15 Best Action Movies Of All Time

POSTED BY Aena Rasheed, UPDATED ON February 12th, 2024
15 Best Action Movies of All Time

The thrill of a car chase, the rhythm in a fight scene, or the sequenced shooting scene in a chaotic battlefield are all scenes that keep us hooked to the screen. Action movies are the perfect end to the weekend because they fight off all the stress for you. With so many action movies piling up in the industry, which one do you think tops your list? Here is my list of the best 15 best action movies of all time:


15. Die Hard (1988)

Best Action Movie Die Hard 1988

Talking about action movies and Die Hard isn’t there? It would be a foolish thing to do like being at the Nakatomi Plaza when John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) is at the party!

The scenes lined up with power moves from the lead cop not only make it a thriller action movie but also one of the classics that is still remembered four decades later.


14. Speed (1994)

Speed 1994

One of the most thrilling movies to exist has to be Speed. It catches the civilians’ raging fear combined with the prompt courage of the officer in a perfect way.

You can hop on this ride to steer yourself away from the bomb as it is calculated to go off when the speed of the bus decreases or increases to a certain level.


13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America Civil War 2016

Marvel creates the most thrilling plot twists of all time but just as equally as it creates action scenes. In the third movie of the Captain America franchise, the superheroes are in a brawl not against the villains but against themselves.

In this epic battle, the fans see themselves split into two sides. And the action scene near the end is a masterpiece that one cannot get enough of in the movie.


12. Red Notice (2021)

Red Notice 2021

This film is a recent release but puts comedy and action in a beautiful pair. The whole movie is one big action special that can take you to the realms of a shooting arena, a fighting ring, and a jeep ride all at the same time.

You will enjoy the thrilling plot twist just as much as the fighting scenes that keep the movie going in a sweet storyline.


11. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

The movie may be set in an unusual setting with Nazis and an archeologist driven to maintain the world’s motto of good trumping the bad.

The rolling boulder, the rhythmic swimming to the ship sailing away, and the effort to get on the moving truck, all set the pace for the action-packed movie that is Raiders of the Lost Ark.


10. The Dark Knight (2008)

Best Action Movie The Dark Knight 2008

Dark Knight is one of the top-rated movies of the whole Batman franchise. It may be because of the amazing cast but you also cannot ignore the high-end chase and the epic battle between good and evil in Gotham City.

Anything to turn that dark city into a place of goodness.


9. Baby Driver (2017)

Baby Driver 2017

This movie features car chases in the best of their form. With sweet songs playing in the background, Baby Driver drives off with the thieves after the bank robberies.

The sweet action chase is just what you need to grasp over the weekend.


8. Robocop (1987)

Robocop 1987

A cop who has turned into a robot. With his haunting past to support him in all the battles, how do you think the action scenes will play?

Join the robocop as he puts down his enemies using his cyborg power shooters as he comes back to help the force.


7. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Best Action Film Edge of Tomorrow 2014

Tom Cruise puts a stop to every action scene played in any movie. The way he runs off after the enemies as if he is the human form of the Ferrari is a reason to press replay every time.

But in this movie, he is not running from anybody. Instead, he is battling the aliens again and again and again. You will see the action sequences on a thrilling loop!


6. The Matrix (1999)

action movie matrix 1999

The Matrix is a sci-fi classic that has all the scenes that are referenced to this day, let alone recreated every chance people get. You will find the amazing duel at the subway one of the most thrilling fights as the rush of the trains excites the combat.

That, combined with a bit of kung fu, dodging the bullets, and shooting the bullets, is an action movie one cannot resist watching.


5. John Wick 3 (2019)

Best Action Film John Wick 3 2019

John Wick 3 has every action sequence that you can think of, only made better. From riding on motorbikes with swords in their hands to blazing every kind of knife you can find, there is much to look out for!

But that is not all, you will even find a battle on the horses as this modern film goes on for an enticing battle.


4. Top Gun (1986)

Top Gun 1986

From the mundane volleyball game to a jet fighter game up in the air, the military men have it rough to get a claim for the best man out there.

The jet fighters are as cool as you can expect because it is called a dog fight as seen in the movie.


3. Logan (2017)

Logan 2017

This X-Men movie beats all the other movies of the franchise with its brutal fight scenes and swinging plot twists.

From the action scenes at the hotel to the ongoing battle at the plant, you will find yourself on the edge of your seat and maybe even gasping in between because the scenes are brutal.


2. Terminator 2 (1999)

Best Action Flick Terminator 2 1999

Another cyborg movie on the list is because it is a classic that you cannot ignore. From the old times of the 1980s, this action movie has a motorbike chase, a van chase, a helicopter chase, and a tanker chase all combined in the thriller presented before you!


1. Police Story (1985)

Police Story 1985

If you have to talk about action movies, you cannot put Jackie Chan off the list. That man is a living legend who knows kung fu like no other actor.

Police Story was one of the starting movies where he is seen juggling, pulling off the action scenes in a comedic way, while nailing all the fighting scenes in the movie.


Honorable Mentions

  • Predator (1987)
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
  • Bloodsport (1988)

Did we miss any worthy title on our list of the best action movies of all time? Let us know in the comments below!

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