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(back cover) Drunken Master ? On Her Majesty's Secret Service ? First Blood ? True Lies ? Mission Impossible ? The Heroic Trio ? Gladiator ? Ong-Bak ? Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ? 300 ? Iron Man ? Crouching tiger, Hidden Dragon ? Con Air ? The Crow ? The Taking of Pelham One Two Three ? Captain Blood ? Die Hard ? The Perils of Pauline ? Goldfinger ? Mark of Zorro ? Safety Last! ? The Thief of Baghdad ? Our Man Flint ? Rollerball ? Enter the Dragon ? Superman ? Raiders of the Lost Ark ? The Towering Inferno ? Death Race 2000 ? The Anderson Tapes ? Foxy Brown ? The Getaway ? Shaolin Temple ? Top Gun ? Leon ? Bad Boys ? Commando ? Face/Off Ronin ? The Bourne Supremacy ? Blade ? Speed ? Cannonball ? Under Seige ? Bloodsport ? The Hunt for Red October ? La Femme Nikita ? Police Story ? Desperado ? Fist of Legend ? Patriot Games ? Lethal Weapon ? Point Break
(front flap) From the string of stylish, iconic James Bond adventures to the fast-paced, dark works of Tsui Hark, John Woo, and Christopher Nolan,101 Action Movies You Must See Before You Die looks at the action film in all its forms. It explores what draws an audience to the thrills of these tense roller-coaster rides on the big screen. Is it an appetite for violence or simply a desire to see the good guys get justice?
Action movies made actors like Bruce Willis into household names for their death-defying onscreen escapades. From Sean Connery to Sylvester Stallone, these larger-than-life heroes have kept us on the edge of our cinema seats. Arnie told us he would be back, Bruce Lee made martial arts ultra cool, and Angelina Jolie brought a video game vividly to life. And our appetite for derring-do remains unabated as we watch the Dark Night battle with evil villains.
With insight from critics, film historians, and academics, 101 Action Movies You Must See Before You Die brings knowledge, insight, and passion to a world where tough men sip martinis, wear tights and capes, and sometimes even turn green. But they can still get the girl, save the world, and crush cyborgs, psychopaths, jokers, and aliens along the way. So hold on tight to your seats for the mission ahead.. (back flap) Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer with an academic degree in philosophy from Harvard University and in cinema studies from New York University. Also available from Barron's and Steven Jay Schneider: 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die 101 Cult Movies You Must See Before You Die 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die (BR> 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die (BR> 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die 501 Movie Directors 501 Movie Stars