If you love action movies, then you’re in the right place. This article will rank the top 10 action movies of all time and discuss why they were so successful and how their success influenced action movies today. With this article, you’ll be able to decide which ones to watch next and even impress your friends with your knowledge of action movie history! So, without further ado, here are the top 10 action movies of all time.
#10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
The beginning of a very long series that has taken over our lives. From Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow to Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swan, it was a role made for both actors! The film spawned two sequels and then got a reboot in 2017 with Dead Men Tell No Tales. The movie was part action, part comedy, and all fun! It’s been cited by many critics as one of their favorite pirate movies ever. And we agree...it is an absolutely epic tale for sure! Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! You can say that again Jack!
#9. Mad Max: Fury Road
Some say that if you’re going to try to redefine action movies, it better be worth it. That’s why George Miller went balls-to-the-wall crazy with a mind-blowing cast, insanely creative stunts and makeup, and a story based on anarchy. This was no typical action movie; in fact, some people have criticized its lack of plot structure or character development. Whether or not you agree with that assessment is irrelevant—this movie blew everyone away.
#8. The Dark Knight
Released in 2008, The Dark Knight is an American superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale. It is a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, and features Batman as he battles both Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow) and The Joker. It also has a number of notable actors including Heath Ledger as The Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent / Two-Face, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes and Gary Oldman as James Gordon. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four for Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Art Direction and Best Supporting Actor.
#7. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
While not as action-packed as other entries on our list, The Empire Strikes Back still has plenty of scenes that will make your heart race. If you're looking for a Star Wars experience that doesn't involve watching a little kid fight with a light saber, try Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Plot twists abound in Empire and there's never a dull moment. Fans won't want to miss a scene from arguably one of the best movies ever made.
#6. Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2 had an impressive budget of $200 million and featured great cinematography from Esmond. The movie follows a young man (Spider-Man) who gets bitten by a spider and must learn to embrace his abilities. Due to Spider-Man’s negative portrayal in a prior film, viewers were unsure how it would be received. Reviews for Spider-Man 2 are overwhelmingly positive, with several industry publications regarding it as one of the best superhero movies ever made. Spider-Man 2 remains Sony Pictures' highest grossing film, having accumulated over $800 million worldwide at its time of release.
#5. Marvel's The Avengers
Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk and Captain America all come together in one movie? I was sold from my first viewing. And it turns out that Avengers: Age of Ultron is just as entertaining. With a little help from Joss Whedon and Robert Downey Jr., they created a masterpiece. (2012)
#3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
The movie comes from director Steven Spielberg and stars Harrison Ford. It's set in 1936 in an ancient city in South America, where a group is searching for a rare fertility idol. Enter Indiana Jones, who attempts to stop them by stealing it before they can. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards (winning four), including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. The movie topped Entertainment Weekly's list of The 100 Greatest Films Of All Time and was voted as one of The Five Best Adventure Films Ever. It won four awards at that year's Saturn Awards: Best Science Fiction Film, Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen), Best Special Effects, and . . . Action/Adventure Picture.
This year’s sleeper hit action movie that has become one of 2016’s biggest success stories. Not only did it dominate at the box office, but it has built a massive online following with Deadpool in his distinctive red suit becoming an internet sensation. It is rated R for strong graphic violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity. The movie tells us about Ryan Reynolds returns as a mercenary who undergoes a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and adopts the alter ego Deadpool. However, Wade Wilson must protect society from Cable who time travels from future to kill a young boy named Russell Collins aka Firefist (Julian Dennison). Deadpool 2 is set to come out in 2018 and will be filming after Christmas 2016..
And finally, at number 1... Terminator 2
Judgment Day! James Cameron won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for his work on The Terminator (1984), which served as a prototype for every summer blockbuster action movie that came after it. But, much like Titanic, he could never replicate that level of success again. True Lies (1994) and Titanic (1997) both were successful in theaters, but nowhere near as groundbreaking or awesome as The Terminator. Then he did something brilliant: He teamed up with William Wisher Jr., who co-wrote The Terminator (with Cameron), to make T2. It was better than its predecessor in every way imaginable—writing, acting, plot twists, visual effects, you name it—and it remains to date one of my favorite movies ever made. A classic must-see action flick!
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