Best 31 Hollywood Action Movies Ever

Let’s face it. Everyone loves the good-old calling of some heart-thumping action minus the gore and violence of horror movies. And in the spirit of celebrating that, we bring to you the list of the best Hollywood action movies to have ever hit the Hollywood screens!

What are the top Hollywood Action movies?

1. The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum tops the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 8
Directed By Paul Greengrass
Written By Tony Gilroy
Scott Z. Burns
George Nolfi
Starring Matt Damon
Julia Stiles
Release Date 25 July 2007
Runtime 1h 56m
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The Bourne Ultimatum is a phenomenal action-driven movie. It features a hard target to kill, a tougher spy to defeat, a metal-crunching car chase through Manhattan and [Spoiler Alert], a nerve-wracking assassination at London’s Waterloo station.

This great action movie used a unique set of elements to its advantage- crowded settings, tense music and suspenseful cuts to itself onto the greatest action movies’ list. Director Paul Greengrass made sure it gave us an engaging sense of jeopardy. “This is Jason Bourne, the toughest target that you have ever tracked.

He is really good at staying alive, and trying to kill him and failing just pisses him off.” This was the kind of drama that The Bourne Ultimatum brought to the early 2000’s landscape. It tops the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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2. Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road ranks 2nd  in  the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 8.1
Directed By George Miller
Written By George Miller
Brendan McCarthy
Nico Lathouris
Starring Tom Hardy
Charlize Theron
Nicholas Hoult
Release Date 15 May 2015
Runtime 2h
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Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Mad Max: Fury Road plays out brilliantly from start to end. This action movie on our list stars a woman rebelling against a tyrannical ruler, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

The graphics and soundtracks in this action movie are over the top. Axes shooting into flames are great, but this movie has even better to offer- some of the craziest stunts the cinema world has ever seen. It steps up for battle and to share its vision with the world- a need for females in power. It ranks 2nd on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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3. Die Hard

Die Hard ranks 3rd  in  the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 8.2
Directed By John McTiernan
Written By Steven E. de Souza
Jeb Stuart
Starring Bruce Willis
Alan Rickman,
Bonnie Bedelia
Release Date 12 July 1988
Runtime 2h 12m
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We might just have to agree with Jake Peralta here, Die Hard is the best cop movie ever created. Featuring an NYPD officer trying to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles, Die Hard is close to the perfect action movie.

Die Hard isn’t emotionally-investing or character-exploring. It doesn’t pull us in with that. Instead, it gives us two hours of speed, a bold hero, witty plan making, fighting, and explosions. It gives us pure action. The story is brilliantly simple and intense and no wonder Die Hard stands so high on our list of best action movies in Hollywood. It ranks 3rd on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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4. Aliens

Aliens ranks 4rth in the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 8.4
Directed By James Cameron
Written By James Cameron
Starring Sigourney Weaver
Carrie Henn
Michael Biehn
Release Date 11 July 1987
Runtime 2h 34m
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Aliens is one of the best action movies ever- majorly because it lets the guns do the talking. James Cameron steered the wheels of this movie until it turned into one that met its big-screen action competition head-on. It ranks 4rth on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

The original movie might’ve been moody and gothic, but this sequel was a bigger, faster, and way more amped-up interplanetary adventure. Aliens, which came out in 1986, told the kind of story that has viewers yelling “Game over, man! Game over!” at the screen from start to finish. Ellen Ripley was sent back to the planet LV-426 with a dangerous job- to face the deadly Alien Queen and her offspring. This movie said, “Screw the grimness” of its prequel and went for deadly weapons, power-suits and more.

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5. Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame ranks 5th in the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings
8.7
Directed By
Joe Russo
Written By
Stephen McFeely
Christopher Markus
Starring
Robert Downey Jr.
Chris Evans
Mark Ruffalo
Tom Holl
Release Date
26 April 2019
Runtime
3h 2m
Available On Theaters

This action movie on our list is still fresh, probably why it’s the first Marvel movie here. Endgame, like a lot of the Avengers movies, humanized action superheroes in a certain way.

