Greatest Action Movies Of All Time Are 1. Die Hard (1988) 2. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 3. Aliens (1986) 4. The Dark Knight (2008) and 6 others.

Action film is a genre in which the protagonist strikes into events that involve violence and physical stunts. Here we present some of the highest-rated pictures of the mentioned genre, which are often award-winning and genre-defining masterpieces.

From Die Hard to John Wick Chapter Four, the list includes some of the best everlasting movies with physical stunts.

Action Packed Blockbuster Films

Movies NameRelease Date
1. Die HardJuly 22 1988
2. Mad Max: Fury RoadMay 14 2015
3. AliensJuly 14 1986
4. The Dark KnightJuly 18 2008
5. Seven SamuraiApril 26 1954
6. Terminator 2: Judgment DayJuly 3 1991
7. Raiders of the Lost ArkJune 12 1981
8. The MatrixMarch 31 1999
9. Enter the DragonJuly 26 1973
10. John Wick 4March 6 2023

1. Die Hard

John McTiernan 1998 picture was premiered on July 12  at Avco Theater
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Bruce Willis name in Die Hard is John McClane. Willis portrays a cynical yet good-natured New York City police detective in the picture.

Die Hard 1988 picture is directed by John McTierman and co-written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. The film is based on the 1979 novel, " Nothing Lasts Forever," by Roderick Thorp.

John McClane's wife, Holly, no longer lives with him. With the hope to reconcile with her, he visits Los Angeles on Christmas Eve. Arriving at the party at the Nakatomi Plaza, he learns his estranged spouse and several other employees were taken hostage by terrorists.

With no immediate police response, the NYPD officer is forced to take the matters into his hands and tries to save the hostages.

  • IMDb Ranking: 8.2/10
  • Other Genre: Thriller
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, William Atherton
  • Duration: 2 hours 12 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+

2. Mad Max: Fury Road

The picture has won 247 awards including 6 Oscars
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Mad Max: Fury Road cast Tom Hardy portrays Mad Max Rockantansky in the picture. Other main casts are Charlize Theron, Nickolas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne.

Mad Max: Fury Road is an Australian speculative fiction film directed by George Miller. Miller co-wrote the screenplay with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. 

The picture narrates the story of Max, who joins forces with Imperator Furiosa. She rebels against a cult leader Immortan Joe and his gang in search of her homeland.

Furiosa makes her attempt by trading goods for petrol and ammunition with Joe's allies. There, she meets with the five wives of the leader and decides to help them too. 

  • IMDb Ranking: 8.1/10
  • Other Genre: Adventure Sci-Fi
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Josh Helman, Hugh Keays-Byrne
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Where To Watch: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu

3. Aliens

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Aliens is the second film in the Alien franchise and the sequel to the 1979 science fiction picture Alien. James Cameron directed and wrote the screenplay.

Aliens was released on July 18, 1986. It further has two sequels released in 1992 and 1997. The picture did great business in the theatres with a box office collection nearly seven times more than the filmmaking budget.

After 57 years of a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature, Ellen Ripley is called back to assist highly trained colonial marines to fight against the sinister extraterrestrials. 

This time, a battle is with the hundreds of aliens that have invaded the colony. During the battle, the Marines try to defend themselves while Ripley is concerned about protecting the sole survivor of the colony names Newt.

  • IMDb Ranking: 8.4/10
  • Other Genre: Adventure Sci-Fi
  • Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Willian Hope
  • Duration: 2 hours 17 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Starz, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, iTunes

4. The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger portrayed the character of The Joker in the picture
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Christopher Nolan movies are known for exploring various ways of manipulating storytime. One of them is the 2008 picture The Dark Knight. 

The Dark Knight is a superhero film, Nolam directed and co-wrote with his brother Jonathan. It is a sequel to Batman Begins from 2005.

A gang of criminals robs a bank in Gotham City. The Joker is the sole survivor of the gang after they start killing each other. Batman is the protagonist of the picture.

Along with Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent, he sets on to get rid of Gotham's organized crime. The mysterious masked criminal mastermind, whom the people know as The Joker, creates new chaos in the city. The picture continues with the struggle of Batman against the criminal mastermind.

  • IMDb Ranking: 9.0/10
  • Other Genre: Adventure Crime Drama
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Duration: 2 hours 32 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Netflix, HBO Max, HBO Max Amazon Channel

5. Seven Samurai

The story of the picture takes place in Azuchi-Momoyama period of Japanese history in 1586
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Seven Samurai characters are Kambei, Gorōbei, Kyūzō, Heihachi, Katsushirō, Kikuchiyo, Shichirōji, Rikichi and Shino.

Seven Samurai is titled one of the biggest influential pictures in cinema history. Akira Kurosawa directed and co-wrote the picture. It was released on April 26, 1954.

The movie narrates the story of the helpless farmers of a small mountain village. Every year, a bandit gang waits for the harvest and raids their crops. Tired and poor villagers request a hungry samurai to help them with the problem.

A samurai gathers six others like him to assist him. They teach people how to defend themselves. In exchange for their help, the villagers offer them three small meals a day.

