The Definitive Action Romance List!by Siel_O | created - 15 Nov 2011 | updated - 6 months ago | Public
Good Action Romance and Romantic Action Films.
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The list comprises of movies and titles that have a boy and a girl (or otherwise) confront an Action, Fantasy or Sci-Fi adventure while developing a romantic relationship or tension between them.
The list contains only titles I saw and found fitting.
Some of the movies focus more on Action, some more on Romance, some on Adventure, some on Horror and some on Drama, but all of the movies in the list have the attributes mentioned. For more details on each movie's Action, Romance and my Personal tilt read each movie's description.
I tried to keep the more relevant around the top 100 titles of the list and I mostly left out movies in which the couple are not together at the end, I rarely find stories like that good or romantic.
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1. Suicide Squad (2016)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.
Votes: 480,919 | Gross: $325.10M
Action: **** Romance: *** Personal: *** DC Cinematic Universe my love!!! they really committed to add romantic relations to all their movies to date and that's amazing in my opinion. Suicide Squad is filled with characters and almost all of them has a significant other that affects their lives within the film.
2. Passengers (I) (2016)
PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Votes: 275,556 | Gross: $100.01M
Action: *** Romance: ***** Personal: *** An out standing adventure romance story receives a less than perfect execution. Chris Pratt is doing the most charming sensitive guy in the world who'se also so hot you would kill for, and jennifer lawrence is just a little less annoying than always. i wish they would take a different actress. the story's themes are really strong, interesting and compelling but they could've dealt with them a little more intense. I recommend this movie.
3. The Island (2005)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth.
Votes: 281,460 | Gross: $35.82M
Action: ***** Romance: **** Personal: **** Good action/romance balance. Scarlett and Ewan join together to escape from a mighty organization that kept them from the world most of their lives. The action story sometimes asks for a large suspension of disbelief but the love story has a surprisingly good pace.
4. The Blob (1988)
R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everything in its path. Teenagers attempt without success to warn the townspeople, who refuse to take them seriously.
Votes: 26,301 | Gross: $8.25M
Action: **** Romance: **** Personal: **** A classic "action romance" movie, highly recommended if you're into the genre. The story constantly revolves around the two main characters and their developing connection of trust and care for each other.
5. Jupiter Ascending (2015)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A young woman discovers her destiny as an heiress of intergalactic nobility and must fight to protect the inhabitants of Earth from an ancient and destructive industry.
Votes: 159,206 | Gross: $47.39M
Action: ***** Romance: ***** Personal: **** A little goofy but effective nonetheless. An over the top action adventure movie that might have worked better as animation - not because of bad visuals at all, but I think the audience would've been less criticizing over the script. The romance is very big here and there are some amazing romantic action sequences only it wasn't enough emotional for me. Lots of times it feels like the writers hold back from giving us this uncontrollable existential attraction we crave to see. anyway, still a recommended experience and a must for action romance lovers.
6. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.
Votes: 186,453 | Gross: $152.27M
Action: ***** Romance: ***** Personal: ***** The main conflict of the film is between Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller who used to be lovers and the tragedy that turned them to enemies. Surprisingly romantic considering the film's marketing. One of my favorite movies, a must for action romance fans.
7. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
After New York City receives a series of attacks from giant flying robots, a reporter teams up with a pilot in search of their origin, as well as the reason for the disappearances of famous scientists around the world.
Votes: 76,940 | Gross: $37.76M
Action: ***** Romance: ***** Personal: ***** Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law are ex-lovers that still keep feelings for each other and who now work together in order to save planet earth. It's a very fun and witty movie, their relationship reminds of screwball comedies from the 40s. Extremely recommended.
8. Castle in the Sky (1986)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.
Action: ***** Romance: *** Personal: ***** Two orphans find themselves on the run from pirates and the military while looking for a floating island in the sky. There are tons of mind blowing action sequences and a strong emotional bond between the couple. One of the best adventure movies I've seen.
9. Ella Enchanted (2004)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new step-family in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she's falling.
Votes: 54,074 | Gross: $22.92M
Action: ** Romance: ***** Personal: ***** A romantic fairy tale about a peasant girl that helps a beautiful prince figure himself out and exposing his evil uncle's plans to take the throne. charming Anne Hathaway and handsome Hugh Dancy have surprisingly emotional connection with some intimate dialogues and touching moments. Very recommended.
10. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.
Votes: 293,851 | Gross: $101.07M
Action: **** Romance: **** Personal: **** A beautiful horror romance story. It basically all revolves around the main couples growing love and trust for each other. Amazing art at the same time.
11. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.
Votes: 149,899 | Gross: $39.18M
Action: **** Romance: ** Personal: **** Not much of actual romance, it develops slowly and doesn't reach a too meaningful climax but it does have at least one "action romance" scene I recall and if you're attracted in any way to men you should watch it because King Arthur by Charlie Hunman is the ultimate romantic hero in my opinion. That being said I found the movie to be amazing and I recommended it regardless.
12. Crank (2006)
R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.
Votes: 214,098 | Gross: $27.83M
Action: **** Romance: *** Personal: ***** Mostly a crazy, fun and intelligent action movie about one man (Statham) against a world run by criminals, but the lead's main motive is the love and protection of his girl (Amy Smart, which usually I don't like but she is sweet and fitting in this one). Her screen time is not large but her role is significant and her presence is strong.
13. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016)
PG-13 | 110 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
King Regis, who oversees the land of Lucis, commands his army of soldiers to protect the kingdom from the Niflheim empire's plans to steal the sacred crystal which gives Lucis its magic and power.
Votes: 17,202 | Gross: $0.23M
Action: **** Romance: ** Personal: **** Beautifully shot action adventure movie, packed with content and details to a level of confusion. More than 50% of it has the main couple running around in action scenes and the chemistry between them is nice to view. They are both amazingly pretty. Prepare of bitter sweet ending.
14. Deathstalker II (1987)
R | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Deathstalker helps Reena the Seer out of a few jams, and she solicits his help for a bigger task. She reveals that she is actually Princess Evie, but the evil sorcerer had her abducted and ... See full summary »
A funny, sexy and action packed b movie about a charming thief that joins a princess to get back her throne. They go through alot of adventures and of course get together. I LOVE the characters in this one and Deathstalker is one of the most handsome heroes ever, very recommended!!!
P.S - this is unrelated to the horrible 1st movie and should be watched as stand alone.
15. Red Riding Hood (2011)
PG-13 | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure.
Votes: 99,016 | Gross: $37.66M
Action: *** Romance: *** Personal: **** Light-horror suspense-romance film with amazing photography. The romance was a bit underdeveloped sadly but the ending is sweet and I found myself coming back to this movie.
16. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.
Votes: 535,846 | Gross: $330.36M
Action: ***** Romance: *** Personal: ***** The romance here is strong and intense yet with short screen time in comparison to the movie's length. Superman's main motive for his actions is Lois and his romantic love for her. Their relationship drives them both to do death defying acts, which is viewed in a positive, un-criticizing manner. There also might be a relationship developing between Batman and Wonder Woman. I personally recommend it on account of the strong and emotional character study in this movie.
17. Practical Magic (1998)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.
Votes: 62,614 | Gross: $46.68M
Action: *** Romance: **** Personal: ***** An amazing romantic fantasy movie. Two witch sisters are possessed by the ghost of one's (Nicole Kidman) ex-lover (Goran Visnjic). An officer (sweet Aidan Quinn) who's investigating the death of the lover falls in love with the other sister (Sandra Bullock).
18. The Host (2013)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
Votes: 101,899 | Gross: $26.63M
Action: ** Romance: ***** Personal: ***** Sci-fi romance about a girl who's possessed by a parasitic alien and the two guys she shares relationships with. Very interesting and intriguing film.
19. Secret of the Incas (1954)
Approved | 100 min | Adventure
An adventurer searchers for hidden treasure in the Peruvian jungles.
Votes: 962 | Gross: $1.40M
Action: *** Romance: ***** Personal: ***** A personal favorite. An amazing romantic adventure movie about a charming thief of valuable artifacts and a European woman on the run who's asking for his help. Must watch!
20. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.
Votes: 394,789 | Gross: $186.34M
Action: ***** Romance: **** Personal: **** A metaphorical action movie about a married couple that wants to relight their passion and take an unexpected and crazy adventure towards self and other discovery.
21. Stardust (2007)
PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.
Votes: 230,672 | Gross: $38.63M
Action: *** Romance: **** Personal: *** A romantic fantasy that mostly feels like a romantic comedy with fantastic elements. As romantic comedies go it sometimes come off as a little flat, but still enjoyable for what it is and with really beautiful art.
22. Skyline (2010)
PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.
Votes: 81,731 | Gross: $21.37M
Action: **** Romance: *** Personal: **** A disaster movie that could've been better, sticking to its original concept more: During an alien invasion a woman has her boyfriend saved from abduction only to receive some alien like force with which he fights for the sake of both of them with the invaders. A very interesting movie that could've easily reached the top of the list but won't, thanks to not enough emphasis on the main couple. I love the couple's casting. I like the progress their characters go through. I just don't understand why there had to be so many scenes with characters other than the main couple, and why they couldn't deliver the whole story through them instead of boring, silly and flat side characters. I would still recommend this movie as a romantic action flick, the action and visual effects are also remarkable considering the movie's low budget.
23. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend Prince Proteus.
Votes: 41,782 | Gross: $26.48M
Action: ***** Romance: *** Personal: **** A pirate goes on a sea voyage with the woman of his captured friend in order to free him but they fall in love on the way. Very fun action and sweet but a little flat characters.
24. Waterworld (1995)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 159,173 | Gross: $88.25M
Action: **** Romance: **** Personal: *** For some reason the couple parts ways at the end of the movie which in my opinion ruins the story and character development, but if you can accept this: Pretty sweet romantic epic adventure with lots of action and amazing art.
25. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.
Votes: 26,846 | Gross: $15.63M
Action: **** Romance: **** Personal: **** A very funny horror movie about a city invaded by killer clown creatures. The main guy is trying to protect his girlfriend from them with the help of the cop who used to date her, both of them really cute. The movie has lots of ridiculous moments but they come off more as funny than annoying. The story pace is rather good.
26. Anastasia (1997)
G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.
Votes: 98,410 | Gross: $58.41M
Action: **** Romance: *** Personal: *** An obvious romantic adventure for the whole family. Fun and sweet. Best Don Bluth I've seen.
27. Stung (I) (2015)
Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
A fancy garden party turns into upper class prey when a colony of killer wasps mutates into seven foot tall predators.
Action: **** Romance: **** Personal: **** A CHRAMING Romantic Horror-Comedy about a guy and a girl that arrive to a country party as the catering and the party is attacked by giant bees. The couple are the only main focus of the film, it felt like no other character interested the creators and I loved that. The casting is excellent, Jessica Cook is charming, Matt O'Leary is cute AND sexy. Highly recommended!
28. Jurassic World (2015)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.
Votes: 498,013 | Gross: $652.27M
Action: **** Romance: *** Personal: *** This energetic flick has several stories happening at once, two of them meet to make the main romantic couple. Their dynamics are cute and they are both very pretty and adorable. I wish the movie would focus more on their story or that we would get more of them in a sequel.
29. And Then There Were None (1945)
Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who is the killer?
Action: ** Romance: **** Personal: ***** A suspenseful whodunit mystery that has a romantic relationship as a crucial plot point and ends with a romantic positive approach.
30. Mad Love (1935)
Passed | 68 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi
In France, an insane surgeon's obsession with an actress from England leads him to replace her pianist husband's hands that got mangled in an accident with the hands of a late knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.
Action: **** Romance: ***** Personal: ***** A very fun and thrilling horror romance. Excellent story, so sad they don't make movies like that anymore. recommended.
31. Rubinrot (2013)
122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Gwendolyn Shepherd is actually a very normal 16-year-old teen. What's annoying is that her family definitely has a tad too many secrets. They all have to do with the time-travel gene that ... See full summary »
Action: *** Romance: **** Personal: ***** An amazing german mystery romance movie. it has a surprisingly deep and epic story, excellent pace, always keeps interest by the intense screenplay.
32. Man of Steel (2013)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.
Votes: 616,073 | Gross: $291.05M
Action: **** Romance: **** Personal: **** Probably the best super hero movie for now, especially for action romance fans. Both of the lovers are highly developed and focused on. The writers were wise enough to make both of them (Kal-el and Lois) main characters for their own scenes, I think the attraction is definitely there and there are at least 3 epic romantic action sequences between them, mostly in which he saves her. *-* It's really touching to see how much she's excited by him and how much he cares for her.
33. Fair Game (1995)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Romance
Max Kirkpatrick is a cop who protects Kate McQuean, a civil law attorney, from a renegade KGB team out to terminate her.
Votes: 10,977 | Gross: $11.53M
Action: ***** Romance: **** Personal: **** A lady falls in love for the officer that's supposed to protect her. Fun, fast paced and romantic movie.
34. Ashita no Nadja (2002–2004)
25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
Action: *** Romance: ***** Personal: ***** Probably the best anime I ever did see. Lots of adventure and romance, amazing animation, brilliant screenplay and direction, mind blowing. GET IT AND WATCH IT!
