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 Action/Adventure Films:
I'll be the first to admit that I'm no expert in this category. I'm not much on pointless explosions and gore, so the films you'll see here will have a good deal of dramatic value too. Most are traditional adventure tales or movies about wars, pirates and gangsters. As related categories, you might also see Westerns and Epics.
THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)

Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart both turn in fine performances in this World War I adventure/romance about an English spinster determined to go down a treacherous river in Africa to torpedo a German ship, and the reluctant Canadian who agrees to take her there.

THE LONGEST DAY (1962)

Star-studded with the likes of John Wayne, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda and many more, this documentary-style film about the D-Day landing at Normandy looks at the history-making event from German, American, French and English points of view and really should be seen in wide-screen to get the full impact of the battle footage.

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954)

Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre and James Mason make this Disney version of the Jules Verne novel both fun and exciting. The special effects are a little dated, and it's not really a film that will "keep you on the edge of your seat," but you'd be surprised what good acting can do.

BEAU GESTE (1939)

The story of three French brothers (Gary Cooper, Robert Preston and Ray Milland) who join the Foreign Legion and get more battle than they bargained for, this movie provides an interesting look at training, conditions and even mutiny in the early days of modern warfare.

GLORY (1989)  

Excellent acting by Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick make this story of the only black regiment in the Union Army during the Civil War quite moving, and if it weren't for the battles, I'd probably list it among the dramas. The soundtrack alone makes this fine picture worth watching.

Also:

  • THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)
  • THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
  • MARK OF ZORRO, THE (1920)
  • ROBIN HOOD (1922)
  • DON Q, SON OF ZORRO (1925)
  • THE BLACK PIRATE (1926)
  • ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
  • KING KONG (1933)
  • PARACHUTE JUMPER (1933)Review
  • THE BIG SLEEP (1946)
  • CHAMPION (1949)
  • THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
  • THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)
  • THE GREEN BERETS (1968)
  • GUNGA DIN (1939)
  • HENRY V (1989)
  • KIDNAPPED (1948)
  • PATHS OF GLORY (1957)
  • PATTON (1970)
  • RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)
  • SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)
  • STAR WARS (1977)
  • TO HELL AND BACK (1955)

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