Submit Your: Top Ten Action Heroes


With Underworld: Awakening and Haywire opening wide and Miss Bala in limited release this week, it appears to be a heyday for women in action films. Since earlier decades when Ellen Ripley, Sarah Connor, and heroines from Hong Kong were the most take-charge women available, the action film has expanded its range. Modern high-octane genre films aren’t limited to just Hollywood, China, and Japan anymore; Thailand and France, to name only a couple of countries, have pumped out thrilling movies recently. At the center of the action maelstrom is typically an action hero(ine), amalgam of a star performer and countless stunt people and choreographers, and the subject of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Let us know your favorites characters who kick ass.

Adam Kuntavanish

Top Ten Guru, Host of Top Ten Tuesdays. Cinema transcends boundaries of time and space and thought and emotion; at its best it communicates the experience of being truly alive. I've been transfixed by the material ghosts of the movies since an early age, and I can't seem to shake them. Since reading and writing and talking about films are the next best things to watching them, criticism became a natural fit. Whether new or old, foreign or domestic, mainstream or cult, all movies are grist for my mill. Be forewarned, I'm an inveterate list-maker, so look out for rankings, topics, and opinions of all kinds. The AFI's got nothing on me.
  • Tony Liccardello

    Hmm.. Off the top…

    Indiana Jones - Harrison FordJack Bauer - Keifer Sutherland
    Ethan Hunt - Tom Cruise
    Jason Bourne - Matt Damon
    Nikita - Anne Parillaud 
    James Bond - Sean Connery
    Arnold Schwarznegger - The Terminator 
    Maverick - Tom Cruise
    The Bride - Uma Thurman
    Batman - Christian Bale
    John McClane - Die Hard 
    Wong Fei Ung - Jacki Chan
    Robert Downey Jr - Iron Man 
    Harrison Ford - Hans Solo 
    Cameron Poe - Nicholas Cage 
    Clarence Worley - Christian Slater
    Dr. Richard Kimble - Harrison Ford 
    Leon - Jean Reno 
    Shaft - Richard Roundtree 
    The Cooler King - Steve McQueen 
    Jack Sparrow- Johnny Depp 

    I’m missing a good deal too.