'Point Break' (1991)
"Johnny Utah, FBI." When you need the day saved, you turn to Keanu Reeves. Or Harrison Ford's Jack Ryan. Or RoboCop. All three are on Hulu right now to satisfy your action-movie needs. Here's what you should watch.
'Point Break' (1991)
Keanu Reeves is special agent Johnny Utah in this near-perfect '90s action film about bank-robbing surfers. Vaya con dios!
'The Terminator' (1984)
A killer cyborg and a time-traveling human battle for the future of humanity in this James Cameron action classic.
A slain policeman (Paul Weller) becomes the ultimate robotic cop in Paul Verhoeven's brilliant (and insanely bloody) satire.
'Patriot Games' (1992)
In his first outing as Jack Ryan, Harrison Ford foils an attempt on the British Royal Family and earns the undying enmity of Irish terrorist Sean Bean, who's so damn good at being bad.
'Escape From New York' (1981)
Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell at his most badass) has 22 hours to rescue the President from the hellhole that is now New York. (In the futuristic year of 1988!) One of our favorite John Carpenter films.
'13 Assassins' (2010)
Director Takashi Miike took a break from body horror to direct one of the best Japaense samurai movies in recent memory. This action-packed historical drama (a remake of the 1963 film) is a nonstop thrill ride of swordplay. You have to love that final 45-minute fight sequence.
'Ong Bak' (2003)
The '90s made Hong Kong stars like Jackie Chan and Jet Li household names across the world. 2003 heralded the arrival of Tony Jaa. "Ong Bak" is basically a 90-minute showcase of Jaa's seemingly superhuman athleticism, one that features a mind-blowing blend of Muay Thai combat and urban free-running.
'The Villainess' (2017)
A kick-ass Korean action movie that also got a standing ovation at Cannes? Yes! The fight choreography is absolutely insane.
When your movie's premise is "there can be only one," then, of course, there are nonstop battles to the death. Peak '80s swordplay action.
'Young Guns' (1988)
Emilio Estevez is Billy the Kid in this "Brat Pack western," which is actually the most historically accurate movie about the outlaw. Who knew? Followed by (of course), "Young Guns II."