Best Action Movies in the World ...ever! that you should watch

scrowe

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Post your best, top3, top5, top10 ..whatever.

The rules are ....
1. you must justify each choice with a few words or sentences
2. They must be Action Movies in purest form ... no Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Superhero in this thread.
3. If you have an edge-case - justify it, e.g. Armageddon/Face-Off/Hobbs and Shaw scrape in as the technology shown has grounding. But no to Universal Solder/Terminator - they are sci-fi.
4. Sequels/Prequels are allowed but the individual films must appear on their own merit, no blanket trilogy mentions, or similar.
5. All mentions will build a Top20 Top100 by order of first mentioned in this seed post.
6. Edit to 4: Full list now shows other entries mentioned from same franchise grouped beside in order of mention, as fans of one often like the rest.
7. '*' denotes - other entries in the franchise are available

On the List - in order of mentions only as of 09/02/2021

1. Die Hard (Die Hard2)*
2. Speed*
3. Con Air
4. Lethal Weapon (Lethal Weapon 2)*
5. Bad Boys (Bad Boys II)*
6. Armageddon
7. Under Siege*
8. Daylight
9. White House Down
10. Police Story (Police Story 2) (Police Story 3 - Supercop)*
11. Fist of Fury
12. Commando
13. Fist of Legend
14. Sha Po Lang
15. Flash Point
16. Hard Boiled
17. Heat
18. The Rock
19. 48 Hours (Another 48 Hours)
20. Cliffhanger
21. Hobbs and Shaw (Fast and the Furious: Fast 5) (Fast 3,4,6,7,8)*
22. American Ninja*
23. The Best of the Best*
24. No Retreat No Surrender*
25. Bloodsport
26. Kickboxer*
27. A.W.O.L.
28. The Bourne Identity (The Bourne Supremacy)(The Bourne Ultimatum)*
29. Rambo: First Blood Part 1 (Rambo IV)*
30. Taken*
31. Road House
32. John Wick (Part II & Part III)*
33. IP Man 3*
34. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Fallout) (II& III) (Ghost Protocol)*
35. Mad Max: Fury Road (Mad Max: Original Trilogy)*
36. Atomic Blonde
37. Kill Bill Part 1 (Kill Bill Part 2)
38. Casino Royale (Goldfinger) (The Spy Who Loved Me) (Goldeneye)*
39. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Temple of Doom) (The Last Crusade)*
40. Streets of Fire
41. Walking Tall
42. Faster
43. The Raid (The Raid 2)*
44. The Kingdom
45. Man on Fire
46. The Transporter*
47. Leon - The Professional
48. Face/Off
49. Collateral
50. Baby Driver
51. Point Break (Original)
52. Once Upon a Time in China Part 1 (Once Upon a Time in China Part 2)*
53. Black Hawk Down
54. La Femme Nikita
55. Ronin
56. The Long Kiss Goodnight
57. The Last Boy Scout
58. Tears of the Sun
59. The 13th Warrior
60. Shooter
61. The Mechanic*
62. Assault on Precinct 13 (original)
63. Lone Wolf and Cub*
64. Dirty Harry*
65. Crank (Crank 2)*
66. Safe
67.Blitz
68. Welcome to the Jungle (not Jumanji)
69. Crying Freeman
70. Brotherhood of the Wolf
71. Hard Target
72. Top Gun*
73. True Lies
74. Red Heat
75. Delta Force*
76. Desperado*
77. Beverly Hills Cop*
78. Hanna
79. Haywire
80. The Fugitive*
81. The Wild Bunch
82. Extreme Prejudice
83. The Driver
84. Drive
85. Drive (Mark Dacascos)
86. Rapid Fire
87. Marked for Death
88. A Better Tomorrow Part 1 (A Better Tomorrow Part 2)*
89. Inception
90. The Killer
91. Enter the Dragon
92. The Crow
93. Unleashed
94. War
95. Waterworld
97. The Hunt for Red October (Clear and Present Danger)*
98. Passenger 57
99. Murder at 1600
100. Runaway Train
 
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scrowe

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Starting with my Top 5

1. Die Hard
Truly redefined the genre, by having an Everyman hero into the wrong place, at the wrong time, with wisecracks, and high concept scenarios, and big budget set-pieces,

2. Speed
Another high-concept scenario, with the perfect mix of adrenalin and pacing, charismatic leads, memorable ensemble of likeable characters, breezy wit, and thrilling action, fuelled by a pounding soundtrack.

