Top 30 action movies out thereby milan_kovacevic-04 | created - 29 Jan 2011 | updated - 29 Jan 2011 | Public
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1. Terminator 2 (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg.
Votes: 830,091 | Gross: $204.84M
Absolutely the best SF/Action movie ever. Great cast and crew, great screenplay, great directing, great CGI. When you watch it even today it has almost perfect visual effects.
2. Bad Boys II (2003)
R | 147 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstasy into Florida from a Cuban drug cartel.
Votes: 193,190 | Gross: $138.61M
A rare case in action movies where the sequel is better than the prequel.
3. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal fifty cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life.
Votes: 233,758 | Gross: $101.65M
Some of the best car chases on screen.
4. Mad Max (1979)
R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.
Votes: 166,077 | Gross: $8.75M
An absolute classic.
5. Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.
Votes: 322,173 | Gross: $100.01M
The most interesting installment of this franchise.
6. Face/Off (1997)
R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In order to foil an extortion 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: 306,120 | Gross: $112.23M
Probably the best John Woo film ever.
7. 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: 277,659 | Gross: $134.07M
Michael Bay at his best.
8. 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.
The best John Woo's film dating from the Hong Kong era. Chow Yun Fat is great as usual in this one.
9. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.
Votes: 140,016 | Gross: $147.25M
At that time this was something absolutely new when it comes to the stunts, action scenes and character development.
10. Predator (1987)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
Votes: 318,262 | Gross: $59.74M
Timeless Arnold Schwarzenegger classic.
11. Tango & Cash (1989)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all.
Votes: 82,644 | Gross: $63.41M
One of the best cop movies ever. Too bad they didn't make some sequels.
12. Double Impact (1991)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime
Twin brothers are separated when their parents are murdered but 25 years later they re-unite in order to avenge their parents' death.
Votes: 32,272 | Gross: $30.10M
An absolute pioneer. The first movie ever where the same actor played two characters at the same time. The screenplay is great, the characters are great, the Hong Kong surroundings are great. Just amazing. Definitely the best JCVD movie.
13. 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.
Chow Yun Fat's and John Woo's try on a Hong Kong Dirty Harry equivalent.
14. Magnum Force (1973)
R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.
The only Dirty Harry movie which is 100% action, while all the others were thrillers.
15. 1 chance sur 2 (1998)
104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
When Alice gets out of jail, her mother who just died left her an audio message. Twenty year ago, Alice's mother was in love with two men at the same time and got pregnant but never said it... See full summary »
A French action movie nr1 starring Alain Delon and Jean Paul Belmondo.
16. Le marginal (1983)
100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The story is about Commissioner Jordan who arrives in Marseille to combat drug trafficking activities in his own unique way.
A french classic.
17. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
Votes: 261,449 | Gross: $119.39M
Schwarzenegger's yuckiest movie ever. Great though.
18. Mission: Impossible (1996)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.
Votes: 328,200 | Gross: $180.98M
Brian de Palma's masterpiece.
19. Marked for Death (1990)
R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A retired DEA agent is out to hunt down and take out a Jamaican drug posse that has targeted he and his family for murder.
Votes: 16,629 | Gross: $46.04M
The best Seagal's movie. Underrated and unappreciated enough.
20. True Lies (1994)
R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.
Votes: 205,980 | Gross: $146.28M
Schwarzenegger's try out in a spy movie. Cameron did a great job on this one.
21. Split Second (1992)
R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Horror
In a flooded dystopian future London, Detective Harley Stone hunts a serial killer who murdered his partner and has haunted him ever since. He soon discovers what he is hunting might not be human.
Votes: 9,321 | Gross: $5.43M
Rutger Hauer's take on Satan himself.
22. The Last Boy Scout (1991)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
An LAPD detective's protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim's boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.
Votes: 81,470 | Gross: $59.51M
The best Bruce Willis' action film excluding Die Hard franchise.
23. U.S. Marshals (1998)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) and his team of Marshals are assigned to track down Sheridan (Snipes), who has been accused of a double-murder.
Votes: 83,739 | Gross: $57.17M
Great cat and mouse chase movie.
24. End of Days (1999)
R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It's up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him.
Votes: 95,302 | Gross: $66.89M
People don't seem to like this one but I find it very interesting. In this film Arnie even cries at one point.
25. The Living Daylights (1987)
PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.
Votes: 75,458 | Gross: $51.19M
The best James Bond film ever. Best music score as well.
26. Maximum Risk (1996)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A policeman finds out that he had a twin brother who was killed in a violent altercation. He takes his twin brother's place, inheriting his problems and his girlfriend, determined to expose... See full summary »
Votes: 17,260 | Gross: $14.50M
JCVD once said this is his only film that wasn't a BS.
27. The A-Team (2010)
PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A group of Iraq War veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. Military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.
Votes: 225,014 | Gross: $77.22M
I found it surprisingly good and underestimated.
28. GoldenEye (1995)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow Agent formerly believed to be dead.
Votes: 212,237 | Gross: $106.60M
Second best James Bond film by my humble opinion.
29. The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The wanted criminal Riddick arrives on a planet called Helion Prime, and finds himself up against an invading empire called the Necromongers, an army that plans to convert or kill all humans in the universe.
Votes: 195,719 | Gross: $57.76M
Vin Diesel's best character in a great film.
30. Casino Royale (2006)
PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.
Votes: 510,633 | Gross: $167.45M
Daniel Craig is absolutely great in this one even though I and so many other thought that it'll be rubbish and were very skeptical.