These films are characterized by fast-paced, hero-centered narratives full of action and excitement. They often have elements of mystery and crime films, but these elements take a back seat to the action.
- Die Hard (1988)
- The Hunt for Red October (1990)
- Point Break (1991)
- Cliffhanger (1993)
- Air Force One (1997)
Only the hero knows the truth about a particular person, group, or situation, and he or she must prove it to the rest of the world before disaster strikes and the bad guys win.