15 Best Action Thriller Movies You Must See

Action-thrillers are crowd attractors. There is no other genre which sees audience swarming into theatres like bugs on a hot June afternoon. Taut storylines and incredible music are characteristics of a well-made action thriller, though the definition is under renovation. When a discussion for thrillers is up, David Fincher’s name invariably finds itself as part of the conversation. Many of the spots in the list are taken by his movies and deservedly so. I tried to make the list as diverse as possible and have therefore included some foreign movies as well. Here is the list of top 15 action-thriller movies of all time. Happy reading!


15. The Raid (2011)

‘The Raid’ is set solely in a 15-story building. The plot concerns Rama and his team of special operatives who get trapped in a safe house belonging to drug lord Tama. Rama now must come up with a way to fend off the incoming horde of goons with almost non-existent ammunition. Violence characterizes this well-shot and choreographed movie. Harsh plot turns and a continuous stream of action sequences keep the movie going and empowers it to become a cult action movie.


14. Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

The ‘Mission Impossible’ series is very underrated. The originality of their set pieces and the infectious charm of its lead star often culminate in an enjoyable experience. Ghost Protocol saw Ethan Hunt and team seeking to restore the tainted name of the IMF by hunting down a neo-fascist professor and futile his plans to destroy the US. The Burj Khalifa stunt is purely a joy to watch and certainly stands out as a chic, stylish and clever action-thriller.


13. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

The Bride arouses from a four-year trance state. The kid she bred in her womb is no more. Seeking revenge for her despairing state, she vows to obliterate the group of professional killers who sold out her – a group she was once part of. Characterized by Tarantino’s typical narrative style and aesthetic violence, ‘Kill Bill’ sees a power-packed Uma Thurman delivering the goods as the Bride and tower over a movie that she makes her own.


12. The Man From Nowhere (2010)

Chae-suk is a taciturn individual who runs a pawn shop. The usually reserved Suk finds a friend in a small girl, his neighbor, whose mother is an addict. When the delinquent mother steals drugs from the drug overlord, he kidnaps her and her daughter. Suk, a decorated ex-black operative, is confronted by the men who come to retrieve the bag and instead begins a search for his only friend. ‘The Man From Nowhere’ is especially good in utilizing its moments of suspense to further the story. The compelling plot obliges the viewer to give its undivided attention to the film and is fruitfully rewarded with an atmospheric and nervy tale of sacrifice and love.


11. Children of Men (2006)

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In a dystopian world, mankind is devoid of new-born children. The curse has seen the life and civilization deteriorate into a chaotic mess. A new ray of sunshine dawns upon the world in the form of Kee. A disgruntled government employee and a secret rebellion group must protect her fulfill the destiny of the unborn. Alfonso Cuaron’s expert use of handheld cameras and gritty, well-positioned long takes make the movie a strong directorial effort and ‘Children of Men’ a movie to remember.

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