22 years later, Simon West and Scott Rosenberg’s action thriller “Con Air” is still one of the most instantly recognizable and trend-setting films in the world of action thrillers. It will live on in the memories of those who saw it when it was released in the 1990s and saw Nicholas Cage for the first time as a young action hero. The film ‘Con-Air’ tells the story of decorated US Army Ranger Cameron Poe, who accidentally killed a drunken member of a group who tried to assault his wife, Tricia. After serving time in prison for involuntary manslaughter, he is now flying home to be with Tricia and their daughter for the first time in months.
Unfortunately, the passengers on the plane are a despicable bunch of scumbags. They include Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom, who is perhaps the most well-known of them all. Two men stand between the criminals aboard the ship and total destruction: Poe and John Cusack’s character, United States Marshall Vincent Larkin. For the first time in film history, the band of criminals known as “Con Air” includes a who’s who of Hollywood A-listers.
Other actors in the cast include John Malkovich, who plays villain Cyrus Grissom. Other villains include Steve Buscemi and Ving Rhames, as well as Danny Trejo, M.C. Gainey and Nick Chillund. So without further ado, here is our selection of the top ‘Con Air’ substitutes. Movies like ‘Con Air’ are available on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
8. Under Siege (1992)
The USS Missouri, a World War II-era battleship, is scheduled for retirement. There is tension between Casey Ryback, the personal chef of Captain Adams, and the ship’s Commander Krill. A helicopter makes an appearance on board the Missouri on the Captain’s birthday. With no prior warning, Captain objects to illegal landing. As Commander Krill explains to him, it’s all part of a birthday surprise because the helicopter is filled with musicians who have been invited to play at his bash. The band members’ true identities are revealed at the party.
They are a group of mercenaries on board the ship, led by a CIA agent named William Stranix, who are working with Krill to take the ship’s nuclear weapons. They failed to realize that Casey Ryback, a human weapon, is among them. For his actions in Panama, Ryback is facing demotion as a NAVY SEAL. A true fighting master, he knows everything there is to know about weapons, martial arts, and tactics. Ryback and Jordan Tate are on the case to stop Krannix and Krill in their tracks. Steven Seagal plays Casey Ryback, Tommy Lee Jones is Strannix, Gary Busey is Krill and Erika Eleniak is Jordan Tate in ‘Under Siege,’ directed by Andrew Davis from a screenplay by J. F. Lawton. ‘Under Siege’ was Steven Seagal’s most popular and financially successful film.
7. Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000)
Raymond Calitri, the ruthless British mobster, assigns Kip Raines the task of robbing 50 specific cars on his behalf. When the cops show up while Kip is robbing the cars, he makes a hash of things and flees. Calitri, enraged, seizes Kip and threatens to execute him. Memphis Raines, Kip’s brother, steps in at this point. Before settling down to a normal life, he was a top car thief. As a result, Memphis has no choice but to dust off his old skills to help Calitri steal 50 cars in 72 hours!
He comes back to enlist the aid of his old gang for one final, desperate job. The presence of cops on their trail complicates an already difficult mission. In addition, a well-known face in the car theft business is vying for Calitri’s attention by portraying himself as a hero. It stars Nicholas Cage as Memphis Raines and Angelina Jolie as his old flame Sara Wayland, who is also a member of his gang in the film “Gone in Sixty Seconds.” It’s Dominic Sena directing and Scott Rosenberg writing.
6. Face/Off (1997)
Face/Off is a masterpiece of John Woo’s in the Hollywood canon. Nicholas Cage portrays the ruthless terrorist Castor Troy and John Travolta plays FBI agent Sean Archer, who miraculously survives the terrorist’s assassination attempt. Instead of ending Archer’s life, the bullet that was meant to do so kills his son. A personal vendetta serves as a catalyst for the tragedy, which pits Archer against Troy, two men on opposing sides of the law. The situation worsens when Troy falls into a coma as a result of Archer’s attack. Archer must first find a bomb Troy has planted in the city that will go off if he doesn’t find it before the time runs out.
As a result of the revelation, the search for the enigmatic bomb has intensified. Archer manages to apprehend Troy’s sidekick, but he’s unable to elicit any useful information. As absurd as it sounds, Archer undergoes a facial change program designed to make him look more like Troy’s accomplice in order to gain her trust. But Troy does exactly the same thing. The duel begins when Archer transforms into Troy and Troy transforms into Archer. Michael Colleary and Mike Werb wrote the screenplay for John Woo’s masterpiece, which went on to gross $245 million worldwide and induct John Travolta and Nicholas Cage into the Hollywood hall of fame for action heroes.
5. Air Force One (1997)
‘Air Force One,’ starring Harrison Ford, depicts President James Marshall as a young man. During a dinner in Moscow, he promises to pursue a zero-tolerance approach to terrorism. Next, the president and his family (including his wife and 12-year-old daughter) board ‘Air Force One,’ the presidential plane, to return home. No one suspects Gary Oldman’s Egor Korshunov and his fellow terrorists, who are dressed as journalists, are aboard the aircraft.
