From one-man renegade, supernatural thrills to sci-fi action-packed scenes, this list has it all. Whether you are a Bruce Willis in tank top fan, or you prefer Ryan Reynolds in a superhero outfit, these movies will definitely keep you entertained. The list covers a wide range of action movies, from the old school ones to the newer ones with some of the best CGI in the business. All are great in their own way, so check our list of best action movies of all time below. You will not be disappointed.
30. Deadpool (2016)
We think it is safe to say that Deadpool is one of the strangest and most interesting heroes out there. Wade, played by Ryan Reynolds, was a Special Forces operative turned mercenary. He is subjected to an experiment which made him acquire abnormal, accelerated healing powers, which he will use to quench his thirst for revenge against the man who nearly destroyed his life. If you like dark and twisted sense of humor, you will surely enjoy this movie.
29. Dunkirk (2017)
Dunkirk is a well-known place in the history of Europe and World War II. This movie portrays the lives and suffering of Allied troops of Belgium, France, and Great Britain as they fled the ever advancing Nazi army. They have sheltered in Dunkirk, eagerly awaiting their extraction to the British Isles. A fierce and highly action-packed movie and a definite must see for all action and history lovers out there.
28. Ip Man (2008)
Another action-packed history movie on the list, Ip Man follows the story of a wealthy martial artist forced to leave his home, family, and life due to the Japanese occupation of 1937. In order to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to teach and train others in self-defense and the mystic art of Wing Chun.
27. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
The sequel to Vol. 1, movie still follows Uma Thurman in the role of the Bride while she seeks to continue her quest to get vengeance against the people who have wronged her. Besides her former boss and lover Bill, these include a bouncer named Budd and the treacherous friend, one-eyed Elle. This one is a classic Tarantino movie with lots of bloodshed and action.
26. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)
One of the most famous roles Johnny Depp did was that of Captain Jack Sparrow. The Curse of the Black Pearl is the first installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean and follows young blacksmith William Turner as he teams up with Captain Jack Sparrow in order to save the woman he loves. She is held captive by none other than Jack’s former pirate allies, who now just happen to be undead. A movie filled with great visuals, action, and humor.
25. The Iron Giant (1999)
The tale of strange friendship between a young boy and a giant iron robot from outer space targeted for destruction by a paranoid government agent. An excellent animated movie, but don’t get fooled by it. It offers a lot of substance, a quality story and some serious action.
24. X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
X-Men franchise is one of better out there and this one is no exception. X-Men send Wolverine to the past in order to change history and prevent a disaster in future that resulted in doom for both the mutants and humans alike.
23. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
The Bourne Ultimatum has Matt Damon playing Jason Bourne as he tries to doge ruthless CIA officials and agents who want him dead. In the process, he is seeking to find his origins of becoming a highly trained and professional killer. The movie may get a bit repetitive, but it offers a lot of action and entertainment. That is why you are here in first place, right?
22. Star Trek (2009)
A well-known movie title, this entry in the Star Trek film franchise follows young, brash and reckless James T. Kirk, as he tries to live up to his father’s legacy. Keeping him in line is the good old Mr. Spock and the crew of Enterprise, while the main villain is a Romulan who opened a black hole and threatens to decimate the Federation.
21. The Incredibles (2004)
The Incredibles follows a family of undercover superheroes who are trying to live a normal and peaceful life in the suburban area. But when they discover that one villain wants to destroy the world, the family decides it is time to put back on their superhero costumes and save the planet.
20. Casino Royale (2006)
Daniel Craig wasn’t everyone’s best choice to play James Bond, but you cannot argue that he didn’t deliver, especially in Casino Royale, his very first Bond movie. This time, our favorite agent, 007, finds himself in Montenegro, involved in a high stakes poker game against a banker and a terrorist, accompanied by Judy Dench and the always dashing Eva Green. Armed with a license to kill, Bond remains the charming, martini drinking agent we know and love.
19. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Quentin Tarantino is known for his special stamp in movies, which are plenty of dialogues, even more, action and ultimate carnage and bloodshed in the end. Kill Bill has it all and follows Uma Thurman as the Bride who embarks on a quest to exert revenge on her former boss Bill and his team of assassins which failed to kill her and her unborn child.
18. Logan (2017)
Hugh Jackman is the embodiment of Wolverine. When the favorite X-Men decided to retire, the Marvel world decided to do it in the best way possible. They made a whole movie about old Wolverine and his last adventure which involves nurturing old Professor X and saving a young girl with extreme fighting prowess from the sinister figures working for a powerful corporation. They hunt her because she was made with Logan’s DNA. The movie represents the end of an era and must-watch piece for every action movies fan.
17. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
This time, Mad Max is without Mel Gibson but features the handsome and charismatic Tom Hardy. The story follows a rebel woman, played by Charlize Theron, as she tries to bring down a tyrannical rule with the help of female prisoners and one and only Mad Max. Even though the actor changed, the tense action did not.
16. Rush (2013)
This entry on our list is based on true story of the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda and focuses on the 1976 Formula One racing season. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, it is a thrilling movie that will keep you on the edge of the seat (no pun intended) the whole time, especially if you are a Formula 1 addict.
