Quality Action Films of the Year (1980-2010)

Not just guns and bullets but with full of sense and story... Best action film of the past 3 decades
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1.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
“ Runner Ups : Kick Ass, The Expendables, 13 Assassins, Salt ” - gjrb01
 
2.
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Runner Ups : Revenge of the Fallen, Terminator Salvation, G.I Joe Rise of the Cobra, Inglorious Basterds ” - gjrb01
 
3.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ The Best of 2000s

Runner Ups : Taken, Quantum of Solace, IP Man, Tropic Thunder ” - gjrb01
 
4.
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
John McClane and a young hacker join forces to take down master cyber-terrorist Thomas Gabriel in Washington D.C. (128 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
“ Runner Ups : Transformers, Shooter, Bourne Ultimatum, Elite squad ” - gjrb01
 
5.
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Runner Ups : Apocalypto, Casino Royale, MI III, Fearless ” - gjrb01
 
6.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other. (120 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Runner Ups : Batman Begins, Sin City, A history of violence, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ” - gjrb01
 
7.
New Police Story (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A hero cop accidentally leads his team into a trap from which he is the only survivor. Drowning his guilt in booze, he is eventually assigned a new younger partner who turns out to have his own secrets. (123 mins.)
Director: Benny Chan
“ Runner Ups : Bourne Supremacy, Man on fire, Kill Bill Vol. 2,
I robot ” - gjrb01
 
8.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
“ Runner Ups: Bad boys II, Return of the King, The Last Samurai, Once upon a time in Mexico, Pirates of the Caribbean : Curse of the Black Pearl , X2 ” - gjrb01
 
9.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Runner Ups : Bourne Identity, Hero, Equilibrium, Minority report, Spider Man, Gangs Of New York ” - gjrb01
 
10.
Training Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ Runner Ups : Black Hawk Down, LOTR : Fellowship of the Ring, The Mummy Returns, Rush Hour 2 ” - gjrb01
 
11.
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Runner Ups : Coruching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Perfect Storm, Proof of life, Shanghai noon, X-Men ” - gjrb01
 
12.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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.)
“ Runner Ups : Three Kings, The Corruptor, Fight Club, Boondock Saints ” - gjrb01
 
13.
Ronin (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A freelancing former U.S. intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians. (122 mins.)
“ Runner Ups : Blade, US Marshalls, Rush Hour, Saving Private Ryan ” - gjrb01
 
14.
Face/Off (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
“ Runner Ups : Fifth Element, Jackal, Con Air, LA Confedential ” - gjrb01
 
15.
The Rock (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Runner Ups : Mission Impossibe, Last Man Standing, The Bandit, From Dusk till Dawn ” - gjrb01
 
16.
Heat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Runner Ups : Assasins, Desperado, Brave Heart, Bad boys ” - gjrb01
 
17.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Runner Ups : Pulp Fiction, Speed, The Crow, First Legend ” - gjrb01
 
18.
The Fugitive (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt. (130 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
“ Runner Ups : Demolition Man, Hard Target, Blood in, Blood out ” - gjrb01
 
19.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (131 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Runner Ups : Universal Soldier, Patriot Games, Reservoir dogs, El Maraichi ” - gjrb01
 
20.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Best of the 1990s Decade
Runner Ups : Golden Eye, Point break ” - gjrb01
 
21.
Die Hard 2 (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. (124 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ Runner Ups : The God Father III, GoodFellas, Kings of New York,Total Recall ” - gjrb01
 
22.
The Killer (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (111 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ Runner Ups : Lethal Weapon 2, Indiana Jones the last Crusade, Glory, Road House ” - gjrb01
 
23.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Runner Ups :Midnight Run, Blood Sport, Above the Law ” - gjrb01
 
24.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Runner Ups : Predator, Full Metal Jacket, The Untouchables , RoboCop ” - gjrb01
 
25.
Platoon (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Runner Ups : Aliens, Highlander, A Better Tomorrow ” - gjrb01
 
26.
Ran (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Runner Ups : Runaway Train, Police Story, Commando ” - gjrb01
 
27.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ Runner Ups : Indiana Jones & Temple of Doom, The Killing Fields ” - gjrb01
 
28.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Runner Up : Star Wars Episode VI : Return of the Jedi ” - gjrb01
 
29.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Runner Ups : First Blood, Conan the Barbarian ” - gjrb01
 
30.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ Best of the 80s decade

Runner Ups : Mad Max 2, Death Hunt, For Your Eyes Only ” - gjrb01
 
31.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ Runner Ups : Shogun Assasins, The Blues Brother ” - gjrb01