Most of us are suckers for action movies. Perhaps no other movie genre could entertain us the way action movies do on a consistent basis. And by consistent I do not mean the quality of the films it produces but the endless entertainment value inherent in them. Foreign action movies, unlike Hollywood, are a lot more raw and involve hand-to-hand combat. The classic Bruce Lee movies of the 70s and the endearing action comedies of Jackie Chan are probably among the most popular foreign action movies. This article attempts to cover top foreign action films from around the world except American cinema, of course. Without further ado, here’s the list of top foreign action movies ever made. You can watch some of these foreign action movies on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
15. Police Story (1985)
Many people may not be aware of this Jackie Chan flick since this was long before he became a superstar in Hollywood. ‘The Police Story’ was Chan’s breakout leading role following the highly disappointing ‘The Protector’ which was intended to introduce him to the western audiences. However, ‘The Police Story’ was a huge success and received high critical praise for its raw energy comic touch. The film follows a Hong Kong cop who nabs a drug lord but falls into trouble as he’s framed for murder and needs to clear his name off. The action sequences are intensely shot and highly entertaining with the refreshing blend of humor making it a thoroughly unique experience.
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14. The Killer (1989)
The John Woo directed thriller tells the story of a hitman who takes one final assignment and teams up with a cop as he sets out to nab the gangsters who’re after him. Whilst the storyline may not seem so original or fascinating, John Woo, as he always does, makes it far more interesting than what it seems on paper. There are some amazingly well shot action sequences and while Woo has gone on to direct better flicks in Hong Kong and later in Hollywood, this one has a special place in his oeuvre due to its raw touch and unhinged energy.