Anaction film is a film genre where one or more heroes/heroins are thrust into a series of challenges, which require physical feats, extended fights and frenetic chases.
Explosions Gun fights Car Chases Fist fights Really buff actors A very attractive female roles A villain Victory to the good side at the end Blood
Duringthe 1920s and 1930s action movies used to be “swashbuckling” adventure movies based around sword fights in silent Western movies.
Douglas Fairbanks was an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent movies such as The Mark of Zorro. He was the iconic actor for this decade
The1940s and 1950s saw action in the form of war and cowboy movies.
AlfredHitchcock single-handedly ushered in the spy adventure genre and inspired the producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to make their own movies based on the novels by Ian Fleming (Dr. No).
The James Bond movies dominated most of the 1960s and are still running today. The Bond movies essentially introduced all the staples of the modern day action movies. They introduced most of the things we see in modern day action films: the lone hero, the evil villain and disposable henchmen, the gadgets and guns and the cutting edge car chases and fist fights. They also introduced humour with some of the one liners that the leading role uses.
Inthe 1970s the Bond movies saw competition from a whole range of gritty detective stories and urban crime dramas as they began to fuse themselves to the new „action‟ style. This lead to a series of movies involving maverick police officers, for example Bullitt (1968) and Dirty Harry (1971) all of which featured car chases inspired by those in the Bond movie series.
Bullitt is an American police procedural film starring Steve McQueen who is cast as police officer Bullitt. The movie was directed by Peter Yates and was adapted for them screen by Alan Trustman and Harry Kleiner, based around the novel Mute Witness by Robert L. Fish. When Bullitt was released the film was a critical box office smash and it later won awards for Best Film Editing and Best Sound.
Also inspired by the success of James Bond, specifically the Asian influenced: „You only live twice‟, martial arts movies exploded onto cinema screens. These included „Enter the Dragon‟ (1973) which starred Bruce Lee. It also introduced people to the likes of Chuck Norris as well. Though Jackie Chan‟s „Rush Hour‟ is often credited for popularizing material arts in the US, Chuck Norris had been blending martial arts with cops and robbers since „Good guys wear black‟ (1977) and „A Force of one‟ (1979).
In the 1980s action movies took over Hollywood and became the dominant form of summer blockbuster, the „action era‟ started with actors such as Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas produced their movie to rival the Bond movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark was born.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is an American action film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas. It was the first film of the very popular Indiana Jones franchise. Released on June 12, 1981 it was the highest grossing film of that year and remains one of the highest grossing films of all time.
Also in the 1980s, actor Nick Nolte and rising star Eddie Murphy broke box office records with action-comedy movie 48hrs, which is credited as the first „buddy cop‟ movie. In the same year as 48hrs, Sylvester Stallone starred in the first of the Rambo movie franchise: First Blood. It proved very popular and was followed by a sequel in 1985, Rambo: First Blood part 2.
Rambo: First Blood part 2 is a 1985 action film starring Sylvester Stallone who is the main character of Vietnam veteran John Rambo. Despite negative reviews, Rambo: First Blood Part II was a major box office success and became somewhat of a cult classic. Rambo: First Blood Part II is the most recognized and memorable instalment in the series. Having inspired and influenced parodies, video games, even rip offs such as Strike Commando and Rampage. Rambo: First Blood Part II became the most successful film in the series and made the character Rambo a pop cultural icon
Bythe end of the 1980s action movies had been split into many different genres, for example science fiction action movies such as Terminator and RoboCop, as well as horror action movies which contain movies such as the Aliens and Predators franchises.
Batman is an American superhero film based around the DC comic character. It was directed by Tim Burton and starred Michael Keaton as Batman himself. In the film Batman tries to deal with the rise of a costumed criminal known as The Joker, it is the first instalment of the Batman film franchise. The success of Batman lead to a string of successful sequels, and within the decade, had created the new sub genre of the comic book movie.
By the 1990s action movies were starting to parody themselves, this was a decade of hybrids and sequels. With the growing revolution in CGI (computer generated imagery) the „real world‟ setting began to turn into increasing fantastic environments. The newer action movies often had budgets like no other action movie in history, allowing them to create bigger and better viewings for the audience.