39 Of The Best 90s Action Movies You MUST Watch - Endless Popcorn

Our Picks Of The Best 90s Action Movies At A Glance

  • Total Recall (1990)
  • Point Break (1991)
  • Clear & Present Danger (1994)
  • Starship Troopers (1997)
  • The Matrix (1999)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Goldeneye (1995)
  • The 5th Element (1997)
  • Speed (1994)
  • The Fugitive (1993)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • Mission: Impossible (1996)
  • Bad Boys (1995)
  • HEAT (1995)
  • Judge Dredd (1995)
  • Entrapment (1999)
  • Leon: The Professional (1994)
  • The Rock (1996)
  • Rush Hour (1998)
  • Hard Target (1993)
  • Predator 2 (1990)
  • Blade (1998)
  • Hard Boiled (1992)
  • Independence Day (1996)
  • Ronin (1998)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)
  • Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
  • Desperado (1995)
  • Enemy Of The State (1998)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • Con Air (1997)
  • The Legend Of Drunken Master (1994)
  • The Crow (1994)
  • Cliffhanger (1993)
  • Men In Black (1997)
  • Three Kings (1999)
  • Nikita (1990)
  • Face/Off (1997)

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Why The 90s?

The 1990s were a heyday for action movies. From heart-pounding thrillers to energetic martial arts flicks, there was something for everyone at the local cinema. These films defined an entire genre and set a new standard for what could be accomplished on the big screen. 

In addition to unforgettable action sequences, the best ’90s action movies also featured complex storylines and intriguing characters. These films were truly groundbreaking, and they continue to entertain audiences today. Without further ado here are our picks for the best action movies to come out during the 1990s.

1.  Total Recall

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Total Recall Movie Description

In the future, when Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) visits Rekall, he is hoping to have a new memory implanted that will take him to the colonized Martian planet.

However, something goes wrong in the procedure and he realizes that his whole life is a false memory. The people who implanted it now want him dead. With danger looming, Quaid must find a way to escape and uncover the truth about his past.

2.  Point Break

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Point Break Movie Description

After a series of bizarre bank robberies in Southern California, federal agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) infiltrates the suspected gang. But the gang of robbers isn’t your ordinary group of thieves.

The group comprises mostly of surfers, led by the charismatic Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). They’re addicted to getting a rush from thievery. However, Utah’s duty becomes complicated when he falls in love with Tyler (Lori Petty)–a female surfer who is close to the group.

3.  Batman Returns

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Batman Returns Movie Description

The Penguin (Danny DeVito), a madman who lives in the sewers, joins forces with a wicked businessman in order to get rid of The Batman (Michael Keaton).

Not long after, the businessman’s assistant turns into Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), and ultimately teams up with Penguin and the businessman to destroy Batman. However, things go awry when she unexpectedly starts to catch feelings for The Bat.

4.  Speed

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Speed Movie Description

Jack (Keanu Reeves), a police officer in Los Angeles, angers retired bomb squad member Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) by foiling his attempt at taking hostages.

Payne prepared a bus with a bomb that would explode if it dropped below 50 miles per hour in retaliation. Jack and his partner Harry (Jeff Daniels) attempted to save the passengers on the bus before the bomb goes off, while also trying to figure out how Payne was monitoring them.

5.  GoldenEye

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GoldenEye Movie Description

James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) must defeat his former ally, Agent 006 (Sean Bean), who has taken over a powerful satellite system with the intent to destroy the Earth.

006 is also partnered with Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), a dangerous assassin, so Bond must be vigilant of her as well.

6.  Clear and Present Danger

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Clear and Present Danger Movie Description

Admiral Greer (James Earl Jones) has been diagnosed with cancer, leading to CIA agent Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) becoming the acting deputy director of the agency. Shortly after, a friend of the president was killed.

Jack looked into the death and found multiple connections between the man and drug dealers. In retaliation, CIA agent John Clark (Willem Dafoe) was sent to Colombia to kill drug kingpins. Jack must now find out what happened and who is responsible for all these deaths.

7.  The Matrix

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The Matrix Movie Description

Neo (Keanu Reeves) is a computer hacker who has come across a phrase countless times which raises his curiosity. He continues coming across something known as the Matrix. He believes that the mysterious man Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), also known as the most dangerous man alive can help him answer these questions.

When Neo is met by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), who takes him to Morpheus in the underworld. They combine their efforts to combat a powerful evil army of agents. As Neo gets closer to the truth, he discovers that there may be worse consequences than losing his life.

8.  The Fifth Element

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The Fifth Element Movie Description

In the future, Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) falls into Korben Dallas’s (Bruce Willis) cab. When this happens, she inevitably places the world’s fate in his hands.

He must help her find the other four elements that will stop a Great Evil from destroying humanity. With time running out, Dallas enlists Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) and Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker) to beat Zorg (Gary Oldman) and save everyone on Earth.

