Movies where protagonists and antagonists perform physically challenging feats

Action film is a film genre in which the protagonists are thrust into a series of challenges that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats and frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain or a pursuit which generally concludes in victory for the hero (though a small number of films in this genre have ended in victory for the villain instead). Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic, highly unbelievable events are often met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are generally, but not limited to, car chases, fighting and gunplay or shootouts.

  • First Blood - 1982 movie about John Rambo, a Vietnam War veteran

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Action film" as of 18 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.