18 Action Movies You Need To See At Least Once In Your Lifetime

18 Action Movies You Need To See At Least Once In Your Lifetime


When it comes to thrilling theatrical experiences,
there’s nothing quite like a good action movie. Between fast pacing, epic moments of suspense,
deep-seated drama between the heroes and villains, and, of course, tons of stunts, the genre
has a lot to offer audiences. Here are some of the high octane movies you’ll
definitely want to sit through before it’s all said and done to get your cinematic adrenaline
rush. Face/Off This film has such a preposterous concept
that would have been a ridiculous misfire had it been made by anybody but legendary
Hong Kong auteur John Woo, director of classics like Hard Boiled and The Killer. But Face/Off might just be his best. The film also finds the perfect role for Nicolas
Cage as Castor Troy, a giddy, crazed terrorist who tries to kill FBI agent Sean Archer, portrayed
by John Travolta. In order to learn where Castor hid a massive
bomb, Archer has his own face surgically replaced with Castor’s…and then Castor gets his replaced
with Archer’s, which is an absolutely terrible idea. “It’s like looking in a mirror, only not.” Add in a few plane chases and some epic shootout
sequences, and you’ve got yourself a wild ride at the movies. The Raid Gareth Evans’ The Raid is a claustrophobic
police thriller that hits the ground running almost immediately. A young police officer named Rama heads off
to join his armed-to-the-teeth S.W.A.T. team taking down a run-down Jakarta apartment building. The goal is to eliminate a crime lord and
his top associates who run the block and allow criminals sanctuary. The movie plays out like a real-life video
game. The elite police squad clears the lower floors
and handles various thugs until they realize they’ve been trapped and are being hunted
by a gaggle of ticked-off criminals. This changes everything for Rama and his squad,
as they’ll now have to fight their way out of the situation and hope to walk away with
their lives. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Imagine a sweeping war drama and epic romance
like Gone With the Wind…but everybody in it has supernatural martial arts fighting
abilities, and the way they fight is more technically perfect and beautiful than the
greatest ballet company. That may sound ridiculous, but in the able
hands of director Ang Lee and cast members Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh , Zhang Ziyi and
Chang Chen, the result is one of the most stunningly beautiful and deeply moving films
ever made. There are also many iconic martial arts sequences
in the film, such as the near wordless battle in the sky, on the fragile tips of trees. While action movies often rely on special
effects to do all of the heavy lifting, in Crouching Tiger, they merely enhance or flavor
the actors’ abilities already captured on film. John Wick Ultra-violent revenge movies generally don’t
have plots hinging on an adorable puppy, but that’s part of what makes John Wick so delightfully
different. After the loss of his wife, the title assassin,
played by Keanu Reeves, tries to fill the void in his life by adopting a cute dog named
Daisy and riding around in his classic Ford Mustang. After he refuses to sell it to a Russian gangster,
the spurned buyer and his cronies follow Wick home, knock him out, steal the car, and even
take out their payback on the poor dog. Exacting his revenge pulls Wick back into
the seedy underbelly of organized crime. “People keep asking if I’m back and I haven’t
really had an answer. But now yeah, I’m thinking I’m back!” And that spawns numerous atmospheric gun battles
and fistfights across nightclubs, churches, safe houses, docks, and more. This is exactly the kind of action movie that’s
perfect for watching with friends, rewinding and replaying favorite moments because they’re
just too good to be believed. Baby Driver Edgar Wright is best known for directing Shaun
of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and those are all predominantly
comedies laced with some innovative action sequences. With Baby Driver, however, he makes the leap
to full-blown action fare, and the result is as frenetic and assured as Baby’s driving. Ansel Elgort plays the title character, a
young but very skilled driver recruited to handle the getaway car for a heist squad. The unreal stunts in Baby Driver make the
movie deliriously fun, and the filmmaker’s extensive movie knowledge and vocabulary make
for a mishmash of satisfying homages and techniques gleaned from other films. The end result is pretty much everything audiences
could want out of an action film. Rogue One It would be both sacrilegious and inaccurate
to say that Rogue One is the best Star Wars movie. It’s not even part of the main storyline—it’s
a side story about a scrappy crew that comes together to steal the Death Star’s plans and
find its weakness. Therein lies the reason why Rogue One is great—it’s
less a space opera or sci-fi movie and more a heist movie that just happens to be set
in the Star Wars universe. As the team comes together, plans the crime,
and pulls it off — although not without severe consequences — the action is as unrelenting
as it is eye-popping. Edge of Tomorrow A cross between Groundhog Day and Independence
Day might not work for everyone, but director Doug Liman crafted Edge of Tomorrow into one
of the most innovative action-adventure movies in years. In this smart and chaotic sci-fi/military
adventure, seemingly indestructible aliens called Mimics terrorize Earth until they have
to square off against Tom Cruise’s Major William Craig. They take him out too— but Craig gets caught
in a time loop and keeps returning to the moment just before his demise to fight and
fail again and again until he can figure out a way to defeat them. Edge of Tomorrow is a video game-inspired
action movie with something of a moral lesson: If at first you don’t succeed at destroying
aliens, try, try again. Guardians of the Galaxy Sometimes the problem with comic book movies
is that they take themselves way too seriously and forget the whole point of their source
material—they’re supposed to be fun, and also a little ridiculous. But Guardians of the Galaxy embraces its own
DNA to deliver one of the most purely enjoyable comic book-based movies of all time. It’s as much a comedy as it is an outer-space
action ride, with Chris Pratt perfectly cast as the funny and fearless Peter Quill, the
so-called “Star-Lord.” Add in a space prison, a telepathic arrow,
some sublime ’70s rock classics, a foul-mouthed raccoon, a talking tree, and one epic space
battle, and the end result is a joyous blast. “And bring it down hard!” “What are you doing?” “Dance-off, bro! Me and you!” District 13 In the early 2000s, parkour, the sport of
ignoring the laws of physics to walk up walls and jump from one thing to another, was a
