My All Time Favorite Action Films

by diego_cuevs21 | created - 20 Jan 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Out of all the ideas, a bad action film can go a long way of being something fun. There are some action films that become some better than others but the reason why action films become more entertaining and much more enjoyable ways to view it by video games, t.v. shows, and films. To me action films are much more fun than any other genres out there now because when you watch a Michael Bay film all you go to watch is the action not the bad comedy but I really love good bad and very mediocre action films and it is fantastic. The list is based on what I think are the best and the top ten are my top ten. Along with the rest it is in order.

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1. The Raid 2 (2014)

R | 150 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

71 Metascore

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara

Votes: 106,146 | Gross: $2.63M

I have to say that I didn't grow up with Jackie Chan, or Stallone, or any of those action stars in the 70, 80, and 90 so when I look back at those movies I can say they can't even hold a candle to what The Raid brought to the table. Because I can't think of any other action movie where the excitement from a fight leaves a screen and gives you some adrenaline throughout the whole fight. You will never get tired of the action because the movie keeps pumping a new style of it to ensure that this is something that is a game changer. And it has. This is my favorite and in my opinion the best action film ever made. Now yes it does have to do with my age and I didn't grow up with those other action films. Gareth Evans is big part in that by bringing his style in how we should see fight scenes and even how to build the action scenes that you will never get tired of watching the fights. That is why this film is at the top of the pyramid of how to make an action film.

2. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

72 Metascore

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 729,992 | Gross: $83.01M

To this day many people including myself will look at Die Hard as a real action film that inspired a crazy amount of other modern like action films today. And some will also say that it is just a regular two hour action flick. So what if nothing passes the surface at least you have a really good central performance from the best action actor living today and have still have some logic behind it. As much as it is unrealistic at times the film never felt boring. And that is what makes Die Hard a classic. But some want more and I can't blame them but a film like this deserves to be awesome and it is.

3. The Raid: Redemption (2011)

R | 101 min | Action, Thriller

73 Metascore

A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy, Donny Alamsyah

Votes: 178,384 | Gross: $4.11M

Speaking of Die Hard rip offs gone right well here it is. Sure nothing is beyond the surface and it will never mean anything beyond real life. But to me I really have to ask myself two simple questions to ask heading into an action film: is it high adrenaline, where you can go out yourself and beat the living crap out of someone while intense music is playing? And is it interesting enough to care for at least one character? Well by the spot you can the answer and one final demand do not look away from this blistering realistic bad ass action film you will ever see in your whole entire life.

4. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 100,931

Call it what you like. Is it an action film? And I am not going to define what it means but this where a tense action thrillers come to stay and live.

5. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,538,174 | Gross: $171.48M

6. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless C.I.A. official and his Agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen, Julia Stiles

Votes: 583,308 | Gross: $227.47M

Realistic gets used not that much lately when action films come to play. But thanks to Damon and the incredible Greengrass shaky cam it brings all the enjoyment to watch. A real film that a little bit more than kick to its flare. Scene after scene tense movement after perfection a film that does not give up and neither should you. Great film overall and no one can put a smile on face quite like Damon.

7. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

81 Metascore

An extraterrestrial race, forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth, suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 610,056 | Gross: $115.65M

Science fiction and action go swell together. So that is why District 9 is that film to fit that expectation of what it takes for a director like Neill Blomkamp to keep everything as exciting a film like this can really be. And never before in my life have I seen such great action put to use quite like District 9 when it first came out. It is more than a knockout it is an electric shock that will get your blood racing to see how much a film like this can go from 0 to 100 in one take.

8. Hard Boiled (1992)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan

Votes: 44,140

Why are John Woo films so great? Well because the lengths he goes for a good action scene. The long takes the blood splatters head shots blood galore. And really an all out extreme balls to the wall film where it never leaves you it shakes you to action movie heaven.

9. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 795,645 | Gross: $154.06M

The years have been kind to us and once in a while we get a film that elevates it self to a new level. And Fury Road is one of those movies that action movies that come out after this will not even come close to the achievements that this film has made. So you can't even compare this film to any other I do t even think it is on the same playing field as the other Mad Mad films that came before it. This movie is the pure definition of doing an action movie that with the right amount of action and story enough to keep it going that you will never feel bored.

10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen

Votes: 488,599 | Gross: $532.18M

11. The Way of the Gun (2000)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs

Votes: 30,468 | Gross: $6.06M

Way far from anyone to remember how great and spot on this modern update of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (yes I am sticking to that) is to with great dark humor brutal and rememable action scenes with more than just a replay value. It is far from dull. And having it in my collection makes the Friday nights fun filled from start to finish.

12. The Rock (1996)

R | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer

Votes: 296,141 | Gross: $134.07M

The Rock is an absolute action blast of Michael Bay heaven that matches every humor, each line to "winners go home and *beep* the prom queen" to my favorite ROCKET MAN. holy crap was N.C. Was over the top fun Ed Harris is great as a villain with a heart at the end, and of course Sean mother Fu$king Connery is the Shizzz. Love every minute of it. Totally one of my favs.

13. Elysium (I) (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga

Votes: 399,904 | Gross: $93.05M

Brutal, intense, and action packed. With a great story, believable characters and the most like able protagonist you will ever see. That is why Matt Damon is the man and never before been more best cast and better. That is why to me Elysium is a better film and action film than District 9.

14. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 923,832 | Gross: $70.10M

Could just be not only one of the greatest action film, and some do say it is the best revenge flick ever made. It's great fun filled with lines for actors who can easily tell a story that springs a great and over the top fight scenes. That created the way some PG-13 action films just can't match any of the bloody realism that only a director like Q.T. And man does he raise the bar only his vision created action film of the decade.

15. Minority Report (2002)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

80 Metascore

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

Votes: 475,576 | Gross: $132.07M

Science fiction action films are great because they range from the usual gun to gun shoot outs, and hand to hand combat sequences. And Minority Report delivers that. With a scene involving Tom call him when the world ends Cruise gets a 360 ray type gun that blasts his enemies and jumps to building car to building car it is more than fun. It is a ride that shouldn't be missed.

16. The Getaway (1972)

PG | 123 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

55 Metascore

A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers

Votes: 25,570 | Gross: $36.73M

17. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Won Bin, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 56,261 | Gross: $0.01M

Is it better than Taken, to be honest yes it is better than Taken. But it is longer, more violent, more extreme, and not so much of a world wide story like Taken being in Europe. It is however the same one man army we use to see and no matter what is on screen we love it. And this is no exception until that gripping and most of all touching ending. That makes this a fun as can be action film with just the right amount of blood and violence to be an action film people should see.

18. Man on Fire (2004)

R | 146 min | Action, Crime, Drama

47 Metascore

In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 311,288 | Gross: $77.91M

19. The Killer (1989)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu

Votes: 43,551

20. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 1,873,217 | Gross: $292.58M

You see what I mean. Inception is just like Minority Report with its wall to wall action scenes that makes paying that abortion like money to see J.G.L. Bounce off wall to wall without gravity long before Sandra Bullock ever did. Awesome stuff.

21. RoboCop (1987)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox

Votes: 217,250 | Gross: $53.42M

22. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 609,395 | Gross: $85.16M

23. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror

48 Metascore

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino

Votes: 267,143 | Gross: $25.75M

Harvey Keitel is fantastic. Juliette Lewis hotter than ever. Quentin Tarantino uh... at least he can hold a gun. But everyone knows it that it is Mr. Cool himself George Clooney. Owning scene a after scene becoming one of the greatest antiheroes in cinema ever. Love the vampire aspect don't care what people say it is a bloody riot no matter what. And still to this day it is Robert Rodriguez best film to date.

24. Equilibrium (2002)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.

Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs

Votes: 298,632 | Gross: $1.20M

We continue with pure evidence that science fiction action upholds more than the usual straight forward action flicks, with it being so crazy and over the top insanity action that is happening on screen. Thanks to Bale. Gosh dang it is intense with it being smart fast paced and the best gosh dang action sequences that is inventive to the science fiction genre as many reviews will back me up and many critics won't.

25. Merantau (2009)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama

A young man from the countryside uses his skills in silat martial arts to survive the slave trade.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Christine Hakim, Mads Koudal

Votes: 9,483

26. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

75 Metascore

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg

Votes: 317,363 | Gross: $195.04M

27. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 506,119 | Gross: $66.49M

The Willis, terminator plot, art-house director Rian Johnson and J.G.L. There is literal little to go wrong in this modern day action classic. Cool stuff awesome flare and always on the move.

28. Iron Man 3 (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Votes: 705,870 | Gross: $409.01M

29. Drug War (2012)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Louis Koo, Honglei Sun, Yi Huang, Michelle Ye

Votes: 8,688 | Gross: $0.13M

30. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 156,580 | Gross: $12.47M

31. Black Hawk Down (2001)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, War

74 Metascore

160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana

Votes: 343,824 | Gross: $108.64M

32. Face/Off (1997)

R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.

Director: John Woo | Stars: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 330,005 | Gross: $112.23M

33. Escape from New York (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 114,071 | Gross: $25.24M

34. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 923,060 | Gross: $204.84M

35. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,236,316 | Gross: $162.81M

36. I, Robot (2004)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, Alan Tudyk

Votes: 470,212 | Gross: $144.80M

37. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 555,126 | Gross: $100.21M

38. Lone Survivor (2013)

R | 121 min | Action, Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster

Votes: 249,780 | Gross: $125.10M

39. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

83 Metascore

The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 629,787 | Gross: $66.21M

40. Running Scared (2006)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands.

Director: Wayne Kramer | Stars: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Chazz Palminteri, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 94,571 | Gross: $6.86M

May Paul Walker Rest In Peace. And let know one forget how great of an actor he was in this Wayne Kramer cult classic. 40% on rotten tomatoes and Richard Roper doesn't even like it. But to me its crazy intense and all actors give it there all. I could have not ask for a better cooler movie quite like this.

41. Bullitt (1968)

M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

83 Metascore

An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon

Votes: 56,044 | Gross: $42.30M

42. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

81 Metascore

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Votes: 597,439 | Gross: $304.36M

43. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Drama, Western

65 Metascore

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 181,002 | Gross: $14.50M

44. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya

Votes: 130,577 | Gross: $0.50M

45. Snowpiercer (2013)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

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