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An Action Movie is a genre in movies which involves excessive fighting and stunts, normally in close-quarters, as compared to wars. Action movies are of various types and implement a variety of weapons and fighting styles. Image File history File links Stop_hand. ... A genre is a division of a particular form of art according to criteria particular to that form. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of...

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Rise of the Action movie

The genre, although popular since the '50s, did not become one of the most dominant forms in Hollywood until the 1980s and 1990s, when it was popularised by actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone. The 1988 film Die Hard was particularly influential on the development of the genre in the following decade. In the movie Bruce Willis plays a New York police detective who inadvertently becomes embroiled in a terrorist take-over of a Los Angeles office block. The film set a pattern for a host of imitators which often just used the same formula in a different setting. Examples included Under Siege, Passenger 57, Executive Decision, Con Air and Air Force One. MacGyver is one of the symbols of 1980s The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe award winning actor, and Republican politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Bruce Willis in Virginia Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955) is an American actor and musician. ... Sylvester Stallone in the contender Sylvester Enzio Stallone (born July 6, 1946 in New York City) is an American film actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. ... See also: 1987 in film, other events of 1988, 1989 in film, list of years in film. // Events Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Top grossing films Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit Coming to America Big, starring Tom Hanks Crocodile Dundee II... This article is about Die Hard, a 1988 action film starring Bruce Willis. ... Bruce Willis in Virginia Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955) is an American actor and musician. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Largest city Albany New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Under Siege is a 1992 action film in the Die Hard mould. ... Passenger 57 is a 1992 action film starring Wesley Snipes and Bruce Payne. ... Executive Decision is a 1996 action film released on Friday, March 15, 1996. ... This article is about Con Air, the movie. ... Air Force One is a 1997 action movie starring Harrison Ford as the President of the United States, and directed by Wolfgang Petersen. ...


Action films tend to be expensive requiring big budget special effects and stunt work. Action films have mainly become a mostly-American genre, although there have been a significant number of action films from Hong Kong which are primarily modern variations of the martial arts film. Because of these roots, Hong Kong action films typically center on acrobatics by the protagonist while American action films typically feature big explosions and modern technology. Lasers were used in the 2005 Classical Spectacular concert Special effects (abbreviated SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to create effects that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as depicting travel to other star systems. ... This article is about stunt performance. ... Martial arts film is a film genre that originated in the Pacific Rim. ...


Current trends

Current trends in action film include a development toward more elaborate fight scenes, perhaps because of the success of Asian martial arts elements, such as kung fu and karate, in Western film. Actors in action movies are now much more skilled in the art and aesthetic of fighting than they have been in the past, apart from a few acknowledged fighters like Steven Seagal. Now, a distinction can be made between films that lean toward physical agile fighting, such as The Transporter, and those that lean toward other common action film conventions, like explosions and plenty of gunfire, such as Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever or Lethal Weapon, although most action movies employ elements of both. Alternative meaning: Kung Fu (TV series) Kung fu or gongfu (功夫, Pinyin: gōngfu) is a well-known Chinese term used in the West to designate Chinese martial arts. ... Karate or karate-dō is a martial art of Ryukyu Islands origin, a synthesis of indigenous Ryukyu fighting methods and southern Chinese martial arts and spread into Japan at least after 14th century. ... Justus D. Barnes, from The Great Train Robbery The Western is one of the classic American literary and film genres. ... Steven Seagal (born April 10, 1951, in Lansing, Michigan) is an American action movie actor, musician, 7th-dan black belt in aikido, recording artist, animal rights activist, founder of Steven Seagal Enterprises, and a recognized reincarnated lama. ... The Transporter film poster The Transporter was an action/crime movie that was released (USA) on October 11, 2002. ... Ballistic: Ecks vs. ... Lethal Weapon is the first of a series of American movies that were released in 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1998, all starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of Los Angeles police officers. ...


The elements that are considered to be important to the majority of "die-hard action movie fans"(the core audience of American action movies from the 70's to today) are: Explosions, gunfights, car chases, and the hero either killing the main antagonist or giving him a severe beating in personal combat. Action movies lacking these elements tend to be less-respected (and even looked down upon) by this audience. While some embrace the shifting toward more martial-arts based movies and the superhero antics of The Matrix, the vast majority of this group does not like these kinds of changes and still prefers the concept of "more explosions, more gunfights, more car chases, and more carnage is better". Superman and Batman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... The Matrix is a science-fiction/action film first released in the USA on March 31, 1999, written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski. ...


