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What are the best action movies?

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If you're too scared of horror films but too cringed-out to see love stories and drama films, we suggest you try action films. Cinema has tons of such genres to offer fans but nothing compares to the heart-racing effect that action movies can give you. While its stories all differ with the impact it provides, action movies are out there to balance everything out in cinema with its elements of motion and thrill. Nowadays, you can easily find the best action movies on Netflix with just one click. Such movies can just leave you speechless with its fast-paced sequences and with cinema's perfection of CG effects, action films are now better than ever.

Not all action films need to have complicated plots and a lot of analyzing for you to enjoy them though. When you have a perfectly choreographed fistfight inside a car running in the freeway at over 100 mph, you probably have a great action flick in front of you. The best action movies of all-time are often headlined by bigshot actors and long-running franchises. Who hasn't heard of the 'Die Hard' series or even the 'Terminator' fame? If you haven't seen those, you're definitely missing out on cinema's best. For you out there who want to experience a break from your staple diet of cheesy films and the subpar emotions they give you, we have here the best action movies which you can enjoy. Yes, Robert Graham, whether it's an old action flick or a new one, everyone needs action in their lives once in a while so dive right in!

  1. 1Mad Max: Fury Road

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    Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the latest movies under the action genre. It was also the fourth installment if the Mad Max film series and was released on May 15, 2015.

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  1. 2Wonder Woman

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    Wonder Woman is one of the action movies that was based on a DC comic superhero. Released in 2017, the superheroine role was portrayed by the Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot.

  2. 3Thor: Ragnarok

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    Thor: Ragnarok is an action motion picture that was based on the Marvel comic superhero and a member of the Avengers squad, Thor. It is the 17th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  1. 4Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film on the space-opera fantasy and action movie series Star Wars. it was released in 2015 and featured familiar actors from the franchise.

  2. 5Dunkirk

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    Christopher Nolan is a critically acclaimed director known for directing action movies. Dunkirk is a 2018 film which he directed based on the "Battle of Dunkirk" in France.

  3. 6Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is the first movie in the Indiana Jones series. It is about Indiana Jones, an archaeology professor racing to find the legendary Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do and use it for bad purposes.

  4. 7The Matrix

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    The Matrix is a sci-fi action movie written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. It was released in 1999 and was the first installment in The Matrix film series. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

  5. 8Metropolis

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    Metropolis is a 1927 German science fiction motion picture directed by Fritz Lang. It was set in a futuristic city in the year 2026 where the human race is divided between mistreated workers and the rich people who enjoys a lavish living.

  6. 9Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

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    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope is an epic space-opera motion picture starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and more. Written and directed by George Lucas, the 1977 film became the first of the original Star Wars trilogy.

  7. 10Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi

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    Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi marked the end of the original Star Wars trilogy when it was released in 1983. The space-opera movie was directed by Richard Marquand and was starred by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher.

  8. 11The Bourne Ultimatum

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    Matt Damon reprises his role in the spy action movie The Bourne Ultimatum. It is the third film in the Jason Bourne film series. Damon is accompanied by Edgar Ramírez and Joan Allen.

  9. 12The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1948-American dramatic adventurous neo-western written and directed by John Huston. It was starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, and more. The film runs for 2 hours and 6 minutes.

  10. 13Aliens

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    Aliens is a sci-fi action and thriller motion picture directed by James Cameron. This film was released on July 18, 1986, and was starred by Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, and more.

  11. 14The Empire Strikes Back

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    The Empire Strikes Back is the second film of the original Star Wars trilogy, which follows the adventures of Luke Skywalker and his friends as they go in different ways. This is directed by Irvin Kershner and was released in 1980.

  12. 15Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the eighth installment in the science-fiction and fantasy movie series Star Wars. It was directed by Rian Johnson and was released in 2017. It starred Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Daisy Ridley.

  13. 16The Dark Knight

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    The Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan reaches its peak with this second movie. The Dark Knight was released in 2008 and has featured Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Christian Bale, and the late actor Heath Ledger.

  14. 17Logan

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    Based on the comics ''Old man Logan'' by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, this movie shows us Logan caring for an ailing Professor X. One day, a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
  15. 18Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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    The first stand-alone movie from the Star Wars franchise set in the same universe tells the story of a commando from the Republic that is sent to steal the construction map of the first Death Star, the one that we saw in A New Hope.

  16. 19Black Panther

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    Black Panther is a superhero movie directed by Ryan Coogler. It is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was released in 2018. It starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira.

    Black Panther has received numerous awards and nominations. Have a look at the list of online sources to watch Black Panther now.

  17. 20Predator

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    Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the story of a team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle who suddenly find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.

