We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 action movies from 1990-2000. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Natural Born Killers (1994) 46% at Rotten Tomatoes
After falling in love, a couple goes on a killing spree, starting with the woman’s abusive parents. It’s a trippy adventure and a great perspective of crime, fame, and infamy in America. It’s even more relevant in the age of YouTube.
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore
9. GoldenEye (1995) 78% at Rotten Tomatoes
Agent 007 is hunting his former partner who’s gone rogue and is now threatening the safety of the entire world. It’s the first of the Brosnan’s James Bond run and the movie that spawned one of the best shooting games ever made.
Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen
8. The Rock (1996) 66% at Rotten Tomatoes
When a rogue military squad takes over Alcatraz, the only person who can infiltrate it and stop them from destroying the world is a former criminal on a lifetime lock down.
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris
7. Bad Boys (1995) 43% at Rotten Tomatoes
Two police officers go on an explosive crusade to take down a drug kingpin and protect the witness who saw him kill their friend. It’s one of the best buddy cop movies on the planet and spawned and even more explosive sequel.
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Tea Leoni
6. Misson: Impossible (1996) 63% at Rotten Tomatoes
Ethan Hunt is a special agent who survives a double cross during a mission. Now he’s on the run and hunting the agency that used to employ him. It’s a thrill ride that doesn’t let up until the end credits roll.
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart
5. Con Air (1997) 56% at Rotten Tomatoes
U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe is finally being paroled for a murder he committed in self defense. Unfortunately the plane he’s riding on is hijacked by a gang of criminals, and he may be the only person who can stop their murderous rampage.
Director: Simon West
Starring: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich
4. The Matrix (1999) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
Neo is a brilliant hacker who learns life is more than it seems. He’s pulled out of a simulation to learn the real world is run by robots who use humans as batteries. If the prophecy is true, he’s The One. Can he learn to harness his powers in time to save the world?
Director: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne
3. Rush Hour (1998) 60% at Rotten Tomatoes
When the daughter of the Chinese Consul is kidnapped, he enlists the aid of his most trusted Hong Kong inspector to find her. When Lee arrives in L.A., he’s partnered with Carter, a renegade cop the LAPD is trying to keep out of trouble.
Director: Brett Ratner
Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tzi Ma
2. True Lies (1994) 72% at Rotten Tomatoes
Harry Tasker is a government agent so secret even his wife doesn’t know. When he learns she’s bored with him, he uses company resources to lure her into a spy game. That’s when real terrorists intervene, take him hostage, and the family learns the truth about the patriarch’s career.
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold
1. Leon: The Professional (1994) 71% at Rotten Tomatoes
After her parents are murdered, Leon takes in the orphaned girl and teaches her his assassin ways. It’s not long before she’s using her newfound skills to hunt down the man who made her an orphan.
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman