We love action movies, so it’s hard to pick the best of all time. It really depends on your mood. After all, we’re talking about a genre that can include everything from a Batman movie to a western from Quentin Tarantino to almost anything directed by Akira Kurosawa.
So, instead, we wanted to offer some of the best action movies in the five areas below. Remember, this is just our opinion. We know everyone has one of those. But for those who haven’t checked out some of the movies mentioned below, now is the time.
If you’re a fan of action movies, you won’t regret it.
Best Fight scene
The fight scene in “Kill Bill Vol. 1” in which The Bride takes on the Crazy 88s is one of the best fight scenes ever from Quentin Tarantino. And that’s saying something since he’s known for this sort of thing. By the end, the floor is littered with the 88s. And this is just a prelude to the big climactic fight scene between The Bride and O-Ren Ishii.
For those who want to see a classic martial arts film at its finest, “Enter the Dragon” is an excellent choice. Bruce Lee is at his finest, displaying the talents that made him an action movie star before his untimely death in 1973. Speaking of martial arts, it’s hard to beat the sheer beauty, grace, and badassery when Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) takes on Jen Yu (Zhang Ziyi) in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Naturally, we’re sticking to swords. Although, it’s hard not to put the lightsaber in this spot. Whether you like “Star Wars” or not, it’s hard to deny that the lightsaber is cool and comes in enough varieties to keep it interesting. Remember the two-bladed sword of Darth Maul? Also, the Hattori Hanzō Katana used by The Bride in the “Kill Bill” movies ranks highly. Excalibur is a legendary weapon, but there’s no one, defining action moment for King Arthur’s sword in the movies (1981’s “Excalibur” probably comes closest).
The truth? Kind of all of them! But even in a violent genre, some movies stand out. The remake of the “Evil Dead” deserves a nod here if you’re in the mood for a bit of gore-splattered horror with your action. Any of the “Hostel” or “Saw” films are equally icky. Outside of the action/horror area, perhaps the most unnerving remains the Oliver Stone film “Natural Born Killers” which has plenty of violence (and snakes!). The opening scene shows what you can expect over the rest of the film. It isn’t pretty.
There are too many cool cars to choose from, so it really depends on what you like. The Aston Martin driven by James Bond in the older films is a classic. The original Batmobile – yes, the one from the campy 1966 “Batman” movie – is based on the 1955 concept car called the Lincoln Futura. It turned out pretty sweet.
If American classics are your thing, the 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu driven by Ryan Gosling in “Drive” is worth a look, as is the Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in “Bullitt.” Any of “The Fast and the Furious” are heaven for car lovers. And, in a strange way, so are the Mad Max films, especially “Road Warrior” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
If there’s one thing that almost every action movie has in common, it’s a satisfying ending. It’s not like an arthouse film that may end ambiguously or just abruptly stop and leave you scratching your head. Action films give you climatic battles. There are dozens of great endings, but if we had to name one you simply must see, it would have to be “Die Hard,” because it keeps not ending. Watch it. You will see what we mean.
That should give you plenty of great movies to check out. And since they’re action movies, there’s one thing for sure: none of them will be boring.