Black Hawk Down (2001) RT 76% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Jun 2002

When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • History • War
DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Josh Hartnett  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Jason Isaacs  •  Tom Sizemore

Lone Survivor (2013) RT 75% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Jun 2014

Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • Thriller • War
DIRECTION:  Peter Berg
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Taylor Kitsch  •  Emile Hirsch  •  Ben Foster

Live and Let Die (1973) RT 66% / Audience 65%

DVD release: Oct 1999

James Bond must investigate a mysterious murder case of a British agent in New Orleans. Soon he finds himself up against a gangster boss named Mr. Big.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Guy Hamilton
CAST:  Roger Moore  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Jane Seymour  •  Clifton James

True Romance (1993) RT 92% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Sep 1997

Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Tony Scott
CAST:  Christian Slater  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Michael Rapaport  •  Bronson Pinchot

Whiplash (2013) RT 94% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Feb 2015

A ferocious, bullying music teacher teaches a dedicated student. This is the 18 min short film that the feature film was based on.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Music
DIRECTION:  Damien Chazelle
CAST:  J.K. Simmons  •  Johnny Simmons  •  Nate Lang  •  C.J. Vana

Europa Report (2013) RT 80% / Audience 57%

DVD release: Oct 2013

A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter's fourth moon.  (more)

GENRES: Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Sebastián Cordero
CAST:  Sharlto Copley  •  Daniel Wu  •  Michael Nyqvist  •  Christian Camargo

Aliens (1986) RT 98% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Jun 1999

When Ripley’s lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Horror • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  James Cameron
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Carrie Henn  •  Michael Biehn  •  Lance Henriksen

The Fugitive (1993) RT 96% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Nov 1998

Wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, Richard Kimble escapes from the law in an attempt to find her killer and clear his name. Pursuing him is a team of U.S. marshals led ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Crime • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Andrew Davis
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Sela Ward  •  Julianne Moore

Jaws (1975)

An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Horror • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Roy Scheider  •  Robert Shaw  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Lorraine Gary

Proof of Life (2000) RT 40% / Audience 43%

DVD release: Jun 2001

Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Drama • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Meg Ryan  •  Russell Crowe  •  David Morse  •  Pamela Reed




The Purge (2013) RT 37% / Audience 36%

DVD release: Oct 2013

Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, ...  (more)

GENRES: Horror • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Max Burkholder  •  Adelaide Kane

Red Cliff (2008)

In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Drama • War
DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Chang Chen  •  Tony Leung Chiu-Wai  •  Takeshi Kaneshiro  •  Nakamura Shidō II

The Terminator (1984) RT 100% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Sep 1997

In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  James Cameron
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Michael Biehn  •  Linda Hamilton  •  Paul Winfield

Fast & Furious 6 (2013) RT 69% / Audience 83%

DVD release: Dec 2013

Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets convoluted also facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Justin Lin
CAST:  Paul Walker  •  Vin Diesel  •  Dwayne Johnson  •  Jordana Brewster

The Equalizer (2014) RT 60% / Audience 76%

DVD release: Dec 2014

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Antoine Fuqua
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Marton Csokas  •  Andrew Farazi

Collateral (2004) RT 86% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Dec 2004

Cab driver Max picks up a man who offers him $600 to drive him around. But the promise of easy money sours when Max realizes his fare is an assassin.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Jada Pinkett Smith  •  Mark Ruffalo

Secretary (2002) RT 75% / Audience 82%

DVD release: Apr 2003

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Steven Shainberg
CAST:  James Spader  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal  •  Jeremy Davies  •  Lesley Ann Warren

Halloween (1978) RT 92% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Oct 1997

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween Night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.  (more)

GENRES: Horror • Thriller
DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Nancy Kyes  •  P. J. Soles

Harry Brown (2009) RT 64% / Audience 75%

DVD release: Aug 2010

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Daniel Barber
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Emily Mortimer  •  Iain Glen  •  Lee Oakes

The Hunt for Red October (1990) RT 86% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Dec 1998

A new, technologically-superior Soviet sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius. The American government thinks Ramius is ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Thriller
DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Scott Glenn  •  Sam Neill