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Best Action Movies Ever - Top Action Movies

Updated on July 29, 2014

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# 20 Speed

Released in 1994

Directed By: Jan De Bont

Starring: Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock

Box Office: $350,448,145

LA swat officers are hunting down an unknown bomber who is terrorizing Los Angeles.

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# 19 300

Released in 2006

Directed By: Zack Snyder

Starring: Gerard Butler and Lena Hedley

Box Office: $456,068,181

King Leonidas battles the Persians in the epic battle of Thermopylae.

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# 18 Platton

Released in 1986

Directed By: Oliver Stone

Starring: Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger

Box Office: $138,530,565

Shows the horrors of battle in the Vietnam War.

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# 17 Gladiator

Released in 2000

Directed By: Ridley Scott

Starring: Russell Crowe

Box Office: $457,640,427

A renowned Roman General is betrayed by the son of the king he fights for when his family is murdered. The Roman General comes to Rome for vengeance but he is imprisoned and forced to battle as a gladiator.

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# 16 Top Gun

Released in 1986

Directed By: Tony Scott

Starring: Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis

Box Office: $356,830,601

A group of elite fighter pilots are trained to be the best. One fighter pilot likes to take chances which may get him into a lot of trouble.

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# 15 True Lies

Released in 1994

Directed By: James Cameron

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis

Box Office: $378,882,411

A secret agent who keeps his life hidden from his family has his life unravel in front of him when he believes that his wife is having an affair on him.

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# 14 First Blood

Released in 1982

Directed By: Tedd Kotcheff

Starring: Sylvester Stallone

Box Office: $125,212,904

A Vietnam vet who earned the Medal of Honor battles a small town lawman who abuses and terrorizes him when the Vet is arrested.

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# 13 Inception

Released in 2010

Directed By: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio

Box Office: $825.5 Million

A thief uses dreams in order to steal corporate secrets. The thief is offered a deal if he can place an inception into a target's subconscious.

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# 12 Lethal Weapon

Released in 1987

Directed By: Richard Donner

Starring: Mel Gibson and Danny Glover

Box Office:$120,207,127

A veteran cop is partnered with an off the handle younger man, who is not afraid to die, and in fact welcomes death since his wife died. Neither cop likes to work with a partner but they must learn how to work together to catch the bad guys.

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# 11 The Avengers

Released in 2012

Directed By: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Mark Ruffalo.

Box Office: $1,518,594,910

The S.H.I.E.L.D assembles a team of avengers (Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, and Captain America) to battle Loki and his evil forces that have come to destroy Earth.

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# 10 Predator

Released in 1987

Directed By: John McTiernan

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Box Office: $98,267,558

A team of commandoes are sent into the jungles of Central America to rescue as cabinet minister that has been abducted by guerrillas. Soon the commandoes find that they are battling against something not of this world.

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# 9 The Bourne Identity

Released in 2002

Directed By: Doug Liman

Starring: Matt Damon and Franka Potente

Box Office: $214,034,224

An American man is rescued from the Mediterranean Sea by an Italian Fisherman. The American has no memory of who he is or why his body is full of bullet wounds. The American soon finds himself running for his life, while trying to figure out who he is.

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# 8 The Dark Knight

Released in 2008

Directed By: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale and Heath Ledger

Box Office: $1.005 Billion

The Batman and Gordon start cleaning up the streets of Gotham only to have a new evil unleashed on the city in the form of The Joker.

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# 7 Star Wars

Released in 1977

Directed By: George Lucas

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher

Box Office: $1,310,412,745

A young Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi knight, a pilot, R2D2, C3PO, and a wookiee to save the princess and the universe from Darth Vadar. Skywalker has much to learn and will soon find his new skills put to the test.

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# 6 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Released in 1991

Directed By: James Cameron

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton

Box Office: $519,843,345

John Connor is a young boy now and he is on his own living with foster parents. His mother has been placed in a mental facility and a new terminator from the future has been sent back to kill him and his mother. However, another terminator has been sent back to protect his mother and himself but it is the same model that tried to kill his mother many years ago.

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# 5 The Matrix

Released in 1999

Directed By: The Wachowski Brothers

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, and Lawrence Fishburne

Box Office: $463,517,383

A computer hacker named Neo, learns that the world he has been living in is a ruse. He must decided if he wants to know the truth of the real world or if he wants to keep living his fake existence.

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# 4 Die Hard

Released in 1988

Directed By: John McTiernan

Starring: Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman

Box Office: $140.7 million

John McClane is an NYPD officer, whose marriage is on the rocks. McClane flies to Los Angeles to reconcile with his wife but upon arriving to the office building where she works McClane finds that everyone in the office has been taken hostage by terrorists. McClane must battle the terrorist alone to save his wife.

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# 3 Aliens

Released in 1986

Directed By: James Cameron

Starring: Sigourney Weaver

Box Office: $131,060,248

In this sequel Ellen Ripley is found 57 years after her ship was attacked by aliens and she is the lone survivor. People have unknowingly colonized the planet where the aliens live and all communication has been lost. Ripley is the only one with knowledge about the aliens species that may have taken over the colony, and she must return to the planet to help the colonizers.

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# 2 Jurassic Park

Released in 1993

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum.

Box Office: $2,016,573,690

Billionaire John Hammond creates an adventure park featuring real life dinosaurs by finding their DNA in mosquitos. Hammond brings a variety of scientist and his grandchildren to the park to tour the newly finished park. However, during the tour things go very wrong and the humans are no longer in charge of the park. Instead, the dinosaurs have taken control.

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# 1 Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Released in 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Harrison Ford and Karen Allen

Box Office: $389,925,971

Archaeologist Indiana Jones is hired to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do.


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      Katina Davenport 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Well, I have seen most of these and sometimes I continue to watch the movies on the weekend if I catch them on cable. Great hub. It's like going down memory lane.


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