10Casino Royale (2006)
Top 10 action movies like Casino Royale, are what filmmaking is all about–great entertainment! For example, if the film stars James Bond you know there will be exotic locations, fast cars, lovely women, and outstanding action sequences. And Casino achieves this with ease. This Bond series follows 007 on his mission to spy on international terrorist Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen). Bond tracks him everywhere–even a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro.
9Bad Boys (1995)
The movie Bad Boys was a big commercial hit for the film’s director Michael Bay. The action follows Miami cops Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) as they try to recover $100 million dollars worth of stolen heroin. A tough case to solve for lesser cops, but these are bad boys! Even after learning that the missing heroin was stolen from police headquarters and they have no clue who could have pulled this crime off, Mike and Marcus catch their targets.
8La Femme Nikita (1990)
Our top 10 action movies list continues with #8 La Femme Nikita. Instead of serving out her sentence, convicted felon Nikita (Anne Parillaud) is given a new identity and trained to be a secret police assassin. And she quickly learns that this solo pursuit is subject to total government control. But she manages to navigate her new existence without much complication until she falls for a man who knows nothing of her mysterious life.
7The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) continues his international quest to uncover his true identity. He navigates the streets and roads of Russia, Europe, Africa, and the United States without capture. Bourne must stay one step ahead of those that would rather see him jailed or killed before he discovers the truth. The Jason Bourne Franchise is in good hands.
6Enter the Dragon (1973)
Although it is a classic action movie from the early 70’s, Enter The Dragon is a must see. One of the most popular karate films produced and perhaps the peak of Bruce Lee’s career. Lee’s charisma on screen, and the superb fighting sequences, make this a winner no matter the year.
The plot: A man is robbed of his family, his name and his dignity. Audiences follow Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) as he strives for revenge. The death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army’s most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. But Aurelius’ devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) would like to change that. As top 10 action movies go, Gladiator is awesome.
4Die Hard (1988)
New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and their two daughters on Christmas Eve. John meets her at a holiday party given by her company. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who have taken control of the corporate high-rise, and everyone in it.
3The Matrix (1999)
What if the real world and an artificial one become too hard to discern? Could your mind tell the difference? That’s the dilemma facing mild-mannered computer hacker Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves). Anderson, aka Neo, works for a tech company and does side jobs after hours. It’s through this latter activity that Mr. Anderson makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). And the leader of the real world has some interesting news: everything Neo knows about his life is not real.
2Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
A joint project of Hollywood prodigies George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Raiders of the Lost Ark is not so much a action movie as it is a two-hour thrill ride. This movie starts off at 100 mph and doesn’t let up until the final scene. You’ll cheer for the mild-mannered archeologist (Harrison Ford) every step of the way. Wildly successful, this heavyweight film delivered–making more than $200 million dollars during its first run.
1The Terminator (1984)
Ordinarily most blockbusters don’t do well over time, but not our #1 top 10 action movie The Terminator. This film begins in the post-apocalyptic year 2029: Los Angeles is under the thumb of all-powerful ruling machines. A member of the human resistance movement Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is teleported back to 1984 to prevent the mother of the 21st-century rebel leader from being killed by a virtually indestructible cyborg–The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Great action and one of the most memorable lines in movie history: “I’ll be back.”