Top Gun

  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Producers: Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Writers: Ehud Yonay, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr
  • Genres: Action, Romance
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Tom Skerritt, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, Michael Ironside, Rick Rossovich

The film starts with Maverick (Tom Cruise) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) along with Maverick’s wingman “Cougar” and his RIO, “Merlin” (Tim Robbins), both piloting F-14A Tomcats, in conflict over the Indian Ocean against what are said to be Soviets, flying (fictional) Mikoyan-Gurevich-made MiG-28s. Cougar is engaged by one of the hostile aircraft and afterwards is too shaken to land, despite his aircraft being low on fuel. Maverick assists Cougar in landing, at risk to his own aircraft – which is also low on fuel. Following the incident Cougar resigns from active duty, citing his newborn child which he has never seen. Despite his antipathy for Maverick and Goose, the CAG, “Stinger” (James Tolkan) is forced to send Maverick and Goose—now his top pilots—to attend the Top Gun school.

Maverick tests his instructors’ patience on the first day of training by flying recklessly (outflying instructor LCDR Rick “Jester” Heatherly (Michael Ironside), breaking two rules of engagement in the process), establishes a rivalry with top student Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer), and becomes enamored with civilian instructor Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). Maverick contradicts her briefing by regaling her with the story of the MiG encounter from the film’s opening, but playfully withholds specific details.

The film ends with Maverick in a pub at NAS Miramar, recalling the occasion when he first met Charlie. Charlie then enters the bar, having decided to remain at Miramar after hearing of Maverick’s assignment there, and she plays You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ on the jukebox, signaling to Maverick her intention to remain with the Top Gun school, and to let her romance with Maverick flourish.

Bad Boys

  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Producers: Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Writers: Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Doug Richardson
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Theresa Randle, Joe Pantoliano

Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) are detective sergeants in the Miami-Dade Police Department. Lowery is from a wealthy background and enjoys a playboy-like lifestyle, and Burnett is married with three kids; James, Quincy, and Megan, to Thereasa

One night, $100 million of seized heroin is stolen by gangsters from a secure police vault. This is a major blow to Burnett and Lowery, because it was the biggest drug bust of their careers. Internal Affairs believe it was an inside job and issue an ultimatum—if they do not recover the drugs in five days, the narcotics division will be shut down. It is quickly discovered that one of the gang members was Eddie Domínguez, a former cop, who has absconded with some of the heroin. Dominguez is shot to death by his boss, French drug kingpin Fouchet (Tchéky Karyo), who also kills escort Maxine Logan (Karen Alexander), one of Lowery’s ex-girlfriends. The only witness to the crime is Max’s best friend Julie Mott (Téa Leoni).

Although she has never met him, Julie will only testify to Lowrey, but he is out of contact when she threatens to run, so Burnett is forced to impersonate him in order to get her to co-operate. In order to continue the deception Burnett moves Julie into Lowrey’s apartment, which he himself has to move into, while Lowrey moves in with Burnett’s family and claims to be Burnett in Julie’s presence while Burnett claims to be Lowrey.

Eventually, Fouchet and his gang of criminals learn where Julie is and kidnap her. Burnett, Lowrey and two other members of the Miami P.D. organize a plan to stop the criminals from killing Julie and selling the drugs to a Colombian drug lord. A final shoot-out erupts between Burnett, Lowrey and the drug dealers. The criminals are eliminated, Julie is saved in the process and Lowrey kills Fouchet.

Flashdance

  • Directors: Adrian Lyne
  • Producers: Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Jacobson, Lynda Rosen Obst, Peter Guber, Jon Peters
  • Writers: Tom Hedley, Joe Eszterhas
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, Music
  • Actors: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri

Blue-collar worker, eighteen year-old Alexandra (Alex) Owens (played by Jennifer Beals) is a dancer in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania bar at night and a welder at a steel mill during the day. She lives on her own in a converted warehouse with her pit bull, Grunt. Her dream is to obtain a place at a prestigious dance school, the (fictional) Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory. During one of her performances at Mawby’s, the bar where she works, she attracts the attention of Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri) who is the boss of the steel mill, and he learns that Alex is one of his employees.

