If it’s Action you’re looking for, we have it here: Humphrey Bogart, Warren Oates, Chuck Connors, Peter Lorre, Christopher Reeve, Steve McQueen, Scott Glenn, and Rod Taylor are in our Action Movies. We also have films with female leads including Sandra Bullock, Lindsay Wagner, Jennifer Jones, Cloris Leachman, Sheree North, Yvette Mimieux and others.
We also have movies by some of the great action directors including Peckinpah, Huston, Wynn, Guggenheim, and Haskin. Pick one of our outstanding Action Movies and be prepared to get glued to your seat!
Action film is a film genre or category, 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. Action films tend to feature a resourceful character struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit, which generally concludes in victory for the hero.
Advancements in CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences, and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic, highly unbelievable events are often met with criticism.
While action has long been a recurring component in films, the “action film” genre began to develop in the 1970s, as the industry experienced an increase of stunts and special effects. The genre is closely associated with the thriller and adventure film genres, and it at times contains elements of spy fiction and espionage.
Some historians consider The Great Train Robbery to be the first action film. During the 1920s and 1930s, action-based films were often “swashbuckling” adventure films in which actors, such as Douglas Fairbanks, wielded swords in period pieces or Westerns.
The 1940s and 1950s saw “action” in a new form through war and cowboy movies.
Alfred Hitchcock ushered in the spy-adventure genre while also establishing the use of action-oriented “set pieces” like the famous crop-duster scene and the Mount Rushmore finale in North by Northwest. The film, along with a war-adventure called The Guns of Navarone, inspired producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to invest in their own spy-adventure, based on the novels of Ian Fleming.
The long-running success of the James Bond films or series (which dominated the action films of the 1960s), introduced a staple of the modern-day action film: the resourceful hero. Such larger-than-life characters were a veritable “one-man army”; able to dispatch villainous masterminds after cutting through their disposable henchmen in increasingly creative ways. These heroes are often ready with one-liners, puns, and dry quips. The Bond films also used fast cutting, car chases, fist fights, a variety of weapons and gadgets, and elaborate action sequences.