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12 Great Action Movies With Older Main Characters

The release of release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny sees Harrison Ford donning his famous fedora and whip one last time at the tender age of 80. As strange as it feels to watch a literal grandpa embark on a globe-trotting, death-defying adventure, Ford is not the only hero of yesteryear returning to the big (or small) screen in their own geriatric adventures.

No longer confined to the constraints of age, a new breed of action films has emerged, showcasing older main characters who redefine what it means to be an action hero. From rugged vigilantes to seasoned veterans embarking on one last job, these movies embrace the wisdom, experience, and badassery that come with mature heroes. Here are eleven great action movies with older main characters.
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12 The Expendables

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When the first installment of The Expendables franchise came out in 2010, it was a pretty big deal. For the first time ever, the biggest action heroes of the 80s and 90s – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham – shared the screen together in a generic but nonetheless enjoyable action romp. The film followed a group of elite mercenaries led by Barney Ross (Stallone), who are hired to overthrow a ruthless dictator in a fictional South American country. Of course, there are double- and triple-crosses and extravagant amounts of bloody mayhem.
The success of the first film led to three sequels (Expend4bles – taking a note out of the Fant4stic playbook – releases later this year). Each successive movie adds another older action star: Mickey Rourke, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, and Mel Gibson have all made appearances in the franchise.

11 RED

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RED – aka “Retired and Extremely Dangerous” – is an action-comedy from 2010 that was adapted from a popular graphic novel created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer. The story revolves around Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), who is living a mundane and quiet life after retiring from the CIA. But when he’s targeted by a team of highly-skilled assassins for unknown reasons, Frank is forced to reunite with his former colleagues (played by Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich) and uncover the truth behind the conspiracy that has put their lives in danger.
Unlike most movies on this list, RED is more light-hearted fare; sure it has a healthy dose of action, but it’s also loaded with humor. It’s clear that Mirren, Freeman, and Malkovich are having a lot of fun in their roles, and their chemistry is charming and genuine. The first movie was enough of a success to earn a sequel – appropriately titled RED 2 – that saw the main cast return, as well as the notable additions of Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

10 Rambo (2008)

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After a twenty-year absence, Sylvester Stallone returned to one of the roles that made him a household name in the excessively-brutal Rambo. Co-written and directed by Stallone himself, the film finds John Rambo in Thailand, living a reclusive life, earning a meager living as a snake catcher and boatman. However, his solitary existence is disrupted when a group of Christian missionaries ask him to smuggle them into war-ravaged Burma to help the oppressed Karen people of the region. Of course, things go horribly, horribly wrong for the well-meaning missionaries, and Rambo is forced to unleash his unparalleled combat skills to rescue them and kill the merciless oppressors.
Stallone was 62 years old when Rambo released in 2008, proving that he still had what it takes to lead a massive action movie on his own. The film was a decent success but not a runaway hit; it would take Sly another 11 years before he took on the role again in the much less fun Rambo: Last Blood. (It’s worth noting that Stallone was close to 74 when that came out).

9 Harry Brown

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Daniel Barber’s 2009 British thriller Harry Brown features Michael Caine in a gripping performance as an elder vigilante taking justice into his own hands.
Caine stars as the titular Harry Brown, an ex-serviceman living in a gang-infested public housing community in South London. As he mourns the loss of his wife, Harry becomes increasingly disillusioned with the escalating violence plaguing his deteriorating community. He reaches his breaking point when his last-remaining friend is killed by a gang of violent youths. When the police refuse to help, Brown decides to take matters into his own hands, unleashing his own brutal form of punishment.
Michael Caine is going on 80 in this film; despite his white hair and heavy wrinkles, he manages to deliver an intense and emotionally-charged performance. He portrays Harry Brown with a perfect blend of vulnerability, resilience, and steely determination; it definitely ranks as one of his best recent performances.

8 The Limey

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Steven Soderbergh’s 1999 crime-drama The Limey is an overlooked gem in the director’s extensive catalog. Known for its style and inventive structure, the movie stars 61-year-old Terence Stamp as Wilson, a British ex-convict who travels to Los Angeles seeking answers and vengeance for the death of his daughter.
Terence Stamp delivers a mesmerizing performance; he’s commanding, intimidating, and incredibly intense. He’s fantastic in the role, able to capture the essence of a man driven by grief and a thirst for retribution.


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Joe Begos’ 2019 action-horror movie VFW is a gruesome and gritty homage to the violent exploitation flicks of the 1980s. Set in a dystopian alternate reality, the film stars action old-timers Stephan Lang, William Sadler, Martin Kove, and Fred Williamson as a group of war veterans who must defend their VFW post against a relentless gang of drug-addled, zombie-like punks.
The film essentially plays out like Assault on Precinct 13, but instead of a police station filled with officers, it’s a bar teeming with Vietnam veterans. VFW embraces its 1980s action influences, delivering intense and visceral action sequences, gnarly stylized violence, and a synth-heavy soundtrack that evokes the spirit of the era.

