List of 36 Top Action Movies!

This is a list of popular and highly rated modern action movies. Many of the movies are a part of a bigger franchise and you should really check out their sequels and/or prequels as well.

NB! If we left out some of your favorites, then you can list them in the feedback section at the bottom of the page for all of the other visitors to see.

Jack Reacher trailer

Jack Reacher (2012) Amazon - iTunes

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a man drives a van into a parking garage across the Allegheny River from PNC Park and, after dropping a quarter into the meter, readies a sniper rifle. He takes aim and kills five people on the river’s North Shore Trail from long range before fleeing in the van.The... Wikipedia (CC)

Elysium trailer

Elysium (2013) Amazon - iTunes

In 2154, a small number of people reside on a luxurious space habitat called Elysium and the vast majority on an overpopulated and devastated Earth. While those on Earth are policed by ruthless robots, Elysium's citizens live in absolute comfort and regularly use medical devices called Med-Bays to c... Wikipedia (CC)

Man of Steel trailer

Man of Steel (2013) Amazon - iTunes

The planet Krypton faces imminent destruction due to its unstable core, the result of depleting Krypton's natural resources. The ruling council is deposed by the planet's military commander General Zod and his followers during a coup d'état. Knowing that the use of artificial population control... Wikipedia (CC)

Lone Survivor trailer

Lone Survivor (2013) Amazon - iTunes

In Afghanistan, Taliban leader Ahmad Shah is responsible for killing over twenty United States Marines, as well as villagers and refugees who were aiding American forces. In response to these killings, a United States Navy SEALs unit is ordered to execute a counter-insurgent mission to capture... Wikipedia (CC)

The Man from Nowhere trailer

The Man from Nowhere (2010) Amazon - iTunes

Operating a pawn shop in a small neighborhood, the non-sociable Cha Tae-sik (Won Bin) now leads a quiet life. His only connection to the rest of the world is a little girl, So-mi, who lives next door. So-mi’s mother, Hyo-jeong, is a heroin addict who steals drugs from a feared organized crime... Wikipedia(CC)

Edge of Tomorrow trailer

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Amazon - iTunes

A race of aliens called Mimics have taken over continental Europe. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a Public Affairs officer in the United States Marine Corps, seconded to the NATO-led United Defense Forces (UDF), is summoned to London to meet with General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson). Brigham states... Wikipedia (CC)

Collateral trailer

Collateral (2004) Amazon - iTunes

On January 24, 2004, a cab driver Max Durocher (Jamie Foxx) is a man working to earn enough to purchase his own limousine business company, and is currently driving a U.S. Justice Department prosecutor Annie Farrell (Jada Pinkett Smith) to her office where she prepares for an In an HBO film review, ... Wikipedia (CC)

The Last Boy Scout trailer

The Last Boy Scout (1991) Amazon - iTunes

During halftime of a live-televised professional football game, L.A. Stallions star wide receiver Billy Cole (Billy Blanks) receives a phone call from someone named Milo (Taylor Negron), warning him to win the game at all costs, or "he's history". Cole ingests PCP and, in a drug-induced rage, brin... Wikipedia (CC)

Lord of War trailer

Lord of War (2005) Amazon - iTunes

The story of an international arms dealer, who is trying to build wealth, while evading an Interpol agent.

Training Day trailer

Training Day (2001) Amazon - iTunes

The film follows a day in the life of a Los Angeles Police Department officer, Jake Hoyt (Hawke), scheduled to be evaluated by Detective Alonzo Harris (Washington), a highly decorated LAPD narcotics officer. In Alonzo's car, the officer sees teenage Mara Salvatrucha gang members dealing drugs in a p... Wikipedia (CC)

The Island trailer

The Island (2005) Amazon - iTunes

In the year 2019, Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta live with others in an isolated compound. Their community is governed by a set of strict rules. The residents believe that the outer world has become too contaminated for human life with the exception of one island. Every week a lottery is cond... Wikipedia (CC)

Never Back Down trailer

Never Back Down (2008) Amazon - iTunes

Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) has recently moved from Iowa to Orlando, Florida with his mother, Margret (Leslie Hope), and younger brother, Charlie (Wyatt Smith), to support Charlie's shot at a professional tennis career. Jake was a star athlete on the football team at home, but in this new city, he is a... Wikipedia (CC)

