the best action movies

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1. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. An unusual relationship forms as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 980,707 | Gross: $19.50M

2. Black Mask (1996)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau, Karen Mok, Françoise Yip

Votes: 10,790 | Gross: $12.49M

3. Man on Fire (2004)

R | 146 min | Action, Crime, Drama

47 Metascore

In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 318,053 | Gross: $77.91M

4. Desperado (1995)

R | 104 min | Action, Thriller

55 Metascore

Former musician and gunslinger El Mariach arrives at a small Mexican border town after being away for a long time. His past quickly catches up with him and he soon gets entangled with the local drug kingpin Bucho and his gang.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin

Votes: 165,729 | Gross: $25.63M

5. Priest (2011)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

41 Metascore

A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Director: Scott Stewart | Stars: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban

Votes: 111,234 | Gross: $29.14M

6. Drive (I) (2011)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor in this action drama.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks

Votes: 545,884 | Gross: $35.06M

7. Blade (1998)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 235,496 | Gross: $70.09M

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8. Underworld (2003)

R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

42 Metascore

Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly, Michael Sheen

Votes: 245,578 | Gross: $51.97M

9. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

Alice wakes up in Racoon city hospital after the city has been overrun by zombies. Alice must now make it out of the city before a mucilage bomb is dropped on the city.

Director: Alexander Witt | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Eric Mabius, Oded Fehr

Votes: 180,677 | Gross: $51.20M

10. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman

Votes: 278,579 | Gross: $53.61M

11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,582,616 | Gross: $315.54M

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12. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,524,385 | Gross: $134.97M

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13. Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A betrayed intelligence officer enlists the aid of a prostitute to prove his innocence from a deadly conspiracy while returning a favor to her.

Director: Chris Nahon | Stars: Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tchéky Karyo, Ric Young

Votes: 59,381 | Gross: $36.85M

14. Street Kings (2008)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An undercover cop, disillusioned by the death of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans

Votes: 104,800 | Gross: $26.42M

15. True Legend (2010)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, History

62 Metascore

Su Qi-Er retired from his life as a renowned Qing dynasty general in order to pursue his dream of a family and his own martial arts school. However, Su's peaceful life is shattered when his... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Wenzhuo Zhao, Xun Zhou, Andy On, Xiaodong Guo

Votes: 8,261 | Gross: $0.08M

16. Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

A jewel thief's daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren't at all what they seem.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Jet Li, DMX, Mark Dacascos, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 40,238 | Gross: $34.60M

17. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

46 Metascore

Five different criminals face imminent death after botching a job quite badly.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Andy Garcia, Christopher Walken, Christopher Lloyd, William Forsythe

Votes: 25,351 | Gross: $0.53M

18. The Mechanic (2011)

R | 93 min | Action, Thriller

49 Metascore

An elite hitman teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn

Votes: 145,987 | Gross: $29.12M

19. Wanted (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

64 Metascore

A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp

Votes: 350,209 | Gross: $134.51M

20. Salt (2010)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 286,004 | Gross: $118.31M

21. Chocolate (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama

An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Taphon Phopwandee

Votes: 16,884 | Gross: $0.01M

22. The Hit List (2011)

R | 90 min | Action, Thriller

A disgruntled man creates a hit list with a stranger during a drunken night out and must then race to try to save those he marked for extermination as the bodies begin to pile up and all fingers point to him.

Director: William Kaufman | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Cole Hauser, Jonathan LaPaglia, Ginny Weirick

Votes: 11,211

23. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

34 Metascore

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney

Votes: 261,674 | Gross: $73.34M

24. London Boulevard (2010)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

An ex-con with a reputation tries to go straight by working as a handy man for a reclusive actress but this is unfortunately not the wish of London's underground crime lord.

Director: William Monahan | Stars: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, David Thewlis

Votes: 45,523 | Gross: $0.01M

25. War (2007)

R | 103 min | Action, Thriller

36 Metascore

An FBI Agent seeks vengeance on a mysterious assassin known as "Rogue" who murdered his partner.

Director: Philip G. Atwell | Stars: Jet Li, Jason Statham, Nadine Velazquez, John Lone

Votes: 83,014 | Gross: $22.49M

26. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 236,437 | Gross: $104.45M

27. 2:22 (2008)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The plan was easy; the job was not. On a snowy night a tight crew of four criminals plan to pull off a routine heist. When things go horribly wrong, friendship, loyalty and trust are pushed to the limit.

Director: Phillip Guzman | Stars: Mick Rossi, Robert Miano, Aaron Gallagher, Jorge A. Jimenez

Votes: 1,277

28. The Usual Suspects (1995)

R | 106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

Votes: 946,952 | Gross: $23.34M

29. XIII: The Conspiracy (2008– )

R | 136 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

The assassination of the US President places a man in the center of an even larger plot.

Stars: Stephen Dorff, Caterina Murino, Greg Bryk, Stephen McHattie

Votes: 6,536

30. Safe House (2012)

R | 115 min | Action, Thriller

52 Metascore

A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 198,348 | Gross: $126.37M

31. Shooter (I) (2007)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

53 Metascore

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. After being double crossed for the attempt and on the run, he sets out for the real killer and the truth.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Rhona Mitra, Danny Glover

Votes: 300,477 | Gross: $47.00M



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