3. Con Air
A memorable ensemble of gifted actors starring in an off-book genre, that is just endlessly entertaining and fun, and you feel that they had as much fun making it, as you did watching it.

4. Lethal Weapon
Took the buddy cop movie to a new level, but managed to blend humour, with darker ideas and edgier violence, making an extremely watchable, compelling mix.

5. Bad Boys
A different style of flashier locales, quick edits, moving cameras, fast music, and street-banter, that again moved the buddy-cop genre forward.
 

scrowe

Distinguished Member
Starting with my Top 5

1. Die Hard
Truly redefined the genre, by having an Everyman hero into the wrong place, at the wrong time, with wisecracks, and high concept scenarios, and big budget set-pieces,

2. Speed
Another high-concept scenario, with the perfect mix of adrenalin and pacing, charismatic leads, memorable ensemble of likeable characters, breezy wit, and thrilling action, fuelled by a pounding soundtrack.

3. Con Air
A memorable ensemble of gifted actors starring in an off-book genre, that is just endlessly entertaining and fun, and you feel that they had as much fun making it, as you did watching it.

4. Lethal Weapon
Took the buddy cop movie to a new level, but managed to blend humour, with darker ideas and edgier violence, making an extremely watchable, compelling mix.

5. Bad Boys
A different style of flashier locales, quick edits, moving cameras, fast music, and street-banter, that again moved the buddy-cop genre forward.

6. Armageddon
Works because it doesn’t take itself seriously and leans into the absurdities, and every aspect is amped to 120%, characters, action, technology, music, romance, dialogue, unique within itself.

7. Die Hard 2
In it’s own way as good as the original, everything that worked before is retained, with a more complex plot, that moves with conviction, and more great action set-pieces with wisecracks.

8. Under Siege
Yes its Die Hard on a boat, but it’s done so well, again taking everything that works and applying it to another high-concept scenario, and a peak for Steven Seagal, that unfortunately was straight down the other side for him.

9. Daylight
It would be amiss not to have Stallone featuring, but this Disaster movie is one I’ve watched time and again by choice, over and above everything else he’s done, probably just edging Cliffhanger.

10. White House Down
Some will frown, but I find this another one I keep going back to, just because it’s bigger in scope, and leans more into the scenario, and embraces the Mom and Apple Pie nature of American Patriotism.
 
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bruce-leroy

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I’m not really a fan of making lists as I like so many films that its difficult for me to narrow down on absolute favourites! That said, I will compile a list (but it’s not set in stone or anything like this) for some of my faves which might go in a top ten, and most importantly, fit the criteria of the thread.

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1. Die Hard

It has to be, doesn’t it. Of course we had action films before Die Hard but MacTieran’s actioner felt fresh and innovative in terms of a protagonist who didn’t appear to be indestructible, and you see actually getting hurt quite a lot. McClane is also actually shown doing some police work such as assessing how many bad guys there are in the building. It has everything that makes it the prototype for the modern action blockbuster, spawning it’s own sub genre (Die Hard on a....etc.):

  • great central performance from Willis (sad to see what he’s like these days)
  • perfect screenplay with brilliantly realised characters such as Gruber, Holly, Karl, Dwayne Robinson, Al, Ellis....I could go on
  • endlessly quotable one liners and dialogue
  • brilliant set pieces obviously

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2. Police Story

The Hong Kong equivalent of Die Hard. You just have to see the amount of Hollywood movies which have lifted set pieces from Police Story (Tango & Cash and Bad Boys II to name a couple). Jackie Chan was keen to move away from traditional (Drunken Master) or period (Project A) kung fu films, and boy did he do it in style. The opening set piece starting from the shanty town pursuit to the runaway bus is still exhilarating to this day.


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3. Fist of Fury

Most people like to say Enter The Dragon but I just love Lee’s rage and intensity here. For action scenes, it’s between FoF and Way of the Dragon (which of course is iconic for Lee versus Norris at the Collesuem).


