10 Best Action Movies of All Time

Action. The genre that earns the maximum amount of money for Hollywood studios. But let’s accept it: most of the movies made under this genre are full of crap. Mindless action, to me, is not enjoyable. Action should be have some purpose behind it. The best action films that feature below separate themselves from the rest of the crowd because they are not just CGI put together. They have a sense of urgency and purpose that make them an engrossing watch.

So, in case, you had a question: “What are the best action movies of all time?”. Here it is: the list of top 10 action movies. ever. Lights. Camera. ACTION!


10. Lethal Weapon (1987)

‘Lethal Weapon’ is one of those movies that make us walk out grinning from ear to ear. It’s a buddy movie about two cops who chase a gang of drug dealers all over Southern California. The cops are played by Danny Glover and Mel Gibson, who have personal revenge ideas on their minds. In a streak of 2 days, they become partners, kill several people, participate in shootouts, play with firearms, jump off buildings, drive cars through walls, endure torture, retrieve Glover’s daughter and have a few beers together at the end of the day. The action sequences shown in the film– the chases, the explosions–feels more real than such sequences in other films.

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9. First Blood (1982)

In the first scene of ‘First Blood’, when John J. Rambo hurls into the scene by breaking out of a jail. In this Ted Kotcheff directed movie, we see Stallone as Rambo, a Vietnam veteran skilled in fighting and survival in extremes and how he declares war on the cops, when a police force of a town mishandles him. All of this is set up in scenes of great physical power, of strength and of pure rawness.

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8. Aliens (1986)

Where Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ (1979) focussed on dread, jumps and jolts and out-and-out terror — Cameron made ‘Aliens’ as a journey of rush and unparalleled excitement. The result is that ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’ complement each other in a most gratifying manner.

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7. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

During the period when the New Hollywood era was ushering, directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made a blockbuster, which would go on to become one of the most influential action-adventure films ever made. They turned ‘Raiders of The Lost Ark’ into one of the most-loved adventure films of all times, nostalgically recalling the memories of the adventure serials from the 30s and 40s.’Raiders of Lost Ark’ was made with glorious imagination; it wants to entertain the audience and it succeeds gloriously.

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6. The Dark Knight (2008)

‘The Dark Knight’ is unarguably the best superhero film ever made. It also has the best use of action that I have seen in any superhero movie. Though, as good as the action is–and yes, inherently, it is an action-film–the strength of the film lies in the characters and the ideas. And let’s not forget The Joker, who surely is one of the best villains of all time.

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