One thing that separates action movies from other genres is that a lot of dialogue isn't needed. Fists, feet and fighting do most of the talking. That is why foreign movies make such excellent viewing for international audiences. Even with distracting voice overs, or boring subtitles, foreign movies show that the love of cinematic violence is universal. That sometimes the most beautifully written line in a script can't even come close to a roundhouse kick to the face. Action movies embraces violence, warts and all and create some down right entertaining movies. Despite Hollywood being the forefront in most movies genres, the action genre has been incredibly inventive and innovative in other countries. Especially in countries with a strong heritage of martial arts. However, new countries with their own brand of violence have emerged on the scene and action movies have never been better. Pulled from the history of world cinema, these are 10 action movies that have been so influential that they have changed the face of action. Sometimes this is done by making the violence more gritty, while others went the opposite way to show the athletic beauty and putting the emphasis on art in martial arts. Regardless, these movies are taut, hard hitting and some of the best action movies ever made.