Steven Seagal, the former martial arts trainer, has been entertaining us with terrific and mind-blowing movies since the 80s:
The actor is well-known for over-the-top action, tough-guy humor, and brutal killing; that’s why we are here discussing the best Steven Seagal movies of all time.
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5. Hard to Kill (1992), 47% on Rotten Tomatoes
In the 1992 action movie Hard to Kill, Steven Seagal plays a police detective named Mason Storm, who specializes in taking down organized crime:
As it turns out, he has acquired evidence from a big mafia meeting that takes place before joining his fellow officers for lunch at their favorite bar. They leave him behind; however, when he gets jumped, nobody comes to his aid. And eventually, he gets shot in the head by Karo.
Mason is left for dead but manages to live against all odds, only to fall into a coma after sustaining serious injuries stemming from a car accident while defending another officer’s life as they kicked Karo and his cronies’ *****.
Hard to Kill is classic Seagal and should be on your watch list.
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4. Above The Law (1988), 48% on Rotten Tomatoes
The movie Above the Law was Steven Seagal’s first writing credit:
The plot revolves around a former CIA operative and martial arts expert, Nico Chanel, who is now a cop in Chicago. Despite being new to undercover work, he wants to make a difference and teams up with Jax Jackson.
Together, they plan on taking down “Majestic”, an international drug ring. However, Nico soon discovers that Majestic is a part of something bigger – a conspiracy even his superiors don’t know about.
Now it’s up to Nico and Jax to stop whatever is going on, no matter what it takes or who they end up hurting.
3. Marked for Death (1990), 50% on Rotten Tomatoes
Marked for Death is a great movie and deserves much more than 50% on Rotten Tomatoes:
Seagal plays an ex-cop who decides to help out his hometown during a gang war. It features big action sequences, sword fights, and a wicked twist.
If only Seagal’s acting was up to the standard of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, Marked for Death would easily rank alongside Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.
If you haven’t watched Marked for Death, it is definitely one we recommend.
2. Out for Justice (1991), 53% on Rotten Tomatoes
In Out for Justice, Steven Seagal plays a cop named Gino Felino. Yes, another cop:
(Seagal worked with real police officers from the late ’80s in Louisiana, teaching them martial arts, and eventually became a reserve deputy. Ultimately leading to the TV reality show Steven Seagal: Lawman).
Having watched his best friend and family gunned down, Gino is out for justice. This time, the bad guy is an old friend of Gino.
Gino isn’t the conventional good guy in this movie, he has an unstoppable arrogance, strutting around with no regard for the rules. Which gets him into a lot of trouble.
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1. Under Siege (1992), 62% on Rotten Tomatoes
Steven Seagal’s action movie Under Siege is his best:
He stars as Casey Ryback, a chef aboard a battleship who is suddenly attacked by a group of terrorists led by Tommy Lee Jones.
What makes this movie so fun, is that it is big, brash, over-the-top, and Seagal gets to be his usual action-hero self, while Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey bring huge amounts of character and personality.
Seriously – if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you do!