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Action and Adventure Films Buying Guide

Everybody loves watching ass get kicked and stuff blow up, and if some action fun is what you're looking for, you've got plenty of choices.

Recent Releases

The popularity of action and adventure movies shows no signs of abating, just check out these recent action hits.

Crank 2 

After falling out of a plane and surviving in the last film, Jason Statham  finds his heart stolen and replaced with a machine that he needs to keep charged by shocking himself with an electric current to live. One of the most insane films of recent years; makes almost every other action film look like Merchant-Ivory .

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 

The fourth film in the massively popular Indiana Jones saga sees Harrison Ford  return as the world's most bad-ass archeologist, joined this time by Shia LeBeouf  to stop evil Russian Cate Blanchett  from getting some alien skulls .

Gamer 

Set in a future world where convicted felons are forced to compete to the death in a live, interactive videogame, Gerard Butler  rebels against the system.

GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra 

Action movie based on the popular cartoon/toy series , with Joseph Gordon Levitt  as a young Cobra Commander  on the rise.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 

Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox  return for more wacky hi-jinks with giant robots .

Classics

These are some of the best action movies ever, taking the genre to new heights.

Die Hard 

Often considered the greatest action movie of all time, Bruce Willis  stars as John McClane, trapped in a skyscraper with 13 terrorists and no shoes.

Raiders of the Lost Ark 

The first film featuring daredevil archaeologist Indiana Jones , following his search for the lost ark of the covenant and featuring lots of cool action scenes and indiscriminate Nazi killing.

Lethal Weapon 

Mel Gibson  and Danny Glover  are mismatched cops. One's old, the other's a loose cannon, but they're forced to work together to uncover a criminal conspiracy.

The Matrix 

Though it has since been overshadowed slightly by the lameness of its sequels, the original Matrix was a classic of the genre. Keanu Reeves  learns the world is all a simulation, and he's the only one who can save humanity.

First Blood 

The film in which Sylvester Stallone  first portrayed John Rambo , the Vietnam vet who goes on a killing rampage after being pushed too far by small town lawmen.

Arnie Films

Of course, for many people, action films mean one name: Arnold Schwarzenegger . The body-builder turned actor turned politician defined the genre for over a decade, and starred in some of the biggest action movies of all time.

The Terminator 

The 1985 film which introduced Schwarzenegger to an eternally grateful public, he plays a time travelling cyborg sent to kill the woman who will give birth to the leader of a great future leader . Directed by James Cameron .

Predator 

A team of commandos on a special mission in the jungle find themselves being picked off one by one by a mysterious, possibly alien, assailant. Spawned a series of sequels ,crossover films , and videogames .

Terminator 2 

The blockbuster sequel to the original Terminator, in which Arnie returns as a now good cyborg sent to protect John Connor from another, evil, cyborg.

Total Recall 

The second of Paul Verhoeven's  dystopian science fiction satires and based on a Philip K Dick  short story, Arnie plays a mild mannered construction worker who, after a trip to a memory implantation company, discovers that he may in fact be someone else. Wackiness ensues.

Conan the Barbarian 

Schwarzenegger's first starring role, in which he plays a medieval warrior seeking revenge for the massacre of his tribe. Based on the popular comic series .

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