minor fad in the United States. In Europe, the practice is a way of life. The craze gave the world at least one great
parkour-themed movie: District 13. The title is a nod to the poverty-ridden and
overcrowded Paris suburb where the film takes place, and the film is set in the not-too-distant
future wherein the government keeps the area in check by surrounding it with high walls
topped with razor wire. Gangs control the lawless prison colony and
make their living running drugs. A man — played by David Belle, a creator
of parkour — tries to fight the gangs, which he does with his wits as well as his gravity-defying
parkour skills, executed without wires or CGI. Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior This low-budget martial arts adventure from
Thailand more than makes up for its simple plot and straightforward presentation with
the sheer force of its unbelievable star, Tony Jaa. In the film, a rural village is distraught
after thugs from Bangkok steal the head of the town’s cherished Buddha statue. Jaa plays Ting, the brave local who ventures
into the city to retrieve the head, with only his Muay Thai fighting skills to protect himself. Fortunately, Jaa is one of the most agile
and adept martial artists in the world, which he proves during some brutal underground fights. Rumble in the Bronx After decades of comedy-laced action films
made him a massive star around the world, English-speaking audiences were finally introduced
to the singular cinema of Jackie Chan with Rumble in the Bronx, and it was very representative
of Chan’s talents. The simple plot is about good guys versus
bad guys involved in illegal diamond deals, but there’s also a romance, Chan’s self-deprecating
humor, and, of course, stunts that look impossible but aren’t because Jackie Chan never fakes
it. Casino Royale By the time Pierce Brosnan’s tenure as 007
was done, the James Bond franchise had descended into a checklist of the familiar: tuxedos,
gadgets, shaken-not-stirred martinis, and, of course, all the Bond girls. So, when Daniel Craig suited up for the super
spy, it was time for a modern twist on the formula, and Casino Royale knocked it out
of the park. Craig took over as a younger version of James
Bond, and the movie took cues from other forward-thinking action films. It’s gritty, intense, and completely lacking
the usual James Bond smirkiness, delivering the best entry in the series since Sean Connery
was creating action movie tropes back in the ’60s. Ip Man Action movies are usually over-the-top, absurdly
fun cinematic roller coasters, but every now and then, one of them is actually a true story. Ip Man is the loosely biographical story of
a Wing Chun grandmaster who famously trained the all-time greatest martial arts film star,
Bruce Lee. In Ip Man, the title character is the best
martial artist and fighting trainer in the Chinese city of Foshan. His low-key life and appreciation of martial
arts are tested after the Japanese invasion of 1937. He competes for bags of rice in fighting competitions
against Japanese troops, and he seeks revenge when his friend Lin disappears for good after
a bout. At the heart of the movie, however, are the
high-stakes battles between Chinese and Japanese fighters, all under the backdrop of war. Dredd The 1995 version of Judge Dredd was merely
an action vehicle for Sylvester Stallone in the waning years of his tenure as an action
star. As such, it was an endlessly violent shoot-’em-up
that lacked the humor, irony, and satire of its source comics. “I. Am. The. LAW.” But Dredd is the rare case of Hollywood getting
a remake right. The exceptionally violent but cheeky action
extravaganza features Karl Urban as the title character. And this time, Dredd is the most fearsome
of the judge-jury-executioners that stalk around the futuristic, radiation-soaked wasteland
that is Mega City. Dredd maims his way through his days as he
tries to eradicate a new drug that’s threatening the innocents around town. “I advise you to hold your breath.” Kung Fu Hustle What if they made a movie that played like
a hilarious, live-action cartoon, but it also had non-stop kicking, punching, and intricately
choreographed fight scenes? Well, that would be an irresistible movie
called Kung Fu Hustle. Chinese superstar Stephen Chow directs, co-writes,
and stars in this dazzling and dizzying action epic set in China in the 1940s. Chow plays a guy named Sing who’s desperate
to join the scary, cool Axe Gang, and willing to engage in criminal behavior to do so. Problem is, he picks on the wrong apartment
community, and Sing’s ability to fight is severely tested by some outrageously awesome
characters. First Blood Who would have thought that Sylvester Stallone
could make a tragic, thought-provoking movie about the dangers of violence and how war
destroys a man? This psychologically and physically realistic
action movie centers on a man a decade removed from the Vietnam War, but still fighting it. After a mental break in Washington, it’s up
to John Rambo’s old commanding officer to save the on-the-run ex-soldier from himself
and authorities. The Purge: Election Year The Purge movies have gotten a surprising
amount of mileage out of an implausible premise. In the near future, crime has been almost
completely eliminated in the U.S. thanks to occasional “purges”—set periods of time
in which violence is permissible, allowing people to get all their bad impulses out of
their systems. The third film in the series, The Purge: Election
Year, imagines the political and electoral implications for a country that “purges.” Elizabeth Mitchell plays Senator Charlie Roan,
the sole survivor of a “Purge Night” family massacre, who’s running for president on a
promise to end purges. Of course, she has to survive even more sinister
behavior and coordinated attacks by her political opposition in her attempt to find safety,
and then she has to win the election on top of that, so the odds are stacked against her. The Equalizer Technically speaking, The Equalizer is a remake
of a vaguely remembered action TV series from the ’80s. But it’s such an elegantly-made, fast-paced
flick that it’s hard to fathom that it began life as a cheesy CBS show. The spry and charismatic Denzel Washington
stars as Robert McCall, an ex-government man trying to balance out the horrible things
he did by now helping people who really need his unique set of skills. This time, it’s McCall against some truly
frightening Russian mobsters, and, as the title indicates, he has an uncanny ability
to even out the playing field no matter who’s standing against him. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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  1. Expecting Terminator 2, Die Hard, The Dark Knight, Kill Bill, and The Matrix? Check out our previous video featuring action films you need to watch: https://youtu.be/6QLo92FHYRQ

