Best Action Movie is a top subject for everybody. If the action is done well. I don’t care if an action movie is a pure specimen of the genre or if there are some sci-fi. However thriller or even comedy elements thrown in. With that out of the way.
The Top 10 Best Action Films in History
In Order of Appeance
Escape From New York (1981)
Sci-fi/action thriller. Cyclopean hero with the coolest name ever alone in a futuristic (i.e. 1997, giggle) Manhattan to retrieve a cassette tape (ROTFL). No snake is an island.
The Terminator (1984)
A milestone in the more-action-than-dialogue genre. This Conan comes from the future with a matricidal agenda. Lots of sci-fi too: self-aware global computer network, time traveling and a merciless robot.
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
A sequel, but the best of the tetralogy. No need for exposition, we go directly into car chases, shootings and explosions. Plus, we get to meet Ms “Häagen-Dazs”, a very lovely South-African (well, English, really) embassy employee
Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
Another sequel, but only slightly less brilliant as the original. The story is so cleverly constructed that you actually remember most of it from viewing to viewing. You’re thus less surprised than the McClane family: “Why does this keep happening to us?”
Yet another sequel: Arnie is back with better manners and more dialogue. His opponent has survived being a terrorist in Die Hard 2 and is now brimming with groundbreaking CGI.
The Matrix (1999)
Breathtaking cyberpunk action with now ubiquitous tropes like slow-motion “bullet time” and mock kung-fu fighting. On second glance, lots of philosophical and even religious food for thought.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Not a sequel more a second half. But Vol. 1 was a bloody mess, Vol. 2 is far superior. Given the title there’s no spoiler if I tell you that Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo really wants to hurt the title character (no last name given).
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