Top 20 Action Movies Of All Time

1. The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Batman has been keeping a tight control on crime in Gotham City with the help of Lieutenant James Gordon, and District Attorney Harvey Dent. Then a vile psychopath comes to the spotlight who calls himself ‘The Joker’. He throws Gotham City into chaos. Batman struggles to keep up against him and it becomes personal. They attack each other as the story goes on.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Producer: Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, Jonathan Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman

2. The Matrix

The Matrix

By day Neo is an average computer programmer but by night he is a hacker known as Neo who believes that Morpheus is the most dangerous man alive. Neo thinks only he can answer the question — What is the Matrix? He is then acquainted with Trinity who helps him enter into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives.

Director: The Wachowskis

Producer: Joel Silver

Writer: The Wachowskis

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gloria Foster

3. Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible

When U.S. government operative Ethan Hunt and his mentor, Jim Phelps , go on a covert assignment that takes a disastrous turn, Jim is killed, and Ethan becomes the prime murder suspect. Now a fugitive, Hunt recruits brilliant hacker Luther Stickell and maverick pilot Franz Krieger to help him sneak into a heavily guarded CIA building to retrieve a confidential computer file that will prove his innocence.

Director: Brian De Palma(MI-1), John Woo(MI-2), J. J. Abrams(MI-3), Brad Bird(MI-4), Christopher McQuarrie(MI-5)

Producer: Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger

Writer: David Koepp(MI-1), Steven Zaillian(MI-1), Robert Towne(MI-1), Ronald D. Moore(MI-2), Brannon Braga(MI-2), Alex Kurtzman(MI-3), Roberto Orci(MI-3), J. J. Abrams(MI-3), Josh Appelbaum(MI-4), André Nemec(MI-4), Christopher McQuarrie(MI-5), Drew Pearce(MI-5)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Henry Czerny, Emmanuelle Béart, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave, Emilio Estevez

4. The Bourne Film Series

The Bourne

A former CIA assassin continues his quest to fill in memory gaps. When a `Guardian’ reporter stumbles onto his trail, the man spies his chance to blow the Blackbriar black-ops brigade wide open. With some very powerful people intent on keeping their skeletons buried, he is in more danger than ever before, as his former paymasters send a series of elite killers after their reformed ex-colleague.

Director: Doug Liman (1), Paul Greengrass (2–3, 5), Tony Gilroy (4)

Producer: Doug Liman, Patrick Crowley, Richard N. Gladstein, Frank Marshall, Paul L. Sandberg, Jeffrey M. Weiner, Ben Smith, Paul Greengrass, Matt Damon, Gregory Goodman

Writer: Robert Ludlum, Tony Gilroy, Christopher Rouse

Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban, Gabriel Mann, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Édgar Ramírez, Albert Finney, Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacey Keach, Oscar Isaac, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed

5. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

A former assassin, known simply as The Bride, wakes from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover Bill attempts to murder her on her wedding day. Fueled by an insatiable desire for revenge, she vows to get even with every person who contributed to the loss of her unborn child, her entire wedding party, and four years of her life. After devising a hit list, The Bride sets off on her quest, enduring unspeakable injury and unscrupulous enemies.

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Producer: Lawrence Bender

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Sonny Chiba, Julie Dreyfus, Chiaki Kuriyama, Gordon Liu, Michael Parks

6. John Wick

John Wick

Legendary assassin John Wick retired from his violent career after marrying the love of his life. Her sudden death leaves John in deep mourning. When sadistic mobster Iosef Tarasov and his thugs steal John’s prized car and kill the puppy that was a last gift from his wife, John unleashes the remorseless killing machine within and seeks vengeance. Meanwhile, Joseph’s father, John’s former colleague puts a huge bounty on John’s head.

Director: Chad Stahelski

Producer: Basil Iwanyk, David Leitch, Eva Longoria and Michael Witherill, Erica Lee

Writer: Derek Kolstad

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Willem Dafoe, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Lance Reddick, Peter Stormare, Bridget Moynahan, Franco Nero, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston

7. Die Hard

Die Hard

New York City policeman John McClane is visiting his estranged wife and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there’s no one to save the hostages but him.

Director: John McTiernan

Producer: Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver

Writer: Roderick Thorp, Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia

8. Aliens


After floating in space for 57 years, Lt. Ripley’s shuttle is found by a deep space salvage team. Upon arriving at LV-426, the marines find only one survivor, a nine year old girl named Newt. But even these battle-hardened marines with all the latest weaponry are no match for the hundreds of aliens that have invaded the colony.

Director: John McTiernan

Producer: Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver

Writer: Roderick Thorp, Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia

9. The Avengers

The Avengers

When Thor’s evil brother, Loki, gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury , director of S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury’s “dream team” are Iron Man , Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, the Black Widow and Hawkeye.

Director: Joss Whedon

Producer: Kevin Feige

Writer: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Zak Penn, Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson

10. Casino Royale

Casino Royale

After receiving a license to kill, British Secret Service agent James Bond heads to Madagascar, where he uncovers a link to Le Chiffre, a man who finances terrorist organizations. Learning that Le Chiffre plans to raise money in a high-stakes poker game, MI6 sends Bond to play against him, gambling that their newest “00” operative will topple the man’s organization.

