Action Canon

Chronological order.

Some of these aren't strictly 'pure' action films but 'action' has always been a flexible genre.

Will update as I see more.

  • Safety Last!
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • The General
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Stagecoach
  • Anne of the Indies
  • Seven Samurai
  • The Hidden Fortress
  • North by Northwest
  • Ben-Hur
  • Yojimbo
  • Come Drink with Me
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • The One-Armed Swordsman
  • Dragon Inn
  • Danger: Diabolik
  • Bullitt
  • Where Eagles Dare
  • Temptress of a Thousand Faces
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Vanishing Point
  • The French Connection
  • Duel
  • A Touch of Zen
  • Dirty Harry
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx
  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity
  • Enter the Dragon
  • Lady Snowblood
  • The Street Fighter
  • Truck Turner
  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • Sorcerer
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
  • The Driver
  • Legend of the Mountain
  • The Warriors
  • Dirty Ho
  • Thief
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Southern Comfort
  • Mad Max 2
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain
  • The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • The Terminator
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II
  • Commando
  • Death Wish 3
  • To Live and Die in L.A.
  • Police Story
  • The Seventh Curse
  • Cobra
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Aliens
  • A Better Tomorrow
  • City on Fire
  • Over the Top
  • Hard Ticket to Hawaii
  • Extreme Prejudice
  • Predator
  • Eastern Condors
  • RoboCop
  • The Hidden
  • Die Hard
  • Akira
  • Road House
  • Lady Terminator
  • Lethal Weapon 2
  • The Killer
  • Licence to Kill
  • In the Line of Duty 4
  • The Abyss
  • Dick Tracy
  • Total Recall
  • Die Hard 2
  • Bullet in the Head
  • Darkman
  • Out for Justice
  • Stone Cold
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Point Break
  • Once Upon a Time in China
  • Ricochet
  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
  • Deep Cover
  • Hard Boiled
  • Police Story 3: Super Cop
  • Full Contact
  • Under Siege
  • Nemesis
  • The Heroic Trio
  • Green Snake
  • Cliffhanger
  • Last Action Hero
  • The Fugitive
  • Hard Target
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm