What Steven Seagal films would you recommend?

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#1 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (5578 posts) -

So I've been on an action film kick lately partly due to Dan and Drew mentioning a bunch of action films I either haven't seen in a long time or haven't seen at all. So far over the past 3 weeks I've watched Demolition Man, The Rundown, Speed, Cliffhanger, The Rock, Rumble in the Bronx, Twin Dragons and Tango & Cash. All great action films that I was glad to have watched. Now one action movie star I'm completely running a blank on is the aikido master Steven Seagal. I think at most the only film I've seen partially he starred in was Exit Wounds with DMX, and by that time he was kinda towards the slow and fat phase of his career. I want to know out of all the Steven Seagal filmography what are the essential movies to watch during the height of his movie career?

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#2 Edited by AlexW00d (7572 posts) -

So from the films you mentioned I guess you want cheesey 80s and 90s stuff? The only film with Steven Seagal in I would ever recommend is Machete and he's not even in it much, so this is a pretty shite recommendation, sorry.

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#3 Posted by GunstarRed (6052 posts) -

Under Siege. A couple of his earlier ones are ok. Also the one with Michael Caine as the bad guy, not because it's good but because it has two disposable bad guys having a chat about how they should be holding their guns to look menacing.

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#4 Posted by Barrock (4146 posts) -

In my opinion Above the Law is his best film.

Also you should watch True Lies, but that's not him.

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#5 Posted by Brackstone (925 posts) -

I'd say Executive Decision and Under Siege are really the only two worth watching, and Under Siege is the only one I'd call a Steven Seagal movie.

Also I feel like he was always sort of slow and fat, so it might be hard to avoid that of phase of his.

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#6 Posted by bart008 (102 posts) -

Under Siege is considered his best movie. That also might be the only movie I have seen of his. If you want more Jackie Chan movie recommendations I would watch Police Story.

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#7 Posted by KillEm_Dafoe (2644 posts) -

I would say you'd be alright without watching any Seagal movie. As a lover of actions movies of all types, Seagal has never done anything for me and even his best films aren't that special. Under Siege is okay from what I remember, but I don't think I've even watched it all the way through.

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#8 Posted by FlashFlood_29 (4447 posts) -

Is this a trick question?

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#9 Edited by ArtisanBreads (9107 posts) -

Under Siege is a pretty good action movie. Hard to Kill is a pretty HILARIOUSLY bad action movie that is probably my top "so bad it's good" movie. The training montage, his fake coma beard, his crazy action hero name (Mason Storm), the villain and his catch phrase, the hilarious "wow look at Seagal he's a badass" opening, etc etc. It goes on. If you can appreciate something as silly as Demolition Man then I think you should watch Hard to Kill.

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I'd say Executive Decision and Under Siege are really the only two worth watching, and Under Siege is the only one I'd call a Steven Seagal movie.

Also I feel like he was always sort of slow and fat, so it might be hard to avoid that of phase of his.

He was not at all always fat. He was always awkward moving but to his credit dude is a great martial artist despite how he looks fucking hilarious running.

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#10 Posted by AlexW00d (7572 posts) -

@brackstone said:

I'd say Executive Decision and Under Siege are really the only two worth watching, and Under Siege is the only one I'd call a Steven Seagal movie.

Also I feel like he was always sort of slow and fat, so it might be hard to avoid that of phase of his.

He was not at all always fat. He was always awkward moving but to his credit dude is a great martial artist despite how he looks fucking hilarious running.

Yeah I think it's hard to look elegant when you're nearly 2m tall and fairly well built.

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#11 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (3675 posts) -

Under Siege is like Die Hard on a boat.

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#12 Edited by ArtisanBreads (9107 posts) -

@alexw00d said:

@artisanbreads said:
@brackstone said:

I'd say Executive Decision and Under Siege are really the only two worth watching, and Under Siege is the only one I'd call a Steven Seagal movie.

Also I feel like he was always sort of slow and fat, so it might be hard to avoid that of phase of his.

He was not at all always fat. He was always awkward moving but to his credit dude is a great martial artist despite how he looks fucking hilarious running.

Yeah I think it's hard to look elegant when you're nearly 2m tall and fairly well built.

