Action is a genre that involves high energy stories, featuring fighting, car chases, rescues, battles, and escapes. In action films, these elements often take precedence from the emotional drama or character development. Instead, the focus is usually on a protagonist who must survive against all odds in a difficult and often dangerous situation. Stunts are used frequently in action films. Sometimes actors have stunt doubles who are trained how to do dangerous activities. An example of an action film is Mission Impossible, where Tom Cruise does all sorts of crazy stuff.

What makes a movie an action movie?

Action movies are made up of action scenes that feature fighting, stunts, car chases or explosions that take more importance over other elements like characterization or complex plots. An action movie typically has a strong hero, revenge plot, montages and scenes of the hero training, car chases, and a final fight between the hero and antagonist. Action movies are often paired with the thriller or adventure genre.

What are the typical conventions of action movies?

The typical conventions of action movies include a hero, victim, and villain, a goal to stop the villain force and save the victim, and a power divide between the hero and the villain. Other typical conventions include a speech in praise of the villain. The men in action movies are generally portrayed as strong and brave, the women as vulnerable and beautiful, while the villains are seen as evil, devious, and nasty.

What is an action thriller?

An action thriller can be defined as a genre that blends both anticipation and suspense. Action thrillers aim to keep audiences alert and looking at the screen at all times. The protagonist in the films are placed against a problem and have a mission that will showcase the danger that the protagonist faces. Tension is tied to the main problem and continues to build throughout the film, leading to a provocative movie climax.

