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18 hours ago, zen said:

Anyways, the topic on action films got me wondering which are the top 5-10 action films of all time.

 

I am judging based on a variety of factors including action and stunt sequences, drama during (or related to) those sequences, setting/location, score, etc. ... Below is a tentative list based on top of the mind recall and in the order of release (English language only): 

 

  • Enter the Dragon: An ambassador of martial art films showcasing the best of Bruce Lee. Let's not forget the mirrors! 
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark: For the impossible situations that Indy has to come out from. 
  • Die Hard: One of the trendsetters! 
  • Leon: The Professional: One of the coolest action films. The score is brilliant. 
  • Matrix: Mind bending action. 
  • Bourne Identity: Any Bourne film would work so let's go with the first one. Raw action, fast editing, a consistent score that plays out through the film to create a tense atmosphere. 
  • Casino Royale: For stunts and some old fashioned action backed by a good score against good locations. 
  • Dark Knight Rises: Amazing action and score played out in Gotham under siege. 
  • Mad Max: Fury Road: Groundbreaking cinematography and score to enhance its great action choreography. The film can be viewed as a long chase sequence. 
  • John Wick 2: Innovative hand to hand combat sequences. Some throwback to Bruce Lee as well. 

 

I am sure there are few others that could have been considered but which may have escaped my mind at this point but the 10 above are all terrific action films so not sure if any addition-subtraction will create a major deviance ... All of the above are in my collection with their latest transfers (all in 4K except Enter the Dragon, which is in HD)!

 

 

enter the dragon is amazing. still the GOAT martial arts film in my book, although some later ones are more technically accomplished

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Just now, Vijy said:

enter the dragon is amazing. still the GOAT martial arts film in my book, although some later ones are more technically accomplished

 

IIRC, Enter the Dragon was shot on a low budget of around US$500K at that time so the producers had to scrimp on most things ... but kudos to them for optimizing the budget ... Look at the score for e.g.:

 

 

 

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Just now, zen said:

 

IIRC, Enter the Dragon was shot on a low budget of around US$500K at that time so the producers had to scrimp on most things ... but kudos to them for optimizing the budget ... Look at the score for e.g.:

 

 

 

they are like that fav underdog team with limited budget and resources who gon a giant-killing spree. and bruce lee was a titan - a gujju titan

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Purchased The Dirty Dozen (1967) on the spur of the moment. Watched it a long long time ago to recall much of the film. Wasn’t sure how it would hold up in 2022. 
 

Enjoyed it very much mainly for the ensemble cast. Lots of funny sequences. A good  war-action-espionage classic to add to the collection along with other such 60s films like Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare,  The Great Escape, Dr. Strangelove (comedy), The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Torn Curtain, etc. 
 

I can see from where Ghai got the inspiration for Karma (1986)! 
 

 

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On 11/15/2022 at 10:40 PM, ravishingravi said:

While watching this movie, I was asking myself which are best debut films in history of India cinema. Raj Shetty is certainly for me the best talent I have seen explode on screen in years. But going back, I am trying to recollect great directorial début films. 

 

 

raj kapoor and guru dutt to name two

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