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on 10 Mar 2010 02:22

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My Top 50 Action Movies of All Time

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1. The Dark Knight (2008)
"The Dark Knight", quite possibly the best movie I have ever seen. I went to the cinema expecting an amazing film... it exceeded my already high expectations, something I don't think it happens very often. It is also the only movie that I watched twice on the big screen, ever! It was that good.
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People who added this item 2735  Average listal rating (1653 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.6 
2. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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People who added this item 4505  Average listal rating (3081 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.5 
3. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Biased by nostalgia I put this movie in second place. An achievement in sci-fi, action and overall movie making.
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People who added this item 2244  Average listal rating (1459 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.3 
4. Heat (1995)
When I first started watching this movie I wasn't sure what I was getting into, I just knew it was a high-regarded crime thriller with a great cast. What I saw was one of the most epic duels I've ever seen on screen, 2 men doing what they do best, the bankrobber who always dodges the police and the cop who never stops chasing them. Al Pacino and De Niro in 2 mind-blowing performances.
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People who added this item 1982  Average listal rating (1332 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
5. Django Unchained (2012)
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People who added this item 3074  Average listal rating (2018 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
6. Children of Men (2006)
I've only heard good things about this movie and it was the only one from Clive Own's most popular movies I hadn't watched yet, and I must say... it completely caught me by surprise, especially when the story started picking up.

If there's a word to describe this movie (and it's hard to find a better movie to fit with that same word) it's breathtaking... this movie literally takes your breath away in some of its emotion-injecting scenes. The atmosphere is frightening real, it will immerse you into the movie and keep you on the edge of your seat in the final moments. A story with an incredibly real feeling of what could happen to humanity if it lost its innocence.
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People who added this item 2866  Average listal rating (1981 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.4 
7. Aliens (1986)
Another sequel that raised the bar. Transformed a sweating and suspenseful story into a thrilling and desperate action ride.
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People who added this item 8882  Average listal rating (5244 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
8. The Matrix (1999)
A stylish movie with a very inventive, engaging and complex plot even if it was based in existing anime works.
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People who added this item 2938  Average listal rating (1988 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
9. Watchmen (2009)
Stylish movie with a great concept. Thoughtful ending and brual, fast-paced fights.
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People who added this item 75  Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.2 
10. Kill Zone (2005)
Is there any doubt that Asia can craft masterful fast-paced and thrilling action movies, most notably martial arts movies? Certainly not.

Watch this movie, even if you don't like eastern flicks, and ask yourself if you didn't feel completely entertained, on the edge of your seat or even emotional.
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People who added this item 550  Average listal rating (347 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
11. Ip Man (2008)
Best martial arts movie out there, and what a story.
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People who added this item 5308  Average listal rating (3529 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.6 
12. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
A memorable introduction. A memorable movie.
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People who added this item 3835  Average listal rating (2583 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.6 
13. Léon: The Professional (1994)
An incredible movie with superb gun-action when it starts and in its final act. An incredibly powerful story with great, great performances by Jean Reno, young Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman. A character development trip, emotional through the ride.
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People who added this item 1432  Average listal rating (969 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.2 
14. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
The Lethal Weapon series is one of greatest series of films out there. Crazy action scenes, hilarious moments and the best duo in the history of cinema.
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People who added this item 1824  Average listal rating (1259 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.6 
15. Lethal Weapon (1987)
The Lethal Weapon series is one of greatest series of films out there. Crazy action scenes, hilarious moments and the best duo in the history of cinema.
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People who added this item 1231  Average listal rating (819 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.6 
16. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
The Lethal Weapon series is one of greatest series of films out there. Crazy action scenes, hilarious moments and the best duo in the history of cinema.
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People who added this item 4297  Average listal rating (2860 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.4 
17. Braveheart (1995)
There's no denying the genius of Mel Gibson, he is one of my all-time favorite actors, but also a capable director. He knows how to make movies with heart, and this movie is so freaking powerful.
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People who added this item 715  Average listal rating (385 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
18. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
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People who added this item 6414  Average listal rating (4335 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.3 
19. Batman Begins (2005)
This is THE origin.
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People who added this item 1580  Average listal rating (1019 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.5 
20. North by Northwest (1959)
Crazy funny action spy thriller and a very unique one at that even for Alfred Hitchcock. The characters and the story are pretty solid and together with the movie To Catch a Thief you can clearly see where they went to form the basis for James Bond (based on Cary Grant's very elegant performances)

I can see why this one is also among Hitchcock's most popular.
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People who added this item 6460  Average listal rating (4224 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.2 
21. V for Vendetta (2005)
This movie has so much style and a story so interesting that I can't help but consider it one of the best action movies with a political-themed story I have ever seen.
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People who added this item 2689  Average listal rating (1835 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
22. District 9 (2009)
Intriguing alien story with a twist, visual spectacle and a fast-paced and chaotic finale that make for a very, very entertaining movie.
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People who added this item 482  Average listal rating (335 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
23. The Raid: Redemption (2011)
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People who added this item 586  Average listal rating (403 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.7 
24. Fearless (2006)
Another realistic achievement in the martial arts genre. With a very serious tone and some of the best choreographies in fighting I have ever seen. A great performance by Jet Li.
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People who added this item 442  Average listal rating (271 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.6 
25. The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
I've always been a sucker for Martial Arts movies and Jackie Chan, and this one is the best with both elements.
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People who added this item 353  Average listal rating (224 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.7 
26. Drunken Master (1978)
It has everything its sequel has, as well as a crazy oldman as a bonus, it just doesn't have its successor's superb, original and crazy final fight.
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People who added this item 2832  Average listal rating (1922 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
27. Kick-Ass (2010)
This movie... was SO FREAKING COOL! Loved the initial parody about superhero stories and the fantastic story this turned out to be!
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People who added this item 4185  Average listal rating (2837 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
28. Iron Man (2008)
A incredibly funny action and super-hero movie with some of the most amazing visuals of 2008.
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People who added this item 6211  Average listal rating (4099 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
29. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Sequels are rolling in this list it seems. This movie is the pinnacle of entertainment and the fact that I've always liked the character helps raising my enjoyment of this movie.
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People who added this item 2323  Average listal rating (1578 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.5 
30. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
A pleasant surprise, this movie is a genre by itself. One of the most inventive and original movies I've seen recently, let alone hilarious! Most of the jokes are just too funny! Not to mention the huge entertainment value of this movie with all the fighting, romance, and stuff!

Seriously one of the best this year, if not just for the well-done innovation alone.
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People who added this item 291  Average listal rating (182 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
31. Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (2010)
Continues the epic story of the first one with the always present high-quality choreagraphies. The story telling just went down a notch, but it's still great.
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People who added this item 2552  Average listal rating (1723 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
32. Hot Fuzz (2007)
A crazy comedy mixed with the most exhilarating buddy cop story in recent years. The funny bits are hilarious, the suspense well paced and the action exciting!
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People who added this item 73  Average listal rating (42 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.4 
33. Dragons Forever (1988)
This movie combines Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, Martial Arts, Comedy and Romance in the most hilarious and crazy fashion you'll see!
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People who added this item 157  Average listal rating (86 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.6 
34. Fist of Legend (1994)
The early 90's were amazing for Jet Li. He did some amazing works back then and Fist of Legend is one of his best movies to date. A very good story with incredible realistic, brutal and stunning choreographies, like it's hard to find today even after almost 20 years.
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People who added this item 193  Average listal rating (101 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.6 
35. Iron Monkey (1993)
This movie is every martial arts aficionado dreams turned reality! A fantastic story (very much like Wong Fei Hung, after all it's the same universe) with outstanding and breath-taking choreographies throughout the movie.
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People who added this item 2169  Average listal rating (1450 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
36. Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
One of the most chaotic action movies I've seen with no fanatasy element, it is just so chaotic that I love it. The helicopter, the tunnel, the powerplant, the bridge... damn crazy stunts enough to make me rewatch this movie.
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People who added this item 1287  Average listal rating (862 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.7 
37. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
The weakest of the series. Still it has all the elements that make these movies great enternaiment.
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People who added this item 7101  Average listal rating (4602 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.2 
38. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Tarantino is just insane, and I thank him for that.
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People who added this item 5770  Average listal rating (3901 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
39. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Tarantino crafted one of the craziest and most original revenge stories of all time.
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People who added this item 4467  Average listal rating (2991 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 7.2 
40. Troy (2004)
I know it's not accurate, I know it doesn't have the best performances ever, but this movie is so cool. The war scenes and the duels are crazy and so well choreographed that they make this movie watchable and entertaining just by themselves. The story is also decent.
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People who added this item 1797  Average listal rating (1127 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.8 
41. Battle Royale (2000)
Mind-fuck, gore, action, psychology and Japanese film-making at its best.
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People who added this item 2049  Average listal rating (1363 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
42. Taken (2008)
This movie surprised me, it was so good, and it's amazing how it's basically about one character... one character with very particular skills that will cause havoc to reach his goal.
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People who added this item 4642  Average listal rating (3212 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.8 
43. 300 (2006)
A unique movie with a very particular style. Violent, over-the-top, superb.
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People who added this item 3668  Average listal rating (2493 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
44. Casino Royale (2006)
The best Bond with no freaking doubt.
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People who added this item 1696  Average listal rating (1082 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
45. Serenity (2005)
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People who added this item 2252  Average listal rating (1502 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
46. Black Hawk Down (2001)
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People who added this item 800  Average listal rating (536 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
47. Unleashed (2005)
Underrated Jet Li movie. Great performance from Jet Li with few but incredible brutal fights with perfect pace and timing. Best Jet Li in Hollywood.
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People who added this item 650  Average listal rating (447 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.7 
48. The Rundown (2003)
Another cool and stylish movie. This one is for pure entertainment.
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People who added this item 1758  Average listal rating (1162 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.8 
49. Apocalypto (2006)
Historical, detailed, fast-paced and violent. And a very different watch, nice break.
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People who added this item 266  Average listal rating (132 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.4 
50. Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Jet Li's first amazing martial arts tale.
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A list of my favorite 50 action movies from the ones I saw during these last years. I will include martial arts, war and catastrophe movies in this list, but take in mind that I can have a very peculiar taste in action movies.
I usually don't appreciate movies like Commando or Rambo and give a higher score to stylish movies even if they tend to be a little ridiculous.

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Posted: 4 years ago at Aug 4 0:54
great selection!

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