Action Guides
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6’2” | 1.88 m
The Matrix (1999)
Agent Smith
188.000
1999.00
21000
3D
Agent Smith
5’9”–6’2” | 1.75-1.88 m
The Matrix (1999)
Agents
188.000
1999.00
950
3D
Agents
5’7” | 1.70 m
June 4, 1975
Angelina Jolie
170.000
1975.00
646000
3D
Angelina Jolie
Ant Man
137000
5’10” | 1.78 m (Variable)
Tales to Astonish #35 (September 1962)
Ant Man
178.000
1962.00
137000
3D
Ant Man
6’2” | 1.88 m
July 30, 1947
Arnold Schwarzenegger
188.000
1947.00
559000
3D
Arnold Schwarzenegger
6’1” | 1.85 m
Goldfinger (1964)
Auric Goldfinger
185.000
1964.00
1600
3D
Auric Goldfinger
10.25” | .26 m
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Baby Groot
26.000
2017.00
130000
3D
Baby Groot
Bane
113000
5’9” | 1.75 m
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Bane
175.000
2012.00
113000
3D
Bane
6’2” | 1.88 m
Batman (1966)
Batman (Adam West)
188.000
1966.00
640000
3D
Batman (Adam West)
6’0” | 1.83 m
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman (Christian Bale)
183.000
2005.00
638000
3D
Batman (Christian Bale)
5’9” | 1.75 m
Batman (1989)
Batman (Michael Keaton)
175.000
1989.00
25000
3D
Batman (Michael Keaton)
6’4” | 1.93 m
August 15, 1972
Ben Affleck
193.000
1972.00
438000
3D
Ben Affleck
Bill
1000
6’0” | 1.83 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Bill
183.000
2003.00
1000
3D
Bill
6′0″ | 1.83 m
September 14, 1969
Bong Joon-ho
183.000
1969.00
117000
3D
Bong Joon-ho
Brad Pitt
641000
5’11” | 1.80 m
December 18, 1963
Brad Pitt
180.000
1963.00
641000
3D
Brad Pitt
Bruce Lee
381000
5’8” | 1.73 m
November 27, 1940
Bruce Lee
173.000
1940.00
381000
3D
Bruce Lee
Budd
500
6’2” | 1.88 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Budd
188.000
2003.00
500
3D
Budd
5’4” | 1.63 m
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Buffy Summers
163.000
1992.00
39000
3D
Buffy Summers
Bugha
53000
6’0” | 1.83 m
December 30, 2002
Bugha
183.000
2002.00
53000
3D
Bugha
6’0” | 1.83 m
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Butch Coolidge
183.000
1994.00
350
3D
Butch Coolidge
5’7” | 1.70 m
Batman Returns (1992)
Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer)
170.000
1992.00
110000
3D
Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer)
5’10” | 1.78 m
August 7, 1975
Charlize Theron
178.000
1975.00
545000
3D
Charlize Theron
6’0” | 1.83 m
June 13, 1981
Chris Evans
183.000
1981.00
638000
3D
Chris Evans
6’2” | 1.88 m
June 21, 1979
Chris Pratt
188.000
1979.00
784000
3D
Chris Pratt
6’0” | 1.83 m
January 30, 1974
Christian Bale
183.000
1974.00
235000
3D
Christian Bale
5′11″ | 1.80 m
July 30, 1970
Christopher Nolan
180.000
1970.00
154000
3D
Christopher Nolan
5’10” | 1.78 m
March 10, 1940
Chuck Norris
178.000
1940.00
302000
3D
Chuck Norris
Clix
28000
5’9” | 1.75 m
January 7, 2005
Clix
175.000
2005.00
28000
3D
Clix
6’2” | 1.88 m
Infinity: Free Comic Book Day (May 2013)
Corvus Glaive
1.880
2013.00
13000
3D
Corvus Glaive
5’3”–5’9” | 1.60–1.75 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Crazy 88s
175.000
2003.00
1700
3D
Crazy 88s
Deadpool
385000
6’2” | 1.88 m
The New Mutants #98 (February 1991)
Deadpool
1.880
1991.00
385000
3D
Deadpool
6’1” | 1.85 m
December 28, 1954
Denzel Washington
185.000
1954.00
259000
3D
Denzel Washington
6’4” | 1.93 m
Dirty Harry (1971)
Dirty Harry
193.000
1971.00
74700
3D
Dirty Harry
Django
127000
5’9” | 1.75 m
Django Unchained (2012)
Django
175.000
2012.00
127000
3D
Django
6’8” | 2.03 m
March 10, 1982
Dr Disrespect
203.000
1982.00
232000
3D
Dr Disrespect
Drax
17000
6’3” | 1.91 m
The Invincible Iron Man #55 (February 1973)
Drax
1.910
1973.00
17000
3D
Drax
6’5” | 1.96 m
May 2, 1972
Dwayne Johnson
196.000
1972.00
630000
3D
Dwayne Johnson
5’9” | 1.75 m
New Avengers #8 (September 2013)
Ebony Maw
1.750
2013.00
27000
3D
Ebony Maw
5’7” | 1.70 m
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Elizabeth Swann
170.000
2003.00
8800
3D
Elizabeth Swann
5’10” | 1.78 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Elle Driver
178.000
2003.00
3100
3D
Elle Driver
5’10” | 1.78 m
Alien (1979)
Ellen Ripley
178.000
1979.00
14000
3D
Ellen Ripley
5’7” | 1.70 m
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
170.000
1967.00
10600
3D
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
5’7” | 1.70 m
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Ethan Hunt
170.000
1996.00
11000
3D
Ethan Hunt
Falcon
84000
5’10” | 1.78 m
Captain America #117 (September 1969)
Falcon
178.000
1969.00
84000
3D
Falcon
Furiosa
11000
5’10” | 1.78 m
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Furiosa
178.000
2015.00
11000
3D
Furiosa
Gal Gadot
1230000
5’10” | 1.78 m
April 30, 1985
Gal Gadot
178.000
1985.00
1230000
3D
Gal Gadot
Gamora
91000
5'7" | 1.70 m
Strange Tales #180 (June 1975)
Gamora
170.000
1975.00
91000
3D
Gamora
Ghost
1600
5’6” | 1.68 m
Iron Man #219 (June 1987)
Ghost
1.680
1987.00
1600
3D
Ghost
5’4” | 1.63 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Gogo Yubari
163.000
2003.00
5400
3D
Gogo Yubari
Groot
97000
7’10” | 2.39 m (Variable)
