The 50 Best Comic Book Movies

The Punisher

Director: Mark Goldblatt
Year: 1989
Many people consider it one in a string of Marvel disasters from the '80s and early '90s, but The Punisher actually holds up pretty well as a ridiculous, stylized action movie along the lines of Stallone's Cobra or Schwarzenegger's Red Heat. Dolph Lundgren's Frank Castle is one of the vigilante character's weirder portrayals, and he spends as much time praying in the sewers (naked) as he does killing Yakuza. Louis Gossett Jr. is great as always playing cop Jake Berkowitz, and when the action gets going, this is an awesome guilty pleasure.

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