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Top 10 Action Movies of 2015

Updated on June 4, 2016
Best and Greatest Action Movies 2015 - Image - Spectre Film Poster - The No.1 Action Movie for 2015
Best and Greatest Action Movies 2015 - Image - Spectre Film Poster - The No.1 Action Movie for 2015 | Source

The Best Action Movies for 2015

2015 has been a year for action thanks to the killer audience which is had for the superhero sub genre for action which has more audience viewers than ever before.

This list will include a few superhero movies as it has certainly dominated the action genre for the past decade, but now it is dominating more than ever. But action is jam-packed with all sorts, from the superhero flicks, to fantasy action, to sci-fi action, and the list continues.

2015 has had its fair share of action blockbusters as always, alongside smaller budget action films, and the action films that may have gone by under the radar lacking in advertisement budgeting, but still some of the best.

Here are the top of the action for the genre in 2015, which is dominating at the box office with figures that are going through the roof. Take note if you will.

Spectre - Image - Spectre Cast
Spectre - Image - Spectre Cast | Source

No.1 - Spectre

James Bond, the character which has turned faces all around the world, and in Daniel Craig's portrayal of Bond it is hard to resist the Bond film viewing. Spectre is Craig's final movie playing the iconic character Bond, so in a way it is a special one.

Spectre has had it hard, given that it was up against the prequel, Skyfall, which was spectacular in all, as it had the perfect villain, the perfect setting, and Daniel Craig was at his best in that Bond movie. But, Spectre did Skyfall justice, and kept the shocks coming with a new and intriguing villain, as well as the usual action scenes which came at all points during the movie.

Spectre has won the number one spot on this list because it was by far the most anticipated action movie, if not movie, of 2015, and it did not disappoint. Spectre delves a little deeper into Bond's past and uncovers a few more details which keeps the audience guessing just who Bond might have been before he became 007.

James Bond movies have gone from the days when it was all about martinis, women, and a few corny car chases and one-liners, to lasting memories of a serious hard-hitting blockbuster that keeps questions rolling and answers following swiftly in the sequels. James Bond is relentless in its entertainment and potential to offer more, and Spectre has kept that cycle coming.

Spectre was certainly a high for Daniel Craig to go out on now that he has left the Bond franchise, and this makes it even more special as it is the final Bond film to star Daniel Craig, everyones favourite Bond.

Jurassic World - Image - Jurassic World Poster
Jurassic World - Image - Jurassic World Poster | Source

No.2 - Jurassic World

Jurassic World is an (almost) sequel to Jurassic Park 3, moving 20 years ahead in time to the original Jurassic (theme) Park being turned into a 21st Century no expense spared ultra modern theme park, now called Jurassic World.

The movie feels a little more like a sequel to the original Jurassic Park movie released back in 1993, as it takes what was failed to occur with the opening of the original Jurassic Park, and fixed all of the flaws to turn the park into an even more spectacular theme park where visitors can safely explore the Dinosaur beings from millions of years ago.

Jurassic World is not as I was imagining it to be, as unlike the original Jurassic Park trilogy they have now opted for a less thriller like setting, but rather an epic action adventure for the whole family to delve into.

Jurassic World has less thrills that that of Jurassic Park, and arguably the story could have been a little more unnerving, but where the action is concerned there is plenty of CGI to go at, with chaos striking when the dinosaurs on the park get free causing havoc on the tens of thousands of visitors currently on the island.

The action is where the entertainment is in this movie, and Colin Trevorrow, the director, has done a visionary job at bringing the new ultra-modern Jurassic World (park) to life. A brilliant beginning to what will most likely be another trilogy in the making for the Jurassic franchise.

Mad Max: Fury Road - Image - Screenshot from Movie
Mad Max: Fury Road - Image - Screenshot from Movie | Source

No.3 - Mad Max: Fury Road

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron on the headliners for this action remake epic, and the dirt world that has wrecked civilisation offers a lot of dangerous antics for the people that are left alive to claim what ever they like.

