Some of the most successful action movies of all time are superhero movies such as "The Dark Knight," "The Avengers" and "Iron Man." Other top action movies include "Goldfinger," "Die Hard" and "The Bourne Identity."
One of the first successful superhero action movies, both critically and commercially, was "Superman," released in 1978. Despite the film's success, successful superhero films were uncommon until the early 2000s, which saw the release of films such as "Spider-Man" and "X-Men." Two of the most successful action movies of all time, "The Dark Knight" and "Iron Man," were released in 2008. Other successful superhero action movies include "The Avengers," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
Prior to the success of superhero action movies, some of the most successful action movies were spy films. The "James Bond" series - which includes films such as "Goldfinger," "Live and Let Die" and "Casino Royale" - has been enormously successful, as has the "Bourne" series, which includes "The Bourne Identity" and "The Bourne Ultimatum." Other successful action movies feature a hero who is an ordinary person stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time, a recurring element in the "Die Hard" series. This series includes the original film of the same name and sequels "Die Hard with a Vengeance" and "Live Free or Die Hard."