100 Greatest Action Movies

 Title - (Year, Director) (Main Actors)
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark - (1981, Steven Spielberg) (Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman)

2. Die Hard - (1988, John McTiernan) (Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman)

3. Goldfinger - (1964, Guy Hamilton) (Sean Connery, Honor Blackman)

4. The Killer - (1989, John Woo) (Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee)

5. Enter the Dragon - (1973, Robert Clouse) (Bruce Lee, Kien Shih)

6. The Terminator - (1984, James Cameron) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton)

7. The Matrix - (1999, Larry and Andy Wachowski) (Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne)

8. Mad Max: Fury Road - (2015, George Miller) (Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult)

9. Lethal Weapon - (1987, Richard Donner) (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover)

10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - (2000, Ang Lee) (Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh)

11. The Road Warrior - (1981, George Miller) (Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence)

12. Bullitt - (1968, Peter Yates) (Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughan)

13. From Russia With Love - (1963, Terence Young) (Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi)

14. Terminator 2: Judgment Day - (1991, James Cameron) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton)

15. Skyfall - (2012, Sam Mendes) (Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris)

16. Once Upon a Time in China - (1991, Tsui Hark) (Jet Li, Yuen Biao)

17. Hard Boiled - (1992, John Woo) (Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung)

18. Predator - (1987, John McTiernan) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers)

19. The Bourne Ultimatum - (2007, Paul Greengrass) (Matt Damon, Julia Stiles)

20. Speed - (1994, Jan de Bont) (Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock)

21. The French Connection - (1971, William Friedkin) (Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider)

22. Kill Bill Vol. 1 - (2004, Quentin Tarantino) (Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu)

23. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance - (1972, K. Misumi) (Tomisaburo Wakayama)

24. Furious 7 - (2015, James Wan) (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson)

25. Dr. No - (1962, Terence Young) (Sean Connery, Ursula Andress)

26. Mad Max - (1979, George Miller) (Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel)

27. A Better Tomorrow - (1986, John Woo) (Chow Yun-Fat, Ti Lung)

28. Robocop - (1987, Paul Verhoeven) (Peter Weller, Nancy Allen)

29. The Fugitive - (1993, Andrew Davis) (Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones)

30. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin - (1978, Chia-Liang Liu) (Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu)

31. The Legend of Drunken Master - (1994, Chia-Liang Liu) (Jackie Chan, Ti Lung)

32. Fist of Fury - (1972, Lo Wei) (Bruce Lee, Nora Miao)

33. Police Story - (1985, Jackie Chan) (Jackie Chan, Brigitte Lin)

34. John Wick - (2014, Chad Stahelski) (Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen)

35. Sin City - (2005, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller) (Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba)

36. Tokyo Drifter - (1966, Seijun Suzuki) (Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara)

37. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - (2015, Christopher McQuarrie) (Tom Cruise)

38. First Blood - (1982, George P. Cosmatos) (Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna)

39. Clear and Present Danger - (1994, Phillip Noyce) (Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer)

40. Shaft - (1971, Gordon Parks) (Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn)

41. Fast Five - (2011, Justin Lin) (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster)

42. The Warriors - (1978, Walter Hill) (Michael Beck, James Remar)

43. Kill Bill Vol. 2 - (2005, Quentin Tarantino) (Uma Thurman, David Carradine)

44. The Raid: Redemption - (2011, Gareth Evans) (Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy)

45. Taken - (2008, Pierre Morel) (Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace)

46. Midnight Run - (1988, Martin Brest) (Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin)

47. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - (1969, Peter R. Hunt) (George Lazenby, Diana Rigg)

48. Cliffhanger - (1993, Renny Harlin) (Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow)

49. Face/Off - (1997, John Woo) (John Travolta, Nicolas Cage)

50. The Rock - (1996, Michael Bay) (Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage)

51. La Femme Nikita - (1990, Luc Besson) (Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret)

52. Casino Royale - (2006, Martin Campbell) (Daniel Craig, Eva Green)

53. A Bullet in the Head - (1990, John Woo) (Tony Leung, Jackie Cheung)

54. Mission: Impossible - Fallout - (2018, Christopher McQuarrie) (Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames)

55. The Bourne Identity - (2002, Doug Liman) (Matt Damon, Franka Potente)

56. The Italian Job - (1969, Peter Collinson) (Michael Caine, Noel Coward)

57. The Getaway - (1972, Sam Peckinpah) (Steve McQueen, Ali McGraw)

58. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - (1989, Steven Spielberg) (Harrison Ford, Sean Connery)

