While dramas and period plays win Oscars, action movies make a lot of money at the box office. The action has been a staple film genre for decades and typically involves a protagonist immersed in a series of adventures involving fights, chases, rescues, and other life-threatening situations. The first real action movie debuted in 1903 and was titled “The Great Train Robbery”. Over time, the action has evolved to include a myriad of subgenres such as westerns, detective stories, urban crime dramas, sci-fi, spy movies, and martial arts movies.
Many notable actors have made impressive contributions to the action genre. This includes Bruce Lee, Clint Eastwood, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Keanu Reeves, Matt Damon and Sylvester Stallone. In recent years, many actresses have also gained acclaim as action protagonists, thanks in large part to the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes. This includes Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, and Elizabeth Olsen.
Today, the action continues to grow in leaps and bounds every year. In honor of the broad genre of action, take a look at 75 tattoos depicting some of the best action movies of all time in the gallery below. Then let us know your favorite action movie from this list in the social media comments section.