The best 1980s action movie: Aliens, with Sigourney Weaver taking the gun-toting action role.
And thinking of it, if Steven Seagal was to star in a chick flick instead of Jennifer Aniston, that would be a sign of true gender equality
It's true, but Seagal has little charisma outside of his chosen genre. I don't think most women want to think of him as anything other than an action star. Most men for that matter.
Gerard Butler and Hugh Jackman are most famous for their action movies, but they have serious chick-flick cred as well. Hugh was in Kate and Leopold and Australia and in a number of stage musicals. Gerard Butler was in Phantom of the Opera and then in P.S. I Love You the same year he was in 300. He followed that up with rom-com The Ugly Truth.
Saturday Night Live used to have a recurring skit called "Best of Both Worlds," highlighting actors who played both sides. Unsurprisingly, it was hosted by Andy Samburg as Hugh Jackman.
Who else would count? Nicholas Cage? Liam Neeson? I'm not sure Leonardo DiCaprio or Tom Hanks would count, since they're a bit more "four-corners" actors. Do comedies that both women and men like count? By the late 80s, Arnold Schwarzenegger used to alternate action with family comedies (Twins, Kindergarden Cop, Dave, Junior, Jingle All the Way).