My All Time Favorite Action Filmsby 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
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.
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
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.
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
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.
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
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
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
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,538,174 | Gross: $171.48M
6. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.
Votes: 488,599 | Gross: $532.18M
11. The Way of the Gun (2000)
R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.
Votes: 311,288 | Gross: $77.91M
19. The Killer (1989)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
20. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
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
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
Votes: 217,250 | Gross: $53.42M
22. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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?
Votes: 609,395 | Gross: $85.16M
23. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.
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
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.
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.
26. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 317,363 | Gross: $195.04M
27. Looper (2012)
R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
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
When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
Votes: 705,870 | Gross: $409.01M
30. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.
Votes: 156,580 | Gross: $12.47M
31. Black Hawk Down (2001)
R | 144 min | Drama, History, War
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.
Votes: 343,824 | Gross: $108.64M
32. Face/Off (1997)
R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 330,005 | Gross: $112.23M
33. Escape from New York (1981)
R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 114,071 | Gross: $25.24M
34. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 923,060 | Gross: $204.84M
35. Django Unchained (2012)
R | 165 min | Drama, Western
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Votes: 1,236,316 | Gross: $162.81M
36. I, Robot (2004)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.
Votes: 470,212 | Gross: $144.80M
38. Lone Survivor (2013)
R | 121 min | Action, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 249,780 | Gross: $125.10M
39. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.
Votes: 629,787 | Gross: $66.21M
40. Running Scared (2006)
R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
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
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.
Votes: 56,044 | Gross: $42.30M
42. Skyfall (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 597,439 | Gross: $304.36M
43. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
R | 99 min | Drama, Western
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.
Votes: 181,002 | Gross: $14.50M
44. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.
Votes: 130,577 | Gross: $0.50M
45. Snowpiercer (2013)
R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi