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35 Must-Watch Best Hollywood Action Movies!

Having a priority list of what to do and what not to do is essential for everyone, encompassing experiences that range from reaching mountainous peaks to navigating deep valleys. Such a list serves as a compass, guiding us in measuring the level of excitement and fun in our lives. It includes planned trips, joyous reunions, visits to delectable food joints, and above all, the movies we must watch. If you’ve completed watching the best Hollywood movies of 2018 and are eager for more, we present to you a handpicked selection of the greatest Hollywood action movies of all time.

Now, let’s talk about adding items to the list! I invite all the devoted movie lovers and self-proclaimed movie-freaks (as they are often called these days) to reflect on the number of films they have watched and added to their ever-growing to-do list. Is watching a multitude of movies a top priority for them? For those who haven’t had the chance to explore a substantial number of films yet, I urge you not to worry. Take a moment to relax, because I’m about to present you with a comprehensive list of the 30 best and must-watch Hollywood action movies. This compilation will provide you with a plethora of ideas to enrich your top priority list of movie watching.

So, without further ado, let us embark on this thrilling journey of discovering numerous films and immersing ourselves in their adrenaline-pumping action sequences with boundless passion and vigor.

List of Best Hollywood Action Movies –

1. Avengers: Endgame

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Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

IMDb Rating: 8.5

Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 superhero film that is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers. This movie is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Having a running time of 181 minutes and an IMDB rating of 8.8/10, this movie is a sequel to the Avengers series. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd and many others, this movie was a highly anticipated one and was backed with extensive marketing campaigns by Disney.

2. Captain America: Civil War

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Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

IMDb Rating: 7.8

A 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, Captain America: Civil War is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Motion Pictures. Having a running time of 147 minutes, this movie has an IMDB rating of 7.8/10. Captain America: Civil War held its world premiere in Los Angeles on April 12, 2016, and was released in the United States on May 6, 2016, in 3D and IMAX 3D.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Director: James Gunn

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. Having an IMDB rating of 8.1/10, it is the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace and many others, this movie has a running time of 122 minutes. The film premiered in Hollywood on July 21, 2014, and was released in the United States on August 1, 2014, in 3D.

4. Inception

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Director: Christopher Nolan

IMDb Rating: 8.8

A 2010 science fiction action film, Inception is written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan, and co-produced by Emma Thomas. The film has a running time of 148 minutes and has an IMDb rating of 8.8/10. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious and is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious. It is one of the most brilliant and best Hollywood action movies of all time.

5. Deadpool 2

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Director: David Leitch

IMDb Rating: 7.7

Deadpool 2 is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool. Having an IMDB rating of 7.8/10, the film has a running time of 119 minutes. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, T.J.Miller, Deadpool 2 is the eleventh instalment in the X-Men film series and is the sequel to 2016’s Deadpool. In the film, Deadpool forms the X-Force to protect a young mutant from the time-travelling soldier Cable.

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Director: Jon Watts

IMDb Rating: 7.4

A 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, this movie is co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the second Spider-Man film reboot and the sixteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Having an IMDB rating of 7.5/10, this film stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

7. The Dark Knight

Director: Christopher Nolan

IMDb Rating: 9.0

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, co-produced and co-written by Christopher Nolan. This movie is based on the DC Comics character Batman. Starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and many others, this film is a co-production of the United States and the United Kingdom and was released on July 18, 2008, and July 25, 2008, respectively. Nolan yet again provides with one of the best Hollywood action movies ever made.

8. The Bourne Ultimatum

Director: Paul Greengrass

IMDb Rating: 8.0

A 2007 action thriller film, The Bourne Ultimatum is a film directed by Paul Greengrass. The movie is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum. Having an IMDb rating of 8/10, this film has a running time of 115 minutes and stars Matt Damon. The movie was filmed at Pinewood Studios near London and in many other locations around the world, including London and Paris.