9.  Starship Troopers

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Starship Troopers Movie Description

The Earth is currently at war with an alien race of giant insects. A great deal is unknown about these Bugs, except that they are dedicated to the destruction of all human life.

A Mobile Infantry travels to far-off alien planets in order to wage war on the Bugs. They were ruthless foes with only one objective in mind: the preservation of their species at any cost.

10.  Bad Boys

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Bad Boys Movie Description

Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), two Miami-Dade detectives, are trying to track down a missing $100 million worth of heroin.

They believe that someone inside the department stole it, and Internal Affairs has given them five days to find it before they shut down the narcotics division.

Marcus is forced to pretend to be Mike in order to gain the trust of a call girl who might have information about the drugs. The two must now race against the clock to solve the case before it’s too late.

11.  Independence Day

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Independence Day Movie Description

As the ships descended upon Earth and began to demolish its cities, pandemonium ensued. Earth’s weapons were powerless against the aliens, and all hope seemed lost.

However, a small group of people refused to give up. They formulated a plan to save humanity and fight tooth and nail to see it through. Will they succeed? Or will the human race be extinguished?

12.  Mission: Impossible

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Mission: Impossible Movie Description

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), a government agent for the United States, is given a covert assignment with his mentor Jim Phelps (Jon Voight). Unfortunately, during their mission, Phelps is killed and Ethan becomes the primary suspect in the murder.

Now on the run from law enforcement, Hunt enlists the help of Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), a skilled hacker, and Franz Krieger (Jean Reno), a pilot, to break into a highly guarded CIA building. His goal is to retrieve a confidential computer file that will clear his name of any wrongdoing.

13.  Ronin

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Ronin Movie Description

An elite team is formed and tasked with stealing a mysterious briefcase. The team consists of Sam, an ex-intelligence officer, Vincent (Jean Reno), Gregor (Stellan Skarsgard), and a few others.

As they get started on the mission, Deirdre (Natascha McElhone), their leader, watches everyone closely for any signs of treachery. Unfortunately, not all of the team members can be trusted. So not only must they complete the mission, but they also have to keep a close eye on one another.

14.  Hard Boiled

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Hard Boiled Movie Description

After his partner is killed in a shootout with gun smugglers, a cop sets out to catch the criminals.

To get closer to the ringleaders, he teams up with an undercover cop and uses every means necessary to find them.

15.  The Fugitive

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The Fugitive Movie Description

Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford), wrongly accused of murdering his wife, escapes from the law in order to find her killer and clear his name. A team of U.S. marshals, led by Deputy Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones), is in hot pursuit of Richard.

The Deputy will not stop until he has captured Richard. As the chase ensues, Richard gradually discovers the secrets behind his wife’s murder and races against time to expose the killer before it is too late.

16.  Face/Off

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Face/Off Movie Description

FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) is determined to catch terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage), so he tracks him down to Los Angeles. However, the plane carrying both men crashes, and Troy is badly injured–possibly even dead.

To get information from Troy’s brother about an impending bomb, Archer undergoes surgery to have his face replaced with that of the unconscious man. But as he tries to put his plan into action, Troy wakes up from his coma and demands that the surgeon gives him Archer’s face instead.

17.  Hard Target

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Hard Target Movie Description

Chance Boudreaux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a sailor and martial artist who has been hired to protect Natasha Binder (Yancy Butler) as she attempts to find her father.

They soon discover a terrible secret – the wealthy have created a sport of hunting down homeless people. If the homeless survive, they win $10,000. Chance discovers that one of their victims was Natasha’s father, leading him to hunt down and stop these hunters.

18.  Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Movie Description

Sarah Connor and her son John (Edward Furlong) continue to fight for their survival after the first terminator attack. 11 years after the first attack, a new shape-shifting T-1000 (Robert Patrick) arrives, and Sarah must help protect John from it.

However, they are not alone. A reconditioned T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) arrives to help protect young John Connor.

19.  True Lies

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True Lies Movie Description

Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a secret agent who must track down nuclear missiles in the possession of Islamic jihadist Aziz (Art Malik).

Harry’s mission becomes increasingly more complicated when he realizes his neglected wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), is planning on having an affair with Simon (Bill Paxton), a car salesman who claims he’s a spy. When Aziz kidnaps Harry and Helen, the secret agent must save the world and patch up his marriage at the same time.

20.  Rush Hour

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Rush Hour Movie Description

In the film Rush Hour, a Chinese diplomat’s daughter is kidnapped. The case has been turned over to Hong Kong Detective Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) by the FBI. The FBI, however, does not want him, so they send him to the LAPD instead.

While there, James Carter (Chris Tucker) is assigned to watch over Lee. Despite their mutual dislike for one another, they decide to work together to solve this problem since neither the FBI nor the Police has any interest in helping them.

21.  Die Hard with a Vengeance

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