Action Movies 1970 - 1979
Action in the 1970s followed the overall movie making trend, as the old Studio System continued to break apart. A more realistic approach to the genre emerged and the Police Procedural plot-driven movie provided the perfect vehicle for actors like Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman to portray memorable characters in films that excited audiences. 1973 saw the release of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, the film that finally exposed Martial Arts movie making to the mainstream. John Carpenter gained attention with Assault on Precinct 13 and Burt Reynolds was the undisputed Action-Comedy movie star with his Smokey and the Bandit series.