10 Classic Action Movies

Wednesday, December 1 by Thomas King

If you're into fast paced movies, then be sure to check out these 10 classic action movies. Larger than life actors, dazzling special effects, and memorable one-liners are all a good indication that an action movie might just be a classic. 

  1. "Blade Runner" (1982): Ridley Scott is no stranger to classic action movies (see "The Gladiator"), but his most famous movie might be "Blade Runner." "Blade Runner," based on the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", depicts a Los Angeles of the future. The film features all the hallmarks of a classic action movie, including evil robots, powerful corporations, and plenty of explosions.
  2. "First Blood" (1982): Chances are pretty good that when a movie stars one of the most famous action movie stars of all time, it is going to have a shot at making the list of classic action movies. "First Blood", starring a rippled Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, tells the story of a rogue Vietnam veteran as he does battle with dozens of guerilla fighters.
  3. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981): When you think of a list of classic action movies, chances are a brown fedora makes its way into your mind. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" stars Harrison Ford (wearing his iconic brown fedora) at Indiana Jones, a rough and tough professor of archeology.
  4. "Die Hard" (1988): Speaking of action movie stars, there are few bigger than Bruce Willis. In "Die Hard," he plays NYPD officer John McClane. Not surprising of a movie that makes the list of classic action movies, "Die Hard" includes more terrorists and bomb explosions than you can shake a stick at.
  5. "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003): Some people would label this movie a "fantasy" film. But, any movie that features battles in a mine, giant spiders, and a place called "Mount Doom" deserves to make the list of classic action movies. 
  6. "Terminator" (1984) and "Terminator 2" (1991): Take your pick, either "Terminator" film fits nicely into the list of classic action movies. James Cameron directs and Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this classic film about the battle between a cyborg assassin and a soldier from the future.
  7. "Speed" (1994): Any movie that can turn a greyhound bus into one the most exciting vehicles of all time deserves a spot on the list of classic action movies. "Speed" stars Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, who  try to prevent a bomb from going off on a bus filled with innocent passengers.
  8. "The Matrix" (1999): The second movie starring Keanu Reeves to make the list of classic action movies, the video game-like choreography in this movie left moviegoers in awe.
  9. "Star Wars" (1977): This classic action movie may also be the most popular movie of all time. Directed by George Lucas, "Star Wars" tells the story of Luke Skywalker, a budding Jedi Knight. 
  10. "The Dark Knight" (2008): The most recent movie to make the list of classic action movies, "The Dark Knight" gained popularity due to the fact that it was such an intelligent and well-plotted action flick.
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