Tom Hardy gives a stunning performance, and alongside Charlize Theron's breathtaking performance as rebels on the run from a dangerous gang of killers, this is a 2015 action epic not to be missed.

Whether a fan of the Mad Max originals starring Mel Gibson as the lead or not, this movie will blow you away as the world that has been brought to life is grizzly to say the least. A dangerous world brought to life, and the insanity is infectious, a recipe for a chaotic, but exciting viewing for mature audiences.

Plus, with a sequel in the line of up, this may be one action movie that might just get you into another unmissable action series.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - Image - Screenshot from Movie
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - Image - Screenshot from Movie | Source

No.4 - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Mission Impossible's have always been the Tom Cruise must-sees, and this one is no different, with all the traditional action expectations scored, as there are cool car chases, insane stunts, and a lot of gun fights.

Tom Cruise is the reason to see this movie, as he gives an old-fashioned action performance that enables Mission Impossible to stand out from other action movies. The spy edge is certainly a unique quality to the Mission Impossible movies, as we have James Bond and Jason Bourne to offer the more realistic spy experience, but Mission Impossible reaches out to a more laid back spy experience which fans adore.

Another reason for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation being a spy movie worth seeing from the 2015 line up is the fact that it has an entirely new perspective than that of the prequel Mission Impossible's, which is down to the fact that the movie has an all new director, Christopher McQuarrie, who has had his own vision for the movie.

'Ghost Protocol' fans will be pleased, however, as the same gang is back, starring Tom Cruise (obviously, where the series be without Cruise), Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner.

This is a smart spy-action movie, with some quippy one-liners, car chasers, shooting, and Tom Cruise on some form of steroids bouncing all over the place.

Having a different director for all of the Mission Impossible movies has enabled a different feel to each of them, each unique in the experience that they provide for the viewers. This one does not, in my opinion, feel quite as enthralling as Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol did, but still a great stand alone movie for the ongoing Mission Impossible series.

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Image - Age of Ultron Poster
Avengers: Age of Ultron - Image - Age of Ultron Poster | Source

No.5 - Avengers: Age of Ultron

The much anticipated sequel to The Avengers (Assemble), a well thought out blockbuster, with the (Marvel) Avengers gang coming back into action to fight a new villain.

No worries Avengers fans, as the entire gang is back; Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and the Marvel superstar, Iron Man. This is one gang of superheroes not to cross, as they have the combined powers of earths strongest lifeforms, apart from Iron Man, but the suit is arguably powerful.

The new threat to planet earth, Ultron, is a little on the insane side, but then again so was Loki, the villain in The Avengers (Assemble). It is the insane villains that seem to take the dominance in the Avengers movies, but that may be the added ingredient that makes that so watchable.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a calculated release, as all of the Marvel franchise movies are these days, as it is always leaving hints and gestures to where the next movies in the franchise are going to be heading. Not that this affects the entertainment too much for what the movie provides, but it is a little irritating at times.

Despite this, the movie is an action blockbuster epic in the making, and it will surely leave a little adrenaline surging through the body once the movie rolls the credits. An unmissable movie for any Marvel fan, but as far as superhero action blockbusters go, this is by far one of the most entertaining out of all of the current superhero movie releases. Hence its ranking on this list.

Hitman: Agent 47 - Image - Screenshot from Movie
Hitman: Agent 47 - Image - Screenshot from Movie | Source

No.6 - Hitman: Agent 47

Hitman: Agent 47 was perhaps the most unlikely contender for this list in its original collating, as it is was during the lists creation that I decided to give the movie a view, and let me just say that it was breathtaking.

Agent 47 reminds me a little of the John Wick movie, as it had a similar take on the action setting, taking the extreme realism away from the action, and replacing it with a more video-game-like appeal. Something which is rather befitting for a video-game adaptation movie like Agent 47. It may have also had a little something to do with the budget for the Hitman: Agent 47 movie, but still well worth seeing for that reason alone.