Director: Martin Campbell

Producer: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli

Writer: Ian Fleming, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis

Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench

11. Léon: The Professional

Léon: The Professional

Mathilda is only 12 years old, but is already familiar with the dark side of life: her abusive father stores drugs for corrupt police officers, and her mother neglects her. Léon , who lives down the hall, tends to his houseplants and works as a hired hitman for mobster Tony. When her family is murdered by crooked DEA agent Stansfield, Mathilda joins forces with a reluctant Léon to learn his deadly trade and avenge her family’s deaths.

Director: Martin Campbell

Producer: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli

Writer: Ian Fleming, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis

Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

12. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

In this sequel set eleven years after “The Terminator,” young John Connor, the key to civilization’s victory over a future robot uprising, is the target of the shape-shifting T-1000, a Terminator sent from the future to kill him. Another Terminator, the revamped T-800, has been sent back to protect the boy. As John and his mother go on the run with the T-800, the boy forms an unexpected bond with the robot.

Director: James Cameron

Producer: James Cameron

Writer: James Cameron, William Wisher

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick.

13. Taken


Bryan Mills, a former government operative, is trying to reconnect with his daughter, Kim. Then his worst fears become real when sex slavers abduct Kim and her friend shortly after they arrive in Paris for vacation. With just four days until Kim will be auctioned off, Bryan must call on every skill he learned in black ops to rescue her.

Director: Pierre Morel

Producer: Luc Besson

Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, David Warshofsky, Katie Cassidy, Holly Valance, Famke Janssen

14. Iron Man

Iron Man

A billionaire industrialist and genius inventor, Tony Stark, is conducting weapons tests overseas, but terrorists kidnap him to force him to build a devastating weapon. Instead, he builds an armored suit and upends his captors. Returning to America, Stark refines the suit and uses it to combat crime and terrorism.

Director: Jon Favreau

Producer: Avi Arad, Kevin Feige

Writer: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Gwyneth Paltrow

15. Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa leads the despot’s five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky , a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland.

Director: George Miller

Producer: Doug Mitchell, George Miller, PJ Voeten

Writer: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton

16. Kingsman


Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, whose late father secretly worked for a spy organization, lives in a South London housing estate and seems headed for a life behind bars. However, dapper agent Harry Hart recognizes potential in the youth and recruits him to be a trainee in the secret service. Meanwhile, villainous Richmond Valentine launches a diabolical plan to solve the problem of climate change via a worldwide killing spree.

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Producer: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling

Writer: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman

Starring: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine

17. The Transporter

The Transporter

Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin lives what seems to be a quiet life along the French Mediterranean, hiring himself out as a mercenary transporter who moves goods – human or otherwise – from one place to another. No questions asked. Dangerous complications ensue when he is hired to kidnap the feisty daughter of a lethal Chinese crime lord who’s smuggling his fellow countrymen into France.

Director: Corey Yuen, Louis Leterrier 

Producer: Luc Besson, Stephen Chasman

Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Starring: Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand, Matt Schulze

18. The Expendables

The Expendables

A group of mercenaries is double-crossed during a mission and are approached by Church to overthrow the ruthless dictator of a South American country. It isn’t long before the men realise things aren’t quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of betrayal. Although their mission is compromised and an innocent is in danger, soldier of fortune Barney and his comrades decide to get the job done.

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Producer: Avi Lerner, John Thompson, Kevin King-Templeton

Writer: David Callaham, Sylvester Stallone

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, David Zayas, Giselle Itié, Charisma Carpenter, Gary Daniels, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke

19. Fast & Furious

Fast & Furious

Dominic Toretto enjoys the adrenaline of street car racing and his fans treat him like a rock star. After a blazing encounter with the ruthless Johnny Tran, Dom decides to take Brian, a newcomer to street racing, under his wing. Dom’s sister Mia sees something she likes in Brian, too. Trouble is, neither of them realize he’s an undercover cop, and Dominic and his rival Johnny Tran are both the prime suspects in a case involving dirty money and big-rig hijacking.

Director: Vin Diesel, Justin Lin, Philip Atwell, John Singleton, David Leitch, James Wan, F. Gary Gray, Rob Cohen

Producer: Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Clayton Townsend

Writer: Gary Scott Thompson, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Chris Morgan

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Gal Gadot, Sung Kang

20. The A-Team

The A-Team

A man who loves when a plan comes together, Hannibal Smith leads a close-knit team of elite operatives. Framed for a terrible crime, Smith and his men go rogue, using their special talents to clear their names and find the perpetrator. Hot on their trail is Charissa Sosa, who was once involved with a member of Smith’s team and has sworn to capture them, no matter what it takes.

Director: Joe Carnahan 

Producer: Stephen J. Cannell, Tony Scott, Spike Seldin, Jules Daly, Alex Young, Iain Smith

Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Frank Lupo, Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom, Skip Woods

Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Quinton Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson

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