The Bourne Identity trailer

The Bourne Identity (2002) Amazon - iTunes

In the Mediterranean Sea near Marseille, Italian fishermen rescue an unconscious American man floating adrift with two gunshot wounds in his back. The boat's medic finds a tiny laser projector surgically implanted under the man's skin at the hip. When activated, it displays a safe deposit box number... Wikipedia (CC)

Sherlock Holmes trailer

Sherlock Holmes (2009) Amazon - iTunes

In 1891, London detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his partner and flatmate Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) race to prevent the ritual murder of a woman by Lord Henry Blackwood (Mark Strong), who has killed five other young women similarly. They stop the murder before Inspector Lestrade (... Wikipedia (CC)

The Rock trailer

The Rock (1996) Amazon - iTunes

The movie opens with a high-ranking officer of the United States Marines, buried in thoughts, dons his uniform and visits a grave in the streaming rain, just as a soldier has been giving a military burial, mesmerizing 'he tried everything...Hoping that what he is about to do will elevate their... Wikipedia (CC)

Bad Boys trailer

Bad Boys (1995) Amazon - iTunes

Mick O'Brien (Sean Penn) is a 16-year-old Irish-American hoodlum from Chicago. While most of Mick's crimes involve snatching purses, vandalism, and getting into brawls, he aspires for bigger and better things, which leads him to attempt ripping off a rival, Paco Moreno (Esai Morales). Everything goe... Wikipedia (CC)

Watchmen trailer

Watchmen (2009) Amazon - iTunes

The "Minutemen", a collection of costumed crime fighters, was formed in 1939 in response to a rise in costumed gangs and criminals, and the "Watchmen" similarly form decades later. Their existence in the U.S. has dramatically affected world events: The super powers of Dr. Manhattan help the Unit... Wikipedia (CC)

Iron Man trailer

Iron Man (2008) Amazon - iTunes

Playboy, philanthropist, and genius Tony Stark, who has inherited the defense contractor Stark Industries from his father, is in war-torn Afghanistan with his friend and military liaison, Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes to demonstrate the new "Jericho" missile. The convoy is ambushed and Stark is ... Wikipedia (CC)

Four Brothers trailer

Four Brothers (2005) Amazon - iTunes

In November 2004, the seemingly random murder of their adoptive mother, Evelyn Mercer (Fionnula Flanagan), at a Highland Park, Michigan convenience store, brings four brothers back home to Detroit, Michigan to find out what happened. Originally under the impression the crime was a simple robbery-gon... Wikipedia (CC)

Crank trailer

Crank (2006) Amazon - iTunes

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is a Los Angeles-based English hitman and prolific criminal. He mainly works for the Mexican-American West Coast Crime Syndicate, which is headed by powerful crime lord Carlito (Carlos Sanz). Chelios has a girlfriend named Eve Lydon (Amy Smart), who doesn't know his true... Wikipedia (CC)

Enemy of the State trailer

Enemy of the State (1998) Amazon

As the U.S. Congress moves to pass new legislation that dramatically expands the surveillance powers of intelligence agencies, Congressman Phil Hammersley remains firmly opposed to its passage. To ensure the bill's passage, National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds kills Hammersley, but he i... Wikipedia (CC)

The Fast and the Furious trailer

The Fast and the Furious (2001) Amazon - iTunes

Outside Los Angeles, a semi-truck loaded with electronics is approached by three heavily modified Honda Civics. The occupants of the Civics immobilize the truck driver, hijack the truck and escape.The next day, undercover L.A.P.D. officer, Brian O'Conner, (Paul Walker) is assigned to find the gang r... Wikipedia (CC)

Live Free or Die Hard trailer

Live Free or Die Hard (2007) Amazon - iTunes

The FBI responds to a brief computer outage at their Cyber-Security Division by tracing down top computer hackers, finding several of them have been killed. Taking others into protective custody, the FBI asks New York City Police Department detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) bring in Matthew "Ma... Wikipedia (CC)

The Dark Knight trailer

The Dark Knight (2008) Amazon - iTunes

In Gotham City, the Joker and his accomplices rob a mob-owned bank. The accomplices kill each other off one by one in a sequence masterminded by the Joker, who escapes alone with all the money.Batman and Lt. Jim Gordon decide to include the new district attorney, Harvey Dent, in their plan to eradic... Wikipedia (CC)