  • IMDb Ranking: 8.6/10
  • Other Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki, Kamatari FFujiwara
  • Duration: 3 hours 27 minutes
  • Where To Watch: HBO Max, The Criterion Channel, Vudu, Prime Video

6. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

James Cameron picture grossed around $520 million of box office collection in the United States
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Terminator 2 judgment day cast are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. It also stars Jenette Goldstein and Xander Berkeley.

Sarah Connor is the main protagonist of the picture. In 1995, a machine named The Terminator tried to kill her and her unborn child, John. He is the man who will become the future leader of the human resistance against machines.

After more than ten years, a new machine named T-1000 is sent back to attack the child. T-1000 is more powerful now in comparison to the previous one.

However, the mother-son duo has another terminator, which is sent back through time to protect them. The battle shows how the future is going to look alike.

  • IMDb Ranking: 8.6/10
  • Other Genre: Science Fiction
  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong, Joe Morton
  • Duration: 2 hours 17 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Vudu, HBO Max, Spectrum Tv, Redbox, Apple TV

7. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Steven Spielberg is the director of 1981 American action-adventure picture
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Raiders of the Lost Ark villain Dr. Rene Emile Belloq is played by Paul Freeman. The main antagonist, Belloq, is a French archaeologist.

Steven Spielberg directed the four-time Oscar-winning picture with a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. The film is based on a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. 

The picture starts as the American government approaches an American archaeologist Indiana Jones to find a Golden statue. Jones ventures to vast places to search for the artifact.

Finally, he finds the one from a land mine temple. However, his rival Rene Belloq steals the idol from him. On the other hand, a group of treasure-hungry Nazis also wants it, as it is believed that any army with the statue would receive supernatural powers.

  • IMDb Ranking: 8.4/10
  • Other Genre: Adventure
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey, Denholm Elliott
  • Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Amazon Prime, Paramount+, Vudu, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video.

8. The Matrix

The Matrix has won 4 Oscars including Academy Awards USA 2000
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The Matrix series list in chronological order to watch 1. The Matrix 2. The Matrix Reloaded 3. The Matrix Revolutions and 4.The Matrix Resurrections.

The Wachowskis are the writers and directors of the 1999 science fiction stunt-work picture. Its fight scenes are inspired by Japanese animation.

For the drama, Reeves lost fifteen pounds and shaves his body to give his character a raw-boned look. In his portrayal, Neo is a computer hacker. He believes Morpheus, the most dangerous man, can answer his question.

They fight brutal battles for their lives. The action picture has won numerous accolades, including 4 Oscars. 

  • IMDb Ranking: 8.7/10
  • Other Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster
  • Duration: 2 hours 16 minutes
  • Where To Watch: HBO Max, Amazon Instant Videos, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes

9. Enter the Dragon

Enter The Dragon is the last film of late actor Bruce Lee
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Enter the Dragon cast includes 1. Bruce Lee 2.John Saxon 3.Jim Kelly 4. Ahna Capri and more. Bruce Lee stars as a martial artist in the picture.

An American and Hong Kong co-production film premiered in Los Angeles on August 19, 1973. The martial arts film became Lee's final completed movie. Robert Clouse is the director.

A British intelligence agent approaches a highly proficient martial artist from Hong Kong, Lee to investigate a suspected crime lord, Han. Lee attends a martial art tournament at Han's private island to gather sufficient evidence against the criminal.

Before he goes for the tournament, he also finds out that the man is responsible for his sister's demise. On the first day, he sneaks into Han's compound to search for the evidence.

  • IMDb Ranking: 7.6/10
  • Other Genre: Crime Drama
  • Cast: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri, Kien Shih
  • Duration: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Where To Watch: HBO Max, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video

10. John Wick 4

The film is officially the highest grossing picture of the franchise
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Keanu Reeves training for john wick 4 started around 4 to 5 months before the shooting began. Reeves used to train for approximately four to five hours every day.

John Wick 4 is the sequel to the third chapter of the movie, released in 2019, and the fourth installment in the John Wick franchise. Chad Stahelski is the director, with a screenplay by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch.

The protagonist of the picture prepares to take revenge against High Table Global. He uncovers a path to defeating the council of twelve crime lords.

To earn his freedom, Wick must face off against enemies with strong alliances around the world. He discovers some of the most powerful players in the underworld from New York to Paris, From Japan to Berlin.

  • IMDb Ranking: 8.2/10
  • Other Genre: Crime Thriller
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, George Georgiou, Lance Reddick, Clancy Brown
  • Duration: 2 hours 49 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video

Good Action Movies To Watch

The best movies action list includes 1. The Marvels 2. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny 3. Bullet Train and many more.

Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre (2023) can be the right option for viewers preferring fights and comedy thrillers. The genre of pictures can be watched on Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV, Disney+, and Vudu.

Following are some of the constant pictures of the genre that has fights, chases, and explosions with stunt work.

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  • The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • Police Story (1985)
  • Hard Boiled (1992)
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  • The Raid (2011)
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
  • Oldboy (2003)

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