Essential Movies Featuring Expendables 3 Cast Members

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The third installment of the action-adventure franchise that follows the exploits of Barney Ross, Lee Christmas, and their associates.
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July 2nd, 2014

"The Expendables 3" features the talents of some serious Hollywood brawn. This explosive action film has a cast that few would dare mess with, providing viewers with a truly over-the-top thrill ride that is sure to keep even the snobbiest action flick enthusiast on the edge of their seat. Naturally, the main appeal behind this movie is the seminal cast, chock-full of leading men who all did their respective part to define and shape the action genre. Here are some must-see movies featuring the cast of "The Expendables 3."

 

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Antonio Banderas – "Desperado"

Antonio Banderas is well-known for his role as El Mariachi in "Desperado." Banderas brought an aura of mystery and poetic stoicism to his role in this action-packed thriller set in Mexico, dazzling viewers with a truly stunning performance. Whether playing the guitar broodingly or pulling out massive amounts of armory from its case, Banderas brought the El Mariachi character to life in a serious way.

 

 

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Jason Statham – "The Transporter"

"The Transporter" is a 2002 French action film that delivered high-octane action in spades. Statham is known for performing his own stunts and stage combat, and this martial artist did not disappoint. Perfectly cast as a former Special Forces officer turned underworld courier, Statham succeeded in thrilling fans on all counts.

 

 

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Dolph Lundgren – "Masters of the Universe"

As He-Man, Dolph Lundgren redefined what muscles could really be in the live-action remake of the cartoon series "Masters of the Universe." Lundgren's battles against the evil Skeletor will always be remembered by He-Man fans and by fans of action movies in general.

 

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Wesley Snipes – "Blade II"

Based on a beloved Marvel Comics character, "Blade II" took the original to a whole new level, and Wesley Snipes was a huge part of that. Snipes took on a half-vampire, half-human role, but came to the spotlight as a full action starin this film series. Snipes played the confident Blade character perfectly, proving his acting chops and bravado to the world.

 

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Mel Gibson – "Mad Max"

Set in the post-apocalyptic future, the critically acclaimed thriller "Mad Max" stars leading man Mel Gibson in the role that helped define the rest of his continuing monumental career. A bored policeman named Max Rockatansky is played brilliantly by Gibson, leaving action fans wanting more. "Mad Max" remains a highly viewable action classic that never gets old.

 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger – "Predator"

Few other action thrillers strike terror into the heart of viewers the way "Predator" does. Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to redefine what it means to be an action star in the role of Dutch, a military special forces operative sent to rescue a troubled group in a Latin American country. Action fans get the works – quotable lines, action, frights and much more.

 

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Harrison Ford – "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

The beginning of a wildly successful franchise, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" created movie magic the likes of which may never be rivaled. Of course, this classic would not be the household name it is today without the powerful performance of Harrison Ford playing the iconic Indiana Jones. Ford is no stranger to on-screen action, and his work in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" will never be forgotten.

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Jet Li – "Romeo Must Die"

Jet Li is truly one of the most dazzling and talented martial artists on the big screen, and his performance in "Romeo Must Die" is nothing short of breathtaking. This modern take on "Romeo and Juliet" takes Shakespeare's classic to levels previously unimagined. When you watch Li in action, it is not surprising that he has gained tremendous amounts of success on an international level.

 

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Sylvester Stallone – "First Blood"

One of the quintessential action characters of all time, Sylvester Stallone's portrayal as Rambo in "First Blood" is a performance that may never be equalled. Action fans will never tire of Rambo's ferocious rampages. Combining legitimate substance with some good action fun, "First Blood" will always be on the top shelf of any action buff's collection.

After viewing this tremendous array of classic action flicks, and their leading roles – and then also considering the countless other action films these leading men have starred in – few would argue that "The Expendables 3" features one of the most essential action casts of all time.

Assembling a cast of this caliber is no easy task. For many action buffs, the cast alone is more than enough to motivate multiple viewings. When the fun plot and high-octane action sequences are added into the mix, it's no wonder this film is already seen as a modern action classic.