One of my all time beloved actors is Kurt Russell, who has starred in several of my favorite films. My question to you all: What are your favorite Russell films? Below I have listed mine:
10. Dark Blue (2002)
Above average Ron Shelton film (Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump, Tin Cup). Russell is great as a conflicted cop during the Rodney King trial and subsequent LA Riots.
Stars – Russell, Brendan Gleeson, Scott Speedman, and Ving Rhames
9. Executive Decision (1996)
Directoral debut of Stuart Baird (US Marshals, Star Trek: Nemesis). Even though the movie itself is a mess, it’s high octane action and Russell’s, as usual, top notch acting makes this a favorite.
Stars – Russell, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, and Steven Segal
8. 3000 Miles To Graceland (2001)
Even though the film got mostly negative reviews from the critics and it did terrible here in the States, any time you get Russell and Costner together in one film, both impersonating Elvis, with lots of violence and such, what is there not to like?
Stars – Russell, Costner, Courtney Cox, Christian Slater, Jon Lovitz, and Kevin Pollak
7. Miracle (2004)
Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, Tumbleweeds). I usually don’t like sports docudramas, but since Russell is in this one, well, you know the rest. Nothing earth shattering but a nice telling of the 1980 USA hockey team winning Gold.
Stars – Russell, Patricia Clarkson, and Noah Emmerich
6. Tango and Cash (1989)
Who doesn’t love buddy cop action comedy films? Throw in that this one stars Russell and Stallone, what can go wrong? Critical consensus at the time for this film stated that it was brutally violent and dull, but I found myself having a blast with it.
Stars – Russell, Stallone, and Jack Palance
5. Stargate (1994)
Directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, White House Down, The Patriot). The concepts for this film were awesome, even though the execution wasn’t. This started the franchise that spawned several TV series. Enjoyable, above average film.
Stars – Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, and Viveca Lindfors
4. Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Director John Carpenter’s (Halloween, The Fog, Prince of Darkness) cult hit that made a legend out of the Russell played Jack Burton. If you don’t love this film, then may Asi have mercy on your soul! Russell is outstanding in this campy, Kung Fu flick!
Stars – Russell, Kim Cattrell, Dennis Dun, and James Hong
3. Escape From New York (1981)
Another of the tri-fecta Carpenter-Russell films that made both of them very “cool”. Russell creates another legend out of Snake Plissken and makes a name for himself as an action star. Carpenter and Russell were cinematic gold!
Stars – Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, and Adrienne Barbeau
2. Tombstone (1993)
One of the all time great westerns, directed by George P Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part 2, Cobra). Russell is superb as Wyatt Earp, and leads the all-star cast to cinematic perfection. Val Kilmers best role and performance to date!
Stars – Russell, Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charlton Heston, Billy Bob Thorton, Billy Zane, Michael Rooker, and Jason Priestly
1. The Thing (1982)
For me, this is both Carpenter’s and Russell’s best film, hands down! This one is in my top 5 all-time! Believe that! They definitely don’t make ’em like this anymore.
Stars – Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Donald, and Moffat
I have always felt that Russell is one of the most underrated actors of his time and is, for whatever reason, never mentioned in the same breathe as some of his contemporaries, which I feel is a shame. Part of it is that his choice of roles didn’t set him up for ultimate success, as far as the film industry goes, and most of his iconic roles are in smaller, cultish type films. What are your thoughts on the mighty Snake Plissken, R.J. MacReady, Jack Burton, and Wyatt Earp? Are you looking forward to his two new features Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight?