Time Out's The 101 Best Action Movies Ever Made

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"They get a bad rap from snobs, but don’t mess with action movies—they’re pumped up, loaded with ammo and in your face like Arnold Schwarzenegger on a bad day. Truth be told, no one can live solely on Woody Allen movies or animation alone. We need explosions periodically. Big ones. Preferably accompanied by catchphrases and squealing electric guitars. With crucial contributions from Hong Kong and France, the genre has a global richness that sneaks up on you like a swarthy henchman with a knife clenched between his teeth. And when we arrived at action’s ’80s movies heyday, when Hollywood stars ruled the roost, our research was euphoric. We’ve polled over 50 experts in the field, from essential directors like Die Hard’s John McTiernan to the actual folks in the line of fire, such as Machete himself, Danny Trejo. Critics and experts have weighed in, too."

The list has 102 titles because Kill Bill was counted as one entry.
List was last updated August 14 2020

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  1. 1 +9

    Aliens

    1986, in 22 top lists Check
  2. 2 +7

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 34 top lists Check
  3. 3 +5

    The Wild Bunch

    1969, in 24 top lists Check
  4. 4 +3

    Ging chaat goo si

    1985 — a.k.a. Police Story, in 10 top lists Check
  5. 5 +1

    Enter the Dragon

    1973, in 13 top lists Check
  6. 6 -1

    Mad Max 2

    1981 — a.k.a. The Road Warrior, in 13 top lists Check
  7. 7 -3

    Lat sau san taam

    1992 — a.k.a. Hard Boiled, in 12 top lists Check
  8. 8 -5

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991, in 23 top lists Check
  9. 9 -7

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    1981, in 28 top lists Check
  10. 10 -9

    Die Hard

    1988, in 19 top lists Check
  11. 11 +9

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    2003, in 16 top lists Check
  12. 12 +9

    Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    2004, in 9 top lists Check
  13. 13 +6

    Face/Off

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
  14. 14 +4

    The Terminator

    1984, in 20 top lists Check
  15. 15 +2

    Ong-bak

    2003 — a.k.a. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, in 3 top lists Check
  16. 16 -

    Predator

    1987, in 8 top lists Check
  17. 17 -2

    The Bourne Ultimatum

    2007, in 9 top lists Check
  18. 18 -4

    Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung

    1992 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in China II, in 3 top lists Check
  19. 19 -6

    First Blood

    1982, in 6 top lists Check
  20. 20 -8

    RoboCop

    1987, in 14 top lists Check
  21. 21 -10

    The Matrix

    1999, in 28 top lists Check
  22. 22 +9

    C'era una volta il West

    1968 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in the West, in 26 top lists Check
  23. 23 +7

    Shao Lin san shi liu fang

    1978 — a.k.a. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, in 7 top lists Check
  24. 24 +5

    Heat

    1995, in 21 top lists Check
  25. 25 +3

    Jui kuen II

    1994 — a.k.a. The Legend of Drunken Master, in 3 top lists Check
  26. 26 +1

    'A' gai wak

    1983 — a.k.a. Project A, in 4 top lists Check
  27. 27 -1

    Lethal Weapon

    1987, in 5 top lists Check
  28. 28 -3

    Dip huet seung hung

    1989 — a.k.a. The Killer, in 15 top lists Check
  29. 29 -5

    Bullitt

    1968, in 10 top lists Check
  30. 30 -7

    Serbuan maut

    2011 — a.k.a. The Raid: Redemption, in 2 top lists Check
  31. 31 -9

    The General

    1926, in 33 top lists Check
  32. 32 +9

    The French Connection

    1971, in 21 top lists Check
  33. 33 new

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    2015, in 21 top lists Check
  34. 34 +5

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    1938, in 17 top lists Check
  35. 35 +3

    Commando

    1985, in 2 top lists Check
  36. 36 +1

    Wo hu cang long

    2000 — a.k.a. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, in 25 top lists Check
  37. 37 -1

    Fei lung mang jeung

    1988 — a.k.a. Dragons Forever, in 3 top lists Check
  38. 38 -3

    Oldeuboi

    2003 — a.k.a. Oldboy, in 29 top lists Check
  39. 39 -5

    Rambo: First Blood Part II

    1985, in 4 top lists Check
  40. 40 -7

    Ying hung boon sik

    1986 — a.k.a. A Better Tomorrow, in 10 top lists Check
  41. 41 -9

    Point Break

    1991, in 7 top lists Check
  42. 42 +9

    Kung fu

    2004 — a.k.a. Kung Fu Hustle, in 11 top lists Check
  43. 43 new

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    2018, in 6 top lists
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  44. 44 +4

    The Professionals

    1966, in 2 top lists Check
  45. 45 +4

    Yip Man

    2008 — a.k.a. Ip Man, in 4 top lists Check
  46. 46 +1

    Saat po long

    2005 — a.k.a. SPL: Kill Zone, in 3 top lists Check
  47. 47 -1

    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 24 top lists Check
  48. 48 -3

    True Lies

    1994, in 5 top lists Check
  49. 49 -5

    Dao

    1995 — a.k.a. The Blade, in 3 top lists Check
  50. 50 -7

    Léon

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