There was a lot of fighting, fire blazing cannons, fire blazing Captain Marvel, Spidey swinging around on webs and people swinging into battle with swords and shooters. But apart from the adrenaline, this action movie also had some goosebumps raising scenes (Re: “Avengers Assemble”), comedy and emotional reunions. It ranks 5th on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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6. Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon
IMDb Ratings 7.6
Directed By Richard Donner
Written By Shane Black
Starring Mel Gibson‎
‎Danny Glover‎
Gary Busey
Release Date 6 March 1987
Runtime 1h 57m
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The movie that brought Mel Gibson into the spotlight makes number six on our best action movies list. Lethal Weapon 1987 featured a Holmes and Watson worthy duo and brilliantly delivered sardonic humor.

The plot was perfectly engineered putting contrast to good use better than almost any other film of its era. Ex-Navy SEAL Martin Riggs paired with Detective Roger Murtaugh, a complete opposite faced with fighting some of the most dangerous criminals in the city. Who wouldn’t love that when backed up by gory and violent scenes of drugs, execution, torture on one hand and Glover’s warm and sunny suburban family life on the other? Contrast at its best.

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7. The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight ranks 7th in the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 9
Directed By Christopher Nolan
Written By Christopher Nolan‎
David S. Goyer
Starring Christian Bale
Heath Ledger
Gary Oldman
Michael Caine
Release Date 18 July 2008
Runtime 2h 32m
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Fighting for justice. Isn’t that what almost all our best action movies are ultimately about? The Dark Knight 2008 saw the Dark Knight’s greatest test ever, to fight The Joker emerges with his mysterious past wreaking havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham.

This action movie was terrifying, spooky and weirdly entertaining. It featured some eerie scenes balanced with “Why so serious?” kind of comedy in the right places.

With this movie, Christopher Nolan gave the audience a near-flawless conspiracy thriller, with a truly unique on-screen villain who was unnerving and unhinged for want of a better word than crazy. He made sure it was littered with twists, unpredictable and the sort of film that sticks. It ranks 7th on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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8. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator 2: Judgement Day
IMDb Ratings 8.5
Directed By James Cameron
Written By James Cameron
William Wisher
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Linda Hamilton
Robert Patrick
Edward Furlong
Release Date 24 August 1991
Runtime 2h 36m
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There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves, right? Terminator 2’s director James Cameron certainly made his fate for himself. The most in-demand director in Hollywood at the point this film was made, Cameron made a vision full of destruction come to life on the screen and here this film stands, at number 8 on our action movies list.

Terminator 2 is the kind of film that barely pauses to breathe as scene after scene gets blown up, cars explode, helicopters crash and cities get blasted, leaving behind huge piles of rubble in the wake. Brilliant special effects, clever cyborgs, ingenuity and a big load of talent on the creators’ parts are what make this movie one of the best action movies ever.

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9. The Matrix

The Matrix ranks 9th in the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 8.7
Directed By Lana Wachowski
Lilly Wachowski
Written By Lana Wachowski
Lilly Wachowski
Starring Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss
Hugo Weaving
Release Date 31 March 1999
Runtime 2h 30m
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There’s bullet-time action combined with deep and important philosophy in one of the best action movies of 1999. And it’s still fresh and enthusiastically acclaimed 20 years later.

The Matrix stars the all-time favorite action movie hero actor Keanu Reeves thrust into the role of a savior who questions his reality at every turn, a cliched and often used concept, but one that the creators of The Matrix gave an exciting twist to. This movie didn’t hold back on using special effects and creating brooding paranoia and at the same time, it kept the plot, characters, and dialogue light. It ranks 9th on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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10. Gladiator

Gladiator
IMDb Ratings 8.5
Directed By Ridley Scott
Written By David Franzoni
Starring Russell Crowe
Joaquin Phoenix,
Connie Nielsen
Release Date 1 September 2000
Runtime 2h 51m
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Action, adventure, drama and a former Roman General bent on getting revenge against a corrupt emperor. Are you not entertained?

