If your interest in movies are caught up within the spectrum of action movies, then it is near impossible that you have not come across the name Steven Seagal. This intriguing actor is remarkable in more than one way. It might interest you to know that he is also a musician, producer, screenwriter, and martial artist. His acting career kicked off in 1988 when he starred in the action film, Above The Law where he was the protagonist as well as the producer.
His career has been mostly successful, nevertheless, he is regarded as a legend that stands beside the likes of Jean Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone among others. He has starred in a lot of movies and a couple of television shows throughout his career but is most popular for his roles in movies such as The Glimmer Man, Out For Justice, Hard to Kill among others. Although Steven is a very famous actor, he has won only one award throughout his career which is the Golden Raspberry Award.
This America who has Russian and Serbian roots has had his ups and downs in the movie industry. Thus, here are some of his movies and television shows ranked from his best to his worst – this is based on audience ratings as well as box office sales.
Best and Worst Movies and Television Shows of Steven Seagal
Under Siege (1992)
This action film is regarded as one of the best from this talented actor, Steven Seagal. It was written by J. F. Lawton and directed by Andrew Davis. The production of this movie was overseen by a couple of people including Arnon Milchan, Gary W. Goldstein, Steven Reuther and Steven Seagal himself. The acting cast included some of Hollywood’s popular faces such as Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, Erika Eleniak, Patrick O’Neal, among others.
This movie which is themed on bravery and the American spirit revolves around an invasion of U.S. Navy battleship USS Missouri by bandits led by Tommy Lee Jones as William. Steve Seagal who brilliantly delivered the character, Casey Ryback was the protagonist and did all he could go stop the “bad” men.
The movie is not only regarded as the actor’s most successful commercially but also by ratings and critical evaluation. By its box office sales, it made $156.6 million. Its ratings by the audience were also fairly impressive as it had a score of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.5-star rating on IMDb.
Executive Decision (1996)
Executive Decision takes the number two spot on Steven Seagal’s most successful movies. This film which was produced by Joel Silver was written by Jim and John Thomas and directed by Stuart Baird. Its cast includes Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Joe Morton, and David Suchet.
Executive Decision is centered on the hijacking of an airplane bound to arrive at Washington DC by terrorists. The terrorists demanded the return of their leader, who was held in custody by military forces. Together, U.S. Army specialist David Grant (Kurt Russell) and Lt. Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Seagal) work to ensure the safe arrival of the airplane to Washington and also the safety of the Washington populace.
At the box office, Executive Decision recorded $122.1 million on sales. This was regarded as a huge success by the movie’s makers. The audience applauded the efforts of this movie with fair ratings. On Rotten Tomatoes, it was rated 64% while on IMDb, it earned 6.4 stars.
Released in 2010, this movie has been found to be one of the most successful movies under the belt of Steven. It was written by the famous Mexican writer, Robert Rodriguez and directed by Ethan Maniquis. The production crew includes Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellán and Rick Schwartz. This movie couldn’t have been pulled off if not for its amazing cast of Hollywood’s finest. Working alongside Steven was Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Jessica Alba, and Robert De Niro.
The movie is centered around Matchete played by Danny Trejo. After being nearly killed by a drug lord, he flees to become a vigilante and laborer on the streets of Texas. And when he is later recruited for a secret hit, he is double-crossed by his employer which makes him go on a revenge-seeking mission.
A lot of reviews about this movie was good and it did well at the box office as it raked in over $44 million from a budget of $20 million. Audience ratings on Rotten Tomatoes stand at 72% while on IMDb it received 6.6 stars out of 10.
Out For Justice (1991)
This is an American crime thriller released in 1991 starring Steven Seagal alongside William Forsythe, Jerry Orbach, Jo Champa, Gina Gershon, Shareen Mitchell, and others. It was written by David Lee Henry, produced by Seagal and Arnold Kopelson, and directed by John Flynn, popular for directing The Outfit and Rolling Thunder.
The movie revolves around the personal vendetta held against a drug kingpin by a Brooklyn detective (Steven Seagal) whose partner was murdered in front of his wife and children. Steven stakes an all-out attack on the killer of his partner. This movie was not much of a commercial success with a little over $39 million to show for its sales at the box office. Its ratings by audience and reviewers were also not too impressive. It managed to garner a 23% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.1 on IMDb.
