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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  1. 1 -

    The Dark Knight

    2008, in 27 top lists Check
  2. 2 -

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    2003, in 29 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    2001, in 31 top lists Check
  4. 4 -

    Inception

    2010, in 21 top lists Check
  5. 7 -

    The Matrix

    1999, in 30 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    1980, in 25 top lists Check
  7. 9 +1

    Star Wars

    1977, in 40 top lists Check
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991, in 27 top lists Check
  9. 12 -

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 36 top lists Check
  10. 13 -

    Seppuku

    1962 — a.k.a. Hara-Kiri, in 16 top lists Check
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    Gladiator

    2000, in 25 top lists Check
  12. 16 +1

    Avengers: Endgame

    2019, in 8 top lists Check
  13. 17 -1

    Aliens

    1986, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    2012, in 7 top lists Check
  15. 19 +1

    Avengers: Infinity War

    2018, in 8 top lists Check
  16. 20 -1

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    1981 — a.k.a. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 29 top lists Check
  17. 22 +2

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    1983, in 18 top lists Check
  18. 23 -1

    Heat

    1995, in 23 top lists Check
  19. 25 +1

    North by Northwest

    1959, in 30 top lists Check
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    Top Gun: Maverick

    2022, in 7 top lists Check
  21. 31 -

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    2003, in 18 top lists Check
  22. 32 +2

    Die Hard

    1988, in 21 top lists Check
  23. 33 -1

    Batman Begins

    2005, in 11 top lists Check
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    1989, in 16 top lists Check
  25. 36 -

    V for Vendetta

    2005, in 10 top lists Check
  26. 37 -

    Ran

    1985, in 25 top lists Check
  27. 39 -1

    Gangs of Wasseypur

    2012, in 7 top lists Check
  28. 41 -

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    2015, in 23 top lists Check
  29. 43 +1

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the...

    2003, in 13 top lists Check
  30. 44 -2

    Logan

    2017, in 9 top lists Check
  31. 45 +3

    Rush

    2013, in 6 top lists Check
  32. 46 -1

    The Terminator

    1984, in 24 top lists Check
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