Judging by movies like this week's "3 Days to Kill
" (starring Kevin Costner
) and next week's "Non-Stop
"(starring Liam Neeson
), Hollywood's search for new action heroes is apparently over. For now, the movies are going to stick with the old ones. Stars who made their names beating up bad guys three decades ago may be in their fifties and sixties now, but they're still big box office draws, at least to overseas audiences (where Hollywood makes most of its money anyway) and to older North American viewers (increasingly, a dependable group of moviegoers with disposable income).
So it's no wonder that the release schedule is full of action thrillers starring hardcore heroes who look like your dad. Call them "dadcore" heroes. It's not just '80s stalwarts like Sylvester Stallone
, Arnold Schwarzenegger
, and Bruce Willis, either, but also thespians like Neeson and Danny Glover
, guys who can actually act. Either way, their years give them a sense of experience and worldliness that makes up for their lessened speed and agility. Here's a countdown of the top 10 among these senior silver-screen tough guys.