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Top 10 Must-Watch Action Movies of 21st Century Like Kill Bill

Updated on April 28, 2017
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Kill Bill is an American two-part martial arts film series, and the fourth film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It was originally set to be released as one film, but with a running time of over four hours, it was separated into two films: Kill Bill: Volume 1, released in late 2003, and Kill Bill: Volume 2, released in early 2004. The original four-hour cut, re-titled Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, was screened at select cinemas in 2011.

Uma Thurman vs Crazy 88 in Kill Bill Vol. 1
Uma Thurman vs Crazy 88 in Kill Bill Vol. 1

In December 2012, Tarantino said that a Kill Bill: Volume 3 was unlikely, and that he wishes to focus on other unrelated projects. However, as of 2015, Tarantino announced that Kill Bill 3 remains a possibility: "We’ll see. Never say never. We’ll see when it comes to Kill Bill 3. Uma (Thurman) would really like to do it, we talk about it every once in a while." Later that year, Tarantino added, "I put the character of Beatrix Kiddo through a lot, and so I wanted her to have this much time for peace," explaining that he wanted to give the character some downtime to spend with her daughter, "The whole idea [behind waiting so long between films] was everybody would be as old as they are."

Here is a list of few more action movies just like Kill Bill:

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

DIRECTOR:

George Miller

WRITER:

George Miller, Brendan McCarthy

STARS:

Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

PLOT SUMMARY:

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

The Raid: Redemption (2011)

DIRECTOR:

Gareth Evans

WRITER:

Gareth Evans

STARS:

Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy

PLOT SUMMARY:

In Jakarta, Indonesia, Lieutenant Wahyu organizes the invasion of an apartment building that is the safe house of the powerful and cruel drug lord Tama and his gang. The SWAT team breaks in the building but one lookout sees and warns the gangsters and the police force is trapped on the seventh floor. They learn that Lt. Wahyu has not informed his superiors about the operation. Now the police officers have to fight with limited ammunition against the armed and dangerous gangsters.

Exiled (2006)

DIRECTOR:

Johnnie To

WRITER:

Kam-Yuen Szeto, Tin-Shing Yip

STARS:

Nick Cheung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng

PLOT SUMMARY:

The time is 1998. The setting is Macau. Every living soul jumps at every chance to make quick money before the Portuguese colony ushers in a new era under the Chinese rule. For the jaded hit men, they wonder where this journey will end. Against this backdrop come two hit men from Hong Kong sent to take out a renegade member trying to turn over a new leaf with his wife and newborn baby. They soon find themselves in the throes of a dilemma when two of their former associates also show up, intent on thwarting them at every cost.

John Wick (2014)

DIRECTOR:

Chad Stahelski, David Leitch

WRITER:

Derek Kolstad

STARS:

Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen

PLOT SUMMARY:

A man called John Wick is grieving the loss of his beloved wife; Helen that has recently died of an illness. He goes to her funeral and receives the condolences from his old friend Marcus. At home, John receives a special delivery which is the last gift from his wife, an adorable puppy that becomes his pride and joy. One day, John goes to the gas station in his '69 Mustang and the Russian; Iosef Tarasov asks the price he wants for his car. John advises that the car is not for sale and returns home. During the night, Iosef, who is the son of the powerful Russian mobster Viggo, breaks into John's house with other gangsters and beat John, kill his precious dog, and steal his car. Iosef learns that John Wick was the unbeatable hit man who used to work for his father. Known as the guy you hire to kill the Boogy Man, Iosef soon realizes that he messed with the wrong person. Now, John Wick has lost everything he loved and wants the head of Iosef. Viggo decides to protect his son at any cost and will pay the price.

Crank (2006)

DIRECTOR:

Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

WRITER:

Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

STARS:

Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Carlos Sanz

PLOT SUMMARY:

Chev Chelios is a professional assassin working for the West Coast crime syndicate. Chev's girlfriend Eve doesn't know what Chev does and Chev is planning to quit the crime syndicate so he can spend more time with her. But for Chev, things about to get very bad, when he learns he has been injected with a poison called "The Beijing Cocktail" by his rival Verona, which will kill him if his heart rate drops. Trying to stay alive and seeking help from friend, Kaylo and Doc Miles, to keep his heart pumping. Chev sets out to find answers as well as protecting Eve, and get his revenge on those who have betrayed him before the poison kills him.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

