My Top 10
The Fugitive - amongst my favorite movies of all-time. I found myself sucked into it last night when there was nothing to watch on my DVR and I was channel surfing for the first time in ages.
X-Men - definitely in my top 10 movies of all-time. I've finally come to admit that I'm a huge super-hero fan and a wanna-be Marvel geek. This movie is so well-written and character-driven and full of great action and fantastic visuals.
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) - Though arguably more of a Drama, this movie is high Adventure and also incredibly funny. I've seen three versions of this movie, all are good, but this is the best.
The Lord of the Ring series - Fellowship of the Ring is one of my favorite movies ever. I realize this makes my list longer than ten if you count all three.
Star Wars movies (the 3 originals) - Again, this is more than one movie, I know, but I don't care. Plus, I haven't seen them in so long, I couldn't tell you which is my favorite.
The Mask of Zorro - sword-fighting, eye-candy, great dialogue...
The Count of Monte Cristo - it's been a long time since I've seen this one but I remember that I loved it, especially the ending (harkens to The Man in the Iron Mask for some reason).
Casino Royale (2009) - Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean Connery and this is the most action-packed Bond movie ever.
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - I'm just now realizing how much I love Harrison Ford. Clear & Present Danger and Patriot Games almost made this list as well.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - how can you go wrong with both Harrison Ford and Sean Connery?
For me, an Action-Adventure movie needs to be both well-written and well-made. It must be reasonably well-acted but can certainly be cheesy at times. Probably the most important thing in this genre for me is plot, though characters are extremely important in all good films.