What are some captivating action films

The best action films of all time
By Andreas Staben, Björn Becher, Carsten Baumgardt, Gregor Torinus, Robert Cherkowski, Moritz Henze-Jurisch, Julius Vietzen, Erik Panknin, Constantin von Harsdorf, Maren Koetsier, Melanie Lauer, Christoph Petersen, Lars-Christian Daniels - 25.09.2014 at 11 : 10

The FILMSTARTS editorial team discussed, voted and made a decision. So here they are, what we think are the 75 best action films of all time!



20th place: "Okami 2 - Am Totenfluss"
(Kenji Misumi, Japan 1972)


Kazuo Koikes published as a sequel from 1970 to 1976 and finally summarized in 28 volumes with over 300 pages each manga story about a disgraced samurai who wanders through the country with his small child, is one of the most important works of Japanese pop culture history and has become Adapted several times for cinema and TV. Even during the publication period, a six-part film series was created under the direction of author Koike himself, which is still unsurpassed. Their showpiece is the second part, “Am Totenfluss”, which once again surpasses the grandiose prelude “Okami - The Sword of Vengeance”. Thanks to its superbly staged fights, no other samurai film can hold a candle to the exciting and visually impressive epic in terms of action. So it's no wonder that the cut of the six-part film series, “Executioner of the Shogun”, made for the US market, consists of 90 percent material from the second part.


19th place: "Lethal Weapon - Two steel-hard professionals"
(Richard Donner, USA 1987)


Seldom have the genres of action and comedy been so perfectly mixed as in “Lethal Weapon”. The main actors play a major role in this: Danny Glover and Mel Gibson are simply the ideal cast as a police duo united in an unsurpassed love-hate relationship. With the start of the now four-part film series, director Richard Donner raised the traditional cop genre to a whole new level at the end of the 80s. In addition to the tough action, which offers everything the genre has to offer in abundance, the funny dialogues and cool online liners form the heart of the film. Gibson as a suicidal and crazy youngster who has to deal with the loss of his wife, and Glover as a solid family man who actually only wants to serve the time until retirement complement each other perfectly. And so “Lethal Weapon” not only shoots what it takes, but also puts the complex relationship between the two main characters to the test.


18th place: "Rambo"
(Ted Kotcheff, USA 1982)


When you think of the "Rambo" franchise, you have the ice-cold, taciturn and testosterone-soaked hero John Rambo in mind, who armed with a machine gun and brutally dismantles entire armies. This image may apply to the three sequels in the series, but Ted Kotcheff's grippingly staged and profound action drama “Rambo” really has little to do with it. Here the viewer accompanies the traumatized (anti) hero John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), who was severely affected by the Vietnam War and who only wants to visit his old comrades after his return to the USA. Without intending to, he clashes with a local sheriff (Brian Dennehy), who a short time later imprisons and abuses Rambo. Reminiscent of his terrible experiences in Vietnam, Rambo goes into the fight against his homeland ... While the character John Rambo was more and more converted into a one-man-army in the later course of film history, Kotcheff's Rambo is a profound one wounded soul, a veteran betrayed by his homeland, who unfortunately falls into the clutches of justice without ever seeking violent confrontation. While the action scenes are of course extremely gripping and in the finale of the film a lot is reduced to rubble, the scenes of the injured John Rambo in particular make the first film in the series a masterpiece. Here violence does not degenerate into an end in itself as in the ultra-brutal successor works.


17th place: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
(George Miller, USA, Australia 2015)


A sequel that simmered for almost a quarter of a century in Hollywood's developing hell, staged by an almost 70-year-old veteran director - and yet one of the wildest, freshest and most thrilling action films of the new millennium: This is "Mad Max: Fury Road". The spectacular, apocalyptic 3D desert trip by Australian George Miller not only amazed the assembled critics at the Cannes Festival, but also thrilled cinema fans around the world and the Oscar Academy, which awarded him six golden boys. Tom Hardy has succeeded Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, but the command is clearly Charlize Theron's furious freedom fighter Furiosa, who is speeding towards the place of longing Greenplace with a tank-like 2,000-horsepower tanker truck and five women on board. Action dance leads to the beat of a guitar-playing hood ornament.


16th place: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
(Steven Spielberg, USA 1984)


"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" is not the best film of the series, but it is still the only hat-and-whip adventure on this list. Because the showpiece of Steven Spielberg's fun second Indy adventure are the spectacular action sequences that lead the viewer from a daring plane crash over snow-covered peaks to a breakneck wagon ride in the heart of the temple of death, only to be followed by a grandiose showdown on a suspension bridge in the middle of India Busch to go one better. Thanks to these scenes, the "Temple of Doom" is at least superior to the other parts in terms of action. In a breathtaking sequence there is everything that makes the eyes of a real Indy fan shine: ludicrous adventures and a damn large portion of humor, plus gruesome disgusting effects and crawling vermin without end. The second is certainly the darkest part of the series thanks to some horror and scary moments, but above all the prequel is also one of the best action films of all time.

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