There is something to be said about movies that lean into the action side of things. They always get your blood pumping and your heart pounding as you witness the lead characters do some insane stunts. According to a popular internet forum, here are ten action-packed films to get your heart pounding like you are on a thrill ride!
1. The Equalizer (2014)
After retiring to a quiet life, Robert McCall is forced out of retirement to help a teenager who is wrapped up with violent Russian mobsters. With his formidable skills, he can take down anyone who brutalizes the helpless. The best part is, if you enjoy The Equalizer, there are two more where that came from, as it has two sequels!
2. Nobody (2021)
After he fails to defend his family from thieves, Hutch Mansell goes on a mission to prove that he will never be underestimated by his peers or family again. This one is bloody, intense, and packed with so much action that you will be on the edge of your seat the whole way through.
3. Upgrade (2018)
A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure – an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that he also has superhuman strength and agility; he uses them to seek revenge against the thugs who destroyed his life. One action junkie claims, “Upgrade is great, and indeed original.”
4. Oldboy (2003)
After being abducted and trapped in a cell for fifteen years, Dae-Su is suddenly sprung free and given the details he needs to track down the person who did this to him. As you can imagine, this leads him on a revenge spree that gets very intense, with lots of great action sequences.
5. V for Vendetta (2005)
Following world war, London is a police state occupied by a fascist government, and a vigilante known as V uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressors of the world in which he now lives. When V saves a young woman named Evey from the secret police, he discovers an ally in his fight against England’s oppressors. V for Vendetta not only tells an intriguing story but also delivers some truly impressive action scenes.
6. Atomic Blonde (2017)
Lorraine Broughton is the most elite spy in MI6, an agent willing to use all her lethal skills to stay alive during an impossible mission. She proves her skills time and time again in this action-packed thriller. For those who love Atomic Blonde, get excited because a long overdue second one is in the works!
7. Sisu (2022)
During the last days of World War II, a solitary prospector crosses paths with Nazis on a scorched-earth retreat in northern Finland. There are barely any words spoken in Sisu, as it relies heavily on the action. One movie fan says, “Sisu was an absolute blast!”
8. Bullet Train (2022)
Ladybug is an unlucky assassin who’s determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs have gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans as his latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe – all with connected yet conflicting objectives – on the world’s fastest train.
9. Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)
To protect an 8-year-old girl, a dangerous assassin reunites with her mother and her lethal associates to take down a ruthless crime syndicate and an army of henchmen. Gunpowder Milkshake is a female John Wick and a complete joy to watch if blood and action are your thing.
10. Renfield (2023)
Not just a generic story about Dracula and his assistant, Renfield, this movie completely ups that anti regarding ridiculous action sequences. The longer the film goes on, the crazier they get.
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