Several of the common action film conventions saw their birth in the release of James Bond series (containing many of the original elements of spy movies still seen today). One popular element is the car chase, a feature that is almost standard in action films. Bullitt and The French Connection were among the earliest films to present a car chase as an action set-piece. At present, many action films culminate in a suspenseful climax centered around a Mexican standoff between two leading characters. The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond, also known as 007 (pronounced double-oh seven), is a fictional British spy created by writer Ian Fleming in 1953. ... Car chase often describes the pursuit of a criminal by police, and is increasingly captured on film from media and police helicopters. ... Bullitt is a 1968 Warner Bros. ... The French Connection is a 1971 Hollywood film directed by William Friedkin. ... A Mexican standoff scene from the film Reservoir Dogs. ...


Feminist theory

Feminist film theory has been used to analyze action movies, oweing to their rare variance from a core archetype. The separation between the physical male who controls the scene and the look and the female, who is almost always the object of the look is very clear in most such films. Although female characters in most action films are nothing more than objects, a prize for the winner, hostages, loving wives and the like, there has been a move towards stronger female characters such as those in works by James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow. However, in most action movies since the 1970s, the female character in an action movie is usually portrayed as incompetent and lacking in good judgement. These characters tend to unintentionally make life harder for the hero. Feminist film theory is theoretical work within film criticism which is derived from feminist politics and feminist theory. ... James Cameron from Ghosts of the Abyss James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian film director noted for his action/science fiction films, which are often extremely successful financially. ... Kathryn Bigelow (born 27 November 1952) is a movie director having placed her distinctive style on male-dominated genres like science fiction, action and horror. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


Female leads

The science-fiction action/horror movie Aliens was the first western action movie to feature a strong female protagonist, independent of a guiding male lead.[citation needed] Alien has thus been considered a prototype for the Girl Power-effect that occurred in Hollywood towards the early 2000s when more and more action-movies with powerful female leads appeared from the comedic (e.g. Charlie's Angels) to the mainstream martial arts film (e.g. Kill Bill). Aliens is a 1986 science fiction movie directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ... The Angels: Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore Charlies Angels (2000) is an action/comedy film based on the 1970s television series Charlies Angels. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


See also

A film genre is a rough categorization of films into genres, which describe the typical subject matter—what the film is about: Western films are about the American West, love stories are about love, and so on. ...

Subgenres

  • Action thriller - Elements of action/adventure (car chases, shootouts, explosions) and thriller (plot twists, suspense, hero in jeopardy): Speed, The Bourne Identity
  • Caper/Heist - Protagonists are carrying out robbery, usually for alturistic purposes: Sneakers, Ronin
  • Die Hard - Story takes place in limited location - single building or vehicle - seized or under threat by enemy agents: Die Hard, The Rock, Con Air, Speed, many, many more
  • Sci-Fi Action - Story is set in a futuristic world, in Earth or otherwise. Normally involves laser-based weaponry and other futuristic gadgets: The Matrix, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • Action Horror - Story has a horror theme, Action Horror movies tend to have one or more heroes against large groups of monsters: House of the Dead (film)

