Bruce Lee
(Movies & TV)
Jackie Chan
(Movies & TV)
Chuck Norris
(Movies & TV)
Clint Eastwood
(Movies & TV)
Sam Peckinpah
(Movies & TV)
Lee Marvin
(Movies & TV)
Charles Bronson
(Movies & TV)

See also

Action film

Knowledge Identifier: $Action_film


Action film

Film genre in which one or more heroes are thrust into a series of challenges that typically include physical feats, extended fight scenes, violence, and frantic chases add

Category: Movies & TV

Launched in 1950.

Countries: United States (47%), US (17%), China (11%)

Main connections: Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris

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Actors from the 1950s and 1960s, such as John Wayne, Steve McQueen and Lee Marvin, passed the torch in the 1970s to actors such as Bruce Lee, Tom Laughlin, Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, Clint Eastwood and Sonny Chiba add something


Notable action film directors from the 1960s and 1970s include Sam Peckinpah, whose 1969 Western "The Wild Bunch" was controversial for its bloody violence and nihilist tone add something


During the 1970s, the Bond films faced competition as gritty detective stories and urban crime dramas began to evolve and fuse themselves with the new "action" style, leading to a string of maverick police officer films, such as "Bullitt" , "The French Connection" and "Dirty Harry" add something


Hong Kong action cinema was at its peak from the 1970s to 1990s, when its action movies were experimenting with and popularizing various new techniques that would eventually be adopted by Hollywood action movies add something


It should be noted, however, that the 1970s saw the introduction of martial-arts films to western audiences add something


This began in the early 1970s with the martial arts movies of Bruce Lee, which led to a wave of Bruceploitation movies that eventually gave way to the comedy kung fu films of Jackie Chan by the end of the decade add something


While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects add something


From Japan, Sonny Chiba starred in his first martial arts movie in 1973 called the "Karate Kiba" add something


By the end of the 1980s, the influence of the successful action film could be felt in almost every genre add something


During the 1980s, Hong Kong action cinema re-invented itself with various new movies add something


In the 1980s, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover had a popular string of "buddy cop" films in the "Lethal Weapon" franchise add something


The 1980s would see the action film take over Hollywood to become a dominant form of summer blockbuster add something


The cross-breeding of genres would become the norm in the 1980s add something


Thus, the 1980s and 1990s saw a rise in both budgets and the number of sequels a film could generally have add something


In 1982, veteran actor Nick Nolte and rising comedian Eddie Murphy smashed box office records with the action-comedy "48 Hrs", credited as the first "buddy-cop" movie add something


Later, the 1988 film, "Die Hard", was particularly influential on the development of the action genre add something


In the 1990s and 2000s, Asian actors Chow Yun-fat, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan appeared in a number of different types of action films, and US actors Wesley Snipes and Vin Diesel both had many roles add something


European action actors such as Belgian-born Jean-Claude Van Damme , Moroccan-born Jean Reno , Swedish-born Dolph Lundgren , Irish-born Colin Farrell , and English-born Jason Statham , appeared in a number of action films in the 1990s and 2000s add something


For example, 2009's "Star Trek" had several science fiction tropes and concepts like time travel through a black hole add something


The dearth of new action heroes is a popular topic of conversation, so much so that Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables" and "The Expendables 2" parody the aging crop of 1980s superstars add something


Subway Cinema - In 2013 the Daniel A. Craft *award for Excellence in Action Cinema was added in memory of the festival's late director and treasurer


Analysis of the lines in 2016's biggest blockbusters show that despite much hype about the lead female in Rogue One, and the female characters in Suicide Squad and $Captain_America (Captain_America:_The_First_Avenger), these characters still had limited share of dialogue add something