In Escape from New York, Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is an ex-soldier given 24 hours to rescue the President from Manhattan, which has been converted to a maximum security prison. If he’s successful, he gets a presidential pardon. If not, the explosives that have been implanted in his body will be detonated.
In Demolition Man, Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) is a crime lord who’s been cryogenically frozen for a 22 year sentence in CryoPrison. After being revived for his parole hearing, he escapes to find a utopian society where even profanity is outlawed — perfect for wreaking havoc.
In V for Vendetta, an activist going by the name V starts a violent campaign to bring down a totalitarian government and free the people to rule for themselves. The mask he wears of the real-life Guy Fawkes has been adopted, in turn, by the real-life Anonymous and the Occupy movements.