Tales to Astonish #13 (November 1960)
Groot
239.000
1960.00
97000
3D
Groot
5′10″ | 1.78 m
October 9, 1964
Guillermo del Toro
178.000
1964.00
165000
3D
Guillermo del Toro
5’6” | 1.68 m
Suicide Squad (2016)
Harley Quinn
168.000
2016.00
549000
3D
Harley Quinn
6’1” | 1.85 m
July 13, 1942
Harrison Ford
185.000
1942.00
346000
3D
Harrison Ford
5’5” | 1.65 m
Dr. No (1962)
Honey Ryder
165.000
1962.00
4100
3D
Honey Ryder
5’11” | 1.80 m
Watchmen (2019)
Hooded Justice
180.000
2019.00
17000
3D
Hooded Justice
6’2” | 1.88 m
September 6, 1972
Idris Elba
188.000
1972.00
343000
3D
Idris Elba
6’1” | 1.85 m
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Indiana Jones
185.000
1981.00
266000
3D
Indiana Jones
Jack Ryan
337000
6’3” | 1.91 m
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018)
Jack Ryan
191.000
2018.00
337000
3D
Jack Ryan
5'10" | 1.78 m
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Jack Sparrow
178.000
2003.00
56000
3D
Jack Sparrow
5’9” | 1.75 m
April 7, 1954
Jackie Chan
175.000
1954.00
371000
3D
Jackie Chan
6’1” | 1.85 m
GoldenEye (1995)
James Bond (Brosnan)
185.000
1995.00
7100
3D
James Bond (Brosnan)
6’2” | 1.88 m
Dr. No (1962)
James Bond (Connery)
188.000
1962.00
10400
3D
James Bond (Connery)
5’10” | 1.78 m
Casino Royale (2006)
James Bond (Craig)
178.000
2006.00
15500
3D
James Bond (Craig)
6’2” | 1.88 m
The Living Daylights (1987)
James Bond (Dalton)
188.000
1987.00
2950
3D
James Bond (Dalton)
6’1” | 1.85 m
Live and Let Die (1973)
James Bond (Moore)
185.000
1973.00
3550
3D
James Bond (Moore)
5’10” | 1.78 m
The Bourne Identity (2002)
Jason Bourne
178.000
2002.00
105000
3D
Jason Bourne
5’10” | 1.78 m
July 26, 1967
Jason Statham
178.000
1967.00
276000
3D
Jason Statham
Jaws
5500
7’2” | 2.18 m
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Jaws
218.000
1977.00
5500
3D
Jaws
6’3” | 1.91 m
October 20, 1979
John Krasinski
191.000
1979.00
348000
3D
John Krasinski
6’0” | 1.83 m
Die Hard (1988)
John McClane
183.000
1988.00
14000
3D
John McClane
5’10” | 1.78 m
First Blood (1972)
John Rambo
178.000
1972.00
9500
3D
John Rambo
John Wick
926000
6’1” | 1.85 m
John Wick (2014)
John Wick
185.000
2014.00
926000
3D
John Wick
6’1” | 1.85 m
The Dark Knight (2008)
Joker (Heath Ledger)
185.000
2008.00
37000
3D
Joker (Heath Ledger)
5’10” | 1.78 m
Batman (1989)
Joker (Jack Nicholson)
178.000
1989.00
51000
3D
Joker (Jack Nicholson)
5’8” | 1.73 m
Joker (2019)
Joker (Joaquin Phoenix)
173.000
2019.00
21000
3D
Joker (Joaquin Phoenix)
6′0″ | 1.83 m
November 27, 1951
Kathryn Bigelow
183.000
1951.00
35000
3D
Kathryn Bigelow
5’9” | 1.75 m
The Hunger Games (2012)
Katniss Everdeen
175.000
2012.00
37000
3D
Katniss Everdeen
6’0" | 1.83 m
Jungle Action #6 (September 1973)
Killmonger
1.830
1973.00
44000
3D
Killmonger
6’2” | 1.88 m
300 (2007)
King Leonidas
188.000
2007.00
13000
3D
King Leonidas
Korg
36000
7’7” | 2.31 m
Journey into Mystery #83 (1962)
Korg
2.310
1962.00
36000
3D
Korg
5’6” | 1.68 m
Tomb Raider (2018)
Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander)
168.000
2018.00
101950
3D
Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander)
5’7” | 1.70 m
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie)
170.000
2001.00
105100
3D
Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie)
Leeloo
82000
5’9” | 1.75 m
The Fifth Element (1997)
Leeloo
175.000
1997.00
82000
3D
Leeloo
6’4” | 1.93 m
June 7, 1952
Liam Neeson
193.000
1952.00
422000
3D
Liam Neeson
Mad Max
147700
5’10” | 1.78 m
Mad Max (1979)
Mad Max
178.000
1979.00
147700
3D
Mad Max
6’4” | 1.93 m
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Man with No Name
193.000
1964.00
8500
3D
Man with No Name
5’10” | 1.78 m
June 5, 1971
Mark Wahlberg
178.000
1971.00
397000
3D
Mark Wahlberg
5’10” | 1.78 m
October 8, 1970
Matt Damon
178.000
1970.00
359000
3D
Matt Damon
6’0” | 1.83 m
Gladiator (2000)
Maximus Decimus Meridius
183.000
2000.00
8900
3D
Maximus Decimus Meridius
5’10” | 1.78 m
January 3, 1956
Mel Gibson
178.000
1956.00
193000
3D
Mel Gibson
6’0” | 1.83 m
The Matrix (1999)
Morpheus
183.000
1999.00
52000
3D
Morpheus
Mysterio
111000
5’11” | 1.80 m
The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (June, 1964)
Mysterio
180.000
1964.00
111000
3D
Mysterio
5’8” | 1.73 m
November 21, 1990
NICKMERCS
173.000
1990.00
59000
3D
NICKMERCS
Nebula
144000
5’11” | 1.80 m
The Avengers #257 (July 1985)
Nebula
180.000
1985.00
144000
3D
Nebula
Neo
99500
6’1” | 1.85 m
The Matrix (1999)
Neo
185.000
1999.00
99500
3D
Neo
6’2” | 1.88 m
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May, 1963)
Nick Fury
188.000
1963.00
54000
3D
Nick Fury
Ninja
403000
6’2” | 1.88 m
June 5, 1991
Ninja
188.000
1991.00
403000
3D
Ninja
6’1" | 1.85 m
Watchmen (2009)
Nite Owl
185.000
2009.00
9100
3D
Nite Owl
5’3” | 1.60 m
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
O-Ren Ishii
160.000
2003.00
2100
3D
O-Ren Ishii
Oddjob
8600
5’10” | 1.78 m
Goldfinger (1964)
Oddjob
178.000
1964.00
8600
3D
Oddjob
Quentin Tarantino
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Quentin Tarantino in relation to other directors

