Explosions, hand-to-hand fights from anthology, memorable characters and endless adrenaline rushes: these are just some of the main ingredients when it comes to action movie as it should. A genre that over the decades has given the history of cinema lots of classics to see and review: cult movies timeless able to fascinate generations even very distant from each other.
It is almost impossible to make an exhaustive list of the best chapters of this long story, also because often the genre action incorporates elements that make it superimpose on other trends such as the thrillerthe detective story oi adventure movie: we try to at least collect some of the most iconic in a sort of best of of the greats action movie.
The Three from Operation Dragon (1973)
The first film on our list is legendary if only for being the last one released in a while Bruce Lee he was still alive. Then there’s a martial arts tournament, Shaolin Temples, the secret services investigating the illicit trafficking of a powerful and mysterious man and of course great fights. The protagonist of The 3 of Operation Dragondirected by Robert Clouse, is Bruce Lee and this in itself is a guarantee of quality: the plot is captivating and the clashes between good and bad will make you jump on the sofa at home.
Rambo is one of the most popular screen heroes of all time, starring in one of two sagas (three, if you count The expendables) who made the fortune of Sylvester Stallone. The first iconic film allows us to meet the veteran of Vietnam War able to stand up to entire battalions alone: the challenge will be to get out alive from manhunt of the brutal police force in the small town of Hope, Washington. Many scenes of this chapter have entered the common imagination, as indeed the same JohnRambo.
Crystal Trap (1988)
Crystal Trapor Die Hard in the original, it is probably the quintessence of the action movie and progenitor of the successful saga that sees him as the protagonist John McClane. New York cop played by Bruce Willis he is in a skyscraper in Los Angeles with his wife and her colleagues during a lavish corporate party. At that moment a group of terrorists breaks in taking the whole group hostage: the only one to escape is John McClane thus begins his own personal challenge 1 vs All through the floors of the large building. A classic that, if you haven’t already seen, you absolutely must catch up.
Luc Besson initials a modern classic with Leonthe story of the namesake hitman (played by Jean Reno) and his relationship with the girl Mathildaa character who marks the beginning of a very young girl’s great career Natalie Portman. Leonin contravention of its code, at the beginning of the film it saves Mathilda from certain death and from that moment engages in a fight to the last breath with the corrupt DEA agent Norman Stansfield (featuring an electrifying performance by Gary Oldman). A great cast for a film that also offers moments of feeling in the midst of a burst of action with few equals.
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible is the chapter that kicks off another saga action very thick. The pilot film is directed by the legendary Brian DePalma and see Tom Cruise take on the role of one of his most famous characters for the first time, Ethan Hunt. The agent of a secret division of the CIA is the only survivor of an ambush that eliminates his own team: he will have to defend himself against the accusations and at the same time discover what forces are acting against him.
Kill Bill Vol.1 (2003)
One of the many masterpieces of Quentin Tarantino which with this film enters even more forcefully into modern pop culture. Kill Bill Vol.1 introduces us to the long trail of blood and revenge of the Bride, a woman whose ex-boyfriend had everything taken away on her wedding day Bill: the film is a masterpiece of directorial technique where the different visual styles stand out used to tell the plot that follows the classic path of the revenge movie until the final showdown. This mention obviously also includes the vol. 2released the following year and even richer in great fights.
John Wick (2014)
The film directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch is a handbook of fighting in the action movies: this is also due to the extraordinary performance of Keanu Reeves, who in his enthusiasm and acting freshness seems like a talented newcomer to the world of cinema rather than the esteemed veteran that he is. Our interprets John Wickan unstoppable retired hit man who is forced back into action by a serious disfigurement suffered by the son of his acquaintance Viggo Tarasov, now boss of the city. Thus begins a whirlwind of high-level action: the reception of public and critics is so strong that they are even filmed two sequelsequally lucky.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Without fear of being proven wrong we can say that Mad Max: Fury Road It is one of action movie most successful ever. A spectacular and frenetic film that breaks the screen and immediately configures itself as a technical jewel and visual with very few terms of comparison. Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Megan Gale and all the actors called to take part in this road madness help to make the film a resounding success practically from the start. A round of applause definitely goes to George Millerwhich succeeds in the feat of making a sequel thirty years after the previous chapter the best episode of the saga.