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Movies: Best Action Movies

Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of challenges that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which generally concludes in victory for the hero (though a small number of films in this genre have ended in victory for the villain instead). Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic, highly unbelievable events are often met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are generally, but not limited to, car chases, fighting and gunplay or shootouts. This genre is closely associated with the thriller and adventure genres, and they may also contain elements of spy fiction. [Wikipedia]

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Inception(2010)

4.1/5 (with 8,583 votes)

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, ...

The Dark Knight(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 32min | Drama, Action, Crime, Thriller
4.2/5 (with 7,387 votes)

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, ...

Avatar(2009)

PG-13
| 2h 42min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 7,362 votes)

In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.

Directed by James Cameron - With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, ...

Deadpool(2016)

R
| 1h 48min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
3.8/5 (with 7,314 votes)

Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Directed by Tim Miller - With Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, ...

The Avengers(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 23min | Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
3.8/5 (with 7,285 votes)

When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins!

Directed by Joss Whedon - With Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, ...

Guardians of the Galaxy(2014)

PG-13
| 2h 1min | Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
4.0/5 (with 6,419 votes)

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

Directed by James Gunn - With Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Ophelia Lovibond, ...

Mad Max: Fury Road(2015)

3.7/5 (with 5,758 votes)

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Directed by George Miller - With Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, ...

Iron Man(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 6min | Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
3.7/5 (with 5,650 votes)

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Directed by Jon Favreau, Nick Cassavetes - With Robert Downey, Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir, ...

The Dark Knight Rises(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 45min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 5,540 votes)

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, ...

The Matrix(1999)

R
| 2h 16min | Action, Science Fiction
4.0/5 (with 5,519 votes)

Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.

Directed by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski - With Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Hugo Weaving, Keanu Reeves, Gloria Foster, ...

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001)

PG-13
| 2h 58min | Adventure, Fantasy, Action
4.1/5 (with 5,488 votes)

Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure that the ring arrives at its final destination: Mt. Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.

Directed by Peter Jackson - With Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, ...

Iron Man 3(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 10min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.4/5 (with 5,369 votes)

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

Directed by Shane Black - With Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, ...

Jurassic World(2015)

3.3/5 (with 5,317 votes)

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow - With Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Omar Sy, ...

Suicide Squad(2016)

3.0/5 (with 5,070 votes)

From DC Comics comes the Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.

Directed by David Ayer - With Jared Leto, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, ...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens(2015)

PG-13
| 2h 16min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 5,048 votes)

Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers.

Directed by J. J. Abrams - With Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, ...

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King(2003)

PG-13
| 3h 21min | Adventure, Fantasy, Action
4.2/5 (with 5,037 votes)

Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam bring the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark lord's realm.

Directed by Peter Jackson - With Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, ...

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 49min | Adventure, Fantasy, Action
3.6/5 (with 4,954 votes)

Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.

Directed by Peter Jackson - With Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, Aidan Turner, ...

Captain America: Civil War(2016)

PG-13
| 2h 27min | Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
3.6/5 (with 4,913 votes)

Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.

Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo - With Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, ...

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers(2002)

PG-13
| 2h 59min | Adventure, Fantasy, Action
4.1/5 (with 4,738 votes)

Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.

Directed by Peter Jackson - With Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, ...

Batman Begins(2005)

PG-13
| 2h 20min | Action, Crime, Drama
3.8/5 (with 4,682 votes)

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, ...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice(2016)

PG-13
| 2h 31min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
2.9/5 (with 4,643 votes)

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Directed by Zack Snyder - With Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, ...

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl(2003)

PG-13
| 2h 23min | Adventure, Fantasy, Action
3.8/5 (with 4,587 votes)

Jack Sparrow, a freewheeling 17th-century pirate, quarrels with a rival pirate bent on pillaging Port Royal. When the governor's daughter is kidnapped, Sparrow decides to help the girl's love save her.

Directed by Gore Verbinski - With Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana, Treva Etienne, Martin Klebba, ...

Avengers: Age of Ultron(2015)

PG-13
| 2h 21min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 4,545 votes)

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Directed by Joss Whedon - With Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, ...

Captain America: The First Avenger(2011)

PG-13
| 2h 4min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.4/5 (with 4,511 votes)

Predominantly set during World War II, Steve Rogers is a sickly man from Brooklyn who's transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry, and the leader of an organization that intends to use a mysterious device of untold powers for world domination.

Directed by Joe Johnston - With Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Stanley Tucci, Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, ...

Logan(2017)

R
| 2h 17min | Action, Drama, Science Fiction
3.9/5 (with 4,444 votes)

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Directed by James Mangold - With Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen Fernández, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, ...

Skyfall(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 23min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 4,432 votes)

When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve - following a trail to the mysterious Silva, whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

Directed by Sam Mendes - With Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, ...

Thor(2011)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Adventure, Fantasy, Action
3.3/5 (with 4,424 votes)

Against his father Odin's will, The Mighty Thor - a powerful but arrogant warrior god - recklessly reignites an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Matthew Vaughn - With Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, ...

Iron Man 2(2010)

PG-13
| 2h 4min | Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
3.4/5 (with 4,389 votes)

With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, with Pepper Potts and James 'Rhodey' Rhodes at his side, must forge new alliances – and confront powerful enemies.

Directed by Jon Favreau - With Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, ...

Star Wars(1977)

4.1/5 (with 4,369 votes)

Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker and dashing captain Han Solo team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore peace and justice in the Empire.

Directed by George Lucas - With Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Cushing, Peter Mayhew, ...

Inglourious Basterds(2009)

R
| 2h 33min | Drama, Action, Thriller, War
4.0/5 (with 4,303 votes)

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth - With Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, ...