59. Once Upon a Time in China II - (Tsui Hark, 1992) (Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan)

60. Ronin - (1998, John Frankenheimer) (Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone)

61. Patriot Games - (1992, Phillip Noyce) (Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer)

62. Salt - (2010, hillip Noyce) (Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor)

63. Assault on Precinct 13 - (1976, John Carpenter) (Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston)

64. Jack Reacher - (2012, hristopher McQuarrie) (Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins)

65. Léon (The Professional) - (1994, Luc Besson) (Jean Reno, Gary Oldman)

66. Hanna - (2011, Joe Wright) (Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana)

67. Desperado - (1995, Robert Rodriguez) (Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek)

68. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx - (1972, K. Misumi) (Tomisaburo Wakayama)

69. John Wick: Chapter 2 - (2017, Chad Stahelski) (Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane)

70. Battle Royale - (2000, Kinji Fukasaku) (Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda)

71. Air Force One - (1997, Wolfgang Petersen) (Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman)

72. The Spy Who Loved Me - (1977, Lewis Gilbert) (Roger Moore, Barbara Bach)

73. Thunderball - (1965, Terence Young) (Sean Connery, Claudine Auger)

74. Goldeneye - (1995, Martin Campbell) (Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean)

75. Lethal Weapon 2 - (1989, Richard Donner) (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover)

76. The Fast and the Furious - (2001, Rob Cohen) (Paul Walker, Vin Diesel)

77. True Lies - (1994, James Cameron) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis)

78. Versus - (2000, Ryuhei Kitamura) (Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki)

79. Ip Man - (2008, Wilson Yip) (Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan)

80. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior - (2003, Prachya Pinkaew) (Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao)

81. Escape from New York - (1981, John Carpenter) (Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef)

82. Mission: Impossible - (1996, Brian DePalma) (Tom Cruise, Jon Voight)

83. Under Siege - (1992, Andrew Davis) (Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones)

84. Drunken Master - (1978, Yuen Woo-ping) (Jackie Chan, Siu Tien Yuen)

85. The Protector - (2005, Prachya Pinkaew) (Tony Jaa, Nathan Jones, Petchtai Wongkamlao)

86. Rambo: First Blood Part 2 - (1985, George P. Cosmatos) (Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna)

87. Top Gun - (1986, Tony Scott) (Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis)

88. Hero - (2002, Zhang Yimou) (Jet Li, Tony Leung)

89. Con Air - (1997, Simon West) (Nicolas Cage, John Cusack)

90. The Transporter - (2003, Corey Yuen) (Jason Statham, Shu Qi)

91. El Mariachi - (1992, Robert Rodriguez) (Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez)

92. Full Contact - (1993, Ringo Lam) (Chow Yun-Fat, Simon Yam)

93. Die Hard 2: Die Harder - (1990, Renny Harlin) (Bruce Willis, William Sadler)

94. The Bourne Supremacy - (2004, Paul Greengrass) (Matt Damon, Franka Potente)

95. The Expendables 2 - (2012, Simon West) (Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth)

96. Escape Plan - (2013, Mikael Håfström) (Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger)

97. Die Hard With a Vengeance - (1995, John McTiernan) (Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson)

98. Once Upon a Time in Mexico - (2003, Robert Rodriguez) (Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek)

99. Atomic Blonde - (2017, David Leitch) (Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman)

100. Rambo - (2008, Sylvester Stallone) (Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden)

20 More Worth Mentioning
101. Fast & Furious 6 - (2013, Justin Lin) (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson)

102. Machete - (2010, Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez) (Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez)

103. Death Wish - (1974, Michael Winner) (Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia)

104. Commando - (1985, Mark L. Lester) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong)

105. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - (2015, Guy Ritchie) (Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander)

106. The Long Kiss Goodnight - (1996, Renny Harlin) (Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson)

107. The Mechanic - (2011, Simon West) (Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland)

108. Diamonds Are Forever - (1971, Guy Hamilton) (Sean Connery, Jill St. John)

109. The Equalizer - (2014, Antoine Fuqua) (Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë)

110. Lady Snowblood - (1973, Toshiyo Fujita) (Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa)

111. House of Flying Daggers - (2004, Zhang Yimou) (Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau)

112. Live and Let Die - (1973, Guy Hamilton) (Roger Moore, Jane Seymour)

113. The Sword of Doom - (1966, Kihachi Okamoto) (Tatsuya Nakadai, Yûzô Kayama)

114. Spectre - (2015, Sam Mendes) (Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux)

115. You Only Live Twice - (1967, Lewis Gilbert) (Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi)

116. Licence to Kill - (1989, John Glen) (Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell)

117. True Romance - (1993, Tony Scott) (Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette)

118. A Better Tomorrow II - (1987, John Woo) (Chow Yun-Fat, Dean Shek)

119. The Sum of All Fears - (2002, Phil Alden Robinson) (Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman)

120. The Transporter - (2002, Louis Leterrier, Corey Yuen) (Jason Statham, Qi Shu, Matt Schulze)



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Last Updated: 2019-03-31
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Criteria: These are the Greatest Action Movies chosen for their impact and influence on the action genre, critical acclaim, and popularity.