A History Of Violence: One of the greatest Westerns ever also birthed the John Woo shoot-’em-up

With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s birth and moving right up to whatever Vin Diesel’s doing this very minute.

The Wild Bunch (1969)

In the decades before Bullitt, before modern action movies grew into something like maturity, Westerns served a lot of the same functions. Like action movies, they were two-fisted tales of (stereotypically male) heroism. But their focus was different. The Western was...

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