Top 15 Best Action Movies of All Times

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Top 15 Best Action Movies of All Times

All action movies follow the same ham-fisted formula. There is a bad guy verses a hero who is called upon to demonstrate courage and physical endurance to bypass all odds and save a people or nation from disaster. Action movies are usually accompanied by hot pursuit, multiple explosions, trigger showdown, physical fights or thrilling adventure in a perilous environment. If it doesn’t have any of those, then it doesn’t fall in the category of action movies.

Action movies have taken on a new dimension in the 21st century with new and more advanced features. Of late we’ve seen a fresh release of action movies which do not feature the repetitive features described above. Vigilantes and teleportation (time traveling) movies have hit the market and have the potential to be called action movies making this genre very entertaining and addictive to watch. To get your adrenaline pumping, we have rounded up the best action movies of all time for you.

Top 15 Best action movies of all times

Best Action Movies # 1: Terminator 2-Judgement Day


Set in a dystopian world ruled by a super virus called Skynet, this movie is the best blockbuster movie ever made. Almost 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was the target for assassination by a terminator from the future. Now her only son John Connor who is supposed to be the leader of the resistance is the target for a newer, better and advanced fighting machine called T2. Fortunately, the resistance managed to send Arnold Schwarzenegger who returns as a time traveling Cyborg with only one mission; to protect Sarah and John Connor. The terminator uses its morphing and polymimetic abilities to track down John Connor and eliminates anything and anyone who stands in the way.

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Best Action Movies # 2: Starwars-A new hope


Starwars is considered as one of the most influential movies of the 21st century. In an effort to take over the galactic empire, an evil Imperial Forces captures Princess Leia and holds her hostage under orders from the cruel Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker and the captain of Millennium Falcon ( Han Solo) unite forces with the unchallengeable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the charming princess and restore freedom and justice to the galaxy.

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Best Action Movie # 3: The Librarian- Quest for the Spear


Set in a dystopian world ruled by cunning and a dangerous cult called the Serpent Brotherhood, this movie is the perfect combination of intelligence and art. Flynn Carsen a student with 22 academic degrees is kicked out of college by his professor to experience life outside college. Unexpectedly hired by the Metropolitan Library, he learns that his job is not to manage books but to hunt relics. Now Carsen has to locate and restore the spear of destiny together with a martial artist Nicole to protect him. The spear is the key to unlocking destructive energy and is broken into three parts and hidden in different parts of the world, from the Amazon jungle to Shangri-La in the Himalayas. He uses his wit to unravel mysteries while Nicole protects him from the bloodthirsty serpent brotherhood.

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Best Action Movies # 4: World War Z


When United Nations employee Gerry Lane and his family get stuck in traffic jam, he senses something sinister about the jam. His suspicion is confirmed when the entire city erupts into chaos. A lethal virus which had spread through a single bite had turned people into bloodthirsty zombies. When the virus threatens humanity, Gerry had to traverse the whole world looking for source and cure. The virus had turned people into something never seen before with blood stained streets from the now cannibalistic zombies. The hope of the entire world rested on the hands of Gerry Lane.

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Best Action Movies # 5: Source Code


In this action packed movie, Captain Colter Stevens goes on a covert mission inside source code- a technology that allows a person to assume another person’s identity and live in an alternate reality. The source code causes him to be found in a train connected to a bomb. This causes him to experience the last few minutes of Sean Fentress a man who died in a train explosion. His aim is to know the identity of the bomber so as to prevent future catastrophes of its kind. The longer he lives in Sean’s final moment, the more he becomes certain that he can prevent even the first tragedy as long as he doesn’t run out of time.

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Best Action Movies # 6: John Wick (2014)


John Wick (Keanu Reeves) a legendary assassin retired from his eccentric career after marrying the love of his life. The sudden death of his love leaves him moaning. When cruel thugs murder his puppy (the last gift he got from his wife) and stole his car, the evil within him and the relentless killing machine within is unleashed as he seeks vengeance. Many put a bounty on his head but they couldn’t stop him from vengeance.

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Best Action Movies # 7: Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation


When the IMF was disbanded leaving Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in the cold, a new tyranny called the Syndicate emerged. The syndicate was made of a group of ruthless and highly skilled operatives with a mission of establishing a new world via escalating a series of terrorist attacks. Faced with what seems to be an impossible mission, Ethan gathers a team to fight back against this new enemy.

