic book “Spawn” by Todd McFarlane
Writers: Alan B. McElroy, Mark A.Z. Dippé
Starring: Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen
IMDb rating: 5.3 with 63,000 votes
Box office: $88 million

Al is a government assassin who is double-crossed and murdered. In Hell he makes a deal with the devil. If he accepts to be an eternal servant and leader in a fight against Heaven, he can go back to Earth and see his fiancée. Of course, once he arrives on Earth, he sees that he has been cheated. His fiancée got married and he is transformed into Spawn. Now he must choose which side he wants to fight for.

73. The Jackal (1997)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Based on: Movie “The Day of the Jackal” by Kenneth Ross
Writer: Chuck Pfarrer
Starring: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier
IMDb rating: 6.4 with 105,000 votes
Box office: $159 million

While working on a joint mission, the FBI and Russian counterpart MVD, killed a brother of a powerful mobster. Now the mobster has hired an assassin named “The Jackal” who is never seen. His target is the director of the FBI. The only man who can identify him is an imprisoned IRA sniper who will be freed.

74. Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart
IMDb rating: 6.7 with 92,000 votes
Box office: $137 million

Jerry is a taxi driver who believes that there are many government conspiracies out there. He is also in love with a Justice Department attorney Alice. Soon one of his theories will turn out to be very true and his life will be in danger.

75. Blade (1998)

Subgenre: Superhero horror
Director: Stephen Norrington
Based on: Marvel Comics superhero “Blade”
Writer: David S. Goyer
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson
IMDb rating: 7.1 with 240,000 votes
Box office: $131 million

Blade is a half vampire, with their strength, but without their weaknesses. His mission is to fight vampires who have infiltrated every major organization, with a final goal – to rule all humans.

76. Armageddon (1998)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action, Disaster film
Director: Michael Bay
Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh, J.J. Abrams, Tony Gilroy, Shane Salerno, Robert Roy Pool
Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler
IMDb rating: 6.7 with 390,000 votes
Box office: $554 million

An asteroid the size of Texas is coming toward the Earth. NASA believes that the only way to stop the destruction of Earth is to drill a hole into the asteroid and detonate a nuclear device. They recruit Harry, the best driller in the world, to train astronauts who will do the job. Instead, Harry will bring his own team to save the planet.

77. Rush Hour (1998)

Subgenre: Action-comedy
Director: Brett Ratner
Writers: Ross LaManna, Jim Kouf
Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung
IMDb rating: 7.0 with 235,000 votes
Box office: $244 million

The daughter of a Chinese diplomat is kidnapped in Los Angeles and a Hong Kong inspector Lee is on his way to help. The FBI don’t want him to interfere so they assign Detective Carter to keep him busy and move him away from the investigation. Neither of them likes being put aside so they team up to solve the case before the FBI do.

78. The Mask of Zorro (1998)

Subgenre: Swashbuckler film
Director: Martin Campbell
Based on: Character of the masked vigilante “Zorro” by Johnston McCulley
Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Randall Jahnson, John Eskow
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones
IMDb rating: 6.7 with 166,000 votes
Box office: $250 million

Once people’s champion, masked vigilante Zorro, is now an old man who still has a score to settle with his enemy Don Rafael. He killed his wife and took his daughter, raising her as his own. Now, he will train a young thief to become his successor and next Zorro, who pursues vengeance of his own.

79. Ronin (1998)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: John Frankenheimer
Writers: J.D. Zeik, David Mamet
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone
IMDb rating: 7.3 with 169,000 votes
Box office: $71 million

A woman hires a team of mercenaries to steal a mysterious suitcase from a heavily armed convoy. After the job is successfully done, one of the team members, Gregor, steals the case and disappears. While tracking him, other members of the team also have their own agenda. Everyone is tricking everyone else.

80. The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

Subgenre: Action drama
Director: Randall Wallace
Based on: Novel “The Vicomte de Bragelonne” by Alexandre Dumas
Writer: Randall Wallace
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu
IMDb rating: 6.5 with 154,000 votes
Box office: $183 million

While Paris starves, a cruel young king is interested only in treasure and women. Former musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis are planning to replace the king with his imprisoned brother. But their friend and the leader of the king’s guard, Captain D’Artagnan is loyal to his king. If they want to succeed, they must win him over first.

81. Enemy of the State (1998)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Tony Scott
Writer: David Marconi
Starring: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight
IMDb rating: 7.3 with 224,000 votes
Box office: $251 million

A group of NSA agents killed a politican, but the murder is caught on tape and the guy who made it is now hunted. When he runs into his college friend lawyer Dean he slips the disc into his bag. Now Dean becomes the target, his life completely ruined, and he doesn’t even know why. He must clear his name and get to the bottom of this.

82. Soldier (1998)

Subgenre: Science fiction-action
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: David Webb Peoples
Starring: Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs
IMDb rating: 6.0 with 51,000 votes
Box office: $15 million

In a futuristic society soldiers are trained from birth to become killing machines. When a veteran soldier is defeated by a new bread of genetically engineered soldiers, he is dumped on a waste planet and left for dead. He manages to survive with the help of the colony residents who accepted him. When the ones who threw him on the planet come back to deal with the colonists, the soldier will defend them and take his revenge.

83. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Subgenre: Buddy cop action-comedy
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Shane Black, Jonathan Lemkin, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Channing Gibson
Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock, Jet Li
IMDb rating: 6.6 with 151,000 votes
Box office: $285 million

Two veteran LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh, both becoming too old for the job, are about to face their biggest challenge yet. They will find themselves in a war with the Triads.