Gladiator was the ancient Roman Empire’s blockbuster return to the cinema with a brilliant performance pulled off by actor Russel Crowe in the lead. This film deserves to be so high up on our action movies list simply because of its astounding scope and visuals. It features a mad, cackling power-hungry evil emperor and a people’s hero, throwing flaming arrows in a huge spectacle.

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11. Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Raiders Of The Lost Ark ranks 11th in the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 8.5
Directed By Steven Spielberg
Written By Lawrence Kasdan
Starring Harrison Ford
Karen Allen
Paul Freeman
Release Date 10 December 1981
Runtime1h 55m
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Time. Time is what this action movie puts to use better than any other as picture after picture filed with momentum flashes on the screen. Set in 1936, Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler’s Nazis can tap its powers. It results in a high-speed, lack of time chase across the amazing graphics of the Peruvian jungle.

Raiders of the Lost Ark had some old-fashioned, unique vibe giving elements from the very start. The first 12 minutes of the movie in itself was a complete pulse-racer with a dark jungle, a bullwhip, a golden idol, armed tribals, a jump onto a plane and a witty pilot. It’s fast-moving and leaves us with little time to think as supercharged Nazi escapism unfolds before our eyes. It ranks 11th on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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12. Kill Bill

Kill Bill
IMDb Ratings 8.1
Directed By Quentin Tarantino
Written By Quentin Tarantino
Starring Uma Thurman
David Carradine
Release Date 9 October 2003
Runtime1h 52m
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Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2 both make number 12 on our action movies list together. Quentin Tarantino’s action-packed first part features the Bride (Uma Thurman)’s quest for revenge against her former colleagues.

It’s stylish and visually striking and majorly violent with an assassin heroine sword fighting everyone in her path. The second volume takes her journey into more dangerous waters, in conflict with the mighty gang leader, her old boss. Kill Bill may be one of the most violent films on our list, but its dialogue too is impeccable.

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13. Predator

Predator ranks 13th in the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 7.8
Directed By John McTiernan
Written By John ThomasJim Thomas
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Carl Weathers
Release Date 12 June 1987
Runtime1h 47m
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The 1987 Predator was the beginning of a truly great film series. The hero and his team set out on a mission to rescue a group of hostages in Central America, only to discover that their real enemy was aliens.

Predator is the best action movie on this list for those into macho action. It’s the ultimate showdown of biceps, bombs, killer aliens and guns, violent, militaristic and gruesome. It ranks 13th on the list of top Hollywood action movies.  

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14. John Wick

John Wick
IMDb Ratings 7.4
Directed By Chad Stahelski
Written By Derek Kolstad
Starring Keanu Reeves
Michael Nyqvist
Alfie Allen
Willem Dafoe
Release Date 14 November 2014
Runtime1h 41m
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John Wick, the first movie didn’t just create a film series to follow, it created an action franchise. It was the kind of movie that made the world sit up and take notice. John Wick stars Keanu Reeves as its hero John Wick a recent widower and secret assassin.

It starts with a brutal invasion into his home and then proceeds in a blur of guns, rifles, and stunts, introducing and a death-inducing machine that makes people tremble somewhere in between. The elegance of the stunts, created by experts with an eye for detail makes John Wick one of the best action movies that 21st-century cinema has ever witnessed.

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15. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
IMDb Ratings 8.2
Directed By Steven Spielberg
Written By Jeffrey Boam
Starring Harrison Ford
Sean Connery
Alison Doody
Denholm Elliott
Release Date 24 May 1989
Runtime2h 8m
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1989 was undoubtedly a great year for action movies. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade takes place in 1938. Indiana Jones embarks on an enlightening search after his father Professor Henry Jones,  goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, and once again finds himself entangled in the way of stopping the Nazism rise by preventing Adolf Hitler’s Nazis from obtaining the Holy Grail’s powers.

