Sometimes, even the leader of the free world needs a helping hand.
NOTABLE CONTENDERS: Air Force One, The Kidnapping of the President, White House Down (summer 2013)
WINNER: Escape from New York
The movie’s crackerjack premise—POTUS must be found and retrieved from the maximum-security prison that is 1988(!) Manhattan—deserved a bigger budget, but director/co-writer John Carpenter puts together an entirely satisfying yarn—and in “Snake” Plissken, gives Kurt Russell what might be his most identifiable role.