ACTION FILMS


Examples


Action Films

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Selection of Greatest Action Films:

(Entertainment Weekly's June 22, 2007 issue listed their ranked choices for the Top 25 Greatest Action Films,
each marked with a rotating star () and ranking number in the following list)

Early Classic Action Films:
The Great Train Robbery (1903)
The General (1927)

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Captain Blood (1935)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) ( # 18)
The Sea Hawk (1940)
The Wages of Fear (1953, Fr/It.)
The Seven Samurai (1954, Jp.) ( # 6)
Ben-Hur (1959)
North By Northwest (1959)
Recent Action Films:
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Dr. No (1962, UK)
From Russia With Love (1963, UK)

Goldfinger (1964, UK) ( # 19)
Zulu (1964)
Thunderball (1965, UK)
The Train (1965)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Point Blank (1967)
You Only Live Twice (1967, UK)
Bullitt (1968)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969, UK)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
( # 13)
Airport (1970)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Duel (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
Shaft (1971)
Deliverance (1972)
The Getaway (1972)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Enter the Dragon (1973) ( # 15)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Jaws (1975)
Rollerball (1975)
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Black Sunday (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
Superman: The Movie (1978) and sequels
Mad Max (1979)
The Warriors (1979)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ( # 12)
Escape from New York (1981)
Mad Max 2 (1981) (aka The Road Warrior) ( # 4)
Nighthawks (1981)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) ( # 3)
48 Hrs. (1982)
First Blood (1982)
Fitzcarraldo (1982, W. Germ.)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
Commando (1985)
Police Story (1985)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Runaway Train (1985)
Aliens (1986) ( # 2)
Raw Deal (1986)
Top Gun (1986)
Lethal Weapon (1987) (and sequels) ( # 24)
Police Story 2 (1987)
Predator (1987) ( # 22)
Robocop (1987) ( # 14)
The Untouchables (1987)
Die Hard (1988) (and sequels) ( # 1)
Hard Boiled (1988)
Red Heat (1988)
The Abyss (1989)
Batman (1989)
The Killer (1989, HK)
Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
La Femme Nikita (1990, Fr./It.)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Total Recall (1990)
Backdraft (1991)
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Point Break (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) ( # 10)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Hard-Boiled (1992) ( # 9)
Passenger 57 (1992)
Patriot Games (1992)
Under Siege (1992)
Demolition Man (1993)
The Fugitive (1993)
In the Line of Fire (1993)
Supercop 2 (1993)
True Romance (1993)
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Drop Zone (1994)
Drunken Master II (1994) (aka The Legend of Drunken Master) ( # 23)
Fist of Legend (1994)
Iron Monkey (1994)
Leon (1994) (aka The Professional)
Speed (1994) ( # 11)
True Lies (1994)
Bad Boys (1995)
Crimson Tide (1995)
Desperado (1995)
Heat (1995)
First Strike (1996)
Independence Day (1996)
Mission: Impossible (1996) (and sequels)
The Rock (1996)
Set It Off (1996)
Twister (1996)
Air Force One (1997)
Con Air (1997)
Face/Off (1997)
The Fifth Element (1997)
Gattaca (1997)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Titanic (1997)
Volcano (1997)
Armageddon (1998)
Deep Impact (1998)
Enemy of the State (1998)
Ronin (1998)
Run Lola Run (1998)
Rush Hour (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (1998) ( # 8)
Fight Club (1999)
The Matrix (1999) (and sequels) ( # 5)
Three Kings (1999)
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) ( # 16)
Gladiator (2000) ( # 7)
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Romeo Must Die (2000)
Shaft (2000)
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
Spy Kids (2001)
The Bourne Identity (2002) (and sequels)
Spider-Man (2002)
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Kill Bill - Vol. 1 (2003) ( # 20)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004) ( # 17)
The Incredibles (2004) (animated) ( # 25)
Kill Bill - Vol. 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 (2004) ( # 21)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)



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