1996 Action Movies

Independence Day (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.

From Dusk Till Dawn (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.

Twister (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.

The Rock (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...

Mission: Impossible (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 ...

D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)

D3: The Mighty Ducks

  • 20%
  • PG
  • 104 min
  • Action

The coolest team on ice has a new school and a new coach. But it's the same old Duck attitude that shines through as they face off against an upper-class varsity team of tough hockey players who are determined to melt their winning streak, and the stodgy school alumni who threaten to revoke the Ducks' scholarships.

Eraser (1996)

Eraser

  • 36%
  • R
  • 115 min
  • Action

Federal Marshal John Kruger (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is a member of an elite group within WITSEC that erases the identities of witnesses whose proposed testimony puts their lives in danger.

Now he faces his greatest challenge, protecting his witnesses from someone inside whose knowledge and training are a match for his own. Kruger himself falls under suspicion as the traitor and he sets out to prove his innocence to Samaritan (James Caan), his former mentor, and Beller (James Coburn), the...

Barb Wire (1996)

Barb Wire

  • 28%
  • R
  • 98 min
  • Action

Her name is Barb Wire. She's razor sharp. She's tough as nails. She won't take shit and she won't take sides. She lives in the not-too-distant future where biology is used to kill, not cure, in a country devastated by Civil War. Every man wants her. No man can have her. She's a woman with high standards in a world of lowest common denominators. She's not about to waste her time with a man unless he has a really big one and knows how to use it -- a brain, that is. It's been a long time since...

Star Trek: First Contact (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.

    The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    • 67%
    • R
    • 120 min
    • Action

    Samantha Caine is a suburban school teacher suffering from amnesia. When Caine's mysterious past begins to haunt her idyllic life, she sets out on a desperate search to discover her true identity.

    Aided by Mitch Henessey, a dead-beat private detective, the two follow a trail of clues into the middle of a conspiracy led by rogue elements of the U.S. intelligence community and a notorious international arms dealer. They slowly learn that Caine is much more than a PTA mom who cooks a mean lemon...

    Dragonheart (1996)

    Dragonheart

    • 50%
    • PG-13
    • 103 min
    • Action

    A brave and once beneficent knight, Bowen (Dennis Quaid) and his companion, the 18-foot-high, 43-foot-long dragon he names Draco (Sean Connery), the last of his species, join in a heroic battle to free a country held in an iron grip by its tyrannical ruler, Einon (David Thewlis), to whom both knight and dragon are connected in fateful ways.

    The Phantom (1996)

    The Phantom

    • 43%
    • PG
    • 100 min
    • Action

    The legend of The Phantom began four hundred years ago when a small boy witnessed his father's savage murder at sea by pirates of the Sengh Brotherhood. Washed ashore near the Bengalla Jungle, the boy swore an oath of vengeance -- to fight piracy, cruelty and injustice in all its forms. That boy became the first Phantom, creating a sacred tradition passed down from father to son over twenty generations. No one understood how The Phantom survived the centuries unchanged, and so believed...

    John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (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...

    Set It Off (1996)

    Set It Off

    • 63%
    • R
    • 118 min
    • Action

    They spent a lifetime struggling to move away from the mean streets of their neighborhood. But the system stole their dreams, and now four childhood friends are determined to steal them back. As one grapples with the possibility of losing her only child, the foursome find themselves on the edge of desperation. With their world in turmoil and their backs against the wall, they decide to seek their fortune - literally. Virtually overnight, the women spiral into an uncharacteristic world of crime....

    Daylight (1996)

    Daylight

    • 21%
    • NONE
    • 115 min
    • Action

    A traffic accident sparks a devastating explosion, trapping a small group of people in the tunnel. Before them is a vision of Hell: a dim, stifling world, changed forever by a spectacular fireball that roared through the tunnel from end to end. The air is foul with noxious gases and smoke, and is illuminated by toxic flames flickering eerily in the distance. Huge slabs of concrete and twisted masses of metal are everywhere as the weakened tunnel begins to collapse in on itself. Worst of all,...

    The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

    The Ghost and the Darkness

    • 50%
    • R
    • 109 min
    • Action

    Set in 1898, this movie is based on the true story of two lions in Africa that killed 130 people over a nine month period, while a bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter tried to kill them.

    The Arrival (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...

    Fly Away Home (1996)

    Fly Away Home

    • 86%
    • PG
    • 107 min
    • Adventure

    After the accidental death of her beloved mother, fourteen year-old Amy (Anna Paquin) is bundled off to live with her estranged father (Jeff Daniels) and his girlfriend (Dana Delaney). While stuggling to adjust to her new life, Anna stumbles upon a nest of orphaned goose eggs and, after nurturing them until they hatch -- becomes the Mother Goose.

    The geese thrive under Amy's loving care until an officious wildlife officer informs her father that it is illegal to raise wild geese without...

    Executive Decision (1996)

    Executive Decision

      • R
      • 133 min
      • Action

      An elite team must board a 747 in-flight without being detected to locate and disable a hair-triggered nerve-toxin bomb that could wipe out the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, before executing a split-second attack to overwhelm the terrorists in command of the aircraft and save the passengers.

      This team must successfully complete their mission without air-to-ground communications and before the increasingly jittery U.S. military shoots the potentially threatening airliner down.

      Broken Arrow (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...