GREAT ACTION THRILLERS

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1.
Face/Off (1997)
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In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same criminal impersonates the cop. (138 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
2.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
 
3.
Flightplan (2005)
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A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet, the child vanishes, and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane. (98 mins.)
 
4.
Total Recall (1990)
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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? (113 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
5.
The Terminator (1984)
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A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
6.
Salt (2010)
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A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. (100 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
7.
Panic Room (2002)
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A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune. (112 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
8.
Demolition Man (1993)
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A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society. (115 mins.)
Director: Marco Brambilla
 
9.
Jumper (2008)
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A teenager with teleportation abilities suddenly finds himself in the middle of an ancient war between those like him and their sworn annihilators. (88 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
 
10.
The Island (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Lincoln Six Echo is just like everyone else - he's waiting to go to the Island, the only place left in the world to actually live a life... (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
11.
Hancock (2008)
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Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when one person he saves helps him improve his public image. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
12.
The Matrix (1999)
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A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
 
13.
Iron Man (2008)
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After being held captive in an Afghan cave, a billionaire engineer creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
14.
Waterworld (1995)
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In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land. (135 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
15.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
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During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
16.
Inception (2010)
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A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
 
17.
A History of Violence (2005)
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A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core. (96 mins.)
 
18.
The Mechanic (2011)
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Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims. (93 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ A hitman and the son of his victim. Entertaining, ok enough. Has some fun moments, but give away all the secrets to fast. ” - anita-borkamo