Alex’s best friends also work at Mawby’s, and they have their own dreams of fame. Jeanie Szabo (Sunny Johnson) is a waitress who aspires to be a professional ice skater, and Jeanie’s boyfriend Richie Blazik (Kyle T. Heffner) is a cook who wants to be a professional stand-up comedian. Also prominent in the film is Johnny C. (Lee Ving), who runs the local strip club, the Zanzibar, and is invariably accompanied by his strong but dense bodyguard Cecil (Malcolm Danare). Johnny C. visits Mawby’s to check out the dancers, and tries to recruit both Alex and Jeanie to work at the Zanzibar.

At the audition, Alex falls over at the start of her routine, but starts again and completes the routine successfully. In the final scene, Alex runs out of the Conservatory building with a smile on her face and is hugged by Nick, who gives her a bunch of red roses. The ending of the film does not say directly whether Alex wins a place at the Conservatory as a result of her audition.

The Rock

  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson, Louis A Stroller, Sean Connery, William Stuart
  • Writers: Story Screenplay, David Weisberg, Douglas S Cook, Screenplay, Mark Rosner, Uncredited, Quentin Tarantino 1
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris

A group of rogue Marines from Force Recon, led by disenchanted Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris), seize a stockpile of rockets armed with VX nerve agent, a modern chemical weapon of nightmarish virulence, to which they accidently lose one of their men to in the process. They then seize Alcatraz Island during a guided tour and take 81 tourists hostage in the prison cells. Hummel threatens the Pentagon with launching VX gas rockets against the population of the San Francisco Bay Area unless the government pays reparations, including compensation to the families of Marines who died on illegal, clandestine missions.

The Pentagon and Federal Bureau of Investigation decide to deploy a Navy SEAL team to retake the island and free Hummel’s hostages by stealth. In need of first-hand knowledge of the underground tunnels of Alcatraz, they are forced to release the imprisoned John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery): the only inmate of Alcatraz who ever successfully escaped (which was covered up). FBI chemical weapons expert Dr. Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) — socially nerdy and bumbling — is also recruited to neutralize the VX gas threat. The two men and the SEAL team commence their raid on Alcatraz. Meanwhile, the Pentagon prepares a secondary countermeasure to Hummel’s VX gas rockets: readying prototype “thermite plasma” bombs capable of incinerating the poison gas, but which will also kill any person left on the island.

While Mason battles the traitorous marines, Goodspeed rushes to locate and disarm the last rocket. After extracting the VX from the rocket, Goodspeed is attacked by the last remaining Marine. Outmatched, Goodspeed uses a VX pearl that fell loose to kill the Marine by forcing it into his mouth, thus causing him to die horrifically as well as exposing Goodspeed to the toxin (at a lower concentration). Goodspeed then forcefully injects an antidote (atropine) into his own heart to save himself. Weakened, he desperately scrambles to the open ground to signal the command center to abort the airstrike, which would needlessly kill many hostages. However, the abort command is received too late by the pilots, and one accidentally drops the first of its thermite-plasma payload onto the island. Fortunately, the bomb misses the hostages’ cell block, and only throws Goodspeed into the water, where he is promptly rescued by Mason. When the FBI arrives to secure Alcatraz, Goodspeed informs them that escaping Mason was actually “vaporized,” hence releasing him to freedom, anonymity, and his estranged daughter. Before his departure, however, Mason tells Goodspeed the location of the secret microfilm he’d stolen, and the movie closes with Goodspeed and his pregnant bride Carla recovering the microfilm, along with half a century of state secrets. The film ends with Goodspeed and Carla discovering the true person who shot JFK.

