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Best Action B-Movies from the 90s That Are Better Than You Remember

Summer is often an ideal time for some R&R, so what better way to kick back than with a crowd-pleasing action flick on your flat screen? Below is our list of the kind of 90s hit films that have often aired on cable TV stations over the decades. They’re arguably so irresistible that you may have even watched some of these from start to finish back in the day — with commercial breaks!

Featuring plenty of familiar faces and A-listers, see below our list of the best action B-movies from the 1990s that are definitely worth a revisit in this digital/streaming age.

8 Total Recall (1990)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990)

Tri-Star Pictures

Actor-politician-bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger simply had to make this list, eh? His Netflix series FUBAR was just renewed for a second season, and his docuseries on the same streamer is also worth a tune-in. But looking back to the ’90s, Total Recall certainly comes to mind as standout B-movie.
Acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven’s futuristic sci-fi hit follows construction worker Douglas, who visits a company that plants false memories into people’s brains, in order to experience the thrill of Mars without actually going there. having to travel there. Of course, everything goes wrong, and Douglas starts to question his own reality. Featuring a femme fatale turn by Sharon Stone alongside plenty of ultraviolent sequences, Total Recall is a thrill ride that’s best consumed with pizza, beer and friends.
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7 Point Break (1991)

Keanu Reeves in Point Break (1991) 20th Century Fox

“House. Road House.” Nick Frost’s bumbling character in Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz named Point Break as one of his all-time favorites, so we shouldn’t exactly dismiss Keanu Reeves’ action B-movie as just another popcorn flick. Patrick Swayze also shines in this L.A.-set thriller that follows a gang of bank robbers who commit their crimes while wearing masks of former U.S. Presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon, and Johnson. The F.B.I. sends young Agent Johnny Utah (Reeves) undercover at the beach to join the group, who also happen to be surfers. Featuring a plethora of one-liners and edge-of-your-seat sequences, Point Break is definitely worth rewatching.

6 The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Bruce Willis in The Last Boy Scout (1991) Warner Bros.

Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans teaming up during they hey-day? Yes, please. The Last Boy Scout has a ridiculous premise, with a ludicrous opening sequence involving a shootout during a football game — but Willis is irresistible in his action-hero persona that simply never fails. He plays a gruff detective who joins forces with an ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician. The Last Boy Scout might already be in your DVD collection — might be worth dusting off…

5 Demolition Man (1993)

Sylvester Stallone in Demolition Man (1993) Warner Bros.

Watch out — Wesley Snipes appears twice on our list! And meanwhile, lead actor Sylvester Stallone has even come forward recently to praise Demolition Man, saying it was ahead of time. The sci-fi film centers on a war-torn Los Angeles, where cop John Spartan (Stallone) and criminal Simon (Snipes) are sentenced to “CryoPrison,” and when Spartan is thawed out decades later, the city is no longer L.A. but rather “San Angeles.” An early-career turn by Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock as a cop from the future assisting Spartan in tracking down Simon is alone worth a rewatch.

4 The Crow (1994)

Brandon Lee in The Crow (1994) Miramax Films

In the wake the Alec Baldwin on-set shooting during production of Rust, one can’t help but think back to the late, great Brandon Lee’s death. In the underrated The Crow, he played a rock musician who is quite literally brought back from the dead to seek revenge against those who murdered him and his lover. Production was halted when Lee was fatally wounded by a prop gun. The Crow was completed, however, and Miramax ultimately distributed the end result. It’s a unique premise for a dark movie shrouded by tragedy, but worth a tune-in.
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3 Escape from L.A. (1996)

Steve Buscemi in Escape From L.A. (1996) Paramount Pictures

Another heads up — Steve Buscemi also makes our list twice! John Carpenter’s Escape from L.A. is a worthy follow up to is his Escape from New York (1981) and has since achieved a “cult classic title.” Both films starred Kurt Russell as Snake in a more apocalyptic version of society, which sees Los Angeles becoming its own island following a massive earthquake. Snake is tapped to retrieve the rebellious daughter of the U.S. President, as she holds the detonator to a weapon that will quite simply end the world. With a movie like Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer hitting the masses soon, we’d say Escape from L.A. is a fitting title to enjoy in the meantime.

2 Con Air (1997)

John Malkovich in Con Air (1997) Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Talk about another quotable B-movie that’s replayed on TV countless times over the decades. Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich lead the action thriller, Con Air, about a prison break aboard an aircraft transporting criminals. A stellar ensemble cast also features Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Dave Chappelle, and Danny Trejo. Hey, maybe it’s not the most thought-provoking material, but the end result did garner two Academy Award nominations. And Cage steals every scene, as per usual.

1 Blade (1998)

Wesley Snipes in Blade (1998) New Line Cinema

And then there’s that other Wesley Snipes classic from the 1990s — only this time, it’s riddled with vampires. In the signature titular role, Blade is a vamp-human hybrid who seeks to rid the world of the evil of all the villainous vampires out there. Blade spawned a whole film franchise, and there’s even a reboot in the works, due out in 2025. But in the meantime, check out Snipes kicking some serious vampire butt in this epic B-movie. There are a lot of flops out there these days on the action-film front, so it’s refreshing seeing Snipes fully committed in this dark take on the classic blockbuster.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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