Regardless of what you thought of the first 'Expendables' film, or how high or low you’ve set your expectation levels for its sequel, it really cannot be denied that 'The Expendables 2' truly has assembled a cast of Earth’s mightiest heroes. In celebration of this bounty of testosterone, we felt now was the time to assemble a list of the greatest action movie stars of all-time.
My sense is that we won’t need to argue too hard to convince anybody of Bruce Willis’ legendary action hero status. John McClane from the ‘Die Hard’ series is one of this generation’s most well-loved action heroes and Willis is still riding high on that franchise (although many fans would love to see the McClane adventures die more easily.)
Willis has perhaps weathered the downswing of acti
As of this writing, our man Mel is pretty well down, if not quite out. The 2000s have seen him end a decades-long marriage and fall into troubling times with allegations of alcohol abuse, domestic disturbances and racial slurs
Arnold Schwarzenegger is easily the most improbably named action hero of all time. But this list isn’t about improbable names, is it?
Arnold, like Sly Stallone, is immediately identifiable across the globe as the name and face of American action movie excess. Sure, Arnold dabbled in comedy with such notorious films as ‘
Clint Eastwood is obviously a legendary cinematic figure both in front of and behind the camera, with four Oscars in his collection. At one point in time, his image was synonymous with the western genre, but my sense is that his turn as Harry Callahan in the ‘Dirty Harry’ franchise really widened the public’s perception of Eastwood as an action hero.
As a matter of fact, before ‘Dirty Harry,' Clint al
I LOVE Charles Bronson, and my guess is that if you are an action film fan, you do too. But does my love for Bronson cloud my judgment, placing him too high in this list?
Here is why I don’t think so
Bruce Lee died tragically young. His life and death are the stuff of legends. How could such an energetic and athletic man die from health complications so young? Had he not passed away at such a young age, one can only dream about the new levels of action brilliance he would have gifted the world with on the big screen
Two words: Snake Plissken. Oh, you need further justification for placing Kurt Russell in the top 10 action heroes? Oh, his childhood gigs for the Walt Disney machine don’t count? Okay. Well, let’s talk about a hero called Jack Burton in ‘Big Trouble In Little China,' then