5 Great and Underappreciated Action Movies

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Vladimir Kulich in The 13th Warrior (1999) Movie Image#5. The 13th Warrior (1999) d. John McTiernan

Talk about underrated. I don’t think anyone even gave John McTiernan’s “The 13th Warrior” a single thought when it was released into theaters in 1999. I saw the film when it landed, and loved every second of it. Essentially another retelling of the Beowulf legend based on the book “Eaters of the Dead” by Michael Crichton, the film starred Antonio Banderas and featured fantastic Viking action and mayhem. Instead of one creature of myth to deal with, the Vikings in the film had to deal with a whole legion of cannibals that raided them at nights, dragging their victims back to their cavernous lair to eat later. Fans of the Beowulf legend will get a real kick out of Crichton’s interpretation, while fans of action movies in general will just howl at the brutal bloodshed and hacking onscreen.

A great video compilation of the movie featuring stunning music:

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  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    “The 13th Warrior” is a great movie, and actually better than the faux non-fiction novel that Crichton wrote. This was another case of the studio meddling where they shouldn’t, and it does show somewhat on screen. I would’ve preferred the original title “Eaters of the Dead,” though.

    • Playhouse

      The interesting thing is that Crichton is the one to really make the movie what it is. McTiernan was basically canned off of the film after horrible test screenings and Crichton went in to do reshoots and re-edited the film. If I recall, in the end, he was the one that changed the title to ‘The 13th Warrior’.

    • Jritty

      should have been Eaters of the Dead…the name change killed it no doubt. One of those rare times and name change actually killed the movie lol

    • Gerard Kennelly

      i find it very hard to believe
      nobody wants to make a movie of crichton novel ‘AIRFRAME’

  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    “The 13th Warrior” is a great movie, and actually better than the faux non-fiction novel that Crichton wrote. This was another case of the studio meddling where they shouldn’t, and it does show somewhat on screen. I would’ve preferred the original title “Eaters of the Dead,” though.

  • Jake

    hey, The Nest has the Dos Sequis “Most interesting man in the world” guy in that trailer….at 0:52….or is it?

  • Jake

    hey, The Nest has the Dos Sequis “Most interesting man in the world” guy in that trailer….at 0:52….or is it?

  • alan

    I probably have seen the 13th warrior more times than any other person and I love it, but Come on when are they going to release the Directors Cut because you can tell that there is about 30min of footage involving Character development with the female lead and others which is plainly missing. The 13th warrior is quite possibly the best on screen presentation of Vikings in action than in any other film ever made.

    • Keltari

      The 13th Warrior is great. I have watched it countless times. It never gets old or boring.

  • alan

    I probably have seen the 13th warrior more times than any other person and I love it, but Come on when are they going to release the Directors Cut because you can tell that there is about 30min of footage involving Character development with the female lead and others which is plainly missing. The 13th warrior is quite possibly the best on screen presentation of Vikings in action than in any other film ever made.

  • http://www.ruggedthug.com/ StarCarlton

    The 13th warrior was the movie with all of the long important looking stares – that’s what I remember. I was on major drugs at the time – but that’s what I remember.

  • http://www.ruggedthug.com StarCarlton

    The 13th warrior was the movie with all of the long important looking stares – that’s what I remember. I was on major drugs at the time – but that’s what I remember.

  • Robert

    Wow, one of my all time favorites at number 1. The movie blows away the ‘post tarantino’ fodder like Go and Boondock Saints it got unfairly lumped together with. Great dialogue, great cinematography, great against type acting by Phillipe and Taye Diggs, what more could you ask for?

    Also, props on streets of fire, the movie that launched a thousand beat’em up late 80s arcade games.

    • trixiestreats

      Agreed. The Way of the Gun is an underappreciated classic. Plus the movie’s score is a masterpiece.

    • Juggernaut

      The Way Of The Gun was a movie that I watched with no knowledge of it going in! From the moment in the clip above with Sara Silverman I was hooked.

    • Chopper

      and there i was thinking i was the only one who loved ‘Way Of The Gun” .. one of my all time favorites actually. It’s funny bordering on hilarious, intelligent, deep, action packed. awesome!

  • Robert

    Wow, one of my all time favorites at number 1. The movie blows away the ‘post tarantino’ fodder like Go and Boondock Saints it got unfairly lumped together with. Great dialogue, great cinematography, great against type acting by Phillipe and Taye Diggs, what more could you ask for?

    Also, props on streets of fire, the movie that launched a thousand beat’em up late 80s arcade games.