Long action-filled tracking shots, fast-paced car chases, an out-of-this-world crescendo of explosions, and hand-to-hand combat that would give any viewer whiplash — these are just some of the ingredients that make the action genre truly an exciting experience, whether you’re inside of a movie theater, or in the comfort of your own home.
When action sequences do their job, they can take you out of your everyday life and plop you right into the thick of the scene. These action sequences accomplish just that, with each scene being more exciting than the last.
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10. Bullet Time In The Matrix
When you think of The Matrix, you might think of the innovative technology the Wachowskis used to present their “bullet time” sequences, which rendered 360-degree scenes into motionless fragments where time seemed to stop for just a few frames, only to resume in full force. The sibling duo absolutely changed the game of sci-fi and how kung fu was presented in action when they hit the scene with the camera spin as Neo dodged those bullets on the rooftop.
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9. Saving Private Ryan’s Normandy Landing
We’ve seen a lot of war scenes shot extremely well, but nothing is as visceral as Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. The scenes are so gory, so shocking, that when it came out, some theater-goers had to walk out because it looked so real. To this day, it’s known as one of the best war movies ever shot.
8. Die Hard’s Nakatomi Plaza Sequence
When you think of awesome action sequences, it’s hard not to immediately think of Bruce Willis shouting the phrase “Yippee ki -yay” as John McClane in Die Hard. We just had to include him on the list due to his historical presence in action sequences. In one sequence, our vulnerable cop just barely dodges a huge injury when he jumps from the roof of Nakatomi Plaza using a fire hose as his only form of life-line. The best part? When he crashes through the window on said hose.
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7. Cliffhanger’s Pricey Air-To-Air Transfer
Sylvester Stallone is one of the most ubiquitous figures in action films. For decades, he’s built a career on creating some of the most enthralling action sequences of all. The air-to-air action sequence in the film Cliffhanger is no exception. Back in the early 90s, the cost for stunt was about a million dollars on its own!
6. Casino Royale’s Parkour Chase Sequence
Everyone knows that when it comes to action sequences, there are dozens of iconic scenes to call from in any given Bond movie. However, it’s the parkour chase sequence from Casino Royale that had viewers on the edge of their seats. Daniel Craig’s Bond pushed the envelope when it came to action. Even his on foot chases, our hearts were heart pounding, thanks to director Martin Campbell’s fantastic eye for thrilling adventure.