1996 Action Movies

 (1996)

From Dusk Till Dawn

  • 63%
  • R
  • 108 min
  • Action

Seth Gecko and his younger brother Richard are on the lam after a bloody bank robbery in Texas. They escape across the border into Mexico and will be home-free the next morning, when they pay off the local kingpin. They just have to survive 'from dusk till dawn' at the rendezvous point, which turns out to be a Hell of a strip joint.

 (1996)

The Rock

  • 67%
  • R
  • 136 min
  • Action

A decorated military hero (Ed Harris) and his band of commandos seize Alcatraz Island, taking a group of tourists hostage. His demands are simple. He wants recognition, benefits and tributes for the families of covert military operatives who have died in service to their country. If his demands are not met, he will launch a battery of rockets charged with lethal poison gas into San Francisco.

The city's only hope for salvation is an FBI chemical weapons expert and a top-secret federal prisoner (Sean Connery), who is the only known convict to have escaped the island fortress. With the clock ticking, this unlikely duo embarks on a desperate bid to infiltrate the island and detoxify the weapons before disaster strikes.

 (1996)

Independence Day

  • 61%
  • PG-13
  • 145 min
  • Action

Strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies ignite. Terror races through the world's major cities. As these extraordinary events unfold, it becomes increasingly clear that a force of incredible magnitude has arrived; its mission: total annihilation over the Fourth of July weekend. The last hope to stop the destruction is an unlikely group of people united by fate and unimaginable circumstances.

 (1996)

Twister

  • 58%
  • PG-13
  • 113 min
  • Action

In the heartland of America, the sky is a majestic wonder as it rises infinitely above the vast, level horizon. Cloud formations gracefully soar and scuttle across the endlessness of blue. Gentle spring breezes whisper across the plains. All elements blend together in a delicate choreography of elegant balance and awesome design. But the sky sometimes changes.

 (1996)

Mission: Impossible

  • 62%
  • PG-13
  • 110 min
  • Action

A former Russian spy selling international intelligence on the black market ... a list containing names of the top undercover agents in the world ... a corrupt agent doubling for an unknown organization ... a mysterious arms dealer ... a spy agency ready to disavow the actions or existence of any of its members captured or killed ... and one man on a mission which seems impossible ...

 (1996)

John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.

  • 53%
  • R
  • 97 min
  • Action

Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) resurfaces fifteen years after his escape from New York into Loas Angeles to find little hope after a devastating earthquake has left the city an island inhabited only by warring gangs, outcasts and miscreants.

Snake has been injected with a genetically engineered virus that will kill him in 10 hours unless he takes its antidote, must capture the President's daughter and return the top secret "Black Box" she stole from a space defense lab. Only after Snake delivers the secretive Black Box and Utopia back to the President will he receive the viral antidote he so desperately needs and be fully pardoned of every immoral act he's committed in the United States. As Snake comes to know just what's contained in that Black Box he realizes that whoever holds it, holds the fate of the very world in his or her hand.

 (1996)

Star Trek: First Contact

    • PG-13
    • 111 min
    • Action

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the newly commissioned Enterprise-E battle the insidious Borg to restore the rightful future of Earth.

     (1996)

    The Arrival

    • 63%
    • PG-13
    • 115 min
    • Sci-Fi

    In 1959, two scientists came up with a way to get at the truth. Philip Morrison and Giuseppe Cocconi suggested creating a national SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program, supposing that intelligent beings across the galaxy might be trying to communicate with us via radio signals - but the only way for us to know for sure was to listen.

    For decades, SETI research remained on the fringes of science, with eccentric and offbeat visionaries having to beg off-hours time on observatory or government radio telescopes. Some rigged their own antennae systems in backyards and on rooftops - hoping not to miss what has become known in the SETI lingo as the "shockwave," the signal that will prove once and for all we are not alone and thus change the very foundations of human beliefs and earthly ambitions.

    In 1991, NASA joined in the search. For the first time in human history, earthlings began a large-scale, official SETI exploration at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena using its Deep Space Network equipment. High power radio dishes began to sweep the cosmos listening for the slightest hint of unusual wave noise. Nothing significant was heard.

    Until now.

     (1996)

    Ransom

    • 74%
    • R
    • 117 min
    • Crime

    Tom Mullen (Mel Gibson) is a wealthy corporate executive used to mediating tough business deals, and doing things his own way. Along with his beautiful wife Kate (Rene Russo) and son Sean (Brawley Nolte), Tom has all the material trappings of success, including a Fifth Avenue penthouse, an enviable position in New York society and high media visibility. But when the thing he cherishes most_his young son_is abducted by desperate criminals and held for ransom, Tom's world of affluence and privilege comes crashing down. And after an FBI rescue operation fails, he engineers a dangerous countermeasure in a last chance effort to bring his boy back to safety.

    With his son's life hanging precariously in the balance, and his wife terrified by the shocking plan, Tom offers an appalling proposal, the response to which could easily result in the loss of his son forever.

     (1996)

    Broken Arrow

    • 53%
    • R
    • 108 min
    • Action

    The intensity of the combatant's blows belies the fact that they are friends engaging in a spirited round of fisticuffs. Vic Deakins (JOHN TRAVOLTA), the older and more experienced of the two is definitely in control, giving his young friend Riley Hale (CHRISTIAN SLATER) an impressive, if painful, boxing lesson. In addition to having a mentor/protege relationship in the ring, Deakins and Hale are colleagues--crack military pilots who are about to be handed a choice assignment to fly the top-secret B-3 Stealth bomber on a test run. Their cargo: two nuclear warheads. Although anything but routine, the mission should go without incident. But a shocking treachery is about to put millions of lives at risk ... as the timer on an incredible nuclear extortion plot ticks toward ground zero. In an instant, the once close friends become engaged in an explosive battle against time and each other with the fate of a major American city at stake. In the air and on the ground, in planes, on tops of trains, and clinging to careening Humvees, theirs is a no-holds-barred race to recover a lost nuclear weapon -- a broken arrow.