If you’re in the mood for a fun and cheesy action movie circa the 90s, this list will guide you through a great 90s movie marathon. From corny 90s staples like ticking clocks and invincible heroes to the predictable inspirational speeches, it’s so bad it’s good.

1. Face/Off (1997)

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Topping off the list, we have 1997’s Face/Off starring none other than corny movie kings John Travolta and Nicholas Cage. This movie has a respectable rating on IMDb of 7.3 and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound Editing.

The plot is certifiably camp: an FBI agent gets a facial transplant to take on the identity of a criminal mastermind who killed his son to stop a terrorist attack. However, the killer whose face he’s transplanting wakes up too soon and is not too thrilled about it.

2. True Lies (1994)

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Numerous cinephiles boast about how good True Lies is and recommend it. This 1994 film, directed by James Cameron, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.

A fearless secret agent who takes down terrorists deals with inner turmoil when he discovers his wife could be having an affair with a used-car salesman while he’s dealing with the takedown of a terrorist who is trying to get nukes into the country.

3. Demolition Man (1993)

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Several film enthusiasts insist Demolition Man should be on your corny 90s movie list. Released in 1993, this film features Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes in a story revolving around a police officer who has been cryogenically frozen for an extended period. In a world free of crime, he is thawed out to track down his arch-nemesis, causing chaos in the previously law-abiding society.

4. Last Action Hero (1993)

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One claims Last Action Hero is one of the best answers to a request for corny 90s action movies. Featuring the ever-present Arnold Schwarzenegger, this 1993 action film revolves around a young movie buff who finds himself transported into the thrilling world of his beloved action movie hero, all thanks to a mystical ticket.

5. Point Break (1991)

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Point Break was a coveted corny 90s classic on many users’ lists. The movie stars Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, but Reeves’ performance is famously ridiculed in this film. It’s about an FBI agent (Reeves) who infiltrates a group of surfers involved in several bank robberies.

As he befriends the leader of the group Bodhi (Swayze), things get complicated. Despite being directed by Kathryn Bigelow, one of only three women to win an Oscar for Best Director, it’s often lambasted as a terrible film with a cult following. Rated 7.2 on IMDb, it must be a sizeable cult.

6. The Fifth Element (1997)

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A film lover listed a bunch of movies, including The Fifth Element, one of my favorites. This is peak Bruce Willis cinema; everyone is at the top of their game. So you have Gary Oldman as the cartoonish villain, Milla Jovovich as the supremely powerful alien in human form with strange orange hair, and Bruce Willis as the former special forces agent who saves the day.

In the future, a cab driver (Willis) accidentally becomes the central target in a search for a legendary cosmic weapon. This 1997 film is clearly loved by most, as it’s rated 7.6 on IMDb.

7. Batman Returns (1992)

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Tim Burton’s 1992 Batman Returns is a sequel to Batman. It explores iconic characters like The Penguin, played by Danny Devito, and Catwoman, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, and of course, Michael Keaton stars as Batman. It was nominated for 2 Oscars and has earned a 7.1 rating on IMDb, so corny or not, it’s cemented its way into cinema history as an iconic Batman film.

8. The Rock (1996)

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The Rock is a 1996 film that users were most excited about, with one person referring to it as “arguably the pinnacle of the action genre.” It’s rated 7.4 on IMDb and directed by Michael Bay.

A renegade general, played by Ed Harris, threatens the government to launch rockets on San Francisco. Still, a mild-mannered chemist and former convict, played by Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage, team up to stop him.

9. Independence Day (1996)

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Independence Day, which landed among a few individual’s lists, is a 90s classic starring Will Smith. This 1996 film is about humankind’s willpower to survive an attack on Earth by an alien race. This huge blockbuster film grossed over $817 million worldwide and has a 7 rating on IMDb.

10. Total Recall (1990)

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Yet another Arnold Schwarzenegger film makes this list, with 1990’s Total Recall, which is beloved much more than its 2012 remake. With a 7.5 IMDb rating, the story revolves around a man who has been implanted with false memories of living on Mars. Now, those responsible are determined to eliminate him.

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