Quentin Tarantino, an Italian-American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor, is a household name with legendary films known to have romanticized scenes of violence, extensive dialogue, multi-person casts, and disrupted narratives. Quentin Tarantino was first propelled to the level of legends with his breakout hit Reservoir Dogs in 1992, which was released to critical acclaim at the Sundance film festival.

Since his first hit, Quentin Tarantino has delivered many more successes, such as, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill series, and Django Unchained, among many others. However, Quentin Tarantino has not been unscathed by controversies having been involved with Harvey Weinstein, using racial slurs in his movies, and being accused of being insensitive to gun violence.

Quentin Tarantino has a height of 6′1″ (1.85 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Quentin Tarantino labeled with overall height
Quentin Tarantino, an Italian-American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor, is a household name with legendary films known to have romanticized scenes of violence, extensive dialogue, multi-person casts, and disrupted narratives. Quentin Tarantino first found success with Reservoir Dogs.

Quentin Tarantino has a height of 6′1″ (1.85 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Quentin Tarantino labeled with overall height
Quentin Tarantino
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1987–Present

Given Name
Quentin Jerome Tarantino
Birthday
March 27, 1963

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Winter Soldier | Bucky Barnes
Series of scaled illustrations of Winter Soldier compared to various related Marvel characters

Bucky Barnes, also known as Winter Soldier, is a fictional anti-hero in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the extended Marvel franchise. Bucky originally enlisted in World War II alongside Steve Rogers, but after his apparent death in battle, HYDRA experimented on him and turned him into a brainwashed weapon. His cybernetic arm is his greatest weapon, and lethal when combined with his combat skills. When out of the grasp of HYDRA’s programming, Bucky is a friend to Captain America and the rest of the Avengers, and a formidable ally. When activated by HYDRA, Bucky becomes a dangerous opponent.

Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, is portrayed by Sebastian Stan in the MCU with a height of 6’0" (1.83 m). The comic book height of Bucky Barnes is 5’9” (1.75 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Winter Soldier with labeled height
Bucky Barnes, also known as Winter Soldier, is a fictional anti-hero in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the extended Marvel franchise. Bucky originally enlisted in World War II alongside Steve Rogers, but is lost to HYDRA after his near death. His cybernetic arm is his greatest weapon.

Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, is portrayed by Sebastian Stan in the MCU with a height of 6’0" (1.83 m). The comic book height of Bucky Barnes is 5’9” (1.75 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Winter Soldier with labeled height
Winter Soldier | Bucky Barnes
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6’0" | 1.83 m
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5’9” | 1.75 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Sebastian Stan

Powers
Cybernetic arm; master combatant; marksman; assassin and spy; superhuman strength, speed, vitality, reflexes
Real Name
Bucky Barnes
First Appearance
Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)

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Maximus Decimus Meridius
Size comparison drawings of Maximus Decimus Meridius comparing the heights of other related characters from action films

Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fictional character from Roman times most famously known for the movie Gladiator. This movie from 2000 is a classic! Played by Russel Crowe, Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fair yet violent character from Spain whose family was slain by the son of the Emperor when Maximus Decimus Meridius was chosen instead of him to lead the people when the Emperor dies. Riddled with rage and grief, Maximus Decimus Meridius goes on a quest to avenge the death of his family and kill the man responsible for the death of his family.

Maximus Decimus Meridius is portrayed by Russell Crowe with a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Maximus Decimus Meridius with height measurements
Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fictional character from Roman times most famously known for the movie Gladiator. This movie from 2000 is a classic! Played by Russel Crowe, Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fair yet violent character from Spain whose family was slain by the son of the Emperor.

Maximus Decimus Meridius is portrayed by Russell Crowe with a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Maximus Decimus Meridius with height measurements
Maximus Decimus Meridius
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6’0” | 1.83 m
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Actor
Russell Crowe
First Appearance
Gladiator (2000)

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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is an American actress of Danish descent. Acting from an early age, her breakout role is often considered Ghost World (2001) alongside indie Queen Thora Birch. Johansson’s early films include Lost In Translation (2003) opposite Bill Murray and Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003) opposite Colin Firth. Other films include Match Point (2005), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008).  More recently, she appeared in the 2019 drama, Marriage Story, receiving an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of an actress going through a divorce. As of 2018, she is the highest paid actress in the world.

Scarlett Johansson has a height of 5’3” (1.60 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Scarlett Johansson labeled with overall height
Scarlett Johansson is an American actress of Danish descent. Acting from an early age, her breakout role is often considered Ghost World (2001) alongside indie Queen Thora Birch. Johansson’s early films include Lost In Translation (2003) opposite Bill Murray.

Scarlett Johansson has a height of 5’3” (1.60 m).

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1994–Present

Given Name
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson
Birthday
November 22, 1984

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Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Size comparison drawings of Ernst Stavro Blofeld comparing the heights of other related James Bond characters

Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a character in the James Bond novels and films. For many, he is the most recognisable of all Bond villains and has become synonymous with the concept of a criminal mastermind. We often see Ernst Stavro Blofeld sat in his chair, monocle over one eye, stroking his white fluffy blue-eyed Persian cat. The character has appeared in eight James Bond films, From Russia with Love (1963); Thunderball (1965); You Only Live Twice (1967); On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969); Diamonds Are Forever (1971); For Your Eyes Only (1981) and has been played by several different actors, including Donald Pleasence, Max von Sydow and Christoph Waltz.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld was portrayed by Donald Pleasence with a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Ernst Stavro Blofeld with height measurements
Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a character in the James Bond novels and films. For many, he is the most recognisable of all Bond villains and has become synonymous with the concept of a criminal mastermind. We often see Ernst Stavro Blofeld sat in his chair, monocle over one eye, stroking his cat.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld was portrayed by Donald Pleasence with a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

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Ernst Stavro Blofeld
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5’7” | 1.70 m
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Actor
Donald Pleasence
First Appearance
You Only Live Twice (1967)

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