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4. Commando

For pure action escapism and over the top-ness (if that’s a word?), look no further than Arnie’s big screen version of what a GI JOE movie might have been like. This was definitely Arnie’s answer to Rambo, but Commando is much more fun than the more po-faced Rambo II and III. Crazy set pieces, trademark cheesy one liners, Vernon Wells’ Bennett channelling Freddie Mercury in a chainmail-type vest. It’s all here.


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5. Fist of Legend

Jet Li at his best, stunning kung fu set pieces courtesy of Yuen Woo Ping at his most creative, and a film which is arguably better than Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury (which reflected it’s time in terms of portraying Japanese as mere evil stereotypes).


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6. Sha Po Lang

I’m a huge fan of Donnie Yen and he made some of his best action films before Ip Man gave him worldwide recognition. Working with the latter’s director, Wilson Yip, Sha Po Lang (or the blander international title Killzone) is a police versus triad themed action drama with some ridiculously good martial arts set pieces, and Yen is basically the Tom Cruise of HK/Asian cinema in this movie. That’s without mentioning the intense finale which sees Yen face off against the legendary Sammo Hung in an extremely brutal showdown.


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7. Flash Point

Donnie Yen again working with a pre Ip Man Wilson Yip. Another cops versus Triad story and excuse to show off some very innovative urban martial arts set pieces. I think Yen was among the first to incorporate MMA techniques into his sequences (he’s also the fight co-ordinator), and the camera work and action is among the best I’ve seen from a modern perspective.


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8. Hard Boiled

You can’t have a list like this without John Woo, and Hard Boiled would be my pick for an outright Woo action picture (A Better Tomorrow and The Killer are great but have much higher doses of melodrama).


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9. Lethal Weapon 2

The original is fantastic, arguably the benchmark for the buddy cop subgenre. However, the action in that film is poor compared to the sequel - see the crap fight at the end between Riggs and Mr. Joshua. It can be argued that the sequel improves upon the first with much nastier bad guys, even better chemistry between the leads, better set pieces such as the bomb on the toilet and great finale (and Leo Getz!).



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10. Heat

Not strictly an action film but probably the best weapons set pieces ever filmed.
 

Fergal82

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6. Armageddon
Works because it doesn’t take itself seriously and leans into the absurdities, and every aspect is amped to 120%, characters, action, technology, music, romance, dialogue, unique within itself.

7. Die Hard 2
In it’s own way as good as the original, everything that worked before is retained, with a more complex plot, that moves with conviction, and more great action set-pieces with wisecracks.

8. Under Siege
Yes its Die Hard on a boat, but it’s done so well, again taking everything that works and applying it to another high-concept scenario, and a peak for Steven Seagal, that unfortunately was straight down the other side for him.

9. Daylight
It would be amiss not to have Stallone featuring, but this Disaster movie is one I’ve watched time and again by choice, over and above everything else he’s done, probably just edging Cliffhanger.

10. White House Down
Some will frown, but I find this another one I keep going back to, just because it’s bigger in scope, and leans more into the scenario, and embraces the Mom and Apple Pie nature of American Patriotism.
No8. You could’ve just put Erika Eleniak 😄
 

scrowe

Distinguished Member
@bruce-leroy my exposure to Asian Martial arts is painfully thin. I’ve seen some more modern ones like ‘Hero’ and ‘Blade of the Immortal’ I’ll try and see a couple of those.
 

bruce-leroy

Distinguished Member
@bruce-leroy my exposure to Asian Martial arts is painfully thin. I’ve seen some more modern ones like ‘Hero’ and ‘Blade of the Immortal’ I’ll try and see a couple of those.

You need to check out Police Story for starters. :thumbsup: As I said, many action scenes from Hollywood blockbusters were lifted wholesale from Police Story.
 

bruce-leroy

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My Simpson/Bruckheimer pick for this thread is undoubtedly:


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The Rock (1996)

Made when Bay hadn’t yet disappeared up his own rectum, this is a twilight Connery - but still charismatic and capable as hell - and Cage (in reluctant action man mode) at the top of their game. Packed to the rafters with a great cast (Ed Harris, Michael Biehn, Tony Todd, William Forsythe), OTT but still exciting action scenes and great dialogue: “Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fudge the prom queen.“
 

scrowe

Distinguished Member
The Rock (1996)

Made when Bay hadn’t yet disappeared up his own rectum, this is a twilight Connery - but still charismatic and capable as hell - and Cage (in reluctant action man mode) at the top of their game. Packed to the rafters with a great cast (Ed Harris, Michael Biehn, Tony Todd, William Forsythe), OTT but still exciting action scenes and great dialogue: “Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fudge the prom queen.“

Definitely makes my Top 15, maybe even 11.
 

kav

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I’d throw 48 Hrs into the mix, an early entry to the buddy cop action movie genre with Murphy and Nolte at their finest.

