Streets of Fire


Streets of Fire (1984)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.


Want to See

Not Interested

Add Rating
My Rating    

Streets of Fire Photos

Movie Info

More like a series of MTV sequences than a long-term narration, this super-thin story line focuses on a kidnapped singer (Diane Lane) and her ex-boyfriend (Michael Pare) who goes forth to save her through rainy streets, the roar of elevated subways, several alleys, and the usual warehouses. Each thrust of the story has rock music that follows along with the narration.

Watch it now


Michael Paré
as Tom Cody
Diane Lane
as Ellen Aim
Rick Moranis
as Billy Fish
Rick Rossovich
as Officer Cooley
Lee Ving
as Greer
Elizabeth Daily
as Baby Doll
Lynne Thigpen
as Motorwoman
Marine Jahan
as `Torchie's' Dancer
Ed Begley Jr.
as Ben Gunn
Harry Beer
as Squirt
Kip Waldo
as Waldo
Matthew Laurance
as Ardmore Cop
Sarah Marten
as Woman in Diner
Tamu Blackwell
as Richmond Citizen
Richard Rimo Moreno
as Richmond Citizen
Antonie Becker
as Richmond Citizen
Elizabeth Jordan
as Richmond Citizen
Susan Cheung
as Bar Patron
Vicki McCarthy
as Bar Patron
John Hateley
as Poker Player
Rock Walker
as Poker Player
Phil Alvin
as Bar Band
Dave Alvin
as Bar Band
John Bazz
as Bar Band
Bill Bateman
as Bar Band
Gene Taylor
as Bar Band
Lee Allen
as Bar Band
Steve Berlin
as The Blasters, Bar Band
Paul Mones
as The Roadmaster
Vince Deadrick
as The Roadmaster
Paul Lane
as The Roadmaster
Bernie Pock
as The Roadmaster
Spiro Razatos
as The Roadmaster
Jeff Smolek
as The Roadmaster
William Beard II
as The Attacker
Stuart Kimbell
as The Attacker
John Ryder
as The Attacker
as The Attacker
Ric Moreno
as Richmond Citizen #2
Susan Cheng
as Bar Patron #1
Rock A. Walker
as Poker Player #2
Vince Deadrick Jr.
as The Roadmasters Band Member #2
Paul M. Lane
as The Roadmasters Band Member #3
View All

Critic Reviews for Streets of Fire

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (1)

An extravagantly stylized pulp burlesque that is at once an objectively lousy picture and just about the coolest damn thing I've ever seen.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

A grandiloquent compatriot to their later masterpiece, Geronimo... More exuberantly stylized than The Warriors, it seemingly stands in stark relief to the carborundum asperity of movies like Hard Times and The Driver...

Nov 15, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It is stellar action cinema that thinks outside the box and it's worth watching again and again.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

A carefully stylised movie that's something like pure cinema.

Jan 12, 2014 | Full Review…

Where have you gone, Michael Pare'? I really enjoyed this.

Mar 25, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

A typically interesting effort from the vastly underrated Walter Hill that's improved with age.

Sep 27, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Streets of Fire


It was conceived as a "movie about visuals" but never mind, the music is the only great thing in it - especially in the exciting opening and closing scenes -, since the script is a colossal piece of crap with no structure, the dialogue is simply awful and the performances are pathetic.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The cast is the true gem here. The story is pretty cool too, but Rick Moranis playing an asshole of this proportion is classic. And Dafoe's horrid face only looks horrider as a young punk.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

When the successful rock and roll singer Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) is kidnapped by Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe) and his motorcycle gang The Bombers during a concert, the fan and owner of a bar Reva Cody (Deboran Van Valkenburgh) writes a telegram to her brother and Ellen's ex-boyfriend Tom Cody (Michael Paré) asking him to return to Richmond. Tom meets the former soldier McCoy (Amy Madigan) in town seeking for job and they are hired by Ellen's manager and boyfriend Billy Fish (Rick Moranis) to rescue Ellen. Tom, McCoy and Billy travel in a car in a journey to the Battery, burning down the streets of the dangerous neighborhood. The cult "Streets of Fire" is a stylish homage to rock & roll. This movie has a awesome soundtrack with many wonderful songs of Ry Cooder and charming characters performed by the sexy Diane Lane; the annoying Rick Moranis; the funny Amy Madigan; the great villain Willem Dafoe; and the troublemaker "good guy" Michael Paré. In the end, this underrated movie is a great entertainment. 2 stars 6-12-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


A semi rehash of Hill's own "The Warriors" with a flashy neon retro futuristic atmosphere but no interesting plot to grab on to.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Streets of Fire Quotes

News & Features