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Best Action Movies # 8: The Dark Knight (2008)


With the help of DA Harvey and Jim Gordon, Batman had managed to keep a tight lid on the crime at Gotham city. But when a servile criminal calling himself as the Joker finally arrives in the city, the entire town is engulfed in chaos. As the Joker continues to wreak havoc and chaos in the city, Batman has to up his game on his ability to deal with this kind of injustice. Instead of going after his opponents, the Joker plays with Batman’s psychology by going after his allies and remaining one step ahead in his maneuvers.

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Best Action Movies # 9: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)


Jason Bourne is faced with one terrible problem. He can’t figure out his identity. This CIA super weapon agent is not even close to finding out his real identity. In his international quest to search for his real identity, he has to travel from Russia to Europe, to North Africa and finally to the United States. He must remain one step ahead of those who will stop at nothing to kill him before he finds out his true identity.

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Best Action Movies # 10: The Raid 2 (2014)


Jakarta cop Rama survives a bloody fight with some gangsters. When he finally hopes to resume a normal life, things get worse as the later incidence only attracts the attention of criminals which are more dangerous than the first one. With his family on the line, Rama has no choice but to go undercover.  He is incarcerated where he befriends the son of a prominent crime kingpin. To finally destroy the criminal empire, Rama must put his life in the line.

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Best Action Movies # 11: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)


When the planet earth is attacked by an invincible extraterrestrial enemy who resets time and knows the future, no military force in the world is able to combat it. One officer William Cage is assigned the suicide mission to deal with them. Killed within moments, William finds himself in a time loop in which he recalls the fight to his death clearly, over and over again. With time, his fighting skills improve dramatically drawing him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.

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Best Action Movies # 12: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


Peter Quill a space adventurer finds himself in the midst of angry bounty hunters after he steals an orb that belonged to a powerful villain Ronan. To escape from Ronan, Quill is forced into a ceasefire with four disparate nonconformists: revenge driven Drax the Destroyer, mysterious Gamora, treelike humanoid Grook and the Rocket Racoon. When Quill finally discovers the power the orb wields and the cosmic threats it poses, he must conscript his misfit group in order to save the galaxy.

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Best Action Movies # 13: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)


Set in a dystopian desert future where water and petrol are scarce resources, survival becomes terribly difficult in this action packed movie. Years after the crumbling of a civilization, the apocalypse survivors get enslaved in a desert by the tyrannical Joe. The survivors led by the warrior Imperator Furiosa and Max Rockatansky arranges for a concealed escape. They try to outrun the cold-blooded warlord and his sidekicks in a hot pursuit through the desert.

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Best Action Movies # 13: Speed (1994)


Jack a Los Angeles police officer infuriates a retired member of the bomb squad Howard Payne by thwarting his attempt at taking hostages. In revenge, Howard arms a bus with a bomb that will explode if the bus goes at a speed lower than 50 miles per hour. With the help of a brave passenger Anna, Jack and his friend Harry have to save the passengers from the bus that is on the verge of exploding, while at the same time try to figure out how Payne is monitoring them.

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Best Action Movies # 14: Star Wars-The Force Awakens (2015)


Thirty years after the Galactic Empire was brought down, the galaxy faces a new threat from the villainous Kylo Ren and the First Order. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a motley group of heroes can stop him with the help of the resistance.

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Best Action Movies # 15: The Rock (1996)the-rock


In this action packed movie, FBI chemical warfare specialist Nicholas Cage is sent on a mission with Sean Connery (a former British spy) to stop General Francis from releasing a chemical weapon on Alcatraz Island into America (San Francisco). General Francis demands $100 million as restitution to be paid to the families of men who died during the covert operations. Nicholas Cage and Sean have to deal with the soldiers on their own after their team is wiped out.

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Kenneth Kimari Tech enthusiast, Financial Analyst, Certified Copywriter, Blogger, and a coffee addict. Kenneth has many years of experience in freelance writing. His posts have also featured in some of the high profile websites like Wondershare and Droid Turf.
Kenneth Kimari Tech enthusiast, Financial Analyst, Certified Copywriter, Blogger, and a coffee addict. Kenneth has many years of experience in freelance writing. His posts have also featured in some of the high profile websites like Wondershare and Droid Turf.