Hi, I'm Lauren Zima for About.com. Yes, it was tough, but we've narrowed it down to the top five action movies ever. We ruled out sci fi, superhero and martial arts movies to keep this about classic action flicks -- and there they are.At number five, Speed. It's hard to find fast-paced, edge-of-your seat action movies like this one, where things literally had to keep moving at 50 miles per hour, or explode. This movie sped Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock to A-list status, and it's become a classic.Number four: Lethal Weapon. The ultimate buddy-cop movie paired big laughs and big action, with Danny Glover and Mel Gibson starring as an unlikely, yet somehow perfect duo. Gibson's good-hearted but ready-to-blow-at-any-minute Riggs knew how to wield a gun and fight in hand-to-hand combat.In at number three, First Blood. It was Rambo's debut, and he's become one of American cinema's most iconic tough guys. The movie spawned a whole series, and combined action with a look at the tough after effects of the Vietnam War on soldiers' psyches.In the second spot is Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first in what would become the hugely successful Indiana Jones franchise is action/adventure at its best. Harrison Ford fights, uses a gun and of course, his whip, and in the end he gets the girl. Oh, and he fights Nazis along the way. Is there a more deserving villain to take down?And at number one -- what else? Die Hard. There's David vs. Goliath, and there's John McClane vs. a bunch of nasty terrorists. He was one against the rest, he walked barefoot over glass -- all set against the backdrop of Christmas. As McClane would say, “yippie kie-yay..” ...OK, we won't finish that.These have been your top five action movies ever. For more on movies, go to About.com.
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