15. Die Hard (1998)
Action – Check. Terrorists – Check. Tank top – Check. Bruce Willis – Check. Die Hard is one of the most famous action movies of all time, starring one and only. It follows the story of John McClane (Willis) as he tries to save his wife and other people taken hostages by a German terrorist on Christmas Eve.
14. V For Vendetta (2005)
The movie follows V, a mysterious man who is trying to make a difference in a dystopian London that is ruled by a tyrannical government. With the help of a young woman, V will form a team of freedom fighters trying to overthrow the regime and bring peace to Britain. Starring Hugo Weaving and excellent Natalie Portman, this movie is a must watch.
13. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989)
When Professor Henry Jones goes missing in search of Holy Grail, his son, the famous whip-wielding Indiana Jones, must trace his father’s steps and find the Grail before the Nazis. The world is in danger, as the Grail contains unlimited power which would make the world a Nazi playground.
12. Aliens (1986)
Directed by James Cameron, this is the second installment in the Alien franchise. It is equally scary, terrifying and gruesome as the first one. The story follows Ellen Ripley after she is found by a deep salvage team after 57 years of hypersleep. Lot has changed, but the alien threat remained the same, if not even more deadly. Armed with extreme firepower, a team of Space Marines, alongside Ripley, are sent to investigate a disappearance of inhabitants of one space colony.
11. Oldboy (2003)
Directed by the most famous South Korean director, Park Chan-wook, Oldboy follows a man named Oh Dae-su who is released from captivity after being held hostage for 15 years by an unknown person. Reason for his kidnapping, his release, as well as his captor’s identity remains a mystery he must uncover in five days.
10. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Christian Bale is back as Batman, and this time he is not alone. Beautiful and cunning superhero Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway, helps him fight against a terrorist named Bane (Tom Hardy). The two are on a mission to save Gotham from total chaos and destruction from this evil madman in this epic conclusion to The Dark Knight Trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan.
9. Gladiator (2000)
Few movies left you in total shock after watching and Gladiator is surely one of those. Russell Crowe stars as Maximus, a Roman General loved and favored by Roman Emperor. When he is betrayed and his family brutally murdered by Emperor’s son, Commodus, Maximus fights his way as a gladiator in order to revenge his loved ones. You will be entertained by this movie, that’s for sure.
8. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
Harrison Ford is an excellent actor that can deliver numerous roles. But one of his most famous, if not the famous role, is Indiana Jones. The all-time favorite archeologist races against time and Nazi’s in search for the Ark of the Covenant, which supposed to hold mysterious energy that will grant unlimited powers to those who possess it. It cannot fall into wrong hands and using his whip, trusted hat and expert knowledge, Indiana Jones has to fight his way through numerous obstacles to make sure good will win.
7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
With Terminator 2: Judgment Day, director James Cameron managed to deliver a worthy sequel to 1984’s Terminator. This time, Arnold Schwarzenegger is really back and has to protect John Connor, the teenage son of Sarah Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg. The action never gets boring, no matter how many times you’ve watched it.
6. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
This is the first movie in the original Star Wars franchise, created and directed by George Lucas. The story of the movie follows young farmer Luke Skywalker who discovers that he possesses blueprints for the Death Star, Galactic Empire’s space station which is capable to destroy planets. He embarks on a quest with Rebel Alliance to destroy the Death Star and also save Princess Leia from grips of a supervillain named Darth Vader.
5. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The second installment of Star Wars series follows Luke Skywalker as he begins his Jedi training with Jedi Master Yoda. After being brutally overpowered by Galactic Empire’s forces on Hoth, Rebel Alliance is on the run from Darth Vader. Luke is their only chance now!
4. The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix follows Neo, an extraordinary hacker, who with the help Morpheus, a rebel marked as terrorist by the government, learns that he lives in a simulated reality called “the Matrix,” while the real world is ruled by machines. Knowing the truth, Neo decides to join other humans in their fight for freedom. The Matrix is considered to be the most influential action movie of the generation due to its stunning visual effects and impressive action sequences.
3. Inception (2010)
Inception follows Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), an extraordinary thief who dwells into corporate espionage and robbery using dream-sharing technology which enables him to steal ideas. He is offered one last job before he is given his old life back, and this time it is not stealing ideas, but planting one in the mind of CEO. The movie is so tense and full of twists, that even after watching it several times, you are still not sure what is going on. Christopher Nolan at his finest.
2. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Probably the best movie in 2018, and one of best action movies of all time. Avengers have their hands full, as they take on Thanos, the mighty God of War. Threatening to bring devastation, chaos, and ruin to the universe, Avengers must be willing to sacrifice all in attempt to defeat the mighty God. Simply thrilling experience to watch this movie. A must see!
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
This is one of best movies made in the history of cinema and surely deserves to be at the top of our list. The Dark Knight is the second installment in the Christopher Nolan’ Batman trilogy and sees the caped crusader having his psychological and physical abilities put to the test, as a new shadow rises above Gotham. It is none other than Joker, a genius madman who wants to wreak havoc on the city. The movie is marked by Heath Ledger who was extraordinaire in his role of Joker and was even awarded an Oscar posthumously, one of very few to be blessed with such honor.
Final thoughts on Best Action Movies of All Time
We hope you enjoyed in our list and found something that caught your attention. No matter which movie you choose, you won’t make a mistake because each one of them is fueled by pure action. If you don’t see your favorite action movie, or believe we’ve missed some, please shoot us a comment below and let us know.