“They don’t make ’em like they used to…”
We all get nostalgic about films – and it’s true that a lot has changed over the years with technological advances in filmmaking and changes in the way stories are told. So when you get that pang of desire to sit down and watch a badass action film from a time when the clothes were looser and the hair was longer, we recommend sticking one of these in the VHS player (if you’re feeling extra nostalgic).
Bullit is a film that is remembered for its incredible action scenes or, to be more precise, it’s car chases. Steve McQueen insisted that he perform all of his own stunts himself, which is just one of the reasons why we love this film so much. The shots seem even more real and gritty because of this, and his character profile benefits because of it. Though the film won awards for the way it was shot, the plot was far from lacking substance.
The Great Escape (1963)
It could be said that it is the almost constant fear of confrontation that makes this film so great. For a successful escape, you ideally need not be seen. Much of the film is taken up with the characters undergoing secret missions and antics in hushed silence. Of course, McQueen’s epic motorcycle chase and fence jump also deserve special mentions.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Cool Hand Luke is a story of a man with a relentless will to survive. The action is mostly created out of Paul Newman’s character’s unrelenting spirit, one which consequently creates confrontations. Luke becomes, in every way, a rebel hero.
The Italian Job (1969)
What is there not to love about The Italian Job? From it’s fantastic characters to its memorable comic lines. However, despite this, it is the Mini Coopers that make the film so spectacular, as they whizz through the tiny Italian street laden with more gold than they should really be carrying.
Dirty Harry (1971)
This film is not just a gun show. Dirty Harry is so much more than a gun show. It is stylishly shot, with an awesome soundtrack and a lead protagonist with a plethora of quotable one-liners. Seriously, what’s not to love?! Combining jaw-dropping action with Eastwood’s talent and general popularity at the time, this film remains a cult classic to this day.