9 Action Stars and Their Best Drama Performances

Posted 07/13/2017 2013 0

You might be a big fan of their stunts, but have you ever checked how dramatic their performances can be?

 

1. Sylvester Stallone – Cop Land (1997)

When hotheaded Superboy (Michael Rapaport) accidentally gets involved in an ugly racially-motivated incident, his uncle Ray Donlan (Harvey Keitel), a corrupt New York City cop, attempts to sweep it under the rug by helping fake his nephew's death. The bungled cover-up leads to investigations by idealistic Internal Affairs officer Moe Tilden (Robert De Niro) and Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone), sheriff of the suburban New Jersey town where Donlan and his fellow crooked policemen live.

 

2. Jean-Claude Van Damme – JCVD (2008)

Weary action star Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jean-Claude Van Damme) returns to Belgium to find relief from his troubles but instead stumbles into a bank robbery.

 

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Maggie (2015)

After his daughter (Abigail Breslin) is infected with a virus that transforms her into a zombie, a small-town farmer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) will stop at nothing to save her.

 

4. Bruce Willis – The Sixth Sense (1999)

Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable.

 

5. Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher (2014)

When wealthy John du Pont (Steve Carell) invites Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to move to his estate and help form a wrestling team for the 1988 Olympics, Mark sees a way to step out of the shadow of his charismatic brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). However, du Pont begins to lead Mark down a dark road, causing the athlete's self-esteem to slip. Meanwhile, du Pont becomes fixated on bringing Dave into the fold, eventually propelling all three toward an unforeseen tragedy.

 

6. Sonny Chiba – Kill Bill Vol 1 (2003)

A former assassin, known simply as The Bride (Uma Thurman), wakes from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover Bill (David Carradine) attempts to murder her on her wedding day. Fueled by an insatiable desire for revenge, she vows to get even with every person who contributed to the loss of her unborn child, her entire wedding party, and four years of her life. After devising a hit list, The Bride sets off on her quest, enduring unspeakable injury and unscrupulous enemies.

 

7. Pam Grier – Jackie Brown (1997)

When flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is busted smuggling money for her arms dealer boss, Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and detective Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) want her help to bring down Robbie. Facing jail time for her silence or death for her cooperation, Brown decides instead to double-cross both parties and make off with the smuggled money. Meanwhile, she enlists the help of bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster), a man who loves her.

 

8. Jackie Chan – Shinjuku Incident (2009)

A simple Chinese immigrant wages a perilous war against one of the most powerful criminal organizations on the planet.

 

9. Danny Trejo – Sherrybaby (2006)

After serving time in prison, former drug addict Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) returns home to reclaim her young daughter from family members who have been raising the child. Sherry's family, especially her sister-in-law (Bridget Barkan), doubt Sherry's ability to be a good mother, and Sherry finds her resolve to stay clean slowly weakening.

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