The Best Dolph Lundgren Movies

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With over 800 movie fans casting their votes, this list of the best Dolph Lundgren movies provides a comprehensive look at the Swedish actor's career. From his iconic action hero roles to his more offbeat projects, these films showcase why Lundgren has become one of Hollywood's most beloved cult stars.

Whether it’s playing Ivan Drago in Rocky IV or He-Man in Masters of the Universe, Lundgren has always excelled in larger-than-life roles. But some of his greatest performances come when he takes on more nuanced characters such as Frank Castle in The Punisher and Andrew Scott in Universal Soldier. Other popular Lundgren films include the Expendables movies, Creed II, and Kindergarten Cop 2.

The films featured on this list are sure to surprise even diehard Lundgren devotees with their variety and depth – so be sure to check out the rankings for yourself. Don't forget to vote up your favorites.

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  • Rocky IV
    Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
    335 votes
    • Released: 1985
    • Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

    As the fourth installment in the iconic boxing movie series, this film sees a brutal and ruthless Soviet boxer threaten the American dream of Rocky Balboa. Dolph Lundgren's portrayal of Ivan Drago, the intimidating Russian fighter, became an instant classic, and his physicality and stoicism made him the perfect antagonist. The movie's Cold War tensions, emotionally charged bouts, and unforgettable performances, particularly by Lundgren, have secured its place as one of the most popular and beloved sports dramas in film history.

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  • Universal Soldier
    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker
    329 votes
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Roland Emmerich

    Centering around a government program that reanimates and enhances dead soldiers, this sci-fi action film explores themes of memory, control, and free will. Lundgren stars as Sergeant Andrew Scott, a former soldier turned ruthless killing machine, showcasing both his imposing physical presence and capacity for villainous intensity. The film's success can be attributed to its unique premise, innovative special effects, and the dynamic on-screen rivalry between Lundgren and co-star Jean-Claude Van Damme.

  • Showdown in Little Tokyo
    Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
    255 votes
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Mark L. Lester

    This action-packed buddy cop movie follows two mismatched police officers as they take on the dangerous world of Japanese organized crime. Lundgren's character, Sergeant Chris Kenner, displays his martial arts prowess and relentless determination as he brings the fight to the yakuza. With its thrilling fight scenes, clever dialogue, and the undeniable chemistry between Lundgren and co-star Brandon Lee, this film has become a classic among action fans and remains a memorable entry in Lundgren's career.

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  • The Punisher
    Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett, Jeroen Krabbé
    266 votes
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Mark Goldblatt

    An intense adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics character, this film follows a vigilante anti-hero on a bloody quest for justice and vengeance. Lundgren's gritty, unrelenting portrayal of Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher, showcased his ability to bring depth and humanity to a character who could easily be written off as a one-dimensional killing machine. The film's dark tone, relentless action, and Lundgren's committed performance have helped it to maintain cult classic status among comic book and action movie enthusiasts alike.

  • The Expendables 2
    Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li
    242 votes
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Simon West

    In this star-studded sequel to the hit 2010 action movie, a team of elite mercenaries is pitted against a brutal international terrorist. Lundgren reprises his role as Gunner Jensen, a volatile and unpredictable member of the team, providing both comic relief and undeniable intensity. The film proved successful thanks to its impressive ensemble cast, well-choreographed action sequences, and the enduring appeal of its throwback 80s action movie aesthetic.

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  • Dark Angel
    Gina Torres, Dolph Lundren, Jay Bilas
    212 votes
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Robert Iscove, Craig R. Baxley

    This sci-fi action film sees a tough-as-nails cop join forces with an extraterrestrial law enforcer to combat a deadly alien drug epidemic plaguing Earth. Lundgren's lead role as Detective Jack Caine showcases his ability to balance gritty determination with moments of dry humor, making for a memorable and engaging protagonist. The film's unique premise, ambitious special effects, and Lundgren's charismatic performance have helped it to achieve cult classic status among genre fans.