From Die Hard to Expendables, Bruce Willis' 5 best action films

  • Jyoti Sharma Bawa, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2015 13:20 IST

Action star par excellence, Bruce Willis turned into this havoc-wrecking, multi-million dollar-spinning actor post his avatar as James McClane in the career-defining Die Hard, yippy ki yay.

As the Unbreakable star turns 60 today, we look at the action icon who enters the frame as the right guy at the wrong time. But, by the time he leaves, he is the only one standing.

They don't make them like him anymore, we put the limelight on one of the last stars who knew how to kick butt and simultaneously floor you with a really smart one-liner.

Die Hard franchise

He re-energised his career with the first film in 1988 and went on to give us four more of the same. While he single-handedly bested a terror group in the first one, he was later seen fighting off entire gangs of mercenaries, Russian billionaires and so on and Willis always emerged victorious. Sometimes he did get a scratch or two, but, boy, you should have seen the other guy.

Pulp Fiction

It was not only John Travolta who got respect and a sparkling career after Pulp Fiction. Willis as the boxer Butch may not have the same kind of screen time but he did get to flex his muscles (both literally and figuratively) in the Quentin Tarantino film.


Not the brightest of the films if you go into the logic of the thing, but what a thrill-fest! Willis is an oil rig specialist who is tasked with drilling a hole in a giant asteroid which is on its way to destroy Earth. Obviously he is able to accomplish the mission but your heart does lose quite a few beats on the way. Willis: 1, Giant earth-destroying asteroid: 0.

Tears of the Sun

A stylish action caper which sees Willis donning the fatigues and rescuing a group of people struck in a central African nation which is about to go to war. Pursued by especially motivated mercenaries and soldiers, he relies on his gung-ho heroics to reach his goals.


More of a glorified cameo than a full-fledged role, Expendables demands a mention because it was heartening to see Willis had still got it. In the same vein, we must mention Planet Terror where the actor plays a soldier infected with a mutagen as a plan to kill Osama bin Laden.

Honourable mentions: Red, The Fifth Element, Last Man Standing, 16 Blocks, The Lost Boy Scout, Unbreakable.

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