5 Action Films of the 20th century that Changed Hollywood


There are so many genres of films out there. Some seek to make one laugh, some scare people while some are thrilling. Comedy genres make you laugh, then we have the romantic ones but we are going to discuss the top 5 action films that changed Hollywood. We will go into the world of films that raised the heartbeat with so many actions and motions.

Action movies are very entertaining and have a large fan base. Hollywood has been trying for decades in creating thrilling films and to deliver them in the most entertaining way possible for viewers. Keep reading so that you can see the top 5 action films of the 20th century that changed Hollywood.

5 Action Films of the 20th century that Changed Hollywood

These are the lists of action movies that reportedly changed Hollywood and were a hit domestically and internationally.

The Matrix

This is a science fiction action film which was released on the 31st of March,1999. It was written and directed by the Wachowskis. The story is such that describes a dystopian future where humanity is trapped in a simulated reality, the matrix. It was created by machines to cause distractions for humans while they remain trapped and their bodies are used as an energy source. This plot was discovered by a programmer named “Neo” and he started battling with the machines. He had help with some of the people that have been freed from the trap.

Some of the stars featured in this film are Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Laurence Fishburne. The film won 4 Academy Awards, 1 Saturn and 1 BAFTA Award. The Matrix earned $292,037,453 in Canada, $171,479,930 in the United States and grossed about $463,517,383 globally. It was the 5th grossing film of 1999 and the 4th highest worldwide. It led to the release of two other sequels “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

This film was released in 2000 and was written by Wang Hui-ling, Tsai Kuo Jung, and James Schamus. It is based on a Chinese novel written by Wang Dulu. The film was produced by Asian Film $ Entertainment, Columbia Pictures FILM, Ediko Films, China Films Co-Productions Corporation, and Zoom Hunt Production, and Good Machine International. It was subtitled for several markets and had a budget of $17 million.

It was hugely received worldwide grossing about $128 million in the United States and $213.5 million worldwide. Crouching Tiger is the highest-grossing foreign-language film. When it first opened, it grossed about $663,205 and was showing in 16 locations.

Some of the accolades it earned are nomination for 10 Academy Awards, 4 BAFTA’S, and 2 Golden Globe. It got the most nomination for non-English film ever. Since then till now, Crouching Tiger is still called one of the most influential and greatest films of all time.

Star Wars

The third on the list is the legendary, Star Wars which has a total revenue of over $10 billion, It is an American space-opera franchise that was created by George Lucas. It was widely received worldwide and became a pop-culture phenomenon. It has expanded into comic books, theme attractions, TV series, novels, video games, and so on. Star Wars is a movie about a fictional universe. It is the most successful film merchandise franchise according to Guinness World Records. . Its total value of all of its franchise is about $70 billion.

It has many sequels and has received so many awards. Star Wars is one of the most successful 20th-century films.

Die Hard

This is an action film that was created in 1988, written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. John McTiernan directed it. Die Hard is based on a novel written by Roderick Thorp in 1979 titled “Nothing Lasts Forever”. It is a very successful film that grossed about $141 million in the theatre. Bruce Willis, the lead actor whose lone hero fight overcame many odds.

Like the others, it also has four sequels, comic books and lots of video games. The US National Film Registry selected it for preservation in 2017. It is one of the overall best Christmas themed film and action films that has ever been made in Hollywood. It was number 20 on the Empire list of 100 greatest movies of all time in 2017

The Terminator

The Terminator is a movie depicting science fiction which was made in 1984. Legendary actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the role of the Terminator who is a cyborg assassin who was sent back from the future (2029) to kill Sarah Conor which was played by Linda Hamilton. Her son becomes a savior against the machine in the future. However, when the terminator was sent back, another soldier, Michael Biehn who is played by Kyle Reese was sent to protect Sarah. The producer is Gale Anne Hurd and William Wisher Jr. co-wrote it.

This action film was on top of the United States box office for two weeks and gave some of the actor’s media recognition. It led to a television series, novel, comic books, video games and lots of sequels. It was selected by the Library of Congress in 2008 to be preserved in the National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.


Action movies keep you entertained and keeps you sitting at the edge of the seat. The films listed above are the action movies that changed Hollywood in the 20th century. When the movies were released, they were all accepted worldwide.

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