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)
Billy Jack (1971) (and sequels in 1974 and 1977)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Duel (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
Shaft (1971)
Deliverance (1972)
The Getaway (1972)
The Mechanic (1972)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Way of the Dragon (1972) (aka Return of the Dragon)
Enter the Dragon (1973) ( # 15)
Walking Tall (1973) (and sequels in 1975 and 1977)
Death Wish (1974) (and sequels in 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1994)
Mr. Majestyk (1974)
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
Alien (1979) (and sequels in 1986, 1992, and 1997)
Mad Max (1979)
The Warriors (1979)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ( # 12)
Death Hunt (1981)
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) (and sequels in 1985, 1988, and 2008)
Fitzcarraldo (1982, W. Germ.)
Forced Vengeance (1982)
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Missing in Action (1984) (and sequels in 1985 and 1988)
The Terminator (1984) (and sequels in 1991 and 2003)
Commando (1985)
Police Story (1985)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Runaway Train (1985)
Aliens (1986) ( # 2)
Cobra (1986)
Delta Force (1986) (and sequel in 1990)
Raw Deal (1986)
Top Gun (1986)
Lethal Weapon (1987) (and sequels) ( # 24)
Police Story 2 (1987)
Predator (1987) ( # 22)
Robocop (1987) ( # 14) (and sequels in 1990, 1993, and 2014)
The Running Man (1987)
The Untouchables (1987)
Die Hard (1988) (and sequels in 1990, 1995, 2007, and 2013) ( # 1)
Hard Boiled (1988)
Rambo 3 (1988)
Red Heat (1988)
The Abyss (1989)
Batman (1989) (and many sequels)
Hard to Kill (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)
Out for Justice (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)
Cliffhanger (1993)
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)
On Deadly Ground (1994)
The Specialist (1994)
Speed (1994) ( # 11)
True Lies (1994)
Assassins (1995)
Bad Boys (1995)
Crimson Tide (1995)
Desperado (1995)
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
Heat (1995)
Judge Dredd (1995)
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
Eraser (1996)
Executive Decision (1996)
First Strike (1996)
Independence Day (1996)
Mission: Impossible (1996) (and all sequels)
The Rock (1996)
Set It Off (1996)
Twister (1996)
Air Force One (1997)
Con Air (1997)
Cop Land (1997)
Face/Off (1997)
The Fifth Element (1997)
Gattaca (1997)
The Jackal (1997)
Men in Black (1997) (and sequels in 2002 and 2012)
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)
End of Days (1999)
Fight Club (1999)
The Matrix (1999) (and sequels) ( # 5)
Three Kings (1999)
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) ( # 16)
Get Carter (2000)
Gladiator (2000) ( # 7)
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Romeo Must Die (2000)
Shaft (2000)
The 6th Day (2000)
The Fast and the Furious (2001) (and sequels)
Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
Spy Kids (2001)
The Bourne Identity (2002) (and sequels)
Spider-Man (2002) (and sequels)
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)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Rambo (2008)
The Expendables (2010) (and sequels in 2012 and 2014)
Looper (2012)
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)




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