Some people like horror movies, others enjoy crime thrillers. Young lovestruck adults watch teen movies centering around love, relationships, and high school. Entertainment tastes are a many-headed beast, and people’s tastes can change constantly. So even if you like all of the above genres, the chances are good that you enjoy an action movie every now and then too. Who doesn’t? Cool guys walking away from explosions, a femme fatale in outrageous costumes, the obligatory boss fight. Action movies are a big part of the film industry, and frequently earn hundreds of millions for studios. That’s why we continue to see action movies with better budgets, outstanding CGIs, and mind-boggling stunts.
The Best Action Movies Ever (In No Particular Order)
However, among the dozens of action flicks every year, a few have not just retained their popularity, but have actually becoming genre-defining pieces or even cult classics. Many of these may have been released before you were born or were very young. But thanks to the convenience of the Internet Age, all you need to watch them is a device with a screen and services like Spectrum internet plans. This blog explores some of the best action movies of all time that you can watch this year. See if any of the following tickle your adrenaline-rush fancies:
Nothing says action quite like the legendary 2000s action film, Gladiator. Russel Crowe is an actor with a distinguished career spanning several decades, including titles like A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, and American Gangster. But Gladiator remains arguably his best-recognized work, catapulting him to global fame. It’s easy to see why, since the movie is set in ancient Rome, a time of gladiators, bloodsports, betrayal, and cut-throat politics. Watch Maximus Decimus Meridius (Crowe), once a renowned Roman general, now a slave, fighting to stay alive in the historic Colosseum of Rome and right a horrible wrong. “Are you not entertained?”.
The Guns of Navarone
If you haven’t heard of 1961’s Guns of Navarone, your dad or uncles can tell you all about it. Based on the popular novel by Alistair Maclean, the movie is set in one of the toughest periods of World War 2. The Germans hold the Mediterranean, by virtue of a monstrous and heavily defended gun placement on the island of Navarone near Greece. Follow Captain Keith Mallory (Gregory Peck), Colonel Andrea (Anthony Quinn), and others on a mission to destroy the guns and protect a relief fleet carrying thousands of wounded British soldiers.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The late, great Bruce Lee is perhaps easily the most recognizable name in martial arts movies. This is even more impressive since the legend only ever starred in one big-budget Hollywood movie. Produced by Warner Brothers in 1973, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the stepping stone for Lee’s transition into mainstream Hollywood cinema after a successful acting career in the East. Unfortunately, the actor’s tragic and untimely demise put a sad end to what would have been an action-packed career to rival greats like Chuck Norris. As it is, you can see Lee’s dedication to his craft and to the martial arts. This is something that led him to create an entirely new fighting style of his own known as Jeet Kune Do.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The original Terminator was a science-fiction and action smorgasbord. From time travel to robots to cyborgs to guns and excellent (for the time) CGI, it had it all. It even gave Arnold Schwarzenegger his career-defining role, something he has reprised consistently more than 30 years later. So it was smart thinking on James Cameron’s part to revisit the success in 1991 with an equally good sequel. Terminator 2: Judgement Day features Arnold as a T-800 one again, but this time as a good guy. Of course, the T-1000 on his trail is not as nice, as the movie will show.
You can talk action all day, but it would be a hollow discussion without including some of the action we love the most: combat sports. Even before the great Joe Louis, boxing has been a mainstay in entertainment. Of course, one immediately tends to picture famous heavyweights like Mohammad Ali, Mike Tyson, George Foreman, or even today’s AJ and Tyson Fury. But believe it or not, other weight classes pack a solid punch too. The Fighter is based on real events in the life of Irish welterweight boxer Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg). Boxing fans will immediately recognize him as the man who, alongside Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, gave us one of the most intense boxing trilogy fights in the history of the sport.
The Fighter, however, doesn’t address Mickey’s most high-profile bouts. Instead, it offers a look at the events and people surrounding him. Watch Mickey navigate his elder brother and former boxer now addicted to crack (Christian Bale) who is also his sparring partner. There are also a bossy and controlling mom-ager, a fiery new love interest, and a losing streak that threatens to end his career. To explore internet plans that can help you watch films like The Fighter anytime you want, click here. Have an action-packed 2021!
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