Top 10 Most famous Best Action Movies of All Time

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most famous Best Action Movies of All Time till 2017. Many genres draw people to the theater to sit in the darkness for two hours or more, but action movies possess the innate quality to make that time simply fly past. From loud, booming explosions to gritty, edge of your seat car chases and masterfully choreographed fight scenes, the action movie is a hallmark of any theater experience. With that in mind it is difficult, in fact almost impossible, to benchmark the best of all time, as many lists would omit several worthy films while highlighting selected favorites. However, while many movies would easily make such a list, ten spring to mind when discussing the true essence of an action movie.

List of Top 10 Most famous Best Action Movies of All Time till 2017

10) Enter the Dragon (1973)

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Few can possibly ever forget the iconic film that elevated Bruce Lee to legendary status. Though already at the top of his game by the time this film came out, Lee is now immortalized in this gritty, pulse-pounding film that inspired thousands upon thousands of young men, and women, to enter into martial arts or at least emulate what they saw on the screen. “Enter the Dragon”, released in 1973, features a style of filming and action that is rarely seen today but is making a slow, ponderous comeback. Its action-packed scenes and choppy storyline more than make up for the stiff and sometimes awkward dialogue. No matter what is said however it is one of the most acclaimed films of all time.

9) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)


Despite not having the stellar beginning as other movie franchises might, “The Bourne Ultimatum” serves as the culmination of a character and a plot with enough twists to confuse most moviegoers. Despite being blunt and to the point with its gripping and hard-hitting action, “The Bourne Ultimatum” is surprisingly complex in how it layers its characters and brings out one bit of their pasts throughout the film. Like other films based upon intrigue and insidious government plots, “The Bourne Ultimatum” delivers hard-hitting action and spine-tingling intrigue that keeps the audience watching and waiting for the next unseen bend in the story.

8) Robocop (1987)


Some might wonder why this film even made the list. But in keeping with the intent of listing action movies, “Robocop” is one of those films that are without a doubt action-packed despite its somewhat lackluster acting. The idea of a police officer being brought back to life as a gun-toting, armored, law-abiding crime-fighter seems a little less than plausible, but once again, the magic of action movies is able to work beyond the scope of plausibility and create a story that is not entirely good, but is definitely filled to the brim with well-remembered fight scenes and one-liners that save it from obscurity.

7) Lethal Weapon (1987)

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The 1980s were a time of hard-hitting and quirky action movies with characters that are still remembered and idolized to this day. Among them all however, “Lethal Weapon” stands out as one of the more iconic movies deserving of its continued attention. Filmed as a story that pits the police against a band of drug-smuggling mercenaries, “Lethal Weapon” no doubt focused largely on its two main stars and their interactions during their attempts to bring down the mercenaries. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover managed to capture the attention of moviegoers everywhere with their witty banter and their undeniably hard-hitting action scenes. If any more proof was needed as to how successful this movie became, just look to the three sequels.

6) The Matrix (1999)


The world as we know it is an illusion, as “The Matrix” would have us believe. In terms of action this movie hit the ground running and didn’t look back. While it took a bit of time to get to the next fight from the first, the context and the dialogue in this gritty action flick gave one the impression that violence, or something akin to it, might be just around the corner at any given moment. “The Matrix” is a ground-breaking film that showed a world where almost anything is possible, and nothing is quite as it seems. For many who believed at this time that the world was either going to come to an end in just another year or two, “The Matrix” was a glimpse into a stark reality that might have seemed all too real in some regards. This is one among the world’s Top 10 Most famous Best Action Movies of All Time till 2017.

5) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)


Coming off the tail run of an action movie thrill ride that was the 1980s, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” was for many fans of the original movie a fresh new look at a story that had already been told. Much more action-packed than its predecessor, this movie offered up a veritable cornucopia of violence that was set on several different stages and at various paces that kept the audience guessing. With the inclusion of new special effects and a highly-choreographed scene during with the terminator expends enough ammunition to take over a small country, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” set a new bar on the violence quotient during the early 90’s.

4) Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

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Gritty, hard-hitting action films seem to be among the favorites of viewers, not to mention that stars such as Mel Gibson were considered to be quite popular amongst moviegoers for decades. As the road warrior, Gibson reprised his role as a bonafide badass, acting as the iconic loner that seeks to help himself and his dog and no one else. While the dialogue in the movie was sparse and not always on key, the action scenes were quite well done and the desperate feel of the characters in the movie left almost a gritty taste in the mouth of any viewer. This is the mark of a great action movie, as it leaves your pulse pounding and your nerves screaming for more.

3) Aliens (1986)

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Following the success of its progenitor, “Alien”, “Aliens” is quite simply the worst-case scenario that could have unfolded from the first movie. As the only survivor of that fated encounter, Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, acts as a consultant and “expert” on the xenomorphs that have apparently decimated an entire colony. It is no surprise to the viewer that when the corporation responsible for the colony sends marines and one of their own to sort out the problem that things go horribly wrong. While the movie takes a bit of time to work into the action, there is no slowing down once it hits. At this point most moviegoers might have originally expected Ripley to run, hide, and evade the aliens as she did in the first movie. Imagine the surprise of many when she began to take the fight to them, proving that she was not just a survivor of a horrendous tragedy with PTSD issues looming on the horizon. From her sudden role reversal to her epic showdown with the alien queen, Ellen Ripley became a legend that many will not soon forget.

2) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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This list would not be complete with an entry featuring the iconic Harrison Ford. In this first installment of the Indian Jones series, moviegoers were introduced to the driven young educator/historian/adventurer in a way that made the average viewer wonder just how diverse the character truly was. Though the action seems a bit muted and sometimes overshadowed by the supposed history and storytelling, there is no dismissing the feeling it leaves when the real fight begins. Indiana Jones is without a doubt one of the most recognizable names, and faces, throughout the world when it comes to action.

1) Die Hard (1988)

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The 1980s were a great time for action movies. Not only did they deliver heavy-hitting fight scenes, snappy one-liners, and memorable quotes, but they also produced one of the most notably violent action films of all time. Despite not having a seriously high body-count, “Die Hard” is very easily one of the bloodiest and most action-driven movies of all time. Bruce Willis as Detective John McClaine is one of the all-time best at killing bad guys, blowing up buildings, and delivering scathing comebacks all in the same night. His one-man war against a band of terrorists that seize his wife’s office building during a Christmas party has become legendary to moviegoers for decades, and continues to be remembered as one of the absolute best action movies of all time till 2017.