84. Desperate Measures (1998)

Subgenre: Action-thriller
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Writer: David Klass
Starring: Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox
IMDb rating: 6.1 with 16,000 votes
Box office: $14 million

A police officer is desperately looking for a compatible bone marrow donor for his son who is dying. Finally, he will find one, but he has been found guilty of a murder and sentenced to life in prison. The convict accepts to be a donor, but only because he sees that as an opportunity to escape.

85. The Matrix (1999)

Subgenre: Cyberpunk science fiction-action
Directors: The Wachowski Brothers
Writers: The Wachowski Brothers
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
IMDb rating: 8.7 with 1,635,000 votes
Box office: $465 million

The world is taken over by machines who trap people inside simulated reality (Matrix), while using their body as energy. A hacker Neo knows that something is wrong and after meeting Morpheus he will learn the truth and join the rebellion.

86. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Subgenre: Spy film
Director: Michael Apted
Based on: Novel “James Bond” by Ian Fleming
Writers: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Bruce Feirstein
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle
IMDb rating: 6.4 with 185,000 votes
Box office: $362 million

When a billionaire and oil tycoon is murdered at MI6 Headquarters, James Bond is assigned to protect his daughter Electra. Bond learns that a terrorist named Renard is behind the billionaire’s assassinations and that he plans a nuclear meltdown in Europe.

87. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Subgenre: Epic space opera, Science fiction-action
Director: George Lucas
Writer: George Lucas
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman
IMDb rating: 6.5 with 714,000 votes
Box office: $1,027 billion

Two Jedi Knights are sent to the world Naboo to warn and protect the Queen Amidala from the evil Trade Federation. When Naboo is invaded Jedi will evacuate with the Queen and travel to planet Tatooine where they will meet young boy Anakin Skywalker. They will recognize that the Force is with him.

88. The 13th Warrior (1999)

Subgenre: Historical fiction action
Director: John McTiernan, Michael Crichton (uncredited)
Based on: Novel “Eaters of the Dead” by Michael Crichton
Writers: William Wisher, Warren Lewis
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora, Dennis Storhøi
IMDb rating: 6.6 with 115,000 votes
Box office: $62 million

Because of his encounters with the wrong woman, Ahmad is sent away as an ambassador. On his journey he will find himself among the Vikings. Without knowing their language, he will slowly start to learn their ways and become their warrior.

89. Beowulf (1999)

Subgenre: Science fantasy-action
Director: Graham Baker
Based on: Old English epic poem “Beowulf”
Writers: Mark Leahy, David Chappes
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Rhona Mitra, Oliver Cotton
IMDb rating: 4.1 with 11,000 votes

A mysterious warrior Beowulf comes to the besieged castle to help fight a monster named Grendel. The creature comes at night and kills the warriors trapped in the castle ruled by Hrotgar. Beowulf can sense the monster and will be the first one to ever do it. Hrotgar, his daughter and the few that are still alive might see another day.

90. Payback (1999)

Subgenre: Neo-noir action-thriller
Director: Brian Helgeland
Based on: Novel “The Hunter” by Donald E. Westlake
Writers: Brian Helgeland, Terry Hayes
Starring: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, Lucy Liu
IMDb rating: 7.1 with 130,000 votes
Box office: $162 million

After a successful robbery with his friend, Porter is double crossed and shot. Now he is out for revenge and his money. The problem is that the money is now in the hands of a crime syndicate. In order to get his money, Porter must face many crooks.

20 Best Action Movies From the 90s According to IMDb

  • The Matrix (1999) – 8.7 with 1,635,000 votes
  • Léon: The Professional (1994) – 8.5 with 1,009,000 votes
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – 8.5 with 976,000 votes
  • Jurassic Park (1993) – 8.1 with 848,000 votes
  • The Fugitive (1993) – 7.8 with 263,000 votes
  • Tombstone (1993) – 7.8 with 123,000 votes
  • The Fifth Element (1997) – 7.7 with 426,000 votes
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1992) – 7.7 with 146,000 votes
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) – 7.6 with 358,000 votes
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990) – 7.6 with 175,000 votes
  • The Crow (1994) – 7.6 with 164,000 votes
  • Total Recall (1990) – 7.5 with 296,000 votes
  • Fist of Legend (1994) – 7.5 with 22,000 votes
  • The Rock (1996) – 7.4 with 307,000 votes
  • Men in Black (1997) – 7.3 with 508,000 votes
  • Face/Off (1997) – 7.3 with 344,000 votes
  • Enemy of the State (1998) – 7.3 with 224,000 votes
  • Ronin (1998) – 7.3 with 169,000 votes
  • Point Break (1991) – 7.3 with 154,000 votes
  • La Femme Nikita (1990) – 7.3 with 66,000 votes

20 Best Action Movies From the 90s According to Box Office

  • Jurassic Park (1993) – $1.033 billion
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) – $1,027 billion
  • Independence Day (1996) – $817 million
  • Men in Black (1997) – $589 million
  • Armageddon (1998) – $554 million
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – $520 million
  • The Matrix (1999) – $465 million
  • Mission: Impossible (1996) – $458 million
  • True Lies (1994) – $379 million
  • The Fugitive (1993) – $369 million
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) – $366 million
  • The World Is Not Enough (1999) – $362 million
  • GoldenEye (1995) – $352 million
  • Speed (1994) – $350 million
  • Batman Forever (1995) – $337 million
  • The Rock (1996) – $335 million
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) – $333 million
  • Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) – $322 million
  • Ransom (1996) – $309 million
  • Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) – $285 million