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THE 15 AMERICAN ACTION MOVIES EVERYBODY SHOULD SEE

 

They make amazing action movies all around the world, but I’d like to think we’ve got a special thing going here in the States. At various moments in history, our burly heroes have rode atop the zeitgeist with their bare chests puffed out and a flag over each shoulder, looking to all the world like we invented this stuff. In turn, other countries shipped us their greatest resources — their Austrian oak, their muscles from Brussels — for blockbuster assimilation. All we had to do was make their dreams come true. Hollywood delivered on that.

So let’s jump a motorcycle off the purple mountain majesties and crash it into a helicopter over the amber waves of grain. By that I mean, we’re about to take a look at 15 beyond-qualified greats to emerge from the US. I chose some that are outstanding in their own right but that also represent different aspects of our people, our experiences, and our ideals

 

15. Mr. Majestyk (1974)

14. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

13. Desperado (1995)

12. On Deadly Ground (1994)

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