Hard To Kill (1990)
Hard To Kill is a movie whose plot revolves around the personal vendetta and revenge harbored by a deeply hurt man. Steven plays the role of a detective Mason Storm who goes into a 7-year coma after being shot by the same person who killed his wife. He wakes up and plunges into a revenge mission against those who killed his wife.
The movie was written by Steven McKay and directed by Bruce Malmuth. Its stellar cast include Kelly LeBrock, Bill Sadler, Frederick Coffin, Zachary Rosencrantz and other supporting characters. It was commercially successful with $47.4 million in box office sales from a budget of $11.5 million. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the audience gave it a 33% rating while on IMDb, it earned 5.8 stars.
This is one of the least successful movies Steven Seagal has featured in. Submerged is a 2005 movie written and directed by Anthony Hickox. It featured William Hope, Vinnie Jones, and Christine Adams as the primary characters in the movie.
The movie’s protagonist was Steven Seagal who played the role of a soldier for hire who was recruited by the military to root out a terrorist organization. Equipped with a submarine filled with sophisticated ammunition, he alongside military analyst, Susan Chappell (Christine Adams) went against the enemy only to find out that the supposed terrorist was an American intelligence operative intending to create his own army.
There is no box office records for this movie. The audience, however, gave it an abysmal 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it earned 3.7 stars out of 10 on IMDb.
Black Dawn (2005)
Talking of poorly successful movie, this one stands out profoundly with unknown commercial success and terribly low ratings and mass negative reviews. The movie, like most crime and action movies, tells the story of a skilled agent who tries to infiltrate and root out a terrorist organization. The protagonist is none other than Steven Seagal who plays the character Jonathan Cold.
The movie was written and directed by Alexander Gruszynski, co-produced by Steven Seagal and featured movie stars such as Tamara Davies, John Pyper-Ferguson, Julian Stone, Nicholas Davidoff, Roman Varshavsky and Conal Duffy.
As mentioned earlier, its box office scores are not certain even until this time. Its audience ratings on Rotten Tomatoes was 21%. On IMDb, it made 3.8 of 10. It has been criticized by a lot of reviewers and is listed under worst movies ever made.
Kill Switch (2008)
This is one of the dark movies Steven Seagal has ever starred in. It also featured the likes of Holly Dignard, Chris Thomas King, Michael Filipowich and Isaac Hayes and was written by Steven Seagal.
Things turned bloody in Memphis as a psychotic murderer is on a rampage killing women. Tough Detective Jacob Stillwell (Steven Seagal) is assigned to the case to unravel the murderer and bring him to book. Things also turn personal when the detective’s girlfriend is killed by the criminal. Together with his partner, Storm Anderson (Chris Thomas King), Jacob seeks revenge to put an end to the murders.
This movie has no box office scores or records. Its ratings on various rating sites are abysmal. On Rotten Tomatoes it scored 16% based on audience ratings and on iMDb, the movie gained only 3.9 stars.
Against The Dark (2009)
Against the Dark was on the dark side of movie production as it was received with poor ratings. The movie which features the likes of Steven Seagal, Tanoai Reed, Jenna Harrison, Linden Ashby, Emma Catherwood, Skye Bennett and Keith David failed to live up to the expectations of a horror-action film.
This 2009 movie was written by Mathew Klickstein, produced by Phillip B. Goldfine, and directed by Richard Crudo. It is a movie that tells a fictional story of vampire invasion of the earth with the intent to take over the world. A sword carrying vigilante and his group protect the terrified humans seeking refuge at a hospital from the bloodthirsty enemies. This movie has no box office records and as for its ratings on Rotten Tomatoes it has an 11% voting by audience. Reviewers on iMDb place the movie on a 3.2 star rating.
Attack Force (2006)
This movie is arguably the most unsuccessful movie that Steven has appeared in. Not only does it not have a box office score, probably because of how insignificant it is, it is also not found on Rotten Tomatoes, therefore having no audience ratings on that site.
The movie is an action thriller written and produced by Steven Seagal. It was directed by Michael Keusch and released in 2006. It featured the likes of Lisa Lovbrand and David Kennedy. The movie revolves around the activities of Marshall Lawson, a military personnel whose strike force was wiped out by an attack in Paris. Paris faces the threat of being infected with a new drug CTX that turns people into unstoppable killing machines. The fate of Paris rests on the shoulders of Marshall Lawson played by Steven Seagal. The movie had a terribly low 2.8 star rating on IMDb.