Eh, a lot of basketball players disagree. But there are awkward ones too that are skilled and again he's a great martial artist and results are always what matters to me. Can't hate on that.

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#14 Edited by Strife777 (2101 posts) -

From what I understand, Under Siege is an actually decent movie. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother with any recent stuff, I can tell you it's shit. He churns those out at an alarming rate.

But even then, his older stuff is not great. To me, Seagal has always been a "dad actor", meaning dads like his movies, along with other terrible straight to video action movies.

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#15 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (5578 posts) -

Sounds like Under Siege is the definitive movie to go see starring Steven Segal. I'll go try and watch it sometime this week.

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#16 Edited by Justin258 (15676 posts) -

I've never seen a full Steven Seagal movie and I haven't seen anything from him in several years, but what I have seen always struck me as the kind of thing you put on the TV for some inoffensive noise while you go do chores around the house or something.

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#17 Posted by fisk0 (6938 posts) -

None of his movies are great, but Hard to Kill and Under Siege are some of his better ones.

I seem to recall Fire Down Below being rather inoffensive as well.

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#18 Posted by Kevin_Cogneto (1886 posts) -

Fun Steven Seagal fact: the only reason he is famous in the first place is because he was the martial arts instructor to a Hollywood agent who made a Trading-Places-esque bet with a colleague that he could take a complete nobody and make him into a movie star. True story.

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#19 Posted by htr10 (1062 posts) -

Listen, you watch Above the Law, Under Siege, and On Deadly Ground, and maybe, just maybe Executive Decision, and you walk away, you just walk away and you consider yourself lucky that you are still able to do so.

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#20 Posted by baka_shinji17 (1458 posts) -

On Deadly Ground. It's basically Metal Gear Solid.

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#21 Posted by reverendk (222 posts) -

Half Past Dead. The one. The only.

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#22 Posted by uhtaree (951 posts) -

It's not Seagal, but you mentioned the DMX up there and so I gotta recommend Cradle 2 the Grave with Jet Li and DMX, it's along the lines of a Fast and Furious or Bad Boys or something and remember it being stylish and a lot of fun.

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#23 Posted by deactivated-5a46aa62043d1 (2739 posts) -

+1 for Under Siege

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#24 Posted by doctordonkey (1844 posts) -
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I dunno, ask the Spectre.

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#25 Posted by GaspoweR (4901 posts) -

Under fucking Siege

Like what everyone else have been saying :D

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#26 Posted by JapaneseBuffalo (77 posts) -

The Glimmer Man is a pretty good, bad movie of his. It's around the time he started getting fat and has several, crazy, nonsense scenes.

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#27 Posted by Dizzyhippos (4706 posts) -

The first Under Siege is great, the second one is worth watching once.

its entirely possible that I was just a stupid kid and didn't know any better but I remember liking Fire Down Below.

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#28 Posted by dudeglove (13768 posts) -

Ideally none of them. Under Siege is campy, but not because of Seagal, it's because of Tommy Lee Jones being weird.

Unlike Jackie Chan or some other action stars, Seagal is incredibly boring to watch. He has next to no personality on screen.

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#29 Posted by isomeri (3124 posts) -

Just like everyone's already said, Under Siege is great.

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#30 Posted by probablytuna (5008 posts) -

I saw Hard to Kill when it was on TV a few years ago. Holy hell what a gem.

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#31 Posted by Ramone (3089 posts) -

I fucking love Steven Seagal.

Under Siege is without a doubt his best film but Hard to Kill, Out for Justice, Fire Down Below and Marked for Death are all worth seeing if you're into dumb action movies.

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#32 Posted by Shaunage (933 posts) -

The only movie I've seen with Seagal in a lead role is On Deadly Ground. I do not recommend that one.

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#33 Posted by thomasnash (1106 posts) -

I am seconding what people say about Hard to Kill. It's hilariously bad. It has a sex scene that literally occurs in the middle of a training montage.

I would also recommend Exit Wounds, for a glimpse at how his career trajectory changed in the late 90s.

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#34 Edited by hermes (2620 posts) -

Under Siege is, without a doubt, his best movie (or his only good one). And Executive Decision, only because he is barely in it.

