IMDb's Action Top 50

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Action films usually include high energy, big-budget physical stunts and chases, possibly with rescues, battles, fights, escapes, destructive crises, non-stop motion, spectacular rhythm and pacing, and adventurous, often two-dimensional 'good-guy' heroes battling 'bad guys' - all designed for pure audience escapism. Includes the James Bond 'fantasy' spy/espionage series, martial arts films, and so-called 'blaxploitation' films. A major sub-genre is the disaster film.

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    2003, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Dark Knight

    2008, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    2001, in 29 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    2002, in 25 top lists Check
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    Inception

    2010, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Matrix

    1999, in 28 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    1980, in 24 top lists Check
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    Star Wars

    1977, in 39 top lists Check
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991, in 23 top lists Check
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    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 34 top lists Check
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    Seppuku

    1962 — a.k.a. Hara-Kiri, in 15 top lists Check
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    Léon

    1994 — a.k.a. Léon: The Professional, in 22 top lists Check
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    Gladiator

    2000, in 25 top lists Check
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    Top Gun: Maverick

    2022, in 5 top lists Check
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    Avengers: Endgame

    2019, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    2012, in 7 top lists Check
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    2018, in 8 top lists Check
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    1981 — a.k.a. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 28 top lists Check
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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    2018, in 17 top lists Check
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    Oldeuboi

    2003 — a.k.a. Oldboy, in 32 top lists Check
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    Aliens

    1986, in 22 top lists Check
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    Mononoke-hime

    1997 — a.k.a. Princess Mononoke, in 17 top lists Check
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    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    2021, in 8 top lists
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    Heat

    1995, in 22 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    1983, in 18 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 28 top lists Check
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    Dangal

    2016, in 6 top lists Check
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    Jurassic Park

    1993, in 22 top lists Check
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    1917

    2019, in 11 top lists
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    Warrior

    2011, in 4 top lists Check
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    Batman Begins

    2005, in 12 top lists Check
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    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    2003, in 18 top lists Check
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    V for Vendetta

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
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    Die Hard

    1988, in 19 top lists Check
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    1989, in 15 top lists Check
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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    1998, in 7 top lists Check
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    Ran

    1985, in 24 top lists Check
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    Yôjinbô

    1961 — a.k.a. Yojimbo, in 18 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 35 top lists Check
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    Sherlock Jr.

    1924, in 23 top lists Check
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    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    2022, in 8 top lists
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    2015, in 21 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 34 top lists Check
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the...

    2003, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Terminator

    1984, in 22 top lists Check
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    Ford v Ferrari

    2019, in 7 top lists
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    Logan

    2017, in 10 top lists Check
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    Rush

    2013, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Iron Giant

    1999, in 14 top lists Check
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    2010, in 13 top lists Check
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