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mb3195

Distinguished Member
6. Armageddon
Works because it doesn’t take itself seriously and leans into the absurdities, and every aspect is amped to 120%, characters, action, technology, music, romance, dialogue, unique within itself.

7. Die Hard 2
In it’s own way as good as the original, everything that worked before is retained, with a more complex plot, that moves with conviction, and more great action set-pieces with wisecracks.

8. Under Siege
Yes its Die Hard on a boat, but it’s done so well, again taking everything that works and applying it to another high-concept scenario, and a peak for Steven Seagal, that unfortunately was straight down the other side for him.

9. Daylight
It would be amiss not to have Stallone featuring, but this Disaster movie is one I’ve watched time and again by choice, over and above everything else he’s done, probably just edging Cliffhanger.

10. White House Down
Some will frown, but I find this another one I keep going back to, just because it’s bigger in scope, and leans more into the scenario, and embraces the Mom and Apple Pie nature of American Patriotism.
Surely Armageddon is sci-fi?
 

scrowe

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Not sure of overall rating but a couple more faves :-

Cliffhanger
A tight, restrained, Stallone actioner, focusing more on the drama, set against great visuals and unique climate for action set-pieces.

Hobbs and Shaw
Just ridiculously polished and entertaining, thrills, laughs, a completely polished high-octane spectacle, that is certainly Faster, but more Fantastic than Furious than its parents.
 

scrowe

Distinguished Member
Surely Armageddon is sci-fi?
Edge case, it’s set arguably in modern day, using technology that arguably could exist in modern day, as Top Secret, for all we know.
 

scrowe

Distinguished Member
Some 80s VHS rental throwbacks

American Ninja
Michael Dudikoff and Steve James, GIs, Ninjas, all fighting. What more could you want to see to pass 90 minutes by.

The Best of the Best
Rocky 4 retold by way of the US Karate Team, unlikely team of misfits, training and travelling to a tournament, against impossible odds, with backstory revenge motif.

No Retreat No Surrender
Young hero from wrong end of the tracks, trying to get the girl, fighting small town local criminals, forcing a showdown and training to face Jesn-Claude Van Damme at the Kickboxing tournament, trained by the spirit of Bruce Lee. How great does that sound?
 

bruce-leroy

Distinguished Member
Some 80s VHS rental throwbacks

American Ninja
Michael Dudikoff and Steve James, GIs, Ninjas, all fighting. What more could you want to see to pass 90 minutes by.

The Best of the Best
Rocky 4 retold by way of the US Karate Team, unlikely team of misfits, training and travelling to a tournament, against impossible odds, with backstory revenge motif.

No Retreat No Surrender
Young hero from wrong end of the tracks, trying to get the girl, fighting small town local criminals, forcing a showdown and training to face Jesn-Claude Van Damme at the Kickboxing tournament, trained by the spirit of Bruce Lee. How great does that sound?

Bloodsport

Kickboxer

AWOL
 

mb3195

Distinguished Member
Edge case, it’s set arguably in modern day, using technology that arguably could exist in modern day, as Top Secret, for all we know.
Hmm, not sure on that, but I’ll give it to you!!

my list would be:

die hard
Commando
Rambo first blood part 1
Lethal weapon
Bourne Trilogy
Taken
 

richp007

Distinguished Member
I'd have to have a good think about this one, but great shout from Kav on 48Hrs. I also don't care that Another 48Hrs is inferior, I love that one as well. I wish they'd done another.
 

lucasisking

Distinguished Member
In addition to some of those mentioned (who can argue with Die Hard and Lethal Weapon?) Im going to throw in these.


Road House
I didn't realise quite how much I love this movie, until I saw it again a year or two ago. Just absolutely ace. You're too stupid not to have a good time.

John Wick 1
Not the super fan some are, but there's no denying Keanu takes the action genre to new heights of violent awesomeness with this series. The standout Nightclub scene gives part one the edge over its sequels.