  2. think if we ever did a remake or part 2 of face off now it could look more amazing as they can cgi faces now adays the only minor flaw with that movie was logic if they swapped face how come their body looked like the other guy too shouldnt their body stayed the same only their faces changed not a big deal but make no sense if you think about it

  3. sadly personally not a fan of sub or shitty dub so some of these i cannot watch without being annoyed

  4. Another one I would have added would be "The Accountant." I'm not a Huge Ben Affleck fan, but that was a surprisingly good action flick. It's a lot like the equalizer, not as good as the equalizer, but good just the same.

  5. There was absolutely no joy in the guardians movie. Every time I tried to like a character or part of the movie, it would let me down. I really tried to like it but the whole movie is applying itself to the lowest common denominator shoddily disguised as action/sci-fi/comedy/hero comic/whatever and falls well short of anything good. I liked the sequel.

  6. I would let Emily blunt spray diarrhea in my mouth..unfortunately her husband won't. Emily we can.IV ritalin.and coke and morphine we will.have so.much more fun than the dude who was in the office

  7. I sure hope The Professional made one of Looper's other lists, because it for damn sure wasn't on this one.

  8. I resent your assessment of The Equalizer tv series. It was very good and Ed Woodward presented an impressive portrayal of Robert McCall his classy; Cary Grant like character was juxtaposed to the intense avenging of wrongs. Denzel Washington was excellent as Robert McCall but he played his character as a tightly coiled viper, whose strike was deadly and dynamically under control. Ed Woodward's Robert McCall was deadly because he was always steps ahead and the control was not unleashed it was a dynamism that was directed from the very start, an unrelenting force.

  9. Edge of tomorrow is based on a japanese manga, All you need is kill, not an original concept or imitating a video game.

  10. I'm just halfway through Kung Fu Hustle and I had to come back to this video to say: "THX FOR THE TIP!!"

  11. Anyone else notice that the raid is the very exact same story line as dredd literally the same goes to building bad guys trap it they fight their way back out

  12. I feel quite good to say that I've watched 17 out of 18 … But kill bill and Die hard had to be on the list!

  13. Sorry once he mentioned M purge as a de event movie that when I know he dont know what he talking about there shit movies.

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