DIRECTOR:

Brad Bird

WRITER:

Bruce Geller, Josh Appelbaum

STARS:

Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg

PLOT SUMMARY:

In the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series, Ethan Hunt and a new team race against time to track down Hendricks, a dangerous terrorist who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt by the team to stop him at the Kremlin ends in a disaster, with an explosion causing severe damage to the Kremlin and the IMF being implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed, and will be offered no help or backup in any form. Undaunted, Ethan and his team chase Hendricks to Dubai, and from there to Mumbai, but several spectacular action sequences later, they might still be too late to stop a disaster.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

DIRECTOR:

Paul Greengrass

WRITER:

Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns

STARS:

Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen

PLOT SUMMARY:

After being recovered from the sea, and after losing the one he loves, Jason Bourne is one more step closer to finding out how David Webb became Jason Bourne. Whilst Pamela Landy has decided to leave Bourne alone, CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen has other plans. He believes that Bourne is still dangerous and must be eliminated, before he finds out his true identity and takes the CIA down with him.

Casino Royale (2006)

DIRECTOR:

Martin Campbell

WRITER:

Neal Purvis, Robert Wade

STARS:

Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench

PLOT SUMMARY:

Casino Royale introduces James Bond before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to '00' status. Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Uganda where he is to spy on a terrorist, Mollaka. Not everything goes to plan and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6, in order to track down the rest of the terrorist cell. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Dimitrios and his girlfriend, Solange. He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre, banker to the world's terrorist organizations. Secret Service intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organization. 'M' places Bond under the watchful eye of the beguiling Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together and even torture at the hands of Le Chiffre. In Montenegro, Bond allies himself with Mathis MI6's local field agent, and Felix Leiter who is representing the interests of the CIA. The marathon game proceeds with dirty tricks and violence, raising the stakes beyond blood money and reaching a terrifying climax.

13 Assassins (2010)

DIRECTOR:

Takashi Miike

WRITER:

Kaneo Ikegami, Daisuke Tengan

STARS:

Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya

PLOT SUMMARY:

In 1844, the peace of Feudal Japan is threatened by cruel Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is politically rising and getting closer to his half-brother, the shogun. After the harakiri of the Namiya clan leader, samurai Shinzaemon Shimada is summoned by the shogun's advisor Sir Doi of the Akashi Clan to listen to the tragedy of Makino Uneme, whose son and daughter-in-law have been murdered by Naritsugu. Then Sir Doi shows a woman with arms, legs and tongue severed by Naritsugu and she writes with her forearm a request to Shinza to slaughter Naritsugu and his samurai. Shinza promises to kill Naritsugu and he gathers eleven other samurais and plots a plan to attack Naritsugu in his trip back to the Akashi land. But the cunning samurai Hanbei Kitou that is responsible for the security of his master foresees Shinza's intent. Shinza decides to go with his samurai through the mountain, where they find the hunter Koyata that guides them off the mountain and joins the group. Now the thirteen men prepare an ambush to Naritsugu and his army of two hundred samurai in a suicide mission to stop evil.

Gladiator (2000)

DIRECTOR:

Ridley Scott

WRITER:

David Franzoni

STARS:

Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

PLOT SUMMARY:

In Gladiator, victorious general Maximus Decimus Meridias has been named keeper of Rome and its empire by dying emperor Marcus Aurelius, so that rule might pass from the Caesars back to the people and Senate. Marcus' neglected and power-hungry son, Commodus, has other ideas, however. Escaping an ordered execution, Maximus hurries back to his home in Spain, too late to save his wife and son from the same order. Taken into slavery and trained as a gladiator by Proximo, Maximus lives only that he might someday take his revenge and fulfill the dying wish of his emperor. The time soon comes when Proximo's troupe is called to Rome to participate in a marathon of gladiator games held at the behest of the new emperor, Commodus. Once in Rome, Maximus wastes no time in making his presence known, and is soon involved in a plot to overthrow the emperor with his former-love Lucilla, Commodus' sister, after whom he lusts, and also the widowed mother of Lucius, heir to the empire after his uncle, and democratic-minded senator, Gracchus.

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      Sam Dreiberg 9 months ago from India

      Thanks Jonathan. Glad that you liked it.

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      Jonathan Joseph Willcox 9 months ago from Folkestone

      This is a great hub, and wonderfully informative! congrats!