IP Man 3
Some of the best modern martial arts action scenes I've ever seen, courtesy of Donnie Yen and an army of incredible opponents. I picked this over part 1 (the best) because of the sheer power and variety of the combat. IP Man fights dozens of axe weilding opponents, a deadly Muay Thai fighter, Mike Tyson himself, and a skilled Kung Fu master in this one.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation & Fallout
I know that's two, but as a continuing story Christopher McQuarrie set the new stand for espionage action films and left Skyfall and Spectre in the dust. If I have to pick one I'll take Rogue nation.

Mad Max Fury Road
Technically sci-fi, but there's no technology here that doesn't exist in the real world. Its just weaponised cars causing carnage. So I think it deserves a place. Its a 2 hour demo reel of modern vehicular mayhem.

Atomic Blonde
That stairway fight alone deserves a place on the list. This woman really gets banged up but holy s*** does she kick arse.

Kill Bill
I simply adore the whole bloody affair and the Bride's roaring rampage of revenge is an orgy of gory, bone-crunching violence and severed limbs.

Casino Royale
Best Bond film bar none. That's all I have to say.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The only PG-rated one on the list (although some of it is still horrific) and its still an action tour de force. Indy is at his best, and most ruthless, taking on the Nazis in a brutal race to get the Ark. The humour is well judged and not over the top.

Fast & The Furious 5
The franchise had already begun its transformation into a ludicrously daft action, but this is the one where the series went into high gear. Best of the bunch and while absurd, its less so than what followed.

Rambo (the 4th one)
Who expected it to be this brutal and gory? I didn't, but I was bloody delighted.
 

bruce-leroy

Distinguished Member
In addition to some of those mentioned (who can argue with Die Hard and Lethal Weapon?) Im going to throw in these.


Road House
I didn't realise quite how much I love this movie, until I saw it again a year or two ago. Just absolutely ace. You're too stupid not to have a good time.

John Wick 1
Not the super fan some are, but there's no denying Keanu takes the action genre to new heights of violent awesomeness with this series. The standout Nightclub scene gives part one the edge over its sequels.

IP Man 3
Some of the best modern martial arts action scenes I've ever seen, courtesy of Donnie Yen and an army of incredible opponents. I picked this over part 1 (the best) because of the sheer power and variety of the combat. IP Man fights dozens of axe weilding opponents, a deadly Muay Thai fighter, Mike Tyson himself, and a skilled Kung Fu master in this one.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation & Fallout
I know that's two, but as a continuing story Christopher McQuarrie set the new stand for espionage action films and left Skyfall and Spectre in the dust. If I have to pick one I'll take Rogue nation.

Mad Max Fury Road
Technically sci-fi, but there's no technology here that doesn't exist in the real world. Its just weaponised cars causing carnage. So I think it deserves a place. Its a 2 hour demo reel of modern vehicular mayhem.

Atomic Blonde
That stairway fight alone deserves a place on the list. This woman really gets banged up but holy s*** does she kick arse.

Kill Bill
I simply adore the whole bloody affair and the Bride's roaring rampage of revenge is an orgy of gory, bone-crunching violence and severed limbs.

Casino Royale
Best Bond film bar none. That's all I have to say.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
The only PG-rated one on the list (although some of it is still horrific) and its still an action tour de force. Indy is at his best, and most ruthless, taking on the Nazis in a brutal race to get the Ark. The humour is well judged and not over the top.

Fast & The Furious 5
The franchise had already begun its transformation into a ludicrously daft action, but this is the one where the series went into high gear. Best of the bunch and while absurd, its less so than what followed.

Rambo (the 4th one)
Who expected it to be this brutal and gory? I didn't, but I was bloody delighted.

How could I forget Road House?? Another one I never get bored of.
 

scrowe

Distinguished Member
In addition to some of those mentioned (who can argue with Die Hard and Lethal Weapon?) Im going to throw in these.


Road House
I didn't realise quite how much I love this movie, until I saw it again a year or two ago. Just absolutely ace. You're too stupid not to have a good time.

John Wick 1
Not the super fan some are, but there's no denying Keanu takes the action genre to new heights of violent awesomeness with this series. The standout Nightclub scene gives part one the edge over its sequels.

