For a literal example, John Wayne in Big Jakecut a swathe through a gang of desperadoes who kidnapped his grandson. Made even more heartwarming by the fact that Big Jake has never even laid eyes on his grandson.
Practically every one of Jackie Chan's '70s to '80s kung-fu movies (not to mention the similar movies starring other actors) featured an Old Master who looked like a strong gust of wind should knock him over but who invariably mopped the floor with not only rooms full of mooks but also Jackie Chan himself until he learned to respect his elders. Most famously the film Drunken Master, but many others.
Il Duce from The Boondock Saints. He's an undefeatable hitman, who, in one scene, ambushes the three Saints and nearly kills them all. When later the police were investigating the crime scene, the main investigator from FBI decided that the Saints were ambushed by six men, because Il Duce was carrying six guns.
Even though he's gotten older and balder, Die Hard Detective John McClane only gets more badass with age, to the point that he's driving cars into helicopters by the fourth film.
The Lost Boys features a grandpa who only reveals his trope-worthiness at the very end of the film, by crashing his jeep through the wall of his own house and killing the Head Vampire with a hood full of fenceposts. He also delivers the best line, "One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach — all the damn vampires."
Yoda is around 800 and nearing the end of his species's natural life span, but can still go toe-to-toe with the likes of Count Dooku and Emperor Palpatine. Even thirty years later, Yoda retains enough power to easily lift an almost-completely submerged X-Wing from a swamp. In the Clone Wars cartoon, he performs a variety of insane feats of the force while taking down a bunch of Giant Robot mooks.
Count Dooku, who not only takes down the respected Obi-Wan Kenobi but the prodigious Anakin Skywalker in the same fight, and still has enough in the tank to go to a fighting retreat with Yoda.
Sith Lord/Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine. He takes on five of the best swordmasters in the Jedi Order despite maybe 40 odd years lack of practice. He kills all but Mace Windu in roughly 10 seconds, then battles Yoda into submission. Decades later, he's got Luke Skywalker at his mercy.
Old Obi-Wan Kenobi handles himself pretty darned well in a bar fight, and he does go off to deactivate the Death Star's tractor beam alone.
By the time of The Force Awakens, thirty or so years after the Original Trilogy, Han Solo has gone grey but his personality—and aim—haven't changed at all. He's introduced having an argument with two other criminal crews about the profits for some rathtarswho are currently loose on the ship, and that's before he sets foot in the main plot.
20 years after defeating the Russians alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, John J Rambo can still single handedly waste the Burmese military, in spite of being a 60 year old man. It helps being thick as a tree and wielding a .50 caliber mounted machine gun.
Hub McCann in Secondhand Lions is an old man who's just suffered from a heart attack and walked out of the hospital as soon as he could stand. He's still able to take on four teenage greasers, then takes them home and gives them his "what every boy needs to know about being a man" speech. He's got a few good lines along the way, too:
After being attacked by a teenager with a knife: "You hold it wrong, son. Not like this. You always do it like this...smooth. (tosses the knife back) Try it again."
His Badass Boast: "I'm Hub McCann. I've fought in two World Wars and countless smaller ones on three continents. I led thousands of men into battle with everything from horses and swords to artillery and tanks. I've seen the headwaters of the Nile, and tribes of natives no white man had ever seen before. I've won and lost a dozen fortunes, killed many men and loved only one woman with a passion a flea like you could never begin to understand. That's who I am. Now, go home, boy!"
Three of the main characters in Kung Fu Hustle (Landlord, Landlady, and the Beast) are shown as unassuming older folk — until they start kicking the hell out of asses.
The old man guarding the Wall in the film version of Stardust apparently got much more badass after having failed to defend the gate nearly two decades ago. When Tristan tries to use the same trick his father used, the old man somersaults over the gate and delivers a few well-executed martial-arts moves. When his father points out that the man is 97 years old, Tristan defends himself by saying that he's had a long time to practice.
In The Sundowners, Paddy, played by beefy, barrel-chested Robert Mitchum, enters a sheep-shearing contest. His opponent is revealed to be a gray-haired man who's 70 if he's a day. Paddy and his friends are boggled—at least, until the old man beats Paddy's ass at sheep-shearing.
Command Sergeant Major Basil Plumley in We Were Soldiers. Hardass extraordinaire, he doesn't so much as duck when the Vietnamese soldiers are taking pot shots at him. He doesn't even bother with a rifle, and uses his pistol for the entire battle. Even more impressive? He's based on a real person.
"Gentlemen! Prepare to defend yourselves!"
"Why no rifle, Sergeant Major?"
"By the time I need one there'll be plenty of 'em laying around on the ground."
Jetfire. His cane is also an axe, he can teleport, he kills two Decepticons single-handedly, and performs a heroic sacrifice so that Optimus has the necessary parts.
Sentinel Prime also. He's been in stasis lock for a couple million years, but can kick ass with the best of 'em. Apparently, being badass is a requirement of being a Prime. He would have killed Optimus Prime if Megatron didn't intervene. Having none other than Mr. Spock as his voice actor didn't hurt, either.
Joe Sarno in The Way of the Gun puts a lampshade on this after getting attitude from some hot-shot younger guys: "The only thing you can assume about a broken down old man...is that he's a survivor." Later, the two main characters shoot it out with some older bag-man, though only Sarno himself proves to be much of a threat.
Although in the comic the specifics of his death are left much more vague, Hollis Mason's death in the extended cut of Watchmen shows that he fits this trope pretty damn perfectly. Although surprised by 6 gang members, he gets in more than a few hits before they overwhelm him. It's one of the more moving scenes in the film.