I want to second other people that say you should avoid him. Seriously, he is not a good action actor, he is not even a good stunts performer, the movies are shit (not in the so-bad-is-good kind of way), and he remains in the bad side of camping for most of his career.

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#35 Posted by Monkeyman04 (2799 posts) -

I would say the two Under Siege movies. The second one isn't as good, but I found to still be a decent action movie.

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#36 Posted by Sinusoidal (3608 posts) -

Ugh. None of them.

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#37 Posted by Fear_the_Booboo (1088 posts) -
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#38 Posted by gamefreak9 (2877 posts) -

It depends on personal preferences, if you like sticking needles into your eyes then all his movies are fantastic!

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#39 Posted by notnert427 (2268 posts) -

If you're sober, none of them. If you're about 5-6 beers in, ALL OF THEM.

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#40 Posted by Nightriff (7199 posts) -

Under Siege is a legit good movie. Die Hard on a boat is about perfect but Tommy Lee Jones is the bad guy and its fantastic. Might be the only Seagal movie I've seen but it is very good.

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#41 Edited by charlie_victor_bravo (1713 posts) -

Marked for Death or Out for Justice if you want to get idea why he became popular. His earlier movies have that 80-90s gritty violent feel to them. Under Siege is his most popular movie, but it is also after his peak time (for example Mad magazine made fun of him being too out of shape in that movie).

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@i_stay_puft Most important non-Seagal movie: Roadhouse.

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#42 Posted by flippyandnod (758 posts) -

Under Siege or Marked for Death.

Really everything he did before Under Siege is what got him the Under Siege gig and so is pretty good. It goes downhill from there.

Also see Double Impact. Because everyone should see Double Impact. A lot.

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#43 Edited by HoboZero (445 posts) -

Here is the rule with his movies:

If the title can be used to form a sentence stating: "Steve Seagal is <insert title here>" you are golden and should watch for cheesy action goodness. If not, stay far away.

For example:

  • Steven Seagal is Hard to Kill
  • Steven Seagal is Under Siege
  • Steven Seagal is Out for Justice
  • Steven Seagal is Marked for Death
  • Steven Seagal is Above the Law
  • Steven Seagal is On Deadly Ground (great villainous turn for Michael Caine and his dye job in this one)
  • Steven Seagal is The Glimmer Man

And, when a sentence just doesn't work, neither does the movie

  • Steven Seagal is Executive Decision (nope)
  • Steven Seagal is Today You Die (double-nope)
  • Steven Seagal is Flight of Fury (nopers)
  • Steven Seagal is Under Siege 2 (doesn't work)
  • Steven Seagal is Pistol Whipped (hmmm....)

Edit: the one exception to the rule is Machete. Because it's Machete.

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#44 Edited by geirr (3775 posts) -

Pretty much this

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..and any variation thereof.

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#45 Posted by SkullPanda1 (1625 posts) -

Under Siege is the only film I'd recommend.

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#46 Posted by s10129107 (1508 posts) -

I wouldn't wish a Steven Segal movie on anybody.

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#47 Posted by ToTheNines (1672 posts) -

Under seige 1 and 2. Well the second might have a different name, I only know the danish names.

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#48 Posted by DukesT3 (2104 posts) -

Under Seige 2. That's the first movie I saw of his as a kid and loved it. Now I'm able to appreciate it for the glorified mess that it is. THE VILLIAN USES FUCKING PEPPER SPRAY AS A GODDAMN BREATH SPRAY. Yeah, its pretty great.

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#49 Posted by stryker1121 (2171 posts) -

Under Siege is a legit pretty damn decent action flick. Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey co-star, so have at it.

I can't remember liking any of his other movies, but I suppose they're good for a laugh if you want to see a squinty, pony-tailed man throat punch people for 90 minutes.

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#50 Edited by SubwayD (927 posts) -

How timely. While looking for Van Damme movies, I ended up also buying a Blu Ray box set containing Under Siege 1 and 2, Hard To Kill, Above the Law and Executive Decision for £7 the other day.

That's probably all the Seagal one could ever need or want, right?

Also, I was shocked to discover this bullshit:

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Amazing.