100 Best Action Movies

#50

RoboCop (1987)
89%

#50
Adjusted Score: 94.055%
Critics Consensus: While over-the-top and gory, Robocop is also a surprisingly smart sci-fi flick that uses ultraviolence to disguise its satire of American culture.
Synopsis: In near-future Detroit, a murdered police officer is resurrected as an experimental crime-fighting cyborg named Robocop. Tormented by memories of... [More]
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 90.548%
Critics Consensus: A zany out-of-control thriller that gives lead Anne Parillaud a big character arc and plenty of emotional room to work within.
Synopsis: The serpentine plotline of Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita begins its 117-minute slither when punkish, psychotic, and drug-ridden Nikita (Anne... [More]
Directed By: Luc Besson

#48

Full Contact (1992)
88%

#48
Adjusted Score: 66.487%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Another entry into the "cheer for the most likeable bad guy" series of Hong Kong action flicks, Full Contact tells... [More]
Directed By: Ringo Lam

#47

The Guest (2014)
89%

#47
Adjusted Score: 92.514%
Critics Consensus: Boasting enough intelligence to bolster its darkly violent thrills, The Guest offers another treat for genre fans from director Adam Wingard.
Synopsis: From the director of YOU'RE NEXT and featuring a standout, badass performance from Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey"), comes THE GUEST:... [More]
Directed By: Adam Wingard

#46

The Warriors (1979)
89%

#46
Adjusted Score: 91.971%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Walter Hill's hip, super-stylized action film unfurls in a dystopian near-future, when various gangs control New York City. Each gang... [More]
Directed By: Walter Hill

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 98.935%
Critics Consensus: John Wick: Chapter 2 does what a sequel should -- which in this case means doubling down on the non-stop, thrillingly choreographed action that made its predecessor so much fun.
Synopsis: In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement... [More]
Directed By: Chad Stahelski

#44

Shaft (1971)
86%

#44
Adjusted Score: 89.777%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Shaft, a highly successful film, spawned an industry of sequels and imitations. The daughter (Sherri Brewer) of Bumpy Jones (Moses... [More]
Directed By: Gordon Parks

#43

Kung Fu Hustle (2005)
90%

#43
Adjusted Score: 95.914%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.
Synopsis: The work of international superstar Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is a humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic set in... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Chow

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 92.074%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An expensive but enormously profitable war picture, Where Eagles Dare centers upon a daring rescue and even more daring escape.... [More]
Directed By: Brian G. Hutton

#41

Hot Fuzz (2007)
91%

#41
Adjusted Score: 97.38%
Critics Consensus: The brilliant minds behind Shaun of the Dead successfully take a shot at the buddy cop genre with Hot Fuzz. The result is a bitingly satiric and hugely entertaining parody.
Synopsis: A top London cop who is so good at his job that he makes his fellow officers look like slackers... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#40

The Dirty Dozen (1967)
91%

#40
Adjusted Score: 94.175%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Director Robert Aldrich took what he considered a hopelessly old-fashioned script by Lukas Heller and Nunnally Johnson and fashioned The... [More]
Directed By: Robert Aldrich

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 99.623%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by another winning performance from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg's unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.
Synopsis: Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#38

Die Hard (1988)
93%

#38
Adjusted Score: 98.573%
Critics Consensus: Its many imitators (and sequels) have never come close to matching the taut thrills of the definitive holiday action classic.
Synopsis: It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 101.535%
Critics Consensus: The Bourne Ultimatum is an intelligent, finely tuned non-stop thrill ride. Another strong performance from Matt Damon and sharp camerawork from Paul Greengrass make this the finest installment of the Bourne trilogy.
Synopsis: Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) races to solve the mystery of his past while being hunted by members of the very... [More]
Directed By: Paul Greengrass

#36

Drive (2011)
93%

#36
Adjusted Score: 100.208%
Critics Consensus: With its hyper-stylized blend of violence, music, and striking imagery, Drive represents a fully realized vision of arthouse action.
Synopsis: Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn

#35
Adjusted Score: 99.909%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works.
Synopsis: This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot.... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#34
Adjusted Score: 97.93%
Critics Consensus: T2 features thrilling action sequences and eye-popping visual effects, but what takes this sci-fi/ action landmark to the next level is the depth of the human (and cyborg) characters.
Synopsis: A sequel to the sci-fi action thriller that made him and star Arnold Schwarzenegger A-list Hollywood names, writer/director James Cameron... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#33

The General (1927)
93%

#33
Adjusted Score: 96.94%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly filmed and fueled with classic physical comedy, The General captures Buster Keaton at his timeless best.
Synopsis: Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, almost as much as... [More]

#32

Speed (1994)
93%

#32
Adjusted Score: 96.714%
Critics Consensus: A terrific popcorn thriller, Speed is taut, tense, and energetic, with outstanding performances from Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, and Sandra Bullock.
Synopsis: If you don't think Speed is the fastest-moving adventure film ever made, we challenge you to find a faster one.... [More]
Directed By: Jan de Bont

#31
Adjusted Score: 93.396%
Critics Consensus: Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is a bleak, violent descent into the Brazilian underbelly, ripping into the favelas with unstoppable and kinetic force.
Synopsis: The sprawling slum that towers over Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dangerous places on Earth, and as... [More]
Directed By: José Padilha

#30
Adjusted Score: 105.156%
Critics Consensus: A legendarily expansive and ambitious start to the sci-fi saga, George Lucas opened our eyes to the possibilities of blockbuster filmmaking and things have never been the same.
Synopsis: Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#29

The Dark Knight (2008)
94%

#29
Adjusted Score: 106.322%
Critics Consensus: Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.
Synopsis: Christopher Nolan steps back into the director's chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#28

Casino Royale (2006)
94%

#28
Adjusted Score: 102.383%
Critics Consensus: Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of 007.
Synopsis: James Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar, where he is to spy on a terrorist Mollaka. Not everything... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 101.168%
Critics Consensus: Featuring bravura set pieces, sly humor, and white-knuckle action, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most consummately entertaining adventure pictures of all time.
Synopsis: Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian jungle... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#26
Adjusted Score: 96.305%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Yun-Fat portrays a maverick, clarinet-playing cop nicknamed "Tequila" whose partner is killed in the dizzying chaos of a restaurant gunfight... [More]
Directed By: John Woo

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