DefinitionAction film is a film genre where one or more heroes is thrust into aseries of challenges that require physical feats, extended fights andfrenetic chases. They occasionally have a resourceful character strugglingagainst incredible odds such as, life-threatening situations, an evilvillain, and/or being chased in several ways of transportation(car, bus, truck, etc.), with victory achieved at the end after difficultphysical efforts and violence. Story and character development aregenerally secondary to explosions, fist fights, gunplay and car chases.source: Wikipedia
Early Action MoviesDuring the 1920’s and 1930’s, action films were often“swashbuckling” adventure films. These were films thatincluded some sort of sword fighting scene.Modern swashbuckling films are films such as Legendof Zorro, Three Musketeers and Pirates of theCaribbean.
Early Action MoviesIn the 1940’s and 50’s we saw action films in the formof war and cowboy movies.A well known action/war film is ‘The Great Escape’which starred Steve McQueen and CharlesBronson, and a notable action/western film from the1960’s is ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, whichstarred Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach.
Steve McQueenSteve McQueen was a actor, producer and race cardriver.He was most famous for films like The MagnificentSeven, The Great Escape and Bullitt.McQueen is a well known figure in popculture, appearing on t-shirts and fans doing conceptart of him.
Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood, actor, director, producer andcomposer, is also a well known face in the western filmsof the 1960’s.He is also known for playing Police Inspector HarryCallahan in Dirty Harry, a popular action movie in the70’s.
“Bond Movies”The 1960’s saw the arrival of “Bond Movies” which werecharacterised larger-than-life characters, such as theresourceful hero: a veritable "one-man army" who was ableto dispatch villainous masterminds (and their disposable"henchmen") in ever-more creative ways, often followed by aready one-liner.The Bond films also utilized quick cutting, car chases, fistfights, a variety of weapons and "gadgets", and ever moreelaborate action sequences.Source WikiPeda
1970’sIn the 1970’s action films were getting more popular.Bond saw competition with the rise of Bullitt, TheFrench Connection and Dirty Harry.The 1970’s also saw the introduction of martial-art-themed-action movies introducing iconic actors such asChuck Norris and Bruce Lee, in films such as Enter theDragon and A Force of One.
1980’sThis decade was quite literally the “action era” ofmovies. This took action movies to a whole newlevel, popularizing actors such as ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis.Well known action movies that were made in the 80’swe films like The Terminator, Rambo: First Blood Part I& II, Die Hard, Predator, Alien and Indiana Jones 1, 2 and3.
1990’sThe 90’s took a big leap in action movies. CGI was usedto make fantasy become reality. Bigger budgets unlikenever before were being used.Tim Burton’s “Batman” led a string of financiallysuccessful sequels almost single handedly making anew sub-genre in the process; the comic-book movie.
Sub Genres – Action ComedyA genre where action and comedy collide into one film.It became a trend in the 80’s.They are generally light-hearted and rarely involvedeath or injury, and if it does it’s usually funny.Examples of action comedies are Beverly HillsCops, Rush Hour, Charlies Angles and Blues Brothers.
Sub Genres – Die-hard scenariosUsually a story that takes place in a limitedlocation, for instance a building, plane or a ship. Thelocation has been overrun by some sort of terroristorganization and one single hero comes in a saves theday, which usually has some sort of militaryexperience.Examples of Die-hard movies are Die Hard(obviously), Snakes on a Plane, Speed, Passenger47, Derailed and Sudden Death.
Sub Genres - Disaster FilmHaving elements of thriller, the main conflict iseither a geophysical or hydro meteorologicalhazard e.g. A hurricane, volcaniceruption, floods, earthquakes or just totaldestruction general.Example of disaster films are IndependenceDay, The day afterTomorrow, Armageddon, 2012, and Dante’s Peak.
Sub Genres - Sci-Fi ActionMany Sci-Fi action moviesemphasizesgunplay, spacebattles, made upweaponry.Examples of Sci-Fi actionfilms are the Terminatorseries, The Matrixseries, Total Recall, StarTrek, Aliens, Transformers, Robocop and Avatar.
Notable Actors Actors from the 1950’s and 60’s like John Wayne and Lee Marvin then gave the limelight to the 70’s movies which starred actors like Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson and Sonny Chiba. Action film actors which were popular in the 80’s were gun wielding actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Steven Segal made a number a films and so did Bruce Willis in Die Hard.
Notable ActorsActors that were popularin the 90’s and the 2000’swere Asian actors such asJackie Chan and ChowYun-fat for movies suchas Rush Hour and HardBoiled.Wesley Snipes and VinDiesel also had a range ofaction movies like theBlade series and Fast andFurious series.
Notable Female actors Not all films have to have a male as the lead role. Successful films such as Kill Bill series that starred Uma Thurman and Resident Evil series starring Milla Jovovich took on action movies at a different perspective.
Notable DirectorsFamous directors thatmade it successful onthe the screen are oneslike James Cameronwho produced moviessuch as the first twoTerminatorfilms, Aliens and TrueLies.John McTeirnandirected Hollywoodblockbusters includingmovies like DieHard, Predator and TheLast Action Hero.Michael Bay known forhis action packed filmsfor instance BadBoys, The Rock and theTransformers trilogy.