Moviegeek5: Jerry Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer is a name that has been associated with action for the past three decades and continues to guarantee good actionpacked entertainment. He began in the 1970s and early 1980s with films as diverse as the little seen western The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972), the Raymond Chandler adaptation Farewell, My Lovely (1975), and musical drama Flashdance (1983). But since the highly successfil Beverly Hills Cop (see below), Bruckheimer has had a hand in dozens of great action and adventure films and it is with those, as well as his impressive television credits, that is name is most associated with.
Out of the many films we could have chosen we have limited ourselves through vigorous rounds of eliminations to just five films that we think represents his action output quite well. Check out the list below and let us know your five choices in the comments below!
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
The first entry on our list is one of the seminal action comedies of the 1980s and the film that helped establish Eddie Murphy as a film actor. Murphy stars as the freewheeling Detroit cop Axel Foley who pursues a murder investigation in very different Beverly Hills. He is partnered with two local cop who have more than their hands full keeping up with Foley. The result is a hilarious and fast-paced action movie that has, so har spawned two sequels and a third one is currently in the works.
Top Gun (1986)
The next film on our list is also the next film that Bruckheimer produced. Another classic of the decade, Top Gun follows a group of young navy elite fighter student lead by Tom Cruise’s Maverick. It is a fun flick in the best sense of words, with action-packed flight scenes, plenty ofpersonal drama, and an endlessly quotable script.
Crimson Tide (1995)
Next up is this intense nuclear submarine action thriller, in which Denzel Washington’s young officer has to make a stand against his superior officer, played by Gene Hackman, in order to avoid a nuclaer war with Russia. Set in a sardin can deep under water, this action film offers intense thrills, great performances, and a brilliant score.
The Rock (1996)
Arguably one of the finest examples of the 1990s action movie, The Rock unites a tough-nosed Sean Connery with lab-rat Nicolas Cage who are asked to resolve a high-stakes hostage situation within Alcatraz prison. Compltely with the inevitable 90s one-liners, vulgar army types, lots of confire, and the added chemical weapons, this is probably the best of Bruckheimer’s action output during the decade, although it rivalled by big films such as Bad Boys (1995), Con Air (1997), Armageddon (1998), and Enemy of the State (1998).
The Lone Ranger (2013)
The newest entry on our list is a 2½ hour long action packed western adventure, based on the pop-culture icon The Lone Ranger. Armie Hammer stars as John Reid ho takes the law into his own hands and becomes a legend of justice. All recounted by his “trusted” companion, Tonto, played by Johnny Depp. It is fun, wild,and riveting and a great example of an action adventure that is all about pure large-scale entertainment.