Beverly Hills Cop II

  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Producers: Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Writers: Characters, Danilo Bach, Daniel Petrie Jr, Story, Eddie Murphy, Robert D Wachs, Screenplay, Larry Ferguson, Warren Skaaren, Uncredited, David Giler, Dennis Klein
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jurgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen, Allen Garfield, Dean Stockwell, Gil Hill, Gilbert Gottfried, and Paul Reiser

Approximately two years after the original film, Captain (formerly Lieutenant) Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox), Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold), and Sergeant John Taggart (John Ashton) are trying to figure out who is behind the “Alphabet Crimes”, a series of mostly high end store robberies distinguished by their monogrammed envelopes with an alphabetical sequence the assailants leave behind. Complicating matters is the new “political” state of the Beverly Hills police, headed by an incompetent new police chief named Harold Lutz (Allen Garfield), who is doing everything he can to stay on Mayor Ted Egan’s (Robert Ridgely) good side. Unimpressed when Rosewood calls the FBI to help solve the case, Lutz holds Bogomil responsible as commanding officer and suspends him, despite Bogomil trying to convince him that Rosewood was only following a hunch, a traditional aspect of police work. Lutz also punishes Taggart and Rosewood by placing them on traffic duty.

On the way home, Bogomil is shot by Karla Fry (Brigitte Nielsen), the chief henchwoman of Maxwell Dent (Jürgen Prochnow). Finding out about the shooting over a news report, Axel Foley (Murphy) immediately flies out to Beverly Hills (covering his absence from his actual job in Detroit by telling his commanding officer Inspector Todd he was going “deep deep deep DEEP undercover” on the credit card fraud case he had been assigned to) to help find out who shot Bogomil to repay the favor he owes him for saving his job two years ago. Taggert and Rosewood agree to assist Axel because of Lutz’s apparent attempts to find an excuse to get them fired. Posing as an undercover FBI agent to get past Lutz (by convincing his would-be partner Jeffrey in Detroit to pose as Todd to intercept Lutz’s phone call to Todd’s office and convince Lutz that Axel is part of a multi-jurisdictional task force). Axel soon starts making the connection between the robberies and Dent, and has Bogomil’s daughter Jan use her connections as an insurance agent to find out Dent’s financial dealings. Dent is robbing his own businesses to finance firearms deals and is discreetly using his henchman Charles Cain (Dean Stockwell) as the front man for his operations. Bogomil was shot due to being on the right track with his investigation into the case.

At the end of the film Bogomil is chosen by Mayor Egan to replace Lutz as the new Chief of Police, and Axel returns back to Detroit, but not before he gets chewed out by Inspector Todd over the phone, right after Egan called him to congratulate him on allowing Axel to assist them on this case.

Beverly Hills Cop

  • Directors: Martin Brest
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson
  • Writers: Danilo Bach, Daniel Petrie Jr
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold

Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is a young, talented, but extremely reckless Detroit police detective, having been reformed from his hoodlum years. His latest act of attempting to catch crooks through a cigarette smuggling operation goes sour when some uniformed officers show up, questioning their suspicious activity, and earns him the wrath of his boss, Inspector Douglas Todd (Gil Hill).

Axel’s childhood friend and former criminal cohort Mikey Tandino (James Russo), long gone from Detroit, shows up in Axel’s apartment (by breaking in) and tells him he’s working in Beverly Hills, California as a security guard, through the efforts of a mutual friend, Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher). After going out to have a few drinks, both men return drunk to Axel’s apartment, where Axel is knocked cold and Mikey is confronted by two thugs, questioning him about some missing bearer bonds that he had shown Axel earlier. Mikey is then murdered, and after being refused the investigation because of his close personal ties, Foley uses the guise of going to Beverly Hills for a vacation to ascertain the motive and solve the crime.

Foley’s search soon leads him to Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff), Mikey’s most recent employer and a respected art dealer who Foley soon begins to suspect is involved in some less-than-respectable activities, including Mikey’s murder. His investigation is hampered, however, by the Beverly Hills Police Department, who is even less enthusiastic about Foley’s crimefighting methods than the Detroit Police Department. As evidence of Maitland’s unsavory activities piles up, Foley eventually convinces his Beverly Hills counterparts to assist him in bringing Maitland to justice.