100 Best Action Movies

#25

Drug War (2013)
94%

#25
Adjusted Score: 95.069%
Critics Consensus: A taut, solidly constructed action thriller with uncommon intelligence, Drug War delivers exhilarating set pieces without skimping on sophisticated filmmaking.
Synopsis: Manufacturing just fifty grams of meth in China will earn you a death sentence, and Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) has... [More]
Directed By: Johnnie To

#24

Hero (2004)
95%

#24
Adjusted Score: 100.443%
Critics Consensus: With death-defying action sequences and epic historic sweep, Hero offers everything a martial arts fan could ask for.
Synopsis: Hero is two-time Academy Award nominee Zhang Yimou's directorial attempt at exploring the concept of a Chinese hero. During the... [More]
Directed By: Yimou Zhang

#23

Enter the Dragon (1973)
95%

#23
Adjusted Score: 99.422%
Critics Consensus: Badass to the max, Enter the Dragon is the ultimate kung-fu movie and fitting (if untimely) Bruce Lee swan song.
Synopsis: One of the most popular kung fu films ever, and perhaps the peak of the famed Bruce Lee's career, Enter... [More]
Directed By: Robert Clouse

#22

Dirty Harry (1971)
95%

#22
Adjusted Score: 99.353%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: "You've got to ask yourself a question: 'do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" Dirty Harry provoked a critical... [More]
Directed By: Don Siegel

#21

The Wild Bunch (1969)
94%

#21
Adjusted Score: 100.377%
Critics Consensus: The Wild Bunch is Sam Peckinpah's shocking, violent ballad to an old world and a dying genre.
Synopsis: Sam Peckinpah's controversial revisionist Western takes place in Texas and Mexico in 1913, a transitional year when the Old West... [More]
Directed By: Sam Peckinpah

#20

The Fugitive (1993)
96%

#20
Adjusted Score: 101.729%
Critics Consensus: Exhilarating and intense, this high-impact chase thriller is a model of taut and efficient formula filmmaking, and it features Harrison Ford at his frantic best.
Synopsis: This 1993 box-office smash partly adheres to the 1960s TV series on which it is based and partly goes off... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Davis

#19

Midnight Run (1988)
96%

#19
Adjusted Score: 99.375%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by the antagonistic chemistry between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, Midnight Run is an uncommonly entertaining odd couple comedy.
Synopsis: Director Martin Brest, of Going in Style and Beverly Hills Cop fame, was in charge of Midnight Run. Robert De... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#18

13 Assassins (2011)
96%

#18
Adjusted Score: 99.044%
Critics Consensus: Takashi Miike's electric remake of Eiichi Kudo's 1963 period action film is a wild spectacle executed with killer, dizzying panache.
Synopsis: Cult director Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's... [More]
Directed By: Takashi Miike

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 96.084%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Towards the end of colonial India, Sahid Khan loots the British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku. Now outcast, Shahid... [More]
Directed By: Anurag Kashyap

#16

Goldfinger (1964)
97%

#16
Adjusted Score: 102.527%
Critics Consensus: Goldfinger is where James Bond as we know him comes into focus - it features one of 007's most famous lines ("A martini. Shaken, not stirred") and a wide range of gadgets that would become the series' trademark.
Synopsis: To many, the quintessential Bond film and a brilliant third entry in the series. Here Bond gets his Aston Martin,... [More]
Directed By: Guy Hamilton

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 111.761%
Critics Consensus: With exhilarating action and a surprising amount of narrative heft, Mad Max: Fury Road brings George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise roaring vigorously back to life.
Synopsis: Filmmaker George Miller gears up for another post-apocalyptic action adventure with Fury Road, the fourth outing in the Mad Max... [More]
Directed By: George Miller

#14
Adjusted Score: 101.776%
Critics Consensus: The movie that catapulted Ang Lee into the ranks of upper echelon Hollywood filmmakers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon features a deft mix of amazing martial arts battles, beautiful scenery, and tasteful drama.
Synopsis: Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee took a break from making Western period dramas to fashion this wild and woolly martial arts... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#13

Yojimbo (1961)
97%

#13
Adjusted Score: 100.438%
Critics Consensus: As effortlessly engaging as it is widely influential, Yojimbo represents Kurosawa at the peak of his powers -- and lays the groundwork for the modern American western.
Synopsis: Toshiro Mifune portrays a Samurai who finds himself in the middle of a feud-torn Japanese village. Neither side is particularly... [More]
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

#12

Bullitt (1968)
97%

#12
Adjusted Score: 100.169%
Critics Consensus: Steve McQueen is cool as ice in this thrilling police procedural that also happens to contain the arguably greatest car chase ever.
Synopsis: Robert L. Pike's crime novel Mute Witness makes the transition to the big screen in this film from director Peter... [More]
Directed By: Peter Yates

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 102.205%
Critics Consensus: Lean, taut and compellingly gritty, John Carpenter's loose update of Rio Bravo ranks as a cult action classic and one of the filmmaker's best.
Synopsis: Cops, secretaries, and prisoners stuck in a soon-to-be-shuttered L.A. police station fight off a horde of murderous gang members in... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 104.009%
Critics Consensus: Realistic, fast-paced and uncommonly smart, The French Connection is bolstered by stellar performances by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, not to mention William Friedkin's thrilling production.
Synopsis: This gritty, fast-paced, and innovative police drama earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (written by Ernest... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#9

Aliens (1986)
98%

#9
Adjusted Score: 104.157%
Critics Consensus: While Alien was a marvel of slow-building, atmospheric tension, Aliens packs a much more visceral punch, and features a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver.
Synopsis: Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action, and a distinct feminist subtext from writer/director James Cameron turned what should have been... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#8
Adjusted Score: 101.692%
Critics Consensus: The Road Warrior is everything a bigger-budgeted Mad Max sequel with should be: bigger, faster, louder, but definitely not dumber.
Synopsis: Director George Miller's follow-up to his own 1979 hit Mad Max is proof that not all sequels are inferior to... [More]
Directed By: George Miller

#7

The Killer (1989)
98%

#7
Adjusted Score: 100.672%
Critics Consensus: The Killer is another hard-boiled action flick from John Woo featuring eye-popping balletic violence and philosophical underpinnings.
Synopsis: Chow Yun-Fat, director John Woo's favorite actor, stars as a professional assassin. The moral outrages of his employers lead Yun-Fat,... [More]
Directed By: John Woo

#6

Apocalypse Now (1979)
96%

#6
Adjusted Score: 103.869%
Critics Consensus: Francis Ford Coppola's haunting, hallucinatory Vietnam War epic is cinema at its most audacious and visionary.
Synopsis: One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#5
Adjusted Score: 108.118%
Critics Consensus: Errol Flynn thrills as the legendary title character, and the film embodies the type of imaginative family adventure tailor-made for the silver screen.
Synopsis: In order to avoid the material copyrighted by Douglas Fairbanks Sr. for his 1922 Robin Hood, the scripters of this... [More]

#4
Adjusted Score: 86.118%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jet Li stars in this historical Hong Kong action film, as Chen Zhen, a Chinese student in Japan in the... [More]
Directed By: Gordon Chan

#3
Adjusted Score: 103.458%
Critics Consensus: Breezy, thrilling, and quite funny, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three sees Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw pitted against each other in effortlessly high form.
Synopsis: Lead by a former subway operator, a team of criminals takes the occupants of a subway train hostage, demanding a... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Sargent

#2
Adjusted Score: 106.981%
Critics Consensus: Arguably Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, The Seven Samurai is an epic adventure classic with an engrossing story, memorable characters, and stunning action sequences that make it one of the most influential films ever made.
Synopsis: Akira Kurosawa's epic tale concerns honor and duty during a time when the old traditional order is breaking down. The... [More]
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

#1

The Terminator (1984)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 104.612%
Critics Consensus: With its impressive action sequences, taut economic direction, and relentlessly fast pace, it's clear why The Terminator continues to be an influence on sci-fi and action flicks.
Synopsis: A Cyborg has been sent from the future on a deadly mission, it has been programmed to kill a young... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

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