With an eventful plot and great chemistry between its stars, this action movie is entertaining and delightful even 30 years later. It ranks 15th on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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16. The Avengers

The Avengers
IMDb Ratings 8.1
Directed By Joss Whedon
Written By Zak Penn‎
Joss Whedon
Starring Scarlett Johansson
Chris Hemsworth
Robert Downey Jr.
Release Date 27 April 2012
Runtime2h 23m
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A simple genius idea: take all the best superheroes ever created and turn it into the greatest action movie ever. The Avengers saw Nick Fury calling his superhero squad to put their heads and powers together to keep Loki off planet Earth.

And from there it was a raging battle that delighted the senses and had you jumping off your seat all from behind your 3D glasses. The Avengers heroes were witty and deep into the fight for justice with nowhere to turn except their reflexes, superpowers, and fellow warriors. An all-encompassing war that brought together the greatest warrior team ever seen, The Avengers still continues to raise pulses of passionate fans.

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17. The Raid

The Raid ranks 17th in the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 7.6
Directed By Gareth Evans
Written By Gareth Evans
Starring Iko Uwais
Yayan Ruhian
Cecep Arif Rahman
Release Date 11 May 2012
Runtime2 hours
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The Raid became one of the best action movies of 2011 with an ingeniously simple plot. A SWAT team faced with defeating a block full of enemies to reach the biggest, baddest one at the end. It might’ve sounded video-gamish and monotonous at first, but Evans’ team turned into a mix-up of kicks, punches, shooting and twists in a brilliant show-off of Indonesian martial art techniques.

A fight scene that longer than an hour had never outlasted the tough cinema competition before, but the handsome rising actor Iko Uwais and the overall griminess, suspense and violence were enough to pull it through, quite successfully. And put it at number seventeen on our greatest action movies list.

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18. Robocop

Robocop
IMDb Ratings 7.6
Directed By Paul Verhoeven
Written By Edward Neumeier
Michael Miner
Starring Joel Kinnaman
Michael Keaton
Abbie Cornish
Release Date 30 September 1988
Runtime1h 43m
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Robocop 1987 was a set in a mayhem fuelled future with a sardonic and eerie vibe. In a dystopic Detroit, an injured policeman returned to the force as a potent cyborg haunted by his subconscious memories. Robocop transports is viewers to a crime-ridden, depressing situation in need of a hero who wants to uphold the law.

The writers made it a great combination of funny and violent while keeping the plot straightforward and about the hero wanting to right a wrong ship. Solid special effects to go with the police action and fresh but relevant ideas made this film iconic and completely rewatchable. It ranks 18th on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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19. Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry
IMDb Ratings 7.8
Directed By Don Siegel
Written By John Milius
Harry Julian Fink
Chuck Reisner Jr.
R. M. Fink
Starring Clint Eastwood
Andrew Robinson
Harry Guardino
Reni Santoni
Release Date 21 December 1971
Runtime1h 43m
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Dirty Harry was a 1971 crime thriller that wowed its audience with its badass ahead-of-time elements. It stars a police detective ignoring superior commands and boldly gambling with innocent lives in order to capture a sniper terrorizing San Francisco.

It’s brutal and captivating in its action while thrusting important questions of racism and police brutality into the conversation. An exciting and funny film in places too, it gave us some iconic scenes (ref: when the killer gets an entire bus of hijacked schoolkids to join him in singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”)

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20. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
IMDb Ratings 8.7
Directed By Irvin Kershner
Written By Leigh Brackett
Lawrence Kasdan
Starring Mark Hamill
Carrie Fisher
Harrison Ford
Billy Dee Williams
Release Date 17 May 1980
Runtime2h 7m
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Star Wars may not have as much action by today’s standards, but even modern action movie lovers keep coming back to the franchise with a warm heart.

This film has a certain impressive momentum and drama that it carries throughout, giving it some of the engaging aptitudes of an action film deep down inside. Star Wars Episode V, popularly the best film in the saga, has some worthy action, an interesting, narrative plot and battles that draw the viewers in.

