Best-Reviewed Action & Adventure Movies 2019

We may be a long way from the ’80s and ’90s heyday of bone-crunching action flicks, but at least we know that any time we occupy the same year with a new John Wick, we’re getting a movie that rivals the best of Schwarzenegger, Stallone, and Chan. Parabellum represents the zenith of the Keanuissance, but there was also room in our top five for The Peanut Butter Falcon (emphasis on the “Adventure” part of this category), technical war achievement 1917, and new flicks from masters Takashi Miike and Zhang Yimou.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2019. Scores might change over time.

Adjusted Score: 104.16%
Critics Consensus: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum reloads for another hard-hitting round of the brilliantly choreographed, over-the-top action that fans of the franchise demand.
Synopsis: In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag... [More]
Directed By: Chad Stahelski

Adjusted Score: 103.048%
Critics Consensus: A feelgood adventure brought to life by outstanding performances, The Peanut Butter Falcon finds rich modern resonance in classic American fiction.
Synopsis: A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young... [More]

Adjusted Score: 101.371%
Critics Consensus: First Love's blend of violence, comedy, and romance might seem disparate -- but for director Takashi Miike, it's just another wildly entertaining entry in a filmography full of them.
Synopsis: The film is the prolific auteur, Takashi Miike, at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres... [More]
Directed By: Takashi Miike


1917 (2020)

Adjusted Score: 109.495%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.
Synopsis: At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic's George MacKay) and Blake (Game... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes


Shadow (2019)

Adjusted Score: 97.723%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed and inventively choreographed, Shadow is a thrilling and visually sumptuous wuxia epic that finds director Zhang Yimou near peak form.
Synopsis: With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create... [More]
Directed By: Zhang Yimou

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