31. The Raid: Redemption
Director: Gareth Evans
Stars: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yahan Ruhian, Pierre Gurno, Tegar Setrya, Ray Sahetapy
In the age of CGI overload and action-figure-inspired blockbusters, modern-day filmmakers have mostly forgotten about the charms of simply watching guys beat the shit out of each other with their bare hands.
Well, in the case of writer-director Gareth Evans' ferocious and breathless The Raid: Redemption, it's bare hands, feet concealed by boots, and automatic weapons. With the leanest of plots, The Raid incorporates the Indonesian fighting style known as Silat to a punishing degree, showing how SWAT team members and ruthless criminals try to out-Silat one another while trapped inside a beat-down apartment building. The result: Some of the best hand-to-hand choreography you'll ever see.