Best action movies

by elvis smit | created - 19 Oct 2015 | updated - 12 Dec 2018 | Public

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1. Virtuosity (1995)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

39 Metascore

When a virtual reality simulation created using the personalities of multiple serial killers manages to escape into the real world, an ex-cop is tasked with stopping its reign of terror.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Kelly Lynch, Stephen Spinella

Votes: 28,708 | Gross: $24.05M

2. Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken (1974)

R | 87 min | Action

Three street toughs are hired to take down a Tokyo drug dealer in this hard-hitting Toei karate action film.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Eiji Gô, Yutaka Nakajima, Hiroyuki Sanada

Votes: 389

3. Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

On a distant planet inhabited by mutants, two bounty-hunters race to rescue three Earth female captives from the clutches of an evil mutant warlord.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald, Ernie Hudson, Andrea Marcovicci

Votes: 5,502 | Gross: $16.48M

4. Fighting (2009)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

In New York City, a young counterfeiter is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist, who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.

Director: Dito Montiel | Stars: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzmán, Zulay Henao

Votes: 32,255 | Gross: $23.04M

5. District B13 (2004)

R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

In the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and an ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D'Amario, Bibi Naceri

Votes: 67,437 | Gross: $1.20M

6. Hanna (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

65 Metascore

A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Vicky Krieps

Votes: 192,472 | Gross: $40.26M

7. Death Sentence (2007)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, Kelly Preston, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 69,700 | Gross: $9.53M

8. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

R | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

Freedom fighters Neo, Trinity and Morpheus continue to lead the revolt against the Machine Army, unleashing their arsenal of extraordinary skills and weaponry against the systematic forces of repression and exploitation.

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

Votes: 526,013 | Gross: $281.49M

9. Redeemer (2014)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime

A former hit-man for a drug cartel becomes a vigilante to pay for his sins and find redemption.

Director: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza | Stars: Marko Zaror, José Luís Mósca, Loreto Aravena, Mauricio Diocares

Votes: 1,140

10. Born to Fight (2004)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A group of athletes helping a poor village must stop an evil tyrant and his men from terrorizing the village.

Director: Panna Rittikrai | Stars: Nappon Gomarachun, Santisuk Promsiri, Dan Chupong, Piyapong Piew-on

Votes: 2,825

11. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 144 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Jeon Gook-hwan, Ho-jin Chun

Votes: 115,647 | Gross: $0.13M

12. Hero (2002)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, History

85 Metascore

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 175,566 | Gross: $53.71M

13. Blade II (2002)

R | 117 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

52 Metascore

Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela

Votes: 203,524 | Gross: $82.35M

14. 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: 9,567 | Gross: $0.13M

15. Chocolate (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama

An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Taphon Phopwandee

Votes: 17,453 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Man of Tai Chi (2013)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama

52 Metascore

A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.

Director: Keanu Reeves | Stars: Tiger Hu Chen, Keanu Reeves, Karen Mok, Hai Yu

Votes: 36,259 | Gross: $0.10M

17. Ip Man (2008)

R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

During the Japanese invasion of China, a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home when his city is occupied. With little means of providing for themselves, Ip Man and the remaining members of the city must find a way to survive.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 214,047

18. Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006 Video)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers is sent to a Russian Jail on trumped-up drug charges.

Director: Isaac Florentine | Stars: Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Ben Cross, Eli Danker

Votes: 34,619

19. Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010 Video)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Boyka is back. This time he is fighting in the first ever inter-prison tournament with one knee.

Director: Isaac Florentine | Stars: Scott Adkins, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Mark Ivanir, Hristo Shopov

Votes: 39,662

20. 13 Assassins (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

84 Metascore

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura

Votes: 62,790 | Gross: $0.80M

21. Vengeance (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

76 Metascore

A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Macau, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Johnny Hallyday, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Simon Yam, Suet Lam

Votes: 6,264

22. John Wick (2014)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him.

Directors: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 558,668 | Gross: $43.04M

23. Haywire (2011)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Angarano

Votes: 84,638 | Gross: $18.94M

24. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

73 Metascore

The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 44,268 | Gross: $0.63M

25. 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: 193,826 | Gross: $4.11M

26. Blood and Bone (2009)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In Los Angeles, an ex-con takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.

Director: Ben Ramsey | Stars: Michael Jai White, Julian Sands, Eamonn Walker, Dante Basco

Votes: 31,794

27. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

61 Metascore

Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets sidetracked with facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 374,406 | Gross: $238.68M

28. The Grandmaster (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 32,227 | Gross: $6.59M

29. Kill Zone 2 (2015)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

73 Metascore

While undercover officer Kit is taken prisoner by the syndicate, he befriends his keeper and discovers an organ trafficking ring.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Tony Jaa, Jing Wu, Simon Yam, Jin Zhang

Votes: 6,174

30. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

94 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 256,937 | Gross: $128.08M

31. The Protector (2005)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Nathan Jones, Xing Jin, Petchtai Wongkamlao

Votes: 35,587 | Gross: $11.91M

32. Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

Terrorists kidnap the Russian Prime Minister's 2 kids, take Chernobyl nuclear power plant and threaten to blow up a reactor. 4 Universal Soldiers go in but are no match to a Next Gen. UniSol Luc (Jean-Claude Van Damme) goes in but faces 2 NGUs.

Director: John Hyams | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Andrei Arlovski, Mike Pyle

Votes: 24,811

33. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)

R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

58 Metascore

John looks to take down Luc Deveraux after a home invasion claims his wife and daughter. The fight pits John against Andrew Scott and an army of genetically enhanced warriors; meanwhile, he must contend with a UniSol in relentless pursuit.

Director: John Hyams | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins, Mariah Bonner

Votes: 19,512 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (2011)

Not Rated | 247 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

The Bride must kill her ex-boss and lover Bill who betrayed her at her wedding rehearsal, shot her in the head and took away her unborn daughter. But first, she must make the other four members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad suffer.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, Vivica A. Fox, David Carradine, Julie Dreyfus

Votes: 6,781

35. 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: 906,184 | Gross: $154.06M



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