The 50 Best Action Movies of All Time

23. Escape from New York

Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasance, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton

Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) has 24 hours to rescue the president from the clutches of criminals who control Manhattan's sealed-off island prison. Sadly, this isn't very different from the way New York was in 1981. Viva la Ed Koch!

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