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The enduring popularity of the action movie has drenched the genre in cliche yet glorious invention abounds around the globe - fighting is the international language. Fashionable styles of film-making come and go but action movies just change their shoes and remain centre-stage. Great glittering galaxies of genre from across the Alice universe have been gleaned to assemble a suitably kick-ass selection of ballistic ballet and poetic pugilism to scintillate the delicate senses of our discerning clientele. Are you ready to rumble? Are you feeling lucky, Sir/Madame? Our suggestions for a hearty evening of action are listed below. Pictured: Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang springs into action. Sean Connery as agent 007 in "Diamonds are Forever" (1971).

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

8.6/10
Director: George Lucas
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Voice O...

The story of a boy, a girl and a universe. Now a classic, this blend of pulp magazine sci-fi, comic book action, old fashioned cliff-hanger story and... Read more

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

7.6/10
Director: George Lucas
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L Jackson, James Earl Jones, Christopher Lee, Ian McD...

Easily the best of the prequel trilogy, the third (and chronologically final) volume in George Lucas's blockbuster franchise is darkly sinister and vi... Read more

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

8.8/10
Director: Irvin Kershner
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, Vo...

The sequel to the original 'Star Wars' (Episode IV) finds our heroes under attack by the Evil Empire. Luke is taking advanced Jedi training from Yoda... Read more

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

8.3/10
Director: Richard Marquand
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Sebastian Shaw, I...

The last chapter in the popular series delivers more thrills and adventure as the forces of good and not so good battle on the forest moon of Endor, i... Read more

Leon: The Professional (1994)

8.6/10
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Jean Reno is Leon, a deadly and elusive killer. He lives a routine life, alone in New York with just his pot-plant for company - until the day his twe... Read more

Princess Mononoke (1997)

8.4/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver

This stunning masterpiece by animation wizard Hayao Miyazaki is set during Japan's Muromachi era, when a maddened Boar God infects a prince with a dea... Read more

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

8.5/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Karen Allen, Harrison Ford, John Rhys-Davies, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, Denhol...

Aka "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark". Harrison Ford is an adventure-seeking archeologist after rare and well-guarded ancient artifacts.... Read more

The Karate Kid Trilogy (1984)

Director: John G Avildsen
Starring: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita, Elisabeth Shue

A bumper dvd presentation featuring the first 3 "Karate Kid" movies (there was a 4th called "The Next Karate Kid" starring Hilary Swank) contained in... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

8.8/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett,...

In the first installment of director Peter Jackson's ambitious and successful film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy trilogy, Elijah Wood stars a... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Extended Edition (2003)

6.2/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serk...

The Fellowship's journey is coming to an end. Sauron's forces have attacked Gondor's capital of Minas Tirith in his final siege against mankind. Watch... Read more