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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 2 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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