35. The Uninvited (1944)
Not Rated | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.
Action: *** Romance: **** Personal: ***** A very thrilling Gothic Melodrama about a haunted house. The romance is big here and the conclusion is heart warming. Watch it!
36. The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.
Action: *** Romance: **** Personal: ***** An amazing old horror movie about a lady that gets locked at a mansion for one night with a group of possible successors for said mansion. It was hard for me to like the male lead love interest of the girl, he is very wimpy and the actor lacks any sense of attractiveness but the story is romantic nonetheless and the script and direction are simply hypnotizing. Highly recommended.
37. Mannequin: On the Move (1991)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy
A young department store intern falls in love with a female store mannequin who is really a peasant girl fallen under a thousand year spell. She comes to life whenever he removes the cursed necklace from her.
Votes: 5,039 | Gross: $3.75M
Two lovers from medieval times are seperated by an evil sorcerer who turns the girl into a mannequin doll, the three of them reincarnate to modern times and continue their quirlling. Very sweet and fun adventure romantic comedy, very recommended!!!
My Video Recommendation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mT14F87Js8
38. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves.
Votes: 491,826 | Gross: $206.36M
Action: **** Romance: *** Personal: *** The most romantic of the MCU, though that's not saying much sadly. An enjoyable super-hero epic that has some sweet romantic moments along some thrilling action sequences - only they hardly ever merge the two to make full-on romantic action sequences.
39. Green Lantern (2011)
PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.
Votes: 243,348 | Gross: $116.60M
Action: **** Romance: *** Personal: **** One of the movie's main story lines is Hal Jordan's growing romantic love for his childhood friend, Carol Ferris (Reynolds' real life partner, Blake Lively). They are very sweet, have great chemistry and the dialogs are nice. The amount of focus for that plot line surprised me for good.
40. Twilight (I) (2008)
PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire.
Votes: 376,063 | Gross: $191.47M
Action: ** Romance: ***** Personal: ***** An amazing fantasy romance movie. If you seriously haven't watched this yet then you must. This is how fantasy romance should be made.
41. Foxfire Light (1982)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance
A spoiled rich girl used to getting her way comes up against a rancher who won't be intimidated by her.
Action: ** Romance: **** Personal: ***** A great romantic drama movie with some light fantasy and adventure touches. I love it.
42. Rock & Rule (1983)
PG | 77 min | Animation, Fantasy, Music
A malevolent rock star kidnaps a female singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon and her band must help her stop him.
Votes: 2,642 | Gross: $0.03M
Action: *** Romance: *** Personal: **** A romantic cyberpunk flick about a female singer who leaves her band and guitarist lover in order to join an evil music producer and the gang is fighting to get her back. The ending is a bit rushed but over all a very underrated film with eye popping art, style and animation.
43. Le poil de la bête (2010)
100 min | Adventure, Horror
Takes place in 1665 in New France at a time when a part of Canada was colonialized by France. Joseph Côté escapes from a prison in order to avoid death by hanging. Moreover, while some ... See full summary »
Action: **** Romance: **** Personal: **** I've no idea how is it so unknown, you should look it up. Granted, it has some silly moments, but overall it's just a very sweet romantic horror movie.
44. Lockout (2012)
PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
Votes: 87,417 | Gross: $14.33M
Action: **** Romance: *** Personal: **** Fun, fresh and witty dialogues and nice chemistry between the main couple. Takes some time for them to meet but extremely flirty once they do. Over all highly enjoyable movie.
45. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,410,728 | Gross: $171.48M
Action: ***** Romance: *** Personal: *** A very famous Sci-fi movie that has a surprisingly romantic story at its core. Still, the characters are pretty flat in this one.
46. Australia (2008)
PG-13 | 165 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
Votes: 110,595 | Gross: $49.55M
Action: ** Romance: **** Personal: **** More of an epic romantic drama with a bit of action. The characters are a little cartoonish but it seems intended and the romance is still relatable.
47. Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus 3-D (2005 Video)
TV-Y | 83 min | Animation, Family, Romance
Princess Annika (Barbie) escapes the clutches of the evil wizard, explores the wonders of Cloud Kingdom, and teams up with a magnificent winged horse - who turns out to be her sister, ... See full summary »
Action: **** Romance: *** Personal: **** the most dramatic of all the barbie movies, this is a romantic adventure about a princess that has to save her kingdom which was frozen by an evil sorcerer. she befriends a handsome blacksmith on her journey who joins to help her.
48. The Swan Princess (1994)
G | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family