It’s almost become a cliche at this point, but do you remember the 90’s? Rose-tinted glasses are all the rage these days, but the decade was unquestionably the best ever for action cinema.
The 1980’s had marked a significant turning point for the genre. Previously dominated by the hewn-from-granite likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, by the end of the decade audiences had begun to tire of these musclebound one-man armies blasting their way through countless faceless henchmen.
Seeking a more relatable kind of hero, by the late 80’s movies like Lethal Weapon and Die Hard had signaled a clear paradigm shift. The protagonists of action movies now looked like regular people, they were fully-formed characters, they were way out of their depth and they could be hurt.
With a new set of circumstances tearing up the rulebook on the genre, the following decade ran with the notion and provided dozens upon dozens of action classics for audiences to sink their teeth into.
It marked the sweet spot between the one-dimensional Rambo-types and the onslaught of CGI-laden extravaganzas that were about to dominate the marketplace, and still remains the Golden Age of action cinema to this day.