6 Taken

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Liam Neeson saw a major late-career resurgence as a bona fide action star at the age of 56 after the release of 2008’s smash hit Taken. The film stars Neeson as Bryan Mills, a devoted father who utilizes his very particular set of skills to rescue his kidnapped daughter from a Parisian sex-trafficking ring. Despite his age, Neeson’s commanding presence and intense performance brought a sense of authenticity to the character – you really get the impression that he is a dangerous man.
Thanks to his rugged charisma, physicality, and ability to portray vulnerability within his characters, Neeson became a genuine action icon. His name is now synonymous with the tough, no-nonsense hero archetype; a seasoned professional capable of delivering justice through skill and sheer determination.
In fact, Neeson’s post-Taken career is teeming with action movies that could have easily made this list: The Grey, Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night, A Walk Among the Tombstones – just to name a few. And he doesn’t seem to be slowing down; his next three films – Retribution, Thug, and In the Land of Saints and Sinners – are all action movies in a similar vein.

5 The Foreigner

Jackie Chan in The Foreigner STX Entertainment

Martin Campbell’s 2017 action-thriller The Foreigner stars Jackie Chan as Quan Ngoc Minh, a London restaurant owner and a former Special Forces soldier from Vietnam. When his daughter is killed in a terrorist bombing, Quan taps into his violent past goes on a relentless quest for answers and justice. His path eventually crosses with Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan), a former IRA member turned government official who may know exactly what happened to his daughter.
Through a series of intense hand-to-hand fight sequences, Jackie Chan easily proves his action prowess even at the age of 63. The Foreigner also gives Chan the unique opportunity to demonstrate his versatility as a more serious actor; he brings a true sense of grief and vulnerability to the role. The same can be said for Brosnan; the former Bond demonstrates that he can still hold his own at 64.

4 Unforgiven

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Clint Eastwood forever changed the western genre with his groundbreaking 1992 film Unforgiven. Eastwood directs and stars as William Munny, a reformed outlaw who has settled into a life of solitude as a pig farmer. When a prostitute is disfigured by a violent client in the nearby town of Big Whiskey, the women of the brothel offer a reward for the capture and punishment of the offender. Munny teams up with a naive young gunslinger and his old partner (Morgan Freeman) to track down the man responsible and claim the bounty.
Eastwood has been a preeminent action star since the 60s, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise when he delivered a commanding and powerful performance at the age of 62. Although his last “action movie performance” was arguably 2002’s Blood Work, Eastwood remains a powerful and commanding presence in the genre at the age of 93.

3 Logan

Hugh Jackman in Logan (2017) 20th Century Studios

Although it is no longer Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine, James Mangold’s Logan nevertheless remains a fitting conclusion to Jackman’s decades-spanning portrayal of the iconic comic book character.
Heavily inspired by Frank Miller’s comic series Old Man Logan, Jackman stars as a heavily-aged and rapidly-ailing Wolverine, who works as a chauffeur while caring for an elderly Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), whose telepathic powers have become increasingly unstable. When they encounter Laura (Dafne Keen), a young mutant being pursued by an evil organization, Logan reluctantly becomes her protector on a cross-country journey to potential salvation.
Hugh Jackman delivers a powerful and raw performance, showcasing the character’s weariness and inner turmoil. Sure, 48 isn’t very old, but considering the intensity and physicality of the role (not to mention the insane training and preparation that goes into it), Jackman deserves a place on this list. Not to mention Patrick Stewart, who delivers a melancholic performance as the once powerful and respected mutant leader, now nothing more than a shell of his former self.

2 John Wick: Chapter 4

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When the first John Wick came out in 2014, Keanu Reeves was fifty years old. Now, almost ten years later, John Wick: Chapter 4 has just exploded into theaters, and it features some of the series’ most insane stunts yet. And Reeves – now coming up on 60 – impressively performs almost all of them.
The epic final (?) chapter in the long-running franchise finds Wick battling a myriad of old and new foes as he uncovers a path to defeating the High Table once and for all. The movie features wonderful supporting performances from Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, the incomparable Donnie Yen, Clancy Brown, and the late-great Lance Reddick. In other words, one of the most commercially successful and critically-acclaimed action films of the last few years is led by a cast of men over the age of 60. Now that’s impressive.
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1 Top Gun: Maverick

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Digging through Tom Cruise’s filmography, it’s tough to settle on any one movie to include on this list. Since turning 50 in 2012, Cruise has starred in Edge of Tomorrow, Oblivion, American Made, two Jack Reacher films, and three Mission: Impossible movies, with the newest installment being released this summer. The man is one of Hollywood’s last genuine movie stars, and remains totally committed to delivering the best films possible, even if it means putting his life on the line to get the perfect shot.
And then there’s Top Gun: Maverick, the massively-popular 2022 box-office smash that went on to become the 12th highest-grossing movie of all time. The Joseph Kosinski-directed film sees 58-year-old Tom Cruise reprising his role as Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a top-tier naval aviator who is requested to lead TOP GUN’s elite graduates on a potential suicide mission.
While the story is engaging and personal, Maverick has become known for its wildly inventive and seriously impressive aerial sequences, which were shot in real-time using actual jets. The actors – including Cruise – did almost all of their own stunts (short of flying the actual planes, of course). That G-force effect isn’t an effect – it’s very real.
Cruise remains one of the most dependable action stars working today, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be stopping anytime soon.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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