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Essential Expendables

The Expendables is like reaching into the mind of this website and creating a movie based on what you pull out and Expendables 2 seems to be doing that to an even greater degree, adding Van Damme, Schwarzenegger and Willis to the already jam packed action star cast.  If you feel like you need a refresher of why these guys are so awesome, we have prepared “Esssential Expendables”, a list of the movies for each Expendable (for the most part) that you must see and some that are totally Expendable.


The Essentials

  • Rocky
  • Rocky IV
  • First Blood
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II
  • Demolition Man
  • Cobra
  • Cliffhanger

Also worth watching: Tango & Cash, Over the Top, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rambo, Rocky Balboa, Assassins


  • Judge Dredd
  • Driven
  • Stop or My Mom will Shoot
  • Rocky V
  • D-Tox
  • Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over


The Essentials

  • The Transporter
  • Crank
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Snatch
  • The Bank Job
  • The Mechanic
  • Death Race

Also worth watching: Crank 2: High Voltage, Transporter 2, Blitz, Safe, The Italian Job


  • In the Name of the King
  • Chaos
  • Cellular
  • 13
  • Transporter 3


The Essentials

  • The Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  • Commando
  • Predator
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Total Recall
  • True Lies

Also worth watching: The Running Man, Eraser, End of Days, Kindergarten Cop, Last Action Hero


  • Jingle All the Way
  • Collateral Damage
  • The 6th Day
  •  Batman & Robin
  • Junior
  • Twins
  • Conan the Destroyer


The Essentials

  • Rocky IV
  • Universal Soldier
  • Command Performance
  • I Come in Peace
  • The Punisher
  • Red Scorpion
  • The Killing Machine

Also worth watching: Showdown in Little Tokyo, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Hidden Assassin


  • Masters of the Universe
  • Johnny Mnemonic
  • Diamond Dogs
  • Stash House
  • In the Name of the King 2


The Essentials

  • Unleashed
  • The One
  • Hero
  • Black Mask
  • Fist of Legend
  • Kiss of the Dragon
  • Once Upon a Time in China

Also worth watching: The Forbidden Kingdom, Fearless, The Legend, War


  • Romeo Must Die
  • Cradle 2 the Grave
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Lethal Weapon 4


The Essentials

  • The Delta Force
  • Missing in Action
  • Lone Wolf McQuade
  • Invasion USA
  • Sidekicks
  • Walker, Texas Ranger

Also worth watching: Forced Vengeance, Silent Rage, The President’s Man, The Way of the Dragon, The Octagon


  • Hellbound
  • Top Dog
  • Forest Warrior
  • The Cutter


The Essentials

  • Die Hard
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • The Fifth Element
  • Sin City

Also worth watching: 16 Blocks, Die Hard 2, Live Free or Die Hard, Tears of the Sun, Surrogates, Last Man Standing, Planet Terror, Armageddon, Red


  • Cop Out
  • Perfect Stranger
  • The Whole Ten Yards
  • The Kid
  • The Jackal
  • Mercury Rising
  • The Last Boy Scout
  • Hudson Hawk
  • Striking Distance
  • Bonfire of the Vanities

Van Damme

The Essentials

  • Bloodsport
  • Timecop
  • Kickboxer
  • Universal Soldier
  • Hard Target
  • JCVD
  • Sudden Death

Also worth watching: Lionheart, Assassination Games, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Street Fighter, No Retreat No Surrender


  • Cyborg
  • Double Team
  • Universal Soldier: The Return
  • Until Death
  • Replicant
  • The Order


The Essentials

  • Idiocracy
  • The Longest Yard
  • White Chicks
  • Get Smart
  • Gamer

Also worth watching: Terminator Salvation, Everybody Hates Chris, Starsky & Hutch


  • Are We There Yet? The Series
  • Soul Plane
  • Lottery Ticket
  • Who’s Your Caddy?
  • Malibu’s Most Wanted
  • Norbit
  • Balls of Fury







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