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Steven Seagal Movies

Movies, Television | By The Top 13 on December 2, 2009

Tonight, we meet Steven Seagal the reality star, when A&E premieres Steven Seagal Lawman, which follows the former action star in his current job as a deputy sheriff with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. Of course, before Seagal was locking up real criminals, he was breaking arms and capping bad guys on the big screen, where his movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. Enjoying Seagal's movies was always like being in on an inside joke. So as Seagal makes his return to the spotlight on the small screen, The Top 13 counts down his best films.

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Hard to Kill

1

Hard to Kill

1990

The movie that put Seagal on the map. He plays Mason Storm, a cop that comes a little too close to collaring a dirty politician, and nearly pays for it with his life. When Storm finally awoke from that coma, neither Kelly LeBrock nor Senator Trent stood a chance. Oh Vernon!

Under Siege

2

Under Siege

1992

Seagal's most successful film. He stars as Casey Ryback, a former Navy SEAL working as a cook on a battleship captured by Tommy Lee Jones (an ex-CIA agent) and his band of villains. Of course, Ryback single-handedly thwarts their plan to steal the warship's weapons. Watch for July 1989 Playboy Playmate Erika Eleniak.

Marked for Death

3

Marked for Death

1990

In a film featuring some of Seagal's best technical fight scenes, he battles the Jamaican Posse drug cartel, led by the mystical Screwface. Seagal thinks he's finished Screwface off when he decapitates him in Jamaica, only to return to Chicago to encounter him once again. A confused Seagal learns Screwface has a twin and finishes him off by gouging his eyes and breaking his back.

Above the Law

4

Above the Law

1988

Seagal's film debut, he plays Nico Toscani, a Chicago cop who teams up with his partner (played by Pam Grier) to investigate a drug ring, only to be ordered to stand down by the feds. Toscani disregards the orders and brings down a plot to use drug money to cover up a covert invasion of Nicaragua. Political commentary Seagal style.

Out for Justice

5

Out for Justice

1991

Seagal stars as NYPD detective Gino Felino (yup, Gino Felino) who hunts down a neighborhood tough guy who killed his best friend. The film, which opened number one at the box office, features an original song written by Seagal and performed by Greg Allman, and a pretty fantastic cast featuring Jerry Orbach, Gina Gershon, and Juliana Margulies making her film debut.

Fire Down Below

6

Fire Down Below

1997

Seagal's most underrated film, Fire Down Below is another Seagal film with a political agenda. He plays Jack Taggart, an EPA agent who goes undercover to investigate the illegal dumping of toxic waste in a Kentucky mine. Co-starring Kris Kristofferson as the bad guy, it also features cameo performances by Levon Helm and Randy Travis.

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

7

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

1995

Casey Ryback returns. This time, the former Navy SEAL is on a train taken over by an evil computer genius (deliciously played by Eric Bogosian), who wants to use a secret satellite laser weapon to destroy the East Coast for $1 billion from terrorists. Ryback saves the day amid an explosive head-on train crash. Look for a young Katherine Heigl in one of her first movie roles.

Exit Wounds

8

Exit Wounds

2001

Seagal's last box office hit, Exit Wounds pits the aging action star as a cop against gritty rapper DMX as a druglord paying off Seagal's colleagues on the force. Although the film featured less Seagal hand-to-hand combat than most of his previous movies, it succeeds as a fast-paced and action-packed film. Also notable is the film's soundtrack, which features songs by DMX, Nas, and other hip hop luminaries.

Executive Decision

9

Executive Decision

1996

Starring Kurt Russell and Halle Berry with Seagal in a supporting role, Executive Decision was Seagal's last real big budget film. Terrorists hijack a jet heading toward Washington D.C. with intentions to detonate a bomb filled with nerve gas over the United States. The fictitious airline that operated the flight? Oceanic Airlines, later made famous in Lost. Seagal's character isn't around to save the day, as he's killed relatively early in the movie.

Half Past Dead

10

Half Past Dead

2002

Another movie in which Seagal co-stars with a rapper, this time with Ja Rule (former Dogg Pound member Kurupt also is featured), this is not a great movie, even by Seagal standards. As the Detroit Free Press opined, Half Past Dead is "just like every other Seagal movie, only louder and without that silly ponytail." Nevertheless, Seagal's turn as an undercover FBI agent up against terrorists who take over a prison is fast-paced and features classic Seagal bone breaking and aikido.

The Glimmer Man

11

The Glimmer Man

1996

The Glimmer Man doesn't break any new ground. But by following the standard Seagal formula, the film, which co-stars Keenen Ivory Wayans, is a surprisingly intense movie about the hunt for a serial killer. Along the way, Seagal and Wayans tangle with compromised government agents and the Russian mob. According to Film.com, the movie is "ugly and unpleasant but you may find it intensely compelling, much like a visit to the oral surgeon."

On Deadly Ground

12

On Deadly Ground

1994

The second film on The Top 13 with a plot revolving around Seagal's efforts to save the environment, On Deadly Ground, is the only Seagal film to feature multiple Academy Award winners (Billy Bob Thornton and Michael Caine). It's also Seagal's worst-reviewed theatrical release, as the film was criticized for its stereotypical portrayal of Native Americans and the film's overly preachy dialogue. Still, it's important in the Seagal catalog, as it marks his first and only foray into directing.

The Onion Movie

13

The Onion Movie

2008

After at least six years without a recognizable release, Seagal returned to the mainstream last year with his cameo in The Onion Movie. Showing he was in on the joke all along, Seagal plays Cock Puncher, a master of an ancient technique that "strikes at the very core of a warrior's strength," and he plays it as straight as if he was reprising his breakthrough role as Mason Storm in Hard to Kill.

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Comments Leave a comment

tloveisready ★★

Oof

8:52 AM   Dec 02, 2009

ajay ★★

I love generic movie titles.

8:59 AM   Dec 02, 2009

david 

I enjoy his movies. Looking forward to seeing his show on A&E.

9:01 AM   Dec 02, 2009

zircona1 

Which one has the ending where Seagal kicks some guy in the nuts, he falls over saying "ow...my balls" and then Seagal's dog takes a piss on the guy?

9:20 AM   Dec 02, 2009

brian 

That's Out for Justice. The guy throws the puppy out of his car, which has the following bumper sticker: "Kill 'em all, let God sort them out."

9:27 AM   Dec 02, 2009

eeezoe 

Exit Wounds was a great flick - long live Seagal!

9:25 AM   Dec 02, 2009

holmessss 

Is it awesome or sad that I have seen all of these but the Onion Movie. I would like to point out a few great things about these movies: 1) the names - Casey Ryback, Mason Storm, Nico Toscani. Awesome. 2) On Deadly Ground features my fave Segal scene in which he gives someone a moral lesson (he says "what does it take to know the measure of a man" or something like that) while playing a handslap game with a thug in a bar in which everytime the man flinches Segal punches him in the face. As ridiculous as it sounds. 3)Someone actually makes a Nico Toscani action figure I bought as a gift once. Just FYI. 4) I still love to exclaim "Casey Ryback's on that boat/train/substitute any mode of transport!" Love this list!

10:16 AM   Dec 02, 2009

ajay ★★

It is sad that I have only seen the Onion Movie.

11:23 AM   Dec 02, 2009

KungFuJay ★★

I can't wait for the Jean Claude Van Damme list - Bloodsport FTW.

9:03 AM   Dec 03, 2009

TheTop13 

In due time, KungFuJay.

9:43 AM   Dec 03, 2009

tloveisready ★★

LIONHEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAART

11:51 AM   Dec 03, 2009

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