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Old 01-17-2009, 11:35 PM   #1
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Default One of the most asked questions on the history of film.

What is the best action film ever?

Predator
Kill Bill
Enter the Dragon
Speed
T:2
Saving Private Ryan
Gladiator
the Matrix
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Aliens
Die Hard 1 + 2

Honestly, I can't rank some of these films over one another. How can I justify ranking Die Hard over T2? It just can't be done. It's impossible.

Watching T2 right now inspired me to start this thread, but I'm sure watching Die Hard would make me change my mind. While T2 is probably the greatest and the best, watching Die Hard is like sticking a sawed off shotgun filled with lava spitting african fire ants up your ******* and pulling the trigger.

As far as I'm concerned: T2=Die Hard, therefore they cancel each other out, and every other great action film is fighting for second ala Bird mid 80's three point shootouts.

And can any other mundane, monotonous soundtrack like T2's make you want to rent a phaser gun and start shooting cybernetic organisms more? Don't think so.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: One of the most asked questions on the history of film.

The Dark Knight is the best action film ever for me.
The Terminator comes 2nd. (Not Judgement Day)

Yep, I think The Terminator prior to TDK being released last year was the best action movie to me of all-time.

As far as ranking the movies you have posted in the OP:

1. The Last Crusade
2. Judgement Day
3. Die Hard
4. Saving Private Ryan
5. Aliens
6. Gladiator
7. Kill Bill
8. Enter The Dragon
9. The Matrix
10. Predator
11. Die Hard 2
12. Speed
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:48 PM   #3
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Default Re: One of the most asked questions on the history of film.

T2
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:48 PM   #4
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Default Re: One of the most asked questions on the history of film.

i like the t2 pick, only because its my favorite movie

i like when action pertains to the relevance of the movie in some way... rather than having mindless action for the sake of having action

in t2, all the action scenes are somewhat chase-like and as well have the theme of protection (arnold/sarah protecting john) **** was suspenseful as ***!, or if not that, its to show off the technology of future warfare and their fearful consequences
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:49 PM   #5
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I don't think you can really put TDK on the list until It's a few years old at least.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:52 PM   #6
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Default Re: One of the most asked questions on the history of film.

Die Hard.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:53 PM   #7
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I think movies like Blade Runner, The Bourne Trilogy, Heat (top 5 on my list when it comes to the action genre), Goldfinger, Seven Samurai and Lethal Weapon deserve a mention.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:54 PM   #8
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I think movies like Blade Runner, The Bourne Trilogy, Heat (top 5 on my list when it comes to the action genre), Goldfinger, Seven Samurai and Lethal Weapon deserve a mention.

Please feel free to add to the list, these were just some I could think of off the top of my head.

I didn't like Blade Runner [yeah, I know, don't kill me], but Heat and the Bourne series deserves a mention.
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Default Re: One of the most asked questions on the history of film.

Pete, why didn't you list Raiders of the last Ark?
Why don't you think TDK deserves to be #1 on the list? Will it be perceived differently 5 years from now?
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Blade Runner's about as much of an action film as the Maltese Falcon.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:58 PM   #11
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I just find it incredible that T1 and T2 weren't books. They were basically written by James Cameron himself. I remember a few years ago looking that up and thinking to myself, "how the **** weren't these adapted?"
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Please feel free to add to the list, these were just some I could think of off the top of my head.

I didn't like Blade Runner [yeah, I know, don't kill me], but Heat and the Bourne series deserves a mention.

Ok man.
What about True Lies, The Rock, Face/Off, First Blood, Black Hawk Down, Red Dawn, Cobra, 48 Hours, Sin City and old school Drunken Master/
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Die Hard without a doubt.
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:00 AM   #14
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Pete, why didn't you list Raiders of the last Ark?
Why don't you think TDK deserves to be #1 on the list? Will it be perceived differently 5 years from now?

Like I said, I listed only the films I could think of at the moment, and for me Crusade>Ark. I definitely don't think TDK is number one, It's definitely top ten, though.
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the rock, nice pick!
havent seen that in a while
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