Air Force One is a 1997 action movie starring Harrison Ford as the President of the United States, and directed by Wolfgang Petersen. ... Minority Report is a 2002 film by Steven Spielberg loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story of the same name. ... True Lies is a 1994 action movie directed by James Cameron. ... Lethal Weapon is the first of a series of American movies that were released in 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1998, all starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of Los Angeles police officers. ... Rush hour at Tokyo Station, Yamanote Line A rush hour is a part of the day with busy traffic and hence traffic congestion on the roads and crowded public transport; normally the two periods in a day when people are travelling to or from work or school. ... Speed is a 1994 film directed by Jan de Bont, starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock (her breakout role), Jeff Daniels and Dennis Hopper. ... The Bourne Identity is a spy fiction thriller by Robert Ludlum about an amnesiac who must discover who he is and why several different groups, including an assassin and the CIA, are trying to kill him. ... Sneakers is a 1992 film directed by Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) and starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, and David Strathairn. ... Released in 1998, Ronin is an action/thriller that tells the story of a group of former intelligence agents who team up to steal a mysterious metal case. ... This article is about Die Hard, a 1988 action film starring Bruce Willis. ... The Rock is an action movie released on Friday, June 7, 1996 that mostly takes place on Alcatraz Island, and in the San Francisco Bay area. ... This article is about Con Air, the movie. ... Speed is a 1994 film directed by Jan de Bont, starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock (her breakout role), Jeff Daniels and Dennis Hopper. ... The Matrix is a science-fiction/action film first released in the USA on March 31, 1999, written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski. ... House of The Dead is the film adaptation of the light gun arcade game video game of the same name. ...

List of notable action movies

The 6th Day is a 2000 action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Rapaport. ... Air Force One is a 1997 action movie starring Harrison Ford as the President of the United States, and directed by Wolfgang Petersen. ... Assault on Precinct 13 is a 1976 action/thriller movie, directed by John Carpenter. ... From riches. ... Braveheart is an epic American motion picture released in 1995 based on the life of William Wallace, a national hero in Scotland. ... Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action motion picture starring John Travolta as Major Vic Deakins with Christian Slater as Captain Riley Hale. ... Bullitt is a 1968 Warner Bros. ... Chain Reaction is a 1996 film starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Morgan Freeman and Fred Ward. ... An action movie starring Sylvester Stallone and including John Lithgow as a key villain. ... Cobra is a 1986 action movie directed by George Pan Cosmatos. ... Commando (first released on October 4, 1985) is a Hollywood action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... This article is about Con Air, the movie. ... This article is about Die Hard, a 1988 action film starring Bruce Willis. ... Face/Off is a movie from 1997 directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. ... Hardboiled crime fiction is a uniquely American style pioneered by Dashiell Hammett, refined by Raymond Chandler, and endlessly imitated since by writers such as Mickey Spillane. ... The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond, also known as 007 (pronounced double-oh seven), is a fictional British spy created by writer Ian Fleming in 1953. ... Lethal Weapon is the first of a series of American movies that were released in 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1998, all starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of Los Angeles police officers. ... The 1996 thriller The Long Kiss Goodnight stars Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. ... The Matrix is a science-fiction/action film first released in the USA on March 31, 1999, written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski. ... MIA is a three-letter acronym that is most commonly used to designate a combatant who is Missing In Action, and has not yet returned or otherwise been accounted for as either dead (KIA) or a prisoner of war (POW). ... Rambo is a trilogy of popular action films based on the characters created by David Morrell in his novel First Blood. ... Raw Deal is an action film, released on Friday, June 6, 1986, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (released in the US in 1981 as The Road Warrior) was a sequel to Mad Max. ... Movie poster for Speed Speed is a 1994 film directed by Jan de Bont, starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock (her breakout role), and Dennis Hopper. ... The Killer (Simplified Chinese: 喋血双雄; Traditional Chinese: 喋血雙雄; pinyin: ; literally: Bloodshed of Two Heroes) is a 1989 Hong Kong thriller starring Chow Yun-Fat as the hitman Jeffrey, Danny Lee as the cop Little Eagle and Sally Yeh as the singer Jennie. ... The Rock is an action movie released on Friday, June 7, 1996 that takes place on Alcatraz Island. ... The Seven Samurai (七人の侍 Shichinin no samurai, 1954 also known as Seven Samurai in the UK) is a movie by Akira Kurosawa starring Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune. ... This article is about the American TV series Police Story, for the Jackie Chan film see Police Story (movie) Police Story was an anthology television drama on the NBC broadcast network from the years 1973 through 1977. ... The Terminator is a 1984 science fiction-action film which became the break-through role for former body-builder Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... It has been suggested that Tomb Raider Outfits be merged into this article or section. ... True Lies is a 1994 action movie directed by James Cameron. ... Under Siege is a 1992 action film in the Die Hard mould. ... The Wild Bunch is a 1969 western film in which an aging group of outlaws hope to have one more score while the West is turning into a modern society. ...

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