The Best Action Movies of All Time

If you're into action-packed movies, we've got the list for you. From 'John Wick' to 'Avengers,' these are the best action movies of all time.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

The greatest action movies of all time span across generations.

Of course, some of the current picks to watch have come a long way from The Great Train Robbery (1903). But John Wick and Marvel/Avengers films, as well as last year's Mission: Impossible installment and the Oscar-nominated Mad Max: Fury Road kind of follow the same premise— there’s running, there’s robbery, there’s some violence. 

There are a ton of other action movies to choose from next time you're down to watch, that overlap with genres ranging from sci-fi to comedy to thriller to martial arts. Sure, you've got go-to's like the Indiana Jones classic Raiders of the Lost Ark or Arnold Schwarzenegger's filmography, which somehow includes both the Terminator franchise and Total Recall. But why not check out some of the other best action movies of all time next time you want to watch something adventurous? If you're into big-budget adventure, killer action sequences, and superhero movies, we've got just the list for you. This is our list of the best action movies of all time.

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum (2019)

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Thanos in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Mad Max: Fury Road

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Taken (2008)


Mission: Impossible — Fallout

Mission: Impossible   Fallout

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

The Bourne Ultimatum

Enter The Dragon (1973)

Enter the Dragon

Bad Boys (1995)

Bad Boys

Battle Royale (2000)

battle royale

Blade (1998)


Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale

Con Air (1997)

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The Dark Knight (2008)

Heath Ledger in 'Dark Knight'

Die Hard (1988)

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Face/Off (1997)


Gladiator (2000)

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Independence Day (1996)

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John Wick (2014)

John Wick

Kill Bill: Vol 1 (2003)

Kill Bill

La Femme Nikita (1990)

La Femme Nikita

León: The Professional (1994)

The Professional

Oldboy (2003)

Old Boy

Predator (1987)


The Raid: Redemption (2011)

The Raid Redemption

Robocop (1987)


Shogun Assassin (1980)

Shogun Assassin

Speed (1994)

Keanu Reeves, Sanda Bullock, and Dennis Hopper at the 'Speed' premiere

Supercop (1992)


Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Terminator 2

Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall

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