  18. 21Saving Private Ryan

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    Saving Private Ryan is a war and drama movie directed by Steven Spielberg which follows the story of the rescue of Private Ryan, the only survivor of a family by a commando of American soldiers that infiltrates in Nazi territory.

  19. 22Gladiator

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    Gladiator is a historical film directed by Ridley Scott. The film was released in 2000 and features Russell Crowe as the Roman General Maximus and Joaquin Phoenix as Emperor Commodus. Its runtime is 155 minutes - 171 minutes extended.

  20. 23The Last Samurai

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    The Last Samurai is an action-drama movie set in Japan during the 1870s. It is directed by Edward Zwick and it stars Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, and Ken Watanabe. An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after his capture in battle.

  21. 24Transporter 2

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    Transporter 2 is an action movie directed by Louis Leterrier. It follows the adventures of Frank Martin, a professional who moves any kind of goods. This time he is in Miami, implicated in the kidnapping of the young son of an American official.

  22. 25The Transporter Refueled

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    The Transporter Refueled (2015) is an action movie directed by Camille Delamarre. In this sequel, the special-ops mercenary Frank Martin will face a dangerous femme-fatale and her three sidekicks, thirst for revenge against a Russian kingpin.

  23. 26The Transporter

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    The Transporter (2002) is an action movie directed by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen. Frank Martin is an ex-special forces operator who hires himself as a mercenary transporter of goods. The complications started when his newest package started to moving during the ride.

  24. 27Robocop

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    Robocop is a cyberpunk sci-fi movie released in 1987, directed by Paul Verhoeven and stars Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Miguel Ferrer and Ronny Cox. Set in a dystopic Detroit, a powerful cyborg will be the main weapon to fight against the crime. 

  25. 28Mudbound

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    Mudbound is a 2017 Netflix original movie directed by Dee Rees, based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan. This period drama stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, and Mary J. Blige. 

  26. 29Venom

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    Venom is an action and adventure movie directed by Ruben Fleischer. It was released in October 2018 and starred Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Reid Scott. It is about the Marvel anti-hero, Venom.

  27. 30Okja

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    Okja is an action-adventure film directed by Bong Joon-ho, which centers on young girl Mija who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend, an animal named Okja.

  28. 31Game Over, Man!

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    Game Over, Man! is an American movie directed by  Kyle Newacheck. This action-comedy film was released in 2018. It stars Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson.

  29. 32The Siege at Jadotville

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    The Siege at Jadotville is a historical war movie directed by Richie Smyth starring Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong and Mikael Persbrandt in 2016. Based on Declan Power's book, this film won three Irish Film & Television Awards. 

  30. 33Wheelman

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    Wheelman is released in 2017 and directed by Jeremy Rush. It features Frank Grillo, Caitlin Carmichael, Garret Dillahunt. The film is about a bank robbery's gateway driver that is in conquest in finding who betrayed him.

  31. 34Annihilation

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    Annihilation is an adventure horror film which follows a biologist as she signs up for a dangerous and secret mission into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature do not apply. It was directed by Alex Garland and was released in 2018.

  32. 35Beasts of No Nation

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    Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 Netflix original movie directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. This military drama stars Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, and Kurt Egyiawan. It tells the story of an African guerilla army fighting in their country's civil war.

  33. 36First Match

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    First Match is a 2018 sports drama by Netflix. It is written and directed by Olivia Newman. First Match shares the story of a teenage girl from Brooklyn who decided to join the boys wrestling team. It stars Elvire Emanuelle. 

  34. 37Pokémon Detective Pikachu

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    Pokémon Detective Pikachu is an action-adventure movie based on the Pokemon game franchise starring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith. When his father goes missing, a boy teams up with a talking Pikachu to uncover the truth of the disappearance.

  35. 38Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a fantasy adventure movie directed by David Yates based upon the novel of the same title by J.K. Rowling. This film was starred by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, and Dan Fogler.

  36. 39Gettin' Square

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    Gettin' Square is an action comedy movie directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and written by Chris Nyst. The crime thriller film is starred by Sam Worthington, David Wenham, and Timothy Spall. It was first released in Australia on October 2003.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the action genre in movies, based on statistics, has been the second most popular genre in North America since 1995? That's right, coming up behind the adventure genre, action movies have been ranked #2 based on total box office revenue. In fact, James Cameron's Avatar is considered to be the most successful movie of all time, garnering roughly 2.78 billion USD since its release way back in December 2009. Avatar, labelled as an action, adventure, fantasy, and sci-fi film still leads by at least 60 billion USD from Titanic, the second-most successful movie on that list.

Black Panther, a superhero-action film released in 2018, managed to pull in a worldwide total of 1.35 billion USD, becoming the highest-grossing superhero film and the ninth-highest grossing film of all time. Additionally, films with movie genres mixed in with action like action-horror, action-comedy, and action-romance films have managed to snag in positive views and massive box office revenues. This further proves the point that not only does the action genre go well with other movie themes, but also that action movies aren't going to go out of style anytime soon.

