This year, Father's Day is set for Sunday, June 17, so there's isn't much time left to find the perfect Father's Day gift or gift baskets. While you'll no doubt be planning some sort of family gathering or backyard barbecue to celebrate this holiday, you may also want to plan for some grownups-only entertainment later in the evening. A movie night spent watching high-octane action flicks could be the perfect close to Father's Day. Here are some classic action films to consider this holiday.
Whether or not Dad has seen this movie a thousand times before, you can never go wrong with 1988's Die Hard. Often considered to be the best action movie of all time, the story follows New York City police officer John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) as he arrives in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia). At Holly's company Christmas party at Nakatomi Plaza, a group of terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) breaks into the building and holds the entire party hostage. However, McClane manages to slip beneath the terrorists' radar (albeit without his shoes) and begins looking for a way to free his wife and the other hostages.
1987's Lethal Weapon stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. Fifty-year-old Murtaugh is a family man who is looking forward to retiring from the police force in the next few years, when he's suddenly partnered with the young detective Riggs, who recently lost his wife. Riggs' unpredictable and often suicidal mentality makes him a nightmare for Murtaugh as the two investigate the death of a prostitute, which leads them into the seedy underbelly of LA's world of drugs and organized crime.
The 1982 action classic First Blood follows the exploits of John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), a disheartened and damaged Vietnam veteran. As he attempts to adjust to life as a civilian back in America, Rambo learns that his last friend from the war has suddenly died of cancer. Distraught, he makes his way into a small Washington State town and is quickly stopped by the local sheriff, who confuses the decorated soldier with a troublesome vagrant. Rambo is unfairly imprisoned by the sheriff, then taunted and abused, which causes him to snap and escape from jail. The ensuing story follows Rambo as he attempts to evade the police in the Washington forests while reminiscing on his time in the war.