The 90s provided some of the best action movies in which the bad guys had a tendency to take over fast-moving objects full of passengers. These are the best of the best 90s action ‘hijacking’ movies.
Air Force One (1997)
Russian terrorists take over the most important jet in the U.S. with all of its passengers, including the President, as a bargaining chip to get a notorious criminal out of prison. when the terrorists begin shooting important political figures who are on board the plane, we understand that they mean serious business. The President, who is played by Harrison Ford, is even more serious in saving the passengers, which include his wife and daughter. The greatest threat and danger to the terrorists turns out to be the President himself within the hijacked Air Force One. A ridiculous premise sets up one of the most entertaining action films of the decade.
There is nothing worse than being in a hijacked vehicle that is controlled by the bad guy from the outside. This is the premise for Speed, in which a passenger bus is hijacked by being strapped with a bomb that would explode if the bus were to slow down. This is an action packed, high octane movie in which Sandra Bullock drives a bus for most of its duration, and does so exceptionally well even under duress.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
A hijacked plane or a bus are bad enough, but in this movie the bad guys decide to take over the air traffic control in a major international airport, which has the potential to spell doom for a multitude of airplanes and thousands of passengers. John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back at it, having to stop the terrorists from executing their evil plans and in effect, saving his wife from one of the doomed planes. This movie is full of explosive action, suspense and fun. A true action film classic.
Con Air (1997)
Though it may seem like we’ve touched on just about every hijacking scenario worthy of a full-length film, Con Air offers yet another ridiculous premise in which the hijacked plane is a prisoner transport plane. Nicolas Cage plays a former Army Ranger on is way home after 8 years of an unjust prison sentence, who is unfortunate to be on this particular plane and gets caught up in having to deal with the real bad guys who hijack the plane for their evil purposes. A fun and enjoyable film, especially for those of you who cannot get enough of Nicolas Cage.