The 90’s were quite a memorable decade – not only because of the music and the crazy fashion, but also because of the iconic action flicks. This decade brought us some great action heroes, from the raunchy John McClane to the courageous Jordan O’Neil and the badass Leeloo.
Want to relive those glorious years? Get some popcorn and sit down for a marathon of some of the best action movies of the 90’s, currently streaming on Presto.
The Die Hard series is the epitome of the 90’s, though the first movie actually came out in 1988. However, the second one is arguably the best one, since it has everything from scary terrorists to planes on the verge of crashing and, of course, the iconic “Yippee-ki-yay”. In this movie, Bruce Willis’ John McClane must stop a terrorist group who takes an entire airport hostage in an attempt to get a drug lord free. They threaten to give all the planes bad landing instructions if the kingpin is not released in a matter of hours. Now McClane must stop the bad guys before the planes crash and he’s got quite an incentive – his wife is on one of those flights.
This is another great action movie staring, once again, Bruce Willis. This time, the plot takes place in the 22nd
century and, of course, it has aliens. The story actually starts in 1914 when an alien race hides, in an ancient Egyptian temple, four stones representing the four elements and a sarcophagus which contains a fifth element in form of a human. This human, combined with the other elements, can defeat evil. Three and a half centuries later, said evil appears and it’s up to Willis’ character Dallas to save the universe with the help of the human in the sarcophagus, Leeloo (Milla Jovovich). The two of them must find the other four elements in order to extinguish the evil forces. The problem? Leeloo has become quite disenchanted with humanity and she’s no longer sure she still wants to save the world…
James Cameron’s True Lies is a great mix of comedy and action. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis star as Harry and Helen, a boring husband and wife whose lives have become quite predictable. Helen meets a mysterious man pretending to be a covert agent. Fed up with her suburban life, she agrees to go on a date with him. Little does she know that the mysterious guy is just a car dealer and her husband is actually a covert agent who is currently after a Palestinian terrorist group. When Harry finds out about his wife’s indiscretion he kidnaps her and takes her to a hotel where he finds out that Helen is bored and in search for adventure. So he stages a spy mission for his wife, which, unfortunately, overlaps with his actual mission. Soon, a simple game turns into a high-speed chase with terrorists, bombs, missiles and helicopters. If that’s not enough to spice up a marriage, I don’t know what is!
Keanu Reeves plays Jack, a fearless SWAT officer who, one day, gets a disturbing call. A bad guy, Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper), has put a bomb in a bus and if said bus goes over 50 miles per hour, the bomb will activate. Jack rushes to find the vehicle and he manages to board it, but the bus has already gone over 50 and the bomb is activated. And if that is not enough, one of the passengers, a small-time criminal – who thinks Jack is after him, fires a gun and accidentally injures the driver. Now it’s up to another passenger, Annie (Sandra Bullock) to take the wheel and make sure the bus doesn’t go below 50, while Jack figures a way out of this whole mess.
This John Woo movie pits two of the most popular 90’s heartthrobs against each other. John Travolta and Christian Slater play two pilots in the US Air Force, Deakins and Hale. During a routine exercise, the two of them manage to lose two nuclear bombs in the middle of a national park. Though at first that doesn’t seem like a big deal, we soon find out that the entire thing was orchestrated by Deakins. His plan is to steal those warheads and, with the help of a terrorist group, blackmail the government. But Deakins doesn’t count on Hale coming after him, with the help of an unlikely ally – a young park ranger. Will Hale be able to recover the missing nuclear weapons and defeat his friend? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out!
This is another great action movie set in the future. Four high-school graduates, Rico (Casper Van Dien), Carmen (Denise Richards), Dizzy (Dina Meyer) and Carl (Neil Patrick Harris) enrol in the Federation service, a futuristic US Army. Though their service starts out a little rocky, they soon have to put their friendships to the test when the Earth is attacked by an alien insect species called “Bugs” and the entire team has to work together in order to save the day.
This is arguably one of the best movies Ridley Scott has ever directed. Demi Moore is Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil, a young woman who is thrown into the political crosshairs of the US Navy, accused of being a misogynist institution. Jordan is recruited into a gruelling training program, and, against all odds, manages to complete it. In the end, Jordan will have to put her training to the test in a real combat situation and prove women are just as good as men are on the battlefield.
This movie has not only a stellar cast, but a great plot too. “Days of Thunder” takes place in the exciting world of car racing. Cole (Tom Cruise) is a rookie racer whose dream is to win the Indy 500. He is recruited by a big car dealership tycoon and he soon starts winning his first big races with the help of retired car builder Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall). But, during a difficult competition, he and a rival racer get into a serious crash and they both end up in the hospital. There, Cole meets a young neurosurgeon, Claire, played by Nicole Kidman, and falls in love with her. Now Cole must return to racing and regain his old spot that has been taken by another young racer. Will Cole be able to win his first Indy 500? That’s for you to find out!
From the mastermind behind “Resident Evil”, Paul W.S. Anderson, comes an action drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Kurt Russell is Todd 3465, a highly trained soldier who doesn’t know anything else outside military routine. In the near future, Todd is replaced by a new group of genetically engineered soldiers. During a fight with the new military forces, he is knocked out unconscious and, believing he’s dead, Todd is thrown on a waste disposal planet. Here, Todd wakes up and discovers an entire colony of people has crash landed and they are trying to make a life of their own, since nobody knows they have survived. Todd is adopted into the new community, but has trouble fitting in. However, he’s combat skills will soon be put to the test when soldiers will start using his new home as a training ground and the all the colonists will be put in harm’s way.
This is another action packed classic movie starring the one and only Bruce Willis. This time, he plays a disgraced Secret Service Agent, Joe, who is thrown into a conspiracy regarding gambling and football players; in which not only hitmen are involved, but also a corrupt senator and the greedy chairman of one of the largest football teams in the country. Mike finds an unlikely partner in Jimmy, a former professional football player. Now, the two of them must find a way to prove their conspiracy theory while also trying to stay alive.
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