25 Underrated Or Unseen Action Films

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1. Mr. Majestyk (1974)

PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

A melon farmer battles organized crime and a hit man who wants to kill him.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal, Al Lettieri, Lee Purcell

Votes: 7,068

2. Tiger on Beat (1988)

TV-MA | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A seasoned cop and his rookie partner are a pair of mismatched partners in this Hong Kong action-comedy in the style of 'Lethal Weapon'. The wacky twosome are up in arms as they try to solve the murder of a heroin trafficker.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Nina Li Chi, Conan Lee, Norman Chu

Votes: 1,444

3. An qu (1983)

83 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Two very different cops are out to capture a local drug boss. The two cops go about their job differently, one of them doing everything to the letter of the law and the other not caring and doing whatever it takes to get the job done.

Director: Ngai Choi Lam | Stars: Jason Piao Pai, Jung Wang, Meng Lo, Kiu Wai Miu

Votes: 87

4. Freebie and the Bean (1974)

R | 113 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Loretta Swit, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 2,428

5. Miami Connection (1987)

R | 83 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

A martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida's narcotics trade.

Directors: Woo-sang Park, Y.K. Kim | Stars: Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch, Joseph Diamand, Maurice Smith

Votes: 4,334

6. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer

Votes: 27,250 | Gross: $17.31M

7. Bad Boys (1983)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

53 Metascore

Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing a rival's kid brother.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Jim Moody, Eric Gurry

Votes: 13,164 | Gross: $9.20M

8. Extreme Justice (1993)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A rogue cop joins an elite L.A.P.D. unit who secretly operate as a vigilante death squad, but soon begins to question their methods.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Glenn, Chelsea Field, Yaphet Kotto

Votes: 1,091

9. Bucktown (1975)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Duke Johnson visits a small Southern town, intent on burying his brother. After the funeral, he learns that he must stay for 60 days, for the estate to be processed. A few locals convince ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Marks | Stars: Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Thalmus Rasulala, Tony King

Votes: 1,015

10. Johnny Handsome (1989)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After being double crossed and thrown in jail, a deformed gangster gets a new face and rehabilitation, but his desire for revenge looms.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 8,458 | Gross: $7.24M

11. The Challenge (1982)

R | 108 min | Action, Drama

A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Scott Glenn, Toshirô Mifune, Donna Kei Benz, Atsuo Nakamura

Votes: 1,810 | Gross: $3.53M

12. The Big Hit (1998)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

31 Metascore

Socially anxious hitman Melvin Smiley, an expert in his lucrative field, goes on a job and falls in love with his kidnapping victim, turning his world upside down.

Director: Kirk Wong | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks

Votes: 27,617 | Gross: $27.05M

13. Caught Up (1998)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

She caught his eye. He was caught off guard. Now Daryl Allen is caught in the line of fire. After six years behind bars, a reformed street hood(Bokeem Woodbine) puts down his gun and ... See full summary »

Director: Darin Scott | Stars: Bokeem Woodbine, Cynda Williams, Damon Saleem, Jeffrey Combs

Votes: 826 | Gross: $6.72M

14. The Gladiator (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A road warrior vigilante avenges his brother's death at the hands of a crazy motorist by using his souped-up pickup to apprehend drunken drivers and others who abuse their driving privileges.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Ken Wahl, Nancy Allen, Robert Culp, Stan Shaw

Votes: 547

15. Thursday (1998)

R | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A former L.A. drug dealer has moved to Houston to make a new life for himself as a married architect. Everything falls apart when he is suddenly visited by one of his former cohorts who comes carrying heroin.

Director: Skip Woods | Stars: Thomas Jane, Aaron Eckhart, Paulina Porizkova, James Le Gros

Votes: 16,497 | Gross: $0.00M

16. Shakedown (1988)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A legal attorney and renegade cop team up to stop a corrupt cop.

Director: James Glickenhaus | Stars: Peter Weller, Sam Elliott, Richard Brooks, Jude Ciccolella

Votes: 2,612 | Gross: $10.07M

17. Kill Squad (1982)

R | 85 min | Action, Drama

A woman is killed. A man is paralyzed. His buddies come for revenge.

Director: Patrick G. Donahue | Stars: Jean Glaudé, Jeff Risk, Jerry Johnson, Francisco Ramírez

Votes: 258

18. The Losers (1970)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A quintet of CIA-trained Hells Angels take their specially armored hogs to Cambodia and head across southeast Asia to rescue a captured presidential advisor.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: William Smith, Bernie Hamilton, Adam Roarke, Houston Savage

Votes: 411 | Gross: $0.46M

19. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

R | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two Harlem cops investigate a robbery, believing that a reverend has staged it in order to steal the money he's collected for a local fundraiser.

Director: Ossie Davis | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Calvin Lockhart, Judy Pace

Votes: 1,605 | Gross: $4.39M

20. Stone Cold (1991)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A tough Alabama cop is blackmailed by the FBI into going undercover in a violent Mississippi biker gang.

Director: Craig R. Baxley | Stars: Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe, Arabella Holzbog

Votes: 6,562 | Gross: $9.29M

21. Rolling Thunder (1977)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

A returning war veteran loses his family to a violent home invasion and decides to seek and retaliate against those responsible.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, James Best

Votes: 6,963

22. Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

R | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two L.A. cops with opposing views on what is the best way to uphold the law have to work together to bring down the Yakuza, while trying to protect a beautiful woman.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tia Carrere

Votes: 15,596 | Gross: $2.28M

23. The Stunt Man (1980)

R | 131 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out and falls for the leading lady.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Allen Garfield

Votes: 8,256 | Gross: $7.06M

24. The Mechanic (1972)

PG | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn, Jill Ireland

Votes: 11,752

25. Death Hunt (1981)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

40 Metascore

In 1931 Canada, Yukon trapper Johnson has a feud with a dog owner who later retaliates by publicly accusing Johnson of murder and thus triggering a police manhunt in the wilderness.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Andrew Stevens, Carl Weathers

Votes: 6,433



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