Foreign Movie Heroes

Thursday, March 31 by Jason Cuthbert

American movie heroes lik Indiana Jones and John Rambo have been worldwide sensations for decades – but don't forget the foreign movie heroes. Many popular risk-takers from all over the world have fought triumphantly for justice. Some of these foreign movie heroes have been in many cinematic journeys; others are real life people – either way, you do not want to miss their adventures.

  1. James Bond What foreign movie hero is more well known than a certain debonair British spy named – James Bond? This distinguished gentleman with exclusive gadgets, extraordinary sports cars, and exotic traveling destinations has been played by six different actors – the first being Sean Connery and most recently by Daniel Craig. As of 2011, there have been 23 installments of the James Bond film franchise.
  2. Mahatma Gandhi This foreign movie hero was also an international hero in real life. In the 1982 film "Gandhi," Ben Kingsley seized the leading role of the nonviolent leader who stood up for the people of India against British colonialism. This epic three-hour and eleven minute film was filmed in India as well as the United Kingdom, and won eight Academy Awards – including for Best Picture.
  3. Oskar Schindler Steven Spielberg finally earned his first Academy Award for Best Director for this gripping Holocaust story captured in rich black and white cinematography. The story revolves around a compassionate German businessman named Oskar Schindler who turns into an unexpected foreign hero. This deeply moving movie shows Schindler as he saves the lives of over a thousand Polish Jews from being taken to concentration camps by hiring them in his factories. Liam Neeson plays Mr. Schindler and Ben Kingsley plays a Jewish Council official and collaborator of Schindler named Itzhak Stern.
  4. Mad Max (1979) Before Mel Gibson became widely associated with the "Lethal Weapon" buddy cop franchise, he had already starred in three film installments as Mad Max, an Australian ex-cop turned heroic drifter. It all started with the initial science-fiction adventure called "Mad Max" in 1979, then in 1982 came "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior," and Tina Turner joined the franchise in 1985 with "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome." In the second film, this foreign movie hero fights a band of biker bandits in a post-nuclear war setting.
  5. General Maximus Decimus Meridus – This historical action adventure combines the frequently used director/actor team of Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. Crowe plays a sword-swinging, sandals-wearing foreign movie hero named General Maximus who leads his fellow Romans against German barbarians. "Gladiator" was both a critical and financial success earning five Academy Awards and over $457 million worldwide.
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