Looking over the awesome cast of The Expendables, conjures up such an amazing legacy of action movies from the past three decades that it could make your head spin. I thought I'd break it down by cast member and pick out their most essential action classic. Too bad Chuck Norris isn't here, or I could sing the praises of Code of Silence (1985), or Jean-Claude Van Damme and his John Woo film Hard Target (1993). We'll start with the fearless director/screenwriter star.
Demolition Man (Sylvester Stallone)
Stallone is still one of the most recognizable stars in the world. However, although he has a long filmography, there's very little good stuff to choose from. He has made more duds than just about any other major star in history. Rocky (1976) is a classic, but it's more of a drama than an action film. The Rambo films have aged badly, though First Blood (1982) still has some interesting things going for it. I liked Cliffhanger when I first saw it, and I know that Tango & Cash has a small following, but Demolition Man is his most cheerfully ridiculous movie, and arguably his hardest-hitting.