To put it blunt, watch Agent 47 if you are a fan of John Wick, as it may not have the budget of some of the other action movies on this list, but it did have remarkable CGI work done for the limited budget that it did have.

The acting, another upside for this action movie, was good. Rupert Friend (a star on the hit U.S. TV series, Homeland, playing Quinn), was a near perfect fit for the role as Hitman, as he made the role his own, staying true to the video-games Hitman character, but also adding a little something of his own to make the character personal to himself.

The villain, played by Zachary Quinto, was perhaps not the greatest bad guy but still made a worthy advisory for Hitman. Although, Rupert Friend's performance as Hitman was so entertaining you will have to see the movie twice, or maybe that was just me.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 - Image - Mockingjay - Part 2 Poster

No.7 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Hunger Games has been the teens favourite when it comes to the teen fantasy-action genre for some time, and this franchise has now closed to an abrupt end with this release.

Mockingjay - Part 2 has offered a lot of high-pumping action, ending the franchise series with a bang. A certain quality piece of action entertainment sure to please any teen viewer, but for older, more critical audiences, this may not be the greatest action movie of all time. But, it is still an entertaining movie, with plentiful story and action to carry it through to a sudden, however necessary end.

Jennifer Lawrence is one Hollywood's brightest young actresses at the moment, with a bucket-full of acting talent that has raged onto the big screen in all genres for some time now, but it is Hunger Games that started her Hollywood career into the big time, and she has proven that she can play the lead role with a lot to offer. This release is no different, as Lawrence's performance is once again outstanding, and her performance alone makes this a must-see 2015 action release.

The ending to a teen franchise that has been entertaining audiences for some time, and it has left it on a high in my opinion, something so few franchises these days seem capable of doing.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Image - Screenshot from Movie
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Image - Screenshot from Movie | Source

No.8 - The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Guy Ritchie is the master when it comes to directing action movies with a difference, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is unlike any other action movie on this list. It has the old-fashioned gentlemen appeal, starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as the leads in this movie.

Henry Cavill shows talent as an actor in this movie, stretching his wings away from that of his Superman role which he is currently doing. Cavill portrays the old-fashioned gentlemen spy exceptionally well in this movie, and is the air of appeal for the movie, as his screen-presence is demanding to say the least.

This is probably a take it or leave it action movie, as it probably will not be well-suited to action fans who are not into the old-fashioned appeal of action, but in all, a worthy action movie for this top action list for 2015.

Terminator Genisys - Image - Genisys Poster
Terminator Genisys - Image - Genisys Poster | Source

No.9 - Terminator Genisys

Terminator has been the action franchise of the ages, as it has seen its glory days with action legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man who made the franchise the entertainment packages that they were. And, thankfully Schwarzenegger makes his return in this twist of a sequel for the franchise, bringing back the glory days for the franchise fans.

The acting in the movie however is a little mediocre, but in action that is sometimes the case due to a budget on the casting, although, the movie does still stand alone as entertaining with some stunning CGI and story twists on the original Terminator trilogy. A rather average action blockbuster, but still a lot of fun to watch, which at the end of the day is the entire point of an action movie, or any movie for that matter.

Furious 7 - Image - Poster for Movie
Furious 7 - Image - Poster for Movie | Source

No.10 - Furious 7

Do you like high octane car chases and shooting? Well Furious 7 is the go-to action movie for 2015.

Since Fast Five (the fifth in the Fast and Furious instalments) the franchise has had a move in a new direction, focusing a little more on the action with the addition of Dwayne Johnson to the mix, a welcomed addition to an otherwise wading franchise. The seventh instalment is an action-packed must-see starring Jason Statham as the bad guy, and alongside the original Fast and Furious gang this is an entertaining action flick.

The story is a little action cliche, but still an entertaining viewer with a lot of car stunts that will please fans of the franchise, and if the box office takings are anything to go by then this is an unmissable instalment for the franchise. The box office worldwide revenue takings currently stands at over $1.5 billion, the highest take-in for the franchise so far.

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