The 90s was a fantastic decade for fans of action movies, as many films of this genre were released during that decade. Here are 20 of the best action movies of the 90s.
5. Independence Day
Timeout lists Independence Day in the top 50 movies of the 90s, a list which includes all genres. This 1996 science-fiction action film involves the fight between humanity and the threat of alien invasion in a story that gradually builds tension.
The scene where the White House is destroyed is one of the most iconic movie scenes from the 90s. This film was directed by Roland Emmerich and starred Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Will Smith.
4. Mission: Impossible
The successful Mission: Impossible franchise began with the first film in 1996, says CBR. Starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hawke, this movie was directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Koepp. One of the most iconic scenes from 90s movie history is when Hunt is suspended over the NOC-List vault, and there were many films that followed that parodied this famous scene.
3. The Rock
Director Michael Bay had already enjoyed success in the 90s with Bad Boys, but its 1996 sequel The Rock exceeded this success, notes CBR. Looking rather different from his usual appearance, Sean Connery sports a long hairstyle in this film. However, it is Nicolas Cage’s acting that really stands out. There are lots of things to love about The Rock if you are an action film fan, as it is full of fights, fireballs, and explosions.
2. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Terminator 2: Judgement Day hit movie screens in 1991. It had been a long seven years since the first film in The Terminator franchise was released, so this was a much-awaited movie. This James Cameron film transformed the villain from the first film into the hero who was the only hope for humanity. The film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role, and it was praised for the action sequences, the performances of the actors, and the innovative special effects, says Cultured Vultures. This film stands out from others in the franchise, and the films that followed could never quite stand up to its brilliance.
1. The Matrix
The Matrix is often ranked in lists of the best action movies from the 90s, including the list by The Young Folks. It is described as an intelligent film with an intriguing story that has many philosophical themes. This film was released in 1999 and it was written and directed by The Wachowskis. Keanu Reeves plays the lead role, and others who starred in this movie include Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. The movie is set in a dystopian future with humanity trapped within The Matrix, which is a simulated reality.