Just watched The Road Warrior for the gazillionth time. I was thinking that it was probably the greatest action movie of all time ... I guess I was defining "action" as "action movie absent much else," if you know what I mean. I thought I'd check out the Internet Movie Database to see if others agreed with me.
Imagine my surprise: as the IMDB defines "action" movie, The Road Warrior is not among the top 50. The Road Warrior receives an overall user rating of 7.5 on a scale of 10 (I give it a 10); the 50th-best action movie, Goldfinger, gets a 7.7. The top three are Seven Samurai, Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. OK, Seven Samurai is a better movie, but it's so much more than just an action movie. Star Wars isn't as good, and it's really science-fiction. Raiders is more what I mean by "action" movie, and it's pretty good ... I can't really argue with someone who thinks it's better than Road Warrior. I just think they are wrong.
Oh, and it's also the second-best sequel of all time. And the early-80s were the golden era for what I mean as "action" movie ... Road Warrior, Raiders, Terminator, and more.