Action movies have always been one of the most important pillars of cinema and film industry. Since the early 1900s, action movies in Hollywood have gone from sequences of light fist fights and exchange of mild trash talks to flashy explosions , testosterone overloaded machismo ,nerve wrecking stunts ,beautifully choreographed fighting sequences .unrealistically realistic visual effects and an unconvincing showcase of bravado. While not all filmmakers have been able to successfully integrate these epithets with the art of storytelling , few have been able to hammer the nail correctly. Here is the list of top 10 Hollywood action movies that have changed the history of cinema in the field of choreographed stunts , visual effects while creating iconic characters in the process ,presented by Grand Tourio.
1.Terminator 2 : Judgment Day (1991)
Directed by the legendary James Cameron , Terminator 2 to this day stands as the prime example of a sequel outmatching its predecessor in terms of box office records , critical reception and cult following. At the time of its release , Terminator 2 was the most expensive film ever made with a budget of approximately $102 million. Starring the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular character reprising his role from the first movie. The story revolves around in the future where skynet , an artificial intelligence created by humans has become self aware and destroyed almost all of humanity but the resistance has sent back in time ,a reprogrammed T-800 (Arnold ‘s character) to protect John Connor , a teenager who will grow up to be the leader of the resistance and lead the war against skynet from an advanced prototype terminator known as T -1000(Robert Patrick) sent by Skynet itself to kill John connor when he’s still a teenager. Terminator 2 upon its release broke numerous box office records and was the highest grossing film of 1991. The use of visual effects in this movie revolutionized the way filmmakers used CGI in their films.
2. Die Hard (1988)
Released in the 1988,Die hard is still considered to be the best Christmas Movie of all time. It stars the legendary action movie star Bruce Willis in a role that would kick start his career as an iconic movie character . Bruce Willis plays the role of John McClane ,a New York city detective who is trying to save the life of his wife and other people who are kept as hostages by a German terrorist Hans Gruber played by Alan Rickman at a Christmas party in Los Angeles. Made on a budget of $28 million it grossed over $140 million on box office and was a critical and commercial success .It’s success spawned a million dollar franchise with multiple sequels.
3. The Bourne Ultimatum (2008)
The final installment of the Bourne trilogy , bourne ultimatum stars Matt Damon as the titular character Jason Bourne ,an amnesiac CIA assassin who is on the quest of finding out his true identity and exposing covert CIA operations that involve targeting and eliminating US citizens. Directed by Paul Greengrass , Bourne Ultimatum is considered to be the best spy movie of all time , the use of handheld cameras while filming gave a natural feel to the the already magnificent action sequences. It grossed over $ 440 million in box office sales and is a critical success with a cult following.
4. Indiana Jones Raiders of the lost Ark(1981
Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by the Sci–Fi pioneer Steven Spielberg. Starring Harrison Ford, it was the first installment in the Indiana Jones film franchise to be released, though it is the second in internal chronological order. It pits Indiana Jones against a group of Nazis who are searching for the Ark of the Covenant, which Adolf Hitler believes will make his army invincible. Raiders of the Lost Ark became 1981’s top grossing film and won the oscar for Best Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, and Visual Effects and is often considered as one of the greatest films ever made. The film kick started a franchise including several sequels, video games and a television series.
5. The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves ,Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving. It is set in a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality known as ‘The Matrix’ created by sentient machines to control the human population, while their bodies’ heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source.The film’s fighting sequences draw influence from Japanese Anime and Hong kong action cinema martial arts. The matrix’s commercial and critical success spawned two sequels forming a trilogy that would leave a lasting impact on the action movie genre. The film introduced a variety of state of the art cinematographical technologies and techniques like the ‘Bullet Time’.
6. The Dark Knight (2008)
Directed by the current generation’s most talented film maker ; Christopher Nolan, the dark knight cannot be left out of the list of top 10 action movies of all time. Starring Christian Bale as the most popular superhero Batman . Batman (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) form an alliance to dismantle organized crime in Gotham City, but are constantly stopped by the menacing psychopathic clown named ‘The Joker’(Heath Ledger) who is hell bent on destroying Batman and his identity as a Vigilante. Heath ledger who starred as the joker died months before the film’s release due to a prescription drug overdose was posthumously awarded an Oscar for his role, the film is dedicated to his memory. The dark knight is considered to be the best comic book movie ever made and has grossed over a billion dollars at the box office making it one of the highest grossing films of all time. This adaptation of Batman to this day is the most liked among comic book enthusiasts.
7. Saving Private Ryan(1998)
There’s never been a more intense, more graphic, and more brutal 27-minutes of action than Saving Private Ryan’s first batch of frames. If the credits rolled after the Omaha Beach invasion, this would still rank as a legendary action movie.It’s not so much an action movie as it is a moving tribute to the heroes of World War II, with incredible direction by Steven Spielberg and one of Tom Hanks’ finest performances. Saving Private Ryan received universal acclaim for its historical accuracy , depiction of war and screenplay . It was also a commercial success grossing $481.8 million worldwide.
8. Kill bill Vol. 1(2003)
Kill Bill: Volume 1 sees Quentin Tarantino focused solely on action; vicious, stylish, bloody action. With Uma Thurman starring as The Bride, a pregnant assassin, goes into a coma for four years after her ex-boss Bill brutally attacks her. When she wakes up, she sets out to seek revenge on him and his associates. Kill Bill was inspired by “grindhouse” cinema, a term for films that played in cheap US theaters in the 1970s.Kill bill recieved worldwide acclaim for its dialogues, soundtrack and action sequences and was Tarantino’s most commercially succesfull film upto that point grossing over $180 million at the box office
Sometimes you don’t want to hear thespians get thespy with it. Sometimes story is not a concern. Sometimes all you want to see are muscle bound warriors bashing each other’s heads in. Zack Snyder’s take on Frank Miller’s graphic novel features relentless battles depicted in jaw-dropping visual style.The plot revolves around King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), who leads 300 Spartans into battle against the Persian “god-King” Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his invading army of more than 300,000 soldiers .Although not a critical success it was a commercial success grossing $450 million.
10. Jurassic park(1993)
Special effects are the lifeblood of action movies, and no film changed the VFX game like Jurassic Park. At some point during the production, Steven Spielberg made the switch from Stan Winston’s animatronic dinosaurs which looked great, to the revolutionary computer-generated imagery being created by the Industrial Light & Magic team. The result was a thrilling action-adventure journey with a terrifying T-Rex and vicious velociraptors that still stands up to this day. It grossed over $1 billion in ticket sales and was of the first films to cross the billion dollar mark.Picking out the top action movies from a a giant list of options is like searching for a needle in a haystack .Grand Tourio will be back with a list of other top 10 hollywood action movies that surpassed expectations of critics and viewers worldwide.