Top 45 Action Films You Need To See!

I come from the era of balls, brawn, and bombs. The 80's and 90's hold the best action films in my opinion. They were over the top, cheesy, and most of all FUN TO WATCH.
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1.
True Lies (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (141 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ This is number one to me because of the following
1. Arnold (The greatest action hero ever.)
2. Directed by James Cameron
3. Tia Carrere and Jamie Lee Curtis being all hot
4. Tom Arnold and Bill Paxton adding the perfect comedic flair.

I could watch this movie every day forever.

I pretty much have so far. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
2.
Rambo (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit. (92 mins.)
“ Stallone directing makes this whole film, that and the throat rip. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
3.
Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (128 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Willis and Jackson make the perfect duo, add a german terrorist and we've got 90's gold baby. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
4.
The Expendables 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. (103 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ The cast alone makes this one a must see. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
5.
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
“ Arny+Cameron=Masterpiece. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
6.
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
“ Rickman. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
7.
The Fifth Element (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. (126 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Probably the most fun movie ever made in any genre. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
8.
Demolition Man (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
“ This is a Classic. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
9.
Predator (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Duh. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
10.
The Expendables (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent. (103 mins.)
“ I've wanted to see Bruce, Sly, and Arnold on screen together my whole life.

And it happened. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
11.
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam. (96 mins.)
“ Nam, Russians, Rambo. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
12.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ It's got Aliens. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
13.
Tombstone (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. (130 mins.)
“ This movie makes you want to be a man. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
14.
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ Maybe not an all out action, but it's got nothing but heart... a BRAVE one at that! ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
15.
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
“ The ending takes forever and it's wonderful. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
16.
Road House (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar. (114 mins.)
“ Throat rip. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
17.
Point Break (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. (122 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ Swayze, Reeves, and it's 90's as *beep*. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
18.
Universal Soldier (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too. (102 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ JCVD doesn't have the best movies, but he is such a good action star. I really wish he got a few films with better directors. That being said, this one is pretty bad ass. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
19.
Total Recall (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ Three titted lady... THREE TITS. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
20.
The Running Man (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show. (101 mins.)
“ Catch Phrase city. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
21.
Timecop (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Max Walker, an officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who's intent on changing the past to control the future. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
“ Sci fi, Action, 1994... yup.

Not to mention the sick mullet. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
22.
MacGruber (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Former special operative MacGruber is called back into action to take down his arch-enemy, Dieter Von Cunth, who's in possession of a nuclear warhead and bent on destroying Washington, D.C. (90 mins.)
Director: Jorma Taccone
“ It's a comedy, but it's done so well I consider it a real action movie. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
23.
Planet Terror (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release. (105 mins.)
“ Just fun. Pure fun. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
24.
Independence Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ America, that's why. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
25.
Casino Royale (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ Best Bond film in my opinion. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
26.
Mortal Kombat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Three unknowing martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world. (101 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
“ Goro. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
27.
Commando (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter to blackmail him into starting a revolution and getting an exiled dictator back into power. (90 mins.)
Director: Mark L. Lester
“ Another Classic. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
28.
Desperado (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner. (104 mins.)
“ Salma Hayek is the hottest babe on the planet. That's it. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
29.
A History of Violence (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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.)
“ A lot of people hate this one, I loved it for it's simplicity.

That, and the 69 scene. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
30.
Bloodsport (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur. (92 mins.)
Director: Newt Arnold
“ Fighting. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
31.
Who Am I? (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A secret agent loses his memory after falling from a crashing helicopter. He is then chased by a number of other agency operatives, but he has no idea why. (120 mins.)
“ Jackie wins my heart in this mediocre action film. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
32.
Highlander (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize". (116 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
“ Not really action, but it belongs here.

There can only be one. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
33.
Machete (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss. (105 mins.)
“ This movie should have been made years ago. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
34.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ I don't even like the star, but this ones got some great directing. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
35.
Con Air (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control. (115 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ This used to be on TV all day erryday and it should still be. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
36.
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his... (107 mins.)
Director: Steve Carver
“ Norris let's people die in this movie right in the beginning for no reason. It's great. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
37.
Surf Ninjas (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Brothers Johnny, an adolescent surf talent, and Adam, a preadolescent video-game addict, grow up care-free... (87 mins.)
Director: Neal Israel
“ Early Rob Schneider. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
38.
3 Ninjas (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Each year, three brothers, Samuel, Jeffrey and Michael Douglas visit their grandfather, Mori Tanaka... (84 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ I was a kid once, and I wanted to be a ninja more than anything. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
39.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, with which Shredder wants to unleash an army of new mutants. (88 mins.)
“ They're half human, half turtle, half ninja. What's to lose here? ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
40.
Judge Dredd (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
In a dystopian future, Joseph Dredd, the most famous Judge (a police officer with instant field judiciary powers), is convicted for a crime he did not commit and must face his murderous counterpart. (96 mins.)
Director: Danny Cannon
“ Sly and Schneider again.

I'll take it. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
41.
RoboCop (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ All of the RoboCop movies make me feel sick, and I love them for it. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
42.
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
“ Not the greatest work of art, but it's primal, manly, and fun.

See it. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
43.
Rambo III (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When his friend Colonel Trautman is captured by Soviets during a mission in Afghanistan, John Rambo sets out to rescue him while taking on the brutal tyrant and his army who rule that region. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter MacDonald
“ Steroids. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
44.
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
“ I like it.

Get a couple beers and watch it. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873
 
45.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen. (107 mins.)
“ I like how wacky and out there the Mad Max films are. Plus Gibson is pretty bad ass. ” - dan-deinhart-787-454873