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'The Edge' (1997)
Plot: Three men - a billionaire, his assistant, and a photographer - are mercilessly hunted by a Kodiak Bear after their plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness.
Main adversary: The bear
Why it's good: "The Edge" made hardly a blip on the radar when it was released, and yet it's one of the more underrated big-studio efforts of the late '90s. Long before he played the suave corporate big-shot Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock", Alec Baldwin was sparring in a forest with Anthony Hopkins in this well-crafted thriller, in which director Lee Tamahori ("Once Were Warriors", "The Devil's Double") deftly sketches the fraught dynamic of its two lead characters while also delivering a handful of startlingly effective grizzly-attack sequences. Scripted by Pulitzer Prize-winning literary juicehead David Mamet, "The Edge" is a testosterone-fest of the first order. - Chris Eggertsen