IP Man 3
Some of the best modern martial arts action scenes I've ever seen, courtesy of Donnie Yen and an army of incredible opponents. I picked this over part 1 (the best) because of the sheer power and variety of the combat. IP Man fights dozens of axe weilding opponents, a deadly Muay Thai fighter, Mike Tyson himself, and a skilled Kung Fu master in this one.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation & Fallout
I know that's two, but as a continuing story Christopher McQuarrie set the new stand for espionage action films and left Skyfall and Spectre in the dust. If I have to pick one I'll take Rogue nation.

Mad Max Fury Road
Technically sci-fi, but there's no technology here that doesn't exist in the real world. Its just weaponised cars causing carnage. So I think it deserves a place. Its a 2 hour demo reel of modern vehicular mayhem.

Atomic Blonde
That stairway fight alone deserves a place on the list. This woman really gets banged up but holy s*** does she kick arse.

Kill Bill
I simply adore the whole bloody affair and the Bride's roaring rampage of revenge is an orgy of gory, bone-crunching violence and severed limbs.

Casino Royale
Best Bond film bar none. That's all I have to say.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
The only PG-rated one on the list (although some of it is still horrific) and its still an action tour de force. Indy is at his best, and most ruthless, taking on the Nazis in a brutal race to get the Ark. The humour is well judged and not over the top.

Fast & The Furious 5
The franchise had already begun its transformation into a ludicrously daft action, but this is the one where the series went into high gear. Best of the bunch and while absurd, its less so than what followed.

Rambo (the 4th one)
Who expected it to be this brutal and gory? I didn't, but I was bloody delighted.

Good list, weirdly I'd kind of tuned out the Fast&Furious, Bourne, Bond, Rambo, Indy, Mission Impossible, as the have have their own Top 5s and Top10s within their own franchise. Annoyingly this now puts my assured Top10 in grave doubt. Great shout on RoadHouse. I do wonder how Atomic Blonde stacks up with the likes of Nikita, Long Kiss Goodnight, Salt, etc.
 

scrowe

Distinguished Member
A real throwback, and what I believe are The Rock's best 2 movies in this genre as the sole lead.

Streets of Fire
Discovered only on VHS rental, an action movie rock musical, seminal soundtrack, B-movie plot and acting, but a unique production, helmed by Water Hill, starring Michael Pare, Diane Lane, and other stars in the making.

Walking Tall
A recycling of every cliche from the 80s, hero returns home to the small town and the girl he left behind, only to face crime and corruption, which he just has to deal with. Probably the first 'Rock' film I saw outside of Scorpion King cameo, and Ashley Scott should have been a bigger star.

Faster
I just remember this for being very slickly made, did not seem low budget, and had character development on both sides that was unusual for the genre, great supporting casts, and convinced me 'The Rock' was the real deal for the 'noughties'.
 

scrowe

Distinguished Member
Already 50 mentions, listed in the first post.
 

Flynch191

Well-known Member
I couldn’t see The Raid... or the Raid 2 listed above.
Foreign film but if you are ok with that then enjoy the action as the fI’ll on action is a great watch. Bloody and violent but great choreography. If you enjoy the first then you will enjoy the second one.
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scrowe

Distinguished Member
Three more should be in the list :-

The Kingdom
A real movie with pace and intensity and visceral action sequences that give me a ‘Heat’ vibe, really underrated, and I have no idea why.

Man on Fire
Denzel and the late, great Tony Scott, teaming again for a first class bodyguard/redemption/revenge thriller that clearly inspired Taken.

The Transporter
Establishing the ‘Stath” as an action hero, surprising a lot of people, with a fresh take within the genre, unfortunately diminished by poorer sequels.
 

Drax1

Distinguished Member
Not seen Leon get a mention yet, but it's hands down the winner for me. I'm sure plenty will argue it's not strictly an action film, and more a drama, but try telling that to voiceover man...


It still ranks as one of all time favourite films, and a career highpoint for so many involved, including the director. It has a beating heart at the centre of all the carnage, unlike so many other films in the genre.

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Runner up - Did Hard. Every single element of this just works a treat, and it gets major bonus points for covering two genres - both one of the greatest action AND Christmas films of all time.

Honourable Mentions -

Face/Off
Mission Impossible 3 - 6.
Collateral
Baby Driver
Point Break
The Rock
Cliffhanger
Speed
 
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