Gone in Sixty Seconds trailer

Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) Amazon - iTunes

Retired master car thief Randall "Memphis" Raines (Nicolas Cage) is forced to return to Long Beach, California and his former trade to steal 50 cars in 72 hours for British crime boss Raymond "The Carpenter" Calitri (Christopher Eccleston). Calitri is threatening to kill Memphis' younger brothe... Wikipedia (CC)

Con Air trailer

Con Air (1997) Amazon - iTunes

Former Army Ranger Cameron Poe is sentenced to 7–10 years in prison for using excessive force on a drunk man while trying to protect his wife Tricia. Poe meets parole 8 years later, and is to be released after being flown to Alabama on the ''Jailbird'', a C-123K transport prison plane, along... Wikipedia (CC)

Braveheart trailer

Braveheart (1995) Amazon - iTunes

In 1280, King Edward "Longshanks" (Patrick McGoohan) invades and conquers Scotland following the death of Alexander III of Scotland who left no heir to the throne. Young William Wallace witnesses the treachery of Longshanks, survives the death of his father and brother, and is taken abroad to... Wikipedia (CC)

Gladiator trailer

Gladiator (2000) Amazon - iTunes

In AD 180, General Maximus Decimus Meridius leads the Roman army to a decisive victory against the Germanic tribes on the frontier, ending a long war on the Roman frontier and winning the favor of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The emperor is already old and dying, and although he has a son, Commodus, he ... Wikipedia (CC)

Equilibrium trailer

Equilibrium (2002) Amazon - iTunes

Equilibrium is set in 2072 in a country known as Libria. After a third World War, a totalitarian state emerged whose ideology determined human emotion to be the root cause of conflict. All emotionally-stimulating material is banned and "Sense Offenders" are apprehended and consigned to "combustio... Wikipedia (CC)

Taken trailer

Taken (2008) Amazon - iTunes

Former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) tries to have a closer relationship with his teenage daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). She lives with her mother, Lenore (Famke Janssen), and her wealthy stepfather, Stuart (Xander Berkeley), in California. While working as secu... Wikipedia (CC)

Man on Fire trailer

Man on Fire (2004) Amazon - iTunes

In 2003, burnt-out former CIA operative John Creasy (Denzel Washington) looks for work and reunites with old friend and comrade Paul Rayburn (Christopher Walken), who runs a security firm in Mexico. Because of the extremely high rate of kidnappings in Mexico City for ransom money, businessman Samuel... Wikipedia (CC)

Apocalypto trailer

Apocalypto (2006) Amazon

While hunting tapir in the Mesoamerican jungle, Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), his father Flint Sky (Morris Birdyellowhead), and their fellow tribesmen encounter a procession of refugees fleeing warfare. The group's leader explains that their lands were ravaged, and asks for permission to pass throug... Wikipedia (CC)

Safe House trailer

Safe House (2012) Amazon - iTunes

Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), an ex-CIA NOC operative turned international criminal, acquires a data storage device from rogue MI6 agent Alec Wade (Liam Cunningham). Attacked by a team of mercenaries led by Vargas (Fares Fares), Wade is killed and Frost is forced to surrender himself to the Ameri... Wikipedia (CC)

The Raid: Redemption trailer

The Raid: Redemption (2011) Amazon - iTunes

During a raid in the Slums of Jakarta, a SWAT team becomes trapped in an apartment block run by a ruthless crime lord.

Get the Gringo trailer

Get the Gringo (2012) Amazon - iTunes

The film opens with a getaway driver (Mel Gibson) and a wounded accomplice dressed as clowns fleeing from American police toward the Mexican border. The driver crashes through the border fence, whereupon he is arrested by corrupt Mexican police officers Vasquez (Mario Zaragoza) and Romero (Gerardo T... Wikipedia (CC)

Kick-Ass trailer

Kick-Ass (2010) Amazon - iTunes

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is an ordinary teenager who lives in Staten Island, New York City. Dave purchases a bodysuit and makes modifications to it. He then embarks on a campaign to become a real-life superhero, armed with a couple of batons. He becomes the victim of a stabbing and a hit... Wikipedia (CC)

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