Part of what makes action movies universally appealing is if they have that little something extra. Superhero movies can blends mythical worlds and science fiction with collateral damage. Some bring in the visceral thrill of revenge. Some lighten the mood with a healthy dose of comedy. Some just have a lot of really impressive visuals. Although plenty of action movies are brain dead duds, there are plenty that have enough humanity, charm, and intelligence to enjoy with your action-hesitant significant other.
Here are some of the best action movies that have a little bit more than just shoot-'em-ups and car explosions. They add a little something extra to the genre that allows for date friendly entertainment.