Action films and TV often feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which generally concludes in victory for the hero (though a small number of films in this genre have ended in victory for the villain instead).
A fast-paced film in which the protagonist or protagonists end up in a series of challenges that typically include fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases, etc.
A fast-paced film in which the protagonist or protagonists end up in a series of challenges that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases.
Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which generally concludes in victory for the hero (though a small number of films in this genre have ended in victory for the villain instead).
AC-3100 | Adventure
Typically, these films take place in exotic locations and frequently involve the hero traveling to several locations around the world. There are a lot of films with this combined genre. Examples include the Indiana Jones and James Bond.
AC-0100 | Apocalyptic
End of the world films.
AC-0200 | Buddy Cop
A subgenre that became incredibly popular in the 80’s with films such as 48 Hours, Lethal Weapon, and Beverly Hills Cop. They typically involve two mismatched heroes, who are almost always police officers, whose relationship evolves as they advance the plot. This genre saw a minor resurgence in the 2000s with films like Rush Hour, Bad Boys, The Nice Guys, and On Probation.
AC-0300 | Chase
AC-3200 | Comedy
This subgenre became a popular trend in the 1980s, when actors who were known for their background in comedy, such as Eddie Murphy, began to take roles in action films. Comedy films such as Dumb & Dumber and Big Momma’s House, that contain action-laden sub-plots, are not considered part of this combined genre. Action scenes have a more integral role in action comedies.
AC-0400 | Disaster
Films which are made to show natural or mechanical disasters, that have befallen mankind. Having elements of thriller and sometimes science fiction films, the main conflict of this genre is some sort of natural or artificial disaster, such as floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, pandemics, etc. Examples include Independence Day, Daylight, Earthquake, The Day After Tomorrow, Dante’s Peak, Deep Impact, Volcano.
AC-0500 | Espionage
Spy films, such as James Bond.
AC-0600 | Family
AC-0800 | Heist – Caper
AC-1000 | Jungle, and Safari
AC-1300 | Man vs. Nature
AC-2300 | Martial Arts
A subgenre of the action film, martial arts films feature numerous hand-to-hand combats between characters. They are usually the films’ primary appeal and entertainment value and are often the method of storytelling, character expression, and development. Martial arts films contain many characters who are martial artists.
AC-1600 | Prison
AC-1700 | Quest
AC-1800 | Romantic
AC-1900 | Sea / Underwater
AC-3500 | Searches/Expeditions
AC-3600 | Space
AC-3700 | Sports
AC-3801 | Spy
the hero is generally a government agent who must take violent action against agents of a rival government or (in recent years) terrorists. They often revolve around spies who are involved in investigating various events, often on a global scale. Showcases a combination of exciting escapism, heavy action, stylized fights, technological thrills, and exotic locales. Not all spy films fall in the action genre, only those showcasing heavy action such as frequent shootouts and car chases fall in action, spy films with lesser action would be in the thriller genre.
AC-3900 | Surfing
AC-4000 | Swashbuckler
AC-2000 | Trapped
AC-4100 | Treasure Hunts
AC-2100 | Undercover
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