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21. James Bond: Casino Royale

James Bond: Casino Royale
IMDb Ratings 8
Directed By Martin Campbell
Written By Neal Purvis
Robert Wade
Paul Haggis
Starring Daniel Craig
Eva Green
Mads Mikkelsen
Release Date 14 November 2006
Runtime2h 25m
Available OnPrime Video

The First James Bond film to star the talented Daniel Craig as the cunning M16 agent James Bond. Casino Royale features special agent Bond embarking on a high-stakes mission to prevent a mob banker from winning a high stakes poker game.

This action film is intense, suspenseful and mysterious- all the trademarks of a successful spy thriller. Moreover, it’s set in a dark and elegant scenario, making the shot of energy it delivers even more satisfying. It ranks 21st on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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22. Apocalypto

Apocalypto ranks 22nd in the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 7.8
Directed By Mel Gibson
Written By Mel Gibson
Farhad Safinia
Starring Rudy Youngblood
Dalia Hernández
Release Date 8 December 2006
Runtime2h 18m
Available OnPrime Video

Apocalypto is, to simplify it, one long chase taking place in 16th century Guatemala as the Mayan kingdom faces its decline. In a world taken over by fear and oppression, trials are faced and battles fought, all in a dramatic and perilous action piece.

This Mel Gibson action movie was envisioned in a far from modern era world, which means it had to make a thriller with no guns or explosions or car crashes. But it rose to the challenge to give us an equally delightful foot-chase.

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23. First Blood

First Blood
IMDb Ratings 7.7
Directed By Ted Kotcheff
Written By Sylvester Stallone
Michael Kozoll
Starring Sylvester Stallone
Brian Dennehy
Richard Crenna
Bill McKinney
Release Date 18 December 1982
Runtime1h 33m
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“They drew first blood, not me.” First Blood is a crude and raw, featuring John Rambo, an ex-US soldier traumatized by memories of the Vietnam War, who gets into trouble when an incident with a small-town sheriff brings out his violent side. This movie portrays a bitter truth of army officers across the globe in a cruel, dark and anger-filled story. At one point an entire town is set on fire by the characters just to prove a point.

The film has hostilities, confrontations, gunfire, explosions and last of all Sly’s deep emotional meltdown exposing his terrifying reality. This might be a different, more deep, serious and realistic kind of film but it still deserves a spot on our best action movies list.

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24. Heat

Heat
IMDb Ratings 8.2
Directed By Michael Mann
Written By Michael Mann
Starring Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
Val Kilmer
Release Date 15 December 1995
Runtime2h 52m
Available OnPrime video

Heat is a 1995 extraordinary crime thriller-drama. It takes the cops vs robbers plot to a whole other level. Lieutenant Hanna, a detective, sets her sights on a book-smart criminal. And this criminal unfortunately has decided to pull off one last robbery before he retires for good.  

Heat may not be pure action (why its slightly lower on our best action movies list) but their cat-mouse chase is exciting and passion-driven. And then it breaks out the sunny midday bank robbery with shooting- a stark contrast from the dark, griminess we’re used to in this genre. It ranks 24th on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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25. Iron Man

Iron Man ranks 25th in the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 7.9
Directed By Jon Favreau
Written By Stan Lee‎
Larry Lieber‎
Don Heck
Jack Kirby
Starring Robert Downey Jr.
Terrence Howard
Jeff Bridges
Shaun Toub
Gwyneth Paltrow
Release Date 1 May 2008
Runtime2h 6m
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Iron Man was the beginning of a great new era starring a great new character for Marvel that fans immediately fell in love with. No one expected it to be as good as it was, but Marvel Studios went ahead and surprised the world with a daring hero inside a sci-fi suit battling evil to save the world.

Director Jon Favreau kept the film light and comical but at the same time intense and action-filled, so much that one of the greatest modern action superheroes ever was born with that one film. A hero, by the way, we still rewatch old movies to see in action.

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26. True Lies

True Lies
IMDb Ratings 7.2
Directed By James Cameron
Written By James Cameron
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Jamie Lee Curtis
Release Date 15 July 1994
Runtime2h 24m
Available OnNA

James Cameron officially gets the award for the most times a director has made it onto our best action movies list. True Lies was an effortless blend of action with domestic comedy all in the life of a secret agent trying to save both the world and his marriage. It has a fair share of silliness along with spy thriller elements packed into an entertaining must-rewatch best action movie.