In the Hong Kong film Purple Storm, the Big Bad Soong is a veteran terrorist who can handle himself well in a firefight despite his head and beard full of white hair.
Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins) plays an elderly Zorro in The Mask of Zorro who is still tough enough to trounce his student.
Dr. Loomis in the original Halloween series. This guy took so many ass-kickings from Michael and still came back for more.
In Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, where after a decade of chasing the madman, he finally lures Michael in to a trap, then beats him savagely with a 2x4, screaming "DIE! DIE!" for each hit, and not even stopping when Michael was knocked unconscious all the while having a stroke. Payback well deserved!
Donald Pleasance in real life. According to the writer of Halloween 4, he did most of his own stunts in the film. He did all this while pushing 70!
In the Mormon film Passage to Zarahemla, the previously mild-mannered, violin making grandpa scales a wall, breaks into a house, and careens down a staircase with a machine gun in each hand. The guns belong to the two thugs he and a guy recovering from being shot just knocked out. Later he stares down a handful of ancient warriors, armed to the teeth and covered with blood. Very calmly, he puts down one gun, scoops up his granddaughter, and walks away.
Grandpa Seth of Troll 2, who, despite being dead, takes on goblins with an axe, makes molotov cocktails, and summons lightning bolts!
In Breaking the Waves, an old Scottish man at a wedding breaks a glass with his bare hand to show up a punk kid sitting at his table. He doesn't even have any dialogue.
The Danny Trejo movie Bad Ass. Trejo plays an old guy who becomes an internet sensation after a video is circulated of him being threatened on a bus and kicking the punk's ass. Looks like he spends much of the rest of the movie kicking more ass, chased by Ron Perlman. The tagline is even "He's mean...he's angry...he's old...he is badass".
The protagonist of Alex Kinchen breaks out of hell to save his baby granddaughter from a demonic cult. Of course, the character in question is played by Nicholas Cage.
All the main characters in The Expendables are all action heroes at least over 60 and they show they can still do what they do best.
Byron Orlock in Targets; he ends a deranged killer's shooting spree by knocking the punk's gun away with his cane and then slapping him.
The elderly man from Germany in The Avengers, who doesn't take Loki's bull speech about dominating humanity lying down. Word of God is that he's a Holocaust survivor, which makes the scene even more awesome.
Sergeant Mooney from Cellular. It's his last day at the job, and he beats the living shit out of a Corrupt Cop twice his size and half his age. Who was supposed to ambush him, no less. Then he shoots the main villain. Choke on that, Retirony.
Averted in The Wedding Singer as a bar brawl is about to begin, an old man punches the antagonist . . . and it has no effect. He comments apologetically that he was much stronger as a young man.
Godzilla in Godzilla (2014). He's easily the oldest incarnation of Godzilla ever seen—not just in actual chronological age, but in the way he acts. His scars tell the tale of many, many old battles, and at several points in the film, he just looks tired, like an old soldier dragged away from a nap. Several critics even compared him to John McClane.
"Charles the elder has lived longer. He has refined and developed these powers."
In the original trilogy, Magneto's age is somewhere around early-to-mid 70s, but he can still kick your ass substantially.
In Days of Future Past, as a Holocaust survivor living in 2023, he is, at the very least, in his late eighties/early nineties (X-Men: First Class portrayed him as being around ten in 1944). He still lifts the X-Jet and hurls it at a horde of incoming Sentinels like it's a child's toy, takes a piece of shrapnel to the gut and slightly-less-than-casually pulls it out, and still uses the remaining wreckage to further barricade the path to Kitty and Wolverine.
Wolverine, if you take his age into account; he's approximately 190 years old in 2023.
Reggie Banister will be 70 when the final Phantasm movie comes out, but something tells us he won't be any less of a bad-ass.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi: At the time the film was made, Jiro was 85 and still working hours as long as he had when he started. The only change to his routine was that at 70, he quit smoking and stopped going to the fish market for health reasons.
Tommy Lee Jones' character in The Missing shoots and fights well for his age, even after he's injured, and even takes down the evil Magical Native American villain who had previously been unstoppable.
Splinter, considering he lasted longer against Shredder one on one than the turtles did four on one.
Shredder himself has got to be at least in his 50s (considering he raised Sacks since Sacks was a child), and he's able to fight off all four of the turtles at once.
Harry Hart from Kingsman: The Secret Service. He takes out six mooks with minimal effort near the beginning of the film and later probably causes half the fatalities in the mass melee in the church.
Like the above example, this extends to Colin Firth as well, who reportedly did around 80% of his own stunts.
While Immortan Joe from Mad Max: Fury Road is an absolutely disgusting human being, being an Evil Overlord and misogynist who keeps women like cattle, he leads from the front and is one of the best drivers in the entire film, despite clearly being in old age and dying with multiple tumors and lesions everywhere on his body.
The Alzheimer's Case: Ledda is a hitman who is still performing kills in his old age. The fact that he's developed Alzheimer's disease and is suffering occasional memory loss means that he wants to do One Last Job before retiring.
Gul'dan in WarCraft looks like a hunched over Squishy Wizard at first. When Durotan challenges him to a mak'gora, Gul'dan shrugs off his robe and stands up straight, revealing his true imposing physique. He is able to trade blows evenly with the younger Durotan and even gets the upper hand a few times.
The old man in the horror film Don't Breathe is in his 60s but despite his age and his blindness, he can find and kill the would-be burglar protagonists by their breathing.
The climax of The Last of the Mohicans features a fight between the badass warrior Magua, and the young Uncas over the love of a pretty girl. The older and more experienced Magua disarms and kills the poor boy before throwing his corpse over the cliff. Not long after, Uncas' elderly father runs in with a warclub looking for payback and picks Magua apart in seconds.