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The Best Action and Adventure Movies of 2012

Updated on July 20, 2013

Every year more and more great movies are released. As the years go on, our options just expand.

There were several very good movies released in 2012. This list features the 10 best action and adventure films released during this past year. Although all of these films may be considered action movies, they are all quite different from one another and great in their own way.

"Marvel's The Avengers" Movie Trailer

Marvel's The Avengers

Rated: PG-13
Actors: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson

For the first time in history, Marvel has teamed together the best of the best super heros, demigods, and extraordinary humans in The Avengers. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Captain America (Chris Evans) team up for this ultra action packed epic film that's unlike any other.

Ratings Received:

Amazon: 4.3 / 5 stars
Imdb: 8.4 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 96% like it

"The Dark Knight Rises" Movie Trailer

The Dark Knight Rises

Rated: PG-13
Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway

The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after Batman, or Bruce Wayne, goes into exile when he becomes a fugitive for taking the blame for the murder of a District Attorney. However, a masked terrorist known as Bane drives batman out of his exile in order to once again protect Gotham from evil.

Ratings Received:

Amazon: 4.1 / 5 stars
Imdb: 8.8 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 92% like it

"Prometheus" Movie Trailer


Rated: R
Actors: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green

Prometheus is set in 2089 as a group of researchers journey aboard the spacecraft Prometheus to a distant moon known as LV-223. The researchers are hunting for evidence of human origins after having discovered a star map within a cave that they interpret as being an invitation.

The film is full of action and full of danger but illustrates a unique idea of the origins of life.

Ratings Received:

Amazon: 3.2 / 5 stars
Imdb: 7.3 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 73% like it

"The Hunger Games" Movie Trailer

The Hunger Games

Rated: PG-13
Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland

The Hunger Games is set in Panem, a nation that included 12 districts. There used to be 13 districts until there was an uprising and the 13th district was abolished. As punishment for the uprising, as well as for entertainment, The Capitol host a Hunger Games in which one boy and one girl from each district is chosen to fight to the death.

The contestants are prepped and placed in an arena with various tools and resources, as well as an array of dangers.

Ratings Received:

Amazon: 4.1 / 5 stars
Imdb: 7.3 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% like it

"Snow White and the Huntsman" Movie Trailer

Snow White and the Huntsman

Rated: PG-13
Actors: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Brian Gleeson, Nick Frost, Sam Clafin, Ian McShane, Sam Spruell, Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan, Vincent Regan, Johnny Harris

In Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart places Snow White, princess of Tabor. When the queen dies, Snow White's father remarries Ravenna (Charlize Theron) who kills him on their wedding night.

As Ravenna reigns over the Tabor, she drains the youth from young women in order to maintain her beauty. Ravenna soon learns that Snow White will destroy her unless she consumes her heart, which, in turn, will give her immortality. When Snow White escapes into the Dark Forest, Ravenna orders The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to find Show White in exchange for resurrecting his dead wife.

Ratings Received:

Amazon: 3.3 / 5 stars
Imdb: 6.3 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 54% like it

"Battleship" Movie Trailer


Rated: PG-13
Actors: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, Tadanobu Asano, Hamish Linklater, Jerry Ferrara, Peter MacNicol, Liam Neeson

Battleship is based on the epic and legendary board game of the same name. The crew of an international naval fleet must battle against a large group of aliens in order to save the world.

Ratings Received:

Amazon: 3.6 / 5 stars
Imdb: 6.0 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 54% like it

"Men in Black 3" Movie Trailer

Men in Black 3

Rated: PG-13
Actors: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson, Jemaine Clement

In Men in Black 3, an alien known as Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) travels back in time to the 1960's and kills Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). Agent J (Will Smith) must travel back in time to save the younger Agent K (Josh Brolin).

Ratings Received:

Amazon: 3.8 / 5 stars
Imdb: 7.0 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 72% like it

"Total Recall" Movie Trailer

Total Recall

Rated: PG-13
Actors: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston

In Total Recall, Dennis Quaid (Colin Farrell) is a factory worker that decides to visit Rekall, a place in which clients can take virtual vacations and acquire new memories. During Quaid's procedure of having his new memories implanted something goes wrong. Quaid learns that he actually has a secret identity and teams up with a rebel solider named Melina (Jessics Biel). Together they fight against Chancellor Cohaagen as he attempts to take control of the free world.

A totally action packed film full of twists and turns.

Ratings Received:

Amazon: 3.6 / 5 stars
Imdb: 6.3 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 46% like it

"The Bourne Legacy" Movie Trailer

The Bourne Legacy

Rated: PG-13
Actors: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Albert Finney, Joan Allen

In The Bourne Legacy, Jeremey Renner stars as Aaron Cross, an agent developed from the same government agency as Jason Bourne (from the previous Bourne films). Aaron Cross teams up with Marta Shearing, a government doctor played by Rachel Weisz.

Just like the other Bourne films, the characters find themselves running for the lives and bouncing around the globe. Cross must use his skills to save himself and finish where Jason Bourne left off.

Ratings Received:

Amazon: 3.8 / 5 stars
Imdb: 6.9 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 56% like it

"Safe" Movie Trailer


Rated: R
Actors: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan

In Safe, Jason Statham plays Luke Wright a martial arts fighter that makes enemies with the Russian mafia. He come across Mei, a young Chinese girl who is also being pursued by the mafia. Mei is well known for being able to remember long sequences of numbers. A gang known as the Triads use Mei for her gift and give her an important number to deliver to the Russian mafia.

While en route with the number, the people travelling with Mei are killed and she takes off. It becomes a race for life as Mei and Luke are pursued by numerous gang members as well as the mob.

Ratings Received:

Amazon: 4.1 / 5 stars
Imdb: 6.5 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 62% like it

Do You Have a Favorite Action and Adventure Film From 2012?

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    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      You picked some stellar choices of classics and new movies. I do have to say I was somewhat disappointed with Hunger Games. I should have stuck to my rule of reading the book first and then seeing the movie.

      Interesting piece.

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      Thank you for your comments folks. I do hope you get to watch these films because they're all great. I still haven't decided on a favorite :)

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      I really would like to see Snow White and the Huntsman!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, I did see The Hunger Games and Bourne; now I'll have some more to see when they come out on Netflix. Thanks for the recommendations and good job!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      We rarely go to the movies but I did enjoy reading about all of these. Some look pretty interesting..Great photos and thanks for sharing all of this. Voting UP.