Watchworthy

The Best Action Movies of 1994 

Reference
Updated December 21, 2019 555 votes 48 voters 1.8k views 50 items

List of the best 1994 action movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These movies give you car crashes, explosions, gun fights and everything else you could hope for in a good action flick. These are all the action movies that defined the year 1994, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

Everything from The Crow to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is included on this list. This isn't necessarily a list of all action movies from 1994, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Ranker Video
Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jan de Bont

More Speed 

Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Making Of 'Speed' #98 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

2
Ranker Video
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

Released: 1994

Directed by: James Cameron

More True Lies 

#113 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #34 of 120 Movies That Need Sequelslisted on The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

3
Ranker Video
4
Ranker Video
Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

Released: 1994

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

More Clear and Present Danger 

#147 of 241 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #11 of 74 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives #40 of 313 The Best Political Films Ever Made

5
Ranker Video
6
Ranker Video
Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

Released: 1994

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

More Stargate 

#481 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #13 of 181 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made #13 of 120 Movies That Need Sequels

7
Ranker Video
Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 1994

Directed by: Oliver Stone

More Natural Born Killers 

Things ‘Natural Born Killers’ Had To Cut Just To Get To Theaters #259 of 784 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #815 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies

8
Ranker Video
Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly

Released: 1994

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

More The River Wild 

#22 of 40 The Greatest Movies to Watch Outside #35 of 88 Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked #8 of 29 The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping

9
Ranker Video
Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Richard Donner

More Maverick 

#59 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #384 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #385 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

10
Ranker Video
11
Ranker Video
Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

Released: 1994

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

More Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 

#234 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #33 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #75 of 133 Movies That Should Never Be Remade

12
Ranker Video
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Hyams

More Timecop 

#115 of 172 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made #25 of 44 The Best Guilty Pleasure Comic Book Movies #26 of 54 The Best Time Loop Movies

13
Ranker Video
Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

Released: 1994

Directed by: David Carson

More Star Trek Generations 

#1,202 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #218 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #105 of 181 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

14
Ranker Video
Gary Oldman, Juliette Lewis, James Cromwell

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Medak

More Romeo Is Bleeding 

#1,212 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #41 of 59 The Very Best New Noir Movies #199 of 207 The Best R-Rated Gangster Movies

15
Ranker Video
Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Anita Mui

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jackie Chan, Lau Kar-leung

More The Legend of Drunken Master 

#813 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #15 of 15 Action Movie Sequels That Are Better Than The Originals #218 of 718 The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

16
Ranker Video
The Getaway Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, James Woods

Released: 1994

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

More The Getaway 

#129 of 155 The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made #64 of 66 The Best Thriller Movies of the 1990s #321 of 530 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made

17
Ranker Video
Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Wong Jing

Released: 1994

Directed by: Corey Yuen, Yuen Biao, Wong Jing

More The New Legend Of Shaolin 

#92 of 333 The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies #50 of 200 The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies #31 of 49 The Best Jet Li Movies

18
Ranker Video
Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 1994

Directed by: Keenen Ivory Wayans

More A Low Down Dirty Shame 

#105 of 629 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #26 of 60 The Best Black Movies of the 1990s #17 of 57 The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked

19
Ranker Video
Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker

Released: 1994

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

More Blown Away 

#224 of 241 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #77 of 81 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time #46 of 59 The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend

20
Ranker Video
Gary Busey, Wesley Snipes, Michael Jeter

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Badham

21
Ranker Video
Ray Liotta, David Wenham, Lance Henriksen

Released: 1994

Directed by: Martin Campbell

22
Ranker Video
Jet Li, Collin Chou, Christy Chung

Released: 1994

Directed by: Corey Yuen

More The Bodyguard from Beijing 

#89 of 200 The Best R-Rated Martial Arts Movies #19 of 49 The Best Jet Li Movies #14 of 141 The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies

23
Ranker Video
Robert Miano, Sab Shimono, Dustin Nguyen

Released: 1994

Directed by: Charles T. Kanganis

24
Ranker Video
Eddie Murphy, George Lucas, Al Green

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Landis

25
Ranker Video
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky, Joshua Jackson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Sam Weisman

More D2: The Mighty Ducks 

#1,088 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #480 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #61 of 158 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made