Braveheart (1995)

Gibson’s bloody epic that chronicles the life of 13th century freedom fighter William Wallace harkens back to the principled heroes of old Hollywood while disproving the assertion, “Boys don’t cry.” The film that turned burly jocks into blubbering babes features seriously epic fight scenes, great battle choreography and that trademark Gibson humor.

Die Hard (1988)

Often imitated, never duplicated. Bruce Willis oozes machismo as he annihilates terrorists, fashions a fire hose into a bungee cord and escapes explosions, all while dropping some pretty infamous one-liners. Loads of shoot-‘em-up fun plus a romantic edge make Die Hard the ultimate crowd pleaser.

The Edge (1997)

Age is an advantage in this sometimes tongue-in-cheek survival-of-the-fittest film that pits wizened billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) and sleazy photographer Robert Green (Alec Baldwin) against the elements after their plane goes down in Alaska. Things get dicey when adultery and a gigantic, blood-thirsty Kodiak bear are thrown into the mix.

The ultimate martial-arts movie pits the legendary Bruce Lee against a one-handed evil drug lord and white slave trader, his army, participants in a fighting competition, and what appear to be thousands of extras. With its incredibly realistic fight scenes, nunchucks and other weapons, and a Hall of Mirrors set piece, it proves a living testament to the brilliance of Lee, who died weeks before the film’s release.

Roger Moore makes his 007 debut in one of the franchise’s funkiest films, featuring a Paul McCartney theme song. Bourbon replaces the martini as Bond’s drink of choice as he battles voodoo lords and heroin-peddling soul-food restaurateurs. Jane Seymour stars as Solitaire, a psychic who loses her powers after an earth-shattering sack session with Her Majesty’s best agent.

Winner of five Academy Awards, this film is best known for the unflinching intensity of its opening, a brutal depiction of the Omaha Beach assault. Spielberg’s frank examination of war is neither effusively patriotic nor condemning, and its sobering look at the real price of victory makes it one of the most highly regarded war films of our time.

Before James Cameron chucked Leo off the Titanic to the strains of a Celine Dion tune, he outfitted the Governator with enough firepower to take down a small country. Packed with non-stop action and wild special effects, the sequel that surpasses Cameron’s first futuristic nightmare makes the most of a pumped-up Arnold’s metallic magnetism.