When the terrorists kill the military personnel and take the passengers hostage, the flight turns into a flying hell. He manages to get away and hide in the cargo room with President James Marshall. He is a Vietnam War vet and the only one who can stop Korshunov from killing his wife and child, as well as other Americans. One of the biggest box office successes of the 1990s was Wolfgang Petersen’s ‘Air Force One,’ written by Andrew W. Marlowe and directed by Petersen. Glenn Close, Xander Berkeley, and others appear in the film. Macy, Dean, and Guilford star in the film.
4. Broken Arrow (1996)
United States Air Force pilots Major Vic Deakins and Captain Riley Hale are assigned to fly two B83 nuclear bombs undercover. They complete their mission, passing through the radars of US Air Force bases, when Major Deakins turns on Captain Hale and fires him from the plane. The warheads are released without being activated, and the Air Force base is notified that Hale has strayed from the mission plan. After that, he makes his way out of the plane and lets it go down naturally.
The USAF responds immediately and declares this a “Broken Arrow” situation of the highest level of threat and importance. In order to retrieve the bombs, they dispatch a team. Despite finding the bombs, the team is assassinated by Deakins’ men. If his demands aren’t met, he’ll set off the bombs, and the US government will be held to ransom. Park ranger Terry Charmichael has arrested Hale and he must convince him of his innocence before they can work together to recover the bomb from the desperate Major Vic Deakins’s hands. This is the premise of John Woo’s latest film, ‘Broken Arrow.’ Captain Riley is played by Christian Slater, while Major Vic Deakins is portrayed by John Travolta, while Park Ranger Terry Charmichael is played by Samantha Mathis.
3. Die Hard (1988)
When it comes to action movies featuring a single hero trying to save the day in an almost impossible situation, “Die Hard,” directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart, holds the top spot. It’s turned into something of a cult. New York Police Department officer John McClane, played by Bruce Willis, goes to visit his wife, who works for the Nakatomi Corporation, during the Christmas holiday season.
There’s a Christmas party going on at the Nakatomi headquarters when Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber and his men launch an attack, taking everyone inside the building hostage. Everyone, that is, barring John McClane. According to Gruber’s plans, the Nakatomi headquarters is a target for a multi-million dollar burglary. The police are completely absent from the situation. Save your wife and the other hostages is up to John McClane, who looks like he belongs in a Max Payne movie. In 2017, the film ‘Die Hard’ was inducted into the National Film Registry of the United States of America.
2. Speed (1994)
Jan de Bont’s directorial debut, ‘Speed,’ is a taut action thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The movie’s plot is so tight that there was no way it could have fallen apart. Howard Payne is an explosives expert who is being extorted for money by LAPD officer Jack Traven, played by Keanu Reeves. Payne detonates a bomb on a city bus as a form of vengeance. Once the bus reaches 50 mph, the bomb will go off automatically, and it will only go off if the speed drops below 50 mph. Payne will manually detonate the bomb if the passengers try to be removed.
All of Jack’s instructions are delivered over the phone. So Jack’s quest begins. He manages to get on the bus and tells the driver, Sam, about the predicament. In the bus, a small-time criminal attempts to flee under the impression that Jack is on the case. He misses Jack with his bullet, but he kills the driver instead. Sandra Bullock’s Annie Porter, a bus passenger, seizes control of the vehicle. Annie, Jack, and their mutual friend Harry are tasked with intercepting the phone call in order to locate Payne and disarm the bomb. It’s a fast-paced movie with Dennis Hopper and Jeff Daniels as Howard Payne and Harry Temple, respectively. In addition to its massive box office success, ‘Speed’ took home two Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing and Mixing.
1. Passenger 57 (1992)
Because it is perhaps the only movie that comes close to con air’s plot of a lone hero trapped inside an airplane with desperate villains on the loose, it had to be on this list. The protagonist of this story is a man named John Cutter, a retired police officer of some renown who is still reeling from the death of his wife. His friend’s major airline employs Cutter as the anti-terrorism unit’s chief of security, and he’s on his way to Los Angeles to join the team. On Flight 163, there’s also a psychotic terrorist known as “The Rane of Terror,” Charles Rane.
The FBI has him in custody and is transporting him to California. Rane is responsible for four acts of terrorism, and he may be planning a fifth. Rane’s men are also on board the plane, and they kill the FBI agents quickly before seizing control of it. It is now up to John Cutter to save the lives of the passengers, who will have only the assistance of flight attendant Marti Slayton to do so. In addition to Wesley Snipes, Bruce Payne and Alex Datcher star as John Cutter and Charles Rane, respectively. Wesley Snipes’ punch line in Kevin Hooks’ “Passenger 57,” “Always bet on black,”” solidified his reputation as a bankable action hero.