100 Best Action Movies

#75

The Driver (1978)
80%

#75
Adjusted Score: 81.507%
Critics Consensus: A tough, highly stylized thriller with amazing sound design and car chases.
Synopsis: In this oddly haunting action thriller, a man known only as "The Driver" (Ryan O'Neal) is a master getaway specialist... [More]
Directed By: Walter Hill

#74
Adjusted Score: 83.296%
Critics Consensus: A nonstop thrill ride, District B13's dizzying action sequences more than make up for any expository flaws.
Synopsis: A nuclear weapon has been stolen by the most powerful gang in Paris' treacherous, walled-in ghetto, and it's up to... [More]
Directed By: Pierre Morel

#73

The Raid 2 (2014)
80%

#73
Adjusted Score: 85.998%
Critics Consensus: Although its high-energy plot and over-the-top violence may play better with genre aficionados, The Raid 2 definitely delivers more of everything audiences loved about its predecessor.
Synopsis: He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen - a... [More]
Directed By: Gareth Evans

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 83.134%
Critics Consensus: Not much in the head but plenty beneath the hood, Smokey and the Bandit is infectious fun with plenty of car wrecks to keep your eyes glued.
Synopsis: "Smokey," aka Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), is the prospective father-in-law of unwilling bride Carrie (Sally Field). The Bandit... [More]
Directed By: Hal Needham

#71

Total Recall (1990)
82%

#71
Adjusted Score: 86.678%
Critics Consensus: Under Paul Verhoeven's frenetic direction, Total Recall is a fast-paced rush of violence, gore, and humor that never slacks.
Synopsis: In Paul Verhoeven's wild sci-fi action movie Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a 21st-century construction worker who discovers that his... [More]
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven

#70
Adjusted Score: 85.17%
Critics Consensus: Brimming with energy and packed with humor, Big Trouble in Little China distills kung fu B-movies as affectionately as it subverts them.
Synopsis: Playing in a manner that can be conservatively described as larger than life, Kurt Russell plays a macho truck driver... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#69
Adjusted Score: 87.886%
Critics Consensus: Jackie Chan sends up some amazing and entertaining fight sequences in The Legend of Drunken Master.
Synopsis: Jackie Chan returns in one of his greatest roles in this action-comedy sequel to his 1978 Hong Kong blockbuster Drunken... [More]

#68

Lethal Weapon (1987)
83%

#68
Adjusted Score: 87.152%
Critics Consensus: The most successful installment in a phenomenally successful series, Lethal Weapon helped redefine action movies for the 1980s and 1990s.
Synopsis: L.A. cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), whose wife has recently died, is a loose cannon with a seeming death wish.... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#67

The Naked Prey (1966)
83%

#67
Adjusted Score: 83.755%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the bush country of South Africa in the late 19th century, chauvinistic hunter Gert vanDen Bergh calculatedly offends a... [More]
Directed By: Cornel Wilde, Sven Persson

#66

Silver Streak (1976)
83%

#66
Adjusted Score: 84.25%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: While taking a train trip from L.A. to Chicago, mild-mannered George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) makes the acquaintance of Hilly Burns... [More]
Directed By: Arthur Hiller

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 87.257%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: What's that wisecracking young black guy (Eddie Murphy) in that beat-up Chevy Nova doing in lily-white Beverly Hills? He's Axel... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#64

Ip Man (2010)
84%

#64
Adjusted Score: 68.307%
Critics Consensus: At once beholden to the established conventions of the genre and delightfully subversive of them, Ip Man is one of the most exciting -- and refreshingly character-driven -- martial arts films in years.
Synopsis: Wing Chun grandmaster Ip has an amazing wife, plenty of money, the most beautiful house in town, and a blossoming... [More]
Directed By: Wilson Yip

#63
#63
Adjusted Score: 91.267%
Critics Consensus: Kill Bill is admittedly little more than a stylish revenge thriller -- albeit one that benefits from a wildly inventive surfeit of style.
Synopsis: An entire wedding party is slaughtered during a dress rehearsal in a rural chapel: the pregnant woman in the blood-splattered... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 90.395%
Critics Consensus: Tongue-in-cheek satire blends well with entertaining action and spot-on performances in this dark, eclectic neo-noir homage.
Synopsis: A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.... [More]
Directed By: Shane Black

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 89.955%
Critics Consensus: No frills and all thrills, The Raid: Redemption is an inventive action film expertly paced and edited for maximum entertainment.
Synopsis: As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert... [More]
Directed By: Gareth Evans

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 90.134%
Critics Consensus: Too over the top for its own good, but ultimately rescued by the cast's charm, director John Landis' grace, and several soul-stirring musical numbers.
Synopsis: Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#59

Inception (2010)
86%

#59
Adjusted Score: 95.929%
Critics Consensus: Smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.
Synopsis: Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#58

John Wick (2014)
86%

#58
Adjusted Score: 93.423%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, thrilling, and giddily kinetic, John Wick serves as a satisfying return to action for Keanu Reeves -- and what looks like it could be the first of a franchise.
Synopsis: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City... [More]

#57

Heat (1995)
86%

#57
Adjusted Score: 91.386%
Critics Consensus: Though Al Pacino and Robert De Niro share but a handful of screen minutes together, Heat is an engrossing crime drama that draws compelling performances from its stars -- and confirms Michael Mann's mastery of the genre.
Synopsis: A successful career criminal considers getting out of the business after one last score, while an obsessive cop desperately tries... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#56

Unstoppable (2010)
86%

#56
Adjusted Score: 91.18%
Critics Consensus: As fast, loud, and relentless as the train at the center of the story, Unstoppable is perfect popcorn entertainment -- and director Tony Scott's best movie in years.
Synopsis: In this action thriller from director Tony Scott, rookie train operator Will (Chris Pine) and grizzled veteran engineer Frank (Denzel... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 90.516%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an atmospherically grimy futuristic metropolis, Escape from New York is a strange, entertaining jumble of thrilling action and oddball weirdness.
Synopsis: In this grim, cynical science fiction film, the island of New York City has been transformed into a gigantic prison... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#54
Adjusted Score: 88.969%
Critics Consensus: While Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior may be no great shakes as a movie, critics are hailing the emergence of a new star in Tony Jaa, whose athletic performance is drawing comparisons with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li.
Synopsis: Exhilarating fight sequences highlight this action-packed martial-arts adventure about an orphan (Tony Jaa) who embarks on a quest to recover... [More]
Directed By: Prachya Pinkaew

#53

Collateral (2004)
86%

#53
Adjusted Score: 92.252%
Critics Consensus: Driven by director Michael Mann's trademark visuals and a lean, villainous performance from Tom Cruise, Collateral is a stylish and compelling noir thriller.
Synopsis: A taxi driver is unexpectedly taken on the ride of his life in this stylish thriller from acclaimed director Michael... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#52

The Matrix (1999)
87%

#52
Adjusted Score: 93.358%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to the Wachowskis' imaginative vision, The Matrix is a smartly crafted combination of spectacular action and groundbreaking special effects.
Synopsis: What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces... [More]

#51

First Blood (1982)
88%

#51
Adjusted Score: 91.506%
Critics Consensus: Much darker and more sensitive than the sequels it spawned, First Blood is a thrilling survival adventure that takes full advantage of Sylvester Stallone's acting skills.
Synopsis: A former Green Beret must use all of the guerrilla tactics he learned in Vietnam to save himself after he... [More]
Directed By: Ted Kotcheff

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