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27. Leon: The Professional

Leon: The Professional
IMDb Ratings 8.6
Directed By Luc Besson
Written By Luc Besson
Starring Jean Reno
Natalie Portman
Release Date 14 September 1994
Runtime1h 50m
Available OnNA

This action movie is twisted and gory; it even goes as far as to feature drunk characters gunning down their opponents in cramped Manhattan apartments. 12-year-old Mathilda’s family is killed and her neighbor Leon, a professional assassin takes her in to teach her his trade.

The story leads to a conflicting and possibly troubling relationship (not something we see in every action movie list), deranged villains and some unpredictable exploding scenes (more common in the cinema). It ranks 27th on the list of top Hollywood action movies.

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28. Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War ranks 28th in the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 8.5
Directed By The Russo Brothers
Written By Stephen McFeely
Christopher Markus
Starring Robert Downey Junior
Chris Hemsworth
Tom Holland
Release Date 27 April 2018
Runtime2h 40m
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Another Avengers film, but then we’ll never get tired of these. And they deserve a place on our best action movies list. Avengers: Infinity War was a quest in space and land to stop an evil Thanos from getting hold of six stones and destroying half the world’s population.

It involved aliens invading Earth and toppling cars, the greatest warriors reassembling to fight them, a spooky spacecraft and a little Spiderman catapulting all the way from a field trip to save the day. And oh, the ending was, dramatic, to say the least. This action movie had us all yelling “what just happened?” at the screen every five minutes and will go down in the legacy of MCU’s greatest action movies.

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29. Speed

Speed
IMDb Ratings 7.2
Directed By Jan de Bont
Written By Joss Whedon
Graham Yost
Starring Keanu Reeves
Dennis Hopper
Sandra Bullock
Joe Morton
Release Date 10 June 1994
Runtime1h 56m
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Speed, like the name suggests is a fast, against-the-clock race. It has a rather ridiculous, crazy villain sort of plot, but is incredibly effective. A disgruntled, dangerous man plants a bomb in an elevator. And when that fails, he plants a bomb in a local bus and threatens to set it off unless his demand is met.

And that’s how a young police officer comes to the situation of having to keep the city bus running at a speed above 50 mph, or well, the bomb goes off. Speed is a haven for speed lovers and a film that keeps its intensity and noise consistently up, for two hours.

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30. Enter The Dragon

Enter The Dragon
IMDb Ratings 7.7
Directed By Robert Clouse
Written By Michael Allin
Bruce Lee
Starring Bruce Lee
Release Date 26 July 1973
Runtime1h 50m
Available OnPrime video

Where the traditional arts meet the modern intelligence world. Enter the Dragon features Lee, a Shaolin martial artist, helping the British Intelligence in an undercover mission to capture a drug criminal. Enter the Dragon is placed number 30 on our action movies list for one criterion only: performance.

The screenplay and production might’ve been subpar but the actors took on a job to convert the characters into iconic symbols. Savage grace and muscular charm from the Asian cast made this movie into one of the best action movies we’ve ever seen.

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31. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier ranks 31st in the list of top Hollywood action movies.
IMDb Ratings 7.8
Directed By Joe Russo
Anthony Russo
Written By Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
Starring Chris Evans
Sebastian Stan
Anthony Mackie
Release Date 4 April 2014
Runtime2h 16m
Available OnGoogle Play Movies
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The last best action movie to make the cut on our action movies list. The Winter Soldier was a brilliant carry forward of Steve Rogers’s story in an epic with Black Widow and Falcon, battling a dangerous new assassin, the Winter Soldier.

This movie pushed action to refreshing heights in a bleaker setting. It made great use of hand-to-hand combat, near misses and a sense of speed and precision to further its action scenes, a perfect example being the memorable highway battle between Rogers and the enemy.

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