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Movies: Best Action Movies

The action film is a film genre that predominantly features chase sequences, fights, shootouts, explosions, and stunt work. The specifics of what constitutes an action film has been in scholarly debate since the 1980s. While some scholars such as David Bordwell suggested they were films that favor spectacle to storytelling, others such as Goeff King stated they allow the scenes of spectacle to be attuned to story telling. Action films are often hybrid with other genres, mixing into various forms ranging to comedies, science fiction films, and horror films. While the term "action film" or "action adventure film" has been used as early as the 1910s, the contemporary definition usually refers to a film that came with the arrival of New Hollywood and the rise of antiheros appearing in American films of the late 1960s and 1970s drawing from war films, crime films and Westerns. These genres were followed by what is referred to as the "classical period" in the 1980s. This was followed by the post-classical era where American action films were influenced by Hong Kong action cinema and the growing using of computer generated imagery in film. Following the September 11 attacks, a return to the early forms of the genre appeared in the wake of Kill Bill and The Expendables films. Scott Hi... ()

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Inception(2010)

PG-13
| 2h 28min | Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
4.2/5 (with 17,012 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.

The Dark Knight(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 32min | Drama, Action, Crime, Thriller
4.3/5 (with 15,468 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.

Avatar(2009)

PG-13
| 2h 42min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 15,012 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.

The Avengers(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 23min | Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
3.9/5 (with 14,433 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!

Deadpool(2016)

R
| 1h 48min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
3.8/5 (with 14,170 votes)

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.

Avengers: Infinity War(2018)

PG-13
| 2h 29min | Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
4.1/5 (with 13,988 votes)

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

Guardians of the Galaxy(2014)

PG-13
| 2h 1min | Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
4.0/5 (with 13,410 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.

Iron Man(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 6min | Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
3.8/5 (with 12,160 votes)

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

Avengers: Endgame(2019)

PG-13
| 3h 1min | Adventure, Science Fiction, Action
4.1/5 (with 12,041 votes)

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.

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

PG-13
| 2h 59min | Adventure, Fantasy, Action
4.2/5 (with 11,780 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.

The Matrix(1999)

R
| 2h 16min | Action, Science Fiction
4.1/5 (with 11,493 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.

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

PG-13
| 3h 21min | Adventure, Fantasy, Action
4.2/5 (with 11,295 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 take the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark lord's realm.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron(2015)

PG-13
| 2h 21min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.6/5 (with 10,956 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.

Captain America: Civil War(2016)

PG-13
| 2h 27min | Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 10,840 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.

The Dark Knight Rises(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 45min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 10,320 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.

Black Panther(2018)

PG-13
| 2h 14min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 10,306 votes)

King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using powers reserved to Wakandan kings, T'Challa assumes the Black Panther mantle to join with ex-girlfriend Nakia, the queen-mother, his princess-kid sister, members of the Dora Milaje (the Wakandan 'special forces') and an American secret agent, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

Mad Max: Fury Road(2015)

3.8/5 (with 10,255 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.

Iron Man 3(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 10min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.5/5 (with 10,244 votes)

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

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

PG-13
| 2h 59min | Adventure, Fantasy, Action
4.2/5 (with 10,240 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.

Doctor Strange(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 10,225 votes)

After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under her wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.

Spider-Man: Homecoming(2017)

PG-13
| 2h 13min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Drama
3.7/5 (with 10,114 votes)

Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City, with fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2(2017)

PG-13
| 2h 17min | Science Fiction, Adventure, Action
3.8/5 (with 10,031 votes)

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage.

Captain America: The First Avenger(2011)

PG-13
| 2h 4min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.5/5 (with 9,910 votes)

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.

Thor(2011)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Adventure, Fantasy, Action
3.4/5 (with 9,906 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.

Suicide Squad(2016)

PG-13
| 2h 3min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
3.0/5 (with 9,829 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.

Jurassic World(2015)

3.3/5 (with 9,764 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.

Iron Man 2(2010)

PG-13
| 2h 4min | Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
3.4/5 (with 9,757 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.

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

PG-13
| 2h 23min | Adventure, Fantasy, Action
3.9/5 (with 9,705 votes)

Jack Sparrow, a freewheeling 18th-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.

Batman Begins(2005)

PG-13
| 2h 20min | Action, Crime, Drama
3.8/5 (with 9,622 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.

Thor: Ragnarok(2017)

3.8/5 (with 9,535 votes)

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his home-world and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of a powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

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