9. Iron Man

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Director: Jon Favreau

IMDb Rating: 7.9

A 2008 American superhero film, Iron Man is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Starring Robert Downey Jr., this film is 126 minutes long. Having an IMDB rating of 7.9/10, this film focuses on the life of Tony Stark who is an industrialist and master engineer. He builds a powered exoskeleton after a life-threatening incident and becomes the technologically advanced superhero, Iron Man.

10. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Director: Bryan Singer

IMDb Rating: 8.0

A 131 minutes long film, this film is a British-American venture. With an IMDB rating of 8/10, this film is based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. Released in the year 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ellen Page and many others.

11. Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

IMDb Rating: 8.8

A 2011 film, Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair is of 247 minutes duration. Having an IMDB rating of 8.8/10, this film revolves around the story of a bride who kills her ex-boss and lover in her wedding ceremony. Screenings of the movie begin on March 27, 2011.

12. The Raid 2

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Director: Gareth Evans

IMDb Rating: 8.0

A 2014 Action film written, directed and edited by the Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans, The Raid 2 is a sequel to the 2011 film The Raid. Having an IMDb rating of 8/10 and a running time of 150 minutes, this film stars Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara and many other actors.

13. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

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Director: Jose Padilha

IMDb Rating: 8.0

A 2010 crime film, this film is a sequel to the 2007 film Elite Squad. With an IMDB rating of 8.1/10, this film is 116 minutes long and is produced by Marcos Prado. The main lead of the film is Wagner Moura. Just like the first part, this was a highly entertaining movie and is considered one of the best Hollywood action movies of all time.

14. Ip Man

Director: Wilson Yip

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Ip Man is a 2008 biographical martial arts film and is of 108 minutes duration. Based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and teacher of Bruce Lee, this film is all glory with an IMDB rating of 8/10.

15. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Director: Peter Jackson

IMDb Rating: 8.9

This is a 2003 epic fantasy adventure film based on the second and third volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. With an IMDB rating of 8.9/10, this film has become one of the most critically and commercially successful films of all time and is considered as one of the greatest films ever made.

16. Shazam

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Director: David F. Sandberg

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Shazam is a 2019 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. With an IMDB rating of 7.4/10, this film stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong and others. Emerging as a box office success, the film received positive reviews from critics and much praise.

17. Ant Man

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Director: Peyton Reed

IMDb Rating: 7.3

A 2015 American superhero film, Ant-Man is based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name. With an IMDB rating of 7.3/10, this film stars Paul Rudd along with Evangeline Lily, Corey Stoll, Wood Harris and many other film actors.

18. Thor: Ragnarok

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Director: Taiki Waititi

IMDb Rating: 7.9

A 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, this film has achieved heights of success with an IMDB rating of 7.9/10. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, this film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor alongside Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Anthony Hopkins.

19. Apocalypto

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Director: Mel Gibson

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film co-produced, co-written and directed by Mel Gibson. Having an IMDB rating of 7.8/10, this film features a cast of Native American and Indigenous Mexican actors. This film was a box office success, grossing over $120 million worldwide, and received mostly positive reviews.

20. Hellboy: The Golden Army

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Director: Guillermo Del Toro

IMDb Rating: 7.0

A 2008 American superhero film based on the fictional character Hellboy created by Mike Mignola, this film is all glory with an IMDB rating of 7/10. A sequel to the 2004 film Hellboy, this film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Makeup. It is clear, one of the best Hollywood action movies ever made.

21. District 9

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Director: Neill Blomkamp

IMDb Rating: 7.9

District 9 is a 2009 science fiction action film directed by Neill Blomkamp, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell. Having an IMDB rating of 7.9/10, this film was produced by Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham and is a co-production of New Zealand, the United States and South Africa.

22. Sherlock Holmes

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Director: Guy Ritchie

IMDb Rating: 7.5

A 2009 mystery period action film, Sherlock Holmes is based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. With an IMDB rating of 7.5/10, this movie has received a mostly positive critical reaction, with all glorious praise for its story, action sequences, set pieces and costume design.

23. Watchmen

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Director: Zack Snyder

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film which is directed by Zack Snyder. With an IMDB rating of 7.6/10, this film is based on the DC Comics limited series of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. This movie is a dark satirical and dystopian take on the superhero genre.

24. Skyfall

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Director: Sam Mendes

IMDb Rating: 7.7

A 2012 spy film, Skyfall is the twenty-third in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. With an IMDB rating of 7.8/10 and a running time of 143 minutes, this film is third in the order to star Daniel Craig as the fictional M16 agent James Bond and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the villain.

25. Casino Royale

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Director: Martin Campbell

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Casino Royale is a 2006 spy film and the twenty-first in the Eon Productions James Bond film series. Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen, Giancarlo Giannini and Jeffrey Wright, this film has an IMDb rating of 8/10.

26. Man on Fire

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Director: Tony Scott

IMDb Rating: 7.7

Based on the 1980 novel of the same name, Man on Fire is a 2004 action drama film directed by Tony Scott from a screenplay by Brian Helgeland. With an IMDB rating of 7.7/10, this movie stars Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell and many others.

27. The Age of Shadows

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Director: Jee-Woon Kim

IMDb Rating: 7.1

The Age of Shadows is a 2016 South Korean period action thriller film with an IMDb rating of 7.1/10. A 140 minutes long film, it won the Best Picture award in the Action Features category at the 2016 Fantastic Fest held in Austin, Texas.

28. Jurassic World

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Director: Colin Trevorrow

IMDb Rating: 7.0

With an IMDB rating of 7/10, Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film. It is the fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park film series and the first in the Jurassic World trilogy. This movie ranks sixth amongst the highest-grossing films of all time and was also the second highest-grossing film of 2015 and the highest-grossing in the franchise.

29. Fast and Furious 6

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Director: Justin Lin

IMDb Rating: 7.1

This movie is a 2013 American action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. With an IMDB rating of 7.1/10, Fast and Furious 6 is the sixth instalment in The Fast and Furious franchise. This movie has starred Vin Diesel and has received mostly positive reviews with critics focusing mainly on the cast and action sequences.

30. Bumblebee

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Director: Travis Knight

IMDb Rating: 6.8

A 2018 American science fiction action film, Bumblebee is centred on the Transformers character of the same name. It is the sixth instalment of the live-action Transformers film series. With an average IMDb rating of 6.9/10, this movie mostly received positive reviews from critics and is referred to as the best instalment of the Transformers franchise.

31. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Director: James Mangold

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Daredevil archaeologist Indiana Jones races against time to retrieve a legendary dial that can change the course of history. Accompanied by his goddaughter, he soon finds himself squaring off against Jürgen Voller, a former Nazi who works for NASA.

32. Sound of Freedom

Director: Alejandro Monteverde

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

Sound of Freedom, based on the incredible true story, shines a light on even the darkest of places. After rescuing a young boy from ruthless child traffickers, a federal agent learns the boy’s sister is still captive and decides to embark on a dangerous mission to save her. With time running out, he quits his job and journeys deep into the Colombian jungle, putting his life on the line to free her from a fate worse than death.

33. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Director: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson

IMDb Rating: 8.9/10

Miles Morales catapults across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. When the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles must redefine what it means to be a hero.

34. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Operations agent Ethan Hunt returns to his most dangerous mission. The mighty unafraid of death army and their loyal IMF crew must discover a terrifying new tool that, if it falls into the wrong hands, could threaten all of humanity.

35. The Flash

Director: Andy Muschietti

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Barry Allen uses his super speed to change the past, but his attempt to save his family creates a world without super heroes, forcing him to race for his life in order to save the future.

So this was our list of the Best Hollywood Action movies! Do let us know which ones are your favourites in the comments section!

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