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    December 26, 2017
    "I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the biggest superhero buff out there but I have to say that "Wonder Women" exceeded my expectations. It was different from all the other DC movies I've seen. Of course there was an element of "I am woman hear me roar" when it came to seeing Wonder Women literally punch a military truck across the city square but it wasn't just the fact that Wonder Women is a tall superhero amazon from an Amazonian island but I love the fact that she the creators of the film humanized her and made her relatable. This film was actioned pact and had a really good storyline. Whatever your a DC fan or just looking for a good action film "Wonder Woman" won't let you down."
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    November 3, 2018
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    Venom
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    January 2, 2018
    "I love the Star Wars series. My favorite movie so far is Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi. It's a classic and I'll always love the classics the best over the new films. It's the third and final part of the Star Wars trilogy (or at least it was back in the day). I love the characters, especially Han Solo and Darth Vader. The cinematography is amazing and I love the music. The story is what makes this movie, though. It's a movie that should be viewed by everyone, even if they don't like sci-fi films, I think they will love this movie."
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    Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi
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    December 28, 2017
    "The sequel by which all sequels are measured. SW:ESB is arguably better than the rest of the franchise, and even stands alone on its merits as a distinct movie. Sure, Lucas just recycled a bunch of archetypes, but the result speaks for itself. I remember the first time I saw the Wampa on Hoth, nearly jumping out of my seat. And, because I saw ESB before the Internet was a thing, no one spoiled the fact that Darth Vader is Luke's father! Oh, wait, spoilers if you haven't seen it yet!"
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    The Empire Strikes Back
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    April 7, 2018
    "As far as action movies go, this one was terrible. I was looking for something exciting, with good characters! These are bland cardboard cut-outs that can barely act. And it's a sequel, and I hadn't seen the original. I would highly recommend something different if you're looking for the best action movie, like one of the Fast and Furious series. Some of the scenes in the Transporter Refueled were okay but it wasn't worth a watch."
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    The Transporter Refueled
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    Anonymous
    March 6, 2018
    "Black Panther is a great action movie. I saw it on opening weekend and really enjoyed it. It is a bit on the long side for an action movie, but I enjoyed it overall. While I am not sure it totally lived up to the hype, I am glad I saw it. If you go in without setting your expectations too high, you will likely enjoy it too. It has good strong characters and a pretty good story, along with some great action scenes."
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    Black Panther
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    Anonymous
    December 24, 2017
    "This is a classic. Unlike the other movies from this franchise, all of the characters are likeable and easy to follow. The plot is fun and changes up through the movie enough to keep it fresh and interesting. By far the best one in the series and a classic that everyone should see at least once."
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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
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    December 26, 2017
    "An amazing movie and one of my favorite MCU offerings! Action packed, visually stunning and very, very funny, I can't wait to see it again. By far the best of the Thor movies and I think it rates right up there with Winter Soldier and Civil War for all around enjoyability!"
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    Thor: Ragnarok
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    Anonymous
    April 29, 2018
    "Gladiator is the best film! I love how Russel Crow really sells the part. Gladiator is one of my favorite movies of all time, this movie has it all. Ive seen this movie at least 6 times and I dont get tired of watching it. Definetely a movie deserving a 5 star rating."
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    Gladiator
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    Anonymous
    December 17, 2017
    "Saving Private Ryan is certainly a movie many people love, but it's not for me. It's a good war movie, but I can easily start naming the best action movies and won't reach this one anytime soon Good acting, great cinematography, but it's over lauded for what it is."
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    Saving Private Ryan
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    Anonymous
    December 23, 2017
    "This movie was a poor remake of the Mad Max franchise. It is not the best action movie and should not even be considered in anyone's repertoire. Mel Gibson is the only Max and any other substitute actor is sacrilege. The best action movie is Wonder Woman!"
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    Mad Max: Fury Road
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    Anonymous
    December 26, 2017
    "The Force awakens is an action movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you like Star Wars, it's a must see as it follows up on the other older movies. I highly recommend you watch it multiple times to get a good understanding of the story."
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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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    Anonymous
    April 5, 2018
    "This was a really enjoyable Star Wars movie, though I don't particularly care for some of the minor changes and additions to the SW cannon. Still, it's lots of fun and the way they tied the movie into episode IV was gratifying and a real treat!"
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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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    Anonymous
    December 25, 2017
    "One of the best movies ever. I understand how a generation that was born after cell phones, pcs and the internet were commonplace, my find it hard to appreciate just how awe-inspiring this movie was and for many, still is!"
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    The Matrix
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    April 15, 2018
    "This move is so much fun, I don't watch too many action movies but this one was actually pretty decent. I wouldn't say it was the best action film I ever watched but my boyfriend really enjoyed it and so did I."
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    The Transporter
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    December 28, 2017
    "I enjoyed Logan quite a bit. I have always liked the back stories on individual characters. Not many films take the time to do it properly. If you haven't seen it then check it out."
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    Logan
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    Anonymous
    May 2, 2018
    "This was a really great action flick. Tom Cruise was boss in it, his role was perfect for him. I also really enjoyed the historical setting and the fact that it has some drama thrown in there also."
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    The Last Samurai
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    Anonymous
    December 20, 2017
    "One of my all time favorite Schwarzenegger movies is Predator. The classic war movie turned sci-fi horror is great on so many levels, it's definitely worth watching if you haven't seen it."
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    Predator
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    November 15, 2018
    "No wonder why this film received so many recognitions from the Academy and Golden Globes 😍The actors were great, the direction was perfect and the set is so believable"
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    Mudbound
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    Anonymous
    December 25, 2017
    "The Bourne Ultimatum isn't the best film in the franchise. But, since it's a great franchise, this isn't really an insult. Still a fantastically entertaining movie."
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    The Bourne Ultimatum
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    Anonymous
    November 15, 2018
    "One great and bloody sci-fi film!!! I haven't checked out the book version yet but I'm trying to find one now. I love Natalie Portman as Lena"
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    Annihilation
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    Anonymous
    April 17, 2018
    "What can I say? Jason Statham is awesome! All the movies he has been in have been awesome, action packed. The action is so real looking!"
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    Transporter 2
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    Anonymous
    December 27, 2017
    "I really love this movie, in my opinion it's certainly the best in the trilogy. Excellent pacing, great action, and an awesome ending."
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    The Dark Knight
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    Anonymous
    December 21, 2017
    "This one is a classic and must see. They have found more footage as well. This movie sets the tone for many sci fi movies for years."
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    Metropolis
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    Anonymous
    November 15, 2018
    "Game Over Man is actuallly a nice action-comedy film. It will give you some good laugh. Better to watch with friends than family"
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    Game Over, Man!
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    Anonymous
    March 23, 2018
    "Robocop is a classic any action, cyberpunk and science fiction fan should see. A 4k remaster is exactly what the doctor ordered."
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    Robocop
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    Anonymous
    December 14, 2017
    "Christopher Nolan is a great actor, and he fits perfectly in Dunkirk. It is a war movie that tackles unexplored topics in film."
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    Dunkirk
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    Anonymous
    December 14, 2017
    "This wouldn't have been the first choice I would have thought of for a best action movie. This is more of a western and drama."
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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
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    Anonymous
    November 15, 2018
    "A perfect combination of action and heart-warming scenes ❤️️Great movie to watch with the family. Also, love the diverse cast!"
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    Okja
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    Anonymous
    November 15, 2018
    "I was at the edge of my seat during the heavy scenes. This action film is lit! and the stunts were amazingly done 😀"
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    Wheelman
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    Anonymous
    December 27, 2017
    "One of the best Star Wars movies, from 1977 so don't expect state of the art CGI. No one does it better."
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    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
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    Anonymous
    November 15, 2018
    "I think this is by far Jamie Dornan's greatest acting performance. Action-thriller genre suits him well!"
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    The Siege at Jadotville
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    Anonymous
    November 15, 2018
    "Such an empowering movie 😢 One of the best films made about War. The lead actors were all amazing"
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    Beasts of No Nation
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    Anonymous
    December 27, 2017
    "This is an all right action movie. It's got some great battles, but I've definitely seen better."
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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    Anonymous
    January 3, 2018
    "Aliens is a horror action thriller that is truly classic. One of the best action movies ever."
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    Aliens
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    Anonymous
    November 15, 2018
    "Good movie for the family! I love how the lead character's story developed. Very empowering"
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    First Match
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    Anonymous
    May 15, 2019
    "WATCH "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" ONLINE STREAM MOVIE FULL FREE 2019"
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    Pokémon Detective Pikachu
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    Anonymous
    February 18, 2019
    "aussie action"
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    Gettin' Square
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RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Mad Max: Fury RoadMovies 88 Paid
2Wonder WomanMovies 73 Paid
3Thor: RagnarokMovies 67 Paid
4Star Wars: The Force AwakensMovies 55 Paid
5DunkirkMovies 52 Paid
6Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost ArkMovies 48 Paid
7The MatrixMovies 44 Paid
8MetropolisMovies 39 Paid
9Star Wars: Episode IV - A New HopeMovies 38 Paid
10Star Wars: The Return of the JediMovies 38 Paid
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